Will Ratatouille become Disneyland Paris' Mystic Manor?
Disneyland Paris has released a promotional image for its new Ratatouille-themed dark ride, to open next year at Walt Disney Studios Paris.
Concept art courtesy Disney
The ride has been known by the development name "Remy's Kitchen Calamity," but the new, official name of the attraction will be Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. That translates (roughly) to "Ratatouille: Remy's Totally Crazy Adventure."
Disneyland Paris described the ride: "This world-first attraction will shrink guests to the size of a rat & plunge them into the heart of a particularly excited parisian kitchen."
Another translation? It's France's Mystic Manor.
The Ratatouille ride will use the same trackless, local-positioning guidance system as Mystic Manor and Tokyo Disneyland's Winnie the Pooh ride. (It's also similar to the system used on SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica ride.) The kitchen chase theme provides plenty of opportunity for the variety of visual gags and effects that made Mystic Manor so wildly popular. And Remy, like Mystic Manor's Albert the monkey, is another lovable-looking animal protagonist who just can't help but get himself in trouble, making for great conflict opportunities in the ride.
Will Disney deliver on this potential as it did in Hong Kong? We'll have to wait for the ride's debut next year. But with Disney offering trackless rides in Tokyo, Hong Kong and, next year, Paris, theme park fans in the United States might understandably be wondering when Disney will bring a Mystic Manor-style ride to Orlando or Anaheim.
The trackless ride system is clearly a winner for WDI. It reminds me of when they first introduced EMVs (Enhanced Motion Vehicles) for Indiana Jones and later Dinosaur. When done right (unlike Antarctica), storytelling can be very much enhanced with the trackless ride system. Its a beautiful merge of technology and storytelling that Imagineering is so great at. Which means we really need it here in the States. As previously discussed, the ride system would be perfect for a Journey into Imagination revamp at Epcot.
I wish they would build a Mystic Manor type ride at Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure. That part of DCA is so junky and ugly.
Sea World really laid an egg with Antarctica. A neighbor friend of mine went on that when they were in vacation in Orlando last month. She said it was the dumbest thing she had ever been on. People were ANGRY when they got off that ride. She told me her son said it looked like a bad haunted house or a fun house from a carnvial. I saw the concept art and thought you'd be interacting with real penguins while in the ride vehicles, which seemed strange and I didn't know how they would pull it off, but that's what the concept art showed.
I still don't think Mystic Manor would work in Animal Kingdom. Logistically, I just do not see where it would go, especially with Avatar Land coming. Thematically, I also do not think it fits. Animal Kingdom is a theme park about conservation. Every single attraction at Animal Kingdom has a conservation message, some more obvious than others. I don't see how a conservation message could be tied into Mystic Manor. In fact, a ride about a guy who collects rare animal artifacts sounds to me like the complete opposite of a conservation message. Unless they use the ride as an example of how not to be a proponent of wildlife conservation.
I think it's interesting (promising?) that Disney's used the trackless system for a different themed experience in each park. And that for the two most recent implementations, it's tried to create a themed experience that "pushes the buttons" of the local culture.
DLHK has a 5 year exclusive on Mystic Manor. That means it is available for other parks after 2018. I don't see why we can't have it in the states for either ride version.
I've been thinking of this ride system and where it would make a good fit. Of course, I think it would work anywhere, but I would most like to see it used in an Imagination redo! Keep Figment, return Dreamfinder, and utilize this new system to tell the story in a new way....
Mystic Manor would work just fine in AK if they ever finally develop an Australian expansion. There is still a massive expansion pad in the North East region of the park just begging for another continent to be featured. The story barely needs tweaking, only some clever writing to tie it into a conservation theme if that's such a bugaboo. I fail to see how a park that conjures up the feeling of adventurous exploration more so than any of the four in WDW couldn't somehow feature a ride based around the adventures of a world re-known adventurer/explorer such as Lord Henry Mystic.
To put Ratatouille in the same league as Mystic Manor is a bit premature. A ride system doesn't result in a great ride. Look at the Haunted Mansion, it's a great ride, look at The Seas with Nemo and Friends and you see a piece a stinking peace of crap.
As a regular visitor to DLP, I would have liked to have seen something like Mystic Manor at the WDS park, rather than a Paris based ride. I mean I go to Disney parks to see something I don't see on a regular basis, like a ride based in some far flung land that may not be real. I don't really want to see a fake version of Paris attractions at DLP when the real ones are just outside the gates.
There is a rumor that Disney’s trackless guidance system is not based on a local-positioning system, but it is guided by some wire track under the floor.
Ratatouille will mix the trackless system with gigantic AAs and 3D projections. It should be a great ride no matter if you live in Paris or Timbuktu, since it is not about the place it stands, but about the experience of been the size of a rat and have to run from gigantic people.
I don't think Ratatouille being based in Paris somehow diminishes its value being at DLP.
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