Published: June 23, 2014 at 1:36 AMThanks for this wonderful review of the attraction. The ride sounds really nice and well done and finally brings some Disney magic in this awful park.
Did I just write awful? Yes I did. WDS has gotten some TLC with the Toy Story Playland, Crushes Coaster and of course Tower of Terror, but they all remain isolated attractions, not integral part of a thought out themepark. It has been build on the cheap, there are no vistas, no trees, there is no coherency, no atmosphere and most of all: no magic.
The question for Disney to make further large scale investments like with Ratatouille depends largely, I imagine on the increase of visitors to this half day park. And I am afraid that this increase might not be as large as hoped for.
Visiting Disneyland Paris for Europeans can be compared with going to Walt Disney World in the States. It's a major investment, it involves longer (air) travel, hotel nights etc. Not something a family would do on a whim. Nor would I, although I don't have kids, but am a huge Disney fan. When I lived in the Netherlands, I would visit the Dutch themepark Efteling almost yearly and even in the first ten years since its opening, I visited Euro Disneyland every three years or so. But that is not the case anymore. We've visited DLP five years ago and went to the Disney Studios for the first time, really disliked it and after we had done all the attractions in the morning we went straight to Disneyland Park only to find hardly anything new compared to the last time we visited ten years ago.
So for me, although I am really thrilled by what I am seeing and reading about the Ratatouille area, I do not feel the need to visit Disneyland Paris. Why spend so much money only for one new E-ticket? The rest of the Studios is not a place you'd like to spend time and Disneyland Park hasn't changed in 15 years. I think the only thing that could save the WDS park is to completely rebuild it, give it a coherent theme and please: bring in some green and magic!
Hard to acknowledge, but although we went to Florida two years ago, I'd rather go to the Universal Studios to see Transformers, the Simpsons area and Diagon Alley first than confirm my disappointment by going to Disneyland Paris.
Published: June 23, 2014 at 8:02 AMThanks for the review, Ben. You did a fine job of bringing this immersive new area to life. And you're right, "Pixar's Paris" looks amazing.
As for the attraction itself, watching your video and some of the other videos that have appeared online, I enjoyed what I saw. Ratatouille has smooth travel, great sets, and well executed 3D images throughout the adventure. I especially enjoyed the music - breezy and flowing in perfect step with the "dance" of the ride vehicles. And unlike many other moving 3D rides, Ratatouille offers something fun for everyone who visits, not just the thrill seekers - which is a rare find at theme parks these days - and is something this much maligned overseas park desperately needs. Overall it looks like Disney has another winner on their hands. Yes, the inevitable (and largely unfair) comparisons with Spider-Man and Transformers are sure to arise, but as a whole-family dark ride, Ratatouille looks like a tremendous achievement.
Sadly, I will probably never get over to Paris to experience Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, but this attraction would be a welcomed addition the the French pavilion at Epcot - if the Orlando brass would ever get off their butts and green light anything for that seemingly forgotten park.
Published: June 23, 2014 at 8:23 AMSeems like a well done attraction and it surely matches the video effects of Universal's Spider-Man or Transformers without surpassing them. I guess this is Disney's counter-strike. It isn't bad, but it doesn't seem to have much practical effects, which is Disney's expertise. Now, there are two such attractions that should arrive to the USA. Disney World or Disneyland needs to split the difference and get one each.
Published: June 23, 2014 at 11:05 AMWhilst this looks like a terrific new addition to WDS, (and PLEASE clone it and send it to EPCOT), I have to add my voices to those saying that it probably won't entice my wife and I to visit Disneyland Paris.
Our very first Disney experience was at Paris and it confused the hell out of us. When it was good, (Thunder Mountain, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain), it was very, very good, but when it was bad... oh my! I've come to the later conclusion that the French overlay just doesn't work with Disney's brand of magic. The staff were, well, typically French, and to be honest it just felt like Alton Towers but with a bigger budget. Some years later we went to Florida and suddenly thought, 'so this is how it was supposed to be!'.
To be fair I know many people rate Disneyland Paris but we have never been tempted back, and partly because it's not cheap. I've just costed a package of 3 nights in a mid-range hotel on site in September, (out of the holiday season but still half a chance of decent weather - not one of Paris's strong points), and it's coming out at £1042.00 for my wife and I, and that's without the cost of getting there! Just to give you a better perspective that's currently around $1700.00!!! That's a hell of a lot for one and a half parks for two full days.....
I really hope the Ratatouille ride makes a difference - it looks great and is exactly what is needed there, but I suspect that the bottom line is that Paris should have been built in Barcelona instead!
Published: June 24, 2014 at 4:55 PMEPCOT, and the World Showcase, badly need new rides. Why not a clone of this one at the Franch Pavilion?
Published: June 24, 2014 at 7:25 PMSecond that it should be fast tracked for Epcot as a ride.
I would be remiss for not mentioning that if Universal did this same ride, they would be bashed for using screens and not animatronics.