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The Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet restaurant at Disneyland Paris is set to be converted into an all-you-can-eat buffet from July 2010.

According to fansite Photos Magiques, the quick-service restaurant will be closed between April 1 and June 30 to allow the transformation to take place. It has not yet been confirmed whether the restaurant's decor will also be updated, although it seems likely that this will be the case.

DLRPToday.com points out that the "tent" in Discoveryland which houses Pizza Planet was originally built for a temporary "Space Festival" exhibition and later converted to tie-in with the release of Toy Story 2. It currently sells American-style pizzas and burgers (and the infamous "Pizza Burger"), and would require some significant changes to convert it into a buffet-style restaurant.

With Toy Story 3 due to be released later this year, there is an opportunity for Disneyland Paris to update and reinvigorate the restaurant to tie-in with the film. The refurbishment could also tie with the summer opening of the €70 million Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios (which does not feature any dining locations at all).

During the refurbishment, diners in Discoveryland will be limited to a single location - the Hyperion Café.



Quick thoughts on this - I've always had a soft spot for Pizza Planet, and the Pizza Burger, after eating there with future wife on our first ever trip to Disneyland Paris. Plus, the Pizza Planet of the movies is crying out for a faithful re-creation in a Disney Park. However, the restaurant at DLP is badly in need of updated decor to make it look more like the version seen in the Toy Story movies.

I have to agree with DLRPToday that the Pizza Planet concept really should have been relocated altogether to Toy Story Playland. It's in keeping with the general disappointment around the Playland...I'd much rather have seen that €70 million go towards a future installment of Toy Story Mania. But I'll reserve final judgement until both open later this year - we'll be headed to DLP over the Christmas period.

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