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(Daily Mail)   Thank you for choosing Disneyland Paris, your stay will cost $7500. Oh, you need a fridge to store your terminally ill child's medicine? That will be $56,000. Wait, you contacted the press? The fridge will be free   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 110
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2014-08-30 07:57:35 PM  
Paris.
NO RULE BREAKING!
 
2014-08-30 08:05:23 PM  
Is it just me, or has going to the press become the most (only) effective grievance reporting system to fight against corporate bullshiat in society today?
 
2014-08-30 08:10:09 PM  
If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.
 
2014-08-30 08:12:00 PM  
When The Mail on Sunday contacted Disney, a spokeswoman said there had been a 'misunderstanding' with hotel booking staff. Within hours, the Sharples were assured a fridge would be provided - along with complimentary VIP tickets.
The spokeswoman said: 'Mrs Sharples has booked two rooms with Disneyland Paris. One will come with a portable fridge to accommodate medicine for her son Matthew.

 
They made it right..and gave them VIP tickets. That's good.
The family probably could have had the same results if they had just asked to speak to a supervisor instead of the boiler room reservation clerk and escalated it without crying to the press. 
Also...Disney Paris is operated by a Third Party company that has licensing rights with Disney...but Disney still gets to override operation choices---just like they did here.
 
2014-08-30 08:25:27 PM  

EvilEgg: If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.


Are fridges uncommon in European hotel rooms?  I can't think of a hotel that I've stayed in within the last ten years that hasn't had one.
 
2014-08-30 08:27:05 PM  

EvilEgg: If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.


From TFA it looks like that is what they did, they haven't stayed there yet.
 
2014-08-30 08:27:14 PM  
Daily Fail?

What parts are real and what is just fluffed up hyperbole
 
2014-08-30 08:29:37 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Are fridges uncommon in European hotel rooms? I can't think of a hotel that I've stayed in within the last ten years that hasn't had one.


hotel the wife and I stayed at in Vegas didn't have one standard. we could have asked for one, but didn't see the point.
 
2014-08-30 08:30:38 PM  
Yeah but are they going to charge him $14.50 every time he pulls the damn thing out of the fridge?

/I replaced the farking nippers for nothing
 
2014-08-30 08:31:24 PM  

DanZero: Daily Fail?

What parts are real and what is just fluffed up hyperbole


In the whole newspaper? Well they usually get the date right....
 
2014-08-30 08:38:19 PM  
forget the fridge. $7500 for 4 days? these people must be lunatics.
 
2014-08-30 08:52:02 PM  
So... they surrendered?
 
2014-08-30 08:55:28 PM  

Cewley: forget the fridge. $7500 for 4 days? these people must be lunatics.


That's Paris for ya...and Disney. But considering they're in the "Sleeping Beauty Suite" FTA. I'm just guessing that rack rate for that is about 1000 a nt. Now, throw in tickets for a family of 6 with meal plan on the reservation ticket. Which is usually 3 meals a day...with one 'counter service' chit. And 2 sit down dinner with appetizer, main and desert...for 6 people. Yeah...that adds up, especially at Disney prices. Heck have you priced beer and a hot dog at a baseball game--it's like that.

As for ticket prices. Guess how much a concert ticket cost for a 'superband'  these days for a Verizon/Timewarnner/Charter Stadium show. Which only last a couple of hours.
 
2014-08-30 09:24:19 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.

Are fridges uncommon in European hotel rooms?  I can't think of a hotel that I've stayed in within the last ten years that hasn't had one.


Anything you find useful in an American hotel room is uncommon in European hotel rooms, and probably costs extra.  When I was in London I found the hotel toilet paper lacking so I bought a four pack and trucked it back in.  The maid left me a note that said I wasn't allowed to bring in personal toiletries.  I guess they charged extra for soft TP.
 
2014-08-30 10:30:48 PM  
origin-www.chicagobears.com
 
2014-08-30 11:05:11 PM  
Disney makes dream possible.

/ for Disney.
 
2014-08-30 11:08:59 PM  

EvilEgg: If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.


When I was on specialty medicine, I just simplified it and only stayed in extended stay places.  Even if it was just one night.  Because the freezer is JUST AS important so you can get your ice packs frozen for the trip home.
 
2014-08-30 11:10:49 PM  
Was recently at Hong Kong Disney. While at dining a restaurant there, my friends and I were told we could only get hot water, but not cold water. This happened at two different places there. So bizarre.
 
2014-08-30 11:11:01 PM  
No problem. Just wait until that family sees the in-room wi-fi charges. They think $56,000 is a lot...
 
2014-08-30 11:13:24 PM  
I guess I'm going to have to say it...

Your kid is defective. Have him fixed now.
Do not have any more kids as your genes are defective.
Thank you, The World.
 
2014-08-30 11:13:50 PM  
This sounds like the family made zero effort. I bet if they talked to somebody higher up, it would have been figured out very quickly. The reason for the price jump is because the only room with a fridge is the deluxe suite. Sorry, Daily Mail is full of BS again, great for attention seekers though.
 
2014-08-30 11:14:20 PM  
And these are the kind of people that some people want in government. People that can't think for themselves, that is. People who don't have the sense to plug in a god damned fridge in a god damned hotel room if it would save their lives .
 
2014-08-30 11:14:27 PM  
I don't think this is worth the outrage.  It sounds like a clerk that didn't have the ability to go outside the rules and was doing the only thing they could within the rules.

And how hard is it to use an ice chest to cool things anyway?
 
2014-08-30 11:23:53 PM  
I like how they didn't just upgrade them to the cinderella suite for free. Seeing as it was open anyway and they tried to get them to pay the 30k to upgrade to it on the spot. We don't break the company policy unless it means not giving you the 30k room for a dying kid. That room is for celebrities.
 
2014-08-30 11:25:12 PM  

Bahleted: I like how they didn't just upgrade them to the cinderella suite for free. Seeing as it was open anyway and they tried to get them to pay the 30k to upgrade to it on the spot. We don't break the company policy unless it means not giving you the 30k room for a dying kid. That room is for celebrities.


Sleeping Beauty suite.
 
2014-08-30 11:27:28 PM  

Lsherm: TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.

Are fridges uncommon in European hotel rooms?  I can't think of a hotel that I've stayed in within the last ten years that hasn't had one.

Anything you find useful in an American hotel room is uncommon in European hotel rooms, and probably costs extra.  When I was in London I found the hotel toilet paper lacking so I bought a four pack and trucked it back in.  The maid left me a note that said I wasn't allowed to bring in personal toiletries.  I guess they charged extra for soft TP.


That's when you wipe your ass on the towels and washcloths and leave them on the floor with a note for the maid. "Sorry not enough tp"
 
2014-08-30 11:30:02 PM  

Bahleted: I like how they didn't just upgrade them to the cinderella suite for free. Seeing as it was open anyway and they tried to get them to pay the 30k to upgrade to it on the spot. We don't break the company policy unless it means not giving you the 30k room for a dying kid. That room is for celebrities.


So any time you want a free room upgrade, just say your kid is terminal. Entitlements for everyone!
 
2014-08-30 11:30:15 PM  

Lsherm: TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.

Are fridges uncommon in European hotel rooms?  I can't think of a hotel that I've stayed in within the last ten years that hasn't had one.

Anything you find useful in an American hotel room is uncommon in European hotel rooms, and probably costs extra.  When I was in London I found the hotel toilet paper lacking so I bought a four pack and trucked it back in.  The maid left me a note that said I wasn't allowed to bring in personal toiletries.  I guess they charged extra for soft TP.


I'd have left her a 'message' of my own.
 
2014-08-30 11:31:21 PM  

nytmare: Bahleted: I like how they didn't just upgrade them to the cinderella suite for free. Seeing as it was open anyway and they tried to get them to pay the 30k to upgrade to it on the spot. We don't break the company policy unless it means not giving you the 30k room for a dying kid. That room is for celebrities.

So any time you want a free room upgrade, just say your kid is terminal. Entitlements for everyone!


You know how I know you didn't read the article?
 
2014-08-30 11:33:20 PM  
What sort of Mickey Mouse hotel does this ?
 
2014-08-30 11:39:32 PM  
i.walmartimages.com
 
2014-08-30 11:41:45 PM  

dookdookdook: Is it just me, or has going to the press become the most (only) effective grievance reporting system to fight against corporate bullshiat in society today?


Don't worry, it's being dismantled tout de suite.
 
2014-08-30 11:42:47 PM  
Universal Studios is better anyway. Their Harry Potter Land is awesome and I don't even like Harry Potter. Their Halloween Horror Nights can't be beat.
 
2014-08-30 11:44:05 PM  

think_balance: Was recently at Hong Kong Disney. While at dining a restaurant there, my friends and I were told we could only get hot water, but not cold water.


It's a traditional Chinese medicine thing. They think cold water will make you sick.
 
2014-08-30 11:46:14 PM  

Lsherm: TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.

Are fridges uncommon in European hotel rooms?  I can't think of a hotel that I've stayed in within the last ten years that hasn't had one.

Anything you find useful in an American hotel room is uncommon in European hotel rooms, and probably costs extra.  When I was in London I found the hotel toilet paper lacking so I bought a four pack and trucked it back in.  The maid left me a note that said I wasn't allowed to bring in personal toiletries.  I guess they charged extra for soft TP.


So European hotels are like American movie theaters.
 
2014-08-30 11:46:34 PM  
I work in a hotel. People threaten to call the news media and tell them about me all the time. It's never happened yet, which is hugely disappointing to me.
 
2014-08-30 11:48:31 PM  
Stay home you annoying people.
 
2014-08-30 11:49:09 PM  
Where do we draw the line with special accommodations?

/Smells a bit like socialism to me
 
2014-08-30 11:49:12 PM  

ModernLuddite: I work in a hotel. People threaten to call the news media and tell them about me all the time. It's never happened yet, which is hugely disappointing to me.


Amazing isn't it?
"Comp me all this stuff or I'll post a bad review on TripAdvisor"
Everyone's a critic.
 
2014-08-30 11:50:49 PM  
M-O-N-E-Y M-O-U-S-E
 
2014-08-30 11:51:32 PM  

optikeye: When The Mail on Sunday contacted Disney, a spokeswoman said there had been a 'misunderstanding' with hotel booking staff. Within hours, the Sharples were assured a fridge would be provided - along with complimentary VIP tickets.
The spokeswoman said: 'Mrs Sharples has booked two rooms with Disneyland Paris. One will come with a portable fridge to accommodate medicine for her son Matthew.
 
They made it right..and gave them VIP tickets. That's good.
The family probably could have had the same results if they had just asked to speak to a supervisor instead of the boiler room reservation clerk and escalated it without crying to the press. 
Also...Disney Paris is operated by a Third Party company that has licensing rights with Disney...but Disney still gets to override operation choices---just like they did here.


ehhhhh Paris? "Euro Disney S.C.A." be damned but Disney pretty much runs it. Enough that you can't blame a decision made by their staff as "3rd party" even if certain policies definitely reflect a different attitude than you'd see in the US.
 
2014-08-30 11:54:57 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: EvilEgg: If you absolutely require a fridge, isn't that something that you should inquire about during the reservation process? If it is unavailable stay elsewhere.

Are fridges uncommon in European hotel rooms?  I can't think of a hotel that I've stayed in within the last ten years that hasn't had one.


This. What kind of "luxury" hotel is this that the rooms don't have goddamn refrigerators?? Even the micro-budget places I've stayed in for around 50 bucks all at least have mini-fridges. For a thousand dollars a night I'd expect a farking walk-in.
 
2014-08-30 11:55:23 PM  
According to the article the kid needs special food / drugs EVERY two hours. That's going to make it hard to do / see just about anything.
 
2014-08-30 11:56:45 PM  
My wife's best friend worked very high up in Disney customer relations for years. They have the clout to change pretty much anything, break any rule, as they see fit to ensure good press.

I'm fairly certain that 10 minutes after that phone call from the newspaper, a new policy of installing mini fridges for medical needs upon request went into effect, and that two dozen of them were bought that afternoon.
 
2014-08-31 12:00:38 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: think_balance: Was recently at Hong Kong Disney. While at dining a restaurant there, my friends and I were told we could only get hot water, but not cold water.

It's a traditional Chinese medicine thing. They think cold water will make you sick.


A Chinese foreign exchange student at a local school here last year would only drink water after it had been boiled. Even bottled water.
 
2014-08-31 12:01:56 AM  

Mugato: Universal Studios is better anyway. Their Harry Potter Land is awesome and I don't even like Harry Potter. Their Halloween Horror Nights can't be beat.


TromaWorld is the best.  The Toxic Avenger Suite is to die for.
 
2014-08-31 12:04:04 AM  
Sleeping Beauty suite, for celebrities? How much for the Joan Rivers suite?
 
2014-08-31 12:07:11 AM  
simpsonsscreenshots.com

What do you expect? Their children need wine
 
2014-08-31 12:08:06 AM  
ElLoco:
A Chinese foreign exchange student at a local school here last year would only drink water after it had been boiled. Even bottled water.


What's Chinese for Montezuma's Revenge?

No one who can afford it drinks from the tap in the Mainland and even for bottled water there has been some scandals of fakes and rumors of unsafe practices.  What a surprise - it's China.
 
2014-08-31 12:08:09 AM  
It cost a lot of money to maintain Disney in his carbonite shell.

www.family-vacation-getaways-at-los-angeles-theme-parks.com

Walt's last words: "WAIT! Don't throw the switch ye...."
 
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