Saturday 16 December 2017

Prince splashes €15m on Disneyland celebration

Henry Samuel in Paris

A Saudi prince spent €15m on a private three-day extravaganza at Disneyland near Paris to celebrate his degree, the group that runs the theme park said yesterday.

Prince Fahd al-Saud booked entire areas of the park over May 22 to 24 for his 60 guests, who included friends, as well as diehard Disney fans and bloggers.

The Paris event was the finale of a world tour paid for by the prince and called Disney Dreamers Everywhere. It started in Hong Kong Disneyland and moved on to theme parks in Tokyo, California, Florida and then France.

The festivities included tailor-made events involving "rare Disney characters", Euro Disney said.

According to regional newspaper Ouest France, the prince even had a hand in designing the costumes and the scenarios – all specially shipped in for the event, along with 80 dancers.

"Rare" characters making special guest appearances included Roger and Jessica Rabbit, the Aristocats and the cast of 'Up' and 'Atlantis, the Lost Empire'.

"This is the first time there has been such a grandiose, private world tour," said Julien Guedon, the editor of 'Disney Gazette', whose correspondent was on the Paris guest list.

"The prince had fun. He was there all along, but we are not allowed to speak about him, that was the order," he said last night. (©Daily Telegraph)

Irish Independent

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