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Disneyland Paris: Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Disneyland Railroad - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Autopia - NOW CLOSED through Late 2019??
Dumbo - NOW CLOSED through July 19
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast - NOW CLOSED through June 7
Pirates of the Caribbean - June 3 through June 21
Hyperspace Mountain - June 24 through July 5
Park News - (5/6/19) The Phantom Manor has returned at last and you can see a full video of the new experience below, along with a ton of pictures showing off all the changes over at Disney & More this week.
(4/14/19) According to a new update from Disney & More, it was revealed that the Mark Twain riverboat will now be closed for the next two years to undergo a complete rebuild.
(4/13/19) A video of the Disneyland Paris InsideEars event was posted and while it looks like the majority of the video is in French, the section where WDI came out to talk about Phantom Manor is in English (with Tom Fitzgerald) an can be seen below. For starters they confirm that the English portion of the ride audio will be performed by the late Vincent Price who recorded unused audio tracks for the attraction before he passed away.
The attraction will finally reopen on May 3rd, 2019 and will feature many upgrades and changes, including four all new stretching portraits that will help reflect and tell the story of the unfortunate suitors of the Bride, along with new elements to tell the story of the Phantom, revealing that he is actually the Father of the Bride. A variety of changes have been made, including a complete redo of the final scene town scene, and much more.
(3/31/19) Would you believe that someone TP’ed the entrance to Disneyland Paris? According to an article that WDWNT, employees from an outsourced cleaning company hired by the Disneyland Paris Resort that normally works overnights instead set up a protest area by Main Street Station and made a huge mess. Based on the look of things, it may be time for Disney to part ways with this company and hire their own staff to handle these duties.
(2/5/19) Forbes reports that the Disneyland Paris resort is installing something called MagicPass, an RFID based wireless system to allow guests to open the hotel room doors or pay for items with the use of the new MagicPass cards, which will be tied to the customer’s credit card. Currently the MagicPass system is being installed at all of the Disneyland Paris Hotels, but I imagine the theme parks will soon follow as it will not only hold a guests payment method and room key, but also can store their park tickets and even FastPass tickets all on the same card.
(1/16/19) Disney and More has posted a collection of videos showing off this year’s Legends of the Force: A Celebration of Star Wars at Disneyland Paris.
(11/28/18) Bad news time for Disneyland Paris fans. It wasn’t long ago that the park delayed the reopening of Phantom Manor from October to January... and then a couple weeks ago they were saying it would likely be February before it would reopen. Now I’m being told that the opening date has slipped again all the way to April 2019.
(10/13/18) Several new special events and celebrations are coming to the Disneyland Paris theme parks between now and 2019. This includes the current Festival of Halloween leading to Christmas events, the previously mentions Legends of the Force Star Wars Celebration, to be followed by a Pirate & Princess event, Marvel event and even a Lion King & Jungle Festival.
(10/12/18) It has been confirmed that the Disneyland Paris resort will be putting on Legends of the Force - A Celebration of Star Wars event once again in 2019, to run from January to March. The event includes live character meet & greet opportunities, new special live entertainment, and limited-time attractions like the return of the Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration night show at the Walt Disney Studios park after dark, and the transformation of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain once again. (Update: Space Mountain actually still IS open as Hyperspace Mountain, though I imagine this could end at the end of this new event.)
(10/8/18) Disney & More has posted a huge collection of new photos from Disneyland Paris showing off their Halloween Celebration décor and new merchandise.
(9/25/18) According to the latest update at Disney & More, some roadway improvements have begin in the Disneyland Paris Resort area. This was part of an earlier agreement between Disney and the government to improve the infrastructure in this area ahead of the building of a future new "value" themed resort hotel project, similar to the All Stars hotels at Walt Disney World.
(9/20/18) Some awesome pictures of the renovations taking place outside the Phantom Manor at Disneyland Park can be found at Disney & More this week. Unfortunately, Disney has had to take back their announcement that the attraction would be ready to open in time for Halloween, with a new rumored opening date of January 12, 2019.
(7/17/18) According to a report at WDWNT, Disneyland Paris will test out a new paid FastPass option starting July 24th through the end of September. The graphic leaks say it will be called AccessOne and for the cost of €15 guests can purchase a ticket that will take them to the front of the line for once for one attraction.
The AccessOne passes can be used on Big Thunder Mt, Buzz Lightyear, Star Tours, Hyperspace Mountain, Indiana Jones, Peter Pan's Flight, Ratatouille, Rock 'n Roller Coaster or Twilight Zone.
So what do you think? It is worth paying that much just to cut to the front of the line on one ride?
(6/4/18) Wow! Big news came from Disneyland Paris today as WDI's Tom Fitzgerald announced at an Imagineering panel that as part of the renovation to the park's Phantom Manor, they will be bringing back some of the original narration for the ride recorded by Hollywood horror legend Vincent Price when it reopens this fall. Many MANY years ago I purchased a Haunted Mansion anniversary CD sold at Disneyland, and I'm not sure if they still sell it or not, but it contained the Vincent Price edition of the Phantom Manor as a bonus track. It is as fantastic as you think it would be, I love the idea of it being returned to the attraction in some fashion.
In addition, there will be some extras and enhancements added to the attraction, including one that will apparently solve the mystery of exactly WHO the mysterious Phantom is. Also worth mentioning is that guests can look for a "MagicPass" system to arrive in Paris for limited testing starting this summer ahead of a full roll out in 2019. The MagicPass system will be a card based version the Walt Disney World FastPass+ / MagicBand system, but Paris has no plans to roll out MagicBands themselves and will stick with the card based system only, much like the Disneyland Resort in California.
Speaking of new technology additions, you can also expect to have both Paris theme parks covered by free WiFi network access by mid-2019.
October 2018 - Mickey’s PhilharMagic - Now Open - (10/13/18) Apparently Disneyland Paris didn’t make a huge deal about the opening of this new attraction, but Disney & More confirms that Mickey’s Philharmagic attraction is now open at the park and has even posted a few pictures to show off what it looks like. Unfortunately they describe this as sort of a low-budget version of the attraction that lacks the same huge screen size used in the other versions, as well as the Donald animatronic figure seen in the back of the theater at the end along with some other missing elements.
(5/19/18) During a special conference to promote the Disneyland Paris resort called InsideEars, Disney officials confirmed some new attractions and developments were on the way. Up first was the confirmation that Mickey's PhilharMagic, a popular 4D theater attraction from the Orlando park, would open in Disneyland Paris this October inside the Discoveryland Theater. The theater is already closed and construction is under way.
The fun 4D adventure film follows Donald Duck around in panic mode to recover Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat after a failed attempt at one-upmanship goes wrong, sending him on a wild adventure through the Disney animated universe, set to your favorite Disney songs.
2019 - The Lion King - (6/4/18) I'm told that the Chaparral Theater is being demolished to allow for construction of an entirely new theater structure to house the already announced The Lion King show coming in 2019.
(4/6/18) Disneyland Paris has announced that The Lion King show will be coming to Disneyland Paris in 2019, going into The Chaparral Theater in Frontierland which is currently undergoing renovations for it. This isn't a copy of the show you may have seen at Walt Disney World, but rather will be a brand new musical production.
2020 - Mark Twain Riverboat Refurbishment - (5/19/18) Disney officials confirmed that the park's famous Mark Twain riverboat will go under a massive renovation and restoration starting in 2019 and then reopen to guests in 2020.
???? - Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel - (1/8/19) Disneyland Paris released the new logo for Disney’s Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel this week, and if you make the jump over to Disney and More they take you on a look around the hotel as it stands this week, and how it will be changed and updated for the reopening in 2020.
(7/20/17) Disney has announced that they will be changing Disney's Hotel New York into Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel. This is a "reImagination" of the current hotel property into what they describe as being a "Marvel-themed wonderland".
“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud,” Bob said. “I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!”
2022 through 2024 - Major New Attractions - Planned - (1/31/19) Screamscape sources tell us that Disneyland Paris may have been allocated some new funds to create two major new attractions at the park between 2022 and 2024. While one of the rides is still unknown (maybe the Indiana Jones rumor below?), the other attraction said to be coming would be a clone of the “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway” attraction opening later this year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. I can only imagine that Disney execs may be rather high on the new ride concept at this point as unconfirmed rumors of yet another clone of this same ride indicated it would also go to Disneyland in California.
There is lots of time between now and when these projects would get started through… enough time for the plans change entirely, but for now this seems to be the park’s short-term 5-year plan of expansion.
(6/1/18) It has been awhile since we've heard anything about the rumor of Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom being replaced by a next-gen version of the Indiana Jones Adventure ride, but our friends at Disney & More take a look into the latest rumors on this topic, including the rumor that AK and DLP may even share the development costs for this project, that would see a clone also built in Paris in the near-future near their own Indy themed coaster. Meanwhile the news may be more urgent for the Florida resort, as the current Indiana Jones stunt show is rumored to be closing down sometime after Star Wars: Galalxy’s Edge opens, which would remove the only Indiana Jones themed area from all of Walt Disney World. So you could imagine that they would want to put him back somewhere else fairly quickly if that happens.
I don't know how accurate this might be, but one possible rumor even blends the two concepts into one attraction, having Indiana Jones encounter a lost world of living Dinosaurs. Hmmmm.... makes me wonder if this could be what the rumored 2024 attraction might be.
(11/23/17) According to Forbes, Disney is now planning on adding some kind of “major new attraction” to Disneyland Paris in 2024 as part of a massive new investment into the property now that they have full control over the property. Other new additions and capital expenditure projects planned over the next decade include upgrades to several hotel properties as well as adding Marvel themed attractions to the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park.