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(Daily Mail)   Disney Land Paris: not the happiest place on earth   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 104
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2013-09-14 12:49:47 PM  
Who are you to resist it, huh?! C'mon, my last paycheck bounced! My children need wine!

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2013-09-14 01:06:01 PM  
♫ It's a fail world after all... ♫
 
2013-09-14 01:25:01 PM  
Not with that legendary French work ethic and dedication to customer service!!
 
2013-09-14 02:17:12 PM  
This has been going on for a while.  See the 2010 article noting the suicides of Disney workers in Paris:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-dark-side-of-disne y land-paris-1964505.html

 "Je ne veux pas retourner chez Mickey" (I don't want to work for Mickey any more).
 
2013-09-14 02:24:46 PM  
So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.
 
2013-09-14 02:25:22 PM  
Gee, I've never heard Ms. Hilton's hoo-haa called that before.

/But I must say it isn't surprising.
//Oh... the real Disney theme park... nevermind.
 
2013-09-14 02:27:56 PM  
The park has only been open 13 years and is falling apart? Hell, Disneyland has been open since the 50's, still has a lot of the same rides and isn't falling apart. Maybe they should maintain their shiat?
 
2013-09-14 02:29:21 PM  
While it's only tangentially related, I heartily recommend the Chefs de France restaurant in Epcot's France if you're going to eat at the real Disney World.  It's easily in the running for the best restaurant in the park.
 
2013-09-14 02:30:48 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: While it's only tangentially related, I heartily recommend the Chefs de France restaurant in Epcot's France if you're going to eat at the real Disney World.  It's easily in the running for the best restaurant in the park.


Yeah, but I heard they have a mouse problem.

Richard Gere gave it five stars, though.
 
2013-09-14 02:31:04 PM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.


You do realize that their politicians think American democrats are right wing kooks? Their entire system is wayyyyyy left of ours.
 
2013-09-14 02:36:07 PM  
Wow, that's surprising, the Orlando parks are run like a tight ship.

no stage shows

That would actually be a selling point for me.
 
2013-09-14 02:36:55 PM  
Six Flags Over Texas has been nasty and ghetto for 30 years -- but it is really bad now. Went there a while back on some free tickets the wife got -- it was stinky, dirty, the rides looked like old greasy farm tractors, and there was enough peeling paint to bag up and sell as potato chips. Sad.
 
2013-09-14 02:37:05 PM  
It has been addressed to Bob Iger, chief executive of the California-based Walt Disney Company, which owns 39.8 per cent of the French resort.
 That could be the problem right there- Why would Disney allow their name to be put on a park that they don't have full control over?
 
2013-09-14 02:37:58 PM  
The phrase 'literally falling apart' was literally used seven times. That was figuratively the worst article I've ever read.
 
2013-09-14 02:43:15 PM  

Dinki: It has been addressed to Bob Iger, chief executive of the California-based Walt Disney Company, which owns 39.8 per cent of the French resort.
 That could be the problem right there- Why would Disney allow their name to be put on a park that they don't have full control over?


That makes a little more sense. Disney controls not only all of Disney World in Orlando but a several of the surrounding hotels in the area and you can eat off the restroom floor there. You usually have to, as crowded as the restaurants are. They have some fat, fat ass tourists.
 
2013-09-14 02:43:59 PM  
So, 5000 people out of 16m visitors, 0.03% of visitors weren't happy. Yeah, I bet Bob Iger will put that in the shredder carefully read all the comments people have made.
 
2013-09-14 02:44:51 PM  
The entire video consisted of showing one missing piece of soffit. Hardly enough to be considered evidence of the park "literally falling apart". I do believe this is much ado about nothing.
 
2013-09-14 02:47:05 PM  
well, considering ~95% of everything disney related is complete shiat, i'm not surprised.
 
2013-09-14 02:49:21 PM  

skwerl: The entire video consisted of showing one missing piece of soffit. Hardly enough to be considered evidence of the park "literally falling apart". I do believe this is much ado about nothing.


THIS

I expected many examples, instead there is the missing 18 ft of soffit, no doubt the person taking the video removed it in an attempt to make his point.

Where are the conspiracy theorists?  This is a false flag video from the Universal Park folks
 
2013-09-14 02:49:47 PM  
From Day One this park was the unwanted bastard child of the Disney empire. The French hounded and harassed Disney (one of the big papers called it a 'cultural Chernobyl') demanding all sorts of concessions regarding everything from the architecture  to the employee dress code to the fact that Disney does not serve alcohol in the parks (this has since changed, sort of).  The whole thing came in late, way over budget, a giant international cluster-fark.  So what did Disney do?  They sold off a majority stake and spun off the park as its own company.  Note the article points out that that Disney only hold about a 40% share in the place anymore.  A quick look shows the other 60% is held by a Saudi prince and the general public.

So it's an autonomous entity, that may very well be getting run into the ground by a penny-pinching management.  The same thing happened in Califorina at the end of the Eisner years... the parks were turned over to a woman who had mainly worked in retail before.  They cut budgets and cheaped out on a lot of things, including maintenance...  it nearly killed the park and (arguably) actually killed a couple guests.  After that PR shaitstorm, and Eisner's boot to the curb, new management spent million uopn millions fixing the place back up.

The moral of the story is, I suppose, that those who sacrifice quality for a short term earning report get there asses handed to them in the end.
 
2013-09-14 02:50:47 PM  

Dinki: It has been addressed to Bob Iger, chief executive of the California-based Walt Disney Company, which owns 39.8 per cent of the French resort.
 That could be the problem right there- Why would Disney allow their name to be put on a park that they don't have full control over?


They don't own Tokyo Disneyland and its arguably the best resort of the bunch.

Disneyland in California was pretty neglected under Eisner while he pushed the Destination Disney stuff in Orlando, back in the 90s.
 
2013-09-14 02:51:15 PM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.


Yes. Everything is related to US politics! Just couldn't resist shoehorning your bullshiat into something completely unrelated could you?
 
2013-09-14 02:52:51 PM  

iheartscotch: Princess Ryans Knickers: So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.

You do realize that their politicians think American democrats are right wing kooks? Their entire system is wayyyyyy left of ours.


But that could be said about any developed country.
 
2013-09-14 03:05:37 PM  
Premières problèmes mondiaux
 
2013-09-14 03:09:08 PM  
You're a pest; you're a pest.
Go away, I need my rest.
You can't buy those souvenirs with your American Express.
Don't ask me for "Bon jours,"
In France, Mickey says "UP YOURS!"
Wait on you?You must be joking.
Go away!I'm busy smoking.
You'll spit out your brioche.
Take a whiff; I never wash.
And I won't clean up that spot where Pluto messed.
Don't take his mess away; we'll serve it as pate.
So you're distressed.
Can't care less.
You're a pest.

Here in France there's no chance
Donald Duck will do his dance.
He'll call you names and sweat on you and spill wine down your pants.
Snow White hangs out in bars where she sucks upon cigars.
Sneezy, Dopey, Doc and Bashful sell your hubcaps off for cash.
While Goofy pulls out his knife, Grumpy pinches someone's wife.
Aladdin rubs - well, not his lamp - but you can guess.
We've got Walt Disney's dough, so we don't need you. GO!
Be our guest.
Be depressed.
Go home stressed.

If you tried any ride
And you did not tip your guide,
You'll be sent to "It's A Small World" and we'll lock you up inside.
You want food?
Tough!You'll wait,
While I spit upon your plate.
'Cause your taste buds are not picky, we will serve you parts of Mickey.
Buy some ears or a hat.
Sacre bleu, well look at that!
Your change fell in the pocket in my vest.
We hope your visit's through, 'cause we don't like you. Ptoo!
Are you stressed?
Can you guess
Why our place is not the best?
We detest
Every guest
From the West.
 
2013-09-14 03:10:46 PM  
I'll be in France next month. Disneyland was not even on the radar of places to go.
 
2013-09-14 03:16:54 PM  

iheartscotch: The park has only been open 13 years and is falling apart? Hell, Disneyland has been open since the 50's, still has a lot of the same rides and isn't falling apart. Maybe they should maintain their shiat?


Math isn't one of your strengths, is it?
 
2013-09-14 03:17:05 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Not with that legendary French work ethic and dedication to customer service!!


Yeah, anytime you need a cadre of dedicated workers ready to do-all for close to minimum wage with no benefits, look no further than the USA!  We're No, 1 !!!!!
 
2013-09-14 03:17:10 PM  
Never understood why you would be in Paris, and choose to spend any time at Euro Disney. Hell, take a nice short train ride out to Versailles. The castle and the grounds are awesome! Or if anything, spend all your time in Paris. BTW, if you go to visit the catacombs, go early before opening time. The line to get in is insanely long two hours after open time.
 
2013-09-14 03:18:23 PM  

iheartscotch: Princess Ryans Knickers: So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.

You do realize that their politicians think American democrats are right wing kooks? Their entire system is wayyyyyy left of ours.


I didn't know Disney Parks were run by the government.
 
2013-09-14 03:21:02 PM  
Ha ha Beiber in the sidebar with a Batman vs Superman script.  That has trainwreck written all over it, hope they give it to him.
 
2013-09-14 03:24:40 PM  

leevis: iheartscotch: The park has only been open 13 years and is falling apart? Hell, Disneyland has been open since the 50's, still has a lot of the same rides and isn't falling apart. Maybe they should maintain their shiat?

Math isn't one of your strengths, is it?


For some reason; I thought that the park was opened in the very late 90's. When I went back and reread the article; they said 20 years. All I can say is; My memory is pretty crappy and I can be wrong. Mea culpa.
 
2013-09-14 03:26:26 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I'll be in France next month. Disneyland was not even on the radar of places to go.


We were in Paris recently. On our way to a diffeeent dedtination we drove near the park. The Disney park is small compared to US disney parks, didn't look as neatly maintained as them either. It was no Six Flags, mind you, but it definitely didn't exude the usual Disney atmosphere. Would never waste my limited European travel time there.
 
2013-09-14 03:26:51 PM  

phlegmmo: You're a pest; you're a pest.


I don't know if you wrote that or not, but it earns +1 internetz from me.
 
2013-09-14 03:27:45 PM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.


It's France numbnuts, their practicing obamanomics.
 
2013-09-14 03:28:01 PM  

CruiserTwelve: iheartscotch: Princess Ryans Knickers: So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.

You do realize that their politicians think American democrats are right wing kooks? Their entire system is wayyyyyy left of ours.

I didn't know Disney Parks were run by the government.


I was just pointing out that things over there tend to be run on the whole lefty utopia model. I felt that saying the park was using republican economic models was disingenuous at best.
 
2013-09-14 03:32:05 PM  
All of the misery of regular Disneyland combined with pissy French people. What's not to love?
 
2013-09-14 03:34:19 PM  
Disneyland, subby, as in one word.  Uno.
You had one job, subby!
 
2013-09-14 03:37:49 PM  

qlenfg: Six Flags Over Texas has been nasty and ghetto for 30 years -- but it is really bad now. Went there a while back on some free tickets the wife got -- it was stinky, dirty, the rides looked like old greasy farm tractors, and there was enough peeling paint to bag up and sell as potato chips. Sad.


I was there ages ago, and yeah, it wasn't nearly as neat and tidy as Fiesta Texas.  At least Fiesta Texas (a former Six Flags park) in San Antonio had some fine roller coasters last time I was there.

/Rode the Rattler on opening weekend, and it was an intense bone-shaker of a ride.
//Love the wooden coasters
 
2013-09-14 03:39:02 PM  
why the hell would you go to visit paris and then decide that, of all things, you want to be in an overpriced amusement park?
 
2013-09-14 03:41:04 PM  
I remember when it opened, it was bombing, but then they made the simple decision to serve wine within the park (the French love their wind), and it instantly became the #1 tourist destination in Europe.  Ironic, because they don't serve alcohol in the US parks, except for California Adventure.
 
2013-09-14 03:41:36 PM  

vegaswench: This has been going on for a while.  See the 2010 article noting the suicides of Disney workers in Paris:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-dark-side-of-disne y land-paris-1964505.html

 "Je ne veux pas retourner chez Mickey" (I don't want to work for Mickey any more).


Seemingly endless years of high school french tells me that translates to "I do not want to return to Mickey's place" (well the house of Mickey).  Work is "travailler" in french.  Is the Independent that bad at french?
 
2013-09-14 03:43:29 PM  

proteus_b: why the hell would you go to visit paris and then decide that, of all things, you want to be in an overpriced amusement park?


Agreed.
However, I don't believe they were ever aiming for the "once-in-a-lifetime" tourist dollar.
 
2013-09-14 03:43:54 PM  

proteus_b: why the hell would you go to visit paris and then decide that, of all things, you want to be in an overpriced amusement park?


Believe it or not, Disneyland Paris was not built for the exclusive use of touring Americans.  Amazingly, there are in fact people who live in places that are not the US, and some of those people even live in a country called "France", which is apparently not all that far away from "Paris".
 
2013-09-14 03:51:52 PM  
Went there in 2009. If the Europeans hated it when it opened they sure don't now. It was packed and seemed just like any of the other Disney parks just on a smaller scale.
 
2013-09-14 03:56:51 PM  
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Approves.
 
2013-09-14 03:57:57 PM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.


Politics, really?
 
2013-09-14 04:04:19 PM  
I was there in 1993ish. Incredibly rude workers. Park closes at 6 PM...they were shuffling people out at 5PM.

"This ride is close-ed"
 
2013-09-14 04:06:39 PM  

Princess Ryans Knickers: So Disneyland Paris is practicing Republican economic models?

Less revenues, cut maintenance and budget!
Which leads to... less revenues.


I'm Princess Ryans Knickers PAY ATTENTION TO ME! I am EVER so desperate for attention!
 
2013-09-14 04:08:38 PM  

proteus_b: why the hell would you go to visit paris and then decide that, of all things, you want to be in an overpriced amusement park?


Because you live in Europe and you want your kid to see Mickey without getting a transcontinental flight.
 
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