Saudi Prince Spends €15m in Disneyland

A Saudi prince spent 15 million euros ($19.5 million) for a private three days holiday at Disneyland near Paris to celebrate his degree, European media reported. The prince is said to have booked entire areas of the park for his guests, and the festivities included tailor-made events including appearances by “rare Disney characters,” according to AFP.

“This is the first time there has been such a grandiose, private world tour,” Julien Guedon, editor of Disney Gazette, whose correspondent was on the Paris guest list, told the Daily Telegraph. “The prince had fun. He was there all along, but we are not allowed to speak about him, that was the order.”

The Telegraph identified the prince as Fahad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, son of the late Saudi Crown Prince who passed away on June 16, 2012. His mother, the newspaper said, is Princess Maha al-Sudairi who is reported to have her assets in France seized after fleeing a luxury hotel in Paris to avoid paying a €6 million hotel bill.

Saudi local news site Sabq reported on Tuesday that a Disneyland official told them the story is false. “The park was working normally, and it was open to all visitors from around the world,” he said.

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