Disney and More blogger Alain spills the beans on the Resort’s 20th Anniversary attraction.
According to him, the Ratatouille dark ride has been approved by the park’s management in favour of other rumoured rides like The Little Mermaid and Splash Mountain and would cost approximately between $120M and $150M.
According to Alain the show building would take over the current Costuming Building, but our sources informed us this is not correct. A brand new building would be constructed on the small forest that used to feature the Pearl Harbour set.
Alain continues that the entrance and queue line will put guests on the rooftops of Paris with breathtaking height feeling, thanks to forced perspective.
Trackless vehicles (LPS) would roam free through the show building through sets designed as the guests were the size of rats. This would be accomplished by the size of the show building, which will apparently be as tall as Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park.
Animatronic rats will be a major part of the story, as well as oversized body parts of humans, like faces and legs.
Source: Disney and More
Saturday 20th December 2008 in Ratatouille dark ride, Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic, Toy Story Playland
A construction permit has been posted outside Walt Disney Studios Park for the re-routing of the Tram Tour road.
This is the first official mentioning of the Studio Tram Tour re-routing after the permission to partially cut the WDS forest.
Friday 14th November 2008 in Ratatouille dark ride, RC Racer, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic, Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, Toy Story Playland
We received some more information regarding the cutting permit we posted about earlier this week. As expected will only a small area of the forest be cut down to allow room for the Toy Story Land and Ratatouille dark ride expansion and to re-route the Studio Tram Tour road between the Station and Dinotopia set.
Walt Disney Studios Park is the only Disney theme park in the world with a real forest within its berm, so its obvious that it will be preserved as good as possible. In fact, plans call for an integration of the forest with the Toy Story Land.
Sunday 9th November 2008 in Ratatouille dark ride, RC Racer, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic, Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, Toy Story Playland
A permit to cut 3.9900 ha of the forest located within Walt Disney Studios Park has been posted outside the park (near Val d’Europe).
It’s rumoured that parts of the forest will have to go to re-route the Studio Tram Tour road which will partially be taken over by a possible Toon Studio expansion in the near future.
Laughing Place revealed in a recent article some information on the upcoming Ratatouille darkride:
The attraction will use the track-less system that was developed for Tokyo Disneyland’s Pooh’s Hunny Hunt back in 2000 and has not been used for a dark ride at any park since.
Guests will be shrunk to the size of Remy as they are chased through the kitchen by Chef Skinner and his cohorts. The attraction will play with scale throughout as the four-man ride vehicles careen around the world of Ratatouille. The attraction has received the approval of John Lasseter as his preferred next E-ticket for the Walt Disney Studios Park. The black-box soundstage will sit immediately behind the Magic of Disney Animation & Cars Quatre Roues Rallye and extend Toon Studio into the area. The attraction is likely to be the centerpiece of the 20th anniversary in 2012.
Read the full article here.
A CNBC written article on Toy Story Midway Mania, briefly refers to the Ratatouille ride which was just a rumour up until now!
[...]There’s no question that Pixar is an increasingly important driver of Disney parks. The last big attraction Disneyland launched was its “Finding Nemo” Submarine ride last year, it’s working on a big “Cars” attraction for Disneyland and a “Ratatouille” ride for Euro Disney outside Paris. All these rides further proof of the fact that Disney’s acquisition of Pixar was about much more than just a movie studio, it was about building brands to exploit across all its platforms, which is CEO Bob Iger’s big strategy.[...].
Thursday 12th June 2008 in Park Expansion, Ratatouille dark ride, Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic, Toon Studio, Toy Story Playland
More information has surfaced about the possible expansion of Toon Studio.
According to Grandmath on Disney Central Plaza, a plan exists backstage showing a large building over the grass area and the Studio Tram Tour route, what would mean that a re-route of the tour (and a relocation of its station) would be necessary and allow expansion of the current Hollywood Blvd.
Guimik, a member on Disney Central Plaza Forum claims he overheard 2 Imagineers talking to each other in Toon Studio about a Ratatouille attraction. He says they were carrying a concept art representing Gusteau’s restaurant that’s supposed to go behind the Studio Tram Tour Station. Of course, we can’t take this seriously… Or can we?