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Walt Disney Studios Park is the second theme park of Disneyland Paris, and is also owned and operated by Euro Disney S.C.A. It is located to the west of the hub, next door to Disneyland Park at the heart of the resort in Marne-la-Vallée.

Dedication

To all who enter this studio of dreams...welcome. Walt Disney Studios is dedicated to our timeless fascination and affection for cinema and television. Here we celebrate the art and the artistry of storytellers from Europe and around the world who create magic. May this special place stir our own memories of the past, and our dreams of the future. - Michael D. Eisner, March 16, 2002

History

Entrance to the park.

The park opened on March 16, 2002, and is themed after a working film studio, with the "lands" being studio lots. Most of its attractions are imported from the other Disney parks in California, Florida, and Tokyo, although the park has original attractions including Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular, which was later exported to Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

It was traditional for a period of time for Walt Disney Feature Animation to have a satellite animation studio at each of the company's resorts, but the Paris studio was located in Montreuil, at the city limits of Paris and was never associated with the park. Originally the Brizzi studio owned by brothers Paul Brizzi and Gaëtan Brizzi, Disney purchased the studio in the early 1990s and renamed it Walt Disney Feature Animation Paris (WDFA). WDFA Paris' first films were A Goofy Movie and the Mickey Mouse short Runaway Brain.

WDFA Paris contributed sequences to every Disney film from The Hunchback of Notre Dame to Atlantis: The Lost Empire, most notably producing the Firebird Suite sequence for Fantasia 2000. It was closed in 2004 following Disney Florida and Disney Japan, when Feature Animation was downsized to save production costs.

Walt Disney Studios Park also provided a production studio for the French (and occasionally British) versions of Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney.

Early Projects

Disney-MGM Studios Europe was the original plan for a second theme park and was scheduled to open in 1995. However, these plans were canceled around mid-1992 due to the resort's financial crisis of that time. After the resort began to make a profit, plans for a movie-themed theme park went into development again but on a much smaller scale. In 2002, the Walt Disney Studios Park opened.

Recent Growth

In June 2007, a brand new "land" opened in the Animation Courtyard area of the park. Called Toon Studio, the new area is themed as a "toon backlot", apparently representing the film studio workplace of animated characters, where they produce their animated classics. The concept has been created exclusively for Walt Disney Studios Park and features two brand new attractions, not seen in any other Disney Theme Park, along with small merchandising locations and many character meet-and-greets.

The key attractions in this expansion phase are Crush's Coaster, a custom-designed Maurer Söhne SC 2000 indoor spinning roller coaster, and Cars: Race Rally themed to the 2006 Disney/Pixar film Cars, with the ride taking the form of an enhanced teacups ride. Similar attractions can be found in Mermaid Lagoon at Tokyo DisneySea, a bug's land, and the upcoming Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure. On December 22, 2007, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction soft-opened with the new Hollywood Boulevard on Production Courtyard. Stitch Live! has replaced the Disney Channel Studio Tour.

In 2009, new attractions and entertainment opened at Walt Disney Studios to run alongside with Mickey's Magical Party, which began in April 2009. A new attraction Playhouse Disney Live On Stage! opened next to Stitch Live! and is presented in English, Spanish, and French. For the first time, Walt Disney Studios Park received a full parade, Disney's Stars 'n' Cars is a smaller version of Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade, which had previously come from Disney's Hollywood Studios park in Walt Disney World Resort, Florida.

As with the rest of the resort, Walt Disney Studios Park was temporarily closed between March 12 and July 15, 2020 in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and closed again on October 30 until June 17, 2021.

Studio Lots

The Walt Disney Studios features three lots.

Front Lot

Toon Studio

Worlds of Pixar

Animation Celebration

Toy Story Playland

Production Courtyard

Upcoming

Avengers Campus

Kingdom of Arendelle

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Recent Parks Map

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Sister parks

Walt Disney Studios Park is considered a sister park to Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) in the Walt Disney World, which opened in 1989. Both parks feature a show business theme, and the two parks share numerous attractions. The Earffel Tower, Walt Disney Studios Park's water-tower icon structure, is basically identical to Hollywood Studios' Earffel Tower; Hollywood Studios' icon formerly was the Earffel Tower prior to the construction of the Sorcerer's Hat in 2001.

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See also


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Theme Parks
Disneyland ParkWalt Disney Studios Park
Other Attractions
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Disneyland HotelDisney's Hotel New York - The Art of MarvelDisney's Newport Bay ClubDisney's Sequoia LodgeDisney's Hotel CheyenneDisney's Hotel Santa FeDisney's Davy Crockett Ranch


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Front Lot
Disney Studio 1Earffel Tower
Toon Studio
Animation Celebration (Animation Academy) • Worlds of Pixar (Cars Quatre Roues RallyeCrush's CoasterRatatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de RémyCars: Road Trip) • Flying Carpets Over AgrabahMickey and the Magician (Reopening in 2022) • Toy Story Playland (Alien Swirling Saucers (Coming Soon) • RC RacerSlinky Dog Zigzag SpinToy Soldier Parachute Drop)
Production Courtyard
Studio D (Disney Junior Dream Factory • Stitch Live!) • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: A New Dimension of Chills
Avengers Campus (Opening in Early 2022)
Iron Man Jukebox (Opening in Early 2022) • Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure (Opening in Early 2022)
Kingdom of Arendelle (Opening in 2023)
Frozen Ever After (Opening in 2023)
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (upcoming)
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Current Entertainment
None
Former Attractions and Entertainment
AnimagiqueBacklot (Armageddon - Les Effets SpeciauxRock 'n' Roller Coaster Avec AerosmithMoteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular) • Disney Junior - Live on Stage!Disney's Stars 'n' CarsCinéMagiqueDisney Cinema ParadeArt of Disney AnimationStudio Tram Tour: Behind the MagicStar Wars: A Galactic CelebrationStar Wars: Une galaxy Lointaine, Très Lontaine
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