Spaniards had been so obsessed with attracting a Disneyland that Cambio 16, the leading Spanish news magazine, ran a cartoon parody recently of the famous Francisco Goya etching, "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters." In the parody, the Spanish sleeper dreamed of Walt Disney characters instead of Goyesque monsters.
"France, more than any other country in the world, has been enthusiastic about Disney productions, Disney characters, Disney products, the whole Disney culture, for 60 years," he said. "It has been the leading market of the world for Disney after the United States."
Marne-la-Vallee is one of five urban centers created in the Paris area by the French government in 1965 to relieve the pressure on Paris. The idea was to make each of these areas attractive enough to compete with Paris as a place to live. Although the urban centers are called "new towns," they are more like five urban concentrations; each consists of several satellite towns.