Cold weather has a chilling effect on Disneyland Paris attendance

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Disney Parks, Disneyland Paris, Features, Weekend Update

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Freezing-Paris

Published on April 07, 2013 at 3:04 am with 10 Comments

The weather in Paris has been painfully cold this year, and it seems to have had an effect on the attendance at Disneyland Paris. The lack of guests at the park during the chilly early morning hours has created an opportunity for some great photos. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog shares some of these photos in another of his wonderful Disneyland Paris update. ~~Rick

Hope you all had a great Easter! Here’s a Disneyland Paris update with great pictures shot by Max Fan, D&M contributor and Dlrp Welcome webmaster. All pictures were shot at park opening, that’s why you’ll see almost no guests in the photos. It may also be due to the fact that it’s so bloody cold right now in Paris. At O degrees celsius in the morning, guests probably wait a few hours before rushing in the parks. Max is obviously not afraid to face the harsh cold temperatures and shares these photos taken during the morning “magic hour”. The light is fantastic at that time.

First up, we’ll have a look at the Walt Disney Studios as well as work on the Ratatouille ride – theming has began on the show building facade!

Here we go, starting by the Walt Disney Studios entrance.

On to the Backlot!

There is a small cafe near the Moteurs Action Stunt Show called “Cafe des Cascadeurs” which I like a lot – especially the inside. I’ve rarely posted pictures of it, so I’m glad that Max did and here it is. Unfortunately it’s often closed, specially in low season.

Back to Toon Studio where the Magic Carpet ride is apparently under maintenance.

Here are the latest pictures of the Ratatouille ride site. As you will see, theming has obviously begun on the right side of the show building where WDS Imagineers must create the look of parisian facades.

More photos by the entrance.

Good news, the cup of coffee on the billboard above Main Street Motors is back in place after refurbishment!

Apparently a Tangled tower has been added at Story Book Land…

A few more shots of Adventureland and Frontierland.

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  1. Looks great. I’m headed there Wed-Fri this week. Most of Europe has finished their Spring Breaks, so crowds should be low.

  2. I want to add something to the Rick’s intro to my article to make things perfectly accurate. ALL the pictures above were shot when the park opened, and Max shot the pics at 8 a.m for Disneyland and 9.30 a.m for the WDS. Due to the cold temperatures there was certainly not a lot of guests at that time but both parks had plenty of guests later in the day. I was personally at the park last week and was even surprised to see so many guests, considering that the temperatures were still around 0 degrees. So, yes, with this cold weather, if you run in the parks at opening time you won’t find a lot of people but two hours later there will be as many people as you can expect during this easter break.

    • Thank you Alain!

  3. You are right — the light is quite nice. Thank you for my first glimpse of Paris. Ratatouille is one of my favorite rodents.

    After I converted the temperatures to the silly American system Dobby said, “Quite right, much too cold. Plus wind chill. Not going.” I have odd feelings about seeing the unpopulated park. It reminds me of my post-apocalypic Disneyland fantasy where, the zombies having finally died off, I finally have Disneyland to myself.

  4. Love the early morning hours in the park when the crews are getting everything ready for another new day and fresh flowers have been planted. You can smell the kitchens of the various restaurants starting to prepare for the day.You miss those joys when too many people are packed into the parks. Thank you Alain for your keen eye’s look.
    “Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you get.” Tom Selleck

    • Disneyland Big Thunder should put back the old Dietz hooded lanterns on its Big Thunder Entrance sign as the ones shown here on the Fronteirland Thunder Mesa Station sign. Much better and as they had originally for so many years since its 1979 opening.

  5. Glorious empty park pictures! Makes me want to visit in Winter! Thank you!

  6. stunning photos!

  7. MEET MICKEY MOUSE looks like it was dropped into place by a tornado. Doesn’t fit into the rest of Fantasyland at all.

  8. I love going to DLRP this time of year, although the extreme weather this year put us off from making a quick trip.