Moss Grows on Neglected Star Tours Attraction at Disneyland Paris

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Published on August 03, 2014 at 2:00 am with 6 Comments

A walking tour of the Disneyland Paris Resort reveals some new additions, some refurbishment projects in process and a couple of refurbishments that need to start immediately. Alain Littaye from the Disney and more blog has an update. ~~Rick

Moss Grows on Neglected Star Tours Attraction at Disneyland Paris
by Alain Littaye

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This week we’re visiting Disneyland Paris. Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster shot these pictures on the same cloudy day as the Ratatouille photos you saw last week. The weather is now much improved, which is good news for those of you who plan to visit DLP soon.

At Town Square, scrims are now in place on the Main Street Transportation Co. as well as on Boardwalk Candy palace facade, hiding the refurbishment projects happening behind them. The transformation of Main Street Photography into the newly themed shop called “New Century Notions – Unique Flora’s Boutique” is now complete. New window coverings have appeared on the windows of the upper floors.

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Ambassadeurs Disneyland Paris has posted some pictures of the new shop on their Facebook page. Here is a selection and you can see more [HERE].

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I don’t know what you think, but I personally lament the loss of the former Main Street Photography shop on which Disney Imagineer Eddie Sotto spent so much time to perfect. Let’s be fair and give them the benefit of the doubt until it opens and we can see more of this new shop.

The Harrington clock is at last working again!

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In Adventureland, the shop near Indiana Jones Temple of Peril is now open again. That was not the case when the ride re-opened two months ago after six months of refurbishment.

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In Frontierland, the sets of the Tarzan show, which ended performances in September 2012, are being removed from Chaparral Stage.

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Space Mountain Mission 2 reopened in early July with the entire security system redone. The surveillance cameras in the attraction and queues have all been replaced with new models which are equipped with night vision. The smoke effects on the cannon were reactivated – they do that every year before the summer season…

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The Autopia photo location is in refurbishment.

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At the Star Tours entrance, the X-Wing fighter certainly deserves a refurbishment. Not only is the paint fading, but moss is now also appearing!

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At Walt Disney Studios, a surprise awaits guests at the Aladdin Flying Carpet ride. A new background canvas was installed, showing the city of Agrabah.

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On the day that Max visited, no water entered the set from the left side at Catastrophe Canyon. They probably have resolved the problem by now.

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The Reign of Fire set on the Backlot Tour is decaying little by little. Considering that this is supposed to be a city in ruins, do you suppose that park managers think this adds to the theming?

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Our next update will feature the hotels of the Disneyland Paris Resort. They are receiving some tender loving care, and boy did they need it!

Pictures: copyright Max Fan – DLPWelcome

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  1. I’m still amazed they have the Reign of Fire sets still on display at DLP. That seemed out of date when we were there in 2006. The fire also didn’t work then, so this is an improvement!

  2. So sad to see Disneyland park gently decaying – let’s hope things turn around before it’s too late

  3. That isn’t moss growth on the Xwing, it’s theming from from the Dagobah swamp. ;)

    • Yes, exactly, I was going to say the same thing! Some call it neglect, others may thing it’s extraordinary theming.

  4. Thanks for the photo essay!

  5. The entire Star Tours area in the back of Tomorrowland is tacky and tacked-on.