Disney has released artwork related for the newest Dark Ride with the Ratatouille theme planned for the Walt Disney Studios in Paris. The plan to add a Ratatouille Dark ride was not a big secret, especially when Toy Story Playland opened and showed some early integrated Ratatouille decorations showing a sculpture of Gusteau, the chef in the Ratatouille movie. This sculpture has been hidden by Disney shortly after, but you can still see Remy on the Benches in front of the gateway where the sculpture is.
The artwork and plans where found by Disney Central Plaza when visiting Chessy City Hall where construction permits can be viewed by the general public. One of the pictures shows a colorful facade that will be used to hide the big attraction building. The facade looks like typical buildings found in Paris with a cafe/restaurant facade that could be the entrance of the new restaurant for this area. The Ratatouille entrance can be seen on the right hand side of the artwork. A nice water feature is set for the middle of the area.
The two other pictures are blueprints. The first one showing the location of the new dark ride building very well. You can see the big footprint of the building behind Toy Story Playland and right next to the costuming building.
The second blueprint shows some interesting things. First of all you can see the big facade, including some covered pathways that are expected to be covered queue area’s for the new Ratatouille dark ride attraction. You can clearly see that the building used as facades will have 4 floors and although Disney might be using there forced perspective to make the buildings appear taller it will still be a big facade. Looking at the building behind that facade we can see it even go higher up. Could this be an indication that the dark ride will not only be big, but could cover multiple levels inside the building? What other reason could there be to have such a high building?
Plans have been approved to build the premises but Disney is still waiting for one important thing before they can start to build and set an targeted opening date. Disney need to get the agreement from the banks for the money needed to build this new attraction. If this gets green lighted we might see an opening set for 2013.