What about Ratatouille Dark Ride in Epcot France?Walt Disney World: What are your thought on a Ratatouille dark ride put in Epcot in the France pavilion like the one rumored to be being the 2014 ride for Paris Disney.
From David GrahamWith Paris Disney getting a rumored 2014 Ratatouille dark ride it got me thinking, why doesn't Epcot have this ride yet? I know we have the film, Impressions de France, and it seems if they put in a movie in a pavilion they don't put a ride in the pavilion as well. (anyone know why?) But looking at Google map, I think they have room behind the pavilion and could have the entrance go along the river. I think they could also tie the ride into Les Chefs de France where they already have a Ratatouille animtronic. Your thoughts?
Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM
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From Skipper AdamI think it is a fantastic idea. I honestly was never sure how the French would react to Ratatouille (sp?), but if they are getting a ride, I'm sure they wouldn't mind if it was in their pavilion. However with Epcot, even more so with World Showcase, is that Disney want to use sponsors to fund things. IMO Disney has the money, but the reason Epcot has become the way it is is because of sponsorships or lack of and that is why there is a lack of rides in the World Showcase to begin with. However, Disney should just put up the funds.
Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM
From Dominick DScreamscape was reporting a new spinning coaster at DHS, possibly themed to Ratatouille. I would love for the movie to become a ride, but Epcot is a better fit.
Posted April 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM
From Javi Badillothey will most likely only have ratatouille at ds Paris because that park has barely any unique attractions. most of the attractions there are copies.
Posted April 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM
From Giovanny CruzI loveee thst idea
Posted April 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM
From Dan SFinally, an idea for a new big-named ride in Epcot that actually makes sense! Honestly, ideas like Tron and other rides work somewhat, but I think that because Ratatoullie is a beloved kids (and adults) move that happens to take place in France, it will work so much better at Disney then just a ride for teenagers (as everyone could watch Ratatoullie). Maybe scenes running through the kitchen, and through the sewer with the smells of food?
Posted April 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM
From Jay R.I think it's a good idea. Simply because the theme lends itself perfectly & it's a property that doesn't already have an actual attraction based on it.
Posted April 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM
From Robert NilesLooking at the satellite map, I think Disney could fit a small good-sized dark ride building in the space between Les Chefs de France and Morocco, essentially extending the France pavilion into that unoccupied pavilion space to the east.
Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:33 AM
From Caroline DavisIf DHS is getting an indoor spinning coaster, I think it would be more likely that it will be a clone of Crush's Coaster. Hopefully minus the dreadful capacity problem.
Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:54 AM
How would Ratatouille translate to a spinning coaster?
I'm really happy about the rumours that DLRP might be getting a Ratatouille dark ride. They desperately need something else big at the Studios. After Crush's Coaster and the Toy Story Play Land maybe they will get that park up to the usual Disney standard.
From Felix RiveraDavid, you read my mind. I was thinking the exact same thing when I heard that The Studios in Paris was getting this attraction. I really think it would be a great fit in France at Epcot and I also looked on Google Earth and saw that they have the room to do it. That part of Epcot needs SOMETHING new and this would be a great new family attraction in France based on a Disney/Pixar film. They would also save on R&D since they already have the plans drawn up for Paris.
Posted April 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM
I also wish they would add Russia, India and Brazil (three of the largest countries in the world) to Epcot. Imagine smaller recreations of Red Square, The Taj Mahal and an amazon rainforrest, with restaurants/shops.
From Flavio de SouzaLeave cartoons characters out of EPCOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted April 24, 2012 at 2:47 PM
Ratatouille at Disney Studios will be an amazing ride, and it could go in the future to other parks like Hong Kong, Shanghai, DHS or even Disneyland.
But not at Epcot, and especially not at France's pavilion. It does not represent French culture, just a stereotyped American vision of France.
Supposedly, the Ratatouille will use that same trackless ride system used in Tokyo’s Pooh and that will be used in Hong Kong´s Mystic Point (Haunted Mansion).
I think that the american parks deserves one attraction with this ride system also. My suggestion would be a new Mr. Toad ride (since they are redoing the movie) with this ride system.
From Randall PeekPeople seem to feel that animated films are somehow defiling any culture shown in the film. Was Mulan objectionable for Chinese stereotypes? Was Hercules a travesty of Greek culture? I prefer to think of them as affectionate homages, perhaps with a little irreverent humor, rather than attacks on these cultures. The same goes for Ratatouille. It is actually quite affectionate toward the French and would be a good way of drawing people deeper into Epcot. An anchor attraction on the southeast corner of the lagoon would help, too.
Posted April 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM
It really is a shame that Disney hasn't shown more love to World Showcase. It's beautiful, but it really hasn't received a significant new attraction in many, many years. Honestly, it deserves better treatment.
From Flavio de SouzaRandall, I am not saying that animated films are defiling any culture, although I am sure that the Mongolians didn´t like the way they were portrayed in Mulan. Ratatouille would be a perfect fit if you build a French land in MK. Because MK is about fantasy and Ratatouille is a “fantasy movie”.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM
That is not the case of World Showcase or Epcot. There you are supposed to experience the real thing. If there was a New Orleans pavilion in WS, would you think that POTC or Haunted Mansion would be a good fit? I am sure that you will not find any ghost or pirate in real New Orleans. Having ratatouille in the French Pavilion would be the same thing that to substitute the “American Adventure” in the American pavilion for a Captain American or Sheriff Wood ride.
I agree that WS needs new and good attractions, but you can build an excellent themed ride without been based in a film or cartoon!!!!!!!!
From Dominick DWhen Cap comes to WDW, he would be better suited in Liberty Square IMO.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM
From Manny RodriguezAnd Maybe (Just Joking Here) They Could Have Superman and Bat man Sing How It should Have Ended,S When Cap America Throws His Mighty Shield
Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM
From Dominick DIt could work since HISHE is owned by Starz which is owned by Disney.
Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:59 AM
From Skipper AdamStarz is owned by Liberty Starz, not Disney.
Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM
From Andrew MooneyDom, I don't think Disney own Starz. Disney were (I'm unsure about currently) in a distribution partnership with Starz which allowed them to redistribute Disney movies on Netflix and other platforms.
Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Back on topic, I like the idea of Ratatouille in France. It gives the World Showcase another anchor attraction, which is good. Although, Flavio does put across a valid point. The UK pavilion - if lacking in a decent restaurant - is respectable and doesn't turn my homeland into a cartoon. Would an attraction themed to Nessie or any other character take away the integrity of the pavilion? When compared to the wonderful American Adventure, probably.
From Manny BarronHey Mexico already has Donald Duck, Panchito and Jose, so cartoon characters wouldn't be alien to the World Showcase. I've been to the real Mexico(pronounced me-HE-co, there's your Spanish lesson for the day) many times and I don't see Donald Duck or the locals in fiesta mode 24/7 and dressed in traditional garments, but it is Disney World and you expect to see these places "Disneyfied".I don't think the integrity of the French pavilion would be negatively affected.
Posted April 30, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Epcot is awesome!
From Michael OwenThe whole idea that Ratatouille shouldn't go into the France Pavilion because it doesn't represent French culture is a fairly invalid one in my opinion.
Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM
Do any of the pavilions truly represent the culture of the nation they represent? Being from England, I can tell you the United Kingdom Pavilion doesn't, but I'm perfectly fine with that.
Put the ride in the Pavilion, EPCOT needs all the new attractions it can get.
From David GrahamSomething to remember they already have a Ratatouille animatronic in France already. But you either have to eat at Chefs de France or lucky enough to see him through the window. I just think they need to go ahead and build the ride. Personally I think each pavilion needs to have a attraction/ride of some kind. As a adult I love and can appreciate Epcot now, but as a kid never thought there was enough to do when comparing to MK.
Posted May 5, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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