The Big Debate: Will Ratatouille be enough to revive Walt Disney Studios, Paris?By Natalie Sim, Saturday, January 21, 2012 11:43
In this week's poll, we ask whether the addition of a new dark ride based on Pixar's Ratatouille will be enough to revive Walt Disney Studios, Paris.
The Disneyland Resort Paris' second theme park, Walt Disney Studios, has come in for a lot of criticism since its 2002 debut. Some have even gone as far as claiming that the park does not live up to Disney's world class brand name, and that it is the worst theme park the company has ever built. Even the opening of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Crush's Coaster and Toy Story Playland has done little to silence the critics.
Theme park fans have expected Disney to respond, and respond they have done with the recent confirmation that a unique new dark ride based on Pixar's Ratatouille will be built in the Toon Studio area of the park. Disney has loaned Disneyland Paris' parent company some €150 million to undertake the project.
So, is the addition of Ratatouille going to be enough to revive Walt Disney Studios Paris? This week's Big Debate asks that exact question, and with a true buzz of excitement in the air theme park fans are sure to watch the project closely as it unfolds.
Few details about the actual ride have been confirmed at this point but rumours suggest that it will use the same trackless ride system as the Pooh's Hunny Hunt attraction at Tokyo Disneyland. It is expected that guests will gain a "rat's eye view" of Paris, experiencing highlights such as Gusteau's restaurant and even underground sewers. Perhaps even more importantly, it will feature an attached dining location - something that is badly needed by starving Walt Disney Studios visitors.
Ratatouille is an obvious choice for the park due to it being set in Paris, and will be the first truly unique, major ride at Walt Disney Studios. Some people however, may question whether Ratatouille is a big enough franchise to draw the crowds, compared to, say, Cars or Toy Story. However, all Disney films are made to be timeless, and what better location for a ride based on a film set in Paris that the City of Light itself?
With speculation of a "multi-year expansion" for Walt Disney Studios, Ratatouille may not be the only addition for the park The plans are likely to get pulses racing, particularly for European theme park fans, so let us know if you think Ratatouille is going to be enough to revive the park by voting in our poll below.
Will Ratatouille revive Walt Disney Studios, Paris?
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