Strikes are a French thing. It is what it is. Though obviously I preferred they'd keep it out of the park.Hi folks!
Me and my 2 girls (no longer young) went to DLP last Tuesday and were pretty disappointed.
A lot of things were still fun like all the subtle differences. For instance, Big Thunder was nice as we cross under the river twice during the ride. We also enjoyed Hyperspace Mountain or Space Mountain with extras. Nostalgia kicked in for us on Pinocchio's and Snow White's rides. Pirates was also pleasant. We like inventive concepts for the Castle and its mighty underground Dragon but also for other attractions like Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. We are WDW regulars and seeing more roaming characters was amusing. DLP is probably more like the original in California for that regard.
Everything is there to have a great time yet there's one major problem: most cast members seemed bored, lacked spirit and were simply uninteresting. We are fluent in French yet most of them answered us in bad English. They seemed more like basic amusement park operators than Disney cast members. All in all, most just did not have the Disney touch. They also protest a lot. They don't get that canceling parades at the last minute won't help their cause. Informing guests a little in advance would at least show some respect. Sadly, from our experience on that day, their don't deserve to get more and are still lucky to get employed at all. The cancellations did not help but the rest of our interactions neither. Maybe it’s a generational thing. Hope DLP cast members will someday get it and get more into it.
Small World is a good representation of our day. It was in great shape just after renovation and its surroundings are quite neat, yet it had no spirit. Cast members could not easily point us in the correct direction and would not even respond when we waived at them.
Many guests looked like they had the obligation to be there to satisfy their children. DLP was just another amusement park for them. And probably not even a good one. The experience for all ages that you normally get at WDW or at the original Disneyland was just not there.
A lot of details were also off. A good old paper map would have been nice and probably must better than the complicated App. A lot of info was missing or not updated. Restrooms are pretty hard to find and also lack the Disney touch.
All in all, we were looking forward to our first DLP visit but it just did not satisfy our Disney craving. Sorry to blame you guys about it but you probably deserve even worse.
One shouldn't wave for attention. This is considered rude, rather universally I think, certainly in France.
Otherwise I actually get where you're coming from with some of your points! A certain je ne sais quoi misses in DLP. Perhaps because of the CM interaction too, although this never bothers me, but I can see how it would.
Disney goes along better with that happy, smiling, enthusiastic American 'how are you today' service than with French service attitude. Which has its charm too, but perhaps feels a more natural for other environments besides the very American Disney one.
Plus, people are more at ease, more jovial and communicative beyond a mere exchange of practicalities, in their native language. This too benefits the US parks CM interaction experience. DLP has to deal with the reality of an Italian CM having to address German and Spanish speaking guests in English and French.