DLP What's New, What's Next – Reflections

In the past few weeks, we received numerous messages in which you expressed your worries about the current condition and future plans of Disneyland Paris. As this is a topic that caused a bit of a stir recently, we decided to dedicate an article to it.

We all love Disneyland Paris. After all, it’s one of the places that makes us forget our worries and let us float away on our dreams. It’s home to the “Disneyland Park”, the most beautiful and immersive Disney theme park ever created.

But one cannot deny that in the past, some members of the former Disneyland Paris management made some unfortunate choices that have affected the condition of the Resort’s assets and the quality of the entertainment, food and merchandise offer.

On Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27, we had the opportunity to talk with some of the current managers of Disneyland Paris and raise this issue.

During these conversations, we had the impression that today’s management loves Disneyland Paris as much as we do and that they're doing their best to correct the wrongs from the past. Recent decisions show that they are taking the Park in the right direction! We’re thinking of…

The refurbishment of (a.o.) “Sleeping Beauty Castle” and “Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship”.

The refurbishment of “Disney’s Hotel Santa Fé”.

The refurbishment of “Disney’s Sequoia Lodge”.

The launch of the nighttime spectacular “Disney Dreams”.

The improvement of the Halloween and Christmas season celebrations.

The opening of the “Princess Pavilion” and “Meet Mickey Mouse”. 

The construction of the future attraction “Ratatouille: The Totally Crazy Adventure of Remy".

The launch of attraction merchandise and “The Art of Disney on Demand” service.

The installation of new kitchens and the introduction of enhanced menus.

But there is still work to do. And given the scale of the tasks at hand and certain other circumstances, it will take quite some time to finish the job. But because they truly love their product, we have the impression that the Disneyland Paris management is committed to correct the wrongs from the past within the shortest delays possible.

So we think we should be a bit patient and optimistic. Because based on the talks we had with the managers, we’re confident that there is a great, big beautiful tomorrow for Disneyland Paris.

And that tomorrow, might be just a dream away…

Photos Nrs. 12, 14 & 21: Bert Snyers.
Other Photos: Designing Disney Research Center.

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Submitted by Webmaster on October 8, 2013 - 20:50 #

Thank you for your feedback, Julian. Yes, we got indications that core issues will be fixed. Here are a few examples of future projects:

- Refurbishment Disney's Newport Bay Club.
- Refurbishment Town Square.
- Refurbishment Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- New Audio-Animatronics for Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Refurbishment Flying Carpets Over Agrabah.
- New ride vehicles for Space Mountain: Mission 2.
- New control system for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
- New kitchens for restaurants.

Comments

Submitted by Luc on November 24, 2013 - 09:36 #

The smokers issue is something the management will not be able to solve in my opinion. The French are undisciplined in this, I hate them for it, although I adore France. That aside, Disneyland Park Paris is still the most beautiful of all and I have been to all of them.

Submitted by Nathalie on October 2, 2013 - 11:37 #

Yes, let's hope. But to be honest, I am not holding my breath. I have had an annual passport for years at the beginning. And now I haven't been to the park since October 2011. I was less than impressed the last time I went, not just with the attractions being closed and average food (not everywhere, OK, my Blue Lagoon lunch was perfect), but even the cast members attitude was way out of line. I positively hated being told that I had to wait in line longer because they had a VIP group...and not just once :/ And there's also the sharp price increases on everything...toilets are still free (not always clean) but for how long?

Submitted by Julian on October 2, 2013 - 00:00 #

Really great article, thank you. However, you did not explain much about what's coming... Did you get any indication that the core issues are being fixed? (Smoking, ride breakdowns, rude staff / lack of "magic")? Thanks in advance!

Submitted by Malcolm Jones on October 1, 2013 - 20:28 #

I love visiting DLP with my family to top up my Disney fix between visits to WDW. We even have 'Dream' Annual Passes,but Disney, please sort out the smokers wandering around the park.

Submitted by Mikaela on October 1, 2013 - 12:38 #

Enhanced menus? It's still a poor value for money.

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