Disney may have hiked admission prices again this week, but the $20
million a Saudi prince spent during three fun-filled (we hope) days in
May at Disneyland Paris is worth a lot of mouse ears.
Prince Fahd al-Saud reserved parts of Disneyland Paris for himself and 60 or so guests to "celebrate his degree," AFP reports, citing unnamed sources.
prince and entourage enjoyed "tailor-made events involving rare Disney
characters." (That reference compelled us to Google "rare Disney
characters." Turns out there are many, including Clarabelle Cow,
Scrooge McDuck and Friar Tuck. No word from AFP which characters suited
up for the prince, however.)
The story said the prince is one of Euro Disney's "top customers."
It could use more like him. Attendance was up less than 2% in 2012 over the previous year, reports the Los Angeles Times, citing a new report by consulting firm Aecom and the trade group Themed Entertainment Association.
The top 25 theme parks worldwide saw an average of a 5.2% hike in attendance during the same period, the report said.