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Oo la la! A look at Disney in France
Walt Disney Studios Paris - A photo essay and review by Ian Parkinson
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Studio One

Walt Disney Studios Paris

Once you decide to move on and enter the park proper, you pass through the large green doors at the front of Studio One. From the outside, this is a huge and impressive building, and as you near the front doors you feel dwarfed by the façade towering above you. Once inside you find yourself on a street in a huge film set made to look like Hollywood past.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

This area is nicely themed and has a level of detail that does impress. The quality of the work in some areas leaves a little to be desired; they seem to have made the most of the film-set theme by doing as little as possible to finish some of the details.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

Walt Disney Studios Paris

The main reason for Studio One seems to be to provide a warm and welcoming area for the unpredictable Paris weather, and to house the main shopping and fast food restaurant for the park. The food at Restaurant en Coulisse is McDonalds, in style if not in actual content.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

You leave Studio One through another set of large doors and emerge into the main hub of the park. On your right are three attractions: Animagique, the Art of Disney Animation, and Flying Carpets over Agrabah.


Animagique

Unfortunately this attraction was not completed in time for the shareholders' preview. The official park map says, "Prepare for a journey into a world where the magic of animation and imagination is real".

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I have no more information on this other than it is a sit-down show that contains puppets, blacklight and live actors. What I can say is that the exterior of the building is very drab and does not seem to show much imagination at all.


The Art of Disney Animation

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After visiting DCA last year, I was really looking forward to seeing the Animation attraction in the new Studios park. We all hoped that the attraction would be an exact copy of that in California, which has been so well-liked by DCA visitors. This was not to be; in fact we have been presented with a very cut-down version of the Animation exhibit.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

Walt Disney Studios Paris

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