Extinct Attractions – TV Production Tour
Welcome to vanished attractions. This week, we’ll be returning to another Disneyland Paris resort attraction with just a few more weeks until the resort finally celebrates its 30th anniversary.
On April 12, Disneyland Paris turns the big “three-o” and oh my, it’s grown since its beginnings as a Euro Disney Resort. What was once supposed to be the crown jewel of Michael Eisner’s 1990s Disney decade quickly fell down the toilet, as European audiences simply didn’t have much of an appetite for the theme park experience. But over the years, the resort has done a great job of revitalizing the park, even adding a second park to the mix a decade later, at Walt Disney Studios Park. In fact, the ten-year age gap between the opening of a first park and the opening of a second park was the shortest gap in Disney Parks history to add that second park. There are still questions as to whether this was the right decision, with the massive overhaul underway at the Walt Disney Studios park, but for my part, I think it’s a nice little park with an interesting history, which we will dive into a bit more now.
The beginnings of the Walt Disney Studios park were much like the beginnings of its sister park, Disney-MGM Studios. Both parks were designed to teach visitors how movies were made through various attractions such as backlot tram tours and backstage shows which gave an in-depth insight into how sausage is made. Today’s attraction fell behind the scenes in these categories, although behind the scenes might be a bit generous in this case.
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Opened March 16, 2002, along with the rest of the park, the TV Production Tour endeavored to give guests a behind-the-scenes look at Disney Channel productions. In its early days, a live cast member narrator showed you around every room in the “production studio”, but after a few years they switched to the more cost-effective method of creating a video with a member of the French channel. Disney Channel to accompany guests. by attraction.
I searched far and wide for a video of the early days of the attraction or a video where there were English subtitles of the video, but unfortunately the only video I could find in general was the one shown here above, which is only in French. Now I tried a little French, taking a few years in high school, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to be able to really understand everything that was going on in the attraction.
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The person above was our host throughout the experience, but did not interact much with the rooms in front of the guest’s eyes. (To be fair, maybe she was, but she was speaking in French, so I didn’t understand.) The first room was just an introductory room with character images taped to the wall and an introduction from our host.
This adjoining room was a look into a TV control booth to help give guests an idea of what was happening to stream TV shows. I think it would have been cool to see the board light up while the host was talking, but alas, we didn’t catch that, at least from what I could see.
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You can see the last room of the tour above, which was really just a preview of the showroom. Our trusty narrator gave another little spiel before releasing guests into the final room where they could walk around and view artwork created by local children.
Now I was a bit confused because from what I had read some of the games in the recently closed game Disney Quest in Chicago were transferred to Disneyland Paris. But in this video, I didn’t see any of those games, so either they were in an unfilmed part, or they had been removed from the attraction by the time the video was created. So assuming they moved those games over there, I loved that move because it was kind of cool to use something from all across the Atlantic Ocean.
All in all, that’s about the extent of the attraction. Most of the action in the attraction took place on the screens with the host, but since it was in French it left a lot to be desired, especially when the video really focused on the screens and not the rest of the attraction.
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Eventually, the television production tour ended on April 15, 2007 to make way for Stitch Live. I got to see Stitch Live when I went to Disneyland Paris a few years ago and it was definitely a step up from what I saw in the TV production tour video so I can definitely say this is one of the few events where the replacement attraction was much better than the original.
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As always, be sure to check out my interactive maps of Disney Parks over the years where you can watch or learn more about all the attractions of all the Disney parks in the world.
Thanks for reading and have a magical day!