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Universal Studios Paris, located in Condécourt and Frémainville near Paris, is one of the Universal Studios theme parks, owned and operated by USPR-CDA Parks S.A., a joint-venture of Compagnie des Alpes and NBCUniversal. The park is similar to the Universal Orlando Resort since it also contains selected attractions from Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. It was the second Universal Studios park in Europe (the first was PortAventura Park and it's PortAventura World resort, which Universal owned from 1998-2004), but was the first built in Europe, owing to the previously-mentioned PortAventura having been acquired instead of owned by Universal from the start. It is situated approximately 46.9 km (52 minutes) from Paris, 85.4 km (59 minutes) from Disneyland Paris and 66.8 km (46 minutes) from it's sister park Parc Astérix. It is the country's third-biggest theme park behind Parc Astérix and Disneyland Paris.

History

The park was announced in 1997. Construction began a year later in December 1998. The ad campaigns began in 2002. The park opened on August 20, 2003 (a promotional special, Anything Can Happen: Welcome to Universal Studios Paris, was produced to promote the park's opening).

Over 25 million guests visited the park in 2005. Since then, Universal Studios Paris has had approximately 8 million visitors every year. Most visitors are French & Belgian tourists and tourists from other European countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland. It is also very popular among Québécois and Francophone tourists from Canada, as well as American tourists and expatriates. In 2007, Sun Myung Moon's Tongil Group became the largest shareholder in Universal Studios Paris. In 2011, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a themed area based on the blockbuster Harry Potter film series, opened to the public.

Various events were held in 2015 to celebrate the park's 12th anniversary, by which time a total of 85 million guests had cumulatively attended the park.

Recent events include limited-time attractions such as "Code Lyoko - Vivre!" and "Lucky Luke - Vivre!", both based on popular French-language properties. In 2019, characters from The Dreamstone began meeting and greeting within the park to mark the 30th anniversary of the series.

On March 14, 2020, Universal announced a temporary closure starting March 15 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 15, the park reopened under strict rules that included, but was not limited to, social distancing, reduced capacity, temperature screenings, and mandatory face masks.

Licensed properties included at Universal Studios Paris

Like other Universal parks, Universal Studios Paris does not limit itself to attractions based on Universal's owned-library. It has licensed other franchises from different studios, especially European creations, for many of the attractions. Some examples include:

Lands and attractions

Hollywood

Themed to Hollywood

  • Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue (Revue Rock 'n Roll du Cimetière avec Beetlejuice) [Show]
  • Commercialism! with Stan Freberg [Show]
  • Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg (Lumières! Caméra! Action! avec Steven Spielberg) [Show]
  • Shrek 4-D [4D Theatre]
  • Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic (5, Rue Sésame - Magie du Cinéma en 4D) [4D Theatre]

New York City

Themed to New York City

  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Les Aventures Incroyable de L'Homme Araignée) [Dark Ride, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • T2-3D: Battle Across Time (T2-3D: La bataille à travers le temps) [3D Theatre]
  • King Kong Encounter (Rencontre avec King Kong) [Experience]

San Francisco

  • Backdraft (Backdraft - Pompiers en alerte) [Experience]

Britannia

Themed to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Minion Park

  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (Moi, moche et méchant: Chaos de Les Minions) [4D Theatre]
  • Freeze Ray Sliders [Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster, opened in 2019]

Amity Village

Inspired by Steven Spielberg's Jaws.

  • Jaws (Les Dents de la mer) [Boat Ride, opened September 2003 after delays]

Universal Kidzone

A section aimed at children and families with some themed sub-zones.

Kidzone Central

  • E.T. Adventure [Dark Ride, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Fievel's Playland [Playground]
  • Firestar's Challenge [Vekoma SLC, opened in 2017]
  • Horrid Henry's Rickety 'Ol Coaster [Gravity Group Family Wooden Coaster, opened in 2015]
  • Kidzone Theater [Shows]
  • Warriors Woods [Experience]

Downtown Kidzone

  • A Day in the Park with Barney (Une journée dans le parc avec Barney) [Show, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Curious George: The Adventures [Dark ride, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Mattel Play! Town Paris [Experience]
  • Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Flyers [Vekoma SFC, opened on Opening Day 2003]

Thomas Town

  • Blue Mountain Mine Carts [Vekoma Mine Train Coaster 785m, opened in 2015]
  • Duncan's Wild Ride [Sansei Yusoki Junior Coaster; opened on Opening Day 2003; identical installation to Rock 'N Roll Duncan in the Thomas Land of Fuji-Q Highland]
  • Thomas' Sodor Sightseeing Trip [Zamperla Custom Train Ride with animatronics by Fuse Special Effects; opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Troublesome Trucks [Gerstlauer Junior Coaster, opened in 2011]

Postman Pat Village

  • Mrs Goggins' Post Office [Experience, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • SDS Mail Centre [Experience, opened in 2011]

Sesame Street

  • Abby's Magical Tree (Arbre magique d'Abby) [Experience, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Abby's Magical Garden (Jardin magique d'Abby) [Experience, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Big Bird's Nest (Le nid d'Oiseau Géant) [Experience, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Elmo's Bubble Bath (Bain moussant d'Elmo) [Experience, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • The Furchester Hotel Live! (L'Hôtel Furchester - Vivre!) [Show]
  • Nac's TV Studio (Studio de TéLé Nac) [Experience]
  • Vapor Trail [Vekoma Custom Junior Coaster, opened on Opening Day 2003]

Dragon Land

  • Cassie's Fun Wheel (Grande roue d'Cassie) [Zamperla Mini Ferris Wheel, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Ord's Playground (Aire de jeux d'Ord) [Playground, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Zak and Wheezie's Dragon Chasers (Circulaires de Jacques et Wheezie) [Zamperla Flying Tigers with Dragons, opened on Opening Day 2003]

Sagwa's Chinatown

  • Sagwa's Rickshaw Run (Course Rickshaw d'Sagwa) [Zamperla Custom Looping Coaster, opened on Opening Day 2003]

Redwall Abbey

  • Redwall Adventure (Rougemuraille: Une aventure d'enfer) [Dark Ride, opened on Opening Day 2003]
  • Sparra Chase (Chasse d'Moineau) [Vekoma Stingray, opened in 2010]

WaterWorld

Based on Universal's 1995 film of the same name.

  • Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular (Waterworld: Un monde sans terre) [Show, opened on Opening Day 2003]

Top Gear Testing Grounds (Ambitious but Rubbish... and Fun)

  • Caravan Crashers [Experience, opened in 2012]
  • Oliver!!! [Zamperla Convoy with Opel Kadett A's, opened in 2012]
  • Stig Training Facility [Zamperla U-Drive with Sportscars, opened in 2012]
  • Top Gear Test Track [Experience, opened in 2012]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Main article: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios Paris)
  • Dragon Challenge (Le défi du dragon) [B&M Dueling Inverted Coasters, opened in 2011]
  • Flight of the Hippogriff (Vol de l'hippogriffe) [Vekoma Junior Coaster 335m, opened in 2011]
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Harry Potter et le voyage interdit) [Dark Ride, opened in 2011]

Springfield

  • The Simpsons Ride [Motion Simulator, opened 2008]

Characters

Much like with the previous Universal parks, USP has characters both from Universal and third-party companies. USP has the French license to use the Sesame Street, Redwall, and The Smurfs characters, alongside many others.

Current characters

Sesame Street

  • Elmo
  • Zoe
  • Cookie Monster
  • Bert
  • Ernie
  • Grover
  • Big Bird
  • Count von Count
  • Oscar the Grouch
  • Abby Cadabby
  • Baby Bear
  • Telly Monster
  • Grundgetta (Rarely)
  • Rosita
  • Julia
  • Nac (from 5, Rue Sésame)
  • Yoyo (from 5, Rue Sésame)
  • Olive (from 5, Rue Sésame)
  • Georges (from 5, Rue Sésame)
  • Pino (from Sesamstraat) (Rarely)
  • Tommie (from Sesamstraat) (Rarely)
  • Ieniemienie (from Sesamstraat) (Rarely)
  • Samson (from Sesamstraße) (Rarely)
  • Rumpe (from Sesamstraße) (Rarely)
  • Feli Filu (from Sesamstraße) (Rarely)
  • Dionigi (from Strada Sesamo) (Rarely)
  • Abla (from Strada Sesamo) (Rarely)

Redwall

  • Matthias
  • Cornflower
  • Basil Stag Hare
  • Constance
  • Winifred the Otter
  • Jess Squirrel
  • Foremole
  • Orlando the Axe
  • Warbeak Sparra
  • Cheek Stag Otter
  • Adult Mattimeo
  • Adult Tess Churchmouse
  • Young Mattimeo (Rarely)
  • Young Tess Churchmouse (Rarely)
  • Martin the Warrior (Rarely)
  • Rose (Rarely)
  • Cluny the Scourge (Rarely)
  • Slagar the Cruel (Rarely)

The Smurfs

  • Papa Smurf
  • Smurfette
  • Hefty Smurf
  • Grouchy Smurf
  • Brainy Smurf

Watership Down

  • Hazel
  • Fiver
  • Bigwig
  • Blackberry
  • Dandelion
  • Pipkin
  • Hawkbit
  • Captain Holly
  • Primrose
  • Kehaar
  • Hannah

Barney & Friends

  • Barney
  • Baby Bop
  • BJ
  • Riff

Dragon Tales

  • Ord
  • Cassie
  • Zak & Wheezie

Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat

  • Sagwa Miao
  • Dongwa Miao
  • Sheegwa Miao
  • Fu-Fu
  • Baba Miao (Rarely)
  • Mama Miao (Rarely)
  • Nai-Nai Miao (Rarely)
  • Yeh-Yeh Miao (Rarely)

The Dreamstone

  • Rufus
  • Amberely
  • Pildit
  • Wildit
  • Spildit
  • The Dream Maker
  • Zordrak
  • Urpgor
  • Blob
  • Frizz
  • Nug

Others

  • Woody and Winnie Woodpecker
  • Chilly Willy
  • Optimus Prime (Transformers)
  • Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash (My Little Pony)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona
  • Count Duckula, Igor and Nanny (Count Duckula)
  • Danger Mouse
  • Tintin and Captain Haddock (Tintin)
  • Firestar (Warrior Cats)
  • Alpha-5 (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
  • Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie Simpson (The Simpsons)
  • Bob the Builder
  • Iznogoud
  • Asterix
  • Sailor Moon
  • Spider-Man
  • The Stig (Top Gear)
  • Goku and Vegeta (Dragon Ball)
  • Postman Pat
  • Marty, Alex, King Julien, Maurice, Gloria, Mort, Skipper, and Rico (Madagascar)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (Thomas & Friends)
  • Angelina Mouseling and Alice Nimbletoes (Angelina Ballerina)

Parades

Main article: Universal Studios Paris/Parades

Map

https://www.scribblemaps.com/create/#/id=Gp3nLbLh_Y&lat=49.04677121&lng=1.91201415&z=14&t=hybrid

Trivia

  • The park has some of the licenses owned by Carwardine in the US.
  • The original winged Rosita walkaround is still used on occasion if the non-winged Rosita walkaround is out for repairs.
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