Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 250 millionth visitor since the resort opened in 1992. Billed as Europe’s premier tourist destination, Disneyland Paris reports that enthusiasm amongst guests remains high, primarily from families across Europe.
The quarter-billion milestone is good news for the Paris destination, which features seven Disney hotels, two convention centres, the Disney Village leisure centre and a 27-hole golf course.
“We’ve just reached the symbolic figure of one quarter of a billion visits. This shows that the French, and Europeans in general, have whole heartedly welcomed theme parks – and Disneyland Paris in particular. This milestone confirms the draw of the destination and our guests’ attachment to the Disney brand”, stated Philippe Gas, C.E.O. of Euro Disney S.A.S.
Visitors to Disneyland Paris this year reached record levels for the resort, with families with young children making up two-thirds of all guests (66%).
Almost half of the visitors were French, making up 49% of all visits. However, the attraction remains popular with UK visitors, who came in second on attendance at 13%. Other visitors include those from the Benelux countries (12%), guests from the Iberian Peninsula (10%) and Italian visitors (4%), with the remaining figures being scattered across the world.
Whilst recent reports have suggested that Disneyland Paris may be struggling financially, it seems the European branch of the popular brand isn’t too concerned.
The resort has an enormous local presence with around 14, 000 “Cast Members” working at the Paris site. Disneyland Paris is the number one employer in the region and its employees perform more than 500 different roles.
Disneyland Paris workers also represent more than 100 nationalities and speak 20 languages; the resort has had a significant impact on the local economy, generating a whopping 56, 000 direct and indirect jobs in the Paris region.
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