Disney Adventure World: Disneyland Paris renames Walt Disney Studios as part of massive expansion

Apr 12, 2024 in "Disneyland Paris Resort"

Posted: Friday April 12, 2024 9:55am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disneyland Paris is set for a major revamp of its second park, currently known as Walt Disney Studios Park, which will be renamed Disney Adventure World.

This transformation marks a shift towards more immersive experiences, starting with the introduction of the "World of Frozen," an area inspired by the popular Disney movie. The park's expansion will nearly double its size, incorporating new themed areas alongside existing ones like Marvel Avengers Campus and Worlds of Pixar.

The project, fueled by a two-billion-euro investment, aims to overhaul more than 90% of the existing park, enhancing it with attractions that allow visitors to step into their favorite Disney stories. The revamp also includes updates to Disney Village and Disney Hotels, aiming to boost the overall guest experience.

Future attractions include the "World of Frozen," set by a new 70,000 cubic meter body of water called Adventure Bay, which will feature high-tech entertainment stages. The park entrance will also be reimagined to resemble a vibrant, open-air movie studio, enhancing the thematic journey from the moment guests arrive.

"Today, we are changing the story of Walt Disney Studios Park, evolving from 'how it's done' soundstages to celebratory theaters and adventures that come to life in immersive worlds. These fully realized adventure worlds will become the focus of the park's new identity and appear as realms that guests discover as they navigate deeper within the park and are invited to participate in adventures inspired by our most beloved stories," Tom Fitzgerald, Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Storytelling Executive and Senior Creative Executive for Disneyland Paris, commented.

"Embracing a transformation that involves the overhaul of more than 90% of Walt Disney Studios Park since its debut in 2002, we're unveiling a fresh creative vision that has completely redefined our second gate. Guests will embark on a journey that blends the magic and emotion of our beloved franchises with explorations into faithfully recreated new worlds. This significant evolution inspired us to rename the Park, heralding a vibrant new chapter for Disneyland Paris. The new name will officially take effect coinciding with the grand opening of our next themed land, World of Frozen, marking a harmonious start to this exciting new era. With our commitment to pushing the boundaries of immersion and innovation, we're crafting breathtaking new experiences and spectacular moments at Disney Adventure World that will resonate more than ever with our guests. It's set to offer unique adventures in immersive worlds, serving as a perfect complement to Disneyland Park," Natacha Rafalski, Présidente of Disneyland Paris, shared.

World of Frozen

World of Frozen will take guests on a journey to the kingdom of Arendelle, with its colorful facades and remarkable North Mountain gradually coming into view. The land will feature the Frozen Ever After ride and a meet-and-greet experience with Anna and Elsa.

The land will be well located on the edge of Adventure Bay, a 70,000 cubic meter body of water surrounded by picturesque banks and a promenade at the heart of the park expansion, serving as a gateway to the new themed universes that will surround it.

More than a scenic icon, Adventure Bay will serve as a unique entertainment stage with a 360-degree viewing area. It will be fitted with the latest technologies to provide exciting water-based entertainment, complete with fountains, music, lights and special effects that are sure to delight guests.

A brand-new immersive world, whose concept and design are currently being finalized by Imagineers, will further enhance the appeal of this reimagined park in the years to come. Disney says more details will be shared in the future.

A Reimagined Park Entrance

Beginning this month, the park's transformation work will extend to the entrance area to immerse guests in the brand-new story as soon as they step into Disney Adventure World.

After passing through the turnstiles, guests will be transported into a vibrant, contemporary open-air movie studio before becoming special guests of a glamorous film premiere in the heart of Hollywood on a starry night. To bring this all-new immersive experience to life, the interior décor of the "soundstage" — which currently depicts a filming scene on Hollywood Boulevard — will be replaced with crafted décor that pays homage to historic movie theaters in Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole. The new entrance building, renamed World Premiere, will reopen in Spring 2025.

Once outside the building, guests will arrive in the heart of World Premiere Plaza, an area that brings together theaters, currently celebrating Disney Animation and Pixar stories, in a stylish Art Déco-inspired setting. The Walt Disney Imagineering Paris teams are already at work to turn the park's former central square into a dynamic and warm environment with décor inspired by the famous facades of Broadway and West End theaters. The atmosphere will be even more vibrant and magical at night, with bright lights illuminating the whole experience!

To gain access to the park's immersive worlds, guests will be able to walk along Adventure Way, a beautiful promenade surrounded by lush landscape and themed gardens. As guests wander through this enchanting area, they will discover Raiponce Tangled Spin, an all-new family attraction offering a fun take on a classic ride, inspired by the beloved Disney Animation movie Tangled.

It will invite guests to "take a spin" through the iconic floating lanterns scene that has touched the hearts of viewers of all ages.

Finally, before setting off on new adventures, guests will have the chance to treat their taste buds to delicious dishes served at The Regal View Restaurant and Lounge, a stylish table-service restaurant that will offer guests spectacular views over Adventure Bay, along with a chance to meet some of their favorite Disney Princesses.

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Movielover7 days ago

From just anyone, no. From you, yes!

HauntedPirate8 days ago

Stevie Amsterdam9 days ago

I - and with me many others, I'm sure - am always interested in any review that you have for us!

marni19719 days ago

We missed previews by a day too if it’s any consolation! Reminds me - is there any interest still for a DL Hotel review?

Stevie Amsterdam9 days ago

Does anyone know if and how to see the new Alice BMX show in the upcoming days, prior to the official opening on the 25th? I'm a little bummed that it opens the day after I leave lol...

nickys9 days ago

That works too. Build a new access path and they’ll have an “extra” attraction that costs very little. Plus still have room for the expansion.

LondonTom9 days ago

Literally just revert it to the old colour scheme, put the load station closer and just drive us into CC and back out again and I'd be happy 😂 We don't kink shame here 😂

cjkeating9 days ago

He loves it.

nickys9 days ago

Agreed. The Cars theme was quite cute, but hardly riveting! Now If they could come up with a way to properly include CC in a future development, I’d love it.

marni19719 days ago

It was past its best. Rat annexed it making it even shorter and finally the new pathway to the lake will slice where the station used to be. It may as well now be called Catastrophe Canyon featuring some trees and props.

Earlie the Pearlie9 days ago

Now featuring the brutal murder of a sentient being!!!

nickys9 days ago

Since you’ve brought up Car s Road Trip, I wondered what caused the backlot tour to close? Did the Crush ride building impact it? I remember reading about it and at the time I think I assumed it was because of Avengers Campus - but since they’re at opposite ends of the park I guess not. I’m just glad for now at least Catastrophe Canyon is still functioning. Yes, I’m old school!

X-filed9 days ago

Just like with Cars ROAD TRIP, we'll have to endure an additional five years before both attractions permanently close to make way for something truly worthy of a Disney Park.

MisterPenguin10 days ago

Man, that started so slow and bordered on grade school play quality. The Mad Hatter is a weak link. But then... the music started to get groovy. Tho, I was disappointed in that I thought Alice's song and the Queen's song were eventually going to overlap as countermelodies... but that didn't happen. Just ping ponged back and forth. The BMX was great, but got lost at times trying to fill out the time. There's only so many times they can keep catching air that I start to lose interest. Definitely could be cut to 20 minutes. Or throw in a dance troupe that could dance (or had a good choreographer). Tweedledee was the bomb.