I've been to DLP a few times and really enjoy the place and have also been to the US parks many times over the years. The Paris versions of some rides, like Space, Big Thunder, and all the Fantasyland rides have a serious claim to be the best versions of those attractions for me. However, I am totally underwhelmed by the Paris versions of Pirates and Haunted Mansion (Phantom Manor). I have been there with friends who've been to DLR and WDW who also didn't like these versions as much and a family member of mine who isn't a Disney freak but has been to the American parks in one of his few comments to me about the visit described the version of Pirates as a "travesty" compared to the US versions.
Yet the consensus among Disney fans seems to unanimous that the Paris version of both these classics supersedes or at the very least equals the best version at the other parks. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard anyone in the Disney fan community argue any different.
So, is it just me and the people I know who are freaks? Does anyone else think the Paris versions of these attractions actually look a little hokey compared to those in the other parks? Or is it just that they may have once been the best versions but have aged so badly due to poor maintenance that their greatness doesn't shine through?
Interested to hear any opinions as this difference in perception has always quite interested me. I would go so far as to say that both rides seem a little second-rate these days.