The Mouse That Roared
On Saturday, Candice Bergen, Eddie Murphy and Rick Moranis treated their kids to Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty's Castle) and plied them with sugared popcorn (the preferred French style). In Frontierland, visitors were greeted with a hearty Bon-jour, Cowboy. Writer Jean Cau dismissed the 136-acre park as "a horror made of cardboard, plastic and appalling colors...taken straight out of comic books written for obese Americans." Nevertheless, a healthy opening day attendance gave Disney executives confidence that their first-year goal of 11 million visitors would be met—without undue damage to the national character. Noted Euro Disneyland president Robert Fitzpatrick: "France has dealt with more dangerous invasions than the arrival of a mouse."