By Andy Guinigundo
Marne-la-Vallée, France – At the annual Euro Disney shareholders meeting, Chairman Philippe Gas announced a new Ratatouille attraction would be completed by 2014. The recipe is simple: by making an investment in high quality guest experiences, the resort will continue to strengthen its multi-day appeal to resort guests. Pardon the corporate-speak, but indeed, the strategy appears to be paying off. As Disneyland Paris celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2012, it broke attendance records with 16 million visits. This is a far cry from the early days when the park struggled to be profitable in a then down economy with a less than enthusiastic public.
To be built in the Walt Disney Studios Park, the attraction will combine Disney Imagineering technology and storytelling in a theme that is described as uniquely “français”. It will pay tribute to the French capitol, Paris, and the characters from the Disney Pixar Ratatouille movie. The movie is set in Paris and follows the adventures of Remy the rat who has aspirations of becoming a famous French chef.
Details of the attraction are … well, there aren’t any yet. But I suspect it will be more than a rat on a plate!
• Andy Guinigundo is the author of the Out of The Loop column in “Orlando Attractions Magazine”. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and three daughters. He grew up frequenting theme parks around Ohio and making trips to Orlando with his family. While for most of the year, he’s out of the Orlando loop, he tries to visit Florida at least once a year. You can follow Andy on Twitter at @AttractionsOOTL.