Disney Paris to get Star Wars, Frozen and Marvel lands
Disney CEO Bob Iger today announced, alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, a two billion Euro plan to transform the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris with new lands themed to Star Wars, Frozen and Marvel.
“We’re very excited about the future of Disneyland Paris and continue to invest in its long-term success,” Iger said. “The resort is already the leading tourist destination in Europe, and the transformative expansion we announced today will add even more of our beloved characters and unparalleled storytelling to create new lands, attractions and entertainment that further elevate the guest experience and drive new opportunities for tourism in this dynamic region.”
The new developments will roll out in phases starting in 2021, and will include the addition of a large lake in the Studios park, with new lands surrounding it. Here is the concept art that Disney released today.
You can see Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to the left of the new lake, and what looks like the now-abandoned plans for Tokyo DisneySea's Arendelle land from Frozen on the far side. Disney previously announced that Paris' Rock n' Roller Coaster would be rethemed to The Avengers, and that appears to be the anchor for the new Marvel land.
However, WDS' Tower of Terror, which is the same layout as the one at Disney California Adventure, does not appear to have the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout overlay on it in this image, raising doubt about whether the Paris park will be getting that attraction.
As for timing, if Disney started construction immediately, it would be two years behind Disneyland on its Star Wars land construction, which would fit with a 2021 opening since Disneyland is slated to open its Galaxy Edge land in 2019. However, with existing attractions and infrastructure in place for Marvel land, it also would make sense that Marvel would be the first phase of the expansion to open, taking the 2021 slot. That would leave Walt Disney Studios Park more time to develop the lake and prep the surrounding land for the Star Wars and Frozen lands.
Exciting news! Bud also long overdue. Nothing about Disneyland Paria main park?
I believe it when i see it.
Looks like their taking Universal’s approach to cloning their biggest new attractions at several (if not all) of their global resorts.
Well, that park needs a spark and this does look good. The Paris guys always try to give a good spin to things so this might be worth waiting for.
Looks like ther is also a aliens swirling saucers clone to be added to toy story land, as seen from the two green saucers just to the right of the centre of the photo.
I read Star Wars Land is a mini-version without the Millennium Falcon attraction. Maybe they're saving it or doing something different in the future. Also, rumored is Twilight Zone is slated to be removed so it might get an unique version not unlike Tokyo DisneySeas' version.
If Disneyland Paris is "the leading tourist destination in Europe", why does it lose money year after year?
Disney continues to make MASSIVE investments on themed entertainment. Well outpacing it'd contemporaries. By the way, whatever happened to that Nintendo Land thing?
Look, as long as they don't touch my Tower in Florida, they can do whatever they want to the other ones.
I'm impressed. Without the Millennium Falcon ride, it would be a big watered down. But adding the lake is a huge deal. Imagine EPCOT without the lake.
I can't wait for this to happen, I've always been a fan of disneyland paris, but it's always been a bit of a let down in comparison to the parks in the states. With this expansion however, it's sure to make it more well known. Could this expansion possibly be to do with the London resort aiming to open in the next 5 years?
I'm curious if this lake is designed with the intent/design to handle a show like unto Fantasmic, Rivers of Light, or World of Color. Those nighttime shows really enhance the Disney park experience.
Zzzz...I remember when Disney used to make lands based on original IP.
I've been saying a DCA-style makeover would be coming to this park, and it looks like this is it. While I'm not sure anything here will be 100% unique to Paris, 98% of those who visit the resort will not see most of these attractions elsewhere, and it may convince a fair portion of Europeans to opt for Paris over Florida (particularly for a shorter trip). Walt Disney Studios is the Disney park I had no interest in ever visiting again (though I probably would if I visited Disneyland Paris just to pick up the missed attractions), but if this expansion is as good as it looks, it may become a must-do destination the next time I visit Europe.
Long needed plan for this park! They are getting ready for the 20th anniversary of WDS and this timing also works with the Olympics Games that will draw attention on Paris.
Thought 1: I think some readers on TPI overestimate the number of Europeans who decide between a vacation/trip to DLP or WDW. There are simply not that many theme park or Disney crazy Europeans. I'd even argue that many Europeans are not fully aware of WDW (the British might be an exception). Even smaller is the number of Europeans who make US trips dedicated to Orlando or Anaheim. Yes, if Europeans are in Florida or LA anyway, they might spend a day or two at Disney or Universal. But the ones who are so dedicated that they make full-fledged Orlando trips (I'm pretty sure that's a very small number of people--I only know through the Internet that this community exists) usually also check out DLP every once in a while.
Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom are the most successful parks in the world, and while the lands have a unique theme, the park does not. The movie studio theme was just a rip off of Universal, and they've largely abandoned it too except at Hollywood, the only one that actually is a real studio. Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney Sea all have good themes, this park doesn't. WDSP is essentially becoming a more modern version of Disneyland, which is way better than an imitation of Universal. They just need to get rid of the film studio aspect entirely, and come up with a better name.
It's about time they spent some money on the main park at DLP. It's 25 years old this year and it must be 20 plus years since it got a new ride and just a refurb or replacement. I am a Brit who has been to WDW 12 times but don't belie the rubbish you read about DLP, every time I go there the place is packed with queues like I have never seen elsewhere, at Christmas despite sub zero temperatures nearly every ride in the main park had 2 hour plus waits, even It's A Small World had lines spilling onto the concourse with at least a 90 minute wait, the main park simply needs more investment and more E Ticket attractions like the Ariel and Snow White mine train rides at other parks.
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