The Secrets, History and Magic of Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris

Disney Studio 1

Attraction  •  Front Lot

Disney Studio 1

The lights are dimmed, the stars are ready to shine. You’re on the set of your first big movie production, a starry-eyed tribute to Hollywood across the ages.

Disney Studio 1 is not only the largest building in the whole park, but one of the largest in the whole resort. Its imposing size dominates the entire entrance of the park and lures guests inside and beyond, as this giant soundstage is the only way for guests to reach the rest of the park. The attraction functions as the “Main Street” of the park, an initial, introductory boulevard with a boutique, restaurant and a huge amount of atmosphere.

Upon entering the soundstage, you’re greeted by an initial view of a Sunset Boulevard “that never was”, a dream-like recreation of this fabled Hollywood street populated by recreations of legendary Hollywood landmarks as well as newly-created locations, based on classic architecture of “Tinsel Town”. Look above you, though, and the effect is brought into reality with the flashing red lights of the “Hot Set” signs, and to your left and right are backstage areas, piled full of set elements and props from past productions. This is Hollywood designed by Hollywood itself, and you’re the star!

Secrets

  • The cartoon sketches displayed in the Brown Derby section of Restaurant en Coulisse are replicas of the original drawings which were on display in the original Brown Derby in Hollywood. These include caricatures of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Ronald Reagan, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Cary Grant, Omar Sharif and many other stars.

History

  • The official name of the attraction was originally intended to be Lights! Camera! Hollywood!, but was changed to the simpler, more easily-translated Disney Studio 1 just before the opening of the park. The Lights, Camera, Hollywood! name remains as the title of the fictional film being shot here, with references to “L.C.H.” stamped onto props and scenery.

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