Posts Tagged ‘Ratatouille’

Ratatouille Attraction Coming to France Pavilion at Epcot

by on July 15, 2017

Ever since I had heard about the Ratatouille-themed attraction located at Disneyland Paris, I have wished I would have the ability to experience it. Looks like that wish will come true without a trip to Paris.

A brand new Ratatouille-themed attraction will be added to the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Ratatouille Inspired ride coming to France Pavilion at Epcot

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The attraction will be similar to the 4-D attraction Ratatouille: The Adventure that opened at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2014.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six GREAT Easter Eggs in Disney Animated Movies

by on September 26, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the Six GREAT Easter Eggs in Disney Animated Movies. We here at the SATURDAY SIX offices listen to a lot of theme park podcasts, but one that caught our ears recently was Episode 87 of The Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish with Jim Hill. The show is focused on Disney villains, and over the course of the discussion Jim Hill and host Len Testa cover a variety of topics including the disastrous Villains Unleashed hard ticket party at DHS last year. Always filled with interesting tidbits, one thing that was new to us was the reveal that the character Ratigan in the Great Mouse Detective was based off the former Disney President and CEO Ron W. Miller. Most of you reading this are probably like us and LOVE watching Disney animated films, and it’s always fun to find out new information or see an Easter Egg hidden in the movie that you never caught before, even after watching films 20 times. Today we are going to look at six of our favorites that we noticed over the years. So sit back, be sure to have a quick finger on that DVD pause button, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…

# 6 –  Goofy, Donald Duck, and Mickey Mouse in Little Mermaid

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, kids today have it too good. The overall quality of animated films today is higher that it has ever been, many of which (Up, Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon) are as good as any live action film. But believe it or not there was a time when animated films weren’t doing all that well at the box office, including the ones made by Disney. In the mid ’80s we were at the nadir of the animated film industry, but that all changed in 1989 with the debut of The Little Mermaid. A smash success with a crowd pleasing soundtrack, Mermaid was so popular that fans wanted an attraction based on the ride 20 years after the movie came out. No offense to Big Hero 6 or Wreck It Ralph – both of which were awesome movies – but do you really see fans in a fever pitch to get attractions based on them 20 years from now?

After watching Mermaid approximately 1,000,000 times on VHS (and DVD, and blu ray, and now digitally on our iPhone) you start to catch every little detail in the film, such as the Big Three of Goofy, Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck among the crowd that King Triton glides by near the beginning of the film. There also looks to be a mermaid wearing a pair of Mickey Ears in the bottom right of the screen.

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King Triton glides by the Big Three.

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever September 17, 2015: Walt Disney Studios Paris

by on September 17, 2015

It’s another Best Week Ever (sort of) at Walt Disney Studios Paris (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Over the past 60 years, the Walt Disney Company has created some of the greatest examples of themed entertainment that the world has ever seen, but even Mickey sometimes makes a mistake or two. Fans love to debate about their least favorite Disney attractions almost as much as they like discussing the best one, whether we are talking about our recent well-publicized assertion that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no longer worth the full price of a one-day ticket, or the legendary faults of Disney California Adventure’s opening day incarnation. But a troubled as those parks may be, if you haven’t been to Walt Disney Studios Paris, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

I’ve recently completed my first visit to the Disneyland Paris Resort, and while 3 days at the Mouse’s European outpost certainly don’t make me an expert, they did broaden my definition of what a Disney park can — and probably shouldn’t — be. In an upcoming column I’ll share my experiences at Disneyland Paris itself, once I’ve had some time to digest my complicated feelings about that potential-packed park. But first, join me on a walk through its sister attraction, Walt Disney Studios Paris, which is arguably the weakest gate in the company’s current portfolio. In honor of one of the films featured in the park’s best original offering, I’m going to divide my thoughts into three categories: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. And because this is my Best Week Ever, let’s begin by accentuating the positive.

 

The Good at Walt Disney Studios Paris

 

Before we delve into the less-than-stellar aspects of Walt Disney Studios Paris, I want to properly praise three of the parks attractions which can go toe to toe with any of Disney’s best, starting with one of my favorite experiences in the entire resort.

 

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