WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PARIS
Outside Paris, France
Walt Disney Theme Parks
Walt Disney Studios Paris: Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
CineMagique - NOW CLOSED through to at least Late 2018 or beyond
Crush’s Coaster - Apr. 3 through June 2018 (Planned)
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster - May 2018 through TBD
General Park News - (11/15/17) I'm not quite sure what to make of this, but according to Loopings, Disney may have sent a Vekoma a request for a quote to build a clone of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run coaster at Shanghai Disneyland for one of the Paris parks. Vekoma denies it of course, because it really has no choice if the news is true due to confidential NDA agreements.
If true... it would seem to be something that would fit into the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park more than Disneyland Paris. One other rumor however did suggest that the ride system was once pitched for use, rethemed as a Captain America themed motorcycle ride instead... which does make the future of the Studios park even more interesting, especially as a timeline is said to be under discussion to turn the local Tower of Terror into another Guardians of the Galalxy - Mission: Breakout!
2019 - Marvel / Iron Man Themed Rock ‘n Roller Coaster - (2/14/18) Previously we had noted that the Rock 'n Roller Coaster will soon head into a lengthy rehab of some kind this May and now we know more. According to an update from Disney, the Marvel Super Hero universe of characters will officially drop into the Walt Disney Studios Park as the Rock 'n Roller Coaster "will be totally reimagined as a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure where guests will team up with Iron Man and their favorite Avengers."
No official timeline as to when the new Marvel themed adventure will be ready to open, but I’d assume it wont be until 2019. It is curious however, as this project seems to have fast-tracked, and the rumored plan to bring Guardians of the Galaxy to the Tower of Terror may have postponed or dropped entirely.
???? - Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! / Tower of Terror - Cancelled - (2/15/18) According to a Screamscape source, the plans to update the Paris version of Tower of Terror into a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride have indeed been dropped. For the time being, it will remain as-is... but is it said that the park does intend to update the ride with some sort of new theme at some point in the future that could be an entirely new and custom creation.
Through 2021 and Beyond - Whole Park Expansion / Three New Lands and More - (3/8/18) I missed this little detail, but in the new concept artwork for Walt Disney Studios Paris, if you look at where Toy Story Land is, you will be a new building has been added that is identical looking to the new Alien Swirling Saucers attraction going into Toy Story Land in Florida. Looks like a clone may be in the plans for Paris.
(2/28/18) Huge news came from the Disneyland Paris Resort on Tuesday as Bob Iger announced a TWO BILLION EURO multi-year expansion plan was being put into effect for the French resort that would heavily see a major expansion and renovation made to the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park. While the exact plans were not laid out in detail, they did confirm that the expanded Studios park would have three new themed areas added for: Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars, along with the addition of a huge lake at the back of the park. This mega-expansion will "roll out in phases beginning in 2021.
Now lets go over what we think we know based on rumored plans as well as what we can see in the concept art released.
Marvel - The transformation of the Rock 'n Roller Coaster was already confirmed by a previous announcement earlier this month that will give the ride a new Iron Man theme. Looking at the concept art, you can also make out a new circular shaped facade will transform the front entrance of the attraction building as well. It is also clear that this entire area of the park will be given the Marvel treatment, with some kind of new attraction likely to take over the Armageddon special effects attraction space, and you can see an Avenger's QuinJet parked where the entrance to the Lights, Motors, Action stunt show is, which is being replaced by a rather large but non-detailed looking structure in the background, which I can only assume may be similar to the rumored Avengers attraction that is also being planned for Hong Kong Disneyland for 2023.
The Lake - Hard to miss the giant lake now placed in the back of the park, but it is also worth mentioning what isn't here anymore... as there is no trace of the backlot studio tour in the artwork. In the lake you can make out giant fountains shooting water into the sky on the left and right sides, as well as a boat making it's way across the lake. The lake is also surrounded by a large circular pathway that will take guests back to the two other new themed land, but also seems like it would provide a great viewing area for a giant nightime spectacular. Like... the kind of lights, water and projection show that Disney is famous for... but also the kind that was rumored last week as a possibility for the lake near the resort hotels. Good project rumor... wrong location. Seems that rumored new nighttime spectacular was actually for the Studios park, though Disney made zero mention of it in their announcement. All in good time...
Star Wars: Galaxy Edge - Clear to see in the artwork that Paris will be the first international location to get their own version of Star Wars: Galaxy Edge, and with ample space to build into plus the added benefit of extra time, I wouldn't be surprised if a few new innovations and surprises find their way here as well.
Frozen - Disney is still betting big on the idea of building Frozen themed lands. While we have no timeline for the long hinted at Frozen land in Japan, the one announced for Hong Kong Disneyland is expected to open by 2021. Much like Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, this will be a second generation land, where the Imagineers will have had time to review what works and what didn't in the first version and make improvements for this one by the time it is built.
Even more impressive is the fact that we're only talking about what is coming to the Studios park as part of this massive expansion. I'm sure there are some goodies planned for Disneyland Paris as well next door. So nice to see what can happen here now that Disney has taken full ownership of the parks.
(2/22/18) The latest report at Disney & More claims that the current Disney Illuminations fireworks/projection show on the castle could come to an end sometime in 2019, but the rumored replacement is what is interesting. According to the rumor, Disney may be considering creating a new nighttime spectacular
outside of the parks on and over Disney Lake that could combine some of the technology and features used in the World of Color (DCA) and Rivers of Light (AK) shows from the US which feature more fountain, lighting and video projection technology rather than fireworks. Putting it outside the parks however is a bit of a bold move, as the rumor indicates that guests in the area without park tickets may need to pay a fee to get into the seating area to see it, if this really happens. (UPDATE - Turns out this rumor seems mostly true... but the rumored location was wrong, as a new lake is planned for the Studios expansion.)