I’ve been pondering this question for the past few months and thought I’d put it to the Secrets of Paris community. “The Disneyfication of Paris” is a phrase that’s thrown around a lot, especially after the French film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (aka Amélie) became one of the biggest hits of 2001 despite the angry critics who said the director showed a fairy-tale version of Paris, not the “real” city.
The topic has come up again when the director Jean-Pierre Jeunet announced last week that he was going to make a “mockumentary” about the making of the film for its 20th anniversary, but that he was never going to make a sequel because, among other logical reasons, “Paris est moche maintenant” (Paris is ugly now). That got the critics all riled up once again, of course.
But Amélie and Disneyland itself aside (both which I love, by the way), I’m genuinely curious what it means to all of you when you hear the phrase “Disneyfication of Paris”. Clearly this is never used without a negative connotation, so let’s go with that as the basis. And although this phenomenon applies to other locations around the world, let’s just stick to Paris.
Let me know what you think in the comments below, including any examples of what you might consider to be “Disneyfication” in general or specifically. All opinions welcome to open the conversation. There are no correct answers!