Transformative Multi-Year Expansion Announced for WDS Paris

Sir_Cliff

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Understandable, but you have to balance it with Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Disneyland Paris, not to mention all the highly themed resorts at WDW. It's why there's such a line between the end of his tenure and the earlier years.

Plus, I believe people have mentioned that DCA and WDS, while obviously built far too cheap, were at least designed in a way that made it relatively easy to fix them. That's not the case for something like Toy Story Land, which would basically require tearing most of it down to use the space more efficiently (not to suggest TSL is as bad as WDS was, but it's not very good). Not that Eisner or his successors were designing things at that level, but they were responsible for the overall culture etc. that led to those designs.
The difference between the first and last half of Eisner's tenure is obviously massive, though I think people forget quite how dire things got by the end of it. Disney seemed to be bad at everything by that point, including theme parks. The one thing I will say in defence of even late-period Eisner is that he would back a good idea even if it wasn't attached to an IP, such as Mission: Space (which, I think, failed more in execution than ambition) and Everest. If he was still in charge, for example, I could imagine an Australia land in Animal Kingdom may have a shot at getting approved, whereas under the current management I don't think it has a hope in hell.

What I think did improve after Iger took over is that there was more interest in the product being of a high quality, which Eisner really didn't seem to care about by the end. I suspect that design issues (and spiralling budgets) have a bit more to do with institutional knowledge being lost at WDI in recent decades, but agree that there has been a culture that has allowed that to happen. I will say, though, that DCA seemed the first park where WDI seemed to forget all the design lessons they had learnt over the years, so that process may have begun pre-Iger and Chapek. I'm also not sure that WDS was well-designed in terms of its layout. It has been easy to add things as it was essentially a carpark with buildings around the edges, but the layout still strikes me as very awkward. Apparently ToT was always planned to sit in the middle of the park, which is odd, and that new long path from the centre to the lake suggests that they basically have to get away from the existing park to add anything substantial to it. The compact nature of the park in particular seemed to make it hard for them to ever do much in terms of landscaping to improve that carpark atmosphere.
 
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UNCgolf

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If he was still in charge, for example, I could imagine an Australia land in Animal Kingdom may have a shot at getting approved, whereas under the current management I don't think it has a hope in hell.

Someone would have to trick Chapek into believing that the Rescuers are a big franchise and they needed an Australia area to showcase the Rescuers Down Under.

But yes, Eisner's willingness to let the theme parks be their own thing (i.e. they weren't solely about IP corporate synergy) is sorely missed, as is his interest in building themed resorts. Even late in his tenure WDW got the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is obviously a masterpiece. I don't think he'd have been okay with building something like the Riviera.
 

mrflo

Member
Not sure if this artwork has been shared before. But I just found this including a description of the Hero Training Center on the official DLP website:

"Budding recruits, the Avengers are calling on you to enlist in a super training session at the Hero Training Center. Feel the power building within you as Spider-Man, Captain America and Black Widow teach you the moves that make them Earth’s mightiest heroes. Will you graduate with an ‘A’ for Avenger?"

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Source: Hero Training Center
 

Sir_Cliff

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Indeed. How tower of terror got slapped bang in the middle of it i will never understand. Stuck with this gigantic building to be seen from any angle…
It was such a weird choice to stick that in the middle of the park so they'd forever have to build the park around that massive building. It's also not like it's a fairytale castle; it's a run-down, haunted hotel!
 

LittleMerman

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Indeed. How tower of terror got slapped bang in the middle of it i will never understand. Stuck with this gigantic building to be seen from any angle…
Couldn't they give it the Mission: Breakout treatment and make it part of Avengers Campus? At least it was fit in somewhere.
 

DisneyDean97

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WDSP is often the laughing stock of all the Disney Parks, but in my opinion they'll have the superior Avenger's campus, and preserving ToT and not turning it into that eyesore like in DCA was a great move.
... If only the park could receive some unique expansions and not just copied and pasted lands.
 

Toni25

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It was such a weird choice to stick that in the middle of the park so they'd forever have to build the park around that massive building. It's also not like it's a fairytale castle; it's a run-down, haunted hotel!
Maybe they could one day theme it better? The building has an ugly façade design even if it wasn't "run-down".
I wouldn't mind if it would get the Tokyo treatment. The DisneySea one not only lacks the lightning struck aspect, but the design is incredible. It's more theme park worthy, more fantastical. I know it has a different storyline, architectural style & it's set in NY, but they could exaggerate the Art Deco style of the Paris one more.
They could easily upgrade it, especially since it's gonna be visible form all angles & it's a park icon.
It's not like they are changing the structure, more like icing & decorating a cake.
 

Kev1982

Active Member
That building is hideous from every direction.
I really think. Rockformations and gardens around it and the problem is gone… the theme yes, i’m sorry, i much prefer tot theme above mission breakout but maybe there would be no other choice than to include it into marvel campus. On the other side of it, some expansion that requires a jungle environment so tall greenery can put away the back (mostly). Maybe a lion king oasis of some sort where a lion king darkride could go and the festival of the lion king. Maybe a hakuna matata bug spinner.
 
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Toni25

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June 27 is the rumored date with previews less than a month away.

The land apparently includes a sit-down restaurant? What’s the theme?

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You mean this? Somebody posted about it on this thread some time ago.

 

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