The Hottest Table in Town
Ratatouille is one of my all-time favorite Pixar films. It combines three of my favorite things--beautiful Paris, fine food, and cute rodents--and throws in a fantastic soundtrack to boot. So when Walt Disney Studios opened up a Ratatouille mini-land seven years ago, I was excited to explore the new addition. Not only was it a feat of quality in a park that is full of clones and repeats and little synergy, it featured a promising dark ride with trackless, radio-controlled technology similar to Pooh's Hunny Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland. It goes without saying that the opening was a hit, with guests lining up to experience the new attraction and enjoy the best ambiance in the park (even if the "theme a theme park to the area that the theme park is already set in" thing seemed to be a repeat of Disney California Adventure). And in a photo like this, I like to imagine people lining up just so they can experience the culinary wonders of Remy's hip and happening bistro. Maybe that's the L.A. in me coming out--think of the crowds turning out for the trendy. But the story fits the photo, and sometimes, that's enough.
|Long lines form for the Walt Disney Studios Paris Ratatouille ride in this photo taken from its opening year.|