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Disney Studios Paris Construction- Part 4

Production Courtyard

To the left of Lights, Camera, Hollywood is the Art Deco designed Production Courtyard area, there are five attractions here :

· Cinemagique
· Disney Channel Studios
· Special Effects - Armageddon
· Rock and Roller Coaster
· Motors…Action - Stunt Show

Disney describes the Cinemagique attraction 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."
The full roof is now in place, details have been applied, and the outside has been painted.

Below, Cinemagique

One of the first operational parts of the park to open will be the European Studios for the Disney Channel. Construction is well underway as you can see below, and should open before the rest of the park.

 

Very little is known about the special effects tour other from the fact that it will contain a section based on the film Armageddon. There are no photos available of this building as it is hidden in the center of the park.

The main thrill attraction at the park is the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, believed to be a carbon copy of the ride at Disney / MGM Studios in Florida. You see a history of its construction in the following set of shots. Since the building is now complete and sealed from prying eyes, this is the last view of the track until we get to ride it in 2002.

Taken June 16, 2000

Taken July 12, 2000

Taken September 9, 2000

Taken November 1, 2000

Taken May 20th, 2001 (most recent)

The last area in the Production Courtyard is also the biggest. The stadium for the Motors…Action - Stunt Show is large, fully seated and covered. The setting for the show is a Mediterranean village, which you can see is well underway. The stunt show is being choreographed by the famous French stunt director Rémy Julienne, who has worked on over 60 international films, including the James Bond thriller License to Kill.

 

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Ian Parkinson may be reached at ian@mouseplanet.com

 

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