It's been just over a week since our last update in which we covered season dates, the new Photopass+ and the new brochure. This week there's more exciting news and rumours.
Main Street, U.S.A. Refurbishment begins:
Although Main Street, U.S.A. was only refurbished in 2011 for the 20th anniversary, the resort is back at it again creating more permanent facades for the buildings which will make them more resistant to the adverse weather conditions. The process has begun in Town Square.
Some rumours are saying that themed tarps will not be going up for all or some of the buildings as they will all be redone and the cost would be prohibitive. Surely these tarps would be a one off cost though? And visitors don't want their photos ruined by scaffolding!
In-keeping with our theme of Main Street, one rumour states that the Market House Deli dining location may be converted into a Starbucks. This would be a welcome addition in our opinion, seeing how well the integration has been done at the American resorts. Plus, who can resist a frappuccino on Main Street.
Disneyland Paris revealed its financial results for the first half fiscal year 2014 which ended on March 31st, 2014 in a corporate PDF. In the previous financial results for Q1 2014, which are also included in these results, it was revealed that revenues were down by 5%. This time round it was revealed that resort revenues have continued to decrease at a rate of 5%. In more positive news it seems that DLP is trying to cut down on costs as its direct operating costs and marketing costs are both down by E13m & E5.7m respectively.
Guest spending in the parks is up by 2%, but overall the net loss of the resort increased by 18 million euros over the same period last year. The most obvious loss of money is hotel occupancy...down from 78% to 72.3%. Shockingly low. This clearly reflects the high prices Disney are charging for their rooms. Theme park attendance is also down by 400,000 from 6.7m to 6.3m. The company's overall debt still remains at 1.809 Billion euros.
Overall, yet another disappointing financial report from the resort.
Disney Dreams Halloween 2014:
Yet another rumour says that the 2014 Halloween Season will see the introduction of a Halloween-themed Disney Dreams show, much like Walt Disney World does with HalloWishes. This has strong potential and guests would no doubt enjoy a different show in the Halloween period. With five months to go until the most frightful of seasons all remains to be seen.