Disney has shared more concept art for the transformation of Disney Village into Disneyland Paris. The shopping and dining district is undergoing a major reinvention.
They also shared an interview with Imagination Engineers Jean-Marc Mounet, Senior Project Manager, and Greg Ashton, Executive Architect.
Read the full interview below.
The current transformation of Disney Village is an opportunity to rethink the design of this key area in a holistic and strategic way.
True to its original purpose and design, Disney Village will remain a dining and shopping district that celebrates Disney storytelling in an artistic and contemporary style. This creative vision drives the area’s current transformation and is also an opportunity to reintroduce consistency to an area that has evolved considerably over the years.
As Greg Ashton explains: “As originally envisioned, Disney Village was a much smaller venue and was later added to in stages. Some of those additions sometimes compromised the flow and connections with our offers. Our team had the opportunity to look at the development as a whole and was able to make several strategic and thoughtful changes to the existing infrastructure that will have a significant and positive impact on the guest experience.”
More than ever, Imagineering is inspired by the Parisian lifestyle.
While you might wonder if a transformed Disney Village would resemble the entertainment districts at other Disney resorts around the world, the Imagineering team ensures that it will maintain its own identity. “Our team was inspired less by a specific, unique location, and more by the vibrant, active lifestyle Parisians seek,” shared Greg. “Our challenge is how to integrate that within the context of Disneyland Paris and how to make it work throughout the year.”
Disney Village will continue to complement the guest experience at Disneyland Paris by celebrating Disney storytelling in a contemporary style.
Serving as a bridge between the immersive worlds guests experience in our Parks and real life, Disney Village will offer a seamless transition and the opportunity to extend their Disney experience if desired.
“Our focus at Disney Village is more of a celebration of the stories and experiences our guests cherish,” Greg said, adding that the touch of Disney magic will include “lights, music and a series of unique art installations that represent our characters and stories in a contemporary style”. styles.” In this sense, landscaping will play an important role: “The landscape is what unites Disney Village. This cohesive approach will enhance Disney Village’s overall identity and ensure the space is easy to navigate with plenty of places to relax.”
Next steps for the project include groundbreaking on the Rosalie brasserie and a new façade wall at Disney Fashion Junior.
Jean-Marc Mounet shared that the team is already working on the backstage areas of Disney Village to prepare for the stage work. “The real start of the overall transformation is the construction work on the new French brasserie Rosalie, which we plan to open in January 2023,” reveals Jean-Marc. He adds that the next step will be a new facade at Disney Fashion Junior: “This will be the first of many new facades across the street. Because of its specific condition on this side of the building, with the gallery, it will also serve as a ‘first paper’ to help Imagineering fine-tune the design and entire construction process for future portions.”
It takes a town…
If there’s one trade secret Jean-Marc is willing to reveal, it’s that it takes a village to bring such an ambitious creative vision to life. “Transforming an existing infrastructure is not just a challenge from a design and development standpoint. It also requires taking into account all conditions, including the fact that the streets will remain open to visitors throughout the transformation process. To make sure that Disney Village meets the expectations of all current and future guests, our project team involves creative forces like Imagineering, but also various operational and support teams from Disneyland Paris.”