Disney is to loan the Disneyland Resort Paris up to €150 million, with the money widely expected to be used to install the long-rumored Ratatouille dark ride at Walt Disney Studios.
Euro Disney S.C.A., the parent company of the Disneyland Resort Paris, revealed the new credit facility in a press release earlier this week. It stated that the loan will enable it to complete a "multi-year expansion of the Walt Disney Studios park, which includes a new attraction" - almost certainly the Ratatouille ride, for which plans are at an advanced stage.
The ride will be based on Pixar's Ratatouille movie, which was set in Paris. Concept art for the attraction was revealed in 2011, showing that it would be surrounded by a new area themed around a Parisian courtyard.
Few details of the ride itself have been confirmed, although it is rumored that it will use the same trackless ride system as Tokyo Disneyland's Pooh's Hunny Hunt attraction, which allows full 360 degree rotation of the ride cars. Guests are expected to enjoy a "rat's eye view" of variations locations, including Gusteau's restaurant as seen in the movie.
The Disneyland Resort Paris has already received approval from the local Chessy authorities to move forward with the Ratatouille project. No opening date for Walt Disney Studios' next E-Ticket attraction has been confirmed, but Euro Disney CEO Philippe Gas recently revealed that there would be no new rides at the resort until autumn 2013 at the earliest.
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