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Walt Disney Studios Park Paris - Part 3 – Production Courtyard – Stitch Live

Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Production Courtyard


Walt Disney Television Studios

When the Walt Disney Studios Park opened, the “Walt Disney Television Studios” offered guests a backstage tour of the Disney Channel’s French headquarters.

When I took this tour in September, 2005, I was never so bored in all my life. Most of the tour was presented in French with English subtitles. But beyond the language barrier, the subject matter was exceedingly dull – no matter how hard they tried to breathe excitement into it. This attraction closed in 2007 to make room for “Stitch Live.” Thank goodness.


Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Production Courtyard  Television Studios


I have not been on the Paris version of “Stitch Live,” but my friend TDLFAN tells me that it is almost exactly like its cousin attraction “Stitch Encounter” in Hong Kong, which I have seen.


Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Production Courtyard


The picture below is from Hong Kong, but the interior of the two attractions are practically identical.


Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Production Courtyard


“Stitch Live” uses the same technology as “Turtle Talk with Crush” in Epcot.
However, the story here is a little different. Using one of the Disney Channel satellites, your human host hones in on a ship in outer space and contacts Stitch. From then on, this mischievous prankster interacts with the audience in real-time conversations. The shenanigans are different with each contact and no two shows are ever exactly the same.

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Stitch, but I loved this attraction in Hong Kong. It made me laugh both times I experienced it.

Since the Walt Disney Studios Park must deal with two languages, “Stitch Live” is presented in either French or English. Outside of the attraction is a marquee that lists the show times and the associated language.

Rendez-Vous des Stars Restaurant

Next to “Stitch Live” is the buffet restaurant Rendez-Vous des Stars (Meeting Place of the Stars).


Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Production Courtyard  Rendez-Vous des Stars Restaurant

Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Production Courtyard  Rendez-Vous des Stars Restaurant


This art deco building offers the most upscale dining experience of any of the restaurants found at the Walt Disney Studios Park. The interior is large with over 300 seats. But despite its considerable size, this establishment can get busy during the lunch hours. The “storyline” of this eatery is that it’s a place for the cast and crew to grab a bite to eat between takes. The walls are decorated with photos of movie stars and the bill of fare is European.


Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Production Courtyard  Rendez-Vous des Stars Restaurant


Disney Cinema Parade

No Disney park would be complete without an afternoon parade and the Walt Disney Studios Park is no exception. In keeping with the Hollywood theme, each float is given a movie-making touch to showcase a given film. For example, we see Minnie in her dressing room and Mary Poppins on reels of film.


Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Disney Cinema Parade

Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Disney Cinema Parade


This parade is a lot of fun and if you have kids, this is the perfect way to let them see an abundance of characters. The procession lasts approximately 20 minutes.


Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Disney Cinema Parade

Walt Disney Studios Park Paris Disney Cinema Parade


There are a number of good spots to watch the Disney Cinema Parade, but Production Courtyard offers a lot of space to line the street.

In my next blog I will discuss the Tower of Terror and the Studio Tram Tour.

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It seems a few things have changed since my last visit. Please read Marnix's comment below.

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Marnix:

The Rendez-vous-des-Stars-Restaurant has been altered since your visit. The round outside on your picture is now Café Cafés (coffee café) which serves a great variety of coffee (surprise!). Also Remi from Ratatouille makes his appearance in a very special way inside the Restaurant.

Furthermore: the Disney Cinema Parade was retired last year, leaving the WDS without a parade. Last Saturday (April, 4) the new Stars 'n' Cars event premiered, using the cars from the latter Stars and Motor Cars parade from the Disney Hollywood Studio's. The Film strip on the floor of the Production Courtyard indicated the parade route that should be kept clear of hands and feet when the parade was running.

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