Nightmare in Disneyland Paris as hotel pool poisons guests

Twenty-two people were intoxicated by a bad batch of bleach and sulphuric acid added to the swimming pool tank of one of Disneyland Paris’s hotels.

Nightmare in Disneyland Paris as hotel pool poisons guests
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Guests at Disneyland Paris’s New York Hotel were quickly warned to stay away from the hotel pool on Friday after a number of holidaymakers and staff started to feel unwell and experience respiratory problems.

Firefighters and emergency services were quickly called to the scene to care for the intoxicated people, four of whom had to be taken to hospital due to the severity of their symptoms.

The pool area was cordoned off and hotel rooms facing the pool were evacuated.

One of the pools at Hotel New York. Photo: Tripadvisor 

The poor handling of a chemical mix added to the pool’s tank is believed to have been the source of the problem, France’s Le Parisien reported.

Bleach and sulphuric acid were incorrectly mixed, causing a release of chlorine gas, which when breathed in can cause the upper airway to swell, a violent cough, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, headaches, chest pain and burning.

Hotel New York’s management has rehoused many of its guests in other rooms and closed off the pool until further notice. 

SEE ALSO: French parents busted over Disneyland drug run 


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Disneyland Paris goes green with ban on plastic straws

Disneyland Paris on Monday announced a series of measures to make Europe's biggest private tourist attraction more environmentally friendly, including banning plastic straws.

Disneyland Paris goes green with ban on plastic straws
Disneyland Paris on Monday announced a series of measures in a bid to become more environmentally friendly. Photo: AFP
The theme park east of the French capital, which draws 15 million visitors a year, is like a small town in its own right, producing 19 tonnes of waste last year.
It currently recycles paper, glass and 18 other types of materials accounting for around half of all its waste, a level it aims to increase to 60 percent in 2020, said Nicole Ouimet-Herter, the park's environment manager.
Starting Thursday it will bin plastic straws, to be replaced with fully biodegradable paper versions that will be distributed only if patrons request them.
The announcement follows a vote last month in the European Parliament to ban single-use plastic products such as straws, cutlery and cotton buds from 2021.

It comes as pressure mounts on companies and citizens to wean themselves off the plastics blamed for clogging up oceans.

Disneyland Paris, owned by The Walt Disney Company, also announced several other initiatives to clean up its act.
Next week, shops in the park will stop handing out free plastic bags, offering instead the option of purchasing bags made of 80 percent recycled plastic for €1 or €2.
And starting in June several of the park's hotels will no longer stock bathrooms with small bottles of shower gel or shampoo, replacing them with bigger ones that can be refilled.
Euro Disney, the park's operator, said it was also planning to install solar panels on the sprawling 22-square-kilometre site to get more power from renewables.
Currently, renewable energy sources account for only 10 percent of the electricity used.
“We are undertaking concrete actions to reduce our impact on the environment. But we also have the power to dazzle children and want to have a positive influence on them to encourage them to take care of nature,” said Mireille Smeets, Euro Disney's director of corporate social responsibility.