Over the weekend, Disneyland Paris unveiled the Ratatouille-themed area Place de Remy. While the official opening is set for July 10, Disney invited members of the European press (including our friends from Pixar Planet France) for a special dedication ceremony. Led by Disney CEO, Bob Iger, and Disney Parks Chairman, Tom Staggs, the two were joined onstage by Remy and Linguini for the final ribbon-cutting dedication had the press, in the words of Anton Ego, “…hungry for more”.
Luckily, the press were then given exclusive access to Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy (Ratatouille: The Adventure), the newly themed dark ride which features a newer technology of a trackless ride-vehicle system as well as 3D screens and larger than life props that help immerse guests into Remy’s world. During the ride guests feel as if they have shrunk down as they explore the kitchen of Gusteau’s as rats, only to encounter Chef Skinner who will stop at nothing to get you out of his kitchen.
The restaurant, Bistrot Chez Remy will have guests in pure wonderment as the Disney Imagineers have recreated the ending scene in Ratatouille with decorations to have you feeling as if you were Remy-sized. With chairs that look like bottle caps, Christmas lights in colanders (as chandeliers), and the leaf overhang on the ceiling, you can’t help but think there are real rats cooking in the kitchen.
The details are not just in the attraction and restaurant itself – even if you don’t enjoy dark rides or miss your chance to dine at Bistrot Chez Remy, walking down the cobblestone street guests will find Colette’s scooter as well as Chef Skinner’s scooter and if you look hard enough you may even spot where to find the Health Inspector.
Pixar has definitely found its niche within the Disney Parks making the themed lands quite popular among guests. The merchandise is also fantastic as well and features everything from an apron, chef hat, Remy & Emile plush toys, and so much more. The official gift shop will open along with the ride on July 10, so if you’re in the United States, your best bet will be to pick this up on eBay.
Don’t miss the official video from Disneyland Paris which gives you a sneak peek into the attractions at Place de Remy.
Additionally, for those of you who may not be able to make it to Disneyland Paris, you can watch the full ride-along video of Ratatouille: The Adventure from DLP Guide. A nice touch is that you can hear Pixarian, Pete Sohn’s voice (as his character Emile) throughout the ride and also at the end he reminds you to grab all your belongings as you exit the ride car.