October 14, 2012

France's claim to Disney

For over one year I have managed to avoid taking Expat kids to EuroDisney or whatever they call it nowadays! I have realized I am old enough to remember when Disney actually inaugurated their first European park twenty years ago. I also recall the French labour unions demonstrating and farmers blockading the land that EuroDisney was suppose to be built upon. What has happend to them, I wonder?

Anyway, last week, on a very grey and rainy day we trecked out to Marne La Vallée - 32 km towards the eastern suburbs of Paris. Needless to say it took us nearly two hours to get through the traffic on the " boulevard periferique" but when we finally arrived the place was deserted therefore ... no queues!!!

Our first stop was to aquire a plastic raincoat like all the other 500 people who had defied the odds just like us.

Did you know that Walt Disney’s surname originates from a village in Normandy called Isigny-sur-Mer. Originally d’Isigny ("of Isigny"), it was later Anglicised into Disney. That piece of information blew MY mind. Who knew? Or maybe it is just the French claiming yet another bit of world culture?!?

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