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(5/16/13) The Disney Parks Blog has announced that the popular Disney PhotoPass service from the US parks has now launched at Disneyland Paris.
(4/19/13) Disney and More turns 6 today and celebrates by showing off some incredible pictures and a video of Vincent Price recording a narration as the Ghost Host (MORE...)
(4/8/13) Our friends over at DLRPMagic uploaded a new HD video showing off a preview performance of the new 2013 version of Disney Dreams, complete with a preview of the new Light’Ears (MORE...)
(3/25/13) Disney & More takes a look at the new Lion King and Brave sequences added to the Disney Dreams show projected on the castle at Disneyland Paris (MORE...)
Disneyland Paris: Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Autopia - NOW CLOSED through 5/17/13
Les Voyages de Pinocchio - NOW CLOSED through 6/7/13
Big Thunder Mt - 5/21/13 through 6/14/13
Dumbo - 6/3/13 through 6/21/13
Space Mountain - 6/17/13 through 6/21/13
Indiana Jones - 6/24/13 through 7/5/13
Orbitron - 7/8/13 through 7/12/13
General Resort News - (5/16/13) The Disney Parks Blog has announced that the popular Disney PhotoPass service from the US parks has now launched at Disneyland Paris.
(4/19/13) Disney and More turns 6 today and celebrates by showing off some incredible pictures and a video of Vincent Price recording a narration as the Ghost Host for the Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris. Unfortunately, in the end a decision was made to replace this recording with a new one in French, but some of Vincent Price’s classic evil laughs still made it through into the final soundtrack. (I don’t know if it is still for sale or not, but several years back Disneyland sold a special Haunted Mansion music CD that included the audio tracks for all three Haunted Mansions, Phantom Manor as well as the unused Vincent Price track which is just pure ear-candy.
(4/8/13) Our friends over at DLRPMagic uploaded a new HD video showing off a preview performance of the new 2013 version of Disney Dreams, complete with a preview of the new Light’Ears on the audience watching the show. I’ve been told that DLP isn’t expecting to have a full scale public launch of the new Light’Ears until around July however.
(3/25/13) Disney & More takes a look at the new Lion King and Brave sequences added to the Disney Dreams show projected on the castle at Disneyland Paris, though they did replace the Mary Poppins sequence to fit them in. They’ve got two very nice video clips showing off these two new sequences quite well.
(3/4/13) It was confirmed during the Euro Disney shareholder meeting that the 20th Anniversary celebration for Disneyland Paris will be extended until September 30th, 2013, along with performances of the nightly Disney Dreams show in front of the castle. Speaking of which, they also confirmed that “Disney Light’Ears” are on the way. These are the same mouse-ear hats with lights that change and flash in sync with the show that Disney developed first for World of Color at Disney California Adventure last year. They had a great way to preview this new technology to those at the meeting which can be seen in the video clip below.
On a side note, it was also mentioned in the meeting that Disneyland Paris hit an all time record attendance level in 2012 of 16 million guests.
(2/7/13) Disney and More reports that starting in April 2013 the Disney Dreams night show will have two additional scenes added, themed to The Lion King and Brave. Along with these new show additions, the park will also add “Disney Light Ears” hats as well… also known as “Glow With The Show Ears” from when they were first launched at the World of Color and later Fantasmic shows at the Disneyland Resort in Summer 2012.
The park will drop a few entertainment options however in 2013… the Tarzan show at the Chaparral stage and the Fantillusion parade have come to an end.
(1/30/13) A huge beautiful photo update from Disneyland Paris has been posted to Disney and More this week, showing off even more shots of the park covered under a blanket melting snow. Check it out.
(1/23/13) A beautiful collection of panoramic pictures showing off Disneyland Paris covered in snow have been posted to Disney & More this week.
(1/10/13) Disney & More reports that for 2013 Disneyland Paris will feature the “Extended 20th Anniversary” promotion. Disney Dreams will continue performing through to at least September, and feature the addition of new sequences involving Brave and The Lion King sometime in April.
They also report that DLP will introduce the Glow with the Show ear hats from Disney California Adventure in 2013. Unfortunately, they don’t believe the lengthy Pirates rehab will see Captain Jack Sparrow figures added to the ride.
(1/4/13) Four guests were hurt at Disneyland Paris on the park’s railroad when a bolt connecting the locomotive and first car to the rest of the train snapped as it was approaching a station. While the train was only traveling at 5mph, the front of the train separated briefly from the rest of the cars, but upon breaking at the station the coasting cars caught up and bumped into the front half. About 40 riders were on-board at the time of the accident.
(1/1/13) The workers union behind 14,500 Cast Members at the Disneyland Paris Resort is demanding that management pay the staff a bonus this year, after the resort pulled in record attendance this past year, as well as expectations for an improved financial state after deals with the Walt Disney Company have relieved 1.7 billion Euros of debt. While Disney isn’t likely to give in right away to a demand like this, a long drawn out negotiation is also likely to cause some labor problems, similar to those we saw not all that long ago when frustrated staff walked out on a parade performance.
(12/31/12) Westcoaster goes international this week with a look inside Disneyland Paris and their very colorful Fantillusion night parade and Disney Dreams show.
(9/21/12) Disney and More reports that the Walt Disney Company has Re-Finances $1.7 billion of Disneyland Paris’ debt, allowing Disneyland Paris to pay off their high interest debts to the banks, and will now only owe it to the Walt Disney Company instead. This will allow for DLP to benefit from a better repayment schedule and provide for 225 million Euros in additional cash flow that was previously going to pay interest at the banks.
While this isn’t a true official “buyout” of the DLP resort by the Walt Disney Company, it’s the next best thing, since as the holder of $1.7 billion of DLP debt, this will essentially give Disney’s home office much more control over the future of Disneyland Paris, which can only be seen as a good thing. Not to mention finally putting DLP on good financial ground once again instead of at the mercy of the banks.
In other news, Disney and More also reports that Captain EO will return to Disneyland Paris this October (and November) for select dates each week.
(2/21/12) Wonderful news for Space Mountain fans at Disneyland Paris this week. According to Disney and More, by the end of 2012 Disney will replace the hard head-banging over the shoulder restraint system with Vekoma’s new soft harness system, which should really change the rider experience for the better. Doubtful? Don’t be... I’ve used them myself on another coaster and they were a wonderful surprise. That said, I’ve got to wonder how long until we see these same harnesses added to Rock ‘n Roller Coaster as well.
2015 - Star Tours 2 / Star Wars Mini-Land - Rumor - (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.
2014/2015/2016 - Toy Story Mania - Rumor - (4/18/12) The CEO of Disneyland Paris talked with the French media again this week and mentioned a few interesting items about possible new attractions. According to the breakdown posted at NewsParcs, he mentioned they were looking at adding an “interactive attraction inspired by Toy Story” inside Disneyland Paris, which seems to be a wink at adding Toy Story Mania. Plans to add Star Tours 2: The Adventures Continue were also discussed, though I don’t believe a timeline was mentioned.
There was also a brief reminder about the Villages Nature resort / water park project in the works under the direction of Joe Rohde, which is set to open in mid-2015.
Other Disneyland Paris Resort Projects
2015 - Les Villages Nature / Third Theme Park - (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 at 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.