If you’ve recently visited Epcot’s France Pavilion, or entered the park via the International Gateway located between the UK and France Pavilions, then you’ve likely noticed a lot of construction going on! That construction is for the addition of a Ratatouille ride in France as well as the Skyliner transportation system. We’ll start this update with the Ratatouille ride.
This ride will be in a completely new section of the France pavilion. Looking at the concept art, it appears that the ride building will be disguised as city buildings behind the current entrance to the Impressions de France film.
Here’s how the construction progress looks this week from the International Gateway, with the ride building in the center of the photo.
The ride building is rising up behind the existing buildings. This ride, along with the Skyliner, have necessitated the removal of a fair bit of landscaping as the construction is underway.
If you’ve been lucky enough to go to Disneyland Paris, then you will be familiar with the Ratatouille ride, as Epcot’s version will be similar to the Ratatouille ride in Disneyland Paris. You will get the sense that you will “shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant,” according to Disney. Like the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, we only know this will open in time for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021. An exact opening date has not been announced (though current rumors indicate an earlier opening than 2021).
Epcot’s International Gateway will host the park’s Skyliner Station. The new Skyliner system will connect Epcot and Hollywood Studios as well as Caribbean Beach, Riviera, Pop Century, and Art of Animation Resorts.
If you’ve been to Disney in the past year, you’ve likely seen these posts popping up along the route as you see in the photo below.
Epcot’s Skyliner Station is being built in the same style as the entrance to International Gateway.
Looks like it is going to look just like the concept art!
As with the Ratatouille ride, an exact opening date has not been announced, except sometime in 2019… and if the way this year is flying by is any indication, it will be here before we know it!
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