On Sunday 30 October, the anchorwoman of “Zone Interdite” on channel M6, Ophélie Meunier, walked through the gates of Disneyland Paris for an unusual documentary on the elements of the success of the Disney magic.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
For a year the Corporate Communication Department at Disneyland Paris guided the journalists at the heart of the tourist destination, where very few persons external to the company have ever set foot. Aside from the richly documented and very aesthetic sequences that enhance the Disney Parks and the unforgettable experience shared by millions of guests every year, the attention was drawn by two specific aspects of this documentary.
First of all, the spotlight focused on the men and women who bring to life what the journalists named the “dream making machine”. Around the Disney Parks, the employees –called Cast Members -, who have come from all paths of life, have created a real living area guests could not fathom. In it all generations mingle and recreate a thriving attitude that can be felt throughout the documentary. Whether it is 19 year-old Camille who left the family grocery store to begin her professional life as a greeter on attractions, or Cédric – known as “Petit Loup” (Little Wolf) – a native from the Var region in Southern France but an American Indian at heart who has become a buffalo hunting expert after rubbing elbows with authentic members of the Blackfeet community: what this documentary brings out is the enthusiasm and the professionalism of all the Cast Members.
Secondly, the report sheds light on “unknown activities” at Disneyland Paris, but which all guests can have access to. For example, Princes and Princesses, did you know you can pronounce your vows in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle?
In the end, what this 90-minute glimpse into life at Disneyland Paris reveals is that the passion of the experience is undoubtedly the essential ingredient that allows the Disney magic to operate. This experience can be lived from the inside or the outside. But it is always intense.