Laurent Cayuela, Show writer at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Paris, shares the stories that make Disneyland Paris unique. In this episode, find out how Place des Frères Lumière at the Walt Disney Studios Park pays tribute to the early days of Walt Disney’s career.
The architecture of Place des Frères Lumière was inspired by the Disney Studios which, from 1926 to 1939, were located on Hyperion Avenue in Hollywood – a picture of the studios can be found at the Walt Disney Studios Store. Influenced by Spanish Revival architecture (particularly fashionable in Southern California throughout the Golden Age time period), all of the elements making up Front Lot purposely conjure up a Spanish hacienda: from the tiles at the bottom of the walls, to the friezes featuring squares which remind of the beams and curves on the facades and rooftops.
Lighting is everything
At this time, studio roofs were protected by tarps which filtered the light as movies were then made in black and white. When shooting outside, these very same tarps were folded to benefit from the natural sunlight without having to leave the set. When the park first opened back in 2002, warm colors were picked out for the Front Lot facades, to contrast with the oftentimes gray sky of Marne-La-Vallee. To be noted: the entrance of the Walt Disney Studios Park also pays homage to the French brothers credited with the invention of the cinematograph: Louis and Auguste Lumiere, hence the name of the plaza.