Fresh Looks at Disneyland Paris' 'Frozen' Land

April 5, 2022, 4:17 PM · The Disneyland Paris Resort is sharing fresh concept art and a first-look construction photo from the new "Frozen"-themed land coming to Walt Disney Studios Park.

The land's village in Arendelle will stand next to a 7.4-acre lake now under construction near the new Avengers Campus, on part of the old Studio Tram Tour that wasn't rethemed to Cars Road Trip. The land will include a Frozen-themed attraction, shops, and a restaurant "serving dishes with a Nordic touch."

Frozen land concept art from Walt Disney Studios Paris
Concept art courtesy Disneyland Paris

Work has begun on the site, creating the lake as well as the 131-foot mountain that will stand behind the village, upon which visitors will be able to see Elsa's Ice Castle.

Frozen land construction photo
Diane Oram, Senior Project Manager at Walt Disney Imagineering Paris, on the Frozen land construction site. Photo courtesy Disney

Disney today also shared new concept art of the promenade that will lead into the land, including a new table-service restaurant for the park.

Promenade at Walt Disney Studios Park
Concept art courtesy Disneyland Paris

The Art Nouveau-style restaurant will have 250 seats on the lakefront and will host character meet and greets. There's no name yet for the restaurant, nor is there an expected opening date for the rest of the Arendelle land.

Disney first announced the Frozen-themed land back in 2018, when it also announced that Paris' second gate would get the Marvel land that opens this summer. Also announced then was a Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge installation that appears to have been abandoned. At the Disneyland opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, then-Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek all but ruled out building a Galaxy's Edge in any of Disney’s international parks, and there have been no updates about a Paris installation since then.

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Replies (10)

April 5, 2022 at 4:57 PM

When is it expected to open?

April 5, 2022 at 10:58 PM

Exciting to see construction on something that was announced 4 years ago has now made its way to "dirt status"

April 6, 2022 at 5:28 AM

O-N-E new attraction!

ONE!

I am so impressed.

April 6, 2022 at 10:43 AM

Yeah Dutchduck, even New Fantasyland at MK had 3 new attractions (7DMT, Little Mermaid, and Enchanted Tales with Belle), though shopping wasn't really part of that expansion. Even if the new Frozen attraction is an e-ticket, it seems like a pretty underwhelming addition given that New Fantasyland was 11 acres, and just the lake portion of this expansion is 7.4 acres. The least they could do is add a flat ride or show-style experience to the land.

I think Disney is really underestimating what guests are looking for in new lands. They want a complete experience that gives them a reason to stay and explore the land, even if it's an older attraction or section repurposed into the new land (TSM and GOTG:MB). Certainly managers want to get some bang for their buck by having ample merchandising and dining opportunities, but if there's just 1 ride, guests are going to go in, ride the ride, and then maybe poke their head into a store or grab a bite to eat and then leave. There has to be other stuff to do, or guests simply won't spend time here and become connected to the stories. Hopefully there are some expansion pads built into this land, because what they've announced so far is unlikely to gain any major traction, even if the ride is really good.

April 7, 2022 at 2:41 AM

Thanks Russel, you are absolutely right.
Altough Disney is trying to add more atmosphere and attractions to this ugly half day park, all the additions feel so stale.

I am not a Marvel fan, but still can enjoy attractions if done well.

Webslingers looks tacky, and this whole industrial city style for the Marvel areas is not what makes me feel I'm in another world.

I really want to feel excited about the announced expansion plan for the WDS park, but the more time goes by, the less interesting it gets.

Nice promenades with restaurants are widely available outside of Disneyparks and so are shops.

I am very curious what Tokyo Disney Sea is doing with the Arendelle theme. Are they also making one attraction?

Oh wait, they are adding THREE LANDS Frozen, Tangled AND Peter Pan. I quote from Themepark Insider:

Fantasy Springs - A new "port" between Arabian Coast and Lost River Delta that will include four new attractions, three restaurants and a hotel, with the attractions themed to the Disney films "Frozen," "Tangled," and "Peter Pan." The project is expected to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.

That's FOUR new attractions AND they are supposedly opening BEFORE Disneyland Paris opens ONE new attraction.

Sorry for the rant but this is just so disappointing.

April 7, 2022 at 2:24 AM

Someone correct me if i'm wrong but I believe Studios Paris is going the "miniland" route as well ... getting Marvel, Star Wars, and Frozen minilands. This is the trend Disney is going with as they had something similar planned for DLR as well
https://www.themeparkinsider.com/art/2021/dl-forward-map.jpg

April 7, 2022 at 2:40 AM

Even Hong Kong Disneyland gets two Frozen attractions.

@the__man: I'm not sure anymore. It would be a shame if that is the case for Paris because, man the Studios Park needs so much work and more attractions to be worth the entree fee.

April 7, 2022 at 7:37 AM

@the_man - Robert notes that Disney has gone mum about reported addition of Star Wars to Paris, and even going as far as saying Star Wars would not be added to any non-US parks, insinuating that the announced addition was no longer in the cards.

April 7, 2022 at 11:48 PM

@the__man: Disney only adding mini-lands sounds like Eisner all over again.

April 9, 2022 at 12:04 PM

it's interesting that Disney seems to be approaching these expansions so conservatively (less so on timing and more on capacity) at a time when demand is clearly ever expansive. even with the knowledge that "the next covid" is always around the corner (whatever that may be -- recession, pandemic, you name it) we're seeing how desperate people are for travel and, in particular, themed entertainment ... and how the big barrier for making more money is supply.

so with all that said, shouldn't Disney be preparing for that next surge of demand by building up capacity or, put another way, their own supply chain? build a spine of cast members and brick and mortar so they can be ready to take everyone's money? just seems weird to me.

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