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Liberty Arcade is a covered walkthrough area in Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Paris. This is an exhibition about the Statue of Liberty, and a walkway parallel to the main entrance. It opened with the park in 1992. The area keeps visitors dry and warm during rain.

Original concept and design

When Imagineers were working on the creation of the European Disney resort, they had to envision a Main Street that would cope with the changing climate of the region of Paris. Although a huge Victorian-style glass roof covering the street could be built as in Tokyo Disneyland, the decision was made to build two covered walkways parallel to Main Street instead.

In the very early days of Disneyland in Anaheim, Walt Disney had imagined two streets adjacent to Main Street, respectively named Liberty Street (themed to American values and history) and Edison Square (themed to this inventor's achievements). Although they were never made reality, these ideas became inspiration for both Arcades in Paris. As such, Imagineers came up with'Liberty Arcade, themed to the lasting friendship between France and the United States and embodied by Lady Liberty, and Discovery Arcade, themed to inventions of the 19th Century.

Liberty Arcade

The Arcade is a long walkway, from Town Square to Central Plaza, taking people behind Main Street shops and restaurants. It is divided into three parts:

  • The first is an exhibition presenting the making of the Statue by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and Gustave Eiffel. Showcase windows, paintings and rare items are displayed.
  • The second part, known as Liberty Court, is the central part of the Arcade. This rotunda, ornamented with American and French flags and Victorian paintings promoting the Statue's dedication ceremony, is accompanied by a dark room. In this dark room, guests can behold, through a glass window, a recreation of the inauguration of Lady Liberty, complete with wax figures commenting on the event and the recording of U.S. President Grover Cleveland's speech.
  • The third part resembles the first one, but deals with the Statue becoming a World symbol. Showcase windows present Ellis Island, or the rededication of the Statue in 1986.

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References


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Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Railroad | Liberty Arcade | Discovery Arcade | Main Street Vehicles

Fantasyland

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant | Le Carrousel de Lancelot | Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains | Les Voyages de Pinocchio | Peter Pan's Flight | Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | It's a Small World | Mad Hatter Tea Party | Le Pays de Contes de Fées | Casey Jr. - Le Petit Train du Cirque | Sword in the Stone

Adventureland

Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin | Adventure Isle | La Cabane des Robinson | Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril | Pirates of the Caribbean

Discoveryland

Autopia | Space Mountain: Mission 2 | Orbitron, Machines Volantes | Les Mystères du Nautilus | Buzz Lightyear Laser Blasts | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Discoveryland Theatre

Frontierland

Legends of the Wild West | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Phantom Manor | River Rogue Keel Boats | Rustler Roundup Shooting Gallery | Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing

Current Entertainment

Disney Magic on Parade | Disney Dreams!

Current Seasonal Attractions and Entertainment

Chantons La Reine des Neiges | Frozen Summer Fun! | La Forêt de l’Enchantement: Une aventure musicale Disney

Former Attractions and Entertainment

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage | Captain Eo | Circle-Vision 360° | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | Dapper Dans | Disney's Fantillusion | Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade | Disney Toon Circus | Fantasy in the Sky | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Main Street Electrical Parade | Mulan, La Légende | Tarzan: The Encounter | The Legend of the Lion King | The Timekeeper | Winnie the Pooh and Friends, too! | Woody's Roundup Village

Former Seasonal Attractions and Entertainment

Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Disney's Showtime Spectacular | Dr. Facilier's Carnival-Loween | Following the Leader with Peter Pan | Le Voeu de Noël de la Princesse Aurore | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey's Winter Wonderland | Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night

Resorts

Disneyland Hotel | Hotel New York | Disney's Sequoia Lodge | Newport Bay Club Hotel | Disney's Hotel Cheyenne | Disney's Hotel Santa Fe

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