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Disneyland Paris - Discoveryland – Part 4 – Star Tours, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and Autopia

Star Tours


Disneyland Paris Star Tours


Star Tours is the one attraction in Discoveryland that deviates from the overall theme of the area. Instead of looking like the future as seen through the eyes of early visionaries, this ride’s exterior features architecture more in line with a 20th century view of the future. Or maybe in the case of Star Tours, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” But for some reason, this departure in architectural design seems to blend seamlessly with its surroundings.

The exterior of the attraction is marked by an X-Wing fighter. This is a cool picture spot.


Disneyland Paris Star Tours X-Wing fighter


Also outside of the attraction is a shop called Star Traders. Imagine that.


Disneyland Paris Star Tours Star Traders Store


There isn’t a lot I can tell you about this ride that you probably don’t already know. It’s the same movie and experience as in Florida, California, and Tokyo. Even the queue is remarkably similar to all the rest.


Disneyland Paris Star Tours


You exit the attraction through a video arcade called L'Astroport Services Interstellaires.


Disneyland Paris Star Tours L'Astroport Services Interstellaires


Since I don’t have much to share with you about this attraction, I’ll give you a little bit of trivia.

When Disney replaces an older ride with a new attraction, they try to leave some sort of legacy behind. In other words, gone, but not forgotten. For example, in the Winnie the Pooh attraction at Walt Disney World, there is a picture of Mr. Toad handing over the deed to the property to Owl. And at Mission: Space in Epcot, the old Horizon logo can be seen on the rotating space station in the queue area.

Star Tours was first built at Disneyland, California. It replaced Adventures Thru Inner Space. To pay homage to the earlier attraction, the Mighty Microscope (below) from Adventures Thru Inner Space was used in the Star Tours movie.


Adventures Thru Inner Space Mighty Microscope Disneyland


Here’s what to look for:

As you begin your Star Tours adventure, you unexpectedly take a wrong turn. Then your vehicle drops off the edge of a platform and plunges downward. As Captain Rex regains control of the craft, he pulls you out of your freefall. At that moment, if you look to the right-hand side of the screen, you can see the Mighty Microscope. You must look quickly, but once you know what you’re looking for, there is no mistaking it.

Disneyland Paris Star Tours Mighty Microscope


Honey, I Shrunk the Audience – Cherie, J’ai Retreci le Public

Like Star Tours, this attraction is located behind Space Mountain. Out front is a large sign. On one side it says “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” in large letters and “Cherie, J’ai Retreci le Public” underneath in smaller letters. On the opposite side of the sign, the English and French titles are reversed.


Disneyland Paris Honey I Shrunk the Audience

Disneyland Paris Honey I Shrunk the Audience


Also outside of the attraction is a topiary in the shape of the “Inventor of the Year” award.


Disneyland Paris Honey I Shrunk the Audience Topiary


The actual entrance to the “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” theater is located underneath the Disneyland Railroad tracks.


Disneyland Paris Honey I Shrunk the Audience

Disneyland Paris Honey I Shrunk the Audience


Like Star Tours, there isn’t a lot I can tell you about this attraction that you don’t already know. It’s the exact same show as seen in the other Disney parks.

The awards ceremony is presented in either English or French depending on the time of day. Check the schedule for more information. If you do show up when French is the language du jour, there are headphones available that offer a number of different languages, including English.

When Disneyland Paris opened, Captain EO played in this theater. It closed in August 1997.

Autopia

The architecture of the Autopia attraction is a cross between Jules Verne and retro 1950’s.


Disneyland Paris Autopia

Disneyland Paris Autopia


The attraction is similar to its California and Hong Kong cousins in that you drive on a “futuristic” highway and enjoy the sights along the way. Florida and Tokyo both offer a race-car theme with little to see along the journey.

You drive in sporty little gas-powered vehicles. The cars hold two passengers and the trip takes about four minutes to complete.


Disneyland Paris Autopia


Here’s a picture of me taking a Sunday drive.


Disneyland Paris Autopia


The next picture shows the two loading areas. The left side is closed but if you look closely, you can see people standing in line on the right side. A number of good pictures can be taken while in the queue.


Disneyland Paris Autopia


What distinguishes the Paris, Hong Kong, and California versions of this ride from Florida and Tokyo are the sights along the road. In Paris, you pass by a futuristic city and a number of retro-billboards.


Disneyland Paris Autopia

Disneyland Paris Autopia


The following billboard actually advertises a real place. The Rocket Café is located near Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and serves salads, snacks, and drinks.


Disneyland Paris Autopia

Disneyland Paris Autopia


Well, that’s it for Discoveryland and Disneyland Paris. Next stop, the Walt Disney Studios.

The previous post in this blog was Disneyland Paris - Discoveryland – Part 3 – Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Les Mystéres du Nautilus.

The next post in this blog is Walt Disney Studios Park Paris – Part 1 – Front Lot.

Comments (4)

Willie :

Although I thoroughly enjoy the World's tomorrowland, your blog has changed my mind.

I think that Walt Disney World needs to revamp tomorrowland in the Jules Verne style and change the name such as in Tokyo and Paris. It honestly makes more sense. Plus Space Mountain could go for a more thrilling redo.

I know that this is practically impossible but it could pay off. Just a thought...

P.S. I really enjoy the bits of trivia that are included and the blog overall. I'm really being persuaded to leave the country for a week and travel to Tokyo or Paris Disneylands. Thanks a bunch!!! Keep up the good work.

Jack's Comments: In my opinion, Disney did a great job remodeling HALF of Tomorrowland at Disney World. I love the look of the entrance and Rocket Tower Plaza. But they completely ignored Space Mountain, half of the TTA, Cosmic Rays, and only made superficial changes to Carousel of Progress. If they had just finished the job I'd be happy. It wouldn't be as nice as Paris, but I understand that pesky problem of money.

When Disney tried a make-over Tomorrowland at Disneyland in California they painted Space Mountain. They gave it a metallic-patina look. I loved it! Once again, not as elaborate as Paris, but it looked great in my opinion. But the Disney purists raised such a stink about "tampering with a classic" that Disney repainted it white. Now it looks out of place amongst the rest of the area.

Okay, I'll get off my soap box now. LOL

Nathaniel Powe:

Great job Jack! You are my favorite bloger. I want to be like you when I grow up and travel the world. I just turned 41 so I hope I will grow up soon. (lol)

paul:

ok so I have been scouring the internet to figure out what the music inside of the star traders store is!!! No one in the store seems to know what it is. Do you have any clue? Its some awesome music from the late 70s early 80s maybe. I cant find it anywhere.

brittany:

wow! i just spent about 2 hrs reading your whold euro disney blog.
im obsessed. ive only got tokyo to compare it with. i just love it. i will always call it euro disney :P i sounds like this will forever be my favourite. ive been three times and coming from aus that pretty good considering te $$$. i love everything about it. i stayed at Santa Fe and had no probs, i went in november and it was deserted! so had the place to myself (2009) looking forward to my next disney adventure hong kong in 2012 feb then nov 2013 to cali :) thanks for sharing musta taken you forever. so insightful and accurate. love it.

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