Disneyland Paris: General Discussion

Discussion in 'European Parks and Attractions' started by Maelstrom, 28th Apr 2014.

  1. Burbs

    Burbs TS Site Team Team Member

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    Totally agree. I can somewhat understand them closing for one day out of respect, but 4 days is overkill if you ask me. As you quite rightly stated, this could seriously ruin a family's holiday.
     
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    The country is in mourning. There may have been cast members caught up in it. Are the closures affecting you? No. Let the resort have a couple of days of closure out of respect if they want to. It sends out more of a message of respect than adding washed out colours to your Facebook profile
     
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    You mention the media, imagine the outcry from them, and the resulting PR disaster if they didn't close?

    Besides, I can't imagine many people in Paris will really be in the mood for Disney, guests and staff alike.

    Can't really compare a building collapse to multiple, coordinated mass killings either.
     
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    I honestly don't think there would be any media outcry. Until I read this thread, the idea that Disney might be closing hadn't even crossed my mind so I doubt the world's press and social media would be too interested when they have much more significant stories to be focussing on.

    When the 7/7 bombings happened, Alton and Thorpe didn't close. America's Disney parks did close on 9/11 but that was for security reasons and they were open the very next day. I doubt many other American parks closed at all. In these cases, there was no media backlash for lack of compassion.

    Personally, I find the idea of external real world events affecting park operations to be a bit perverse. Theme parks in my mind are supposed to be an escape and as such should exist in their own little bubble. You go there to take your mind off the news and the everyday grind. Surely, if the places that people go to relax and have fun shut down, those responsible for these attacks have in some way succeeded in changing our way of life even if it's only for a few days.

    I think that London after the 7/7 bombings showed extraordinary resolve. The next day, people boarded the tube as usual. Shops, restaurants and attractions were still open and after a short while, life was back to normal. It was no less respectful towards the victims, there were moments of silence held and memorial services. But the key thing was that London as a city shrugged off the attack and because of this it didn't work. Today, you just use the tube or the busses without even thinking about it, just as you could before.

    Unfortunately, I don't think today's media circus allows for such a sensible reaction to pan out if an attack happens in any western city.

    The outcome is no less devastating to the families and friends of the victims. When it comes to disasters on this scale, surely it's the actual loss of life that is tragic, not the mechanism through which it happened. France has experienced a number of disasters over the last decade, the most obvious example being flight 447 which killed far more people. But for some reason, because this can't be attributed to a nominal bogeyman, it's somehow perceived to be not as bad.

    The worst thing we can do is turn the people responsible for this into monsters. They're not, they're just idiots who have had stupid ideas put in their heads.
     
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    The only way we can "fight back" against terrorists is to carry on as normal. Disrupting our normal way of life is what they want.
     
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    Respect and safety in my eyes.

    They tried to bomb a football stadium with thousands of people inside Disney would really be the next place to cause "terrorism".
     
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    Just to point out the initial 2 day closure was out of Disney's hands - the government placed a closure order on any sporting arena, concert venue, theme park etc etc, any place where large groups of people may have been.

    Admittedly Ive not kept up to date to know whether the further extension is either government enforced or Disney paying respects. Although Id imagine a lot of staff have been impacted by the events, so I can't blame them for making what must be an expensive decision.

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    We have some friends who were there while the attacks happened. They had left the park and were in a hotel bar at the time, apparently the staff were phenomenal. They were informed that Disney Village was to close imminently, to contact family and say they were safe, they ended up back in their hotel bar where news was being shown on a screen and staff were giving out free drinks and offering support.
    The bars were equally full of hotel staff and guests, all mourning and taking in the horrid events together.

    Aside from the parks being closed, entertainment was provided in the hotels - characters, films and live music in the following days and free food offered. When they left, staff apologised profusely and hoped they would return to not just Disney but France.

    To me it soundly like it was handled amazingly under the circumstances. Im so impressed.
     
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    I've deleted a couple of posts here. I know issues like this can cause a big difference in opinion but please remember to stay on topic and take any personal disagreements or digs off the forum and to PM. Thanks!

    :)
     
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur...ng&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

     
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    Shocking, but fabulous work from the DLP security team. Shows how important security is to Theme Parks at the current moment in time, too.

    Most seem unaffected by the incident in terms of putting off visits, many suggesting DLP has world-class security services and is potentially one of the 'safest places currently' to visit.

    Great work DLP & security teams, you've prevented something potentially catastrophic.
     
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    I was there last week, their security is really tight. This goes to show they're on the ball constantly, and it's paid off. Credit to them, they're doing it right.
     
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    Unfortunately, if this was an incident that posed a real threat (ie organised by any terrorist group), he wouldn't have been stopped at the security counter. Sounds more like a nut job same as the knife attacker at the tube station the other week.

    Given the current political climate, this is likely something we will have to get used to
     
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    Fourth star for Disney's Newport Bay Club

    I was just looking down my news feed and noticed Disney's Newport Bay Club has re-gained it's fourth star after losing it a few years ago along with Disney's Sequoia Lodge. The article says the forth star was awarded as part of the major restoration plan the hotel is currently undergoing, Disneyland Paris had to fill 246 criteria with 226 points to be re-awarded its fourth star, bringing it in line with the Resorts other four star hotel, Disney's Hotel New York. A great achievement for Disneyland Paris and from my visit last year I can confirm the hotel was looking better than ever.

    You can read the full article here: http://disneylandparis-news.com/en/4the-star-for-disneys-newport-bay-club/
     
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    If they'd bothered maintaining it suitably it would never have lost it.

    Saying that, good to see the work paying off and Newport is a nice hotel.
     
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    Now, myself and @Kelpie stayed in Newport Bay back in '08, and even back then, before we had even heard of Europa Park, we found it .... how to put this without falling foul of the swear filter?... "A piece of dog poo" compared to even the basic Splash landings, which was our best reference at the time.
     
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    I was at Newport Bay Club last month and, whilst it didn't have the touch of Bell Rock, it was very nice indeed. The restaurant was excellent.

    :)
     
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    Newport Bay Club is 10 times the size of Bell Rock and 20 years older, I wouldn't say it's doing bad in comparison.
     
  18. AstroDan

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    It is indeed.

    I would argue that the size of DLP's hotels is actually one of the things I don't like about them.

    However, Bell Rock has far, far more thematic detailing than Newport Bay Club does.

    :)
     
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    This is just a rumour at present and Disney may not progress with the proposal, buuuut..:
    Surely this will just turn out to be a mad idea that never happens? Disney can't seriously be considering messing with one of the best theme park attractions ever thought up, even if it was just a temporary thing like Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland.

    :)
     
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    That's a hideous idea.

    I remember talk of RnR being rethemed around Spiderman. That's a much better way to shoehorn Marvel in.
     

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