Upon arrival in the Walt Disney Studios Park, we are greeted with the extraordinary sight of Front Lot; a real land that anticipates the excitement of a film studio at the height of its golden age. It is then fair to say that quality degrades the further into the park one goes. We are stood at the feet of Buzz Lightyear at the entrance of Toy Story Playland and are starting to walk down the Rue Auguste Gusteau, entering the Paris of Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007). It is immediately striking that this is an exceptional location. Upon all sides is the faux-authenticity that we expect from a Disney Park. Being inside La Place de Rémy is no longer being inside the Walt Disney Studios Park, this is no disrespect to the rest of the park, it should be like this – take Adventureland by the Blue Lagoon which is the same.
Here lies a square that people will sit in and relax – and rightfully so, this is Disney escapism at its best. Every last detail here is themed right down to fencing and benches. As we approach La Place de Rémy we notice Chez Marianne – Souvenirs de Paris on our left; whilst not yet open, the store has been concealed in a unique way, upon entering the area in which the Chez Marianne store front will be, the level of detail only increases. Street-signs little La Place de Rémy creating an authenticity to the square, you immediately get it – you are in Paris. Chez Marianne‘s store front looks, in part, to have been inspired by the Musée d’Orsay, at its side we may see a ‘Livraisons’ sign – we are in a living, breathing city – signs forbid parking and speed limit signs are in the square. One of the most amusing moments in the film is the moment that Skinner phones the health inspector; now, thanks to Disney’s Imagineers we can visit the exterior of Nadar Lessard’s office.
Toilets are also part of the development and are yet another themed element of the experience as one must traverse a long, yet typically Parisian, corridor in order to reach them. Males will be treated to a windowed view onto La Place de Rémy.
The corner of the Rue Auguste Gusteau and La Place de Rémy sees an ornate clock with almost regal decorations. FastPass distribution has been designed with beautiful machines under three arches. This has allowed one of the attractions key features to be properly integrated within the design of the land.
Without a doubt, the centre piece of this mini-land is the beautiful fountain. This Place des Vosges inspired piece is the single most beautiful piece of decoration in the Walt Disney Studios Park. The way that the champagne flows out of the bottle and into the fountain is simply elegant, the splash into the lower fountain along with water seeping out of Rémy’s mouth is a stunning effect. The fountain features rats carved into its stone in a scene that would work perfectly in a zoetrope, the base is adorned with Rémy eating grapes. At its summit, one last champagne bottle explodes into the air with a happy Chef Rémy surveying his land.
It is worth looking down for a moment – and I’m not talking about manhole covers – a real city would be comprised of pavements and roads. In the middle of a Disney Park this is not possible. Imagineers have created a two-textured approach to the ground – and unlike Main Street USA, there is no raised pavement. The ‘road’ is a cobbled texture and looks very neat, evoking Les Champs-Élysées. The pavement is tiled in a well-done fashion. If the cleanliness is kept up, this land should look fantastic for years to come. The manhole covers are equally well themed, this is something that should be applauded as they could very easily be forgotten, the cover depicts Rémy’s journey into Paris whilst also evoking the Paris shield.
Fans of the film will be rewarded with nods to the film in the shape of Liniguni’s bicycle, Colette’s motorcycle and Chef Skinner’s Vespa. Entering the queue line and we can see even more Ratatouille details which come right to life as we wait to enter the Parisian theatre. We see a wine cave, a kitchen store, a hotel and billboards for Anton Ego’s column in Le Journal as well as for Gusteau’s Microwaveable Snacks; all whilst underneath a traditional Parisian market place. The façades present on La Place de Rémy are stylised versions of traditional Parisian Haussmannien architecture.
Even the lighting has been themed; La Place de Rémy presents us with Parisian street-lighting with a twist. When lit we are able to see little rats hiding inside the lamps. At the far-side of the square, it is worth a moment looking closely at the railings – Disney’s Imagineers have hidden little rats even here. As we leave La Place de Rémy, Augusute Gusteau’s bust looks on as we wander into Toy Story Playland.
La Place de Rémy has been two years of construction and a further two years of planning – the results are sublime. After all that wait; we have quite possibly, the most beautiful land in Disneyland Paris.
Finally, a plea – Dear guests: Please don’t jump in the fountain. This is, as previously stated, possibly the most beautiful feature of the park; Please do not jump into it, or allow your children to jump into it. Allow future enjoyment by everyone by respecting the fountain – the last thing we would like to see here are chains.
La Place de Rémy really comes alive through video. Why not watch this video from CafeFantasia and really immerse yourself in Rémy’s Paris:
Le Bistrot Chez Rémy is the finest themed restaurant in Disneyland Paris. As we approach the entrance, we see something quite minimalist; it’s a very French, classy introduction to our dining experience. To the right of the door, we can catch our first glimpse of the dining room through the veranda. As we enter, we are once again seemingly in a classy establishment. Chef Rémy’s various accolades adorn the walls including Anton Ego’s review from the film as well as Rémy’s first €5 note. This waiting room oozes class, everything from the lampshades to the softas to the wallpaper screams of sophistication. Make sure you take lots of time to look around and take in all the treasures that you might find. I could happily wait an hour in there, that is the sign of a great waiting room.
Much like Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, as we move down the corridor we are gradually shrunk. This is done by enlarging the wallpaper. The sight that greets us in the dining room is extraordinary. We immediately see an oversized colander as well as those giant hand-painted leaves on the ceiling. Tables are given cocktail umbrellas whilst chairs are champagne bottle tops. This is a fun, Disney environment at its finest. The slow Ratatouille music loop adds a touch of class and a Parisian feel to the restaurant. Yet there is an element of refinement in this fun and festive atmosphere: The waiting staff have a classy look to them, enhancing the idea of high Parisian gastronomy. The eleven different table designs all offer a culinary theme with decoration such as olive oil bottle wrappers and jam-jar lids. Giant plates offer separation between some tables with giant forks at their side as a coat-hook; there are also giant cookbooks across the restaurant. This 370 seater restaurant has been spaced in such a way that even at capacity, it will still feel spacious. It is obvious to the eye that guest comfort has played a key role in its design. A special mention must go to the champagne cork chair which is available upon request. The oversized Christmas tree lights offer a well lit and themed dining environment. In this restaurant themeing is king, and it is a restaurant you’ll be wanting to explore; and so, therefore, it fulfils its goal. We spent approximately one-and-a-half hours in the restaurant and we were still finding new details.
Moving onto the food and drink – we got to sample a range of food, not all of which you will find on the final menu. However, it will still be useful to detail quality, as it is expected that it should remain the same. As an Apéritif we got the chance to try Champagne Lanson Black Lable Brut. This champagne has been bottled especially for Disneyland Paris and is gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to have had a nicer champagne – There are no indications of price yet, but I would happily pay for this. Our starter was a Vegetable Seasoned salad, croutons of breaded Brie de Meaux – this was not very good. I am not much of a salad person, but what I did eat was not enjoyable. The croutons especially, despite not being on the regular menu, were tasteless and had very little Brie de Meaux in them at all.
The main, however, was a difference story: Beef Fillet with Point-Neuf potatoes and Ratatouille, served with Chef’s Sauce. The steak was a beautiful cut and was cooked to a perfect medium. A very good bit of steak. Chef’s Sauce was a secret recipe but was also very tasty. I would not hesitate to order this again. The fries were nice and the Ratatouille tasted good – again, it was full of things I don’t really eat, but what I had was tasty.
Moving onto the cheese course we had Brie de Meaux with Fruit Bread and Jam. This was fantastic. I’m a huge fan of Brie and this did not disappoint. The presentation was also very good. Combining all elements of this dish left me wanting more – the good news is that it is on the desert menu!
Our final course was Giant profiterole filled with vanilla ice cream. The first thing I noticed was the presentation – WOW! It was beautiful; it is a real shame that this is not on the standard menu – it should be! It was delicious, the taste was just right. My only regret is that I could not finish it.
As for the wines, we had three different wines served, the standard red and white were: Cuvée Disneyland Paris, Château l’Hospitalet “Grande Réserve” both of these were delicious. Our final red wine was created for the Bistrot Chez Rémy and was: Cuvée Bistrot Chez Rémy, Cheval Quancard, Saint-Émilion Fleur de Roc. Again, this was very good – and ask to see the bottle, the design is beautiful.
To conclude, dining in Le Bistrot Chez Rémy is an exciting experience. The food on offer is delicious and its selection of drinks carefully selected. The real treasure here though, is the décor and ambiance which is one of the finest in any Disney Park in the world. I would not hesitate to recommend it and I will certainly be going back soon!
Sample the atmosphere in the Bistrot Chez Rémy with this video from CafeFantasia:
Le Bistrot Chez Rémy opens at 11:30 on Thursday 10th July and can be reserved by calling 00 33 1 60 30 40 50 or by visitng City Hall, Studio Services, your hotel concierge or in restaurant.
Behind every great Disney attraction lies a team of the world’s greatest creative minds: Imagineers. Myself, along with around fifty other fan tweeters and bloggers got a chance to sit and listen to two imagineers, Beth Clapperton (Art Director) and Bjorn Heerwagen (Show Director and Production Manager), talk to use for around an hour about Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. Walt Disney Imagineering is based in Glendale, California; founded in 1952 as Walt Disney’s team charged with creating Disneyland, Walt Disney Imagineering have created numerous theme parks and attractions since. The word Imagineer is a blend of the words Imagination and Engineering, both of which are an imagineers job.
Beth Clapperton joined Disney in 1990 before being attached to Disneyland Paris in 1992. Bjorn joined Disneyland Paris in 1991. So, how did Ratatouille: The Adventure start? A requirement given was that Disneyland Paris were looking for a big family adventure. Four years later, voilà! Here we are with Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. As with everything at WDI, it all began with an idea and five years ago (2009) an original render was made. The creation of models began four years ago (2010) and construction two years ago (2012). So, what do WDI mean when they say they create models? A mix of 3D computer models and physical models are built – WDI still put a lot of emphasis on the physical modelling. This allows imaginners to visualise the attraction from a guests point of view from very early on in the process which becomes a very useful designing tool. The models are built to a 1/10th scale.
La Place de Rémy does look very much like the city 40km away; re-creating that would be foolish, however, Disney have created the Paris of Ratatouille: Rémy’s Paris. This is a Paris inspired by the city and not a replica of it. To create gorgously detailed work, Disney drafted in a large number of artisans adding layers of authenticity.
Authenticity was also derived from Pixar Animation Studios who created all the film sequences that can be seen in the attraction, all of which were made specifically for Ratatouille: The Adventure allowing imagineers to blur the lines between film and attraction. Pixar provided daily rushes (just as they would when producing an animated feature film) which were sent to WDI in order to properly test the attraction. Pixar’s involvement didn’t stop there – 15 of the original Ratatouille animators came on site in Glendale to observe progress. Pixar also created the designs for the giant hors d’oeuvres to add further authenticity to the décor.
Ratatouille: The Adventure is a third generation trackless ride – this ride system gives imagineers increased liberty to be creative. The ride vehicles have been named Ratmobiles of which there are 36 of them including one modified to hold handicapped guests each holding six people. These vehicles were designed at the same time as those created for Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor attraction; the Ratatouille vehicles, however, are more advanced as they are able to twist, vibrate and tilt.
The scale of the attraction is unprecedented, as we walk through the initial Parisian theatre entrance arch (Human-Sized), visual clues indicate to us that we are shrinking. For example, the rooftop queue area is indeed oversized, we feel small but that is nothing compared to the following load area where everything is bigger still. In fact, a lot of these props are so large that they couldn’t be transported and so had to be built on site. The exception being the ham which WDI filmed being transported from Meaux to Disneyland Paris. The size of the project was so large that multiple workshops were needed, the UK housed workshops for scenes 0,1,2,5,9 and 10. The attraction décor has been designed to last for at least twenty years. The level of detail that has gone into this attraction is stunning – Beth revealed that she worked so hard to get Scene Four’s fish eyes right (Keep an eye out for them!). Scene Four also contains the aforementioned giant 1.2 ton ham which in itself is impressive, but French regulations insist in having sprinklers inside – the ham’s marrow is, in fact, an access hatch to allow access to these sprinklers. More than that, anything dangling overhead is required to have access hatches. It should also be noted that each door in the attraction weights 1.3 tons.
When a ride vehicle has no track, it is very possible for them to go off-piste. If a Ratmobile goes more than 5cm off course the vehicle will shut down. There will be no abrupt stop, breaks will be applied.
At Walt Disney Imagineering, show is everything and work has been done to hide show elements such as lighting and speakers. The domed scenes presented a particular challenge here. How do you project voices coming from in front of you without placing a speaker there? The answer comes in the form of an older technology named Transducers. These essentially can be placed around a room and can diffuse the audio. This way, guests will not see the show elements.
The complex design does not stop at the ride exit. Le Bistrot Chez Rémy is a restaurant covered in leaves: 2,027 to be precise. Each of which was hand-rolled, painted and attached which resulted in a team of imagineers being placed on the dreaded ‘leaf-team’ for eight months. The ride takes place in a kitchen environment, so there is a real sense that dining in Le Bistrot Chez Rémy (Which is mentioned in the ride ‘Vous êtes toujours la bienvenue, chez Rémy’) completes the experience. We have just prepared the meal – and now it is time to eat it! To re-enforce Disneyland Paris’ close links to the local community, a local provider of cheese was selected as well as local butchers. Disneyland Paris also commissioned a bottle of champagne and wine to be developed. The restaurant includes a series of original chairs. At Walt Disney Imagineering, a single chair can take between 1-3 years to develop. 11 table designs are featured. Companies from across Europe were involved in bringing Le Bistrot Chez Rémy to life including from the UK, Ireland, Romania and the Netherlands.
The new shop Chez Marianne – Souvenirs de Paris will look traditionally Parisian.
The presentation then moved on to a question and answer session.
There are currently no plans to export this attraction, although it is possible depending on its success.
There are hidden items throughout the attraction including two hidden mickeys in the load area.
Between now and 10th July, there will be no fundamental changes. Although a few corrections will be made.
There is very little chance that this ride will see future evolutions, everything takes a long time to calibrate. Programming commenced in January and continues even now. Any changes would involve restarting this process which would take a long time and would need an attraction closure period.
The project involved over 4,000 people including 150 imagineers and 44 European companies. Only three things were developed in the United States of America: The Film, The Vehicles and The Wheels.
Development began with Pixar creating storyboards and then at each stage information was sent to WDI. This allowed questions to be answered and risks to be evaded.
A question was asked about how the name Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy was devised. Beth insisted on the search, long lists were produced but Beth liked the word play of the current title. (A Toque is a chef’s hat, but also means crazy in French).
It was a fascinating hour spent in the Hotel New York with lots of details to delight fans. I would like to thank both Beth and Bjorn for their time, as well as Mathias Dugoujon and the Disneyland Paris Corporate Communications team for inviting us down and putting on this excellent presentation.
The second gate at Disneyland Paris has been plagued by difficulties since its opening day in 2002; various improvements since then have greatly increased the parks attractiveness, but nothing comes compares to the level of investment and expectation placed on Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. It delivers. Ratatouille: The Adventure (as the given English name) is a trackless ride using 3D projections on a larger than life scale.
The immediate striking feature is the gorgeous entrance arch themed on a Parisian theatre. The arch features an art deco style. Even the name of the sponsor, Crédit Mutuel, has been delicately placed at the attraction entrance further enhancing the Parisian theatre that Disney’s imagineers seeked to re-create. In a stroke of brilliance, this ride has been designed to accommodate three separate queue lines: Standby, Single Rider and FastPass; the longest of which is the standby line which extends outside into La Place de Rémy. This exterior section is reasonably ordinary. A chic Parisian market place offers a standard out-and-back queue. There are a few hidden gems here including advertisements for Gusteau’s frozen food range amongst others. The real treasure is the queue interior, or scene Zero as the imagineers referred to it as – that should give some indication of how important it is. At this point it should be noted that you’ll only see this if you wait in the standby queue. Single riders, you’ll see a fragment of it – unfortunately if you use Fastpass, you’ll miss it; this is the big shame of the attraction. Stop for a moment here and take it all in. A woman will sing Camille’s Le Festin, Gusteau will talk in English and French, he’ll move and more. Dogs will bark, you’ll hear police sirens before someone yells SILENCE. In short, you are in Paris; and it feels like it – One word: Immersion.
We enter the rooftops and stroll through some dark corridors where we are given our 3D glasses. Scene One opens up and is presented to us – The rooftop load area. If this isn’t the world’s best attraction loading area, I don’t know what is. Everything about this is stunning. Firstly, let’s break it down technically – Six Ratmobiles can be loaded at the same time. This is broken into three for standby and three for Fastpass, single riders take the middle queue line and so can join any Ratmobile. A Ratmobile is a six person vehicle taking three people per row with a standard lap bar.
Much like the preshow, the rooftops look mighty impressive. Any questions you may have about being rat-sized will end here. As the Ratmobiles pull away from the loading area, they begin spinning and turning in what can only be described as a technological ballet.
Scene Two is still on these rooftops, but now we are gracefully moving through them surrounded on all sides. This is where we meet the ghost Gusteau for the first time. “Remy is waiting for you”, we turn a corner into a domed screen and enter scene 3. Rémy is indeed waiting. We are on the roof of Gusteau’s restaurant looking down on a busy, bustling kitchen whilst deciding on what to cook. Suddenly the window skylight opens and we fall in. Now we’re scattering around the kitchen looking for an escape. This comes in the form of the pantry, scene four.
Props-Wise this is a marvel and there are some real ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ moments. Take the giant 1.2 ton ham – You’ll have to look up! A cute animation plays on the door of Rémy telling Emile to note eat the food. This is the scene you’ll need to do multiple times in order to best take it in. Three Ratmobiles take three different routes through the scene each offering a new and different viewpoint. Lookout for the prying rats watching us manoeuvre through the food store.
As we head back into the kitchen, we enter Scene Five. Skinner is aware that there are rats in the kitchen and Linguini tries to hide us using his mop. This is the first time water is used which is done to great effect as we are essentially mopped away and enter the oven – we actually move sideways here further enhancing the conception that this is an involuntary movement. Danger is still out there, we are in a living, working kitchen after all! The oven switches on sending us into a moment of heat before we scurry under the food card. A small criticism here, the heat is a very short section of this scene; another second of heat would really make a huge difference.
Scene Six takes us into the restaurant where we see Anton Ego dining. Look to your sides, the giant cart wheels are moving. We’re spotted and back out we go with a chase through the restaurant dining room. With the help of Linguini we escape “Dépechez-Vous, GO GO!”.
We enter the walls and Scene Seven begins. This is probably one of the best realised scenes as we, our three Ratmobiles, are sent into separate domes creating a very intimate adventure. Chef Skinner sees us and breaks his hand through the vent sending vibrations through the Ratmobile in a mouth-opening 3D moment. “C’mon Rémy’s kitchen is this way”, the smell of bread fills the air – Rémy is preparing an Entrecôte of steak. We enter the kitchen down a ramp and go through it before seeing rats attempting to open a bottle of champagne. The cork fires into our face, water is sprayed at us and we go flying backwards. Take time to look around and you’ll see that all the rats are doing different jobs, it really is a sight to behold. This is probably Pixar’s biggest and most detailed animation ever – and it shows, it is beautiful.
Scene Nine is where we say au revoir to Rémy and Emile as we meet Rémy in his restaurant. It’s a festive atmosphere and different Ratmobiles will have a totally different experiences of it. The unload area is where the technological ballet recommences, another breath-taking sight. Take some time to pay special attention to the 3D glasses drop-off bins which are themed to boxes of tea. From here we can see Le Bistrot Chez Rémy. The exit itself is a long plain corridor, nothing too exciting.
The Ratmobiles are an exciting creation. Probably the most complex theme park attraction vehicle ever, and one of the keys to the success of the ride. It is this that does not come across via video and so makes the attraction essential to actually come and see. It tilts, shakes, goes left, right, side-to-side. It creates an environment that places you in the heart of the action, you are part of this story, not witnessing it. Despite being stationary, the Ratmobiles make you believe that you are moving which is quite the feat.
Another strong point of the attraction is Michael Giacchino’s dream-like score. Having always been a fan of the soundtrack to Ratatouille, it is no surprise that I mention this. However, these original recordings created especially for the attraction are beautiful. On top of that it creates, and strengthens the illusion of Paris.
If I had to criticise the attraction, I would discuss the screens. I was disappointed to be able to see the bottom of the them. If the floor could also projected onto, we would have perfection here. It’s a very minor problem that you won’t even notice if you are looking where intended.
To conclude, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy is fantastic. The balance of projected and prop-filled scenes is spot on. The Ratmobiles are a marvel of the theme park world and the story is incredibly enjoyable. Walt Disney Studios Park needs this ride to be a hit, and it will be. Children were screaming, laughing and generally enjoying themselves. Adults left open-mouthed. Ratatouille is the ride the studios park deserves. Go over and ride it. The video does it no justice. This ride is incredible.
Hungry for more? Check out my friend CafeFantasia‘s video featuring the full on-ride experience:
Today is a good day to be a Disneyland Paris fan! It seems the Walt Disney Studios Park has finally come of age as Cast Members began enjoying L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy to rave reviews. Multiple Cast Members described it as ‘flabergasting’. This surely will come as a relief to Disneyland Paris management and Walt Disney Imagineering, as after five years of work, the day is finally drawing closer.
Cast Members have given it their seal of approval, next up is the press. This weekend the great and the good will descent on Disneyland Paris to witness the grand opening on what must be described as the jewel in Disneyland Paris’ crown. DLP Town Square will be there too, a very special day of Live tweeting will take place this Sunday followed by a whole series of follow up articles. This summer you’ll certainly want to be glued to your computers!
This article though, is dedicated to those Cast Members who have experienced the ride today – I’m being very careful to not embed tweets involving spoilers, spoilers will be clearly and carefully marked! – and so, it is time for me to hand over to them.
Completely flabbergasted, ratatouille is the best ride DLP has to offer!!!
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We are now just one month away from the launch of Disneyland Paris’ newest attraction: Ratatouille L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. Along with this new attraction, we’re also getting a beautiful new land, restaurant and soon a boutique (scheduled Autumn 2014). As it is one month to go, Disneyland Paris have released a new press release and information pack filled with a wealth of information. In this article, I’ll present this information in full to you including my own analysis. So, without any further introduction, here is the press release in full:
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Official opening date: Experience the magic of Ratatouille on 10 July 2014 at Walt Disney Studios Park
It’s officially on the menu: on 10 July 2014, Disneyland Paris unveils a new world dedicated to the Disney•Pixar film Ratatouille. Named La Place de Rémy in tribute to the “little chef,” this all-new mini-land will open in Walt Disney Studios Park and will feature a completely original attraction, inspired by Rémy’s adventures in the film.
The all-new attraction, the 60th to open at Disneyland Paris, is called Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. Guests are shrunk down to the size of a rat and board “ratmobiles” for a zany culinary adventure through Gusteau’s famous restaurant. From a Paris rooftop to the restaurant’s bustling kitchen, cavernous food locker and busy dining room under the careful watch of Chef Skinner… this tasty adventure is full of twists and turns.
Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy anchors La Place de Rémy, a corner of the park’s Toon Studios that has been transformed into a Ratatouille-inspired version of The City of Light. This brand new mini-land, exclusive to Walt Disney Studios Park, also features Bistrot Chez Rémy, a table service restaurant serving, among other delicious dishes, the little chef’s famous ratatouille in a larger-than-life setting. A special boutique*, “Chez Marianne – Souvenirs de Paris”, will also open its doors.
Released in 2007, Ratatouille , which won the Oscar for best animated feature film, tells the story of Rémy, a rat who dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Filmgoers got to know him in an adventure that took him to the top Paris restaurants. With the arrival of Rémy at Walt Disney Studios Park, guests will find themselves in the middle of his exciting culinary adventure.
Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy is a first of its kind Disney attraction that features trackless ride vehicles matched to enormous 3D projections of original animation by Pixar Animation Studios. The attraction takes creative imagination and technical know-how, the hallmarks of Walt Disney Imagineering, to create a state-of-the-art storytelling experience. The crazy culinary adventure begins 10 July 2014 , exclusively at Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris.
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There is no real new information here, however it is nice to see some pieces of information that we had heard being discussed now written and distributed to the press. So, first all of we have confirmation we’ll be on a Parisian rooftop as well as in the kitchen of the restaurant (We assume Gusteau’s) before going into the dining room and the food locker. Chef Skinner will play a key part in the ride. The second document is a press pack separated into several smaller articles. Let’s look at them one by one.
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The 60th ride at Disneyland Paris
The culinary world of the Disney•Pixar film Ratatouille comes to life in Ratatouille L’Aventure Totalement Toquée De Rémy, a first of its kind Disney attraction that uses trackless ride vehicles matched to an enormous 3D projection system featuring original animation from Pixar Animation Studios.
Guests shrink down to the size of a rat and join Rémy, the “little chef” from the film for a crazy culinary adventure that sends them scurrying through the kitchen, dining room, and walls of Gusteau’s famous Paris restaurant.
The adventure begins when guests become rat-sized and board a « ratmobile », a vehicle that looks like a cute version of the furry rodents from the film. Soon the ratmobiles are on a Paris rooftop where they encounter Rémy and the ghost of Gusteau as they discuss the special meal Rémy wants to prepare in guests’ honor. Moments later, Rémy’s excitement leads to him and the ratmobiles plummeting down to the kitchen floor of Gusteau’s restaurant. Being rats in a human world is fraught with danger, so Rémy and his new friends in the ratmobiles have to quickly move out of sight before Chef Skinner spots them. Rémy leads the way as all of the rats move from one tight hiding place to another. Luckily, Rémy’s human pal Linguini is there to help.
Ride in the “ratmobile”
Guests will discover a vehicle that is, shall we say, a little unusual, letting them enjoy the experience as though they were the size of our lovable little rodents. Welcome to the ratmobile! Specially designed by our Imagineers, this strange and amazing car, which will make all real rodents green with envy, comes in five colours. It is great for families since it holds six passengers. The ratmobile travels in groups of three, but like real rats, none of them follows the same route. They move using a technology that requires no rails.
Now guests can really experience what it’s like to be a furry little rodent in a human-sized world as they dart quickly from hiding place to hiding place during this zany culinary adventure.
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It is clear from this release that this will be no ordinary sedate dark ride. We can expect a high-octane adventure that will see the Ratmobiles scurrying across the kitchen in the way a rat really would. The synopsis fills me with excitement for the ride, the story sounds intriguing and original. The freshly created animation will make this a highly desirable attraction. The Ratmobiles themselves are larger than the average ride vehicle at Disneyland Paris. A standard family is four or five people, hence making the single rider line a necessity to achieve optimum capacity. The five colours is a cute idea.
The next article consists of an explanatory piece on the new land: La Place de Rémy; look out for information that tells a story behind some of the props we have seen appearing in the land over the past few weeks.
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La Place de Rémy:
Disneyland tribute to Paris
The new attraction, Ratatouille L’Aventure Totalement Toquée De Rémy, will be located in a new area of Walt Disney Studios Park called La Place de Rémy in honour of the energetic “little chef” from the film and the city he loves, Paris. This new mini-land pays tribute to the real City of Light while at the same time evoking the whimsical Paris seen in the film.
Also on the Ratatouille-inspiredmenu is a restaurant, and not just any restaurant, but Bistrot Chez Rémy, with a similar atmosphere and proportions to the restaurant experienced at the end of the attraction. Completing the mini-land, and arriving in the autumn, is a new boutique, once again paying tribute to France: “Chez Marianne – Souvenirs de Paris”.
The Paris of Ratatouille draws inspiration from several iconic neighbourhoods of the City of Light. Place Dauphine and Boulevard Haussmann particularly influence its architectural design. The colours of building façades and the entire neighbourhood are purposefully more intense than in real-life Paris. The Imagineers chose the Paris of the Ratatouille film world which is a valentine to the City of Light. The vitality of the film is completely preserved.
One of the most important elements of La Place de Rémy is its fountain. Filmgoers saw a typically Parisian example in front of Gusteau’s restaurant in the film. To recreate it in the Park, the Imagineers studied many Parisian fountains. The inspiration for our fountain was found in Place des Vosges, with its circular basins and lion heads spouting water. Once the shape and dimensions were decided, the designer Harley Jessup, who worked on the film Ratatouille, personally added the finishing touches that make reference to Rémy, his rat friends and the kitchen. Gourmet rats, of course, hold up sculpted bottles of freely flowing champagne.
La Place de Rémy will include two main streets: Allée des Marchands and Rue Auguste Gusteau. A tribute to the world’s greatest chef, Paul Bocuse, who provided plenty of inspiration for the creators of Ratatouille, will be unveiled on the central square near Bistrot Chez Rémy. The lampposts and benches will also be typically Parisian. Thanks to all these elements created by Disney’s Imagineers, guests will be able to stroll through Paris as it appears in Ratatouille. Fans will also be able to spot references to the film, such as Linguini’s bicycle, Colette’s motorbike or the Vespa stolen by the dreaded Chef Skinner.
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We all know that this street is probably the Walt Disney Studios Park’s first chef d’œuvre, but the level of detail that has gone into the design is incredible. First of all, I love how the land pays tribute to the Paris we all know and love, whilst presenting the film’s Paris. The two are very different things – Disney have cleverly avoided recreating Paris as if you were there in the knowledge that, if you wanted to go, it’s half an hour away. Harley Jessup has personally supervised the creating of the fountain which really does add a level of authenticity to the land, knowing that a Pixar designer has had an input. Finally, I really like how a tribute will be paid to Paul Bocuse. Time will tell exactly what this tribute will be in the form of.
Another long talked about element of the Ratatouille development is that of the restaurant: Bistrot Chez Rémy. Disneyland Paris have produced yet another article describing it to us.
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Ratatouille on the menu
at Bistrot Chez Rémy
Delicious French cuisine, like that presented in the Disney•Pixar film Ratatouille, can now be enjoyed by all in Bistrot Chez Rémy, a themed table service restaurant inspired by the world and recipes of the film. The upscale, but light-hearted 370-person restaurant is the creation of Rémy, the rat who loves to cook, and is located in a new corner of Walt Disney Studios Park that’s been transformed into a Ratatouille-themed version of The City of Light. Join us for lunch or dinner at Bistrot Chez Rémy from 10 July 2014.
Bistrot Chez Rémy will welcome guests into a world where they are shrunk to the size of rats immersing them in an oversized world where jam jar lids serve as table tops and champagne corks are turned into chairs. Designed by Rémy and his friends, the restaurant also features everyday human items made large like paper cocktail umbrellas turned into parasols, giant cookbooks standing on end, and plates used to separate seating areas.
On the menu during this Ratatouille-inspired experience, Rémy has prepared a unique menu that includes entrecote, chips, and of course, ratatouille! The “little chef” recommends a seasonal salad to start and a choice of dessert: a selection of French cheeses, including Brie de Meaux, and a fruit salad. Bon appétit!
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Nothing new here really. A few desert details (Brie de Meaux – yum!). The design of the restaurant will be very ‘Rat-Friendly’. I’m not sure what sitting on a champagne cork with no back will do. I like having a back on my chair. But hey, it might just help me eat quicker. If you’re interested in more about the menu, check out this article from Dedicated to DLP.
Finally, the information pack is rounded off with a spiel detailing Walt Disney Imagineering.
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From fantasy to reality with the creators
of Disney’s attractions, the Imagineers
Guiding Disneyland Paris guests from the dream of animated films to the reality of the Parks with their illusions intact takes more than the wave of a magic wand. It’s all in a day’s work for the Imagineers. This unique group of Creative and Technical people transforms the biggest animated films into immersive experiences you’ll find nowhere else.
The birth of the Imagineers
Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by Walt Disney in 1952 to plan, design and build Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Today, Imagineers are responsible for the creation, from concept initiation through installation, of all Disney resorts, parks, attractions, cruise ships and new entertainment venues all over the world. The Imagineering team includes planners, artists, designers, project managers, engineers, architects, art directors, audiovisual specialists, animators, production groups, programmers, site planners, financial analysts and researchers – more than 140 unique disciplines in total. But their work doesn’t stop there: they also design and create restaurants, boutiques and hotels, in short, everything that contributes to “immersing” guests in the magic of Disney.
The unique strength of Walt DisneyImagineering lies in its fusion of creative and technical talents, building new types of shows and entertainment inspired by Disney’s dreams and stories. Thanks to their expertise, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy puts state-of-the-art technology to work, to bring the story to life. John Lasseter who not only directs the Disney and Pixar animation studios but also holds the position of Principal Creative Advisor with Walt Disney Imagineering, himself said, “I promise you that we will not only continue to make the best films, but also the best attractions.”
About the film Ratatouille
Rémy is a young rat who dreams of one day becoming a great French chef. Neither the opposition of his family nor the fact that he is a rodent stuck in a job he hates can hold him back. Rémy is ready to do anything to live out his passion for cooking, and living in the sewer beneath the restaurant of the top chef, Auguste Gusteau, gives him just the chance he needs! Despite the danger and traps he encounters along the way, the temptation to venture into this forbidden world is too great.
Torn between his dream and his role in life, Rémy is about to discover the real meaning of adventure, friendship and family, and to understand that he has to find the courage to be who he is: a rat who wants to be a great chef…
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So, not a tremendous amount of new information, but enough to satisfy our curious taste buds for just a little while longer. But we don’t have to wait long for more at all. The first people will be riding Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy very soon. And I’ll be amongst them. I’m very happy to say that later this month, I’ll be hearing to Disneyland Paris and sampling the new land, attraction and restaurant. I’m incredibly honoured and humbled to have been invited, and I will do my best to bring back as much information as I am allowed to publish.
How do you tell a Disneyland Paris fan from a regular guest? At the moment they’ll probably be hanging around Toy Story Playland with a big lens, or a mobile phone taking photos over a fence of a construction site. So, that’s exactly what I did in Disneyland Paris last week. On July 10th Disneyland Paris will be opening their 60th attraction which will be situated in the Walt Disney Studios Park; the ride, Ratatouille: L’Aventure totalement toquée de Rémy, will be one of the most state of the art Disney attractions ever featuring 3D trackless technology. So, let’s take a look at La Place de Rémy. This photo was taken close to the Buzz Lightyear statues looking down the Rue de Paris. As you walk down this street you’ll see the Gusteau’s sign right in front of you along with the restaurant Bistrot Chez Rémy – the attraction itself will be located on the right hand side. Let’s take a closer look at that Gusteau’s sign. This is the new area’s weenie – and it is big. In fact, you can see it clearly from Cinémagique. The sign itself looks rather nice – the only problem are the trees ruining the forced perspective and the illusion that you actually are in Paris. But it’s a small price to pay. Moving across to another fence, this time the tunnel leading from Toy Story Playland into La Place de Rémy and this is the view that greets us: From this picture you can see that a large amount of the floor has already been completed, with very little still to do. The entry to the restaurant can be clearly seen to the right whilst straight ahead is the oversized sign indicating the attraction entry. This sign looks rather nice – the two sets of words are made up of lights which are sure to look rather spectacular at night. My only regret here is that I would have liked to have seen steam coming from the cooking pot. This sign has recently been taken away, but it’s a very classy looking sign for the FastPass distribution for the Ratatouille ride. The only concern is that the writing on the logo is in a colour which could render it illegible. Here’s another view of La Place De Rémy; again, look how close the floorwork is from completion as well as the fountain which seems to grow daily. L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy will contain three queues. The first being your average stand-by queue – nothing special there. The second queue will be a FastPass queue and the final queue will be a single riders line. The fastpass entry will be on the far left-hand side; the single-rider entry in the centre and the stand-by will be on the right-hand side. Turning our focus now to the facades. These facades look very good, and will only get better and more realistic with age. The imagineers have done an amazing job in creating Rémy’s Paris in Walt Disney Studios Park. And, that’s it from the view peering over the fence from me. Next time I’ll be in Disneyland Paris the attraction and area will be open. Let’s hope that is soon! To end this report I included a photo of a view from the tunnel walking into the area for the first time. Finally, I can say that the Walt Disney Studios park will have extended opening hours this summer – from 10:00 until 21:00 with the new restaurant Bistrot Chez Rémy having service from 11:00 until 20:30. When the park returns to its 10:00 – 18:00 opening hours, the restaurant will serve from 11:00 – 17:30. Weekends in September should see the studios park also open until 21:00. N.B. You may share these photos without hesitation!
What a week! Disneyland Paris have launched their newest season that brings the term ‘Flower Power’ to a whole new level as well as making huge visible advances on the Ratatouille: L’Aventure totalment toquée de Rémy. It would seem that the low season is finally over and we are in to this brand new year of excitement.
It’s not just the Station that has changed for the season, characters have been dressed for the occasion, the parasols have made their return from winter hibernation and bird song have made their way into the Main Street loop. Most importantly however, shows have returned to Disneyland Paris – for a long time they were the feature that Disneyland Paris lacked but now they are back and they have fitted back where they belong. First, Welcome to Spring. This show takes place Saturday – Wednesday in Town Square. The show sees performers sing along and dance to various songs from the era in which Main Street is set. This show adds a lot of atmosphere and just works perfectly. See how the performers interact with guests in this video from DLP Welcome:
This is the type of show we should be seeing in Disneyland Paris every day no matter what season – it just helps set the scene somewhat. Moving on to the Spring Promenade taking place on Central Plaza and the Royal Castle Stage – this show is rather unique in the way that it takes place in two distinct places and yet manages to other two different experiences to the same show. Now, the music to this show was always on to something great when they borrowed from Mary Poppins and the Tokyo Disney Spring Fever carnival. But not in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the show would be this good – yes it’s simple, but it’s brilliant in its simplicity. Again, check out these videos from DLP Welcome of the two experiences:
The real success story here is how joyful the show is mixed in with the music. That Let’s Go Fly a Kite section looks magnificent. The park’s programme has also got a Spring spruce up with all the new events naturally listed. I’m going to Disneyland Paris next weekend, so make sure you follow me on Twitter and check back here when I get back where I’ll break down piece by piece my thoughts on Swing into Spring.
Ratatouille makes huge visual progress
It’s getting close now. A huge visual clue that La Place de Rémy is nearing completion appeared this week at Ratatouille: L’Aventure totalement toquée de Rémy received a new sign. (Photo: Disney Central Plaza)
I’m impressed by this sign. The lighting that is evident from this photo should allow for beautiful night shots of this area – now all we need is the Walt Disney Studios Park to be open at night! Today (Sunday 6th April), reliable news source @insideDLParis posted photos of this sign which has been completed with a ladle.
Details on the new Ratatouille ride seem to appear as fast as the average Anglophone can say ‘Ratatouille: L’aventure totatelement Toquée de Rémy’ correctly. But let’s not let that stop us.
Well, yesterday (5th March 2014) a press release appeared hidden away in a dark corner of the internet. It, effectively summarised the AGM news from a few weeks ago with a few minor details added. Ready for them?
The ride will take place in Gusteau’s restaurant.
The ride will take us from the rooftops of Paris, to the kitchen via the cold storage room and the dining room.
The restaurant depicted in the ride will be watched over by Chef Skinner (as expected from the concept art).
Confirmation that the restaurant will serve Ratatouille.
So, whilst not a lot of new information – this does come as confirmation from Disneyland Paris. Little by little more information is being revealed about this ride, and it’s becoming very exciting.
In other Ratatouille news, scaffolding is being taken down across the Place de Rémy revealing stunning realistic Parisian street. If this is the direction that Walt Disney Studios want to take in all the future projects, we can be satisfied.
Don’t know what to think about the pink house behind the luxury lampost. Kind of cartoon style in a realistic street pic.twitter.com/bEj0hC0Lo3
One of the best things about this project is the level of detail going into the build of the area – it really does look like we’re going to be immersed in Rémy’s world, it’s going to be very interesting to follow this project further and further down the line. Which, of course, you can do on our Ratatouille Tracker – which is now linked from the top of every page on the website – and coming soon (next month) our Ratatouille mini-site, which will allow you to discover the attraction in even more beautiful detail!
Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy opens this Summer in the Walt Disney Studios Park along with the Bistrot Chez Rémy boutique. The Souvenirs chez Marianne will open later in the year and will offer a breath of fresh air to all Disneyland Paris fans as we stroll down the Parisian street saying ‘This is what a Disney park should look like’.
It’s January 1st, and so we are officially in the year that Ratatouille opens! And so, Disneyland Paris have released this press release (that is currently on every Disneyland Paris fan site out there). Nevertheless, we get an idea into what we can expect to open, and when. Invaluable information for planning your trips! ————————————- The world of Ratatouille comes to Disneyland Paris in 2014 Next summer, Disneyland Paris will unveil a major new attraction and mini-land inspired by the Oscar-winning Disney•Pixar film Ratatouille. The film, directed by Brad Bird, tells the tale of Rémy, a young rat who has amazing talents in the kitchen and dreams of one day becoming a great chef. This leads to a fun but perilous journey that eventually lands him as the head chef of one of the most famous restaurants in Paris. Now Rémy has arrived at Walt Disney Studios Park to share his culinary delights and crazy adventures with the entire family. On the attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy*, guests will shrink down to the size of a rat and join Rémy and his friends as they scurry through the kitchen, dining room, and walls of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant, all the while trying to avoid the nemesis from the film, Chef Skinner. This first of its kind Disney attraction will immerse guests into an animated world like never before as they experience what it’s like to be a rat in a human sized world. The attraction is located in a new corner of Toon Studio that’s been transformed into a Ratatouille-inspired version of the City of Light. In addition to the attraction, this mini-land also features a shop, Chez Marianne Souvenirs de Paris**, and a rat-scale themed table service restaurant, Bistrot Chez Rémy*. The restaurant, which is the only one of its kind across Disney Parks worldwide, is directly adjacent to the attraction and serves the “little chef’s” famous dish, ratatouille. After Crush’s Coaster, Cars Race Rally and Toy Story Playland, Ratatouille will be the fourth attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Park inspired by a Disney•Pixar film. Disneyland Paris will once again combine its narration skills with state-of-the-art technology to offer the best possible experience. Next summer, join us for Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, only at Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris.
Interestingly, the French press release that came alongside this one mentioned a name for the Ratatouille Paris area: La Place de Rémy.
This year, you can experience the ride and restaurant THIS SUMMERand the shop, a little later THIS AUTUMN. And there is even more to look forward to that will continue to be unveiled over time. So this summer, you’ll be able to stroll a Parisian street just metres away from being shrunk to the size of a toy, and a few more metres away from riding the East Australian Current. Not bad huh?
All that remains to say in this, the first post of 2014, is a huge Happy New Year!
At last, the news we’ve all been waiting for. Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy has been named, and the first artwork revealed. The long-awaited news came from Disneyland Paris’s official news twitter feed @Disney_ParisEN and @Disney_ParisFR. The artwork features an oversized Rémy, Skinner and Linguini and the kitchen that we will be discovering next year. The attraction vehicle has seemingly been confirmed as a rat car (as leaked documents revealed earlier in the year). The information given by the twitter feed was “This world-first attraction will shrink guests to the size of a small rat and plunge them into the heart of a particularly excited…”, well that’s where it has been left in the English tweet, however the French tweet details that we’re plunged into the world of a particularly animated kitchen.
Personally, I think the name needs looking at, for starters ‘Toquée’ doesn’t really translate into English.A ‘Toqué’ is a Chefs hat, but can also mean ‘nutty, zany’. Such puns don’t translate in any language. A rough English translation would be ‘Ratatouille: Remy’s totally crazy adventure’. Secondly, it’s length is not marketable, or memorable, European guests tend to shorten ‘Cars: Quatre Roues Rallye’ to ‘Cars’, even Big Thunder Mountain becomes ‘Le train de la mine’. The lack of ability to translate the title has already been highlighted, using the example ‘Cars Quatre Roues Rallye’, anglophone guests can guess the meaning, this is likely to cause confusion. We can’t wait to see the sign on top of the attraction.
However, this attraction looks fantastic, the themeing continues to be unveiled day by day and looks authentically Parisian, we got our first look of props inside the attraction this week from Disney Magic Interactive which equally look fantastic. This attraction shows much promise, I look forward to tracing it even further in the future.