Exactly 16 years ago, Walt Disney Studios Park opened its doors. To mark the occasion, let’s take a look back on the history of our resort’s second park. Lights, Camera… Action!
In early 1999, Euro Disney officially announced that it was studying the possibility of creating a second theme park. On 29 September, the arrival of a second Park was officially confirmed with an opening planned for 2002. Initial construction began this same year.
After a Hollywood-style opening evening, Walt Disney Studios Park welcomed guests for the first time on the morning of 16 March 2002, with its attractions and entertainment giving a behind-the-scenes look at the magical world of cinema, animation, and television.
The Park was divided into four themed areas: Front Lot, Animation Courtyard, Production Courtyard and Backlot.
- In 2007, Animation Courtyard evolved, becoming Toon Studio and featuring two new attractions: Crush’s Coaster and Cars Quatre Roues Rallye, which brings guests into the worlds of Disney Pixar films Finding Nemo and Cars.
- In 2008, one of the most iconic Disney parks attractions opened: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! This attraction changed the face of Walt Disney Studios Park, as it is the destination’s largest attraction and includes Hollywood Boulevard, with California-style art deco and pueblo deco façades.It was followed by the shows Stitch Live! and Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! (2009).
It was followed by the shows Stitch Live! and Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! (2009)
- In 2010, a brand new Toy Story-based expansion arrived at Walt Disney Studios Park: Toy Story Playland. This themed area with its oversized decorations brought 3 new attractions for guests to enjoy: RC Racer, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin and Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop.
- 2014 :
In July 2014, the brand new innovative family attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy! opened, featuring cutting edge technology. Next to the attraction, a boutique and a table-service restaurant create a mini Parisian world, inspired by Ratatouille.
Beginning in July 2016, the show Animagique was replaced by Mickey and the Magician – in innovative show that combines magic tricks and musical theatre! In spring 2018, this successful show will première its third season, adapted into French Sign Language!
After Disney Dreams and Disney Illuminations in Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park launches a Star Wars-themed nighttime spectacular during Season of the Force. This season also includes other entertainment that mixes lights and special effects projected on the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
From 10 June through 30 September 2018, a brand new season featuring Marvel Super Heroes will arrive at Walt Disney Studios Park: Marvel Summer of Super Heroes!
With unique entertainment and shows that bring iconic characters Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, and even Iron Man will take center stage! Guests will enter the heart of the Marvel universe.
- To infinity… and beyond!Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger announced plans for a 2 billion euro, multi-year expansion for Disneyland Paris alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris. The new development will include a transformation of the Walt Disney Studios Park, adding three new areas that are based on Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars, along with multiple new attractions and live entertainment experiences. The expansion plan is one of the most ambitious development projects at Disneyland Paris since its opening in 1992 and underscores the Company’s commitment to the long-term success of the resort as Disney’s brand beacon in Europe.