With 320 million guests since 1992, Disneyland Paris is the top tourist destination in all of Europe. Figures suggest that 52% of those guests branch out and explore nearby Paris while on their Disney holiday. To say that Disney, and the city of Paris, has a vested interest in remaining Europe’s primary tourist attraction is an understatement.
On February 27, 2018, Disney Group announced a 2 billion Euro, multi-year investment in Walt Disney Studios. According to the Consultation Report released by Disney (French version only), the extension project is an investment plan to rehabilitate and modernize the animations and attractions. It also looks to invest in the creation of new offers of entertainment.
What will this Expansion at DLP look like?
To give us an idea of scale Disney Group has purchased 31 hectares of land surrounding Walt Disney Studios, in Marne-la-Vallee, France.
The break down as provided by the consultation report includes:
- 12 hectare is to be used for new attractions;
- 2 new lands –
- Star Wars Land
- Frozen Land
- A ‘water feature’, as well as the usual
- Restaurants and Boutiques
- 2 new lands –
- 8 hectare will be utilized for service buildings, canteens, and workshops.
- 11 Hectares are designated for internal road networks, urban housing, shops, and offices.
The consultation report includes details which show that visitors to Disneyland Paris is on track to double by 2020. To date, Disneyland Paris entertains 15 million guests per year.
Speaking of updates…
Disneyland Paris has taken a page out of Walt Disney World and Disneyland (Anaheim)’s books and have introduced the SuperFastpass system. Launched on October 15, 2018, it has already caused a stir among the die-hard and loyal fans. This new system allows guests to purchase 3 or 9 one-time use (per day) fastpasses at Disneyland Paris’ most popular attractions. There is a 4th tier, that allows unlimited access to all 9 attractions on a single day as well, but the price makes it seem fairly unattainable.
There are limited quantities of each option and they only go on sale 2 days before they are valid. For more information, check out our article Disneyland Paris introduces new paid Fastpass Options
10 Significant Walt Disney Studios Park Dates
Walt Disney Studios Park | Disneyland Paris | Timeline
1999 – Construction begins on the second park at Disneyland Paris
2002 – March 26, Grand Opening
2007 – Animation courtyard opened, with Crush’s Coaster and Cars Quatre Roues Rallye
2008 – Tower of Terror, Stitch Live and Disney Junior Live on Stage! are added to Walt Disney Studios
2010 – Toy Story Play Land opened
2014 – Ratatouille made its debut in Paris
2016 – Mickey and The Magician opened its doors
2017 – Star Wars themed nighttime spectacular during Season of the Force premiered
2018 – Marvel Summer of Super Heroes
2025 – Expansion due
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