Ratatouille Attraction Soft Opens and First Ride Videos

Written by Alain Littaye. Posted in Disney Parks, Disneyland Paris, Features, Top Content, Weekend Update

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Published on June 22, 2014 at 3:00 am with 71 Comments

Things are moving quickly since we first posted this report on Sunday morning. Disneyland Paris Resort management staged a press opening for the new Ratatouille attraction in the Walt Disney Studios park on Sunday morning. We then received a report from several MiceChatters in Paris that the attraction had actually soft opened. We have now posted actual videos of the ride plus a video featuring the Chez Remy Bistro compliments of the Disney and more blog. ~~Rick

EDITED TO ADD THESE VIDEOS:

Thanks to Max, D&M contributor, here are two new videos, the first video featuring a ride-through of the Ratatouille attraction and the second video showing the impressive and highly themed new Ratatouille restaurant. “Bistrot Chez Remy” which is now the biggest restaurant at Disneyland Paris!

CAUTION: VIDEOS CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS!

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These photos were taken just before the press event this past weekend! As always, let’s thank Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster for his help and pictures!

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Everything is clean and ready for the press event but the big news today is that the Remy fountain in the center of the plaza is now finished and ready for opening. And we’re not just talking about the scaffolding removal, but of the addition of champagne bottles held by rats and also the contrast enhancement on the stone to highlight the reliefs.

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The Fast Pass sign is back… and totally unchanged.

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The blue gate at the beginning of the Parisian street, near Toy Story Playland entrance, has been removed and replaced by vegetation and a mesh wall. The entrance on the Parisian street and all the scaffolding on a portion of the Imagination building were removed, as well.

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The merchandise shop won’t open before this fall but in other WDS shops you will find the very first items linked to the attraction. Here you can find a Emile plush for $30.99, a child’s cap (one size only) at $22.99 etc…

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MICECHAT EDITORS NOTE: This column originally contained a full ride-through of the new Ratatouille ride posted to YouTube by Kris Van de Sande. Further analysis reveals that this video may have been filmed with a Go Pro-type camera with a hyper wide angle lens. This may have contributed to the problems mentioned in the comments below. We have added a much higher quality video above.

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  • Ian P

    WOW I have to say it looks great.
    Smooth travel, great sets and 3D images all see to be well done.
    It is a long time since DLP had a ride of this quality.

  • TheBig2na

    Nice to see some money being put into those parks. I am planning on making my first trip there in 2016. I wonder if anything else will pop up in that time. But the Mouse is a tad slow on building rides so it probably won’t have anything more. This ride looks top notch as does the area surrounding it.

  • Edward Allen

    So it’s a movie. Granted, a movie with multiple screens that you access by riding around but in essence a movie, No animatronics or physical sets with moving characters? I presume this is the future of all “rides” created by Disney.

    • bkroz

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but take a look at the most lauded and impressive rides of our era… The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Transformers are entirely screens interspersed among physical sets. Gringotts, Mystic Manor and Forbidden Journey are mostly screens with a half-dozen animatronics interspersed among physical sets. Ratatouille is no different than those five examples, which are all celebrated as INCREDIBLE attractions. It’s not that that’s the future of ALL rides, but it IS the most celebrated and successful style we’re currently seeing.

      Meanwhile, Disney reverts to their traditional audio-animatronic dark ride style and we end up with a Little Mermaid ride that people dislike.

      There’s a balance, and I’m not worried about it. Ratatouille is successful in the same way that Spider-Man and Forbidden Journey are. If you’re saying Spider-Man or Forbidden Journey is “just a movie with multiple screens that you access by riding around,” then sure, okay, yeah, that’s what Ratatouille is.

      • ayalexander

        bkroz, other people may be happy with “rides” or as I call them “inter-cinema shuttle service” -but I’m one who visit theme parks for dark rides and animatronics. I mean, its okay to have a few projection screens like in Mermaid, or Star Tours… but when your ride is an unconvincing trip between screens… I just… don’t like it. Even Star Tours’ screen is supposedly a “windshield or blast shield” -there’s a reason why its rectangular… I mean yeah the new 3-D star tours requires “goggles” but I’m willing to overlook that for the fun experience… the ratatouille attraction, i guess… just doesn’t spell “fun” to me.

      • heffalump

        I agree with ayalexander. It seems like there has been a lot of hype for this video…(er) new ride, and based on what I saw in the youtube video, people are in for a disappointment. Given the length of time to build this ride, I thought it would be something special, instead its a short, just-like-the-movie dark ride. Now I understand why Disneyland Paris’s attendance is one of the few Disney parks to have declining attendance.

      • Rastuso

        You can NOT compare Ratatouille to Spider-man. Spiderman has loads of physical effects, moving scenery, and a fireball perfectly synced with the video. But most importantly, Spidey was designed so the screens perfectly mesh with the surrounding.. The first time I rode, it wasnt’ clear what wall was going to come to life, and that was before the new projectors.

        Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned moving points of conversion.

        Add in the fact that the Scoops in Spider-man move in every direction possible, and watch Ratatoille’s ride vehicles slowly turn and go to the next hole. Brilliant theming idea! The screens are what you see from a hole, so the screens are just surrounded by black walls. Now THAT’S immersive.

        Transformers is a step down, and more comparable to Rat, although it still has the vehicles that are light years ahead of a slow moving spinning vehicle with no tilt abilities.

        I would guess this ride cost about the same as Transformers. And it’s nowhere near the same league. Disney apologists will say it was meant for all ages. If that’s true, it should have just been a 4-D Ratatoullie movie in a theater. Little kids would be just as impressed. This ride appeals to small kids and their parents happy to see their kids having fun. Many of those parent refuse to risk going to non Disney parks, because they may see their kids having just as much fun, or more, and THEY may enjoy it too. That would definitely ruin the Disney Magic, eh?

      • Marko50

        “Many of those parent refuse to risk going to non Disney parks, because they may see their kids having just as much fun, or more, and THEY may enjoy it too.”

        LOL! This is just so…so ridiculous an idea I can’t say much besides LOL!

  • loaloa55

    Well, actually there is a rumor that might be true saying that Star Tours 2 might come at last at DLP Discoveryland in 2016, so may be there will be something new, but it’ll be a ride that you already know in the U.S.

  • TimmyTimmyTimmy

    A movie…

  • jcruise86

    So Disney’s Paris–a fine answer to Universal Orlando’s new London–is in Paris. Like Carsland, the Disney Cruise Line, and (hopefully like Shanghai Disneyland), this shows that Disney outdoor entertainment can still impress. Hopefully the efforts of Ratatouilleland & Carsland will be multiplied at Walt Disney World.

    I’ve been to Disneyland Paris three times and love the original (castle at the end of a Main Street) Disneyland Paris park, but thought that the Studios was by far the only Disney park (of the 9 I’ve visited) that was truly bad–far worse even than DCA when it opened. It was like an ugly, depressing parking lot. I hope this addition is excellent and popular, and inspires a DCA-level makeover.

    The ratatouille in the restaurant should be cut into thin, alternately colored wheels, just as it was at a high point in the movie.

    I can’t wait to return, but it probably won’t be for a few years–WDW, Washington, D.C.,, skiing, and if my wife wins out, Spain and/or Italy will come first.

    I’d encourage families who spend $4,000 or so at WDW every year to take a year off and visit a national park instead, and then use the money from two WDW trips to go to Tokyo or Paris instead. You’ll see an interesting Disney Resort (I’d devote two or three days to the parks) and then have a fascinating time really expanding your kids’ outlooks in Tokyo or Paris.

    If you can extend your trips and make it a two weeker, you could add London, Kyoto or . . . it’s a long list if wonderful possibilities. Go real world!

    • michael darling

      Here here for our National Parks! The BEST parks for your hard earned dollar.

    • LoveStallion

      Agreed. Studios is getting worked on, but it’s still a totally discordant, useless theme park. It’s the epitome of mid-2000s half-a**ed Disney.

      The Armageddon attraction alone makes the entire park an unworthy vessel.

      And I second the Hear Hear! on our national parks. They are wonderful and a true joy to behold. If you’re within close distance of many of them (like out west), I highly recommend the annual pass. It’s $80 and gets you into everything. I used it once on one trip from Badlands-Wind Cave-Devil’s Tower- and Glacier and the thing paid for itself. Yellowstone was just a treat on top of that.

  • eicarr

    As with Cars Land, visitors will apritiate the $ and craftsmanship poured into this immersive experience. It will help boost respect and attendance for the park. DLP is getting the the TLC required for such a beautiful park.

  • blondiemouse72

    Loving the look of the area ,hopefully the restaurant meets expectations….so disappointed with the ride being what it is

  • ayalexander

    I agree with Edward Allen and TimmyTimmyTimmy… its a movie. I’m not impressed with rides that are basically self driving buggies that take you from one movie screen to the next. The scenes were, you sat underneath shelves and watched humans walk by was a lot more convincing than the scenes where you sat motionless and watched “yourself” jump or fly through the air, for god’s sake, you could still easily see the floor below your ride vehicle was stationary! How are you supposed to jump or fly through the air, when you’re not moving? -I’m sorry the ride doesn’t impress me, the vehicle may be trackless, but you could hear and see that it didn’t have smooth motion. Mermaid may have been a ride that wasn’t put together the best way, but its far more engaging than a series of 3-D movies. -Animatronic dwarfs with projection faces still look better than a series of IMAX screens. -Ok I’m all done ranting. 🙂

    • Haven

      I have to agree that I attend parks for rides that actually take me somewhere. With technology the way it is at home now, I can watch a fairly impressive 3D film on my sofa with great surround sound, so watching one on a bigger screen on a vehicle doesn’t add much for me. That’s the main reason I have yet to feel compelled to see the latest King Kong at Universal. Gimmie the huge animatronic banana breath any day. A good roller coaster with real tummy tickles and tunnels goes way farther with me 🙂

  • loaloa55

    I remind you that the ride is in 3D and include heat, cold and scents effects as well as spinning ride vehicle that you can’t experience here. I think we must keep this in mind for an opinion about the ride. Also, remember that a ride is always a “physical” experience, i.e you have to live it physically to really enjoy it, so it’s not really fair to judge any ride before riding it.
    That said, from what we can see in the video, Spiderman or Transformers seems to have more thrills, but the goal here was to do a family attraction that even young child can ride.

    • ayalexander

      yes, but when the special effects are blatantly invaded by reality… its kinda hard to enjoy. Like how are you supposed to enjoy being Launched backward through the air by a cork, when you can very easily see the floor of the show building at the foot of the screen?

      • LarryDL1984

        Agree, it’s a movie and a not very interesting one at that. I see the feet of people and mice running around. OK, there is no illusion or suspension of belief, it literally is screen to screen, Spider-Man had timing and you were “in the space” – this just looks sad.

        Anyone who compares this to the new HP area at Universal Orlando and doesn’t just feel sad for Disney isn’t being honest with themselves.

    • LoveStallion

      Yeah, but is it also a motion simulator? I doubt it, and there’s waaaaay too much flying around on screen to actually simulate in those little mouse buggies.

      • Rastuso

        You can clearly see in one of the videos that the screen stays completely stationary with the vehicle, The vehicles spin, and that’s it. It’s obvious by how small their bases are.

        It even seems like they don’t’ do any tricks like the bouncing with Tigger in Hunny Hunt.

  • tooncity

    how many years has it taken them to build this thing? from beginning to end.

    • blondiemouse72

      No Universal would not have built this in 12 months…..not with the French workforce

  • loaloa55

    To ayalexander: Because it happen in a fraction of second, you don’t think about the show building floor.

    To tooncity: i think it took them two years or so to build the whole thing.

    • ayalexander

      well I did, and it distracted me.

  • disneytom

    Wow, that was somewhere between disappointing and lame. Disney must really hate this park if they spent so much money on this land and then made such a lame attempt to move the bar creatively.

    While Potter and Spiderman have a lot of projections in those rides the use of them is at least fun and thrilling whereas here the use of the motion pictures here is contrived and done simply because it seems like they didn’t want to animate any sets – well they have to be maintained and all and that costs money.

    I’m a fan of Remy and I had high hopes for this attraction. I work for an airline and fly free and I thought next spring would be a trip to Disneyland Paris to see this attraction for myself but I have to admit that the incentive to do so just isn’t really there. It seems about as fun an interesting as Epcot’s Gran Fiesta tour or, dare I say it, Journey Into Imagination revamps 2 and/or 3.

    I’ve looked at the video three times and I guess I’ll see when other videos get posted to see if their quality will change my mind but honestly couldn’t Disney have upped the cuteness, thrills and fun factor at least a bit more. I hate to be so harsh because I know Imagineers must read this site but, come on folks, quit designing by committee and get your act together. You have the coolest jobs in the world but the passion just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Of course, if a DVC resort was tied into this expansion, I’m sure we’d be fawning over how well that was done because that seems to be where the creativity is at – cruise ships and DVC resorts.

    Also, I thought that the working title, Kitchen Calamity was cool but now after seeing the lame story I realize they couldn’t run with that name because the only calamity here is that this attraction got the green light with such a lame story. Yes Disney, you claim to corner the market on story telling but where’s the story here? Is this ride taking place before or after the movie?

    By the way, I’m a former 20 year plus managerial Resorts cast member and love the mouse. But seriously, this attraction gets a “C” or “D” in my book and I don’t mean the old ticket book rating of C and D. In retrospect, the Dwarves coaster, isn’t so bad.

    • ayalexander

      Thank you Disneytom, this describes exactly how I feel. I was excited for the idea of a Ratatouille attraction and when i heard it was trackless I was brimming with excitement, but seeing how they built it, I was disappointed, then when I saw this video and how poorly adapted the ride was to the story, and experience… I just don’t like it. Maybe if they re-did it in animatronics and used their renown experience for creating spectacular effects, the ride would have been better. -I still think the rats look like they’re riding on hockey pucks. Where’s the creativity? Wheres the adventure? -I guess its on the silver screen(s).

      • jcruise86

        ^ ^ I felt that way about DisneyTom’s comments about the WWoHP expansion at U Orlando. DisneyTom is an excellent writer and should post more, though I don’t feel the same way this time.

  • TimmyTimmyTimmy

    Let’s NEVER EVER compare DCA and the addition of Carsland to anything in this park. …just to be fair.

    • jcruise86

      I agree, TTT. In fact, because I followed reviews and skipped Superstar Limo (always glad about that decision), I’ve always liked DCA. But the Studios at Disneyland Paris was seriously depressing–the only Disney park (of the 9 I’ve visited) that I disliked, and I HATED it. I’ve seen better looking parking lots, though I haven’t been there lately, and I expect it’s improved and hope it continues to improve.

      Now, now how about that Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley addition at Universal Orlando? 🙂

      TTT, please fill us in on the WWoHP at U Japan if you go there. You, Dusty, and ThemePark Review guy (I forgot his name), lead lives that inspire me. To heck with those fools who climb Mt. Everest. 🙂

      • TimmyTimmyTimmy

        I only have smaller parks in Asia and Europe planned this year. But Soon or later:) Osaka is on my list of places I have to return to soon:)

  • Ryan120420

    Kinda underwhelming.

    Seems like Disney wanted to make an attempt at a Spiderman/Transformers type ride and forgot that one of the biggest parts of those two rides is the ride vehicle.

    Really do not like how you can see where the floor and screen meet. Spiderman and Transformers ride vehicles block your view of the floor thus preserving the immersion of those two rides.

    Also it looks like the vehicles besides being able to move through physical space, have no motion base capability. Really disappointing, since your suppose to be running, jumping, and flying through a kitchen.

  • loaloa55

    Hi again, Alain here. If you’ve followed the LIVE Blog on Disney and more today i hope you enjoyed it. And now, the icing on the cake and let’s end the day with OUR video D&M / DLPWelcome now ready for watch on Youtube, and so far it’s the best video available! Watch it full screen! Here is url if the embed code below don’t work:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1i0koqS87t8

  • danielz6

    Mermaid was underwhelming because of the poor storytelling and show, not because it uses AAs.

    • TimmyTimmyTimmy

      AAs? Most of them are really really bad AAs.

  • danielz6

    Movie screens is a tool for attraction designers to use for their story telling. I always prefer AAs and practical effects but sometimes screens and projection is necessary due to the limitations of practical effects. It’s the same thing in movies, realistic models are always better than CGI bit they are limited to what you can do in size and scope. Ultimately I think the best theme parks will utilize a wide variety of ride systems, AA and projection. Overutilization of any one becomes redundant.

    Ratatouille is essentially Disney’s first take on the Spiderman/transformers type attraction.. I hope they bring this ride to Epcot.

  • loaloa55

    Well, after reading your comments about the first video i can understand the disappointment but you should really have a look to “our” D&M on ride Ratatouille video filmed this afternoon. Not only the video is much better than the other one posted yesterday by someone else but i’ve learned that the previous one has been filmed with a Go Pro camera with a hyper wide angle, the reason why you see the floor in front of the vehicule. This new one should show you the ride as guests see it in the ratmobile vehicule!

    Enjoy the ride and watch the video full screen mode!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i0koqS87t8

    • jcruise86

      Thanks, loaloa55!
      Maybe we should ride it ourselves and explore the area till we give a thumbs down,
      or (in my case) wait till we read many reviews after what might be a first month of Disney PR & fanboy Disney-can-do-no-wrong spin.

      Maybe this will be excellent.

  • WDWorldly

    Micechat should consider placing a moratorium on commenting until about noon pacific time, to avoid all of these insufferable wrong-side-of-the-bed comments. Wait, never mind, its always like that here. Especially awful considering every single person commenting here hasn’t been on the ride and is responding to a low-quality video.

    • jcruise86

      ^ ^ I don’t think it’s “always like that here,” WDWorldly.

      I usually have to prepare myself for getting my head bitten off when I criticize Disney.

      I think EVERYONE on Micechat is here because at one time or place we fell in love with some Disney location. Have you read TimmyTimmyTimmy on the subject of Tokyo Disney Sea? And our Alaska Disney cruise last summer was heavenly perfection, as was Walt Disney World throughout the 70s and early 80s, as has been the Disneyland Resort (in my opinion) since it’s Matt Ouimet-led 50th Anniversary in 2005.

      We have REALLY high expectations for Disney.
      Thank you, Universal Orlando, Disney Cruise Line, (often) Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland for often–in recent years–surpassing our high expectations.

      Hopefully after Shanghai Disneyland is under more serous construction, Bob Iger will devote more of his and the company’s energy to the Studios at Disneyland Paris, and the other three (besides the Magic Kingdom) parks at Walt Disney World.

  • Fultimate

    Why do we have to read that boring advert for “Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality” on every single article about Disneyland Paris? This is too much and very boring.

    • loaloa55

      Because i give to Mice Chat each week-end a D&M article and in exchange they kindly put the Ad for the DLP book. This is the kind of things that happen between civilised people. And, no, it’s not boring. If you find a small Ad like this boring then there is indeed a big problem in your life, and it’s not coming from the Ad.

    • WDWorldly

      If you think the ads at the end of DLP posts are so boring, why do you continue to read them? Just scroll on through. Its not that difficult. Miceage contributors are volunteers — the least the site can do to repay them is help promote their books and current projects.

      • TDSTOM

        Why doesn’t Miceage pay it’s writers? It brings in over 1/2 million a year in revenues. You think they could pay their contributors.

      • loaloa55

        And how do you know they bring in over half a million dollars per year?

      • jcruise86

        ^ ^ I’d be happy if those who created Micechat became wealthy for starting and leading something that that has improved my life, but I don’t think Norm, Dusty and the gang have quit their day jobs yet. If I learned that they became Ariana Huffingtons and were spending the next few decades traveling in first class, I’d get a really big smile. (I hope AL is OK, by the way!)

  • loaloa55

    Although some seems to be disappointed by the ride – inevitably comparing it to Universal Spiderman or Transformers rides – i think WDI and DLP Imagineers did a great job. And i’m absolutely sure that the ride is much better than you think when you ride it in person. You must remember that the ride is in 3D with additionals heat, cold, and scents effects and a spinning vehicle, all things that you can’t experiment when you watch the video.

    Although the Spiderman or Transformers rides have probably more thrills, Ratatouille do have thrilling sequences and i think it’s a perfect family ride, using the same kind of technology than Universal. The goal for DLP was to build a family ride and to have guests spending more money in the park. And i think they’ve reached this goal. Young children will love it, it won’t be too scary for them, and parents will be happy to see their children happy. And they will spend then their money at the Chez Remy restaurant. If the ride is as successful as i think it will be this should give DLP the funds to build others new rides in a near future!

  • JiminyCricketFan

    I think it looks like a cute ride. I felt like I was in Paris watching the video. It is a kid’s ride, which should not be compared to Spiderman or any other more teen aged ride. I think it will be a hit with the kids and families who ride it. It feels more like a Fantasyland dark ride for the new millennium. Will it move the needle in the studios? Will it make that park one to see? I am not convinced of that. It certainly is a pleasant ride that will be enjoyed. What is next for DLP is the next question. The resort has not made money in a decade. I cannot conceive that this ride will significantly change the financial picture of the resort.

  • ChrisNJ

    The ride looks cute. Can’t really give it a fair review until after an in-person experience.

    Thanks for all the great photos and DLP updates.

  • Ravjay12

    This is a great addition to a park that really needed it. Great update and thanks for the youtube link, that really made the ride look more like how you would actually experience it. It is like Spiderman and Transformers, but it’s a good thing. Just having AAs or just having screens aren’t as exciting as combining the two and I’m glad Disney is finally doing this. These type of rides are more exciting and much better than their AA counterparts. This is the future of dark rides.

  • Baloo

    I see no difference between this ride and transformers. So for those that praise transformers and then come and don’t like this ride it makes no sense. All it shows is that somehow you somehow have a grudge against Disney.

    The first video I saw also bothered me because of the floor being so visible but I spoke with someone that rode it and they said that there are so many I ride effects that you never stop to even look at the floor. Huge props around you movie with the motion and they really give you the feeling that you are a mouse running around.

    Someday I will be able to ride it but at the moment theme parks are at the end of my list. Like someone suggested national parks have so much to offer and there are other amazing places in the world worth my money. Have visited very country in the Americas and next is Africa which sounds more thrilling than dementors, transformers, minion or rats

  • aquila

    If you want some great rides with amazing AAs go check out what Knott’s has done with their log flume and mine rides. Much closer than Paris!

  • AaroniusPolonius

    It looks fun and complete. Props to the Mouse.

    And props to those who are ‘against’ movie-projector based attractions. I appreciate the consistency, even if I don’t share your dislike of them.

    Thus far, I think the best use of the trackless ride technology is Mystic Manor in HKDL, but this certainly seems like a complete, well-thought-out effort at using the technology. Here’s hoping that when they bring this stateside (the technology, not the ride…I think WDW has enough European tourists that DLP needs its own unique stuff,) it matches or exceeds this application.

    A couple of things:

    Even though I loved the movie, I’ve always questioned the application of the characters in theme parks, as rats in a restaurant or anywhere equals gross. Seriously…I live in Georgetown and the quaint cobblestone character is basically overrun by rats by the zillions. Any older city has ’em, so I may well choose not to actually ride this because of my aversion to vermin. (Probably a personal issue.) I certainly wouldn’t eat at a restaurant where there’s even the cartoon suggestion of rats in the kitchen!

    Since it seems that you’re moving through the restaurant in an ordered scene-by-scene basis, does that not defeat the purpose of having a trackless ride system? Part of the reason (beyond the hating of the movie screens,) that Transformers and Spider-Man are being brought up [and for that matter, Gringotts,] is that it doesn’t appear that Disney is taking advantage of the uniqueness of the trackless technology in this application. Thoughts?

    • ssaamm

      Soo, you’re okay with theme parks and restaurants overrun with mice but not rats?

    • Marko50

      Thanks, Aaronius. I also questioned the use of trackless vehicles. The only reason I can see is the same reason many disliked the first video – the track would distract from the ride even more than just the floor showing.

  • danielz6

    This ride system is universals baby, Disney is following universals innovative lead here.

  • ssaamm

    I’m disappointed but not massively surprised at the rides over reliance on screens. There are a lot less physical sets than I thought there would be and, I know I was only watching a video, became bored while watching the screens. Not good for a brand new attraction I have never seen before. Yes, the outside area is very nice and is sorely needed at this park, however the ride still massively lacks in my opinion.

  • Chris101

    Cute and great are two very different things

    Cute = underwhelming, but your little kids won’t know the difference

    I don’t know if this ride is better live (how could it not be), but is it Carsland racers level? And the only reason Carsland exists (at the level of greatness it is) is because of John Lassister. If the suits had been in charge of Carsland it would’ve been underwhelming. It takes creative people fighting the money men/women to make something great.

    The Seven Dwarfs coaster could be awesome if it had more dark ride story elements throughout the ride (like Splash Mountain, but updated and better, a little better AA, a little better storytelling). But it doesn’t. And they call it their crown jewel. Harry Potter is laughing at them, along with the crowds who will spend two days less in WDW to spend at Universal.

    So I think the Rat ride has to be ridden to be judged, so I don’t know here. Disney certainly is not in their golden age of theme park rides, that’s for sure.

  • NashSmartGuy

    It looks like a cute, fun ride. I’m sure kids will be thrilled with it. It would be more enjoyable to ride than to watch the video, I have no doubt. It makes me want to go back to DLP.

    One tip: when filming a ride that includes 3D elements, put a linear polarizing filter (or one eye of the 3D glasses) over your camera lens. It eliminates one of the double images and will make the video of the screens clearer.

  • danielz6

    Chris. ..if 7 dwarves mine train had a baby with knotts superb calico mine ride the result would be awesome!

  • konekobus

    Regardless of the use of screens, and how well it works, I really find the subject boring. Maybe this is personal, but what is fun about being in a kitchen?

    Disney rides take you into space, into the jungle, meeting pirates, ghosts, fairy tales. Far off places, fantastic places, and now running along rats in a kitchen? I just don’t see the fun in it. I can crawl on my own kitchen floor if I want this experience.

    Not to mention recreating present-day Paris, in present-day Paris. At least set it in the sixties or something, to make it nostalgic.

  • disneytom

    I think I smell a rat! (OK, I couldn’t resist, I just had to throw that famous “rat” quote out there – hee, hee, Remy is a rat after all.)

    Alain, first, thanks for your coverage of the attraction and indeed all of your DLP and related theme park coverage over the years. Your in depth analysis has been a joy to read and I am sad to see that you are taking a “sabbatical”; but I do hope you enjoy the time away and we respect your reasons for doing so. It is as if I know you but I personally don’t – you will be missed!

    Secondly, it is unfortunate that we are all a little underwhelmed by the Ratatouille attraction. True, you can’t really comment on something until you actually experience it for your own but this doesn’t bode too well for Disney. Like it or not, social media and the critics therein (like all of us) help us determine what we like, or don’t like, what is cool and not so cool. Perhaps it is unfair, perhaps not, but Disney needs to take some high quality video of this attraction and begin to reverse the damage that the first video did because the ride seems to be 80% movie based. And while I can’t smell the food or feel the heat of the oven effects they better start showing us some more things that will help change perceptions of this attraction before too many people dismiss it. This thread will be forgotten soon enough but those YouTube videos will be there forever. If people see that first video I can see where they opt not to beat a path to DLP because the ride just doesn’t look overly engaging and, let’s face it, a picture is worth a thousand words.

    At the end of the day I judge any theme park experience by two metrics:

    1.) Would I pay money to visit the park to ride that ride?
    2.) Repeatability of that ride over the years.

    I guess that in and of itself, in regards to # 1, I would probably pay the money to enter DLP and ride the ride because I’m curious what it is really like. But relative to repeatability, I have to be honest, at first blush it doesn’t seem very worthy of the statement “I can’t wait to get off, get in line and ride again”. With PotC, Mansion/Manor, Space Mountain, BTMRR, SpiderMan, Potter, Mystic I think we’d all use say – heck yes, ride again.

    Consider DLR’s BTMRR, I’ve ridden dozens of times and the best BTMRR is at DLP, but I can’t wait to see the new ending at DLR and I’d pay hundreds of dollars to enter that park to see the new enhancements to an attraction that opened in 1979. Now we have a new attraction that opened in 2014 and I’m a bit indifferent toward it because it just doesn’t seem to have raised the bar any and doesn’t look all that fun.

    At the end of the day let’s hope enough people are engaged to ride and enjoy it because hopefully DLP will gain some much needed revenue to improve other parts of the park.

  • loaloa55

    Thanks, Disneytom, for your kind words. I still don’t know yet about the future of D&M and so far i always post new articles each day. That said, to come back on Ratatouille, i think no one should watch a video about a ride using this technology. Why? Because it ends being a video filming a movie screen, in two words it’s almost a video filming a video, and not only you don’t have the 3D but the image on the video is even blur because of the 3D… So, really, i think the best is to avoid watching the video and give to the ride the benefit of the doubt until you do it in person.

  • disneytom

    If were putting it to a vote Alain, I’d say please stay on and keep D&M up and running as you are our window to the daily happenings over at this lovely park. And, your coverage of other parks (the “more”) is equally as informative and I’ve learned a lot over the years.

    Tom

  • SLUSHIE

    I think it looks like a decent ride. Would I have liked a animatronic filled ride? Sure, but Star Tours is nothing but a movie and we all seem to like that one well enough. Would I like to not be able to see the floor? Sure, but you can see the ceiling in Pirates and nobody seems to complain about that.

    Absolutely they could have poured money into this and made it an incredible attraction, but did they have that option? Probably not.

    For the cost and the footprint of the ride, this is better than many of the other alternatives available.

  • StrongStyle

    Well done everyone, you’ve successfully managed to character assassinate a ride that none of you have experienced in any manner other than sitting at a computer and watching a video that only portrays about 10% of the attraction. Bravo!

    If anyone wants to know about the ride from someone who has actually ridden it several times in person, here is my review of it and the entire area.

    http://dedicatedtodlp.com/2014/06/23/disneyland-paris-fan-preview-event-ratatouille-adventure-bistrot-chez-remy-la-place-de-remy/

    If anyone has any doubts about the quality of this attraction, ride it yourselves and form your own opinion or ask the opinion of someone who has actually ridden it. Do not take the word of anyone who has just watched a poorly produced video which captures near none of this attractions beauty or details and could never portray the sense of movement or smell or just plain fun it is to ride this attraction as gospel and don’t think for a second that by watching the video yourself that you know a damn thing about this attraction’s quality.

    • Rastuso

      Your review is so insanely over the with ridiculous comments, it really can’t be taken seriously.

      “this is another attraction that blows the term E Ticket out of the water.”

      “I should point out to get an idea again of the vehicles, you totally feel like you are moving and going through this. It is like you are in your personal Star Tours vehicle and fully immersive; this is not a “just watching a movie” experience.”

      “Ok, that’s just made one of the most advanced ride vehicles ever devised seem really boring.”

      You realize you are by yourself with these statements? Even the most ardent fansites are temporing their praise quite a bit more than you.

      While you have ridden the ride, and most of us haven’t, to say the physical ride experience is 90% of the ride, when the ride is clearly riding small vehicles through static sets, and then sitting in front of large 3-D screens that is easily conveyed in a video, is pretty crazy.

      • StrongStyle

        If you had ridden the attraction and come to these conclusions, I would have to accept them as a valid viewpoint. If you had gotten your facts straight and then come to these conclusions, they might have some merit. If you were honest enough to just say “I’m a selfish bastard really, and if its not thrill based, full of animatronics, 100mph and blowing my socks off action then I’m not interested, who gives a shit about family rides that everyone can enjoy even if they are top quality?” then at least we would know that unless its got a 48″ height limit and off limits to anyone who suffers from any motion sickness, bad back or anything like that then you aren’t going to be interested in riding it.

        But seeing as you haven’t ridden it and do not have your facts straight, let’s just say that your viewpoint means pretty much zero to me; and that is probably a nice way of putting it.

        Fact: The vehicles have full articulation and 2 more functions than those of mystic manor; thus they are a next generation. Yes, they might not throw you around like Spidey, but they don’t need to because all the senses come into play to make you feel the experience rather than have to subject you to it (thus making it more family friendly), plus with them being trackless the vehicle itself can make you feel things in ways that no other tracked ride vehicle can.

        Fact: The sets are not static, you just haven’t watched a video that shows them off fully. The doors to the next scenes open in time with the movie opening them, the dining room scene you are under the cart and the physical wheels move with the animation, the skyline windows have people passing by, and all the way through the pantry there is an effect with moving rat faces and eyes that I still haven’t worked out how they have done unless they are all physical moving set pieces. Sure, not everything moves, you are in a fridge! what do you want, a dancing cheese? running sausages or maybe you want to giant fish to pop out and sing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

        Fact: It is an incredible family attraction in a theme park that for the majority only has thrill rides. My son is 10, he won’t ride Crush, ToT, Rock N Roller Coaster or RC Racer; this park needs top class family attractions and this fits the bill exactly.

        Fact: Anyone who knows me (normally under FuseMP) knows that I have no problem slagging off anything Disney when it warrants it. I slag off their movie advertising and preposterous film budgets, I slag off bad upkeep of parks and bad decisions made by Disney management. I constantly slag off Disneyland Paris marketing department and TV advertising and complain about all the things in DLP that I hate (our next podcast will be all the non Ratatouille stuff from last weekend and there is plenty I wasn’t happy with). I actually love most things Disney so much and have such high expectations that I will happily rant when things are not done to the quality that they should be. I had no qualms at all in my report saying that the ratatouille should be as it is in the movie, I probably complained about it for 20mins on a previous show. I also think and have said that the English ride name is useless. Yes, I enjoyed being invited to this event, yes, I would love to be invited to more, but am I going to suck up in my report and not say when things are bad? No, I do not consider myself a journalist, but if I am giving my opinion, it is my opinion and I am not sugar coating anything. My opinion of this ride is that it is an incredible family attraction.

        Fact: I rode the attraction in a group of 50. That I heard, not a single person had anything bad to say; everyone came off grinning ear to ear; and if I had to guess, most of us have ridden Spiderman before, none of us were lamenting that it wasn’t the same kind of roller coaster of a ride.

        Fine, don’t take my report seriously, I have had a twitter full of praise over the past 24hrs. But if my report, the viewpoint of someone who has ridden it in person on several occasions, cant be taken seriously, what does that say about the worth of the view of someone who hasn’t ridden it at all.

  • Engineer

    I’m surprise too ! I’ve done the attraction several times, with dozens of people and we all thought that it’s an amazing ride. Really, the youtube experience is hundred of miles far from the reality.
    And that first video, what a shame. The camera film only the floor…

  • Rastuso

    Well, Strongstyle, I’ve hit a nerve or something. I still see no mechanical way the cars can be pivoting/tilting at all. Perhaps there are some convincing visuals. OR perhaps there is a seciton where the platform the cars are on moves a little, like Hunny Hunt. The videos show no evidence at all. I’ll know myself in a little over a week, hopefully. However, regardless of if the cars do tilt a bit, they are in a completely different, lower, league than Spider-man as far as motion goes.

    I will WHOLE HEARTEDLY agree with you that the ratatouille should be EXACTLY like the movie. TO serve a cup of chopped vegetables, and call it the same as the main dish/plot point in the movie is preposterous. They REALLY screwed that up. And lost the business of two people. I can only imagine how many people every day will be massively disappointed by that. THey should have a big sign with a plate of it outside saying “This is what you will be served as ratatouille, this restaurant does not make the signature dish from the movie, but feel free to pay us 40 Euro for a small steak and a bowl of mushy vegatables.”

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