The Walt Disney Company announced plans for a massive $2 billion expansion to Disneyland Paris, including exciting new areas based on some of the biggest properties in entertainment: Frozen, Marvel, and Star Wars.
“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,” said Bob Iger, CEO of Disney.
Disneyland Paris has increased in popularity every year since it opened in 1992, but the upcoming expansion will be the biggest and most expensive in the 25-year history of the park.
This latest news aligns with a recent trend: Disney is aiming to further double down on its immersive attractions, and the expansions at Disneyland Paris are just a part of a worldwide initiative. Pandora – The World of Avatar–which features hyper-realistic animatronic characters who lurk and chant throughout a plush alien landscape–opened at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in the Summer of 2017. Disney has also been teasing fans with some concept imagery related to an upcoming, fully-immersive Star Wars-inspired hotel that’s meant to “seamlessly” integrate with their new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme parks in Orlando and Anaheim.
For Disney superfans, the Disneyland Paris expansion can’t come soon enough, but unfortunately, the wait is very real: the triple expansion won’t be unveiled all at once, and won’t be unveiled at all until 2021.