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Disney’s “Un Poco Loco” Restaurant Underway Amid Strikes

Coco scene
Credit: D23

The Walt Disney Company has endured a lot of struggle over the last year. While plans are in place for positive changes, some issues still stand. While solutions are sifted, Imagineers haven’t stopped doing their jobs of creating and imagining.

Disney fans have a love-hate relationship with reimagining existing attractions, restaurants, and parts of Disney Parks. With change comes work, and with work comes the need for workers. Disneyland Paris is having “struggles due to nationwide strikes, with Cast Members joining against the company and encouraging Guests to demand refunds for their visit to the Parks,” Inside the Magic reported.

Coco

Credit: D23

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Although this poses an issue for Disneyland Paris, Imagineers have still posted their progress on one of their projects. The strike comes at a challenging time as the Parks are undergoing numerous transformations, including reimagining Fuente del Oro Restaurante in Frontierland. This restaurant will now be Casa de Coco – Restaurante de Familia, inspired by the hit Pixar film ‘CoCo’ (2017). It was first announced in April 2023.

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Imagineers showed up with their hard hats to give fans a glimpse into the work that has been going into Casa de Coco in Paris. As seen in the TikTok below and the Disney Parks Instagram page, they are excited about the opening.

@disneyparks

We’re already “un poco loco” about Casa de Coco – Restaurante de Familia coming to @Disneyland Paris ✨? #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneylandParis #PixarCoco #Coco #Imagineering #DisneyCastLife

♬ original sound – Disney Parks

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With still no opening date in sight, Guests can enjoy this little snippet of what’s to come in Disneyland Paris. Fans took to the comments on Instagram to express their positive and negative feelings. Fan howellns wrote, “I love it!! Bring it to California, we’d LOVE it here,” while another fan, ari4nne07, wrote, “Oh you have to have it in Magic Kingdom or EPCOT too….”.

Disneyland Paris

Credit: Disneyland Paris

Some fans did not share the same reaction, with the strikes still in place at the Disneyland Paris Resort. Emily.in.dlp wrote, “Too bad nobody is gonna be able to afford going there anymore since y’all decide to rip us all of with the price increases and loss of benefits on the AP’s…” expressing the issues Cast Members are still battling during this grueling time. I think its safe to say, Cast Members, Guests, and The Walt Disney Company hopes for all to come to a positive closure, but currently, there is no strike end in sight.

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.