Outside Paris, France
Walt Disney Theme Parks
Disneyland Paris: Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Big Thunder Mountain - NOW CLOSED through to Dec 16
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing - NOW CLOSED through to Dec 16
Star Tours - NOW CLOSED through March 2017 (Star Tours 2)
Pinocchio - NOW CLOSED through Oct 19
Les Mysteres du Nautilus - NOW CLOSED through Oct 19
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth - NOW CLOSED through Dec 2
Disneyland Railroad Discoveryland Station - NOW CLOSED through March 2017
Buzz Lightyear - Nov 7 through Nov 25
Disneyland Railroad Fantasyland Station - Nov 28 through ??
Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains - Dec 5 through Dec 16
Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin - Dec 13
Phantom Manor - Jan 2 through ????
Autopia - Jan 3 through ????
Pirates of the Caribbean - Jan 9 through Summer 2017
Casey Jr - Jan 9 through ????
Le Pays des Contes de Fées - Jan. 9 through ????
Space Mountain - Jan. 9 through March 2017
General Resort News - (10/12/16) I’m not sure what it is, but a tweet from the Euro Disney management account mentioned that “a great announcement” was coming next Monday. The big guess right now is it may have something to do with the DLP Resort’s 25th Anniversary happening next year. Stay tuned.
(9/27/16) According to some information sent my way, Disneyland Paris is considering putting on a unique little show on the Oct. 31st Halloween Party near Big Thunder Mountain. The idea is to replace the dance party in Discoveryland with a new concept tenatively titled Dr. Facilier’s VooDoo Party. Dr. Facilier is the villain, also known as The Shadow Man, from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The idea would be transform the waterside location to look like a New Orleans bayout, with lots of smoke and tarot card themeing, along with allowing various ‘creatures’ to roam the area.
Sounds like a fun idea to me. Now to just wait and see if they do it.
(9/12/16) Several new pictures from Disneyland Paris showing off the newly reopened Adventure Isle area with all new and improved night lighting, as well as a look at the refurbished La Cabane des Robinson tree house attraction, have been posted to Twitter by "DisneylandBerry". Check it out here.
(7/26/16) A new article and even a video going over the details of the Big Thunder Mountain renovation at Disneyland Paris has been posted to Disney & More this week.
Spring 2017 - Hyperspace Mountain - (9/16/16) Disneyland Paris has confirmed that Space Mountain will become Hyperspace Mountain, with added Star Wars themeing, sometime in March 2017. This is only a temporary overlay, though if they treat it like they did with the first one at Disneyland, it could stay up through to the end of the year if it proves popular.
2017 - Big Thunder Mountain Restoration - (7/26/16) A new article and even a video going over the details of the Big Thunder Mountain renovation at Disneyland Paris has been posted to Disney & More this week.
(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.
2017 - Star Tours 2 - (5/7/16) Concept artwork and plans for the new look of the Star Wars attraction building (complete with an X-Wing fighter parked on the roof) can be found in a new update posted to Disney & More this week.
(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?
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.