Disneyland Paris

The clickable images and pictures within this page show material related to Disneyland Paris. Disneyland Paris, originally Euro Disney Resort, is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town located east of the center of Paris and is the most visited attraction in all of France and Europe. It is owned and operated by Euro Disney S.C.A., a publicly traded company in which The Walt Disney Company owns a minority stake. The resort covers and encompasses two theme parks, several resort hotels, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, and a golf course, in addition to several additional recreational and entertainment venues. Disneyland Park is the original theme park of the complex, opening with the resort on April 12, 1992. A second theme park, Walt Disney Studios Park opened in 2002.

The resort is the second Disney park to open outside the United States, following Tokyo Disney Resort, and the first to be owned and operated by Disney (through Euro Disney S.C.A.). The resort was designed specifically to follow the model established by Walt Disney World in Florida. Park attendance, hotel occupancy and revenues initially fell below projections, but in July 1995 the company saw its first quarterly profit. However, the resort still struggles to be profitable even to this day because of its large debt.

History

The Walt Disney Company seeks a location for a European resort

Following the success of Walt Disney World in Florida, plans to build a similar theme park in Europe emerged in 1972. Upon the leadership of E. Cardon Walker, Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 in Japan with instant success, forming a catalyst for international expansion. In late 1984 the heads of Disney's theme park division, Dick Nunis and Jim Cora, presented a list of approximately 1,200 possible European locations for the park. By March 1985, the number of possible locations for the park had been reduced to four; two in France and two in Spain. Both nations saw the potential economic advantages of a Disney theme park and offered competing financing deals to Disney.

Both Spanish sites were located near the Mediterranean Sea and offered a subtropical climate similar to Disney's parks in California and Florida. Disney had also shown interest in a site near Toulon in southern France, not far from Marseille. The pleasing landscape of that region, as well as its climate, made the location a top competitor for what would be called Euro Disneyland. However, shallow bedrock was encountered beneath the site, which would render construction too difficult. Finally, a site in the rural town of Marne-la-Vallée was chosen because of its proximity to Paris and its central location in Western Europe. This location was estimated to be no more than a four-hour drive for 68 million people and no more than a two-hour flight for a further 300 million.

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CinéMagique (0.2 km)

CinéMagique is a theatre show at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris mixing the live performance of an actor with synchronized movie scenes on a big screen. The attraction opened with the park on March 16, 2002 and stars Martin Short and Julie Delpy. Plot The show begins with a castmember reciting an opening spiel regarding the nature of the show : “Today, you are going to see a movie on the history of cinema spanning from silent films to today's modern films.” The movie starts playing a montage of early black-and-white films.

Disney Village (0.22 km)

Disney Village is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex in Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France. Originally named Festival Disney, it opened April 12, 1992 with what was then the Euro Disney Resort and originally covered an area of approximately 18,000 m². Based on Walt Disney World's Disney Village Marketplace (now Downtown Disney), it was designed by architect Frank Gehry with towers of oxidised silver and bronze-coloured stainless steel under a canopy of lights. It is adjacent to the two theme parks of Disneyland Paris and its Lake Disney hotel area.

Disneyland Hotel (Paris) (0.23 km)

The Disneyland Paris Hotel is a hotel located at Disneyland Paris. This hotel serves as the resort's flagship hotel and is marketed as such and priced accordingly. This luxury hotel is designed to recreate the opulent Victorian hotels which emerged in the United States around the end of the 19th century, mainly taking architectural details from the Queen Anne and Second Empire varieties. Located between Main Street U.S.

Walt Disney Studios Park (0.26 km)

Walt Disney Studios Park is the second of two theme parks built at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France, opened on March 16, 2002. It is dedicated to show business, themed after movies, production, and behind-the-scenes. In 2011, the park hosted approximately 4.7 million guests, making it the second-most visited amusement park in Europe and the 20th-most visited in the world, though it has the lowest attendance figures of all eleven Walt Disney parks.

Art of Disney Animation (0.29 km)

The Art of Disney Animation is an attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Park, located in Disneyland Paris. It first opened in 2002, along with the park, and is situated in the Toon Studio area (previously known as Animation Courtyard). As part of the expansion of the park in 2007, which included the addition of two new rides, Crush's Coaster and Cars Quatre Roues Rallye, golden figures of famous Disney characters were added to the hat that symbolises the entrance to the building.

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Disney's Hotel New York

Disney's Hotel New York is a hotel situated in Disneyland Paris designed by postmodern architect Michael Graves. Citing early 20th century Art Deco it was designed to echo the essence and feel of New York City. The exterior of the hotel itself is a stylised skyscraper-filled skyline. The hotel opened in 1992 at the resort.

Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch

Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch is a campground at Disneyland Paris which consists of 595 cabins in a quiet, wooded area located outside the perimeters of the main resort. The ranch is about a 15 minute drive from the theme parks. The Cabins include a TV, double bed, a bunk bed and convertible sofa bed. It is similar to Walt Disney World's Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Cabins The cabins are for self-catering stays and each cabin has private parking and a barbecue area.

Disneyland Park (Paris)

Disneyland Park, originally Euro Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, opened on 12 April 1992. Designed and built by Walt Disney Imagineering, its layout and attractions are similar to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. Spanning (the largest Disney park based on the original) it is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters.

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant is a structure that stands at the centre of Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris and is a continuation of Sleeping Beauty Castle first seen at Disneyland in California. The Castle features two parts, a dungeon type area in the base featuring an Audio-Animatronic dragon, and above, a concrete balcony walkthrough area with Sleeping Beauty stained glass windows and tapestries. There are also several shops selling glass figures, ornaments and gifts.
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