Disneyland Paris Closes Following Nov. 13 Attacks

November 13, 2015, 11:32 PM · The Disneyland Paris Resort has announced that its theme parks will not open on Saturday, following a deadly series of attacks across Paris on Friday evening, Nov. 13.

In light of the recent tragic events in France and in support of our community and the victims of these horrendous attacks, Disneyland Paris has decided not to open its theme parks on Saturday 14 November. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by these horrible events.

French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed France's borders after the attacks, which claimed the lives of more than 100 people across the city, including dozens who were at a concert by the Southern California band Eagles of Death Metal, at the Bataclan concert hall. President Hollande was at the France-Germany soccer friendly at Stade de France at the time of the attacks, which included multiple explosions outside the stadium.

French authorities have urged people to remain at home for the time being, in the aftermath of the attacks. At this point, it is unclear when tourist travel and attractions will return to something close to what has been normal operation.

Saturday Update: Disney has announced that Disneyland Paris will remain closed through Tuesday, Nov. 17, as part of France's three-day mourning period.

In Orlando, L'artisan des Glaces (the ice cream shop in Epcot's France pavilion) tweeted this photo of the pavilion's Eiffel Tower:

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November 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM · Sending magical thoughts to everyone involved. Xoxo
November 14, 2015 at 12:34 AM · The nature of terrorism is to create terror. The softer the target the more terror is created. It is, in my opinion, merely a matter of time before an attrocity is committed at a theme park, I do not know the answer to the question but we are living in difficult times for sure. One can only feel sorrow for those caught up in it and despise those responsible.
November 14, 2015 at 1:00 AM · I wondered how Disneyland Paris would react to this tragedy.
November 14, 2015 at 1:39 AM · is it safe to book aholiday at disney paris in 2016
November 14, 2015 at 1:54 AM · Absolutely the right decision. For the safety of our children and in respect of those killed this had to be done. Well done Disneyland Paris for putting common sense in front of profits.
November 14, 2015 at 3:15 AM · It's only a matter of time until something like this is attempted at a Disney park. I hate to see it but Disney needs to put in metal detectors yesterday. Sports stadiums and Six Flags have them, it's about time for Disney to step up their security before the tragically inevitable happens.
November 14, 2015 at 3:37 AM · I'm due to fly out there tomorrow and desperately trying to get a refund for our Disney tickets , having no luck tho! Any ideas who I can phone to find this out?
November 14, 2015 at 4:08 AM · Sigh, God bless those who lost their lives and may they R.I.P.

I too concur with Tony and David that its a matter of time before a theme park is a target of terrorism.

Maybe not Disney, Universal or other theme park chain but a popular theme park somewhere in this world.

Terrorists will try to target a theme park where security is weak.

It is the unfortunate reality of the world we live in.

Its just a matter of time before all stadiums, theme parks, museums, etc will have airport level security for guests.

November 14, 2015 at 4:54 AM · I am astonished what occurred in Paris. God bless all the people affected by the terroristic attacks, and I hope Paris will recover from this monstrosity.

On a theme park related note, I fear that Disneyland Paris attendance levels will reach an all time low when it reopens, due to fear of an attack and a lack of decent security.

November 14, 2015 at 5:50 AM · God bless all the people of Paris so sickening Just out enjoying everyday Life unaware of such a tragic thing happening Rip to you all xxx
November 14, 2015 at 5:55 AM · Its a real shame and I feel for everyone involved but this is the problem with the world we live in today that people can go out for a meal or visit a rock concert and have this terror happen, I agree with the comments above that I think theme parks should have some sort of metal detection, many times you hear of knife or guns being brought into theme parks around the world undetected, I for one know I would have no issue with being checked, if you have nothing to hide an extra check for me and my family to enjoy our time safely is a small price to pay.
If you have no bags you do not get checked and walk straight past security, it would be so easy to do.
On our most recent visit we were shocked to be sitting in the magic kingdom enjoying our time to see a family get out a very large bread knife and start carving a loaf of bread, this may have been innocent family but imagine the horror if it was in the wrong hands, I did mention it to a Disney employee who said they would deal with this and wonder how it got past security.
We all live in a different world and terror comes in all sizes and shapes and we all wish that one day we can all live peacefully knowing our loved ones are safe.
November 14, 2015 at 8:33 AM · Who brings a bread knife AND A LOAF OF BREAD to a theme park??
November 14, 2015 at 8:43 AM · From everything I've read over the years, Disney has a very good, multi-level security system, and the apparent lack of metal detectors at the entrances to their parks is no indication that you are unsafe. If a Disney or Universal park were to be attacked on the level that occurred in Paris last night, odds are it would be an inside job, and the weapons would not come in the front gate.

As far as bread knives and pocket knives go, I don't think they can really be considered a threat on a mass scale. Terrorists seek to create the most death and destruction with the least amount of effort and only a mentally unbalanced terrorist like the fellow in California (assuming that you can consider mass murder a rational act) would even consider using a knife to commit terrorism.

November 14, 2015 at 8:46 AM · (Sigh.) Please, again, let's leave the negativity and doom talk for another time.
November 14, 2015 at 10:40 AM · This is why we need theme parks. The world is an ugly place at times (not always), so places like Disney allow us to relive the innocence and magic of childhood and immerse ourselves in something good. Sure, I love my tropical escapes (Hawaii comes to mind), but for some reason, I keep coming back to Disney. It's a worthwhile expense that allows me to forget about the politics, terrorism, and other negative aspects of life for a brief moment.
November 14, 2015 at 10:52 AM · I really wanna hug a French person right now...
November 14, 2015 at 2:14 PM · Breaking news: Disneyland Paris will stay closed through Tuesday 17th!

They just confirmed it and are updating the website ; already to be found on www.disneylandparis.co.uk

« We mourn those lost to the horrific attacks in Paris, we pray for the injured and we hold them all in our hearts. As part of France's three-day national mourning period, Disneyland Paris will remain closed through Tuesday 17 November. » Tom Wolber, Président of Euro Disney S.A.S.

That's a tough decision to make, but I think they made the right choice. My thoughts are with all the victims and their family and friends.

November 14, 2015 at 3:18 PM · @

LOL I was thinking the same thing.

I disagree that an attack on a theme park is inevitable. The terrorist goal is not only to create fear, but to undermine the institutions and systems that we depend on ie government, transportation, city centers etc. A theme park presents a weak target in that respect.
Although we regard theme parks as sacred spaces I highly doubt that a terrorist in the desert somewhere has the same opinion.

Metal detectors might stop low level criminals but the likes of the Paris attackers would easily have the means to bypass them. There are plastic and carbon fiber weapons and the underwear bomber who landed in Detroit in 2009 had an IED built entirely of non metal components (which is why the metal detectors in Amsterdam didn't stop him).

November 14, 2015 at 4:06 PM · It is sad that we live in a world where events such as the Paris attacks happen. I feel for those who were affected by the attacks, especially the victims and their families. As for Disneyland Paris, closing the parks during the national mourning period is absolutely the right thing to do. I will not even speculate on whether this type of thing could happen to a major theme park, as this is neither the time nor the place to do so.
November 14, 2015 at 4:24 PM · To answer the above question-- It is very common to see people with/eating a whole loaf of bread on buses, trains, parks and almost every place you could imagine in Europe. I would guess people bring in bread to Disneyland Paris everyday.
November 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM · I was hired at Disney World the morning of 9/11. In fact, I first learned about the attacks while sitting in the Recruiter's office. From personal experience, I can say that Disney takes security very seriously. For one role I held, our office was backstage at one of the parks. I had to agree to an extended background check to get permission to drive my car to that office.

Last month, I read a story that Disney was seeking a "Global Intelligence Analyst Intern". According to the job description, the Cast Member was to provide "strategic intelligence, threat assessments, vulnerability mitigation strategies and in-depth analytical products covering existing and developing threats that include counter-terrorism, physical threats, cyber-attacks and all reputational risks".

[I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post links here. But, if you want to find the article, try "Global Intelligence Analyst Intern Disney" in your favorite search engine.]

When compared to other public places like shopping malls or stadiums, I'd say that Disney Parks are far more secure.

November 14, 2015 at 8:02 PM · "likes of the Paris attackers would easily have the means to bypass them."

Actually the suicide bombers did not bypass security. The security detected the explosives so they detonated them outside the gates at the Stadium. There were no less than 3 terrorist attacks on the same night. The problem is what happens after you discover them.

As for what you regard as a weak target, they attacked a concert hall too.

November 14, 2015 at 9:40 PM · Anon...I didn't that they bypassed security did I? And neither did I say that a theme park attack was an impossibility did I? My post was responding to metal detectors being used in theme parks.

Metal detectors would never stop a real terrorist attack. The only true defense that theme parks would have are professional security officers who are trained to detect suspicious activity and behaviors.

November 15, 2015 at 5:04 AM · Love to Paris, sending you wishes for peace.
November 16, 2015 at 4:15 AM · we arrived at Disney on Friday night, spent couple of hours in the park, then our phones were ringing, our family and friends asking if we were safe. It was very disappointing on saturday to learn that the parks were closed, after saving, planning and looking forward to a magical time with our family. But I totally understand why they would close the parks, we still have our family, where many have lost, in the most despicable, cowardly, and disgusting actions of some very misguided people. I would say that the Disney tried there best to make the most of such a sad and bad situation, characters were ever present, playing games with the innocent children, who did not understand what was happening.
The park was surrounded by armed soldiers, security dogs, on the gates borders, and even in the hotels, which was disturbing, but made you feel safer, even though Disney is a way out from Paris, the overall feeling was one of nervousness, every loud noise brought everyone to a standstill. We decided to come home, eurostar, were extremely helpful, in getting us on another train and getting us home safely
We are now feeling disappointed, disgusted and angry, but extremely saddened for the poor families of the ones who lost their lives, the wounded, and the people living in Paris today, who are coming to terms with this, be strong xx

November 16, 2015 at 5:08 AM · My family and I were in Disneyland Paris the day the attacks happened and left on the Saturday (were not meant to leave until Sunday evening). We had booked and paid for our tickets for the Saturday as well but of course the parks were closed which I highly respect. The security checks that we each went through to gain access to the park had in fact improved vastly since our last visit a year ago; airport style bag scanners have been brought into use whereas before it was just a very quick look through each bag. We have been told that Disney are not announcing decisions about ticket refunds until Wednesday the 18th. I genuinely think that it was the best decision to close for as long as they are; regardless of the money spent on the hotel and travel etc, you can't put a price on the safety of yourself and those around you. It is heartbreaking about the many lives that were lost on Friday, RIP to all of the victims and I hope and pray that this does not happen again.
November 16, 2015 at 6:59 AM · I am due to travel next week to disneyland with my family. What do we do, i want to go but fear safety.
November 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM · There probably won't be another attack in Paris with everybody on such high alert.
November 16, 2015 at 12:18 PM · If the park is open then I personally would go, why allow these people to terrorise the world into thinking they can not go about their normal day to day life, it's what they want and more important your holiday time is important so enjoy it, as said the checks have improved and you may face longer delays but it's all worth while to know your safe. Have a great time.

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