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Riding INTO the Ratatouille Dome…?

Friday, 5th February 2010 at 22:55 by
Anthony
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Ratatouille dark rideWhat did you see with the mysterious 'Ratatouille Ride Element'? We were thinking on a Walt Disney Studios level, imagining a plain and simple dome for the top of a building. Who said Walt Disney Imagineering had no surprises left for Paris?,

Twenty-four hours later, we have our answers courtesy of the manufacturer themselves, constructor of the drywall dome known until now only as ‘Ratatouille Ride Element’. As they say themselves, it’s all about what the individual sees. Luckily, they’ve also provided some exciting specifics…

The extensive work to construct the metal stud framing we’ve all been looking at has since been covered in multiple layers of 3/8″ drywall. After that drywall was installed on top, the absolute highest level of drywall finish was applied — the smoothest possible. A complete “skim coat” to cover ALL the surface visible to the eye.

The reason for this extreme finish? It’s going to be a movie screen. Yes, it isn’t intended to sit on top of the building, but inside the building — as part of the ride. This dome is intended as a projection surface, to show specially-created footage as part of the attraction. Yes, really.

Ratatouille dark ride

In fact, the ride vehicles of the Ratatouille dark ride are apparently intended to “travel directly at” this dome/screen, making it seem as if the vehicles are travelling with the film footage being projected, “in 3D”.

The constructor knows no other details of the footage or the ride, but confirmed the dome is a huge 26ft in height with a 30ft radius. The photo we saw is just the prototype, the first dome created for the ride, which would explain why it’s been created so far ahead of the ride’s green-lighting or construction. When — or dare we say — if the ride is green-lit, Walt Disney Imagineering will want to know that the technology and effects they’re planning will truly work. This could involve setting the “dome” up at their own research & development facility in California, running test projections to ensure that whatever effect they’re going for is as realistic as possible.

Ratatouille dark ride?

Imagine the possibilities — if the story sees us at rat size, being chased around a kitchen, picture this dome presenting Pixar-animated footage of humans towering around you. The concave of a dome could create some classic Disney forced perspective. Or, taking that very first colander guess, we could ride toward this dome projection screen, be trapped and then “carried” (through projections) to a different area in the kitchen, only able to see through those tiny holes, just like Remy during the chase scenes in the film. An altogether very different dark ride experience.

…But now we’re into more speculation. And based on the last 24 hours, WDI have some tricks up their sleeve that we weren’t quite expecting and as yet probably can’t fully imagine ourselves.

As Anton Ego might say, “Surprise us!”.

Images: Davidmackeydrywall.com, Disney/Pixar.

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Comments

  • Wow! This ride concept really is so exciting, and it’s just what the Walt Disney Studios Park needs, a unique, entertaining and technologically brilliant attraction!

    I can’t wait to read more about this in the near future…

  • How exciting! Looking forward to more developments.

  • Thanks for the great information. I second WOW! This sounds brilliant, and a much needed unique new attraction for the Studios. Can’t wait!

  • I will be SOOO dissapointed if this doesn’t come off – it sounds amazing

  • I agree, this Ratatouille dark-ride will be REALLY AMAZING!! And it also fits perfectly at Disneyland Paris!!

  • Greenlight! Greenlight! we need to know – WDW know about their Fantasyland expansion – DCA have showed models and test footage about their rebulid (cars land) – Hong Kong have shown mystic point (with models of vehilces and artists ride thru pictures) – why oh why don’t DLRP tells us anything – if Ratatouille was coming then it would make up for that parachute drop “thing” that has arrived on the skyline at WDS – any way got to go finally going to see “Princess and the Frog” yeah!!!

  • The best Disney attraction ever is SOARIN’. I experienced it at WDW Florida, and there’s nothing like it. You’re on a glider, viewing parts of California as you go. You must try it to see how realistic and exciting it feels.

    I hope one day they’ll add it on in Paris!!!

  • Hmmm… the dome makes me think of a different idea. I could see the possibility of a Ratatouille/Linguini simulator where you are Ratatouille, and you’re under Linguini’s hat attempting to control his movements. The dome would have a surround picture (circle vision style) that you and a number of other guests would sit in the middle of and either wildly watch and spin with the movements taking place as if you’re Ratatouille, or there would be controls that would allow each guest to “move” certain parts of his body. The scene would take place in the kitchen where he’s attempting to cook soup or pasta and the sounds would surround you as would the smells.
    Now THAT would be cool!

  • ^ A simulator is cooler than a physical ride? Not to me it isn’t…

  • OMG!! I loved Ratatouille when it came out in cinemas and i got it on DVD. If Ratatouille is going to be a ride, Up, The Princess and the Frog, Wall-e or Mary Poppins might be made in to a ride next!!! Come on Disney Land Paris or Walt Disney World Florida, Please do Up or The Princess and the Frog as a ride. Thanks,
    Chip1225

  • Tony the Mouse lover  5th April 2010, 17:18

    This would go great at EPCOT in the Paris Section!

  • Markey Mouse  27th May 2010, 23:18

    Think further…. did someone ride the Spiderman ride in Universal?….

  • Ride Imaginator :)  12th June 2010, 13:18

    If it will be made into a dark ride with tracks, I wouldn’t go on it. But I would rather prefer it to be a simulator. Inside you would feel what it is like to dribble, jump, duck, and avoid objects like Remy throughout the kitchen scene. I think that would be better. What about anyone else?

  • Here Come Me !  13th August 2010, 09:59

    Tony the Mouse lover said :
    “This would go great at EPCOT in the Paris Section!”

    Yeah ! I had the same idea ! It would be great !

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