Tomorrow, 12th April 2012, marks the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris. That means the resort will have been open for a grand total of 7,305 days – that includes that extra day for leap years 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Let’s break that down a little more.
20 Years of Tickets
Based on prices today on the official Disneyland Paris website, if you bought a 2 park 1 day ticket every day for 20 years, it would cost you £372,555 / €336,030. However, if you bought 20 annual passes, it would cost you £4,413 / €3,980. So here’s a tip for you – if you are going to go to Disneyland Paris every day for the next 20 years, get annual passports and save yourself £368,142 / €332,050.
20 Years of Pirates of the Caribbean
Let’s assume Pirates of the Caribbean is open from 9am till 10pm every day. That’s 13 hours a day for 7,305 days, which is 94,965 hours. With an average ride time of 10 minutes, if you stayed on Pirates of the Caribbean for 13 hours a day, every day for 20 years, you’d ride Pirates of the Caribbean 569,790 times. If you bought your ride photo every time, at a cost of £14.40 / €13 each time, it would cost you £8,210,676 / €7,407,270. That would be enough to buy you an annual pass for the next 37,222 years.
20 Years of Guests
On November 15th 2011 Disneyland Paris welcomed its 250 millionth guest. If we extrapolate to April 12th 2012, that gives us 255,205,422 guests having visited Disneyland Paris in the 20 years it has been open. If for a moment we say that all of those bought a 2 park 1 day ticket, that means that at the very least Disneyland Paris would have made £13,015,476,523 / €11,739,449,413 in ticket sales – yes, that’s billions of pounds and euros. Of course this figure would change drastically when you take into consideration things like kids going free, people staying for multiple days, annual passports and so on. Still, that’s a lot of money.
20 Years of Maps
For this I’m going to assume that every visitor picks up a map and that the map weighs 20g. That means that over the 20 years 255,205,422 maps have been taken by guests, and that in total weighs 5,104,108 kilograms. That’s the same weight as almost 24 Boeing 747 jumbo jet aeroplanes. Each map also stretches to 45 centimetres, which is 114,842,440 metres when put end to end, which is 71,375 miles. That’s enough to wrap around the Earth almost 3 times, or a third of the way from the Earth to the Moon.
Makes you think doesn’t it? Do you have any more Disneyland Paris numbers which would make our minds boggle? Leave a comment and share with everyone. Oh, and happy Birthday Disneyland Paris – 20 years young tomorrow.