Outside Paris, France
Walt Disney Theme Parks
Disneyland Paris: Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast - NOW CLOSED through July 31, 2020
Pirates of the Caribbean - May 2020 through TBD
Blanche-Neige et les Sept. Nains - June 1 through TBD
Park News - (7/12/20) Good news from the preview days at Disneyland Paris. According to this tweet the Disneyland Railroad which had been closed for renovations for over a year is now reopen once again.
(6/23/20) Disneyland Paris has confirmed that the theme park will reopen on July 15, 2020. This will include both of the resorts theme parks (Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Paris) as well as Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel and the Disney Village retail area. Capacity at the park will be limited, reservations will be required in advance through the park’s website, with the system to go online sometime in July. Face masks will be required of everyone, ages 11 and up, as well as all Cast Members and contractors working on site. Physical distancing will be required as well, though unlike the other Disney parks that have reopened, I don’t see any mention of body temperature scanning as a requirement for staff or guests.
(4/5/20) While Disneyland Paris sits closed at the moment, it was also announced that the park will cancel their planned Marvel Season of Super Heroes event. The Marvel themed event was originally slated to run from March 28 through to June 7, but due to the extended shutdown they will simply cancel it this year. Currently, Disney has set no date to reopen their theme parks, though the earliest expectation may see them try to reopen sometime May, depending on what the local health conditions are at that time.
(3/30/20) A fun video from Disneyland Paris was posted last month showing off the refurbishment work taking place inside the park’s Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast ride. As noted at the end of the video, the plan at the time was to try and have it ready to reopen by August 1, 2020. While we don’t know if that will still be possible because of construction delays caused by the park’s closure, I would hope they would have it ready to reopen before the end of the year at the very least.
(3/13/20) While the Disneyland Paris resort had previously been maintaining that they would continue operations as normal, the announced just came from the Disney corporate office that along with the closure of the California and Florida theme parks, they would be closing the Disneyland Paris theme parks temporarily out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic. The parks will close at the end of Sunday, March 15 and remain closed through to the end of March.
The Disneyland Paris resort hotels will remain open until further notice to allow guests to make any needed travel arrangements, and the Disney Village retail/dining area will remain open for business.
(2/17/20) According to the local news an agreement was made between the local government and The Walt Disney company that will see a deadline to commit to building a third theme park for the Disneyland Paris Resort extended by an extra ten years. The new date now lists 2036 as the deadline in which to make the decision to build a third park in the Marne-la-Vallee location, however there is also a requirement now set in place that attendance at the theme park resort will also have to rise to 22 million guests a year as well by 2036.
With attendance currently around 15 million guests a year, it would seem that this may likely be a reason behind the massive plans announced to extend the Walt Disney Studios theme park by adding several new themed lands and attractions, such as the Avengers Campus, a Frozen land, and even a Star Wars themed land as well as a lagoon for a night show. Should Disney not be able to meet the attendance level by 2036, there are measures in place to vote on another timeline extension, otherwise it gives the government the rights to sell off the land being held for Disney to other projects.
(12/14/19) I’m told that after a very long refurbishment the Autopia at Disneyland Paris finally reopened today. You can see a great collection of photos of it taken this morning posted over at Disney & More.
(11/7/19) Disneyland Paris has posted a new fun Christmas season commercial this week that is worth a chuckle. Check it out below.
(10/24/19) Disney has announced that starting on December 20th, 2019 new destinations will be added to Star Tours - The Adventures Continue inspired by the latest film in the series, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The new addition will be added on the same day to the attraction at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris where your Starspeeder will arrive over the ocean moon of Kef Bir, as seen in the trailers for the film.
(10/14/19) According to this tweet, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast at Disneyland Paris will be closed for a 7-month refurbishment in 2020, from January 6 through to July 31st.
(9/11/19) In 2020, from January 11 through to May 3rd, Disneyland Paris will add the Frozen Celebration to the park, bringing a day full of Frozen themed festivities and live entertainment to the park.
(7/28/19) According to a post over at Disney and More, The Lion King and Jungle Festival performances added to Disneyland Paris this Summer will be back for Summer 2020. They’ve also posted a half-hour long video all about the making of these new productions. The videos are in French, but offer English subtitles.
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.
2020 - Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel - (11/6/19) Disneyland Paris is now taking bookings for the new “Disney’s Hotel New York - The Art of MARVEL” with a special launch offer you can find here.
(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.