Ratatouille to open at Walt Disney Studios Paris on July 10

April 15, 2014, 11:08 AM · Disneyland Paris announced today that the new Ratatouille ride at Walt Disney Studios Paris will open officially on July 10.

Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remi will use a Mystic Manor-style trackless ride system to take visitors through a Paris kitchen, from Remy's rodent-sized perspective. The ride anchors a new Ratatouille-themed mini land in the Paris resort's Studios park, which has lagged its older sibling in attendance and reader ratings since the park opened in 2002.

One quibble with Roger Gould, the theme parks creative director from Pixar, who says in the video above that "we've never built an attraction like this before, where you shrink down to this size and you feel that you truly are in this giant, wonderful world."

Uh, Flix's Fun Fair at Disney California Adventure? And before Pixar, how about Disney's Body Wars at Epcot? Or Adventures through Inner Space at Disneyland? (*Update: A Twitter follower reminds me: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, too!) Disney's done "shrink rides" many times before.

Why? Because when done right, they're wild fun. And the combination of a shrink ride gimmick with a high-tech trackless system, Disney practical effects and props and newly-created Pixar animation and storytelling all together promise one of the most-anticipated new attractions of the year.

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April 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM · I would oh so love for Orlando to get Rataouille and Mystic Manor.............One can dream!
April 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM · There is also Toy Story Playland, right next to the Ratatouille atraction.
April 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM · Maybe he meant [Pixar has not been involved with] a ride that shrinks you down...
April 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM · Too bad Paris is too far from Tampa. At least I have the theme park capital of the World an hour away from home. Some people just have a Six Flags near their home, so I feel blessed.
April 15, 2014 at 4:14 PM · Hey, be fair - perhaps the Pixar theme park guy meant *Pixar* had never done anything like that before. I mean, there's so few Pixar rides around - apart from Crush's Coaster, Paris just has the Toy Soldier drop, where you're small enough to fit in a plastic toy soldier, or the Slinky ride where you're on a giant slinky, or the RC Racer... which imagines you're shrunk down to fit into a remote control car.

I mean, come on, Ratatouille is totally the first time Pixar have shrunk anybody down for a theme park experience. Apart from A Bug's Land, obviously.

April 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM · Look forward to visiting Disneyland Paris one day and checking this out. I love that this attraction was built, especially as it breaks the franchise rule: from Bob Iger in 2008, "'Ratatouille' is an extremely good animated film and will be a classic unto itself, but it is not a franchise. You are not going to see 'Ratatouille' attractions in parks."
April 16, 2014 at 6:41 AM · Toy Story (Midway) Mania also shrinks you down to the size of the toys!
April 16, 2014 at 8:01 AM · Why no trackless rides anywhere in the states? This is a big disappointment. Oh well.
April 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM · I know its soooooo far away, but have you by chance heard if they are doing a soft opening for this ride? I'll be in Paris the 18th thru the 26, so I would be barely missing it :-(

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