Disneyland Paris celebrates the twenty-first anniversary of Walt Disney Studios Park with a visit from Disney CEO Bob Iger.
Disneyland Paris President Welcomes Iger
As part of his visit, Disney CEO Bob Iger appraised recent construction progress.
Disneyland Paris President, Natacha Rafalski, commented on the celebratory visit. “This morning, we had the pleasure of welcoming Bob Iger to see the progress of our ambitious transformation, including the ongoing expansion of Walt Disney Studios Park, which celebrates its 21st Anniversary today and the future of Disneyland Paris.”
Iger previously joined the Disneyland Paris team in 2018 to originally announce this expansion and investment, though the project lineup has changed since the initial plans were established.
Expansion at Walt Disney Studios Park
Last year, Avengers Campus opened in Disneyland Paris in the former Backlot area of the park, completing Phase one as originally announced in 2018. Included in this land is the attraction Avengers Assemble: Flight Force, a retheming of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith found at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida. Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris also has the Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure attraction.
Available dining options in Avengers Campus are PYM Kitchen, Stark Factory, Super Diner, Worldwide Eating Brigade (WEB) Food Truck, and the FAN-tastic Food Truck. The land opened on July 20, 2022.
Phase two of Walt Disney Studio additions will include building a Paris version of Arendelle — World of Frozen, and installing a lake near a promenade. Blueprints also show an outdoor theater with a gazebo stage, where, according to Disneyland Paris Works, “enchanted daytime shows” will take place.
Original plans for Walt Disney Studios Park also included building a Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land for Phase three. Pictured above is concept art that shows the intended locations for both “Frozen” land and Galaxy’s Edge. The Star Wars addition has since been canceled; however, there has been recent speculation that the land previously slated for Galaxy’s Edge will instead become a Paris version of Pandora.
Disneyland Paris’ 30th Anniversary
Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating the “Grand Finale” of their thirtieth anniversary. The park first opened as “Euro Disney” on April 12, 1992, under Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Since its inception, Disneyland Paris has had over 250 million visitors and its parks and attractions have undergone multiple changes and transformations.
According to Disneyland Paris’ site, the celebration encourages guests to “dream bigger, laugh louder and smile wider, with jaw-dropping shows, new attractions and experiences that will make the end of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration more special than ever!” Included in the festival is limited edition merchandise, specially crafted food and drink experiences, and a “once-in-a-lifetime” party atmosphere.
The anniversary party continues until September 30, 2023. Much like the World’s Most Magical Celebration at Walt Disney World in Florida, the party lasts eighteen months past the park’s official anniversary.
Will you be celebrating the twenty-first anniversary of Walt Disney Studios Park, or the thirtieth at Disneyland Paris? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.
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