The Early Failure of Disneyland Paris: A Look Back

2018-05-29T12:06:42+00:00History, Travel|

With the success of Tokyo Disney, what could go wrong with Disneyland Paris?! Everything.

Disneyland Paris was a massive failure for the Walt Disney company as well as the French government when it first opened. Originally known as Euro Disney, the theme park was constructed without the input of the French people and it didn’t take long to figure out how the French people felt.

After fighting Disney’s well-known appearance rules, protests were waged and an overall dislike for Disney developed; spreading from Paris and out over the rest of France. When opening day arrived, only a fraction of the expected attendees showed up, making it a complete disaster. And after opening day, it only seemed to get worse.

The economy took a toll on ticket sales, a roller-coaster issue caused some guests to be injured, and employees kept quitting. The entire French-American effort seemed to be crumbling. Eventually, years later, the park began to turn a profit. It finally seemed as if Disney might have another success on their hands. In a very smart move, the park officially changed its name from Euro Disney Resort to Disneyland Paris; most likely in an effort to distance itself from the early days of failure.

Watch a breakdown in The Failure of Euro Disneyland from Defunctland: