Although Disneyland Paris had a rough start, it has made a comeback since it opened in 1992 and now sees millions of visitors pass by each year. The resort consists of two theme parks – the Walt Disney Studios Park opened in 2002 and the original Disneyland Park – and the latter of the two has gone through many changes during its existence.
Today we’re taking a look at a handful of shows, rides, and shorts at Disneyland Park in Paris, France that no longer exist. While some of these attractions were unique to the park, others had or still have counterparts in North America. That said, it’s time to jump into the time machine and take a peek at the defining attractions of the former Disneyland Park.
ten Indian canoe
This floating canoe ride is known by another name at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA: Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes.
This attraction had guests to board a boat and receive a paddle. An actor sat in the front of the canoe and asked guests to descend a path filled with rock formations and trees. While the Parisian version of this ride is fun, it didn’t last long and closed in 1994, just 2 years after it opened.
9 Mulan, The Legend
This ambitious Mulan stage show, which operated out of the Videopolis Theater, featured some fifty talented artists. They paid homage to the original animated film through thrilling acrobatics, juggling and physical stunts.
While vocals and acting were not the focus of the show, many reworked versions of the songs from the films were featured as the background music. Production took place from 1999, a year after Mulan debuted, in 2002.
8 The timekeeper
This 1992 Circle-Vision film was screened in three Disney parks around the world, including Disneyland Paris. The European version of this show, originally known as The Visionarium, was the first time Imagineers attempted to tell an immersive story through a 360-degree format. The concept was to focus on French author Jules Verne, time travel and European culture, history and inventions.
While the creators’ hopes were high, the actual attraction performance was low. Disneyland Paris shut down its version of the show after losing its sponsor, Renault, in 2004. It was later replaced by Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.
7 Follow the leader with Peter Pan
Disneyland Park launched this interactive live show at Adventureland as part of the Magical Moments Festival in 2011. The outdoor show featured a cast of colorful characters from the original. Peter Pan movie as well as lots of dancing and singing.
Plus, the characters would invite young audience members to the stage for parts of the performance, making it a very family-friendly attraction. The show was retired in 2012.
6 Space Mountain: From Earth to Moon
This version of Space Mountain is not the one you know. If you have already mounted the original non-Star wars American attraction version, you’re probably used to the 70s space travel theme. However, Space Mountain in Paris swapped that style for a steampunk interior and exterior. In addition, the story of the ride was alternately based on the classic Jules Verne novel from 1865, From the Earth to the moon.
While this version of the ride was popular, the roller coaster has seen its fair share of updates and today is based on Star wars. That being said, many still consider European Space Mountain to be the best of the bunch.
5 Honey, I shrunk the audience
If you’ve been to another Disney park between the 90s and 2010s, you’re probably familiar with this 4D movie. Honey, I shrunk the audience, based on Honey, I cut down on the kids film series, tells the story of a wacky professor who accidentally miniaturizes the audience with his new invention during a ceremony in which he is to receive an award. It leads to all kinds of chaos and fun effects.
The Parisian version of this attraction opened in 1999, but it closed across the world in 2010 to make way for the Captain EO tribute.
4 For the first time in forever: a frozen celebration to sing
This is another attraction that has been featured in Disney parks around the world. However, while Disney’s Hollywood Studios still regularly puts the show on stage, Disneyland Park does not.
The Parisian version of this show, which ran from 2015 to 2018, featured live actors and music from the animated hit starring Anna and Elsa. The European Frozen Sing-Along celebration was also the first of all versions to feature a costumed Olaf in the show. Perfect for French speakers and American visitors alike, the Frozen The show featured separate performances in French and English throughout the day.
3 Tarzan: the meeting
This musical show based on Tarzan was regularly performed at the Chaparral Theater from 2000 to 2008, making another cameo appearance a few years later.
Tarzan: The Encounter brought all the excitement of the original film to the stage, featuring iconic music from Phil Collin, talented acrobats, and other costumed performers including Tarzan and Jane themselves. Let’s not overlook the fabulous moment when Terk performed “Trashin ‘the Camp” alongside a cast of swaying monkeys.
2 Spectacular Pocahontas
1 Beauty and the Beast live on stage
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