CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

CinéMagique

Celebrate the magic of movies on a journey from the earliest days to the latest hits - featuring a unique twist and special effects

The Studio Theatre in Soundstage 2 is the permanent home of CinéMagique a unique movie and theater experience allowing the guests in the 1,100 comfy seats to experience the history of movie magic in a way like never before.

As the lights in this huge, state-of-the-art movie palace are turned down and the curtain raises on CinéMagique an usher in a uniform from the golden age of Hollywood beckons guests to explore the history of movie theater... And certainly, the silver screen comes alive with a short scene from the black-and-white documentary "La Sortie des usines Lumière à Lyon" (1895), which is often (mis-)labeled as the oldest motion picture. Scenes from other classics such as "A Trip to the Moon" follow suite - that is until suddenly a sounds interrupts the screening ... is that a mobile phone in the audience ringing?

One of the guests clearly didn't follow the instructions to turn off his phone and he even takes the call - right there, in the theatre during the screening! He better should not have done that because in the Studio Theatre the magic of the movies is especially strong - as the show's title CinéMagique already implies. And just like that a magician (played by Alan Cumming) from one of the silent black-and-white scenes transports George (as the guest is named) into the movies! From hereon a hilarious journey ensues as George first has to escape an Arabian prince - which takes him right into a classic pie fight featuring Laurence and Hardy - into the arms of mafia thugs (in a scene from "Some Like It Hot") before ending up in the wild west (featuring amongst others "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"), along the way regaining his speech as the time of the silent movies ends and even some color and widescreen vision.

Certainly his journey isn't going to end in the wild west. Instead George (played by comedian Martin Short) tries to find a way out of the movies back into the Studio Theatre - a task which is (just slightly) complicated by the fact that he has fallen in love with Marguerite, the Arabian princess he met in the first scene of his journey (played by Julie Delpy). Unfortunately it seems as if the magic of movies tries its best to separate the lovers over and over again as Marguerite follows her George. And what a journey it is ... it takes George up close and personal with the battles of the medieval age, where he is about to have an encounter with Robin Hood (alias Kevin Costner), sees him diving into the depths of the deepest seas (where he meets Pinocchio and Monstro) and stepping onto the Titanic, takes him to a galaxy far, far away as well as to many more destinations real and fantastic that have enchanted millions around the globe in cinemas.

Will George manage to return to the Studio Theatre? And what about Marguerite? Can she step into our world? Is there a happy ending for the two of them?? These secrets will not be spoiled here as guests will have to step into the Studio Theatre themselves to learn the answers in one of several daily performances of CinéMagique.

Traditionally many guests tend to skip "movie based attractions" - but CinéMagique is certainly not one to skip as it offers one of the most emotional and captivating experience for guests of all ages in the Walt Disney Studios. It is able to tap into the power of movie memories from more than 100 years and combines them with an engaging storyline, some surprising special effects plus some great acting by the leads Martin Short (as George) and Julie Delpy as his love interest (Marguerite), memorable scenes from more than 100 years of movie. What makes CinéMagique stand out from similar attempts is its success in creating a unified new experience instead of just a string of snippets. This is certainly helped by the story brought alive by Martin Short and Julie Delpy but also by the great musical score which Bruce Broughton composed for CinéMagique. While he incorporated the most famous themes from the long list of movies featured in the show (including music from Star Wars and Doctor Zhivago amongst others) he chose the theme from "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg" by Michel Legrand as a returning center piece underscoring the love between George and Marguerite and also composed a new unique theme for CinéMagique. CinéMagique works on several levels - as a memory trip through the history of movies as well as an exciting adventure movie and a love story. What will it be for you?

Tips

  • Due to the large capacity of the Studio Theatre it is usually sufficient to arrive about 15 to 10 minutes before the CinéMagique show time, in fact most of the times seats in the back are still available for guests showing up only a minute before showtime (unless during rain showers or on especially hot days, when many guests try to take shelter in the theater). However, the doors close at show time and late arrivals can not be accomodated due to the nature of the show, no matter what.
  • The Studio Theatre is air conditioned, therefore the show is also popular to cool down on hot summer days.
  • The Studio Theatre has no theater lobby. Instead it features two covered outdoor waiting areas, one for each half (left / right) of the theater. The holding areas do not feature any queue / line set-up, therefore it is recommended to move as close to the doors leading into the theater as possible.
  • Please note that this spectacular features in-theater effects including explosions and flash lights; it can not be excluded that some very young children could be frightened by these effects.

Compact

  • movie with in-theater special effects & live action on stage
  • running time: approx. 25 minutes
  • language: mix of English and French; very limited dialogue; story does not require understanding any of the two languages
  • venue: soundstage / studio 2 a.k.a "Studio Theatre"
  • capacity: 1,100 seats; dedicated seating for disabled guests (including wheel chair users) and their escorts available
  • lead cast: Martin Short (George), Julie Delpy (Marguerite), Alan Cumming (the magician), Tchéky Karyo (the knight)
  • further credits: Jerry Rees (director), Steve Spiegel (writer), Bruce Broughton (original music), Thomas E. Ackerman (cinematography) - for full credits please refer to IMDB
  • in addition to the in-theater live performance and newly filmed movie scenes featuring movie scenes from more than 38 classic features ranging in time from 1895 (the short black-and-white silent documentary film "La Sortie des usines Lumière à Lyon" - a.k.a. "Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon", often mis-labeled as oldest motion picture) to 2010 (Disney Pixar's animated hit "Toy Story 3" as well "Black Swan")
  • the movie was updated twice since opening day: one minor update in the summer of 2002, a second major update in April 2012 (shortly after the 10th anniversary of the attraction) in which 12 new clips were placed in

Specials

CinéMagique is one of the Walt Disney Studios' opening day attractions and has remained exlusive to this park ever since (i.e. can not be found in any other theme park around the globe) - despite being one of the most popular and most praised attractions of the park ever since the previews began. It was even honored with the prestigious "TEA Attraction of the Year 2003" award (by the Themed Entertainment Association).

However, in a certain way CinéMagique had a life even before the Walt Disney Studios opened in 2002 ... longtime fans of Disneyland Paris and guests who visited between 1992 and 1998 might still remember "Cinemagique" (note the different spelling) as the name of a different attraction inside Discoveryland at Disneyland Park. Back then "Cinemagique" was the name of the theater in which the 3D movie Captain EO was screened during its original run. When it was replaced with "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" the name "Cinemagique" disappeared - and also did not return when Captain EO returned to take back its place on June 12, 2010.

The home of CinéMagique, the Studio Theatre, is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art movie theater with a regular theater stage. Therefore, it has been one of the most popular locations in any of the two theme parks of Disneyland Paris for (semi-)public events after park closure. For example moview previews (in particular for holders of the Annual Passports of Disneyland Paris and members of the Shareholders' Club) have been hosted here just as well as grand movie premieres. Over the years the exterior of the Studio Theatre has been upgraded with additional elements, such as new movie posters alongside the walls of the covered queue area or additional lighting elements for the marquee. In particular the latter not only made the theater stand out more but also improved the atmosphere on the Production Courtyard / the Place des Stars.

When walking toward the Studio Theatre take a closer look at the floor in front of its entrance, between the Production Courtyard Stage and Studio 1. In the style of the famous forecourt of Grauman' Chinese Theatre in Hollywood various movie stars have left their hand prints here. This includes the two stars of CinéMagique - Julie Delpy and Martin Short - but also Disney alumni such as Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts from "Beauty and the Beast" as well as Miss Price in "Bedknobs and Broomsticks") and Roy E. Disney (who was on hand for the park's grand opening). Especially if there are still a couple of minutes left till heading into the holding area for the next performance of CinéMagique looking around the many hand prints is a fun way to keep entertained for movie fans.

One of the central scenes of the romance of George and Marguerite in CinéMagique takes place on a rainy Parisian street as an extension of a scene taken from "Les parapluies de Cherbourg". If you and your loved one want to step into that scene the Walt Disney Studios Paris are happy to help you. Just head onto the Backlot after the grand finale of CinéMagique where a photo set from "Les parapluies de Cherbourg" complete with rain has been set up.

Just months after its opening CinéMagique underwent a first, minor update in the summer of 2002. During this update a scene from "Some Like It Hot" in the segment "The Kiss" was replaced with a kiss from the animated Disney Short "Brave Little Tailor" featuring Mickey and Minnie. Only weeks after the attractions 10th anniversary in April 2012 a major update to the movie premiered. However, the park failed to advertise this update in any way or form. With this update 12 new clips were added to the movie resp. replaced older clips. Until the second update the newest movie featured in CinéMagique was the Disney Pixar hit "Monsters, Inc." from 2001 - a date which jumped by 9 years to 2010 as the scene from Monsters, Inc. featuring Sully roaring / screaming directly at the audience was cut out and one scene from the 2010 Disney Pixar hit "Toy Story 3" as well as one scene from the live action movie "Black Swan" was added.

A partial list of movies featured in CinéMagique - sorted by segment - please note that this has to be considered to be a spoiler if read prior to enjoying it the first time:

  • Early years
    La Sortie des usines Lumière à Lyon (1895)
    The Great Train Robbery (1903)
    A Trip to the Moon (1902)
    Cops (1922)
    Plane Crazy (1928)
    Napoléon (1927)
    Battleship Potemkin (1925)
    Nosferatu (1922)
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
    Metropolis (1927)
  • George's escape
    The Sheik (1921)
    Safety Last! (1923)
  • The pie fight & aftermath
    The Battle of the Century (1927)
    A Film Johnnie (1916)
    Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • In the wild west
    Once Upon a Time in the West (1967)
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1968)
    Tombstone (1993)
    The Wild Bunch (1969)
    The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  • Propelled into a fantasy
    Mary Poppins (1964) [feat. the song Step in Time]
  • Romance on a Parisian street
    Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)
  • Underwater adventure
    The Hunt for Red October (1990)
    Le grand bleu (1988)
    Pinocchio (1940)
  • To safety - or not (first attempt)
    Titanic (1997)
    [A Fish Called Wanda (1988)] - cut in 2012
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - added in 2012
    [Trois hommes et un couffin (1985)] - cut in 2012
    The Incredibles (2004) - added in 2012
    The Pink Panther (1963)
    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    [Monsters, Inc. (2001)] - cut in 2012
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001 - 2003) - added in 2012
    The Exorcist (1973)
  • To safety - or not (second attempt)
    Star Wars - Episode IV: New Hope (1977)
  • Medieval times
    Highlander (1986)
    El Cid (1961)
    Braveheart (1995)
    Henry V (1989)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
    Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (1991)
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) - added in 2012
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003) - added in 2012
  • Time to say goodbye
    Summertime (1955)
    Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    Casablanca (1942)
    Gone with the Wind (1939)
    Wuthering Heights (1939)
  • The kiss
    [Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)] - cut in 2012
    Ratatouille (2007) - added in 2012
    Cet obscur objet du désir (1977)
    [Some Like It Hot (1959)] - cut in 2002
    [Brave Little Tailor (1938)] - cut in 2012
    Black Swan (2010) - added in 2012
    Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - added in 2012
    Toy Story 3 (2010) - added in 2012
    Avatar (2009) - added in 2012
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - added in 2012
    La Vie en Rose (2007) - added in 2012

DLP.info votings

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Story:
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Youth:
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Music:
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Adult:
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Senior:
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Choreography:
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