Is it time for Disneyland Paris to get an extreme theme park makeover? Parcorama makes a strong case for it.
Last week I spent a couple of days at Disneyland Paris. Just before the summer season, when the resort state and program usually is at its best. Well this year probably I wouldn’t put it this way. Have a look at the situation:
Captain EO : closed
Indiana Jones : closed for refurbishment – it happens
Tarzan show : canceled this year
Night time parade Fantillusion : canceled this year
Lion King show : no show since 2010
Théatre du Château : desperately empty for years
In addition to that, ride breakdowns are already common under normal circumstances but I’ve never seen so many of them. In just three days, Big Thunder Mountain broke down every day including a half a day breakdown ; Space Mountain broke down an entire evening from 7PM to park closing (11PM) and the same happened on Pirates of the Caribbean as well.
As to who should pay for fixing this mess, the trail leads back to one place – Burbank
How long before the people in charge do their job and solve the DLP problem? How many breakdowns, closed attractions, bad experiences, unhappy guests? What I don’t get is after all these painful, struggling years, The Walt Disney Company (owner of 40% of EuroDisney) hasn’t do anything to change the structure of EuroDisney’s financial montage, which was created by TWDC and based on wrongly optimistic previsions. It’s TWDC’s mistake, it belongs to them so solve it….
It’s commonly known that Disneyland Paris recently joined the ‘Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France‘ division, and rumor has that several managers from the US parks have been joining DLP offices for the last few months. In addition to that, back in last September, TWDC engaged a first step by extending credit in order for EuroDisney to pay its famous debt to the many banks who blocked any new investment (mainly the Ratatouile attraction). However, Eurodisney still needs to pay back this amount of money to The Walt Disney Company, while continuing to pay disproportionate royalties as well as overcharged attractions to Walt Disney Imagineering, a branch of TWDC that can bill (crazy) amounts of money since they’re the only contractor allowed to sell rides or any other addition to the Disney parks.
I had heard things were miserable across the pond, but this report makes it look pretty bad. Significantly worse than how Disneyland got under the mid to late 90s neglect of Paul Pressler. That sad situation resulted in the unnecessary death of a guest and several severe injuries. We’ve already seen injuries at DLP, let’s fix this before it gets worse. Do you agree it’s TWDC who should step in and fix this mess?
Read the whole report at Le Parcorama!
(photo courtesy Sean MacEntee via Flickr CC-License)