I’m sure most of you who read this know I’m a bit of a Disneyland Paris nerd: you certainly couldn’t miss the fact that Teddy’s first birthday was spent there. If I had the money, I would be there every year. So indulge me while I go a bit fangirly over this news that broke today.
It’s been years and years since Disneyland Paris got a decent expansion. Considering 2017 marked its 25th Anniversary, it’s well overdue something new. Refurbs most certainly don’t count – come on, after 25 years, Star Tours was well overdue one, and the other rides that have been spruced up recently were in dire need. There hasn’t been a totally new ride in Disneyland Paris since 2014: sure, that doesn’t exactly seem like aeons ago, but with massive expansions in every other Disney park across the globe, it’s an age.
Since the Walt Disney Company finally fully acquired all the rights to Disneyland Paris last year, we’ve all been waiting for a big announcement. The news about a new reskin of the Hotel New York, frankly, didn’t cut the mustard.
And today, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger and French President Emmanuel Macron have jointly announced the incentive that France needs to boost its falling tourist numbers: a huge expansion at Disneyland Paris! Namely, a huge expansion to the much maligned Walt Disney Studios park.