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Fifteen, and Counting

Hello everyone, here's an update on whatís going on at Disneyland Paris. Due to the French presidential elections, the 15th Anniversary Disneyland Paris media event is now scheduled for March 31st (and not April 12, the actual opening date of the park 15 years ago). The last of the many rehabs are being rushed to get everything ready for the press kick-off.

At the Disney Studios park, itís a "festival of fences" right now, not only because of the continuing work on Toon Studios (which wonít open before June) but also because the Production Courtyard placemaking was concurrently started so everything could be in place when the Tower of Terror opens in 2008. Right now the sight of so many rehab walls is a big disappointment for visitors, but this is the price to be paid to visually improve the park.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

As you can see, the walls not only snake around the Toon Studios Crush Coaster, but all around the Tower of Terror, even hiding the entrance/loading area of the Tram Tour a bit.

Disneyland Paris

Major changes will be in place to both your right or left when you get out of the Studio 1 entry building.

Disneyland Paris

On the front lot too, buildings are being repainted and are soon to be finished.

Disneyland Paris

Below is a new artist rendering of the Toon Studio entrance makeover. A large statue of Mickey points in the direction of the animation building, a bolt of magic from his wand heads to the Sorcererís hat.

Disneyland Paris

If you look a bit more closely at the Sorcerer's hat detailing above you'll notice characters sculpted in golden metal from the classic animated features. And if they look familiar to you recent Walt Disney World visitors, well they should!

Most of them, like Peter Pan and Wendy, were bolted up in place all over the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella castle for Disneyland's 50th celebration (see below), and since the company rarely throws anything away, they ended up here at the Studios park.

Disneyland Paris
Photo courtesy of www.dlrp.fr

All over the rehab walls, you can see signs announcing the two new Toon Studios attractions, and even the upcoming Meet the Robinsons movie gets a plug.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris


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