New plans and concept art for the planned Ratatouille dark ride at Walt Disney Studios, Paris have been uncovered, with planning permission having been granted by local authorities.
An enterprising member of the Disney Central Plaza forums posted the artwork online, having discovered it at the Chessy town planning office. DLRPToday reports that the Ratatouille attraction could open as soon as 2013, if the banks that hold Disneyland Paris Resort's debt approve the estimated €150 million outlay.
The dark ride, based on the 2007 Pixar film of the same name, will see guests "shrunk" down to the size of a rat. The plans are consistent previous reports that the ride will begin in Gusteau's restaurant, before taking riders on a wild chase through key scenes from the movie. Disney is rumored to be planning to reuse the trackless ride system from Tokyo Disneyland's Pooh attraction, which allows full 360 degree rotation of the ride cars.
The concept art shows the exterior of the Ratatouille ride, with surrounding area set to be themed around a Parisian courtyard. As well as several mock building façades, the area features also features an elaborate fountain. Part of the ride building's exterior is set to be themed as Gusteau's restaurant from the movie, and the building is expected to house an actual restaurant in addition to the ride.
The plans for the building show little of the ride within, but do offer some hints as to the overall layout. Guests will enter the building through a covered queue, which runs alongside it. However, the detail of what will take place once on board the ride remains only a rumour.
The remaining plans show the location of the ride building, which will be situated close to the Toy Story Playland area that opened in 2010.
According to the forum poster, the plans were approved by the Chessy authorities on April 20. The Disneyland Paris Resort's precarious financial position means that it will have to apply to its lenders in order to fund the addition to Walt Disney Studios, with no confirmation as yet on whether approval to move forward with the project has been given.
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