MARNE-LA-VALLEE, France — The opening of Walt Disney Studios Park was far from a “Mickey Mouse” event Friday. “I think Walt would be very impressed with the look of the resort,” said Disney topper Michael Eisner. “We have this fantastic piece of real estate.” Calling Disney “a lover of entertainment layered over new technology,” Eisner added, “He’d probably pinch himself and say to me ‘You know, I think we can do even better.’ “
The early verdict seemed to be that the new movie-and-TV-themed park was more than OK.
Advance guests were wowed by Roger Moore, resplendent in pink tie and driving gloves, who inaugurated the live-action Stunt Show Spectacular, a how-to attraction with trick driving choreographed by Remy Julienne, a vet of some 1,200 international films.
Ten foreign-born recipients of the Disney Legends Awards were inducted, with Phil Collins among those present to receive the honor from Roy Disney.