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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 Tram Tour featuring Catastrophe Canyon

The loading station for this attraction is not a good sign of things to come: it is very exposed to the elements, gives little cover for those waiting in line, and has no theme at all. The handrails are bare metal, and the overhead steelwork is industrial and ugly.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

The trams are exact copies of those in Florida, with a nice addition of a TV screen in the front of each car showing the tour guide. (Universal Studios Hollywood was the first to do this last year.) The English-speaking guide for the tour is none other than Jeremy Irons, quality at last.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

The problem with the tour is that there is very little to see. You pass a number of unrecognizable props, a large set from Dinotopa, then on to Catastrophe Canyon. Here we are treated to what looks and feels like a slightly cut-down version of that found in Florida. Even so, it's very good and gives a nice thrill.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

The ride then continues on through a tunnel alongside the costume department, where there is very little to see, then past the tram load area again (nice to see the people in line), and on to the last part of the tour, which is a set from the new film Reign of Fire. Here, you find yourself in a London street that has been attacked by a dragon. While the set looks excellent and the effects of the flame from the dragon are quite good, it would have been nice if you actually got to see the dragon. It's then back to the tram load station for the next set of guests.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

Across from the Tram Tour is a large area of land set to hold a future attraction.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

If you look very closely at the photos, you can see the logo for the Hollywood Tower Hotel behind those gates.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

In a couple of years, we should find the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror here.

Walt Disney Studios Paris

Now let's visit the realms of outer space...

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Ian Parkinson may be reached at ian@mouseplanet.com

 

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