Started by Festival Disney, May 06, 2010, 08:55:25 PM
QuoteThree Disneyland employees came to the bar in Chessy to chat to The Independent about life "Chez Mickey". Hervé Impinna, 43, used to maintain the floats used in the daily parades. He is now on lighter duties after falling from the top of Cinderella's coach and damaging his neck and back. "The whole attitude of management has changed," he said. "When I look at the illuminated night parades, I see scores of gaps where bulbs have failed and not been replaced. Visitors may not notice the difference but I know what the spectacle is supposed to look like and it's depressing."Tama Gandega, 43, is an assistant manager in one of the large Disney hotels. He said: "All the pleasure of service is gone. Some days we have to do 3,500 breakfasts with half the staff we had a few years ago. No wonder everyone is ready to drop."Sandrine, 39, is part of the team which makes up the Disney princesses in the parades. "Sometimes they are so exhausted with working six-day weeks they can hardly move, never mind smile," she said. "But they are obliged to smile, because that is the magic of Disney."
Quote from: "SkySurfer"The fact, that other companies do it the same way is no excuse!They had record attendances last year and aren´t able to make profit.
QuoteI worked there for a summer job in order to improve my French. It was, and still is the worst job I've ever had. The way I was spoken to, the way staff were spoken to was horrendous. It was quite apparent from listening to/watching my permanent full-time colleagues that they were either intensely delusional or heavily depressed. The former would be convinced by management that the possibility of becoming a 'team leader' was within their grasp even if they had failed the appropriate exams more than a dozen times due to crippling delinquency. The latter, I saw in smoking areas where It wouldn't have been uncommon to see a member of your team crying. I left after 5 weeks (once I had been paid) without any regrets. After one brief conversation with HR for the department she explained that she was totally understaffed and would be leaving a few days later as she could not provide the support to the workers she was employed to work with. She had tears in her eyes. It wasn't that management were unaware of these problems, or even chose to be oblivious. We were constantly informed about how the park continually fails to make money. However the reason for this is apparent, it sold off most of it's property around 1997 and pays high rent to contractors and property owners in order to run the park. We were told this as if to assume that our pain will be greatly appreciated once the park begins to make money, something it never will). The contractors, proprietors and landlords know that Disney are willing to spend to protect the brand so as soon as revenue increases so do the overheads.
Quote"When I look at the illuminated night parades, I see scores of gaps where bulbs have failed and not been replaced. Visitors may not notice the difference but I know what the spectacle is supposed to look like and it's depressing."
Quote from: "ed-uk"Yes, Disney is about the magic. But sadly at Disneyland Paris that magic has rarely turned a profit.