What's next at Disneyland Paris?
AJ Hummel, I was wondering, what new attractions and/or lands are expected, or do you foresee happening at Disneyland Paris?
I honestly predict that if anything happens at disneyland paris, it will be to the studios park, not the actual disney one.
I agree, the Walt Disney Studios Park would probably see new attractions and/or lands. I also agree that Disneyland Park could use more attractions. Yes, that's true, Disneyland Park probably won't see any new updates.
As I think I've mentioned before, I don't really follow the international parks much, but based on the little I've read about Disneyland Paris it sounds like a major overhaul of Walt Disney Studios will be the next project. My best guess is that this will come in the form of Marvel Land and perhaps one or two other attractions (they're supposed to get Toy Story Midway Mania at the park as well). At one point, there was consideration in duplicating Pandora there, but Disney is trying to avoid cloning attractions in Paris to keep it appealing. Don't expect anything anytime soon, however...with the only announcement for the resort at D23 being a Marvel hotel, I'm guessing new attractions won't be coming until the early/mid 2020s.
Splash Mountain, Soaring Around the World, Indiana Jones Adventure and Festival of the Lion King, along with attractions themed to Beauty and the Beast, Frozen and Tangled can be appropriately added to Disneyland Paris and ALL have the tracts of land available within the park to allow it to happen. The addition of just a couple of these attractions together with the best versions of Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan rides can catapult Disneyland Paris as the #1 BEST of the Disneyland type parks. As it stands now, Disneyland Paris is a beautiful park short on new attractions. The focus of the resort's future investments should not overlook Disneyland Paris. I would be more inclined to visit a great Disney park with a subpar second gate than to visit a good Disney park with a subpar second gate. Let's be honest, Walt Disney Studios park is very far off from being considered a good Disney park and a $1B upgrade will not be enough to elevate it as a Disney park that I would want to visit - attraction wise, and more importantly, thematically, WDS is in a deep, deep hole. The money for the resort would be better spent on Disneyland Paris receiving at least half of the investments.
AJ, thank you for the information. I can see Disneyland Paris getting Marvel Land. Keith, I totally agree with everything you said. Soaring, Frozen, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and Indian Jones would all fit perfectly. The only one I’m not sure about is Splash Mountain. It tends to get very cold in France during the winter. It would probably only be a seasonal ride, mainly during the summer.
Disney have announced the next major addition to the parks will be in 2024. No one knows what that will be - quite possibly Disney themselves aren't certain - but my money's on a Galaxy's Edge clone, assuming that goes down well stateside. (If TWDC are dropping big coin on the troubled resort, I doubt they'll do it on anything less than their safest bet.)
disney land paris has an indiana jones atraction in adventureland. I don't think it needs another.
A 6-8 month refurbishment of Phantom Manor is due to begin in January 2018 with new scenes, effects and possibly the addition of the original narration voiced by Vincent Price to be added to the attraction, so great news there.
Keith, I didn't know that Phantom Manor is being updated. I like it. That was my favorite ride at Disneyland Paris when I visited. I could see Star Wars Galaxy's Edge being built in Disneyland Paris. I feel all the park around the world will eventually have it. It makes sense. Star Wars is popular world wide. It would be a great addition to Walt Disney Studios park.
At this point it's become clear DLRP will be getting major upgrades in the upcoming decade. It will be fascinating to see with all of the upgrades if it actually starts to make money, something it hasn't done consistently in 25 years. I guess at this point they should make the place a lot better for brand reasons but it would be a shame to see the property improved so much and still be losing the company tons of money.
I hope Disneyland Paris will finally be able to make some money. It is a shame, it's a wonderful park. I enjoyed it very much when I went there. Walt Disney Studios Park, on the other hand, definitely needs major improvement.
The property should not have been built in Paris there is no question about that. With a massive outdoor year round vacation destination like that, the last thing you want is bad weather and strong union/high labor costs like France has. I went to DLRP in January once and it was freaking miserable: in the 30s all day every day with dark clouds and freezing rain, and the place was EMPTY. I'm talking half empty trains on Space Mountain. They still operate all those hotels and everything in the cold but seriously who would want to pay money to go vacation there in that climate?
That being said I don't think it's all doom & gloom. The millennials don't really know or care about all of this baggage and are much more likely to view DLRP with favor. I think Disney sees these these new generations as a fresh start (hence why they bought it out). If Disney improves the place substantially, to genx/millennials, it will just be another great Disney Destination like the rest of them. I think it would make sense to build an indoor waterpark or two to drive attendance during winter.
The_man, I completely agree with everything you said. They should have built Disney in a city with a warmer climate. Much like Disney did with California and Florida. Spain would have been a better option. Barcelona would have been perfect. Even the south of France would have been a better idea as well.
timbo, I'm not sure where you're from, but you can't really make a blanket statement like "nobody wants to go to a theme park that is cold during the winter." Would it be as busy as during the warmer months? No, but the popularity of special winter events, such as Winterfest at Kings Island, shows that many of us who survive up here in the colder climates would love to be able to bundle up and venture out into the cold to ride a coaster, watch a show, eat a bowl of hot chili while strolling down the midway and having a great time admiring the seasonal lights and events at one of our local parks. Would a park like Cedar Point need to have the entire park open in February? Probably not, but if perhaps a portion could be open, say Frontier Town and Trail, with fires burning in the fireplaces of the cabins and stands selling hot cider and hot chocolate along the snow-lined paths, I think that it would be a wonderful attraction and a great excuse to get out into the cold, fresh air.
James, I’m from New York. So I know what it’s like to live in a cold climate. I understand what you’re saying, Winterfesf sounds like fun. As well as Cedar Point. Maybe I should have phrased it better. Yes, there are people who would enjoy a theme park during the cold, winter months. I guess it depends on where you’re from. Someone from a warm climate, such as Florida, may not want to visit a theme park in a cold climate during the winter months.
You're from New York? You know cold! I'm curious to hear what those from warmer climates who have been to DLP say about this. I'm thinking about Douglas Hindley, who's from LA but was in DLP when it was snowing. Would it be as enjoyable? Possibly in a different way. Lap bars would need to be more forgiving, since we'd be wearing much heavier clothing than the usual summer clothes ;+)
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Douglas Hindley, I’m sure it was very pretty when it was snowing. Yes, Disneyland Paris is a very beautiful park. I’ve been there, it’s very nice. Yes, I’ve been to both Disney World and Disneyland during the summer, when the weather was very hot. I’ve also been to both during Christmas time, when the weather was very comfortable. But also temperate. I’m fact; I was in Disney World the first week of December at the beginning of this month. The weather was in the 80’s, but not overbearing.
Common people, Paris is not that cold. And it is Europe's biggest tourist destination. Attendance became a problem just in the last few years, since there was few new attractions. The big problem was profitability, not attendance.
My suggestion of new rides would be:
Flavio, I like your ideas of new rides to bring to DLP. Toy Story Midway Mania should have been built there already, as well as Soarin’. Other than Tokyo (which will be built), Soarin’ currently exists in the rest of the Disney resorts world wide. It’s about time it comes to Disneyland Paris.