We just returned from a weekend in Paris. In the past years we always decided to spend at least three days at Disneyland Paris but this time, since we had only four days for our entire vacation, we decided to buy a 1 day / 2 parks ticket and try to get the best of both parks in one day only. We knew we were about to deal with huge crowds, long lines and fast food, but we would have never thought we had to face such huge disappointments (more to follow).
We took the RER railroad from Paris to Marne-la-Vallťe and arrived at the ticket booths of the resort at 9 am sharp. Both parks opened at 10 am. Thanks to our three-day Paris Visit card, which allowed us full access to the cityís subway system, we bought our 1 day / 2 parks ticket with a 20% discount on the full price and headed to the first park of our disney day. Contrary to our usual patterns, in order to get the best from our single day we decided to have our disney day started in one of Disney's all-time worst: Walt Disney Studios theme park so to get in line as soon as possible to Crush's Coaster and Tower of Terror and then run far far away. Even though the gates of the park opened a full half an hour before official time, we still waited 30 minutes in line before embarking. The ride was nice and too short as usual, especially compared to the average waiting time. We then strolled to the Tower of Terror but found there already was a 60 minute wait. So, since we didn't want to spend not one more second in one of the most expensive and glorified carnivals of the world we decided to skip the Tower of Terror this time and headed over to Disneyland.
Fantasia Gardens welcomed as usual with their gentle bends, lush foliage and intimate overall look, the perfect introduction to the perfect park. After a quick stroll on Main Street (thatís the bad of a one-day visit, not taking enough time to fully enjoy the place) we headed to Fantasyland to get our fastpasses to Peter Panís Flight. And, with our greatest disappointment, to stumble upon the first of too many rotten and forgotten corners of the Magic Kingdom.
We all read Sleeping Beautyís Caste is in desperate need of a rehab but looking at the real thing just breaks your heart. The Walt Disney Company should be ashamed of the way Euro Disney s.c.a. treated its landmarks, and its paying guests. To get things even worst , the blinding contrast with the recently renovated bridge: no stains, no cracked stones, no faded colors, no pealed paint. Just the opposite of what the caste looks right now.
And thatís the overall pattern we found throughout the park: perfect rehabs (after years of neglect) on one side, rotten ruins on the other. All-time tops and all-time lows just a step away from each other.
We just love how the flowers always match the pink roofs of the Disneyland Hotel!
The most charming Disney hotel ever.
The most disjointed marketing campaign ever.
Just a quick look to the roofs of Main Street.
A new bridge for an aging castle.
Pay attention to the balcony: it has been remodeled so that rude guests (that is 90% of guests at Disneyland Paris) can't climb over it anymore.
At first, it looks perfect, doesn't it?
Look at all the mould and humidity stains on the arches.
Are we sure Aurora didn't rent the caste to Maleficent? Just look at the rooftops and the greying balconies...
More rotting rooftops and cracking towers.
Dilapidated rooftops galore. Maleficent MUST live in there!
In the next part: Fantasyland, land of rotten cement and restored beauty, and Adventureland, where phantom galleons ride the waters.