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Disneyland Paris: Unique Journeys - A photo essay by Ian Parkinson
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Walt Disney Studios Paris Construction- Part 1

On the tenth anniversary of the opening of Disneyland Paris a new theme park will open its doors to visitors. Construction of Walt Disney Studios - Paris is well underway, and the countdown has started with eager visitors waiting to see how the new park shapes up.

Whether it's a poor cousin 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 12 2002; you can to follow its construction by visiting MousePlanet for regular updates.

Disney Studios will consist of a combination of theme park and production studios for film and TV, and plans to have a number of themes: cinema, animation and television all inspired by France, Europe and Hollywood.

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 is a photo tour of the current construction site (with older shots for additional information). Where possible at this early stage of construction, I highlight and describe attractions, but patience should be a virtue here; after all Disneyland wasn't built in a day.

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The area nearest completion 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.

Extensive planting and the construction of new walkways has already taken place. This area could be open within the next few months, giving visitors an even closer look at the new park. You can see in the photo below that new lampposts have been installed, shrubs and flowers have been planted and the resort gates are being returned.

The park is split into three main sections (lands), they are :

· Main Entrance and Front Lot
· Animation Courtyard
· Production Courtyard

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Ian Parkinson may be reached at ian@mouseplanet.com

 

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