Welcome on the Production Courtyard

Production Courtyard

Production Courtyard

Production Courtyard

Production Courtyard

Production Courtyard

Production Courtyard

Production Courtyard

Production Courtyard

The Production Courtyard with the Place des Stars and the outdoor section of the Hollywood Boulevard forms the heart of the Walt Disney Studios around which numerous attractions for all ages are grouped.

When exiting Studio 1 into the Walt Disney Studios guests arrive face to face with the so called "Partners Statue" of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. For those interested in the man "Walt Disney" it is worth taking a close look once the obligatory souvenir photo with the facades of the outdoor section of the Hollywood Boulevard in the background is taken. On Walt Disney's tie guests with a sharp eye will spot a tie pin featuring a graphic symbol created of the letters "STR". These stand for "Smoke Tree Ranch" a residency and vacation ranch in Palm Springs, California where guests can stay in various cottages three of which (still found at the ranch today) were designed by Imagineers on order of Walt Disney to convince the committee of owners to let him buy into the ranch. His ploy worked out and Walt Disney bought his first vacation home at the Smoke Tree Ranch in 1948 until he sold it to be able to finance the original Disneyland in Anaheim (he also tried to lobby fellow owners of cottages at the ranch to invest into the theme park). However, he returned to Smoke Tree Ranch buying his second vacation home there in 1957 which he owned until his death. Smoke Tree Ranch is still existing and guest can rent into the 49 guest cottages for vacation retreats which compliment the 85 private homes that are part of the ranch. Only guests staying at the private ranch will also be able to access the "Disney Hall" on the property which is adorned by original artwork from the Disney Studios. But back to the vacation kingdom part of which the Walt Disney Studios park is...

Behind the Partners Statue the Hollywood Boulevard with its iconic facades inspired by historic buildings of Hollywood stretches on all the way to the station of the "Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic" that his hidden behind the hills of the Hollywood sign in this fictious setting. The Studio Tram Tour takes guests on a ride behind the scenes of a movie studios and onto large scale outdoor sets - in particular the Catastrophe Canyon where guests will have to fight a thunder storm and an earth quake all topped by a flash flood.

The main attraction for thrill seekers on Production Courtyard can also be seen looming above the facades of the Hollywood Boulevard: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Once guests have walked through or around the covered outdoor dining area "La Terrasse" they have to decide whether they dare to enter the haunted grounds of the once splendid Hollywood Tower Hotel to discover what happened long ago in a stormy night and how a service elevator and the Twilight Zone play into this story.

To the left of the Partners Statue the wide open Place des Stars opens that also connects to the boulevard leading to the Backlot. The Place des Stars is lined by (clockwise starting from the Partners Statue) the large Sound Stage 2, the Walt Disney Television Studios and certainly the grounds of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Sound Stage 2 houses the Studio Theatre. In this 1,100 seat venue the park presents CinéMagique - a special effects laden journey through the history and magic of movies featuring scenes from some of the most memorable movies from Hollywood as well as Europe (and not only Disney movies) held together by the story of a unique adventure starring Martin Short and Julie Deply falling in love over the boundaries of reality, fantasy and time.

The Walt Disney Television Studios building houses the French headquarters of the Disney Channel on the upper floors. While guests are not allowed to venture into these working offices two attractions wait for them on the ground floor in the sound stages originally used in the park's early years for small productions of the French Disney Channel. Playhouse Disney Live on Stage! brings the stars of Disney's television channel aimed at pre-school kids such as The Little Einsteins, Mandy the Handyman and many more live on the big stage in a intimate setting which allows the youngest guests to join in the fun (in English, French and Spanish depending on the time of the day). Next door in Stitch Live! guests get face to face with the little alien Stitch as he borrows Captain Gantu's space cruiser for a fun ride. Before things go wrong and Stitch needs the help of the guests he chats with them through a direct satellite connection (this attraction is offered in English or French depending on the time of day).

At the center of the Place des Stars the Production Courtyard Stage is the home for live music entertainment and also ocassionally doubles as a unique backdrop for meet'n'greets with Disney characters. When strolling around the stage or just crossing the Place des Stars take a look to the ground as well. In the tradition of the fourecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood various stars have left their hand prints and signatures in the floor to the left of the stage - including Angela Lansbury (the voice of Mrs. Potts from "Beauty and the Beast" and the star of Disney's "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"), Tina Arena (who performed the official opening song of the Walt Disney Studios park in 2002), Charlie Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Martin Short & Julie Delpy (who can both be seen in CinéMagique just a few meters away) and certainly Roy E. Disney.

Stars are also right home at the "Restaurant des Stars" along the boulevard leading to the Backlot. Inspired by the studio commissaries in which actors, extras, directors as well as back office cast members mingled during their lunch break. Today guests can mingle here with Remy, the star of the Disney Pixar hit "Ratatouille" while enjoying a lavish buffet offering.

Get close up to the stars of Hollywood - from the real kind like Martin Short in CinéMagique, the animated ones like Stitch to the fury ones of Playhouse Disney ... or drop by the Twilight Zone - on the Production Courtyard its all possible!