Disneyland Paris sets its prices according to the nationality of it’s customers, according to a lengthy investigation carried out by a Belgian member of the European Parliament.
Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella who is in charge of consumer protection, in the EU has discovered that the pricing policy of Disneyland Paris on its websites vary depending on the country of origin of the customers.
After a year long investigation he has discovered that Italian visitors to the resort are the most disadvantaged.
According to a statement released by the PS MEP, a French or Belgian family will pay an average of €865 for a two-night stay, against €1,204 if Romania (+ 29%), €1,272 if German (+ 32%), and even €1,339 euros if Italian (+ 36%) for the same room.
“Despite the current European rules, European consumers are still too often victims of discrimination. It is sometimes obvious, sometimes less as when the question of the nationality or country of residence hides behind the requirements for the country issuing of credit cards, place of delivery or IP address, ” said Marc Tarabella.
To justify these disparities, the Disneyland Paris says it uses a holiday calendar to calculate it’s prices. Quoted by France Info , Cathy Pianon, Communications Director, explains: “I admit that unit prices are based on school holidays or special days like St. Patrick’s Day are used to regulate supply and demand, it is the same when you go on vacation, it’s cheaper in June than in July and August. “
An argument refuted by the MEP which pointed out that the comparative periods made during Christmas or the summer, when all Europeans are on holiday, reveal the same gap.
Disneyland Paris has denied that such a discrimination tariff exists.
Source: l echo touristique