Beyond the all-important date (10th July if you haven’t managed to catch it yet), Disneyland Paris more than exceeded anticipation for yesterday’s rumoured Ratatouille: The Adventure announcement by including a little video teaser alongside. Well, perhaps “little” isn’t the word.
Because despite running to just 1 minute 3 seconds, for the first time ever the video reveals a number of glimpses inside the huge new Ratatouille showbuilding, allowing a look at the attraction’s physical scenery, giant props and even trackless ride vehicles. The emphasis being on giant: everything is giant.
Tom Fitzgerald, Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Roger Gould, Creative Director Theme Parks at Pixar Animation Studios, lead the commentary to enthuse about Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, as Tom names it, with a smile.
After seeing the huge Gusteau’s restaurant sign being lifted into place atop the building, we get a series of blink-and-you’ll-miss-em peeks inside the ride’s actual show scenes. There’s the rooftops of Paris load unload area with giant chimney pots, the cold storage with a giant fish, and the dining room with giant trolly wheels.
Towards the end, we even see a real, finished “Ratmobile” ride vehicle for the first time ever. And just to add extra intrigue, perhaps, it’s brown, not grey/blue.
There’s spoilers aplenty, of course — but don’t forget that the physical scenery and props we see here are just the “base layer” of this trackless, 3D projection-filled dark ride. It won’t look like this when you’re riding through it, with 3D glasses plus finished lighting and animation, so there’s a lot left unseen and a lot that will only ever be possible to see in person.
Watch the video now, then scroll down for 23 screencaps and extra commentary…
“Our goal is to create the Paris of Ratatouille.” — Tom Fitzgerald
“L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy – Our Ratatouille attraction, celebrates the culture, the food, the architecture of France and Paris.” — Tom Fitzgerald
“We have never built an attraction like this before, where you shrink down to that size and you feel that you are truly in this giant wonderful world.” — Roger Gould
“We’ve been working on this attraction for almost five years.” — Tom Fitzgerald
A construction timelapse leads into new footage of the “Gusteau’s” sign, lifted into place only a few weeks ago.
Heading inside, we first see what looks like a giant, upturned colander. Looking at the tight walls around it, perhaps this is a ceiling decoration for Le Bistrot Chez Rémy?
The “Rooftops” load/unload scene truly looks like something special already, a classic, atmospheric Disney ride loading area in the style of Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom Manor. A lone Ratmobile can be spotted in the background here, as a construction worker tends to some giant railings, surrounded by chimneys.
It’s easy to forget that all of these enormous scenes are indoors, proving precisely why the Ratatouille showbuilding is one of the biggest at Disneyland Paris.
Dormer windows add to the rooftop scene. After entering the attraction, guests will be lead up and onto the rooftops, similar to the scene early in the film where Rémy climbs a drainpipe to realise he has been sitting under Paris after getting lost.
It’s here, sheilded by the rooftop paraphernalia, that the trackless Ratmobiles will “dock” with a loading point to pick up guests. What looks like the first loading gates can be seen in the background, below.
Jumping ahead a few scenes, we see the wheels of a giant dining room trolly, surrounded by a large red cloth draped over the top. One of the later scenes in the ride, this will surely involve our Ratmobiles (three at once), dashing out across the dining room of a restaurant between the wheels of the trolley.
While the wheels are real, three-dimensional props, the actual movement and action of the scene will be a (hopefully) seamless 3D projection.
Back to the rooftops, the Imagineers inspect the huge loading area from the trackless zone where the Ratmobiles will eventually run. The unloading area will be slightly separate but part of the same scene, leading out past Le Bistrot Chez Rémy.
Projections can leave a ride feeling flat, so it’s lucky Ratatouille will also have a good amount of physical props: giant fish, sausages, ham…
…and oranges! And don’t forget, as reported previously, we should be able to smell some of these, too.
“Everthing is enormous! Giant oranges, giant fish, giant hams, suspended above you.” — Tom Fitzgerald
“Fromage de Gusteau” can be seen amongst the cheeses in the cold storage…
…as well as a tempting dessert menu.
It’ll be interesting too see, however, just how well all these physical props can be seen through 3D glasses, and what part they’ll play in the actual ride experience.
While the door to the cold storage looks like a classic dark ride element straight out of Les Voyages de Pinocchio, the 48 trackless vehicles are anything but. Able to travel all around the building on pre-programmed individual paths, they can criss-cross each other, travel in groups and split up.
Here we see Ratmobile 40 in a brown “Emile” colour. All publicity so far has shown grey/blue “Rémy” Ratmobiles, so it’s possible there are different colours, just to add a bit of variety.
“We’re using completely brand new animation created custom for this attraction to extend that experience and bring the characters to life.” — Roger Gould
And did they mention there’s animation, too? Oddly, the video makes no mention that much of the attraction’s action will be based on huge 3D video projections, but Roger Gould does highlight the exclusive animation being worked on by Pixar for the ride. We see Gusteau at the side here, so the ghostly chef must make an appearance somewhere.
“Rémy is going to prepare a meal for us and we don’t wanna be late – it’s a crazy and fun ride for everybody.” — Tom Fitzgerald
Only 85 days to go!