November 5, 2013 |
During a recent visit to Paris I made my first pilgrimage to a Disney theme park outside the United States. For years I have been reading about the majestic beauty of the Magic Kingdom-style park at Disneyland Paris, the dysfunctional violation of all things Disney that is Walt Disney Studios next door and the promise of what the future holds for both parks. TOP 10: Disneyland Paris | Walt Disney Studios So let's step back for a moment and take a long, hard look at what's right, wrong and next at the two theme parks serving as Disney's European outpost in France.
August 11, 1996
Travelers headed from England to Disneyland Paris no longer need to change trains in Paris. The cross-channel Eurostar service, which connects London with several cities on the Continent, has added a new direct rail link that carries passengers from London's Waterloo Station to the theme park 20 miles east of Paris. The new Eurostar connection is a three-hour, nonstop ride via the Chunnel. Round-trip fares begin at $132, with first-class fares also available.
July 2, 1998 |
Euro Disney said Wednesday that it hopes for a breakthrough in talks aimed at ending a weeklong strike at its theme park outside Paris, but workers were in no mood to drop their demands for higher pay. The walkout at Disneyland Paris began with parade performers and technicians; restaurant workers later joined in. Euro Disney said the daily parade continued as scheduled and that the vast majority of its 13,000 employees were on the job.
March 15, 2002 |
Walt Disney Co., which transformed the near-bankrupt Disneyland Paris into Europe's most visited tourist attraction, adds some Hollywood glitz to its French resort with the opening Saturday of a theme park modeled on its studio tour in Orlando, Fla. The 50-acre park, called Walt Disney Studios, is billed as a tribute to American and European cinema and is next to Disneyland Paris.
September 29, 1996
DisneyWorld will be 25 years old Tuesday, and the Lake Buena Vista, Fla., theme park and resort is celebrating. On Tuesday, it will open Disney's BoardWalk, a waterfront "village" that aims to create the flavor of the Mid-Atlantic coast circa 1930. It includes 910 rooms at BoardWalk Inn and BoardWalk Villas, a dance hall, pub and dining. On Wednesday, the world's largest Disney store opens, with 12 shopping areas. There's also a new roller coaster at Mickey's Toontown Fair. The 185-foot-tall Cinderella Castle, a park icon, is being redesigned as a giant birthday cake with 25 candles.
June 19, 2002 |
FRANCE * Masked robbers crashed a car into a currency exchange office in Disneyland Paris, trading fire with police as they fled with an undisclosed amount of money, authorities said. One officer was hit in the leg, and two others were injured by broken glass. The holdup was at the American Express office in the theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, east of the capital. The attackers briefly took two park employees hostage but released them, officials said.