Europe to Disney: 'Save Disneyland Paris'

It’s been more than 20 years since 1992, when Disneyland Paris opened in Marne-la-Vallée, France. Since then, millions of families around the world have enjoyed the resort — so much so that it’s now “literally falling apart,” according to a multilingual petition that’s been signed by more than 6,600 people.

Titled “Save Disneyland Paris,” the petition is addressed to Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company since 2005. In it, petitioners allege that “the overall quality of the experience [at Disneyland Paris] has slowly deteriorated over the years.”

“The many years of budget cuts in maintenance, entertainment, and food and beverage, have left the resort in an unacceptable neglected state,” reads the petition, which as of today has 6,672 signatures on the website Change.org. “This year, the quality has declined even further as the situation has reached a critical point; 2013 marks the first summer season since opening with not a single stage show presented in either park. This is a first in Disneyland Paris’ history and most likely a first for Disney Parks worldwide.”

In addition to cancelled stage shows, petitioners cite themed elements that are “decaying and crumbling,” “a never-ending cycle of ride breakdowns,” “low food quality at premium prices” and “mediocre-quality merchandising.”

In order to address their complaints, petitioners are asking Disney to increase Disneyland Paris’ operational budget.

Concludes the petition, “Mr. Iger, we ask you to ... stop neglecting the most beautiful park ever built by your Imagineers.”

A spokesperson for Disneyland Paris told British newspaper The Independent: “Both The Walt Disney Company and the management of Disneyland Paris are dedicated to ensuring that our resort offers each of its guests a magical experience. We take guest comments very seriously and use them to help us evaluate our processes and procedures.”

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