Ratatouille: The Adventure

Today we take a look at the Ratatouille expansion of Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios theme park which includes the new attraction/ride Ratatouille: The Adventure, a Paris-themed mini-land and Bistrot Chez Remy restaurant. Read more about the ride, the land, the restaurant and watch videos from the opening after the jump.

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The big news this week is Universal Orlando’s expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as you may have noticed from our extensive coverage. But the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts family has plenty to report as well. After the jump:

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios is shutting down The American Idol Experience
  • No, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is not closing
  • The Lion King is coming to Shanghai Disney Resort — in Mandarin
  • Go behind the scenes of the new Lion King show at Disney World
  • Check out Disneyland’s Frozen pre-parade featuring Anna and Elsa
  • Watch the first ad for Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille attraction
  • See the special annual passholder Q&A for Universal’s WaterWorld

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Haunted Mansion Disney website

Things are always kind of mysterious in the world of Theme Parks. Whether it be a return to The Haunted Mansion or a curious $800 million investment, there’s always something to discuss. In this edition of Theme Park Bits, read about the following:

  • Disney just invested $800 million more into Shanghai Disney, could it be for Star Wars?
  • New changes have been made to the virtual Fastpass + technology.
  • Look at the new cell phone charging lockers.
  • A new video exploring the Ratatouille ride has been released by Disney.
  • The Hatbox Ghost could return to The Haunted Mansion for the 45th Anniversary
  • A fun rumor links a new Soarin’ and Indiana Jones.

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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, the 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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Incredibles 3D re-release

We’re not likely to see an Incredibles sequel any time soon, but Brad Bird‘s two Pixar films are going to land back in theaters. Pixar is prepping a The Incredibles 3D re-release, and has also added a third dimension to Ratatouille. These would be the fifth and sixth 3D re-releases of Pixar films; we’ve already seen the first two Toy Story movies in 3D, as well as Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Read More »

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At 3 p.m. CST Friday, the doors opened at the Mondo Gallery in Austin Texas for the highly anticipated collaboration between Mondo and Disney. The show, called Nothing’s Impossible, is on display through March 11th. All week, leading up to the opening, several sites premiered images from the show.

So we’ve seen posters for Disney classics new and old such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, The Incredibles, The Lion King, Wall-E, The Sword in the Stone and so many more. They can be viewed at this link but Mondo held back a few as a surprise. Those include posters by Aaron Horkey (Ratatouille), Olly Moss (The Jungle Book), Mike Mitchell (Up and Incredibles) and more. Check out the remainder of the show, which isn’t posted here, below. Read More »

Star Trek Park 11

Let’s turn the spotlight on one theme park attraction that’s here and another coming in the future. First up, Disneyland Paris held a big presentation for stockholders to show off the brand new Ratatouille thrill ride opening later this year. The full video of the event is online, along with some very cool concept images and construction photos from inside the attraction.

Next up, Star TrekA few weeks back we reported Paramount is creating a massive theme park in Spain. Rango, Spiderwick Chronicles, Sleepy Hollow, Mission: Impossible, Grease and more will all be represented. Most exciting is that a full Star Trek area will be part of the park. A bunch of concept art has been released and you can check it out below. Read More »

Michael Giacchino Soundworks

Briefly: Michael Giacchino just can’t quit the world of Brad Bird. The Oscar-winning composer has written the music for every Bird film except The Iron Giant, up to and including his upcoming film Tomorrowland. Among those is the similarly Oscar-winning film Ratatouille, which is getting a theme park ride at Disneyland Paris later this year. The ride is called Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy (or, “The Totally Zany Adventures of Remy) and will feature music by none other than, you guess it, Michael Giacchino!  The Ratatouille ride is expected to open later this year. Click here for more info. [Instagram]

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