Discoveryland is Disneyland Resort Paris' version of Tomorrowland, realized with an entirely different concept. European culture was used distinctively in the park and Discoveryland uses the ideas of famed European thinkers and explorers, with Jules Verne featured most prominently.
Architecturally designed using Jules Verne's vision of the future as inspiration, the land is laid out very differently. The major Tomorrowland classics are there, such as Autopia and Star Tours, but Space Mountain is significantly changed. Originally conceived as "Discovery Mountain" it was to hold more than one attraction (including an improved replica of Horizons from Epcot) and a restaurant. But due to budget cuts, it was finished in 1995 as an improved version of the classic, but named Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune (From the earth to the moon).
Bordering the Space Mountain show building is Lake Nautilus, with a walk-through recreation of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Also in Discoveryland is Autopia and "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience". The showcase attraction on opening day was a Circle-Vision 360 film, titled Le Visionarium. The attraction featured two time-travelling robots that take Jules Verne into the world of the today, which was the future he dreamed and came true.
Parts of Discoveryland have been heavily inspired by the abandoned Disneyland expansion concept, Discovery Bay, which was to have sat on the north bay of the Rivers of America in the Californian park.
Space Mountain was completely refurbished in 2005 for the Happiest Celebration on Earth event, with a new soundtrack and special effects. Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast opened April 8, 2006, in the former building of the Le Visionarium attraction, which closed in September 2004.
Attractions and Entertainment
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
- Disneyland Railroad
- Captain EO
- Les Mystères du Nautilus
- Orbitron, Machines Volantes
- Space Mountain: Mission 2
- Star Tours
- Videopolis (Now showing DisneyNature's Earth)
- L'Astroport Services Interstellaires
- Arcade Alpha & Arcade Bêta
- Café Hyperion
- Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet Restaurant
- Rocket Café
- Cool Station
- Star Traders
- Light Speed Photography