If, some day, you find that Hadrien Thareau is working for an architectural design firm, you’ll know why. As an attraction host on Space Mountain: Mission 2, this Cast Member has combined his passion for model making with his fascination for this symbolic attraction of Disneyland® Paris.
Hadrien’s got talent. Some call it hand-to-eye coordination. Some might just say, “He’s an artist!” Whatever it is, it started early on. “Since I was little, I’ve let my creative side show,” he said, “I’d build models of the village where we vacationed.” Hadrien’s been making models of buildings and structures ever since. “From scratch, not from kits,” he added.
Fascinated with Space Mountain when it opened in 1995 – but still too young to ride it – Hadrien decided to make a model of this attraction he dreamed of for so long. Today he’s on his 30th version and his technique has advanced with the years. Another advance; Cast Member at the Disney Store Champs Élysées in 2005, Hadrien joined the Space Mountain: Mission 2 team in 2013. “I’ve always been fascinated by the stars. When I did not have the size required to board the rocket trains, I spent hours in the Stellar Way to admire the colors, listen to music, and see the trains scurry through the darkness of deep space. Today, I participate in this magic! ” says Hadrien.
“Modeling takes time and patience, since I do it in my spare time,” he adds. “There are areas that I’ve re-worked several times.” Indeed, fine detail characterizes the work of Hadrien Thareau and the amazing thing is that it’s done like a sketch – hand-to-eye – without the use of a scale ruler or a blueprint. On his current model, he managed to finely reproduce some of the intricate details from the building’s victorian architecture, whether on the mountain itself or the train station. We can’t wait to see the final result !