Disneyland Paris Opens 'Worlds of Pixar' Land

August 27, 2021, 1:34 PM · There's a new land to explore at one of Disney's theme parks now. Well, there's a land with a new name, at least.

The Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris has renamed part of the park as "Worlds of Pixar." The new - okay, newly named - land includes Crush’s Coaster and Cars Race Rally ride from Toon Studio, as well as the former Toy Story Playland and La Place de Remy lands, plus the new Cars Road Trip attraction that recently replaced the old Studio Tram Tour.

(For those of you awaiting the new Ratatouille ride at Epcot, here's the original, in WDSP's now Worlds of Pixar.)

Aladdin's Flying Carpet, Animagique, and Animation Celebration remain in the now-smaller Toon Studio.

Disneyland Paris said today that Worlds of Pixar is the first of four core "zones" that will exist in the park once its transformation is complete. Next up is Avengers Campus, which is under construction in the area around the old Rock n' Roller Coaster, which is getting an Avengers retheme. The park also has announced plans for a Frozen-themed zone.

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Replies (10)

August 27, 2021 at 2:25 PM

Wait...they seriously put Cars characters in Catastrophe Canyon???

August 27, 2021 at 3:18 PM

That was probably the only way to save it.

August 27, 2021 at 3:59 PM

I can actually see it working a bit better than another overlay.

One of the highlights of the Disney Plus Imagineering series was them so blunt on the mistakes of Disney Studios Park and "trying to rush it just to keep the land was a bad idea." Good to see it, like California Adventure, getting a second chance.

August 28, 2021 at 1:52 AM

One of Pixar’s strengths is its ability to create movies with unique settings. Given the close proximity of the existing attractions, combining them into one land is the best choice, but its still not a good one. Hopefully though they can find better options in the future. Pixar’s films are too unique to be shoehorned into a land together, and now they’ve done it twice!

August 28, 2021 at 3:19 AM

Based on this, Pixar Pier and subsidizing their films for Disney+, the Chapek regime only seems to understand Pixar as branding. Unfortunately Pixar doesn’t have the leverage to jump the ship like back in the Eisner days.

August 28, 2021 at 9:32 AM

We beat up on Disney for milking their cash cows like Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, but that's only a natural evolution in the entertainment industry. The bottom line is that the bills have to get paid, and the easiest thing to do is keep going back to your mega-hits until audience burnout is reached. All the major studios do it. I've lost track of how many Rocky movies and spinoffs there are let alone the Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street "franchises." As long as we keep buying it, they'll keep selling it.

August 31, 2021 at 7:25 AM

A new name and a few new signs and a rethemed ride is about all that's new.
The re-themeing of the canyon ride is poor.
Disney is suppose to be spending billions on an upgrade to this park I would like to know where?

August 31, 2021 at 11:07 AM

@tim "that's only a natural evolution in the entertainment industry"

Only because the entertainment industry, particularly Disney, is driven by businessmen, not creatives. If someone other than Chapek was Disney's head, the Company might be headed in the right direction right now.

August 31, 2021 at 11:10 AM

Thecolonel, any C.E.O, whether it be for Disney or Six Flags or Cedar Fair, has to answer to the board of directors. I’m not entirely sure who you have in mind that would be doing things much differently than Chapek.

August 31, 2021 at 3:25 PM

About 25 years ago (back when people read things on paper), I subscribed to a bi-weekly newsletter called Bottom Line/Personal. It had a lot of good information distilled down into a format the short attention span crowd could appreciate, but the one thing that really struck me was how that newsletter and all of the special reports that came with it emphasized a management approach of maximizing revenue streams with little or no additional investment. Basically, the management gurus were saying "Leave nothing on the table or somebody else will get it." I thought it was a little over the top at the time, but it looks like a lot of somebodies at Disney were paying attention.

Welcome to 21st century economics folks!

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