In Memoriam: Cinemagique
Today’s edition of In Memoriam is a bitter one, as we cover the death of a fantastic attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Paris – Cinemagique. And if you’ve visited the Walt Disney Studios Paris, you’ll know that, ‘fantastic attractions’ are few and far between.
Cinemagique opened with the Park in March 2002, and was instantly a hit with guests. A simple theatre-style attraction featuring effects, Martin Short, Julie Delpy and Alan Cumming took us on a ride through cinema classics such as Titanic, Angels with Dirty Faces and Gone With the Wind. Guests would be seated in the theatre under the guise of watching a movie about classic films, when a guest in the front row receives a telephone call and jumps up onto stage. The people of the movie don’t take kindly to this, and the Magician (Cumming) pulls the man (Short) into the movie.
The man falls in love with a beautiful movie star (Delpy) and follows her through movie history, whilst trying to get back to the real World. It was classic Disney, a heart-warming story, swelling music and some water thrown in to wet the guests. Whilst it was a simple concept, in a Park full of concrete and with little discernible charm, it was one of the rare gems that made Walt Disney Studios Paris worth a visit.
It was also one of the few (if any) attractions in the Park which focused on the theme of the Studios, which was the movies. For a Park that was originally envisioned as ‘MGM Studios Europe’ (before EuroDisney’s financial issues) there is little here but a tentative connection to Hollywood. Cinemagique ensured that the Park had one foot firmly rooted in movie-making, and the Studios certainly has suffered in this regard due to the attractions closure.
Cinemagique gave its final performance on March 29th, 2017, after 15 years at the Walt Disney Studios Paris. In Memoriam, you will be missed.