Disneyland Paris Temple of Peril Rebuilt in Stone

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Published on January 25, 2014 at 1:00 am with 18 Comments

There are lots of projects, big and small, going on at Disneyland Paris. Alain Littaye of the Disney and more blog updates us on the new stone temple rising at the Indiana Jones attraction, progress on the Ratatouille attraction, and some other little improvements here and there. Unfortunately, we’re also saying goodbye to a Main Street icon that is suffering the same fate as its former corporate sponsor. ~~Rick

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Disneyland Paris Update
Indiana Jones Temple, Farewell to Main Street Photography, Ratatouille Update and more
by Alain Littaye, Disney and more blog

Here’s our latest Disneyland Paris update, with thanks to Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. This time we’ll have a look at what’s happening in the Disneyland Park and more specifically in Adventureland where construction has begun to rebuild the entire temple in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril!

Also, be sure to read to the end, as I have a great news for those of you who would like to meet a Disney Imagineer who who helped create Disneyland Paris 20 years ago.

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First let’s move through Main Street U.S.A, and get one last look at the Town Square Photography Shop. The shop will soon have its theme totally changed and will be known as Flora’s Boutique. The Photography Shop is already locked up tight and the inventory has been removed. The new shop will sell products linked with the different DLP “seasons” (Spring, Summer, Halloween, and Christmas).

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Kodak, of course, was previously the corporate sponsor of Town Square Photography but, as you probably know, it ended its partnerships in all Disney theme parks last year. Considering that guests now shoot pictures with their digital camera or cell phones and don’t use film anymore, park management is probably thinking that the new shop will increase merchandise sales. It’s a pity, though, as the shop had fantastic theming and storyline, not to mention dozens of old cameras and a great 1900 photographer office set by Imagineer Eddie Sotto.

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We’ll pay a last tribute to this great shop with the original WDI renderings and the great sign of the shop.

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Let’s continue our walk through the park under the grey winter sky…

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A quick look up at the cup of coffee to check that the smoke is rising out of it. It was down for maintenance for quite a long time last year.

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As you can see, no matter what angle you choose to shoot your photos, the light is really terrible this time of year…

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And it’s not any better on Central Plaza…

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…in Fantasyland…

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…in Discoveryland…

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…or in Adventureland.

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However, something big is happening in Adventureland as they work to rebuild the huge temple of Indiana Jones and Temple du Peril entirely in stone. The project will last until May 28th. It’s probably the first time in Disney parks history that an entire ride will be demolished and rebuilt on the scale of this one. The coaster track itself will remain in place but the part with the loop will be changed.

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Moving over to Disney Village, we see that small improvements have been made to the Sports Bar, with a bigger TV screen replacing the old one. Guests who have a drink outside of the bar to watch sports events will appreciate this change.

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The new LEGO shop nearby has had its opening day delayed, but it didn’t stop Max from taking a peek inside. The shelves are stocked and the opening should finally happen in mid-February.

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Now let’s have a look at progress on the WDS Ratatouille construction site. Most of the work is now taking place inside the buildings and hidden from our camera. We can, however, see construction on the fountain which is in the center of the plaza.

A close shot on the fountain foundations…

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The entrance of the attraction is hidden for now…

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That’s it for our update for today, but here’s the information we promised you on the Southern California appearance of Disney Imagineer Tim Delaney.

Tim, who was DLP Discoveryland show producer, will be appearing at a MiceChat event taking place on February 8th at ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. He’ll have fantastic stories and an audio-visual presentation for those in attendance. Tim will also be signing copies of my Disneyland Paris “From Sketch to Reality” book which will be available for purchase at the end of the 90 minute presentation. This will be the very first time that a DLP Imagineer Show Producer will sign the book, so if you live anywhere near the Disneyland Resort, don’t miss that event!

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Limited seats are available so make sure to do your registration today at the link [HERE] where you can also pre-order a copy of the DLP book to make sure you’ll have a copy waiting for you at the event.

The book is also available at the MiceChat store [HERE].

Pictures: copyright DLPWelcome

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • unclemike

    Forgive my ignorance, but what was the Temple Of Peril built with previously? Fiberglass? Papier mache?

    • LoveStallion

      Probably both of those, honestly. Most would figure a steel skeleton surrounded by faux rock would do the trick, but Paris winters have beat the thing up.

      • unclemike

        I just assumed it was poured concrete and gunite, like most fake rockwork. Hmmm… The whole park does look pretty, though.

  • LoveStallion

    I think the Ratatouille ride will be great, even if the concept of a Paris area at a park located just outside of Paris is sort of stupid and/or meta. It reminds me of California Adventure’s initial concept.

    But I hope it does well. That’d be an excellent addition to the France part of EPCOT, no? Seems like an easy inclusion to me.

    Temple du Peril is OK. I wasn’t floored by it or anything. Put it this way – don’t feel the need to plan your trip around whether it’s open or not. But Big Thunder in Paris is a must, as is Phantom Manor.

    Thanks for the update. I just love DLP. Hope to get to go back someday.

    • DisWedWay

      Definitely the No.1 PDL attraction Big Thunder and Phantom Manor as well as all of Thunder Mesa are a must and a reason to go to Paris Disneyland. You wont find a Big Thunder in Honk Kong Disneyland or Shanghai Disneyland.

      • unclemike

        But HK does have that Grizzly Gulch coaster which seems pretty decent.

  • ChrisNJ

    Great update. The sky may be grey but it looks like the crowds stay away too.

    My opinion… Temple du Peril – the anticipation of the ride and the waiting area so close to the track was more exciting than the actual coaster. But glad it is getting the fixes.

    Phantom Manor was my main reason for making the trip to DLP. BEAUTIFUL exterior.

    • bluekirty

      Yep, crowds were away. I went on Tuesday and Wednesday a week ago and didn’t have more than five minutes wait on any ride. Still, most restaurants were closed, as well as Indiana, but I really enjoyed it. I got a little bit of blue skies and had wonderful pics from those precious couple of hours.

  • DisWedWay

    Surf boards have foam centers but the fiberglass outer shell, without dings or breaks, prevents air from getting to the foam which causes it to collapse over time. I wondered myself about using that type of foam centers when the Temple was constructed with plaster applied and carved over it, and the winter elements. I still use my Nikon F2AS with multiple creative lenses and motor-drive, so I still need to buy Kodak or other brand films depending on subject matter and color tones desired. I’m sorry to see Kodak has chosen to leave PDL Mainstreet as its a “Greatly” themed shop that fits the era of what Mr. Eddy has created for the whole block. I can only hope they get another camera related sponsor in the store and can leave the current themeing in it. They could still sell digital cameras like Sony or Nikon is producing. Perhaps on your way before departing, it could be used as the “last stop” to pick up your on ride photo prints taken at each attraction?

  • fnord

    Cheap building material lathered in plaster of paris? Who does that? Hello.

    • DisWedWay

      Matterhorn is plaster over steel cages and not foam. Space Mountain is not made of any foam construction, but regular building construction. In 1993 on 2nd phase of EDL, a lot of the new additions were highly micro$$$$managed.

  • loaloa55

    From what i’ve been told, Indy’s temple was basically built, back in 1992, with foam blocks with plaster over them. Foam with plaster is not permanent as it leaks water and it’s a cheap way to build facades, or in this case, a temple, but of course back in 1992 it helped to save money…

  • jcruise86

    The Temple of Peril and Disneyland Paris’ Space Mountain are two rides that my body did not enjoy. I do love the Phantom Manor, though, especially the music. And–as an American–it’s interesting to be surrounded by families from all over Europe.

    Thanks for the update!

    • stamphead

      I certainly agree that Temple and Space Mountain tend to beat you up. I rode Big Thunder in 2008 but it was closed at the end of March 2012.

      • WesternMouse

        SM beat me up the first time, but it was great the dozen or so times after. The downside to SM is that the sound system is in such bad shape that you can’t enjoy Giacchino’s amazing soundtrack.

        Temple, OTOH, made me feel like my brains were going to be sucked out my nose when I went through that loop. Awful ride.

  • SpectroMan

    Very sad about the Photography Shop; during my one and only visit to DLP in 1993, before digital cameras, I remember dropping off several rolls of film to be developed same-day on Main Street, too anxious to see them to wait until I got back to the States to do so!

  • DoctorQ9

    I still do not understand why the venerable “Disney Rock” would not suffice for the Indiana Jones Coaster. We do not have the Paris winters in Anaheim, but the Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, and others have done very well and NONE of them are made of real stone.

    Considering the expense and technical demands, why would Disneyland Paris go this route?

  • WesternMouse

    I wish DLP would build a heated, covered area for families to take a break in to eat, etc. without having to buy food. It’s truly disgusting that there is no warm and dry place to go to without having a CM shoo you away for not buying food. No excuses for that at all.