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Today, Disneyland Paris hosted a media day for European bloggers who cover the resort, to outline plans for refurbishments and improvements at the parks. You can follow the #eventDLP hastag on Twitter for updates during the presentations. I've selected some of the highlights to feature below.
Talking about guest surveys what guests find important in hotels. One outcome was free wifi. Soon all hotels will get it. #eventDLP— magicforum (@magicforum) September 26, 2013
Disney detailed plans for the redesign and refurbishment of rooms at all of Disneyland Paris' on-site hotels, including the addition of Cars "elements" to the Santa Fe Hotel. Wait a minute, I thought that Cars took place in California… ;^)
Disneyland Paris will not be adding DVC rooms to the resort, however. Now on to the parks themselves.
Just finished lunch at Steakhouse with Joe Schott, chief operating officer who had a few interesting things to say... #eventDLP— magicforum (@magicforum) September 26, 2013
He told me that investments in refurbishments will triple in the next years! #eventDLP— Designing Disney (@designingdisney) September 26, 2013
Intensive rehab of Main Street building facades, including inside and outside Main Street Station. #eventDLP— magicforum (@magicforum) September 26, 2013
The Temple of Peril will completely be leveled soon and rebuild put of real stone. The entire loop will be replaced too. #eventDLP— magicforum (@magicforum) September 26, 2013
Joe confirmed they're working on the Space Mountain seats that will make it more comfortable. #eventDLP— magicforum (@magicforum) September 26, 2013
Joe wants to see a nex single riders line at least one a year. First will be Crush's Coaster which will get a new entrance. #eventDLP— magicforum (@magicforum) September 26, 2013
Crush's Coaster might be the nastiest queue in all of Disney, a limited-capacity spinning coaster with no FastPass or single rider line, and a queue that often fills to an hour wait before the park even opens. I'd love to see Disney try something to fix that mess.
Oh he name dropped Marvel and Star Wars, but no announcements. He did say that if they do Marvel, it can't just be a patched ride #eventDLP— magicforum (@magicforum) September 26, 2013
Forgot to mention something before what Joe Schott said. They're looking at bringing some elements from WDW's Magic Bands to DLP! #eventDLP— magicforum (@magicforum) September 26, 2013
Park officials also detailed improvements for Disneyland Paris' Halloween and Christmas celebrations, including new parade floats, soundtracks, and enhanced decorations in the parks. Managers also are working to address complaints about customer service by launching a new cast member recruitment campaign, targeted throughout Europe. (Translation: Let's get more non-French employees.)
Some DLP fans expressed skepticism about today's announcements, tweeting that they've been promised improvements in the parks before. But Disney's clearly "turned on the money hose," as one industry insider has said, trying to fix problems at its theme parks around the world created by corporate stinginess in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Maybe now will be Disneyland Paris' turn.Tweet
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