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Studio Snapshot: Construction continues on DLP's "Tower of Terror" & "Crush's Turtle Twister"

Studio Snapshot: Construction continues on DLP's "Tower of Terror" & "Crush's Turtle Twister"

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Well, I'll say this much. There's no way that you'll be able to miss the Disneyland Paris version of the "Tower of Terror." This enormous concrete structure literally towers of the entrance of Walt Disney Studios. As you can see in the photo below, it damn near dwarfs the DLP version of the Earful Tower (AKA the WDS water tower).


Photo by Eric Craven

And even when we're still supposedly more than a year away from Disneyland Paris guests actually getting a chance to "drop in" on this new thrill ride, the theme park's marketing staff is already trying to get some hype going for this Walt Disney Studios addition. Please note the billboard that they've erected over this future attraction's entrance.


Photo by Eric Craven

Speaking of future DLP attractions, I notice that they've already got a lot of the track in place for the new "Crush's Turtle Twister" indoor roller coaster. This "Finding Nemo" -themed ride -- along with the "Cars" -themed "Radiator Springs Spinout" -- will make WDS' new "Toon Studios" expansion area a must-see for all you Pixar fans out there.


Photo by Eric Craven

I really hope the Imagineers know what they're doing with "Crush's Turtle Twister." I mean, some of those turns on this indoor roller coaster look pretty tight to me. Then -- when you factor in that you'll be riding in the dark strapped inside of an enormous turtle that spins ... Well, maybe this will be an attraction that DLP visitors should make a point of experiencing before they have lunch.


Photo by Eric Craven

That said, I have to admit that I like the attention to detail that WDI is planning on putting into this new Walt Disney Studios attraction. Which will be part dark ride, part indoor roller coaster ...


Photo by Eric Craven

... combined with state-of-the-art digital projection of some new computer animated footage of the "Finding Nemo" characters that's supposedly going to be produced by the folks up at Pixar. With that combination of elements, "Crush's Turtle Twister" sounds like it's going to be one hell of a ride, don't you think?


Photo by Eric Craven

Oh, before I forget. Given that I heard that a lot of Disneyana fans were upset when they closed down the "Tarzan Rocks!" show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I thought that I should remind you folks that the Disneyland Paris equivalent of this live stage show, "The Tarzan Encounter" is still up & running. So if you feel the need to see a "Tarzan" -themed show inside of a Disney theme park, just head on over to DLP ASAP.


Photo by Eric Craven

Also ... If you're looking to avoid the long lines for DLP's new "Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast," might I suggest that you dress one of your children as everyone's favorite space ranger? Then you can experience what my family & I did this past weekend. Where the cast members who were running this Discoveryland attraction would first ooh & aah over Christopher's costume. Then they'd shove Fast Passes in our hands, insisting that it just wasn't right that Buzz Lightyear should wait to ride his own attraction.

Mind you, this isn't actually the reason that we had my son dress up as Buzz Lightyear. Earlier this year, my two children had entered DLP's "Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast" contest and then won free passes to come back to the theme park to experience this new Discoveryland attraction.

So the Buzz Lightyear costume was just something that we got Christopher to congratulate him for winning that contest. Though now that I've seen the effect that these Halloween costumes have on DLP employees ... Well, next year when my family comes back to Disneyland Paris to experience "Crush's Turtle Twister," I'm giving some semi-serious thought to dressing up my daughter Bailey as a sea turtle.

Anyway ... That's a brief photo update on the Disneyland Paris Resort. It seems like every time we visit here, the theme parks just get better & better.

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  • I think I actually saw you getting that Crush's Turtle Twister photo ;-)
  • Thanks for the pictures and info, Eric!  Is the Tarzan show in French?  And, to me, the tracks for "Crush's Turtle Twister" look to be outside...are they going to build a building around it/over it?  
  • Crush's Turtle Twister will be an indoor coaster with a small drop outside of the building.  Concept art of the ride here at WDSfans.com:
    http://www.photosmagiques.com/wdsfans/gallery/album06

    The Tarzan Encounter has almost no dialogues, but uses medley's of Phil Collins songs in different languages.  It's very very different from the Animal Kingdom show.  Our version is more a "Cirque du Soleil" version with acrobats.
  • Great....you know some studio exec just saw the Tarzan/Cirque du Soleil comment and is now thinking he just came up with a brilliant idea on how to fix the Broadway musical.

    I have an idea.....why don't you have Adam Sandler star as Tarzan and Julia Roberts as Jane....................GAK!!
  • "I mean, some of those turns on this indoor roller coaster look pretty tight to me."

    If it's anything like Primeval Whirl (in AK), the turns will be extremely tight. This type of ride is just extremely fun to go on but is definitely not for the weak-of-stomach. :)
  • There's been plenty of comments about how much some of Tarzan already resembles a Cirque du Soleil production, I'm sure it's not something Disney hasn't thought about.  Look at how much acrobatics there already was at the Tarzan Rocks show at AK.
  • That Tower of Terror looks like its going to drawf that tiny park.And who's bright idea was it to build the attraction so close to the entrance.Totally ruins the Front lot now,as the water tower and sound stages all fit into the 1920's Studio lot theme,but a hotel doesn't!
  • I think it's a rather good idea that they chose to put it so close to the entrance. It creates a better skyline & lets everybody know that you have to go to the Studios to go on it. I mean, look at DMGM's version. It is big, bold & upfront too & that doesn't detract from any of the surrounding theming.
  • When you're standing on Frontlot, there's no way you can see the Hollywood Tower Hotel!!!!!  
  • No, the trench that can be seen on the pictures isn't part of the queue!
    The coaster that you can see is only part of the ride. There will also be a dark-ride part, which isn't built yet. It will be built on the left, over the concrete ground that you can see on Eric's picture. The tracks will take place on the trench you're talking about.

    What you see on this picture isn't nothing else than the station of the ride. The queue line will be outside of the building, between the Aladdin's Flying Carpets ride and the building that will house the coaster part of the attraction.

    To know more, just hit to this French website called DLRP.fr. They have a major picture update about this ride almost everyday. Here's the link:
    http://www.dlrp.fr/newstoonstudios.php
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