Outside Paris, France
Walt Disney Theme Parks
Disneyland Paris: Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
It's A Small World - NOW CLOSED through Dec. 19, 2015
Disneyland Railroad - NOW CLOSED through Spring/Summer 2016
Big Thunder Mountain - NOW CLOSED through to January 2017
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing - NOW CLOSED through to January 2017
Peter Pan's Flight - January 2016 through July 2016
La Cabane des Robinsons - January 2016 through September 2016
Star Tours - March 2016 through March 2017 (Star Tours 2 upgrade)
Disney's Hotel Cheyenne - February 2016 through late 2017
Space Mountain: January 2017 through March 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean - January 2017 through Summer 2017
General Resort News - (11/16/15) In the wake of the horrible terrorist actions that took place in Paris on Friday night, Disneyland Paris is closed and will remain closed though Tuesday, November 17th, and is expected to open again on Wednesday. An interesting picture was posted by a local Cast Member over the weekend, showing off an eerie look down the park's empty Main Street looking towards the castle.
(10/26/15) Disney and More has posted the newly released schedule of major refurbishments planned to take place at Disneyland Paris, now through 2017. The highlights have been added to our rehab schedule posted above in yellow.
(10/16/15) Disney and More has posted a huge selection of photos showing off all the fun Halloween decorations set up at Disneyland Paris this year.
(8/10/15) This seems a bit laughable as seen from the point of view of someone in the United States, but apparently the European Union is now looking into complaints that guests to the Disneyland Paris Resort from countries like the UK or Germany are paying more than guests visiting from France or nearby Belgium. Apparently they are serious too, because this is seen as some kind of breach of the European Union's "single market" rules. You can read a bit more about the investigation and complain side over at ThemeParkInvestigator, but as I said... this is laughable when seen from an American point of view.
It's not that Disney is charging the some countries more than others, it's more of an issue with special discounts being offered to select markets. America is very familiar with this common Disney practice, as Southern California Resident discounts are offers to locals who live in the Greater Los Angeles and San Diego area, or on the East coast, anyone who can claim to be a Florida Resident can cash in on some heavily discounted tickets and annual pass prices. With that in mind, I wasn't surprised to hear that Disney may be offering similar special discount offers to their local French residents. It's just the way Disney operates... but apparently the European Union is going to take an issue with it. This should be interesting to watch.
(5/23/15) A schedule of long-term attraction closure dates has been posted for Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios Paris parks this week. Of course there are some very interesting items of note within that tie up nicely with the various rumors we’ve been posting that you can read much further down on the page.
Space Mountain - currently closed, is now listed as reopening sometime in August 2015, but late July is also possible.
Small World - August 1st, 2015 through to Late 2015
La Cabane des Robinson - August 1st, 2015 through May 2016
Big Thunder Mountain - November 2, 2015 through to Late 2016
Peter Pan's Flight - Early 2016 through July 2016
Star Tours - March 1, 2016 through to at least Late 2016, maybe longer.
2016 - Peter Pan’s Flight Upgrade - Rumor - (11/24/14) I’m told that the same rumored refurbishment planned for the Disneyland version of the attraction may also be planned for the Paris version as well in the future. This is more of a long term plan, as the ride’s track itself is said to be in need of replacement in the next few years anyway, so they could opt to do it all at the same time during a single prolonged refurbishment project.
2017 - Big Thunder Mountain Restoration - (11/2/15) Disneyland Paris has begun the long process of rehabbing the Rivers of the Far West, Big Thunder Mountain and more. You can see pictures at Disney & More of the interesting setup they have already installed in Paris that includes a bridge across to the Big Thunder island area, as well as a modular "life base camp" building for the workers who will be on site through to January 2017. The article also confirms that Big Thunder Mountain will also be getting a similar projection-mapping explosive finale effect on the last lift hill, much like the one installed onto the Disneyland version in California last year.
(1/28/15) Disney & More reports that Big Thunder Mountain will go down for a complete overhaul that appears likely to begin around November 2015 and wont see it open again until Late 2016. Much like the long rehabs to the Disneyland and Disney World versions of Big Thunder, I'd expect to see some track replacement and in the case of DLP, new trains have long been rumored that may be a car longer to increase ride capacity. I'd also expect to see an enhanced version of the ride's queue added as well as new special effects to the lift hills and some tunnels.
(11/24/14) Look for Big Thunder to close for 6 to 9 months for a complete restoration and likely some track replacement. The exact timeline is not known yet.
(9/30/13) Disneyland Paris’ Joe Schott mentioned that after the rehab to the Indiana Jones coaster is finished, they are planning a rehab for Big Thunder Mountain as well… one that would increase ride capacity. The last time I heard about a plan to increase ride capacity on Big Thunder Mountain however, the plan was to remove the faux locomotive car from the front of the train and replace it with an extra passenger car. It would be kind of sad to see the locomotives removed, but this seems to be where Disney’s design end has been thinking as of late, as the new Big Grizzly Mountain coaster in Hong Kong was built without a locomotive lead car.
2017 - Star Tours 2 - Rumor - (1/28/15) Disney & More has set a timeline for the update of Star Tours to Star Tours 2 which would see the ride close in early 2016 and remain closed until early 2017. The project may also mark the timeline needed to add a first phase of other new Star Wars themed projects to the land, one of which could be a Star Wars themed restaurant concept. Meanwhile the new Jedi Academy show opening later in 2015 is expected to keep the Star Wars theme alive in the park during the upgrade of the attraction.
(11/24/14) Going beyond just an upgrade of the attraction, I’m told that the Star Tours 2 experience would take over Star Tours, the Star Traders gift shop and the Captain EO building to allow for a bigger gift shop experience and some kind of new post-ride experience, that could include a star wars character meet & greet area.
(9/16/14) Forbes reports that Disneyland Paris may be making plans to open a new Star Wars themed investment into the park in time to celebrate the park’s 25th anniversary in 2017. They talk about updating Star Tours to the new version of the attraction, as the Paris park is the only Disney park to still have the old original Star Tours ride still running, but will they also add something more along the way?
(7/2/14) According to Disney & More, a plan to finally upgrade Star Tours to the new Star Tours 2 version of the attraction in Paris is essentially set to open in 2016 if all goes well. Don’t look for any mini-land to go along with it however... any plans for something like that will likely have to wait until a later date.
(2/19/13) According to the latest update at Disney & More the President of the EuroDisney resort confirmed in a meeting with DLP Stockholders that there is a new Star Wars / Star Tours project in development right now, but they are still in the early design phases. This means that this is not just an upgrade to Star Tours 2, but essentially confirms those long rumored plans to bring a mini Star Wars land to the park. I’d expect to see this open by 2015, so they can launch it along with the new Star Wars Episode 7 film coming out that same year.
Disney & More says the envisioned plan right now will have two phases. Phase 1 will see Star Tours 2 added along with the Jedi Academy show inside the old Captain EO theater and a likely Cantina bar and restaurant taking over Pizza Planet. What will take place in Phase 2 is anyone’s guess, but it will likely be located to the left of Star Tours.
(4/26/12) Disney and More reports that an entire Star Wars themed mini-land may be in development for Disneyland Paris as early as 2015. According to the report, the plan is not only to upgrade Star Tours to the current Star Tours 2 attraction, but will incorporate the existing Captain EO theater, Star Traders gift shop and Pizza Planet restaurant together into a new Star Wars themed mini-land. The thought is that a much larger gift shop, complete with character Meet & Greet areas will be added, and that an indoor version of the Jedi Academy show may take over the Captain EO theater. Even better may be an interesting plan proposed to transform Pizza Planet into a new restaurant experience themed after the famous Mos Eisley Cantina on Tattooine. Sounds like a fantastic idea to me, and one that could possibly find some traction within the rumored Tomorrowland refurbishments planned for Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland as well.
(4/18/12) The subject of Star Tours came up in an interview with the CEO of Disneyland Paris, who mentioned that in 2013, DLP would be the only Disney park still running the original version of Star Tours. Technically, Disneyland Paris is ALREADY the only Disney park will running the old version of Star Tours as Tokyo has already closed their ride to begin conversion for the Star Tours 2 to open in early 2013. That said... with the mentioning of the 2013 date, I can only assume that they’re not planning on opening Star Tours 2 in Paris until at least 2014.
(7/27/11) With the launch of Star Tours 2 in the US complete and determined to be a huge success, the question remains… when will Star Tours 2 begin boarding in Disneyland Paris? 2012? 2013? I would hope for the sooner date myself, but until we have an official closing date for the ride, everything is still up in the air. Anyone know more?
(8/16/10) While Disney has yet to confirm that Star Tours 2 is on the way, Disney and More will show you why it and more are pretty much locked in and the only thing left to do is “announce” them.
(6/8/10) According to the latest news posted to Disney and More, Star Tours 2 is pretty much a sure thing, though no one has confirmed it yet. Look for it to come most likely in 2012 or even 2013 as part of the Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary celebration.
Aprox. 2017 - MyMagic+ - Rumor - (11/24/14) I’m told that there is a loose plan to try and bring the MyMagic system to life at the Disneyland Paris Resort sometime around 2017 or so. This would see the whole rollout of MagicBands for ticket-free admission, FastPass+, wireless payment systems and more installed throughout both theme parks and the resort hotels.
???? - Phantom Manor Upgrade - Rumor - (1/5/15) For those wondering what the Phantom Manor with Vincent Price would sound like, there is a great YouTube video of attraction footage edited to the audio track of the attraction music with Vincent Price's voice work you can watch below.
(12/22/14) Disney & More has a great report this week about how Imagineering is working on some plans to upgrade the Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris sometime in the not too distant future, possibly as part of a greater revamping of the entire Thunder Mesa storyline in Frontierland, to better communicate the connecting histories of the two attractions with the Ravenswood family.
Perhaps most exciting of all is the news that WDI has been going over the old original audio recordings and mixes done for the Phantom Manor to enhance and restore them, including the original planned voice of the Ghost Host done by none other than Vincent Price. As the story goes, the Vincent Price version was dropped at the last second in an effort to great a better bi-lingual English/French version of the ride.
If you are lucky enough to have obtained a copy of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion 30th Anniversary CD there was one track on it featuring a mix of Disneyland Paris’ audio with the Vincent Price pre-ride dialog included. It is said the only remaining bit of Vincent Price audio within the current attraction is the use of his famous sinister laugh at one point, but it would be wonderful to have his role expanded and restored.
???? – Pirates of the Caribbean Upgrade - Rumor - (11/24/14) The long rumored upgrade of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride to feature some characters from the film series, like Capt. Jack Sparrow, is still said to be in the works. With the 5th film in the series (Dead Men Tell No Tales) slated for release in 2017, this project seems even more likely to be timed out to match up with that film’s release. However the Pirates makeover may extend beyond the ride itself and see additional Pirates themeing added to Adventureland itself, possibly brining the Legend of the Seven Seas interactive game elements added to Walt Disney World not long ago to the Paris park.
Other Disneyland Paris Resort Projects
2016 - Villages Nature - (5/23/15) The current timeline for this project now has the first phase opening in 2016. You can see more at the official website.
(12/8/10) Disney and More has posted a few more pieces of art and explanation about what we should expect to see at the upcoming unveiling of the Village Nature project near Disneyland Paris.
(12/2/10) DizFanatic has posted some new concept artwork for the Les Villages Nature project, and I don’t believe I’ve seen anywhere else.
(11/29/10) According to NewsParcs, Euro Disney has announced a new project called Villages Nature, a mixed use resort themed to the harmony between man and nature. The entire resort is to be built around a huge geothermal lagoon, which will have a new waterpark placed next to it that is expected to be the biggest in Europe. The first phase of this project could open as early as 2015, located 6 km South of Disneyland Paris.
(9/16/10) In a most interesting follow up to the reports about a 3rd park being planned for Disneyland Paris, this article claims that one of the ideas for the 3rd park is to base it entirely around the concept of the Marvel Superhero universe.
(9/15/10) Disneyland Paris just announced their intention to build a THIRD theme park on the resort property as well as other projects as part of a deal extension with the French government good through to 2030. This will see an unknown 3rd park added, a new leisure village called “Village Nature of Val d’Europe”, a water park and the sale of 10,000 housing units on site. No timeline was given for the 3rd park, but it is thought to be at least 10 years until it opens, which is good because they have to finish “fixing” and filling out the Studios first I think.
2015 to 2020 - Convention Center Resort - Planning - (9/23/13) The latest report from Disney & More indicates that a new hotel with a convention center, as well as a new bus station will be built new the Disney Village and Vinci parking lot is planned to open sometime between 2015 - 2020.