France's very own "most magical place on earth" is getting a facelift. A new multi-year, $2.5 billion dollar expansion project at Disneyland Paris will see the additions of areas based on films like Star Wars and Frozen, as well as the Marvel Universe, according to Deadline.
The park's expansion will start in 2021 and be rolled out in three phases until completion. First, in 2020, the park's resort will add Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel, which will bring guests into the worlds of Marvel's mostly NYC-based characters. As far as the new Frozen, Star Wars and Marvel areas, there are also plans to build a lake that will connect all three according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We’re very excited about the future of Disneyland Paris and continue to invest in its long-term success,” said Disney boss Bob Iger. “The resort is already the leading tourist destination in Europe, and the transformative expansion we announced today will add even more of our beloved characters and unparalleled storytelling to create new lands, attractions, and entertainment that further elevate the guest experience and drive new opportunities for tourism in this dynamic region.”
Iger even sat with France's president, Emmanuel Macron, to talk about the plans. President Macron shared his excitement about the project on Twitter shortly after the meeting.
Frozen, Star Wars and Marvel, three new lands to open in @DisneyLandParis. Thank you @RobertIger for your long-term investment and very strong commitment in France. Your confidence shows that France is back! #ChooseFrance pic.twitter.com/mFHacnYFNq— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 27, 2018
Currently, Disneyland Paris boasts 13 million guests each year bringing in 6.2 percent of the country's tourism income. Even with its success, attendance numbers have slowed amid fears of terrorism in France. The expansion, along with Iger's plans to buy out all shareholders and invest $1.6 billion, will only make it an even bigger tourist stop. "We are very excited about the future of Disneyland Paris and continue to invest in its long-term success," said Iger in a statement.