For others, Euro Disney became a symbol of America within France.On 28 June 1992, a group of French farmers blockaded Euro Disney in protest of farm policies supported at the time by the United States.This location was estimated to be no more than a four-hour drive for 68 million people and no more than a two-hour flight for a further 300 million.
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Following precedent, Euro Disney set up its own Disney University to train workers. The prospect of a Disney park in France was a subject of debate and controversy.
Critics, who included prominent French intellectuals, denounced what they considered to be the cultural imperialism of Euro Disney and felt it would encourage an unhealthy American type of consumerism in France.
Menus and prices were varied with an American flavour predominant and Disney's precedent of serving alcoholic beverages was continued in the park.
2,300 patio seats (30% of park seating) were installed to satisfy Europeans' expected preference of eating outdoors in good weather.
For a projected daily attendance of 55,000, Euro Disney planned to serve an estimated 14,000 people per hour inside the Euro Disneyland park.
In order to accomplish this, 29 restaurants were built inside the park (with a further 11 restaurants built at the Euro Disney resort hotels and five at Festival Disney).
A journalist at the centre-right French newspaper Le Figaro wrote, “I wish with all my heart that the rebels would set fire to [Euro] Disneyland." a phrase which would be echoed in the media during Euro Disney's initial years.
In response, French philosopher Michel Serres noted, "It is not America that is invading us.
However, it was understood by the French government and Disney that "a concentrated effort would be made to tap into the local French labour market".
Disney sought workers with sufficient communication skills, who spoke two European languages (French and one other), and were socially outgoing.
Plans for a theme park next to Euro Disneyland based on the entertainment industry, Disney-MGM Studios Europe, quickly went into development, scheduled to open in 1996 with a construction budget of US.3 billion.