Speaking at a Shareholders Club presentation on 28th September discussing the current refurbishment programme, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Delcourt revealed that the fast food location has already seen its last days.
Delcourt even used the phrase “Disney unworthy” to describe why Pizza Planet is finally toast. That’s some turnaround in attitude for a resort that built Walt Disney Studios Park.
The pizza planet restaurant will remain closed and will not open again. “The way it looks, is Disney unworthy.”
— Jorien (@DisneyKindOfDay) September 29, 2016
This leaves Café Hyperion as the only serious dining choice within the entire land.
Situated at the back of the land outside the Disneyland Park berm, the restaurant has seen unpredictable opening hours for years, often opening only to provide additional capacity during the busiest of seasons.
Unchanged internally since its hasty 1997 opening, the loosely Toy Story-themed décor has long looked cheap and outdated, certainly never living up to any expectations the film might have created about the mythical Pizza Planet.
The entire venue is an almost temporary marquee-like structure, originally built to rehouse an exhibition for the Space Festival that accompanied the opening of Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune. Previous rumblings that the restaurant would be rebuilt as a permanent building never came to fruition.
Originally serving a counter service menu, it became a fairly popular “budget” buffet service offering in 2010, providing unlimited drinks and pizza at a price point not much higher than a standard fast food meal.
No replacement or redevelopment of the restaurant has been announced.
Several years ago it was frequently rumoured the building could become a Star Wars “Cantina”, creating a mini Star Wars area, but this was long before the finalised plans for enormous, genuine Star Wars Lands in California and Florida.
Should Disneyland Paris want to build a new restaurant based on the Toy Story movies, Toy Story Playland would now be by far the best location — also exactly where a counter service restaurant is needed, to balance Toon Studio‘s only current restaurant, the table service Bistrot Chez Rémy.