Disney Park Entrance Closing, All Guests Blocked for a Year

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Entrance to Walt Disney Studios Park with Tower of Terror in the background

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One Disney Park is set to undergo some major renovations over the next few years.

As The Walt Disney Company announced earlier this year, all of its theme parks will receive a massive injection of funds soon. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, it will invest $60 billion into its resorts worldwide over the next decade – with a hefty $17 billion of that amount going to Walt Disney World Resort alone.

Mickey Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle inside the Magic Kingdom with a couple of children
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For now, Disney is keeping the exact plan for these funds close to its chest. Some have theorized that will include a fifth gate for Disney World or maybe even the long-rumored third location at Disneyland Resort.

What we do know is that Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland may all look totally different by 2033. But great change comes with great inconvenience.

Rainy Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris
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One of the parks expected to undergo the most radical change is Walt Disney Studios Park. The neighbor to Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris, this long-lambasted theme park has attracted criticism from day one. Upon its opening in 2002, visitors were confused about the lack of attractions and immersive theming typically found in a Disney Park – something Disney is determined to remedy.

The park’s big transformation kicked off in 2018. In February of that year, Bob Iger announced that Walt Disney Studios Park would receive €2 billion ($2.12 billion) in enhancements. The first of these upgrades debuted in 2022 in the form of Avengers Campus, home to a brand-new attraction – Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure – and a rethemed Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, now known as Avengers Assemble: Flight Force.

Guests ride Avengers Assemble: Flight Force while Captain Marvel and Iron Man fly alongside them
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This joined the park’s existing lands: Toon Studio, Worlds of Pixar (which includes Toy Story Playland), and Production Courtyard.

A second new land, Kingdom of Arendelle, will be inspired by Frozen (2013) and open in 2025. While the third was originally announced as Paris’ own version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland Paris seems to have reconsidered these plans and is currently assessing the best IP for a new land (although many suspect that The Lion King (1994) will be the inspiration).

But new lands aren’t the only changes coming to the park. An often criticized feature of Walt Disney Studios Park is its entrance – Disney Studio 1 – that takes guests from the Front Lot to the actual park. While designed to look like an actual Hollywood soundstage, the area feels dated and lackluster compared to the best Disney Park entrances.

Disneyland Paris Walt Disney Studios entrance
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But that’s all about to change. Studio 1 is set to be remodeled over the next couple of years. According to DLP Report, Walt Disney Studios Park will close the entirety of this entrance area from the end of April 2024 to the spring of 2025.

🔧 New official info about the Walt Disney Studios works: works include pavement behind fences in several areas of the park across several phases from Oct 2023 to late 2025, as well as full closure of Studio 1 (including all its services) from end April 2024 until Spring of 2025.

Guests will be blocked from the park entrance and instead, be redirected to enter the park by walking around Studio 1 instead of through it. The restaurants and shops inside the area – including Restaurant En Coulisse (Backstage Restaurant) and Les Légends d’Hollywood (The Legends of Hollywood) – will also be closed during this time.

The rest of the park will also experience other closures during construction. The Disneyland Paris website states that “these works will include pavement work behind fences in several areas of the Park across several phases from October 2023 to late 2025.”

The Avengers drone show lights up above and on the Tower of Terror at Walt Disney Studios Park
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However, it also promises that “the works will mainly impact circulation in and around Studio 1 allowing you to continue enjoy the attractions and Entertainment in the Walt Disney Studios Park during the full period. Our attractions are not impacted by these works and remain available for your enjoyment.”

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