Walt Disney Studios Paris is the second of two theme parks built at Disneyland resort in Marne-la-Vallee, France. The park opened on March 16, 2002 and is dedicated to show business and themed after movies, production, and behind-the-scenes.
In 2013, the park drop to Europe’s third position on TEA rankings (and also drop from the world’s Top 20 most visited parks in the world) hosting approximately 4.4 million guests. Disney officials are obviously concerned with the park’s drop in popularity and have all the reasons in the world to be. Most of the park rides are aging and some Disney fans are looking for thrills elsewhere making the park loose visitors last year for the first time since its inception. But everything it’s about to change because of a another little mouse. Yes. Disney invested loads of money in a new attraction that could invert the second park’s decline. It’s called Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy and is a motion-based trackless dark ride based on the 2007 Disney Pixar animated film Ratatouille. The attraction opened on July 2014 in a new Paris themed area of the park in conjunction with a new restaurant following the Ratatouille theme and crowds flocked again to the park. Theme Park Guide crew included.
And all the buzz about the new ride is very well deserved. Ratatouille is a world class ride both technologically advanced and pure fun. The attraction uses LPS trackless ride technology, similar to Pooh’s Hunny Hunt (in Tokyo Disneyland) and Mystic Manor (in Hong Kong Disneyland), which uses vehicles shaped as rats to automatically slide across the ground with no track. It also contains a 3D dome segment of the ride that the vehicles will ride into.
We especially liked the blend between 3D movies and real life scenarios that we rate at least at the same level of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. And we are not alone. On the day we visited in early August 2014 even with rain the queues were gigantic (and for our discontentment the ride broke down for 2 hours with us in line. Bad karma all over again!).
Apart from the new ride the park falls short in comparison with the top theme parks in the United States and Europe. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (a large freefall thrill ride where guests enter the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel, and follow the story inspired by the television series) is still fun and the spinning dark coaster Crush’s Coaster makes you still want to “find” Nemo. But it’s too little for a park with the Disney brand. If you add to that the ticket prices, the absolute mess in the food areas, dirty toilets near the main entrance, plenty of space around the park but limited seats and the waiting times for each ride the park’s decline is self-explanatory.
One can argue that all of this is a small price for “Magic”. If you have 4 years old probably it is. And even for grown-ups spend a day among Disney’s 75 years it’s pretty cool, I must admit. There´s even a statue of the man – Walt Disney himself – and lots of my favorite childhood characters rooming around. Definitely pack the camera as there are will be some good photo opportunities. But that’s not enough in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with an endless supply of things to do…. So if you never went to Disney and what we wrote about Ratatouille ride doesn’t appeal to you save your money and opt for the one park deal (instead of the most common 1 day 2 parks ticket).
In two sentences: Ratatouille is outstanding. The rest is Disney – expensive and busy!
By Carlos Canaes, Sandra Nunes, Ana Rita Mendes, Raquel Caixado and Rosa Ferreira. Updated: 1/5/2017
Location: Place des Passagers du Vent, 77700 Chessy, France
Tickets range from 55€ for 1-day ticket for both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.Valid for 1 year from the day following the date of purchase adults to almost 100€ for 2 day 2 park ticket
Park opens all yearTop Rides
Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Crush’s Coaster
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