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A look at mementos from the grand opening of Walt Disney Studios Park

by Attractions Magazine Staff

On March 14 and 15, 2002, thousands of guests were invited to experience Walt Disney Studios Park for its grand opening.

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Photos courtesy of Disneyland Paris

To this end, they received by mail a large box reminiscent of an old-fashioned film reel containing the official invitation, as well as the weekend agenda.

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On March 14, guests celebrated a preview of the 10th anniversary of Disneyland park, with Roy Disney in attendance.

On the 15th, starting at 8:30 a.m., guests were able to rush the gates of Disney Studio 1 and attend the multiple openings during the day: “Moteurs… Action!” with Rémy Julienne and actor Roger Moore, The Art of Disney Animation with Roy Disney, and more. It is also here that the Disney Legends of that year were presented that afternoon.

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That evening, an event worthy of any Hollywood blockbuster awaited guests: limousines, more than 200 international stars, a red carpet, paparrazis and hundreds of journalists. The ceremonies were broadcast in France on TF1 and live behind-the-scenes at Disneyland Paris.

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For the grand opening, 20,000 commemorative passports (valid until March 16, 2005) were issued.

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The cast members even got to make their own special memory by posing for a photo at the entrance of Walt Disney Studios Park just a few days before it opened on March 16, 2002.


Do you have any memories from the grand opening of a Disney park? Let us know in the comments!

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