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Disney Studios Paris - Construction report by Ian Parkinson

On the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Disneyland Paris a new theme park will open its doors to visitors. Disney Studios Paris (DSP) construction is already well underway, and the countdown has started with eager visitors waiting to see how the new park shapes up.

Whether it's a poor relation to the Disney / MGM Studios in Florida or a shining example of Disney design and imagination, only time will tell. The park is set to have an official opening on April 12th 2002, you'll be able to follow its construction by visiting MousePlanet for regular updates.

Disney Studios will have a number of themes: cinema, animation, television all inspired by France, Europe and Hollywood. It will consist of a combination of theme park and production studios for film and TV. Entertainment will include: a car stunt show, an interactive tribute to cinema, an animation tour, a trip through a Catastrophe Canyon and the Rock 'n' Roller coaster with the music of Aerosmith.

Below you will find a photo tour of the current construction site (with older shots for additional information). Where possible at this early stage of construction attractions will be highlighted and described, but patience should be a virtue here, after all Disneyland wasn't built in a day.

Updated 2/1

The newest area to move into construction is the main entrance to the new park, unlike Walt Disney World (WDW) where the Magic Kingdom and Disney / MGM Studios are miles apart, here in Paris they are right next door to each other. In a way they are being built on a similar model to Disneyland and California Adventure (DCA), sharing infrastructure and reducing the need for on site travel. Below you can see the main entrance to the new park. The black archway under construction is the actual entry way to the park.

Looking towards Planet Hollywood you can see the huge area lost to construction. This will become a large courtyard and garden between the two parks and Disney Village.

The main entrance of the park opens onto the Central Plaza and Front Lot, behind that is the largest building in the park, the Studios Boulevard. Inside this huge building will be various street sets, stores and food outlets.

Below, the Front Lot

Below, the Studios Boulevard

On either side of the Studios Boulevard are two attractions. To the right you will find Animania described in the Disney Shareholders pack as - "An extremely colorful show focusing on the interaction between animation and imagination, inspired by the great Disney Classics and their most moving and humorous moments". If you look closely into the building you can just see the stepped seating area that has been recently installed under the roof structure.

Below, Animania

To the left of the Studios Boulevard is the Cinemagique attraction, again described by Disney as - "The universe of animated films recreated in a pavilion in which the secrets and magic of Disney's animation are revealed. Guests will be able to test their talents in this great tradition by Walt Disney and his animators". This building is progressing very well and has started to receive what looks like a 'fabric' roof.

Below, Cinemagique


Ian Parkinson may be reached at ian@mouseplanet.com


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