A “major new attraction”is coming to Disneyland Paris Resort in 2024, according to Forbes. While there are no details on what the new attraction will be or which of the two Paris parks will host it, it is part of a $2.4 billion investment in the parks following the Walt Disney Company taking full ownership of the resort earlier this year. Rumors have circulated recently that a Tron Lightcycle Power Run Coaster, similar to the one in Shanghai and the one coming to the Magic Kingdom by 2021, may be coming to Disneyland Paris. This would likely not be the blockbuster new attraction, as that should be something larger and original for Disneyland Paris.
According to recent filings, “capital expenditure included in the business plan represents a total of €2.1 billion ($2.4 billion in US dollars) over the period. This includes in particular the renovation of two hotels and attractions, as well as a major new attraction in 2024.”
Forbes reports that the information was disclosed in the cash tender offer document that was issued in connection with Disney’s takeover of the resort. The documents are connected to evaluating the company’s share value as part of its de-listing from the Euronext stock exchange. The filings indicate that Disney projects a 4% growth in annual revenue through 2026, with an 11.3% underlying profit margin through 2026 and rising to 15% four years later.
The documents also reference major hotel renovations to Hotel New York, which will close in October 2018 to become Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, as well as to the Disneyland Hotel. Last month, Disney opened Villages Nature Paris, a new “nature” resort in collaboration with tourism and hotel operator Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs.
In addition, “Marvel-themed attractions and entertainment” will be coming to the Walt Disney Studios park. Those attractions include a Marvel Stunt Show that will replace Cinemagique, which closed in March, as part of a special Marvel Summer of Superheroes from June 10th to September 30th that will feature new entertainment including character appearances by Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow.
Other rumors that have circulated regarding developments at the resort include a conversion of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout in the Walt Disney Studios park. Tower of Terror is expected to close in September 2018 and reopen as Mission Breakout in March 2019. According to Forbes, Mission Breakout in Disney’s California Adventure has become the “highest rated thrill ride in the whole of [Disney’s] California resort.” An entire land based on MARVEL characters is expected to be part of the investment in the Resort.
Other recent changes to the resort include a 3D update to Star Tours, a new finale for Big Thunder Mountain, and the new Disney Stars on Parade daytime parade featuring a fire-breathing Malificent dragon like that in the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy Parade.
Attendance has already started rising at the resort, up 5% for the six months ending March 31 from the same period a year before, revenue increasing $21.7 million, and occupancy up 3% to 81%.
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