On 16 March 2002, ten years after the opening of a first park, Disneyland® Paris welcomed a second theme park on its territory. This new 25-hectare park, dedicated to the backstage world and the magic of movies, animation and television, would complement the existing leisure offer while extending guest stay. As of its opening the Walt Disney Studios became the number two park in Europe in terms of attendance, right behind the Disneyland Park. Over the years Disney Imagineers infused a new impulse with various spectacular developments.
Shortly after opening the Walt Disney Studios Park hosted a new parade – the Disney Cinema Parade- and a new restaurant – Le Café des Cascadeurs-. During that same summer of 2002, Disney Channel CyberSpace appeared with its interactive games in the post-show of the Television Production Tour attraction. Disneyland Paris old timers undoubtedly remember the famous Cyber Space Mountain, a simulator in which guests could create their own roller coaster before testing it!
The experience of the park was enriched and evolved quite quickly, but it was not until 2007 that the greatest changes came about with the opening of Toon Studio to replace Animation Courtyard in an area that was even enlarged. Upon the request made by guests, new family-oriented attractions were brought it and met immediate success, such as Crush’s Coaster, and the park renewed areas with content-filled and warm themes. In March 2008, the park expanded spectacularly with the much awaited opening of The Tower of Terror, a strong icon in many Disney parks abroad. This strong sensation attraction and its surrounding area changed the skyline of the Walt Disney Studios forever, by plunging guests into a larger than life Hollywood Boulevard. At the time it opened it was the greatest investment Disneyland Paris had made since Space Mountain!
But more novelties were still to come: one after another, shows such as Stitch Live! (2008) and Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! (2009) were inaugurated and reinforced the power of the park to attract younger guests while Disney’s Stars & Cars parade strolls through the alleys every day. In August 2010, Toy Story Playland came out of the ground, a new over-dimensioned universe inspired from the Disney·Pixar Toy Story franchise, came out of the ground, offering three attractions for different publics.
This strategy of expansion reached its culmination with the opening in July 2014 of Ratatouille: l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy! This innovating and spectacular, family-oriented attraction pushes back the limits of innovation and brings together a boutique and a table-service restaurant in a most realistic Parisian universe, inspired from the movie Ratatouille. This is the largest extension of the park since its opening, at a level of quality that leads the way for future developments in the park, which in the long term could double its size. As Walt Disney said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
In the meantime, Happy Birthday Walt Disney Studios Park!