Wouldn't Disneyland Paris be more succesfull if they did more to please the Europeans?
Im not talking about European things like serving alcohol and not cleaning
But things like building attractions, restaurants, shops and shows based on things popular in Europe.
For instance the Disney magazines and their legacy. It is ignored totally by DLP.
They make it seem Mickey and Donald live in Toontown in stead of Duckburg.
Which might seem logical to Americans.. Where the comic magazines Walt Disney Comics & Stories and Uncle Scrooge have a circulation of only 3,000 to 5,000 issues per month.
But if we compare that to European publications like Dutch magazine Donald Duck. This magazine sells 336.000 copies weekly. They are read by 2.000.000 people. That means about 1/8 of the population reads it. This is not counting other popular Disneymagazines like Donald Duck Extra, Daisy Duck and others.
In Italy, fifty-five Disney periodicals are currently published, including the weekly Topolino (’Mickey Mouse’), which is in the top five of all publications in the country. First issued in 1932, Topolino maintains its market leadership with original comic stories that are produced locally. Summer specials sometimes drive sales to over one million copies per week. If you put that in perspective with the US, Topolino does better than Time Magazine or Sports Illustrated
In Germany,nearly one million kids read Micky Maus magazine every week, and a recent study has shown that approximately one-fifth of parents also enjoy reading along. Micky Maus has had a huge cultural and educational influence on German society in the last 55 years.
In the Scandinavian countries, Disney comics are in a league of their own. Norwegian Donald Duck & Co magazine, which has been published by Egmont since 1948, boasts 1.1 million readers 3 per issue in Norway’s total population of 4 million people. In Finland, weekly Aku Ankka (’Donald Duck’) has become the most popular periodical in Finland, and its comics are read by Finns of all ages.
Millions of Europeans read and love the comics. But in the Disneyresort there is not one thing that links to them.
Popular comic characters like Brer Rabbit, Hiawatha, the Big Bad Wolf, Uncle Scrooge, Gladstone Gander and others, are never to be seen in DLP. Or when they are seen, they look nothing like they do in the comics.
Big bad wolf in comics:
Big Bad Wolf in Disneyland: http://www.toonfinder.com/blog/wp-content/DSCN2238.jpg
Also it seems they dont look at what films are popular in Europe when building attractions or shows.
Lilo and Stitch gets a show and an attraction in WDS, because it made $145,794,338 in the US. But it made only $44.073.259 in the 6 biggest DLP countries. (France, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands)
Lets compare that to Atlantis.
Atlantis was considered a flop in the US, with $84,056,472. Yet in the European countries it made $49.033.898. Thats more than Lilo and Stitch. Brother Bear also was more succesfull than Lilo and Stich, not in the US, but in Europe with $74.849.949.
Yet those are not getting their own show or attraction. Not that I want those. But it seems more logical.
In France, Atlantis even made 22 million, while Cars made only 14 million.
Although with $95.852.896 in the 6 biggest DLP countries together Cars was a succes. Not as big a succes as The Incredibles with $175.938.873 though.
In the US, cars and the incredibles both made about the same amount of money. But in Europe Cars made 80 million less than the Incredibles!
But because Cars is popular in the US we get a Cars attraction.
Then there are the European Disneyfilms that get ignored totally.
Like Amelie which made $75.274.244 in Europe.
And Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy that made $46.758.424.
And ofcourse Narnia, which made $187.549.143 in Europe.
Shouldnt these be at WDS?
In stead we get a tower based on a tv show that no one in Europe ever heard of
Ofcourse Im glad were getting the ToT. But it makes not all that much sense.
Then why not also build an attraction based on Oliver and Co?!
And I know not every popular movie gets it's own ride (Lion King), but it's also never the case in American parks that impopular movies get rides.
Then there's the thing with bad translations everywhere.
And I can only talk about Dutch in this case.
But whenever there is Dutch being spoken at the resort. It is done by a heavilly accented person who says things like: "Inside(sic) ten minutes, the parade will start!"
Would that be allowed if they said that in Anaheim that way?