The esplanade hub of Disneyland Resort Paris is often criticised for being one of the least magical of all Disney resorts -- between street sellers aiming laser pointers at your feet, the temporary security booths and Disney Village, it's hard to find that Disney feeling. With the parks only getting better, the hub has finally been given a leg up with some magical improvements -- which also helpfully point the way to the other Disney resort hubs around the world, should you still not be impressed!,
Most guests rush through the resort area each day on their way to Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios Park, perhaps missing these clever new symbols on the central hub of the entire resort. For these guests there’s still an improvement to be spotted — the bright-white security tents have finally been changed to a much more pleasant green, as at Disneyland Resort in California, for example.
And for anyone who takes their time and takes a look down at the ground, they’ll spot some unique floor decorations that bring the five Disney resorts closer than ever before. With all the current ‘Disney Parks’ branding going on and each resort beginning to share more styles, ideas and advertising, this is another step in the widespread plan of Bob Iger and Jay Rasulo to bring the parks and resorts closer together, to work off of eachother and help eachother out.
At select angles of the compass design embedded into the floor of the hub, you’ll now find a series of golden discs showing the logo for each of the four other Disney resorts, their opening date and the distance from Disneyland Resort Paris to these overseas parks.
Whilst Disneyland Resort Paris is often short-changed when mentioned by the other resorts with an incorrect name or logo (usually the old Disneyland Paris logo, now 6 years gone), the people behind these new compass points have made sure to get the logos of Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland right up-to-date. You’ll see Disneyland Resort with its classic Walt Disney script, rather than the clinical 2001 version, and Walt Disney World Resort with its golden arc and stars — “stolen” from the 2002 Disneyland Resort Paris logo.
Currently, Disneyland Resort Paris is the only Disney resort in the world to acknowledge the others in this way. Will each resort get a similar centrepiece, or is this just a friendly “Bonjour!” from the folks in Paris?
The distances from Paris to the other Disney resorts…
Disneyland Resort – Anaheim, California
Walt Disney World Resort – Orlando, Florida
Tokyo Disney Resort – Tokyo, Japan
Hong Kong Disneyland – Hong Kong, China
As you can see, Disneyland Resort Paris is around halfway between the resorts of the West (California and Florida) and the East (Hong Kong and Tokyo) — the Disney magic has wrapped its way around the entire globe!
“It’s a small world afterall”, and the hub of Disneyland Resort Paris finally has a little golden touch of Disney magic.
All photos by Photos Magiques.