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Disney cuts Moteurs… Action! after 18 years

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13 Aug 2020

Credit: Dominik Wilde

Disneyland Paris’ long-running Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular has closed, bringing an end to the attraction’s 18-year run.

The final performance of the show was on March 13, ahead of the resort’s recent coronavirus-enforced temporary shutdown. Its closure follows that of near-identical Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida (pictured) four years ago.

According to social media reports, the Walt Disney Studios Park show was set to be axed in either September of this year or in January 2021, but that has since been brought forward with immediate effect. DominikWilde.com has contacted Disney for an official confirmation but did not hear back at the time of writing.

The space currently occupied by the show – around than 50,000m² – will be used for the new Marvel-themed Avengers Campus area. Nearby attractions Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Avec Aerosmith have also closed in anticipation of the development, with the former set to be demolished while the latter will receive a makeover.

Moteurs… Action! first opened in 2002 and was one of the original attractions of the Walt Disney Studios Park, the second theme park of the resort near Paris. It was devised by legendary stunt coordinator Rémy Julienne and depicted an action film shoot in a French fishing village.

Credit: Dominik Wilde

It featured spaceframe cars resembling Opels – the German brand being a founding partner of the show – that were powered by mid-mounted motorcycle engines. The cars were capable of 0-60 in around two seconds and go on to do a top speed of around 70 miles per hour, but thanks to a specially-built transmission, the cars are also capable of doing that in reverse. Motorcycles also played a starring role.

During its near two-decade run, Moteurs… Action! was seen by over nine million people, making it one of the world’s most-viewed vehicular stunt shows.

Following its success, the show was replicated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as a part of the Happiest Celebration on Earth to mark 50 years of Disney parks. The Florida version of the show ran from 2005 to 2016 before making way for the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area.

While the premise of both shows was similar, there were subtle differences between the two. As well as occupying more land, making it the biggest permanent stunt show in the world at the time, Lights, Motors, Action also had a different running order and an alternate version of the Blockade sequence.

The Paris show also had slightly different choreography during the opening Ballet Chase sequence, including the use of an additional car; and did not feature jet-skis, although they were used in the early days of the show.

Credit: Dominik Wilde

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