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Walt Disney Studios Paris: Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Cars Quatre Roues Rallye - NOW CLOSED through Late 2019??
Art of Disney Animation - NOW CLOSED through Late 2019??
Rock ‘n Roller Coaster - Sept. 2, 2019 through 2020? (To Become New Marvel Attraction)
General Park News - (5/22/19) That was quick… the very next day after we reported that the Ratatouille ride in Paris was still showing the various scenes in 2D, we have now heard from two guests that everything was switched back to regular 3D once again.
(5/21/19) According to a reader who visited Walt Disney Studios Paris this week and loved the 2D version of the Ratatouille dark ride. They did ask about why the ride was playing in 2D now instead of 3D and were given the excuse that it was just undergoing maintenance and would eventually return to using 3D projections. Of course this could have just been the line the CMs were told to give guests, or it could be that Disney is just conducting a guest satisfaction study to see if guests enjoy the ride more without 3D glasses than with, as they are preparing to launch the new version at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
Time will tell if the Paris version says 2D or returns to being in 3D.
(5/15/19) Guests to the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park were surprised this week when riders boarded the park’s Ratatouille dark ride attraction to discover that there were no 3D glasses being handed out and that the entire projected portion of the attraction had been converted to crisp 2D footage. The Ratatouille attraction has been in 3D since it opened in 2014, so the switch to 2D was very unexpected, but is also likely a hint of things to come when the second version opens at Epcot sometime between mid-2020 and 2021.
Thanks to Disney & More for this scoop, and they’ve also posted a new on-video POV video showing off the new 2D version of the attraction, riding online viewers our first really good look at the ride. I also find the switch from 3D to 2D an interesting bit of timing, as Universal has slowly begin to drop the use of 3D glasses on select attraction at their Hollywood park, a move that started shortly after they opened their Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction in 3D and converted it to 2D a few months later.
While I haven’t had the pleasure to ride this particular attraction myself, I must say that based on the new video showing off the 2D experience, it does seem to work out very well, with the only downside I can see being that the lack of 3D glasses makes it easier to see the hard “seam” between the actual scenery and the edge of the projection screens. Of co urse, this “seam” is often still visible even with 3D glasses if you are looking for it, so I think it just comes down to you as a rider and if you are trying to either just enjoy the experience, or if you are trying to see how it all works. (I know I have a tendency to do both at times… )
(3/24/19) Disney & More has posted a great look at the start of the “Season of Marvel Super-Heroes” activities taking place in Paris at the Walt Disney Studios park. This includes a new stunt show, character meet & greet areas and more, including an appearance by the MCU’s latest character, Captain Marvel.
(12/12/18) Disneyland Paris has announced that two attractions at the Walt Disney Studios Paris park will soon close forever. The Art of Animation will close for good starting January 7, 2019 and the Armageddon special effects attraction will close forever April 1, 2019. These will be closing to make way for the upcoming Marvel themed land.
2019 - Cinemagique Returns - (8/17/18) Disney & More reports that the Cinemagique attraction will be coming back to the Walt Disney Studios in the future. Currently the venue is used for the Avengers United character/stunt show, so once that show's run finishes up, they will likely begin the process of putting Cinemagique back in.
2019/2020 - 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 or 2020. 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.
???? - Expanded Marvel Area - (5/27/19) Construction walls are up all at the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park to prepare for the construction of a new Marvel hero themed land. A good collection of photos showing off the area as it looks now with all the new walls blocking off the buildings can be seen at WDWNT, with only Rock ‘n Roller Coaster still open at the end of the street, and even that is set to close by this September.
(5/6/19) A website called Outsidears has posted a graphic that they are claiming is a blueprint of the new Spider-Man themed attraction Disney is planning on building at Walt Disney Studios Paris and at Disney California Adventure. Looking it over, it looks very similar to the same kind of ride system Disney used for Toy Story Midway Mania, just with larger cars, that will apparently still move in pairs, up and down a series of rows that appear to only contain large video game style screens for some interactive game system, rather than a more traditional themed dark ride concept.
According to one rumor, the cars won't be mounted with guns like Toy Story can, but rather they may try to use some kind of motion based gesture system, similar to what the Legoland parks did with their Ninjago dark rides, to allow riders to shoot their own webs at Spider-man villains. A couple of extra renderings showing off what the outside of the attraction building may look like can also be seen here.
(12/12/18) Disney released some new artwork the other day, this one showing off a quick look at the proposed Marvel themed area along with confirmation that the park’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster attraction will soon be transformed into a new Marvel ride themed around Iron Man and the Avengers, where the existing coaster will be re-imagined into “a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure.”
While the artwork released only shows off a new roundish and brightly lit marquee structure will be put up in front of Rock ‘n Roller Coaster building in the background, you can see that the Armageddon attraction building that would normally be on the right side of the pathway has now been replaced with a new red and blue building that has an Avengers logo on it, as well as what looks like some kind of Spider-Man symbol on the ride in the red section. A similar spider-symbol was also seen on a red/blue building in new artwork released for the California park project where the It’s Tough To Be A Bud 4D theater is expected to be transformed into a new Spider-Man themed dark ride attraction, so I’m guessing something similar may also be coming to Paris. Meanwhile the restaurant across the street also looks to be getting a mild Marvel makeover, with the Pym Technologies logo from Ant-Man visible on the side.
Disney also released an interesting bit of story along with this, which explains how the Marvel themed lands coming to California, Paris and Hong Kong will tie into a greater Marvel storyline called the Global Avengers Initiative.
“There was an idea. To bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if they could become something more. It was called the Avengers Initiative.
That original idea has now evolved into a brand-new global Avengers Initiative. One that brings us—the next generation of remarkable people—together. To find our power and become something more. To see if we can work alongside the Avengers so we may all become stronger together.
The Stark Expo in Hong Kong was to be a first step: A world exposition whose theme of ‘A Better Tomorrow Today,’ was meant to inspire and motivate through technological innovation. However, shortly after it opened, the Expo was attacked by the forces of Hydra. When even more powerful forces threatened the entire planet, the Avengers realized that the Earth needs more heroes.
So today, to better defend the planet, the Avengers are setting up new Headquarters and technology sharing exchanges around the globe to empower and inspire all potential recruits willing to step up and become heroes.
In California and Paris, Tony Stark is retrofitting two of his father’s Stark Industries sites into new hubs for training and innovation. Through partnerships with S.H.I.E.L.D., Pym Technologies, Masters of the Mystic Arts and the new Worldwide Engineering Brigade, The Avengers and their allies will forge new global campuses to champion the next generation of heroes. Who’s ready to answer the call?”
Through 2026 - Horizon 2026 Expansion / Three New Lands and More - (10/13/18) Disney & More shows off images from the official expansion plan of the Walt Disney Studios park that were released this week. Not a lot of details, but it confirms quite a bit about those plans that were leaked previously. It also seems that a lot of the land they are looking to use for the expansion is property that Disney does not yet own, so there will have to be a purchase of the property to take place first.
Overall this is a $2 billion expansion plan concept called “Horizon 2026”, with $1.5 billion of it estimated to go towards the renovation and expansion of the Walt Disney Studios theme park, that includes projects themed to Frozen, Star Wars and Marvel.
(7/9/18) Disney & More has posted a new look at what the possible expansion to the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park could look like, including some basic building plans spotted in a leaked document, as well as some possible speculation about two other possible future lands that could be added as well to finish off the rest of the pathway around the new lake: Cars Land and Pandora.
(6/22/18) According to a brief article from WDWNewsToday, when Disney builds new Frozen themed dark rides for Hong Kong Disneyland and for Walt Disney Studios Paris we can expect them to be near-clones of the Frozen Ever After ride at Epcot, which was created by using the former Maelstrom flume ride system. While I'm sure there could be a few years between now and when they start construction to change their minds, don't look for another clone to appear in Tokyo DisneySea however, as the Oriental Land Company has already requested something entirely different to be used at their park.
(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.)