PHOTO - Latest look at the Ratatouille site from the air as first permits are filed for construction

Oct 10, 2017 in "Remy's Ratatouille Adventure"

Ratatouille construction site from the air

Pictured above is the latest look at the backstage area of the France Pavilion at Epcot, which will be home to the upcoming Ratatouille ride.

Not too much has changed since our last aerial shot, but with the Food and Wine kiosks now out in the park, the area is cleared and looks ready to begin work.

Walt Disney Imagineering has also just filed a permit for the very early stages of construction, describing the first stage as "Project MI - Core and Shell - Underground MEPF, Structural Steel, Concrete, Metal."

It isn't clear what the Project MI name means, but it is likely an internal code name for the project.

Balfour Beatty Construction is the contractor, a company that frequently works with Disney on large construction projects.

No expiration date is listed, which typically means the work will be done within a year. However, it is important to note that this is just the first phase of construction, and is for the most basic parts of the building. 

We are likely to see more permits in the coming months as work progresses, but as of now, expect Ratatouille to open around the Spring of 2020.

Aerial photo for WDWMAGIC by Colin Chardavoyne @cchard.

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Article Posted: Oct 10, 2017 / 1:10pm EDT
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MrzPalmtree1 day ago

Actually, MK is only open until 9 pm March 14-20. The additional hour may be added as the dates get closer as that week looks to be a good bit busier than the week before, but currently most of the week is set for 9 pm closing.

mm522001 day ago

Nope just busy spring break period anticipated. MK is open till 10 every night that week too

pektas1 day ago

Starting March 13 Epcot is open 11-11 every day until march 20......guessing not but any chance the extended hours have anything to do with this possibly opening during that time?

lazyboy97o5 days ago

It’s supposed to be the railing of a Juliet balcony. A piece of wood painted to match the wall isn’t what those normally look like? How you are supposed to use your balconet or get to your flowers with a fixed window is another question. It’s a shame the French don’t have some sort of eponymous door they use in such situations.

_caleb5 days ago

Or close the window all the way because for some reason there’s a wall-colored panel in the way...

FeelsSoGoodToBeBad5 days ago

Those are my people. I have a black thumb and the flower box would eventually look like some sad wasteland of tears and terrors. 👻😱

Incomudro5 days ago

The people who live in that apartment don't put flowers out.

pdude815 days ago

Ladder budget cuts

HauntedPirate5 days ago

(Fake) flowers can’t grow that high up? It’s the same in the south-facing wall as well.

Prototype825 days ago

I'm going to shift some focus away from the sign discussion and ponder this: Is this driving anyone else nuts?

marni19715 days ago

It could operate if it had the staff and was finished and tested.

JustInTime5 days ago

Wait. So you mean that rides can’t operate during this pandemic while other rides are operating? (Also, the point was the punchline and I was looking for an excuse to use it. Sorry it was bad but it was mostly rhetorical).

Disney Analyst5 days ago

I’ll take Global Pandemic for 5,000.

marni19715 days ago

Because of Covid. Crewing. Unforseen circumstances. Covid. Need I go on?