Europe’s most popular tourist destination, Disneyland Paris, is set to undergo a two-billion-euro ($2.5-billion) expansion. It will be bursting with new rides and attractions, star-studded parades and shows that are even more magical than before. But the ultimate highlight will be a brand new zone dedicated entirely to Star Wars.
Disneyland Paris is a magical kingdom where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true. It boasts two spectacular theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park) with 59 world-class attractions.
The park is set to become even bigger and better now that Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Robert A. Iger, has announced plans for an epic two-billion euro, multi-year expansion. The ultimate gem will be the Star Wars-themed zone.
The work will begin in 2021 and significantly expand the park, which is Europe’s most popular tourist destination, having attracted 320 million visits over the years. These expansion plans will mark the park’s most ambitious development project to date since it opened in 1992.
The new development will focus on a transformation of the Walt Disney Studios Park, adding three new areas that are based on Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars, along with multiple new attractions and live entertainment experiences.
In the spring of 2017, Disneyland Paris kicked off its 25th Anniversary celebrations, which already saw the launch of new Star Wars attractions such as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
The attraction whirls guests away on an action-packed intergalactic 3D voyage. With more than 70 different mission combinations, you get to travel to the exotic worlds of Jakku, Hoth and Tatooine, and you can take a trip to the Death Star and beyond.
“The resort is already the leading tourist destination in Europe, and the transformative expansion we announced today will add even more of our beloved characters and unparalleled storytelling to create new lands, attractions and entertainment that further elevate the guest experience and drive new opportunities for tourism in this dynamic region.”
The new areas will infuse some of Disney’s most popular stories and characters into this unique destination, building upon the success of the resort’s 25th Anniversary celebration and continuing to enhance the guest experience for millions of Europeans.
The resort is a powerful driver of economic development, representing 6.2% of France’s tourism income, with 16,000 employees. And so the park vows that this investment will help make the region “even more dynamic and appealing and open up more opportunities for French and European citizens in the tourism industry”.
In addition to the three new areas, the creative vision includes a new lake, which will be the focal point for entertainment experiences and will also connect each of the new park areas.