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Rock ‘n Roller Coaster - NOW CLOSED to become part of Avengers Campus
General Park News - (8/29/21) A section of the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park has now been re-branded as “Worlds of Pixar”. The “land” has grouped together several of the park’s existing attractions into one land, which includes the Crush’s Coaster, Cars Race Rally, Toy Story Playland and Ratatouille attractions, as well as the re-branded studio backlot tour now known as Cars Road Trip.
This is a first step towards the overall transformation and upgrade of this park to create all new themed lands going forward. The next updated land to open in similar fashion with be the Avengers Campus which will feature a completely re-themed version of the park’s former Rock ‘n Roller Coaster ride with a new Iron Man / Avengers theme.
(7/10/21) A big change was announced for the Disneyland Paris theme parks this past week that is sure to ruffle a few feathers, regarding the future of FastPass at the park. Just like the American parks, when they reopened from COVID, Disney opted to retire the old FastPass system entirely, and trust me, that was probably for the best.
I have no love for the FastPass system, as I can say that since the introduction of FastPass system the wait times for attractions has only increased. Attractions that seldom had a wait time of more than 10 minutes suddenly saw their wait times increase to an hour or more as the FastPass system took up the capacity. I’ve mentioned it many times over the years, but the driving force behind the wide-spread installation of FastPass was never about offering shorter wait times, but was rather driven by the fact that the sales increased dramatically at every gift shop and food location located near the FastPass enabled attractions as an unexpected side-effect. Apparently many guests would often opt to eat or shop nearby while they waited, rather than going elsewhere in the park and doing something else.
As for the announcement… Disneyland Paris has confirmed that they are planning to soon replace the former free FastPass system with a new upcharge system called Disney Premier Access. This is very similar to the system Disney put into place at Shanghai Disneyland shortly after that park opened, where guests can use a park app to pay for almost immediate access to individual park attractions as needed, and where available. So for example, if you feel the need to ride Tower of Terror but don’t wait to wait for 90 minutes, if there is access on the park app, you can pay a single fee (€8-15 / $11 - 20) and you’ll get sent a time to come and get immediate access to ride through the Disney Premier Access system.
According to the official website, the service is listed as “Coming soon!”, so I don’t know when it might go into effect. There will only be 8 attractions offered on the system during the initial launch:
Disneyland Paris (6) - Autopia, Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Peter Pan, Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours.
Walt Disney Studios (2) - Ratatouille and Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror
While the age of free FastPass is over, I’m actually not mad at this system right now. The high cost and fact that you have to buy it separately for each and every ride you want to use will ensure that the system does not get overloaded and make the regular lines (formerly: stand-by lines) move very quickly once again. While Disney kept the ratio numbers in use for FastPass attractions very close to the vest, over the years Screamscape was informed that Disney typically kept up to 80% of an attraction’s capacity for use with FastPass, which is why the stand-by lines moved so painfully slow. I can’t see the Disney Premier Access system taking up any more than 5% capacity in most cases, so guests will move very rapidly through the normal lines as originally intended.
It is also worth mentioning that before Covid-19 shut down Disneyland in early 2020, the park had been trying out their own extra-cost FastPass system under the name MaxPass, that was built to work alongside the park’s free FastPass system. The MaxPass system charged guests a flat fee of $20 for the ability to make FastPass style reservations from a mobile device before the system was shut down. Disney was also rumored to be planning an extra cost FastPass replacement system for Walt Disney World as well before COVID. Currently FastPass has been entirely retired at the American parks, but rumors have been swirling of a new program being prepared for launch for quite some time, which could end up being a copy of the Disney Premier Access program from France.
(11/20/20) Some new images from Disneyland Paris showing off Disney’s Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel, as well as construction of the new Avengers Campus and the new Cars Route 66 Road Trip experience in the Walt Disney Studios Paris park can be found here.
2021 - Cars Road Trip and Disney Junior Dream Factory - (6/20/21) A full video showing off the new Cars Road Trip attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park, a remodel of the park’s former Backlot Tram Tour, can be seen below. This includes a run through the new Cars-Tastrophe Canyon, which is the old Catastrophe Canyon attraction but given a Cars themed layout that looks quite nice. Otherwise you’ll drive past a couple of set-up areas with life-sized versions of Lighting McQueen, Mater and other characters from the Cars animated film series and return back to the tram depot.
All said and done, it’s a bit short, and in an attraction where all the vehicles are alive, it seems a little weird that they didn’t try to change the front cars of the Tram to make it look alive as well, instead of just like the old regular trams. Then I’m not sure why the Dinoco fuel truck in the canyon seems to sound a little too happy while the backside of his trailer catches on fire. Either way, this seems to be a way to provide a quick re-skin to the old Studio Tram Tour to keep the one really interesting part of the old attraction still up and running while they work towards the plan to eventually expand the park and reuse much of this space to make new lands and attractions in the future. So enjoy the canyon while you still can, as it wont be there forever.
(6/3/21) According to a tweet from Disneyland Paris, the new Cars Road Trip attraction (formerly the studio tour) at Walt Disney Studios Paris will be ready to open on June 17.
(12/19/20) The Disney Parks Blog has announced a new show coming to the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park in 2021 called Disney Junior Dream Factory. The new musical show will include characters like Vampirina, Fancy Nancy and Timon and take over the former “Disney Junior Live on Stage!” theater space. There are video clips showing off the new show theater as well as a look at the new CARS themed version of Catastrophe Canyon coming to the studio’s backstage tram tour attraction.
???? - Avengers Campus - (7/24/21) Lots of work left to do on the Avengers Campus Paris at the Walt Disney Studios Park. Some new pictures taken this week of the work taking place on the buildings can be seen at ThemeparX.
(6/15/21) According to a collection of concept art posted to Twitter, we are getting some first looks at what the Avengers Campus Paris installation may look like. This includes a preshow scene for the Iron Man coaster that appears to feature an Iron Man anmatronic, projection screens in the ride allowing the coaster to fly alongside Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Elsewhere in the land there seems to be an Iron Man or avengers themed restaurant that will include the gigantic Hulkbuster Armor suit in the middle, and they’ve also got a look at concept art for the entrance to the Paris PYM Test Kitchen restaurant.
(8/27/19) Disney announced a few more details about the Avengers Campus and attractions at the D23 event over the weekend. Guests will enter the Worldwide Engineering Brigade building (aka: W.E.B.) where they work to elevate normal humans into potential new superheroes. Part of the program has developed a new test vehicle that allows the riders to sling-webs just like Spider-Man, and when one of the lab’s other inventions starts to glitch and get out of control (a self-replicating Spider-Bot) you’re off on a mission to stop them.
New concept art reveals a ride vehicle that seats guests four-across in rows that matches up with the vehicle and plans leaked earlier this year for the proposed ride system that made this attraction look somewhat similar to Toy Story Midway Mayhem, with rides simply sliding around in front of a series of projection screens. The artwork also shows off another part of the rumor, that guest appear to be slinging webs via hand/arm gesture technology, rather than using a gun / pointer style aiming mechanism. This has led to some quick expectations that the new Spider-Man ride, opening in 2020, may work in a very similar fashion to the LEGO Ninjago dark rides built at several Legoland theme parks around the world.
Disney also confirmed that there will be a Phase 2 to the Avengers Campus, which will indeed be that promised new Avengers themed ride. The latest details on this attraction coming later is that guests will board a Quinjet and fly off to help the Avengers battle a new threat in Wakanda. This will all take place inside a brand new structure that will be the actual Avengers Headquarters. Disney wont say exactly what kind of ride this will be, only that they are working on developing an “all-new innovative ride system” to bring the experience to life.
Otherwise, Avengers Campus will feature some kind of Dr. Strange live show, live encounters with various Marvel characters plus you can eat at the PYM Test Kitchen where they’ve been playing with the idea of adding the PYM particles to various food items to adjust their size.
(7/26/19) DisneyandMore has posted a look at a new piece of concept artwork that appeared leaked out showing off the loading station for the new Spider-Man themed attraction now under construction at Disney California Adventure and at Walt Disney Studios Paris. The previous plans leaked showed off a track layout that looked similar in style to Toy Story: Midway Mania where vehicles holding riders facing forwards and backwards would slide sideways along the tracks and stop in front of various projection screens.
Now we get a look at the vehicles that seem much larger (4 across per row instead of 2 across) and also appear to be enclosed, using a single long lapbar across the row to hold everyone in.
(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?”
(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.
Through 2026 - Horizon 2026 Expansion / Three New Lands and More - (2/13/20) A large collection of photos showing off concept art, layouts and plans for the Frozen Land planned for Walt Disney Studios Paris were collected together into a post on Facebook by Disney & More this week. You can see them below, and see how the show building for the new flume ride, based on the Frozen Ever After ride at Epcot, will be hidden inside the fake snow covered mountain behind the village.
(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.)