Construction Has Begun on Epcot’s Ratatouille Ride for the France Pavilion

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Walt Disney World has announced that they have commenced with the construction of the Ratatouille attraction for the France Pavilion at Epcot.

Work began on September 20th, 2017 for the ride that will open sometime before October 1st, 2021. Construction is not yet visible to guests and is only taking place backstage.

The ride, already a popular attraction at Disneyland Paris, was announced at the D23 Expo 2017 as part of phase 1 of the Epcot park overhaul.

The Ratatouille ride will be part of a larger expansion of the France Pavilion that will include new shopping, dining, and more.

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  • I just don’t understand why it may take 4 years to build one attraction.
    Construction for Walt Disney World began in 1967 and the park was open in 1971.
    … looks like it may take 4 years to open the Mexican outdoor margarita shop too.

    • You can thank the unreasonable amount of time needed to construct the attraction on the lazy, overweight, and slovenly construction workers that seem to populate most of Disney’s construction projects. I have lost count as to how many times I have observed construction workers on Disney property lounging around without a care in the world, completed appathetic to the project they are working on.

      • Yeah OK… These buildings just build themselves in your mind I’m sure… I’ve spent many years in and around construction and I know for a fact that Florida construction sites (including Disney) are some of the hardest to work in the country. Mostly because of the heat and humidity but also because of the ABC and the very pro contractor rules set in place. They also have some of the lowest pay scales in the country with little to no benefits… So by all means, if you think you can do that job day in and day out in those conditions for years to decades over a career and still hold that opinion, go for it… But I find your comments about the workers to be very foolish and ignorant… even more so when you factor in Disney’s (and rightfully so) reputation for drawing up the project and making changes as they go along in the name a creative accuracy…

    • It’s almost as if modern construction and ride technology is far more advanced than it was in the 70’s!
      But don’t let that stop you from being mad about something you don’t understand.

  • The theater in France pavilion will have a ratatouille overlay and it will be a musical show called ratatouille jamboree show.

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