Will Ratatouille become Disneyland Paris' Mystic Manor?
Written by Robert Niles
Disneyland Paris has released a promotional image for its new Ratatouille-themed dark ride, to open next year at Walt Disney Studios Paris.Tweet
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.
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