Christmas Cheer at Disneyland Paris plus Ratatouille Ride Update

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Disney Parks, Disneyland Paris, Features, Weekend Update

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Published on December 08, 2013 at 3:00 am with 11 Comments

Christmas cheer has broken out at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris and it looks like the Ratatouille Ride construction is coming right along. Alain Littaye of the Disney and More blog shares photos this week. ~~Rick

Christmas Cheer at Disneyland Paris
plus Ratatouille Ride Update
by Alain Littaye
Disney and more blog

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Here’s another Disneyland Paris photo update, with plenty of pictures of the progress at the Ratatouille site, thanks to Max Fan, D&M contributor and Dlrp Welcome webmaster. As you will see, things have changed on the Parisian facades since last update.

First let’s walk through Walt Disney Studios towards the Ratatouille ride and take a peek inside Studio 1, inspired by famous Hollywood buildings, shops and restaurants.

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Here’s a look at the progress of the Ratatouille ride construction. You can see the finishes on the facades, aging of the buildings, painting of some of them and the outside of what will be the (real) restaurant.

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Before we leave, let’s take a quiet ride aboard the horse-drawn street car along Main Street on the Disneyland side.

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  • jcruise86

    I hope Disney didn’t cheap out on this ride and that it’s superior than the much older, highly praised Tokyo Pooh attraction. The areas look great, though they are so close to the real thing, Paris, that it might have be even better appreciated at any other Disney park. Still the Paris Studios need all the help they can get so I hope this is a success.

  • http://micechat.com Dusty Sage

    This is by far my least favorite Disney park ever. A lasting testament to the small ideas of Michael Eisner and Paul Pressler, who thought it was totally fine for Disney to build small crappy parks and that folks would flock to see them simply because of the Disney name . . . WRONG. It doesn’t matter how many Christmas decorations they slap on this ugly park, it’s still a mess. I’m interested in seeing the new ride, but not looking forward to the cheap Toy Story Land or any of the rest of the park.

    This resort needs a DCA scale (or larger) rescue plan.

    • Malin

      Its not only what was built at the begining under Eisner and Pressler but all the mistakes that have been made since. Toy Story Land was a huge mistake. Tower of Terror is situated in the wrong place leaving some ugly views walking behind the building. Crush and the Cars Ride are slow moving with poor capacity. Disney have just made the Park worst with cheap fixes. Ratatouille will make a nice addition but its hardly going to change what is a poor concept and park.

    • LoveStallion

      Agreed. I love DLP, but the Studios are abysmally awful. When I visited I think I spent just 1-2 hours there, and 60 minutes of that was waiting for Crush’s Coaster.

      It is a small, poorly conceived park.

      Plus, it has the Armageddon attraction, which instantly drops any park to the bottom of the Disney heap.

  • Freddie Freelance

    I hope the restaurant has a resident Linguini face CM, wearing a toque with a Remy silhouette shadow cast from inside it.

  • Awe_inspired

    Dusty, I agree. Europe deserves better than a park where the lands are Cheap-facade-land, Band-aid-land, Haphazardly-slapped-together-land and Forced-tie-in-land.

  • phruby

    This makes sense build Paris in a theme park 42km from the real thing. That’s almost as silly as building a theme park about California in California.

  • DanaJ

    Any idea when the new ride will open? We’re thinking of going to Paris next May, and I’d like to know if we will be able to ride Ratatouille, or if we should postpone our trip for a year.

    • Malin

      If you can hold off plans for a year I’d certainly do it because we are hearing Spring/Summer as the possible date. So could open anytime between April and August.

  • Country Bear

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures and video tour.

    Always nice to see this park adding attractions as its reputation has traveled at light speed. I have friends who visited last year and said it was a real disappointment in terms of anything to occupy your day. The more they add, the more likely I will be to visit in a few years.

  • DisWedWay

    Alain its so sad to be elevated to such a high with the experience and the abundance of thought and detail in every inch of Paris Disneyland and then through your pictures see the 2nd gate Studio Tours and its lack of dimension, detail, and richly thought out architecture. Michael was so into bringing top name architecture into the park by way of it’s hotels connected to “his” Disneyland. I’m so surprised he didn’t have the support staff around him (along with missing Frank Wells) on Studio Tours to tell him the book ends don’t match.