Ratatouille: the Attraction, a jewel of technology and creativity

Expectations match the mystery that has surrounded its preparation: after 5 years of suspense Ratatouille: the Adventure will finally open to thrill one and all Guests at Disneyland Paris! The uniqueness of this novelty at a world scale ranges it among the major events of the summer of 2014.

Expectations match the mystery that has surrounded its preparation: after 5 years of suspense Ratatouille: the Adventure will finally open to thrill one and all Guests at Disneyland Paris! The uniqueness of this novelty at a world scale ranges it among the major events of the summer of 2014.

Aside from the buzz that surrounds l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, the arrival of this ground-breaking experience illustrates once again a choice made by the founding company: to push the limits of innovation, to make the best of technological progress by relying on the skills and inventiveness of the top experts in the field, the famous Imagineers*! The new attraction subtly combines two key ingredients to cook up this exceptional experience: technological excellence and creative talent to guarantee Guests an immersive adventure right into the heart of the movie Ratatouille, like they have never seen it before. Consequently, the designers imagined an itinerary in which the Guests see the world through Rémy’s eyes, scurrying between the kitchens and the restaurant of famous Chef Gusteau on-board trackless vehicles, the “rat-mobiles”! The attraction offers a real, 4 minutes 30 seconds-long immersion, appealing alternatively to the Guest’s 5 senses at key moments during the ride.

Lastly, to remain loyal to the artistic style of the Disney-Pixar movie the studio artists conceived brand-new sequences for this attraction with the original tools. The resolution of the projections in the attraction is so sharp that it took the computers as long to calculate and generate them as it did for the whole movie, back when it came out in 2007!

Indeed, in order to bring this over-dimensioned world to life, 3D screens projecting animation films in 4K, that is a resolution nearly four times higher than the Full HD, will integrate the gigantic settings, which took nearly two years to create.

The project included a number of challenges, among them the need to have many vehicles running simultaneously in the attraction, while each one of them is autonomous and multi directional. The 3D screens had to be seamlessly embedded into the sets and the 3D projections had to be realistic and offer the same quality, no matter which angle the Guest is looking at them from. Lastly, Ratatouille has one of the highest capacities of all the attractions at Disneyland Paris, and each experience is somewhat different while remaining excellent for all the Guests! Indeed, Ratatouille is the perfect example of an attraction in which innovation and the care for details are there to serve the story. That is the spearhead of all new projects in the Disney Parks. Technology must remain invisible. The comments from the first guests to have experienced the new attraction are unanimous. They say it is a European, be it a world, first of its kind!

(*) Walt Disney Imagineering is the R & D unit with more than 1500 Imagineers (engineers) with more than 140 specialties.