doctorow at September 15th, 2013 11:01 — #1
felipe_esquivel at September 15th, 2013 11:15 — #2
Really is in that horrible shape? I've been there a couple of times with my kids and found it a good experience.
krops at September 15th, 2013 11:47 — #3
Has a vermin problem too.
There are mice everywhere.
brad_shur at September 15th, 2013 11:51 — #4
antdude at September 15th, 2013 12:14 — #5
Uh, Disney always had mice. Minnie, Mickey, etc.
antdude at September 15th, 2013 12:17 — #6
Were there names, Minnie and Mickey?
krops at September 15th, 2013 12:22 — #7
captainpedge at September 15th, 2013 12:26 — #8
jhbadger at September 15th, 2013 12:57 — #9
Isn't the food at all the Disney Parks awful? Maybe not at the "Club 33" or equivalent members-only clubs, but certainly the standard burgers and bland child-friendly pizza that the general public get to buy.
el_reptar at September 15th, 2013 13:07 — #10
mercedes42 at September 15th, 2013 13:20 — #11
No! Disneyland has really good food these days. The sit-down restaurant in New Orleans square has wonderful food; my favorite is the grilled polenta with rattatoiulli and asparagus. (Not the Blue Bayou which has become insanely overpriced, but being inside the Pirates ride, is one of the coolest restaurants ever.) The gumbo shop nearby has surprisingly delicious gumbo, including a veggie gumbo. There are vegetarian options all over the park in fact. At California Adventure, there's an Italian restaurant with good wines; the food court there has high-quality food of all kinds. And margaritas! I've been amazed at how much their food options have transformed over the past 5-10 years, as it used to be exactly as you describe.
And the pineapple whip floats at the Enchanted Tiki room remain as delicious as ever!
eastblock at September 15th, 2013 13:33 — #12
I wouldn't shed a tear if they levelled the place. It's awful. Went 8 years ago and spent hours in a queue to try a ride. Rip-off prices.
rider at September 15th, 2013 13:42 — #13
That's a problem at all the Disney parks.
themudshark at September 15th, 2013 15:57 — #14
Although I´ve never been to any Disney theme park, I just don´t think the European mindset generally lends itself very well to generate the happy, squeaky-clean family-friendly experience I would associate with Disneyland. I think as staff of such a theme park you´d have to be kind of into it, or be able to make yourself be into it, to exude the level of enthusiasm the job asks for. Of all the service personnel I´ve personally had the pleasure with in Paris, or most of Europe for that matter, I couldn´t imagine anyone doing that wholeheartedly.
daemonworks at September 15th, 2013 17:35 — #15
Wasn't Paris Disneyland famous for having remarkably low turnouts compared to what they expected, right from the beginning? That might be a major contributing factor...
karls at September 15th, 2013 17:48 — #16
I think you have a point, but most of visitors are Europeans, too. I am not sure it is a given that "Disneyland Paris - A sufficiently happy place" can't work.
captainpedge at September 15th, 2013 17:50 — #17
When it first opened it was known as EuroDisney and it didn't meet expectations at all. a few years later they rebranded as Disneyland Paris and customer numbers slowly picked up.
samwinston at September 15th, 2013 18:50 — #18
Disneyland Paris is owned by a French company; of which 40 percent is owned by Disney. The rest by a Saudi prince and public stock. CEO is Philippe Gas.....The CEO. IS Philippe GAS. GAS GAS GAS GAS the THE the thethe CEO is Philippe PHILIPPE Philippe GAS
nemomeno at September 15th, 2013 19:19 — #19
In general Disney food in Walt Disney World is fantastic though pricey. There are a ton of sit-down places with excellent food, and the World Showcase has a lot of great counter service places (esp. Morocco). At their hotels they have some world class restaurants like Victoria and Alberts, California Grill, Jiko (and also next door Boma, which is a favorite of mine).
Food in Disneyland can be good, but it's more hit and miss. While some of the counter service fare is so-so, the Blue Bayou is great, and there's a lot of excellent food in Downtown Disney and in the hotels on property. I ate at a place I can't remember the name of in the Grand Californian that was superb.
Never been to Disney Tokyo, but I heard the food there was excellent.
samwinston at September 15th, 2013 19:46 — #20
Here's a blog devoted to Disney Food (mostly WDW in Florida).
very good stuff. When the blog isn't focusing on deserts as they do most times.
Here's the review of the refurbished California Grill at Disney World.
Note: The review is from a tasting party for the press so the portion sizes are small compared to the posted menu prices.
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