Disneyland Paris Announces Major Refurbishment Plan

December 11, 2015, 9:35 AM · Disneyland Paris has revealed more details about a two-year project to refurbish 10 popular attractions at the resort, including Star Tours, Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Once considered the gem of Disney's Magic Kingdoms, attendance at Disneyland Paris has suffered in recent years, as visitors have complained about the condition of many of the park's attractions. Its companion, Walt Disney Studios Park, has failed to catch on with visitors, despite the addition of a well-reviewed new Ratatouille ride and restaurant last year.

The refurbishments will include the addition of Disneyland's Thunder Mountain finale to the Paris version, new ride vehicles on the head-rattling Space Mountain: Mission 2, new lighting and dolls in Small World, and a new show for Animagique.

Although Disneyland Paris remains Europe's most popular theme park, attendance dropped below the 10 million level last year, according to the TEA/AECOM report, with a 4.7% decrease to 9.9 million visitors. The Studios park dropped by the same percentage, to 4.26 million visitors, making that the fifth-most popular park in Europe, behind Disneyland Paris, Europa Park, Tivoli Gardens, and Efteling.

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December 11, 2015 at 10:22 AM · When is this supposed to happen? I'm planning a family trip in 2017 and would like to know if I should reschedule.
December 11, 2015 at 11:50 AM · We can only hope that somehow, someway, Disney finds a way to bring these parks up.
December 11, 2015 at 12:03 PM · Having been to the Paris Disney and stayed in the Disney hotels I can only say that the whole area needs a face lift and some new rides etc, so this is good news but for us it costs no more to fly to Orlando then it does to go to Paris so again something needs to change otherwise the attendance figures will continue to drop if Paris is not a cheaper option for European families to spend there money the I am worried the attraction of warmer weather and bigger parks in Orlando may make Disney Paris less attractive for families spending there hard earned money. They need to look at the costs of getting there, hotels costs, cost of food and park entrance and come up with a package that's going to make people choose Paris even if it's only for a long weekend with the family.
December 11, 2015 at 12:33 PM · All 2017 travelers should be fine after July, as the refurbishments should be complete at that time.


December 11, 2015 at 1:03 PM · Refurbs have already started with Big Thunder Mountain, It's a small world and the River boats. They will be out of action for most of the next year I believe with other attractions following on from there I guess.
December 11, 2015 at 1:18 PM · Paris truly needs better restaurants and restaurants that are open late. When I was there a few years ago, eating in the park was just horrible. I would also love to see them convert one of the resorts to DVC. I think that could drive more interest.
December 11, 2015 at 1:19 PM · I wonder if this means that, just like DHS, WDSP is gonna lose the movie studio behind-the-scenes gig to make way for more immersive rides and lands.
December 11, 2015 at 2:47 PM · In reply to : "December 11, 2015 at 10:22 AM · When is this supposed to happen? I'm planning a family trip in 2017 and would like to know if I should reschedule."
2017 will probably be a good bet to go since they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary that year. These big refurbishments have been going on for over a year now, actually longer if you count the immens renovations to the Disney Hotels. So Space Mountain already got it's paint job and some upgrades. It's a small world is just about to come out of its lengthy refurbishment. Big thunder Mountain will be closed for another ten months and so on...

So .. 2017.. My guess is it will al be finished, and then hopefully they will add some new rides to the main park. A show stopper, something most Europeans haven't seen yet .. I'd say Soarin over the world would be a good bet, but also a real good water ride that's winter friendly would be a good idea, most European parks have lots of water rides.. strangely Disneyland Paris never added one.

December 11, 2015 at 4:18 PM · They should get rid of that silly Studio Tour in Walt Disney Studios Park and get some Marvel and Star Wars rides to replace.
December 11, 2015 at 4:57 PM · I really welcome all these refurbishments (which have been announced looong time ago, but now the commercial has been finished so they are putting it out again)

However the claim:

“To exceed our guests expectations“

is truly bad phrasing.

Because for the money you have to fork up to visit DLP you are allowed to expect that there is no paint peeling of the buildings,


no moss on the sculptures (Alice's curious Labyrinth)

and most of all: that everything is working as it should, which has not been the case for more than a decade now.

To EXCEED my expectations would mean that a new E-Ticket attraction is added right away. (Indiana Jones, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast as originally intended in 1992(!!) )

But no announcement has been made whatsoever.

Actually, considering the fact no real new attraction has been added to the DL Park for 10 years now, there is little reason for a revisit until Summer 2017 when hopefully all the paint jobs are done and the lake around Big Thunder Mountain has been refilled with water.

This is what the lake and all of Frontierland look like at the moment: http://www.facebook.com/ED92.org/photos/a.246284578894915.1073741832.158548457668528/422432641280107/?type=3

The Studios Park needs to be redone from the ground up. It is a terribly bad designed park with hardly any theming and concrete as far as the eye can see.

However, no master plan for the foreseeable future has been presented here either. No overhaul like with Disney's California Adventure. The Ratatouille ride sounds nice but has mediocre reviews. Nevertheless: one new attraction isn't going to get me to revisit this unpleasant Studios park.

I am looking forward visiting Disneyland in Anaheim in Summer 2016, after having visited WDW in 2013. Their siblings in France are not getting my hard earned euros as long as they don't offer a series of new and appealing attractions.

The refurbishment schedule:

December 11, 2015 at 5:06 PM · My advice - do not waste your money on DLP. Spend a little more and go to the USA parks. If you have to go to a European park then try something like Europa Park or Efteling.
December 11, 2015 at 7:21 PM · Certainly no shame in having lower attendance than Efteling, Tivoli gardens and Europa park. They are some of the best theme parks in the world. It's disappointing to me their attendance is not higher but that's mostly due to location.
December 11, 2015 at 7:37 PM · It's shocking Disney actually is telling their guests they made a mess. All this work is only to get it up,to standards NOT to exceed anything.
December 12, 2015 at 2:01 AM · Studios is just terrible. Toy Story Land there is an ominous warning for Hollywood Studios - just cheap and terrible.
December 12, 2015 at 9:56 AM · If that video is anything to go by Star Tours will finally be getting the upgrade.
December 12, 2015 at 12:51 PM · Not good news we visit tomorrow with the family, I hope we don't turn up to a building site, with over £1500 spent, I expect quality to our holiday
December 13, 2015 at 1:06 AM · I came back from disney Friday morning and it was an eye sore with all metal panels round it's a small world, the cowboy ranch in frontierland, the disney railroad near the enterance even before the disneyland hotel was sectioned off with green metal panels all of thunder mountain and the river was it was an eye sore and for the number of visitors their was no where near enough characters out and the princess pavilion was very disappointing every little girl has a favourite princess an waiting over 2 hours to see a "suprise" princess who your daughter doesn't know is digusting that should have a timetable up for who's going to be there! Loved the new ratatoullie ride though it's much better than I expected.

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