Gusteaus Ratatoille Ride

Lots of updates and videos on new rides in this latest edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Watch video of James Franco riding the new Despicable Me ride…
  • …and you can too with a new ride video.
  • Star Wars won’t replace Finding Nemo at Disneyland.
  • A CGI ride video of Disney’s latest, theĀ Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, is out.
  • Updated Jungle Cruise ride is coming to Tokyo Disneyland.
  • New photos from the construction of the Disneyland Paris Ratatouille Ride.
  • Disney parks accused of discriminating against Autistic children.
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is now in Disney parks, at Tokyo Disneyland.

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I’m a huge Disneyland fanatic, with the top of the line Premier Annual Pass to prove it. I’ve always loved hearing the behind the scenes stories about the famous attractions in Walt Disney‘s incredible creation. We’ve all seen the video footage of Disneyland’s Space Mountain with the lights on. I’ve seen dozens of behind the scenes photos from the Anaheim-based theme park over the years, but I’ve never seen a collection like this one.

A Disney castmemeber recently posted a collection of 82 photos, which appear to have been taken sometime in the 1980′s/1990′s. The collection of photos give an unprecedented look behind the curtain of popular attractions like the Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and much more.

Have you ever wondered what the ride operation equipment looks like?

Have you ever wanted to see what the animatronics look like from behind the scenes?

Have you ever wondered what Jungle Cruise would look like without the water?

Have you ever wanted to see what the Haunted Mansion looks like with the lights on?

Have you ever wondered what the view looks like from on the very top of Matterhorn?

Its all here. You also get some photos of cast-member hijinks, a view of the animatronic repair shop, and much much more.
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With Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney took a fairly boring theme park ride and turned it into live-action family themed film with one of the biggest stars on the planet: Johnny Depp. That formula seems to have worked out for all involved and now they’re going to try it again. Disney has hired screenwriter Roger S.H. Schulman to write a film adaptation of the Jungle Cruise ride and which will star Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. That pair has already made a boatload of cash for the Mouse, as their chemistry helped drive three Toy Story films to financial and critical mega-success. Read more about this project and the ride after the jump. Read More »

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