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
Posted: Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:10pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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deix15x81 hour ago

Hopefully they continue until the launch, going 9/25-10/10 and would love to get on before the crowds.

trainplane39 hours ago

Cool. I leave the 4th.🙃

flutas9 hours ago

As a followup, DVC Previews will begin the 5th.

DCBaker1 day ago

HauntedPirate1 day ago

I already had my preview… Nearly 3 years ago at WDSP. 😉 I’d like my kids to ride, though, they’ll enjoy it.

MisterPenguin1 day ago


castlecake2.01 day ago

I feel like their goal is to give a “preview” to anyone possible so by October 1st it won’t be chaos.

flutas1 day ago

Club 33 Previews to begin Sept 3rd.

nickys3 days ago

If they have previews for certain groups, like DVC or AP holders, they have previously announced a registration date that you can sign up for a preview. Given it’s Epcot it shouldn’t be a problem to register and then book a park reservation for that day.

homerdance3 days ago

How do you get selected if you are a member of the preview group?

GoofGoof5 days ago

Me too…a week later. Anyone know how many people I could get in if it’s a DVC preview? We have 8 people in a 2 bedroom villa but only 4 of us are DVC owners.

havoc3155 days ago

Seems news is that there will be soft open opportunities for AP, DVC, etc… Any word on dates? I’m there in just over 2 weeks….

DCBaker5 days ago

marni197115 days ago

About to the fountain area.