Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: April 29, 2011, 2:14 pm
Over in Shanghai Disney and the Chinese government just turned shovels on what will be Disney's 6th theme park in the world.
Meanwhile over at DL Paris things look like they are deteriorating worse than they did at Anaheim's DL did before a caring park president got the parent company to our millions into renovating, updating, and doing things like getting rid of rotting wood. Disneyland became a well-maintained sparkling showplace in time for it's 50th anniversary in 2005.
DL Paris turns age 20 in 2012. And it's looking bad in 2011.
DL Paris is younger than Disneyland, when it opened it was marvelous looking with superior attractions. Now....
You check the link, read text and look at pictures.
I agree with some speculation that DL Paris' second gate, a movie studio park similar to what is now Disney Hollywood Studios at Orlando, was a drain and a mistake.
DL Paris actually is one of the most visited family attractions in Europe. But old-timer Disney fans will recall that the finances for DL Paris have always been precarious. Remember that it was in debt year after year, 'til a Saudi Arabian prince agreed to put a lot of his money in it as an investor to bail it out and keep it operational.
Today it looks like it needs help with maintenance, new wood, coats of paint and spit and polish. Just look at the photos.
Go find any Google photos and narratives of what the park looked like and was like when it opened in '92! Compare to this link.
People are going to that park. It's caring about ongoing maintenance that is the problem.
Kevin Yee of MiceAge has long noted the "declining by degrees" shopworn look of parts of WDW.
As Disney prepares to build yet another new park in Shanghai let them also think about once they build it it has to be kept painted, not rusted exposed metal showing, no sun-faded facades, the wood treated with preservatives so it doesn't rot..... Looking good and fresh, not worn and careless.
Yes there will always be people visiting Disney parks, and never having been there before or raised within a "What Walt Disney Himself Used to Do" culture they are intent on riding rides, seeing shows, getting a decent meal, some fun souvenirs, going home, not caring any deeper or more fully than that. If they see a bit of unpainted wood there, rust on a handrail that used to be painted over there, people scraping paint off with their fingernails off a queue display over here, cobwebs and rotten wood over there, then that just must be the way it is, right?
It used to be much different. And better. And better looking.
Letting trim go unrepaired for six years? A day or two I can understand.... but for six years??
Article is astute.
Check it out. Google around for opening day pictures and articles from 1992. Compare.
For DL Paris' 20th anniversary in 2012, Disney, you can and should do much better!