College graduation parties may be getting more lavish these days, but not many graduates celebrate with a world tour -- of Disneyland parks, no less. That's what Saudi prince Fahd al-Saud hosted for himself and 60 friends, reportedly spending $20 million at Disneyland Paris alone, the last of several stops on his Disneyland celebration tour. The lavish Paris affair spanned three days and included several perks given to big spenders at the iconic Euro Disney theme park.
Agence France-Presse reports al-Saud spent 15 million euros, roughly $19.5 million, at Disneyland Paris and shut down sections of the park for three days. From May 22 to May 24, he rented out different parts of the amusement park for himself and his guests. Extra security was hired to ensure the Saudi’s prince safety. According to reports from the Telegraph, al-Saud is a frequent guest of Disneyland Paris and one of the park’s biggest customers.
Besides letting the prince and his guests have parts of the park to themselves, Euro Disney also set up special activities for the entourage over the weekend. According to AFP, rare Disney characters were dusted off for al-Saud, including Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, the Aristocats, characters from Pixar’s “Up” and even characters from 2001’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” reports the Telegraph.
The $20 million Paris experience was only the last stop on a world tour of Disneyland parks, reports the Telegraph. Al-Saud and his guests began their adventure at Hong Kong Disneyland followed by stops at Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and Walt Disney World in Florida.
In addition to the themed events and rare Disney characters, al-Saud’s Disneyland Paris party included different costumes he helped design, reports the Telegraph. Al-Saud helped set up the different events and theme parties, which included 80 dancers, at Disneyland Paris. The daily agenda included a wakeup at 6 a.m. followed by a series of activities that went well into the night, with festivities ending around 2 a.m., notes the Telegraph.
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