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Visiting France

Disneyland Paris visitors down by a million

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Not even Mickey’s kingdom has escaped the economic downturn in Europe, with Disneyland Paris reporting a loss of one million visitors this year.

Disneyland Paris opened its doors to 14,9 million visitors this year compared with a record 16 million in 2012, the year of the theme park's 20th anniversary.

Disneyland Paris’ parent company Euro Disney reported 1,31 billion euros in revenue sales for 2013, down by 1,1% from 2012.

“2013 has been a difficult year for the tourism industry in Europe in general,” said Euro Disney boss Philippe Gas.

The amusement park is still a hugely popular site for tourists, attracting twice as many visitors as either the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre museum.

But locals facing tough economic times increasingly shun the park, which recently put up its prices.

The company’s policy has been to raise entrance fees and costs on site in order to make up for the loss in attendance.

Gas plans to continue with renovations and investments on the site in Marne-la-Vallée, east of Paris.

Next summer, Disneyland Paris will be inaugurating an expensive new attraction based on the film Ratatouille, which promises to take visitors into the gourmet world of the high-end rat-chef Rémy.

 

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