In Euro-Disney, an investment of $2 billion has created a monstrous funfair. Pirates in the West Indies. Ghosts and graveyards and a haunted house. Simulated space travel. Railway rides and Peter Pan and Dumbo.... There must be (01) few of Europe's 60 or so million children under the age of 14 who are not nagging (02) their parents.
When I hear (03) that this monstrous creation is a bare 24 miles from the centre of Paris, I think it represents the death of civilisation. One (04) might/would have thought the French (05) had more sense, better taste, but, then, they always did have this love-hate relationship (06) with the USA.
(07) Let me be clear about it. Disney should stay (08) where he belongs: in the swamps of Florida or the suburbs of Los Angeles. People (09) there appreciate him.
Perhaps the most perplexing response (10) to Disney, that pap-merchant, has been made by collectors. In the United States, a four-volume Illustrated Disneyana Catalog and Price Guide is (11) published/available/sold. It lists 26,000 prices (12) from $1 for a 1966 Donald Duck book (13) to $14,000 for a tin wind-up walking Mickey Mouse of around 1930.
In America, there are an estimated 50,000 collectors. The highest (14) prices are paid for cels, paintings on celluloid, a specialised market worth an annual $60 million. The most paid (15) so far for a cel has been $286,000.