The Disneyland Resort Paris has posted a sign at the Walt Disney Studios theme park which confirms that it is to start construction of a dark ride based on Pixar's Ratatouille.
The news had been widely expected after Disney loaned the resort €150 million last week, enabling it to cover the cost of building the attraction. Disney and More now reports that the sign has appeared on the proposed site for the ride in Walt Disney Studios, as required by French law before construction work can begin.
In its press release announcing the credit facility from Disney, Disneyland Paris stated that it would enable the resort to complete a "multi-year expansion of the Walt Disney Studios park, which includes a new attraction". It is now certain that this referred to the Ratatouille ride, which will be located in the Toon Studio area of the park.
Few details of the Ratatouille 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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