I’ve been visiting Disneyland Paris for 16 years, first with my wife, then with my wife and son, and on occasion flying solo for a variety of events and happenings. We love the place, all of us, and talk of going elsewhere on holiday usually doesn’t go very far, and we are soon looking at prices to go back to our happy place. There are not many things that would stop us going back, finances enabling, but one of those things came to light today, when ED92 posted these photos on Twitter.
Photos From: ED92
I don’t mind alcohol being served in restaurants, and I don’t even mind it being served in the newly created outside drinking areas such as the ones in Place de Remy and in Fantasyland. I say I don’t mind, when actually I’d prefer they weren’t there as I don’t think alcohol needs to be served outside of restaurants and hotels in Disneyland Paris, but I’d tolerate it. What I can’t look past is what we see here, the selling of cans of beer from carts out and about in the Parks. Not only is the visual of seeing the signs very off-putting, but the thought of seeing people walking around Disneyland Park chugging from these cans of beer sends shivers down my spine. I don’t want to see it myself, as an adult, but even more so it’s not something I want to see in a place I bring my son.
At €5,39 a can, that’s quite a bit more expensive than a supermarket, but compared to the bars and restaurants in Disneyland Paris, it’s quite reasonable, and compared to a bar in London it’s relatively cheap. You wouldn’t have to be rich to have a few cans and then you not only have the horrible sight of the advertising and people drinking from them, but there’s a potential for people to get drunk as they stumble around what is supposed to be a happy safe environment. That can no longer be guaranteed, and with the continuation of smoking, even though it’s banned in Disneyland Paris, I’d doubt their ability to keep this under control too.
It’s a very surprising move for a resort that targets families with children in so much of their advertising. Apparently, alcohol is more available in WDW and therefore it won’t be a problem, but do they sell people cans of beer so they can walk around looking like they’re on stag party? Maybe they do and that’s nice for them, but we’ve seen time and time again, with smoking, graffiti and character scrums, that some guests in Disneyland Paris just don’t act responsibly and Cast Members are hesitant to stop them. While I still don’t want to see people strolling around drinking booze, it wouldn’t be quite so bad if the beer was in land themed drinking vessels, but these cans just make it look like the undesirable part of a rundown town.
I can only hope that this is a mistake, a bad idea that slipped through the net of reasonable thinking and will be removed from Disneyland Paris as quickly as it appeared. If not I’ll have to seriously consider visiting Disneyland Paris in the future. And yes, I know that’s what people always say when they see something they don’t like, but this goes beyond a favourite ride closing or a character not appearing, this potentially puts the safety at risk of guests and Cast Members alike, and makes the environment a visually displeasing one. While I’m sure some will laugh at my reaction and think I’m being silly, this is how I feel and it makes me sad to think like this of a place that has meant so much for me for so many years. Let’s see what happens, but for now this has put a big downer on what was my happy place. Let’s hope it continues to be when the dust settles, as I implore Disneyland Paris to think very carefully about this puzzling development.