Adventure Isle reopens after 8-month refurbishment

Daniel Delcourt, Chief Operating Officer at Disneyland Paris, celebrated on 9 September the reopening of Adventure Isle, after 8 months of major refurbishment. We took the opportunity to discover a rehabilitated area and the work achieved by a number of teams who joined forces to amaze our guests.

Daniel Delcourt, Chief Operating Officer at Disneyland Paris, celebrated on 9 September the reopening of Adventure Isle, after 8 months of major refurbishment. We took the opportunity to discover a rehabilitated area and the work achieved by a number of teams who joined forces to amaze our guests.

“These last two weeks have been quite busy, to say the least, as the teams worked 7/24 to comply with the deadline for the reopening”, Frédéric Clain, Project Coordinator in the Parks Operations Product Integration team, confided. While checking the island 48h before H-hour, reviewing each detail and taking notes, he gave us a tour of the facilities. Whether it was a new coat of paint, a renovation or a total replacement, the scope of the works is impressive.

La Cabane des Robinson

La Cabane des Robinson, the focal point of this refurbishing operation, required the most work. But the result is worth it. The entrance to the treehouse, the staircases, the fishing nets and the lighting all look brand new. The Cast Members have a new reception post with an ergonomic desk that offers more comfort. Each tree scene is dazzling as every accessory has been repainted, repaired or replaced by the teams from Central Shops and Euro Disneyland Imagineering. “Our biggest fans will even notice little differences! Frédéric comments. Guests will not miss the central element of the Cabane, the large water wheel– back to its original splendor – that will help the water flow once testing is 100% complete within two weeks of opening. Disneyland Paris landscape artists completed a remarkable horticulture task, redesigning the perspectives, and putting trees and bushes on a more realistic scale.

The northern part of the island

This area is another large works area on Adventure Isle, and hosts secret hiding places and coves where pirates from all over the world come to hide their treasures. Considerable work was carried out on the rocks themselves, as specialised companies filled gaps and repainted and sculpted the indoor and outdoor artificial rocks of this real labyrinth. Waterfalls throughout the island were brought back into service, some of which had not worked since shortly after park opening. The themed lighting was replaced to improve both the visibility and the atmosphere. The light effects in Ben Gunn’s Cave were renewed and those of the water falls were refurbished as lighting throughout the island modified to LED. Most of the twelve walkways connecting the alleyways were treated with anti-slip products.

The Galion des Pirates, at the foot of Skull Rock, the huge rock in the shape of a 12 m tall skull, was repainted by the Central Shops team and its sails are spic n’ span. The Central Shops team also renovated Plage des Pirates, nearby, with a major cleaning and paint job.

Accessibility and safety

“It is not only for the show that we did all of this. It also allowed us to reinforce accessibility where possible, and reduced safety issues”, Frédéric explained to us. “For example, we modified the ramp to La Plage des Pirates and made it accessible. There are also many small details, such as additional emergency and evacuation lights, reinforced lighting, anti slip surfaces, and a greater number of themed nets.” All these items help to insure the safety of our guest and Cast Members.

“As of now this work environment belongs to the Cast Members. They will make the venue’s history come to life”, Frédéric states. “All those who worked hand in hand to see this project through, from Euro Disneyland Imagineering to the maintenance teams, including those from Horticulture, Safety, HST, Custodial and Park Operations are proud of the result. This project is a perfect testimony of the quality of the experience we wish to offer our guests.”

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  1. Hi, there! I’m from Brazil, and I’ll be at DisneylandParis on my 40th birthday with my family (a husband and 3 daughters). May I have my “magical birthday ever”? This include a character? How I order it? We’re ordering a 1day/2parks ticket, and we have a doubt about the time of Paris Express. It leaves Disnenyland at 8pm, is that time AFTER the fireworks and night parade? We’re very excited with this family travel,and we’ll be waiting ansiously for your reply

  2. Wonderful article, please more like this!

    I’ve never seen that castle elevation artwork before, could you post it in a higher resolution? Would love to thoroughly investigate the details of it.

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  5. What’s the point of attracting adults and “reconnecting them with childhooh emotions and memories” if once they’re there you’ll treat them like they’re not welcome?
    Maybe the problem is not our perception is wrong. Maybe the problem is you really don’t want us to go.

  6. There’s a Santa Fe style hotel? Oh my! Will have to go back and stay there! Only hotel I had time to see on my first visit was the Disneyland Hotel on my way into the park to see Captain Eo after it re-opened in June 2010. I was on a one-day visit via the Eurostar from London (on holiday there from Australia) so very limited time – too limited. But I loved it.

  7. I’ve been 4 times to Disneyland Paris in the last 3 years and each time the service has been absolutely dredful and not even apologetic – would love to see how this changes.

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  12. Also my question:-) Is there a way to buy something although i’m not working at Disneyland Paris?

  13. So, so sad to see this icon show close! I first saw it in California in 1987 and was blown away by what was then incredible 3D technology, as well as Michael’s performance. When I visited Disneyland Paris for the first (and thus far, only) time on 24 June 2010 I was on a EuroStar day trip to the park from London which I was visiting for Michael Jackson 1st anniversary events with his UK fans. When I heard that Disneyland Paris and other Disney Parks were re-opening the film as a tribute to Michael, I HAD to make the journey across the channel to see it again. Needless to say, I made the most of the opportunity for repeat screenings on that day. And though I’ve since seen it repeatedly in Anaheim and Tokyo (shortly before it closed there last year) I’ll never, ever forget seeing it on the big screen for the first time since the 80s at Disneyland Paris. I’m not sure I want to go back now. 🙁

  14. It’s a shame this classic has to go, really!
    I’m glad I got the chance to experience it once again with the tribute performance.

    It was not quite the same since many of the original effects and the look and feel of the cinema were missing, still the old 3D glasses/technique and and analogue! print/and projector was used, which was and is kind of lazy from Disney. Also, the print was very worn out the last time I’ve seen it and should have been replaced long ago.

    But, still better than no Captain EO.

    Since Captain EO will never return to the Disney parks, please release a worthy blu-ray of this classic masterpiece (in 3D and 2D). I’m sure plenty of Disney-, Michael Jackson-, Anjelica Huston, Franics Ford Coppola- and George Lucas-Fans would buy it in an instant!

    I sure would!

  15. Why oh why is this closing?

    Have seen it several times at Disneyland Paris in the last couple of years and and each showing was packed out! Judging by everyone’s reaction on the way out, the audience clearly loved both the film and its effects.

    Bad decision, Disney 🙁

  16. The reason it has closed is that jardly anyone watches. Figures have dwindled and have been for years. It has been declining in the mast few years. Everyone moans and groans but it costs Disney to keep it running and if the audiences ain’t coming, who can afford to keep it.

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  19. We used these just after Christmas. Such a vast improvement since our last visit in summer 2014. Well done! I still had to wait from about 9am to get a good spot in the queue, but then we only waited about 10 minutes in the actual pavilion, as opposed to 70 minutes last time!

  20. We had a wonderfull new years evening at euro disney 2015 – 2016!!!!
    It was fantastic!!
    Thank you!

  21. Will the foliage be refurbished? Many leaves and small branches are missing and spoil the attraction so hopefully these will be refurbished.

  22. Hello We are a family of 4 with my husband and 2 children.I am 32 weeks pregnant.With the easy access card will I have access to attractions with my family.

  23. would changing the perception around DP to attract adults or a particular age groups not be at the expense of other age groups eg kids, teenagers.

  24. What a shame that they cast aside the park’s heritage, people’s memories and their love of DLP by destroying the named stones and replacing them with bland slabs.
    There were a few broken and loose ones, but surely they could have been kept and relayed to a better standard than they had previously.
    It has really dampened our DLP experience. What next? Removal of the castle?

  25. it’sasmallworld is more beautifulthan before.

    I will ride to it’s a smallworld during go to disneyland paris.

  26. i come to disney land for 20 years every year 2or3 times
    i am a real disney fan i collect it also but my complain is this year
    when y order to stay in the hotel why did they not mention
    that there is so many attraction close in the park you mention about the hotel but let also know about what happen in the park
    i hope you understand why i writhe this
    i hope that you will reply
    thanks yolande

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  28. Hello, I am staying at the Hotel on 9/23/16. That day is my daughter’s birthday. Do you have the opportunity to purchase a cake?

  29. Can anyone help with getting in touch with photopass for Disneyland Paris. Tried sending email through contact us but email keeps coming back undeliverable. All photos are not coming up and need them to find my photos.

  30. Not Impressed! Big Thunder mountain is one of my favorite Disney Rides! Shut! Simlarly, the Star Wars events are apparently unavailable.No mention of these attractions being shut when my booking was made in June. My grandson, for whom we arranged this trip, has extatically reached the height limit, and a star wars addict/devotee will now be denied these pleasures. Will there be a refund/discount offered?

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