Movie Theme Park to Be New Neighbor for Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Resort will get the Hollywood treatment this month when the Walt Disney Studios theme park opens next door.

Patterned after the Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida, the 61-acre park outside Paris, costing more than $500 million, is divided into four zones designed to give behind-the-scenes views of the movie and animation industries. Among them is the Front Lot, with a mock-up of Sunset Boulevard with hundreds of movie props. The Backlot focuses on the wizardry of special effects, featuring the movie "Armageddon," and also has a roller coaster and live stunt show.

Three hotels are being developed near the site, which will increase the number of rooms in the Disney resort area from 5,800 to 6,900.

The park will be open daily starting March 16; hours vary by season. Admission also varies by season, ranging from about $21 to $28 for adults and $18 to $22 for children ages 3 to 11--the same as at Disneyland park next door.

Combined tickets good for both parks and multiday passes are also available. 011-33-1-6030-6081,

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