After a year of reburbishments, one of the most popular attractions is about to reopen its doors in February 2021 at Disneyland Park! Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is a thrilling adventure in space that takes us back to the epic battle between Buzz Lightyear and the infamous Emperor Zurg from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Stoy 2, inaugurated in Discoveryland in April 2006. This undertaking was the largest interior and exterior refurbishment of the attraction since its opening. The Maintenance, Construction and Imagineering teams at Disneyland Paris worked together on the sets and Audio-Animatronics, as well as on the exterior where, among other things, neon lights were replaced by LED ribbons on the façade. Special effects, painting and lighting were also completely redone, and the dark ride attraction will now operate with ultraviolet light, known as “black light.” “It was necessary to identify the areas to be restored due to the change of black light lighting that took place in all the scenes,” said stage finishing designer Anne-Cécile Houron. “It is a question of repainting all the sets and characters so they have their original brightness and have a very flashy and rather atypical color result.” With interactivity as one of the key features of the attraction, about 40 accessories and animated figures have also been revisited, to guarantee this family attraction’s vibrancy. See you in 2021 to (re)discover this must-see attraction at Disneyland Park!
At Disneyland Paris’s new Cars-themed attraction, Cars ROAD TRIP, guests will be transported along America’s legendary Route 66 highway to get a glimpse of some of its wacky roadside attractions and encounter some of the film’s most loveable characters. Its quirky décor of automobiles come to life has been realized thanks to the expertise of the small local companies that Disneyland Paris and its Imagineers have worked with for years.
Nestled in the Catastrophe Canyon of the former Studio Tram Tour, which has been rethemed for the world of Cars, a blue semi-trailer truck branded Dinoco, for the race sponsor well-known to fans of the popular Disney and Pixar franchise, will greet visitors..
This revamped scene was notably made possible by Axyon and Carolaux-Paradis, local SMEs – ‘small and mid-size enterprises’ – based in the surrounding Seine-et-Marne department, and is a great example of what Disneyland Paris has been able to accomplish with its local suppliers despite the challenges of the past year.
“We helped transform a real American truck so it could become one of the future icons of the attraction. We notably designed, built, tested and installed all the required animation mechanics, and then used a 250-ton crane to lift the truck into the canyon scene,” says Philippe Barbot, head of Axyon.
The engineering company, certified by the Ministry of Research and based in Collégien, also engineered animation mechanisms for other famous Cars heroes that will be visible throughout the attraction. “We have built a relationship of trust, based on dialogue and exchange. This was particularly illustrated with COVID-19. When the first lockdown was declared, the leadership at Imagineering contacted me right away to see what the best way would be to move forward together while abiding by government restrictions. As a result, we never stopped working in close collaboration and Disneyland Paris has always listened.”
Carolaux-Paradis, a local body shop, also remodeled and repainted the truck’s exterior and surrounding props at the Catastrophe Canyon scene, as well as the Studio Tram Tour’s vehicles. For Christophe Gomy, the shop’s co-owner who has worked with Disneyland Paris for 25 years on projects like the Space Mountain canon, the steady workload at the resort is more than welcome.
“Despite the current unprecedented situation, we were able to continue our collaboration with Disneyland Paris and respect all health and safety measures. Our work for the resort is probably what has allowed us to do better than many in our sector,” says Mr. Gomy. In addition to local suppliers, Disneyland Paris continues to collaborate with French companies or international companies that produce in France, who represent most of the destination’s purchasing and Corporate Alliance contracts.
Do you dare walk through the doors of Phantom Manor? Come inside and unravel the mystery of its haunting bride… You may even discover a few spooky facts about this famous attraction as happy haunts materialize along the way!
Orbitron is a journey to the edge of space – an adventure inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s visionary drawings of the solar system – which has been present since the Park opened in 1992. This futuristic odyssey has now landed in another galaxy to undergo a refurbishment that began in January.
For several months, Disneyland Paris’s Facilities Asset Management and Central Shops (main workshop) teams have been working together with local service providers to give the attraction a true refresh. On the agenda are renovating floors, repainting, overhauling the audio system and refreshing the queue, including the addition of a new gatehouse. Refurbishments will also be done on the landscaping which includes the shrubs, rocks and craters surrounding the attraction.
That’s not all… Most impressive is all the pieces that were dismantled and transferred to the Central Workshops for optimal care. Thus, the huge rising structure and its 12 rockets that lift our Guests up to 7.8 meters above the ground, as well as the rotation system of the planets, have been completely removed. Coming back more resplendent than ever, guaranteed! Stay tuned for more news on the progress of this attraction you absolutely must see at Disneyland Park.
It’s time to live your dreams again as Disneyland® Paris reopens this Thursday, 17 June 2021 with Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios® Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village®. Plus, in a matter of days, the much anticipated Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will open its doors along with the premiere of the new Disney Junior Dream Factory show!
Marne-la-Vallée, June 17, 2021 – Our Guests can once again enjoy the outstanding experiences we are known for, from iconic attractions (including new experiences like Cars ROAD TRIP) and new heart-warming Disney, Pixar, Star WarsTM and MARVEL Character moments to unique interactions with our Cast Members and even a few surprises along the way.
Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris, celebrated the reopening of the destination during a ceremony at Walt Disney Studios Park. “We are absolutely thrilled to bring the Disney magic back to our Guests, in the most wonderful way and with enhanced health and safety measures… As the top tourist destination in Europe, I am so proud to see Disneyland Paris play a key role in the reignition of the tourism industry. It is a chapter filled with hope and optimism that we are starting all together as we believe that the need to dream and share moments of happiness with family and friends have never been so important. And as part of our longstanding commitment to supporting our communities, we are delighted to be celebrating this milestone with 300 beneficiaries from local associations.”
Over 60 Disney Characters at Selfie Spots and surprise appearances
The first Guests arriving today are once again able to enjoy Disneyland Paris, which is more beautiful than ever* and thanks to many Selfie Spots, guests can enjoy a special moment with their favourite Characters from the Disney, Pixar, Star WarsTM and MARVEL universes. Some of the new character experiences include Star WarsTM Legends such as Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, or Stormtroopers now at Videopolis Theatre for a galactic experience.
Characters straight out of Alice in Wonderland are surprising guests in the Cheshire Cat Train on Main Street, U.S.A. And a float welcoming famous Disney Princesses also makes surprise appearances at Disneyland Park.
At Walt Disney Studios Park, Cruella makes surprise appearances, as do Emile and Remy from Ratatouille. Additionally, the beloved characters from Frozen are back at Animation Celebration and the MARVEL Super Heroes are ready to take selfies with Guests on stage at Studio Theatre.
Iconic attractions and a new experiences: Cars ROAD TRIP
Once again, Guests can enjoy iconic attractions in both Disney Parks, be it the thrill of Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or an adventure on a family attraction such as Peter Pan’s Flight or Ratatouille: The Adventure.
With the continued transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park, new experiences, like the Cars ROAD TRIP attraction, are coming online making it the place where Pixar adventures come to life. Launched today, this new experience takes you right into the world of Pixar’s Cars films along the idyllic Route 66, the most legendary highway of the American Southwest. As they travel aboard a streetcar, Guests meet Lighting McQueen, Martin and many others, while passing by some nature- and Cars-made wonders.
Near the exit of the attraction, Guests will be able to enjoy a delicious break at “The Laugh ‘n’ Go” food truck presented by Bel. This fun-filled ‘pit-stop’ will feature snacks created by the Disneyland Paris chefs with The Laughing Cow cheese.
Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel: opening on 21 June 2021
Just a short walk – or free shuttle – away from the Parks, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will pay tribute to the home of so many Marvel Super Heroes and the artists who created them. Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will offer premium comfort and personalized services, while celebrating New York City’s culture and vibrant energy, styled as a New York art gallery.
With more than 350 pieces of artwork on display spanning both comics and movies created by more than 110 artists from Europe and beyond – including about 50 exclusive pieces – it will be one of the largest publicly viewable collections of Marvel artwork in the world.
The Guest experience will be taken to the next level with a holistic, 360-degree approach to storytelling and exclusive experiences including Selfie Spot with Spider-Man at the Super Hero Station, a creative space for little ones called Marvel Design Studio, or the Hero Training Zone, an outdoor field with dedicated areas for a variety of sports activities to be enjoyed by guests of all ages.
More information and reservations at disneylandparis.com.
Disney Junior Dream Factory: Opening 1 July 2021
Disney Junior Dream Factory, a new live entertainment show, is the first show that Disneyland Paris will offer after its reopening. Ideal for families with young children, the show will take place in the brand new “Studio D” at Walt Disney Studios Park and will officially open on 1 July. This immersive 20-minute show will feature some of Disney Junior’s most popular Characters such as Mickey, Minnie and Timon and rising stars Vampirina and Fancy Nancy Clancy. They invite both young and older Guests to make dreams come true together by learning and singing fun and catchy songs.
Disneyland Paris Enhanced Health and Safety Measures
As the health and well-being of our Guests and Cast Members has always been and will continue to be our top priority, Disneyland Paris’ reopening takes a deliberate approach with enhanced health and safety measures that were successfully implemented last year. Our measures continue to reflect current government guidelines, demonstrating our ability to improve the Guest experience while prioritizing a safety. As authorities recommend the wearing of an appropriate face covering in public spaces, Disneyland Paris asks all guests ages six and older to do so.
Partnering with PURELL® brand, throughout the destination, Disneyland Paris has installed nearly 2,000 dispensers of hand sanitising gel made in France.
In order to support physical distancing, limited attendance and required advanced ticketing and reservations are in place, per government guidance. As a result, some experiences, shows or events may not be available or may be modified, depending on evolving guidance from authorities.
Disneyland Paris welcomes Guests back to the magic with a limited number of tickets available each day using an online reservation system. To ensure admission, Guests must register through the system and obtain a reservation for park entry along with their park ticket, prior to their arrival. Guests who already have a dated ticket do not need to register and reserve a date. Likewise, Guests with packages that include park admittance will receive admission for the duration of their stay and do not need to use the system. Dated tickets also offer flexibility as they can be cancelled up to three days prior to visit date.
*Disneyland Paris is 400 hectares of perfectly maintained vegetation and 7,400 m² of flowerbeds thanks to our “Magic Keepers”.
The Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently undergoing major renovations. It will still be possible to walk through it to access its shops or to reach Fantasyland from Main Street, U.S.A.
**Selfie Spots provide new opportunities to meet the iconic characters of Disneyland Paris. They are specially configured to adhere to the physical distancing measures while offering a magical experience in an immersive, customised setting.
Some experiences, shows or events will not be available or may be modified depending on the evolution of the health and safety measures and recommendations from public authorities. Guests can visit disneylandparis.com for the most recent updates All the events, shows, attractions and animations mentioned might also be modified, delayed, cancelled or closed without advance notice and they are subject of climatic conditions.
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