Guide Tour of Worlds of Pixar, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris, France

Enter the Pixar universe and let yourself be transported to a breathtaking world of attractions, shows, restaurants and characters straight out of Ratatouille, Nemo, Toy Story… Worlds of Pixar features Pixar characters as Crush (from Finding Nemo), Mater and Lightning McQueen (from Cars), Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Slinky, and other characters from Toy Story.

As part of the massive investment in developing Walt Disney Studios, the restructuration of an already-existing land of Walt Disney Studios, in lieu of Toon Studio. This Worlds of Pixar is a land set east of the park, and the limits are the only ones to have been redesigned (no change as far as rides are involved).

Worlds of Pixar includes seven Pixar-themed attractions and photo locations in Toon Studio. This includes Crush’s Coaster, Ratatouille: The Adventure, and Cars ROAD TRIP. Guests will also be able to see Pixar characters including The Incredibles, Lightning McQueen, and more. There will also be Pixar-themed snacks.

Three new backdrops were also painted that are being described as Instagram-able locations. This is the continuation of work being done to add more Disney-Pixar storytelling and characters to Walt Disney Studios. There are more changes expected to be announced at Disneyland Paris for Walt Disney Studios as the park continues to be transformed.

Remy’s Square
This section represents the Paris of the movie Ratatouille, it is composed of the attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure totally toquée de Rémy, a table service restaurant Bistrot Chez Rémy, a shop Chez Marianne Souvenirs of Paris and toilets. The whole is decorated with facades of Parisian buildings, groves of flowers, trees, benches, lampposts and a fountain.

Ratatouille: Rémy’s Totally Crazy Adventure is a scenic course equipped with LPS (Local Positioning System) technology. It is inspired by the Pixar Studios animated, Ratatouille. This attraction plunges visitors to the size of a rat by mixing real decorations, projections in relief and sensory effects such as heat or cold effects and water splashes, visitors embark in vehicles with six seats out of two rows and should wear polarized glasses.

Bistrot Chez Rémy is a restaurant open on the exit of the Ratatouille attraction. It extends your experience to the size of a small rat for lunch or dinner in a Parisian bistro setting. Chez Marianne (Souvenirs of Paris). In this Art Deco -style shop, there are souvenirs inspired by the movie Ratatouille and French sweets.

Cars Road Trip
Cars Road Trip is a Disney park attractions, evoking the backstage of movie studios and re-themed on the Cars universe. Cars Road Trip is a redesign of the Studio Tram Tour attraction, however due to the extension of the park, it is amputated from part of its original route. It now invites visitors on an entertaining journey on Route 66, on the theme of the animated film Cars from Pixar.

The current version starts at the end of Mickey Avenue. It is also accessible from a porch on New York Street. A number of guests in each line were taken into a show area with a large water tank in front of them. In the water tank were props reminiscent of Pearl Harbor: the deck and the engine room of a patrol boat. Cast Members explained how the water tank and props could be used in filming scenes from action films. Using the volunteers from before the guests were shown a special effects demonstration, known as Harbor Attack. One volunteer sat in the engine room and was overcame by a deluge of water (1000 Gallons of Water) coming into the room through a window from two dump tanks. The other three volunteers were standing on the deck when an attack happened. Explosions underwater, simulated torpedo bursts, and fireballs were used to simulate the attack. When filming was finished the footage was put together with previously recorded footage of airplane attacks and dialogue and shown to the guests.

When the demonstration was finished, guests continued into a large prop warehouse. The line moved guests up and down aisles of props used in different major productions, including Marvin’s Room, The Santa Clause, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Rocketeer, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Great Muppet Caper, and George of the Jungle. Several of the props were tagged with information. At the exit of the building the tram part of the tour began.

As guests exited the prop building they boarded onto a tram for the main part of the tour. As the driver brought the tram through different areas, a prerecorded narration explained what was found there and tells the guests facts about it. Guests first traveled past the Earffel Tower, the former icon of the park. The tram ride was the closest that guests could get to the tower in the park. After the tower the tram drove through the costume and materials building, which had a thru-way for the tram and windows for guests to see the costumes and people working. A highlight in the building was the room full of tires used for the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.

When the tram left the building it would bring the guests through an outside area named the boneyard (named after an aircraft boneyard). In the boneyard vehicles featured in many films could be seen. Props included the genuine steamroller used by Judge Doom during the climax of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, ships from the original Star Wars films, the duo motorcycles from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the escape pod from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, cars used in the Herbie the Love Bug films (the ex-parade vehicle Herbie was taken away from the All-Star Movies Resort and was on display on the tour), bone cages from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the Trimaxiom Drone Ship from Flight of the Navigator and boats and other vehicles used in other Disney-produced films.

After leaving the boneyard, guests were told that they would be entering a “live” movie set while the cast was on break. The tram would then move into an area known as Catastrophe Canyon, a rocky area with a fuel truck and water tanks inside of it. While the tram was stopped, filming starts suddenly. An earthquake shakes the tram and causes the fuel truck to explode, sending a fire ball into the air. Then a flood of water comes rushing down from the canyon and from above the tram. When the earthquake subsides and the water stops, the set would then begin to reset for the next tram and the host on the tram tells guests how it was done as the tram travels behind the set to show the back of the production.

After exiting the canyon the tram traveled through parts of the boneyard again. Guests would go past the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show stadium and practice areas. The tram also passed Walt Disney’s private airplane. After passing the plane, the tram pulls in to the exit and unloaded into the AFI Showcase room.

Crush’s Coaster
Crush’s Coaster is a spinning roller coaster at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris. The attraction is both an enclosed spinning roller coaster course, whose vehicles take the shape of turtles, and a scenic course (dark ride) on the world of Finding Nemo. Its official name is Crush’s Coaster while Crush’s Turtle Twist, It occupies the building bearing the name Studio 5.

The attraction officially opened on June 9, 2007 as part of an expansion project in Toon Studio, an area within Walt Disney Studios Park formerly known as Animation Courtyard. It is themed to the Disney-Pixar film Finding Nemo and named after Crush, a green sea turtle voiced by Andrew Stanton from the film. Most of the roller coaster is enclosed and features dark ride special effects.

The attraction employs several instances of new technology developed by Walt Disney Imagineering, the key being two large digital video projection effects in the early dark ride scenes of the ride, which place Nemo, the clownfish, and Squirt, Crush’s son, seamlessly within the ‘underwater’ environment. The technology was developed for Crush’s Coaster in conjunction with Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Crush’s Coaster marks the only second Disney-themed spinning roller coaster (following Primeval Whirl), and the first ever collaboration between German roller coaster engineers Maurer Söhne and Walt Disney Imagineering.

The ride starts off with shells “diving” into the ocean. The first part of the attraction is a dark ride taking guests to the Great Barrier Reef, where they meet Nemo and Squirt, then to the darkness of the depths, which the sunlight cannot reach and where they encounter the voracious glowfish, and finally to the Sunken Submarine surrounded by an army of jellyfish where they meet the sharks and their chief, Bruce.

The second part of the ride is a coaster in the dark, representing the spiraling, churning East Australian Current itself. The ride ends up with shells returning to Sydney Harbour, with cheers from Crush and his friends.

Arriving in the departure lounge, shortly before access to the carriages, the visitor sees two audio-animatronic seagulls perched on the Angel’s Cove shop, which is in fact the control center of attraction. Boarding is done on four-seater vehicles in the shape of turtle shells, and whose configuration makes possible 360° rotations on themselves. Visitors board four and are placed two by two, back to back.

The vehicle approaches a first lift (mechanical system that allows a train to gain height), exits the building, finds itself in front of the coral decor, quickly descends a small fall and returns to the main building.

Then begins the scenic course part of the attraction, that is to say the part where the vehicles move at low speed, thanks to friction wheels. Visitors see Nemo heading towards them as if he were actually swimming in water (thanks to a system of holograms on transparent screens), then they follow different reconstructed scenes from the film, the abyssal anglerfish and the jellyfish.

The roller coaster part begins with a second lift in an abandoned submarine, inside which visitors find the three sharks from the film. Visitors escape the sharks as their turtle-vehicle picks up speed on this final mechanical climb and then finds itself loose at the top of the course to perform a series of drops, turns and bumps. The shell rotation system only activates when the vehicle enters this second part of the ride. The turtle eventually returns to the warm currents and then brings visitors back to the boarding room.

Cars Quatre Roues Rallye
Cars Quatre Roues Rallye, or Cars Race Rally, is an attraction at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée. The attraction opened on June 9, 2007, as part of the park’s expansion land, Toon Studio (now known as Worlds of Pixar). The attraction’s theme is based on the characters and scenes from the 2006 Disney•Pixar film Cars. The ride opened one year after the film showed its first screening.

The attraction is located in Toon Studio and themed as an automobile service station in the small town of Radiator Springs. The attraction is surrounded by boulders which imitate the rocky formations of the Grand Canyon. The ride system is a standard 2-table Zamperla Demolition Derby, which eventually inspired Disney to build a custom-made 3-table version with modified swinging vehicles for the Cars Land expansion of Disney’s California Adventure.

Riders begin the attraction by sitting down in one of the Carsland themed vehicles which are located on one of the spinnable turntables. The attraction’s layout is similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, and “Francis’ Ladybug Boogie” attraction at Disney California Adventure and the “Whirlpool” at Tokyo DisneySea. The vehicles automatically change from one spinning turntable to the next while interweaving and switching places with the other vehicles.

Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land is a themed land, the area is based on the Disney•Pixar film series Toy Story. Toy Story Land in France originally opened as part of Toon Studio on August 17, 2010 at a cost of 79 million euros. It is an area of three Toy Story -themed attractions.

In Toy Story Playland, a giant statue of Buzz Lightyear sits at the entrance, we then walk into Andy’s garden, shrunken to toy size, and wander around in the company of characters such as Zigzag the dog, the Karting remote-controlled car, the green soldiers or even Rex the dinosaur.

Walt Disney Studios Park
Walt Disney Studios Park, located in the Val d’Europe sector in Marne-la-Vallée, in Seine-et-Marne, is the second of two theme parks built at Disneyland Paris, which opened on 16 March 2002. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Parks, Experiences and Products division. It is dedicated to show business, movie themes, production, and behind-the-scenes.

Walt Disney Studios Park is part of the Disneyland Paris leisure complex, formerly called Euro Disney Resort then Disneyland Resort Paris. The park is represented by the Earffel Tower, a water tower similar to one that was installed at the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California. In the 2010s, the park began to entered a new direction of immersive theming and attraction development inspired by iconic Disney stories.

In 2019, the park hosted approximately 5.2 million visitors, which places it in 4th place in Europe and 23rd in the world 3. Since its opening, it has twice been honored with a Thea Award, this is a global award given by the Themed Entertainment Association. The park was awarded the first time in 2003 in the attraction category for CinéMagique and the second time in 2015 in the thematic restaurant category for the Bistrot Chez Rémy.