Sunday 22nd June was the big day for more than 50 fan bloggers, reporters and tweeters as we were invited to discover not only Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy but a special preview meal at Bistrot Chez Rémy and an hourlong presentation on the making of the ride by two of the Imagineers themselves.
Staging an event like this purely for a guest list like us was truly unprecedented by Disneyland Paris, but hopefully its success will see the formula repeated again. Besides word that #Ratatouille briefly trended on Twitter in France, it presented a fantastic opportunity for us to gather as much information and as many photos and videos to prepare our blogs and websites ahead of the official public opening date.
In a sense, for every invitee we could take along another thousand or more diehard fans with us. Keeping the fans “in the loop” like this is good for us and great for Disneyland Paris.
No less than 41 live photos were shared on our @DLPToday Twitter feed, mostly focusing on the restaurant preview with the first pictures of its décor, menus and sample dishes. If you missed them at the time or want to relive it all again, here we go!
Today, 50 fan bloggers and tweeters will preview #Ratatouille: The Adventure – a fantastic move from @Disney_ParisEN!
We’re at Hotel New York for a #Ratatouille Walt Disney Imagineering presentation and Q&A
Check @PhotosMagiques for loads of live tweets from the presentation! (No photos or videos allowed) #Ratatouille
And now we’re onto questions from the audience! This could be fun! #Ratatouille
They’ve been programming the ride here since 12 Jan this year and still have some very very minor adjustments to make #Ratatouille
The video scenes could be changed, yes, but it’d be a huge effort and risky (so no) #Ratatouille
What happens when fans meet Imagineers #Ratatouille
Fifty fan bloggers from across Europe are about to discover #Ratatouille at Disneyland Paris for the first time!
The stage, tables and all press decorations are magically gone to reveal Place de Rémy in its final form #Ratatouille
A PhotoPass photographer is positioned at Colette’s motorbike and Skinner’s stolen Vespa! #Ratatouille
Now it’s time to discover Bistrot Chez Rémy for the first time – join us! #Ratatouille
Bistrot Chez Rémy lobby, this is Main Street interior quality! Incredible! #Ratatouille
Shrunken into Bistrot Chez Rémy, the biggest restaurant at the resort. Very very impressive #Ratatouille
Custom chairs and as many as 11 different table designs! #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
Le menu! #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
Colander lighting decoration #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
Inside the set menu. Choose your sauce and how you want your steak cooked #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
[Note this is the different to the final menu which can be found here]
Salad starter – the red leaves which look like the giant ones around the restaurant are a nice touch #Ratatouille
Bread on the side but no butter? [well, we are in France] #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
Steak and fries with the Bistrot’s own sauce #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
The ratatouille is served on the side, cooked like how Anton Ego had as a boy! #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
The vegetarian option, tofu casserole #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
A fun giant heavy cork next to the table – seems to be made of actual cork too #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
The terrace area has two giant wine bottles, dated 2007 and 2014 – get it? #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
In the lobby you find a 5 euro note, the first Rémy received for his cooking! #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
Anton Ego’s famous critique, framed in the lobby #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
All the table designs are fun to discover and make #BistrotChezRemy feel that much more authentic #Ratatouille
Cocktail parasols from the concept art made it to reality! #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
Emile making a special appearance inside Bistrot Chez Rémy #Ratatouille
I’m skipping the fromage, so here’s some waiting to be served! #BistrotChezRemy #Ratatouille
Colourful and fun but very classy! #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
The bar #BistrotChezRemy #Ratatouille
Dessert for this preview menu was profiteroles, with a rat on the side #Ratatouille #BistrotChezRemy
Meanwhile, the attraction only just reopened after a long 101 at 3.30pm. Everyone rushed back in! #Ratatouille
Final photos, videos and then the previews are closed for the fifty invitees. Bye Place de Rémy! #Ratatouille
See, the Studios does have other pretty corners, not just Place de Rémy! #Ratatouille
Congrats Sorcerer Mickey, with #Ratatouille you’ve finally got a unique jewel for the Walt Disney Studios!
That’s almost a wrap, just time for one last walk around Disneyland Park! #Ratatouille
Live: A beautiful, hot day at Disneyland Paris! #dlplive
On a hot day like today the endless pools, fountains and streams of Disneyland are still a contrast to WDS #dlplive
Water is everywhere you look in Disneyland Park… #dlplive
We make a big fuss over the Place de Rémy fountain, then next door you take all these for granted! #dlplive
Enjoying the shade of Frontierland’s ever maturing trees #dlplive
One of my favourite views in the park! #dlplive
Discoveryland’s Nautilus Lagoon looks good enough to swim in! (If you’re not worried about giant squid) #dlplive
From Fantasia Gardens, I bid farewell to Disneyland Paris, this time around… Thanks so much for following! #dlplive
Thanks to @Disney_ParisEN @PhotosMagiques @Mousekingdom @DCentralPlaza @CafeFantasia @uspablo86 and more for an amazing #Ratatouille event!
Inviting 50 fan reporters on Sunday was an unprecedented step forward. An honour, a reward, and a great way to spread the #Ratatouille news.