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Old 01-28-2013, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just thought I would share my views on DLP after a trip in December. We had a great time and the Magic Kingdom is a beautiful park but for some reason it just didn't scream Disney at me. I have been trying to put my finger on what was missing and honestly I just can't, all I can say is it seems to be missing the magic that the US parks have. I know that we toured off season and in Winter but I was very disappointed by how much was closed. We tour off season at WDW and apart from one or two rides down for rehab everything is open. In DLP at times it felt like a ghost town, particularly the Frontier & Adventureland areas. The other thing I found really disappointing was touring at night time. There simply were no lights on and quite frankly it was downright dangerous as in places you literally couldn't see where you were going. I love touring the parks at WDW at night and I love going on the rides late but at DLP everything shuts down, you can't even get dinner in the park as all the restaurants close before the fireworks, which in Winter is early. As for the night time show on the castle again I was disappointed. Before we left so many people raved about it, yes it was lovely but it just didn't bring a tear to my eye as the shows in the USA. I really don't like writing negative reviews but here it is. Lets hope that with the Disney Company takeover things will change at DLP and I can't wait to visit WDW in 2 years time.
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Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Disneyland Paris as much as you'd hoped.

I hear you about it not being "Disney" enough and I can't put my finger on why, but I know exactly what you mean.
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I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your time at DLP as much as you'd hoped.

I have to agree that it's not quite as magical as the parks in the U.S. I tend to blame it on the French
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I also totally agree. I wonder if the cast members are trained differently. I also agree with the closed rides. We went one Sunday and both Space Mountain and Big thunder were closed and tha parks just couldn't cope. Another part of the problem is that annual passes are very cheap so a lot of locals have them and use them all the time so it is never not busy.
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I agree 100%. The CM are nothing like those in Floria. They barely acknowledge you. People smoke cigarettes in the queues. MK is untidy and worn out. Nothing like Florida
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I did not realize that some venues would be closed during winter. Anyone know when those closings begin? October :? November?
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We went in March and many of the restaurants were closed. So disappointing as they didn't put any info on the website prior to our arrival.
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It is sad and a shame, but a lot of restaurants close early, even in summer when park is open till 11pm.
The problem with the CM is that they most of them have only short time contract for the i.e. The summer holidays and are not well trained.
Also the mentality of spanish or russian people is totaly different. They are loud and rude. You cant compare it with WDW.

But if you have this in mint, you will find a lot of magic when you look behind the scenes
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It is sad and a shame, but a lot of restaurants close early, even in summer when park is open till 11pm.
The problem with the CM is that they most of them have only short time contract for the i.e. The summer holidays and are not well trained.
Also the mentality of spanish or russian people is totaly different. They are loud and rude. You cant compare it with WDW.

But if you have this in mint, you will find a lot of magic when you look behind the scenes
Basic manners shouldn't take much training really. For example: My FP machine wasn't working and I asked the CM if she could help and she glared at me and told me the machine was fine (clearly it wasn't and after 5 minutes of me trying and the que backing up she came over).
Also, the way they smoke in the park is disgusting- they were even smoking in the que with babies present.
The restaurants didn't close early for us they just didn't open at all. Some of their best signature restaurants were closed and we were so disappointed. The cost of going to Disney Paris isn't far off a trip to Florida so I think we'll stick with that in the future.
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I did not realize that some venues would be closed during winter. Anyone know when those closings begin? October :? November?
It largely depends on expected crowd levels. Most restaurants will be open when schools are on break, around Halloween etc. But lots of smaller places are closed in January, for example.
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