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Rémy is by far the cutest rat I have ever seen and Ratatouille one of my favorite DisneyPixar movies! You can imagine how excited I was when I received the invitation to the Shareholder’s Club preview event of La Place de Rémy and the opportunity to be among the firsts accompanying the little chef on his adventure! Arriving at the park on Saturday, Spinatmädchen and I literally ran to the Ratatouille area and were instantly stunned by its beauty! Every little detail is perfect and I love the fountain! Well, of course there are one, two things I would have done differently and I will write them down, but first I want to dwell on the fact that WDS did get an amazing new area and a really great, one of a kind attraction!
When stepping on La Place de Rémy you’re instantly transported into Paris. Lamposts, signs, buildings: Everything reminds you of the unique view you can experience in Paris. And it fits, as Disneyland Paris is in Paris! There are so many details, so many little rats, things like Linugini’s bicycle leaned against a street posts. You could almost miss it, not thinking about what a bike or the motorcycle of Collette is doing in the park, because it melts right into the scenery.
We did not have to wait long to get on the ride, however, the waiting area offers a lot of space and I imagine it to need all of it, if not more, after the opening on July 10th. I loved the waiting line because of the great scenery and Gusteau! You get your 3D glasses in the line from a counter and afterwards step around the corner into the loading area where six “Ratmobiles” can be loaded simultaneously. We got a cute little, grey rat and our adventure could begin. It’s hard to describe the ride, I don’t want to spoil too much for all of you who want to experience it first hand and I don’t know how to describe it without giving away the once of a kind features it offers. So here’s a quick warning, if you don’t want to know anything about the adventure, don’t read on, skip it, be assured that you’ll love the ride and have fun when riding it for the very first time. All others: Read on and tell me in the comments if this is the ride, you have imagined it would be:
You begin the journey with a ride through the streets of Paris and meet Rémy on the top of Gusteau’s, where he is struggling with the decision which meal he should cook this evening. Gusteau’s ghost leads him in the right direction and Rémy chooses to prepare Ratatouille. The roof window opens unexpectedly and together with Rémy we fall through it into the kitchen where we scare some really big humans, but Linguini is there to help us out. We continue through the storage room, always following Rémy, where we can smell oranges, it’s a little bit colder and Emil is eating food inside the fridge. The kitchen is around the corner, where rats are cooking the perfect meal and you can literally smell the food. After making our successful escape, Emil and Rémy open a bottle of champagne and you feel the ‘whoosh’ of a flying cork and water sprinkles your face imitating a champagne shower. The ride ends with the opening of Chez Rémy, where once again Emily is hungry as always!
With this new ride you get everything: You’re being shrunk to the size of a rat, you fall, you ran, you spin, you smell food, you get wet, you experience heat. It’s truly unique and amazing! And don’t forget the trackless system! Four rides – everyone was different!
After all this dwelling on how beautiful and amazing the place and the attraction is, let’s take a look at the things that I don’t like so much:
The prices in Chez Rémy. Chez Rémy is expensive. It really is. You can get a menu for 29,99€ that includes one starter and one main course or a menu for 39,99€ which additionally comes with a dessert and one “refreshing” drink. A “Little Chef” menu for children costs 16,99€ also with a starter, a main course, dessert and drink. I think its way to expensive, but of course that is just my humble opinion.
The transition between the pavement at La Place de Rémy and the asphalt when you’re leaving the area is kind of sudden. You have the almost white pavement and then all of a sudden the very dark asphalt… well, I think they could’ve done it smoother.
I find the sign above the Fastpass machines kind of weird. I like the style of it, however, I think the writing “Disney Fastpass Tickets” is far too big.
Oh and this ;)
All in all: I loved it!