Saudi Prince Fahd al-Saud held what may be the most expensive graduation celebration ever, booking Disneyland Park near Paris for three days for himself and his friends, spending 15 million euros according to reports. That’s $19.5 million.
British and French media reported that sections of the park were booked between May 22 and 24 to accommodate the 60 guests and that special security provisions were implemented for the Saudi royal.
The reports did not specify from which academic institution Fahd graduated or what he studied.
The Daily Telegraph quoted Euro Disney which said that the tailor-made event involved “rare Disney characters.”
The Telegraph referred to a local paper, Ouest France, which reported that special costumes and sets along with 80 dancers were sent in for a special show called Disney Dreamers Everywhere that had previously toured other Disney theme park sites including Hong Kong, Tokyo, California and Florida. The paper reported that the tour was “entirely at the expense of the Saudi royal.”
One of Fahd’s invited guests is a correspondent for the Disney Gazette, whose homepage refers to the “Disney Dreamers Everywhere” show.
Julien Guedon who edits the publication told the Daily Telegraph, "This is the first time there has been such a grandiose, private world tour.”
"The prince had fun. He was there all along, but we are not allowed to speak about him, that was the order," he added. Guedon explained that the park was open as usual for visitors, but the prince had the park for himself and his guests before opening in the morning and after closing time.
AFP reports that Disneyland near Paris attracted “16 million visitors last year but Euro Disney has not made any profits since it opened 20 years ago.”