This may come as quite a surprise to the casual Disney fan, but Disneyland Resort Paris has never been outright owned by the Walt Disney Company. That is until now.
Disney have recently attempted a buyout which ended last week, and successfully took ownership of 97.08% of the Resort. As the laws of France require the company to hold at least 95% of the shares in the Resort to take control, The Walt Disney Company now hold full ownership for the first time in its 25 year history of operation.
The remaining shareholders will see their shares at the price of €2 each, trading price on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange.
One reason that European fans are excited about this is that it could bring about a lot of Disney-esque changes to the Resort. After a series of terrorist attacks hit Paris beginning in late 2015, it comes as no surprise that Disneyland Paris had a net loss of 858 million euros (over $900 million) in 2016.
In 2014, Disney began a rescue plan where they committed to providing the Resort with at least 1 billion euros over the next 10 years.
With Disney now holding the reins, there are many new possibilities for the future of Disneyland Paris.