DisneyLand Paris - The KING IS NAKED!
We spent 3 days and 3 nights at the DisneyLand Paris resort on August 2007.
This thread is an invitation to share your experience at Disneyland Paris.
From Or Tal
Posted September 30, 2007 at 2:50 PM
Our visit to the DisneyLand Paris theme park was very dissapointing. I know that we are no alone in noticing that "this king is naked"!
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What? The King is naked?
Im not sure what thats supposed to mean, but I had mixed feelings with DLP. The hotel stunk, the food stunk, and the Cast Members should all be fired. The attractions, however, were top notch!
From Karin S
Posted October 1, 2007 at 4:49 PM
I think it's an analogy based on "The Emperor's New Clothes"...everyone tells the emperor that he looks wonderful in his new threads while in reality he's naked.
Well, if thats the case, the only people that could tell that its not on the right track is the guests who have been to any of the other parks. I am not sure about Disneyland Hong Kong, but Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland, and Disney World take great pride in providing quality entertainment and guest relations. I mean you can ask for anything within reason at those parks and your wish is their command. DLP Cast Members, for the most part, don't care at all which is sad. Also, I think they had to relax some of their more stricter rules just to get people to work there where WDW is turning people away. Again, I was very mixed with DLP because it was so good and so bad at the same time!
From Bob Stabb
Posted October 2, 2007 at 7:24 AM
Can you give some specifics? My wife and I are considering an Anniversary trip to DLP. What did you find unsat?
Here is my observations:
At the moderate hotels, they did not have any air conditioning and are more like the All Star than Port Orleans
The Cast Members are terrible! I think it has to do with the view of Disney there. Here in the US, people see working at Disney as some kind of opportunity and is definatly included in the resume. There, you are working for some stupid American Company. Because of that, the best and most talented sometimes do not work there. However, there were some good Cast Members and some that know French, English, German, and Spanish. Its just not the same as a US Disney Park
Saying that, from my observations, Europeans do not have the same Public Relations as Americans do. Now I am not saying that there were not excellent people there, but at least at WDW, if somebody doesn't speak English, we hope that they will help them to the best of their abitlity. I found the cold shoulder at DLP.
The food inside the Park was terrible! DO NOT GO TO BLUE LAGOON! Horrible service! The worst ever!
However, some good places are outside of the parks in the Village including King Ludwig's Castle and Chicago Steakhouse (my favorite). That would be a good place for a nice dinner. Being from Chicago, it made me feel right at home plus we had a professional waiter, not one who is just doing this part time. A sterotypical Frenchmen who took his job with honor.
The attractions there are really awesome. Remember that this park opened in 92 so a majority of the attractions are of old favorites built with new technology. Thunder Mountain is the best I have ever been on! Great thrilling ride that lasts pretty long. Another attraction which was simple, but intersting was Alice's Hedge Maze which I think should be brought to Disney World. It harkens back to the old fashioned attractions you would find at a park done with plants and flowers and a few animatronics. Also, Crush's coaster is one of the best things to come out of imagineering in a long time!
So just beware! You will have a great time, but remember this is not Disney World in FL or Disneyland in CA.
No one builds air conditions in an area like Paris. That would be a waste of money. See the upside: you dont need one, which means you also dont have to hear the noise of the air condation. That makes sleeping a lot easier then in Orlando.
From Jason K
Posted May 5, 2008 at 4:34 AM
Re lack of air con, I've got say it is sometimes needed very much. I stayed in DLP one summer when it was extremely hot. We had the ceiling fan on but it was not enough to keep us comfortable. Re the rest of the resort, I've got to agree with some of the earlier comments in that a lot of the classic rides are better than their US versions. However, the cast members are awful in Paris. They often huff and puff when you ask for something, and customer service is just terrible. Also avoiding cigarete smoke is a great challenge in the parks at Paris.
You don't need an air conditioner in Paris? If you're not staying in one of the hotels on the outskirts (I had the pleasure of staying in one), then you don't have an air conditioner, and if it's spring or summer, it tends to get hot out there. Big time hot.
I don't think it was very long ago that people in Paris were dying left and right because of the heat.
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