On top of this, French intellectuals have long respected and even revered Walt Disney and his art. That makes it extremely difficult for them to reject a Disney product even if, deep down, they understand that Disneyland is a far lesser intellectual achievement than the early Mickey Mouse cartoons like "Steamboat Willy."
To be sure, Walt Disney Productions may run into problems building Disneyland in Marne-la-Vallee near Paris. Farmers are complaining that the French government plans to confiscate some good agricultural land for the site. Labor unions are complaining that Disney has asked the French government to relax its strict labor regulations.
Some analysts are wondering whether tourists under the spell of the wonders of Paris will really need or want to see a Disneyland. But a backlash against against American cultural imperialism is the least of Disney's worries.