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Disneyland Paris said on Saturday that its two theme parks near the French capital will remain closed Saturday after the deadly attacks on Friday night.
“In light of the recent tragic events in France and in support of our community and the victims of these horrendous attacks, Disneyland Paris has decided not to open its theme parks on Saturday 14 November,” it said on its website. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by these horrible events.”
Disney theme parks have closed early or remained closed in the past due to major threats or events.
Euro Disney is the operator of Disneyland Paris. The Walt Disney Co. is its largest shareholder with a 40 percent stake.
Disneyland Paris, which opened in 1992, is located 20 miles east of the center of Paris in Marne-la-Vallee. It is the most visited theme park in all of France and Europe. A second theme park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002 in the same location.
For the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, Euro Disney reported 14.8 million theme parks visitors, up from 14.2 million in the year before and down from 14.9 million in the year before that.
Tom Wolber, president of Euro Disney, said in recently announcing the figures that they reflect “the benefits of our long-term strategy” of investing in the parks and their attractions. He added: “This strategy also implies incurring higher costs as we continue to improve the guest experience and invest in our cast. This year, we further enriched our guest offerings with new entertainment experiences, such as Frozen Summer Fun and the Jedi Training Academy.”
Also remaining closed on Saturday will be the Eiffel Tower. Management later in the day said it would remain closed indefinitely.
The Louvre museum will be closed as well, according to The Associated Press. A Louvre spokeswoman said the museum opened as normal on Saturday with enhanced security, but was ordered closed by the Culture Ministry after President Francois Hollande called for national day of mourning. The Culture Ministry said “public cultural sites” were closed in the Paris region on Saturday, without specifying.
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