First Ratatouille dark ride construction crane rises above the Studios — in pictures and video

Wednesday, 16th May 2012 at 01:10 by
Anthony
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Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane

This week, the future Ratatouille dark ride made another highly visible step forward as a second tower crane began to rise above the Toon Studio construction site. The first, of course, made its mark on 11th April — a valiant effort by the second gate to steal the thunder of its partner a day before the 20th Anniversary events on 12th April 2012. Whether this date was chosen by chance or by reason, it was a fitting way to end one chapter with the beginnings of the next.

So what does a Disneyland Paris fan do, upon arriving at the resort after a long train journey on a blustery, rainy evening like that? Rush straight over to Walt Disney Studios Park, just 15 minutes before the gates closed, and photograph our exciting new landmark from every angle, of course. And then, a month later, actually find the time to post the pictures online.

But here we go, crane fans: over 40 photos and six minutes of video featuring “La Grue Ratatouille” — from Val d’Europe, Toon Studio, Backlot, Frontierland and beyond. This first crane alone was imposing enough on the skyline: this ride may be all about rats, but it won’t be small by any standard.

Continues…

From the edge of the developing town of Val d’Europe next to Disneyland Paris, the crane joins now-familiar (if rather outlandish) icons across the fields.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane

This is the first time such a large piece of construction equipment has been used within the parks since 2007, when the crane(s) for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror were dismantled. Toy Story Playland used smaller, mobile cranes for its construction.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
The freshly repaved ticketing area, faded Studio 3 and crane, against a dark 11th April sky.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction craneRatatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Andy got some new construction toys!

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
The soon-to-be-closed street, pictured in the pouring rain.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
A look across the construction site, roughly two years before opening day, can we say?

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
The crane(s) are now an unmissable presence, but look suitably toy-like themselves.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Elsewhere, it only adds to the messy, unfinished feeling.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
The Studios skyline: needs some work.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
They’re building Cars Land!

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Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane

April 13th 2012: A brighter day and a new position for the crane.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Two years of Sorcerer Mickey and tower crane juxtapositions begin here.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Follow the crane to find the theming.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction craneRatatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
The street is so generally so quiet that closing it at this time of year will have had little impact on guest flow through Toy Story Playland. Someday soon, we’ll walk past a Pixar-ised Parisian street scene here, rather than the thinly-disguised “Studio 4″ Cast Member building.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
A welcome feature before the street was closed was this temporary gate, a park evacuation point that also handily allows perfect views into the construction site. Since not everyone wants to queue umpteen times for Toy Soliders Parachute Drop, let’s hope it returns later.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
And no, we’re not the only ones peeking through there…

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
You could say the crane is pointing in the wrong direction…

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane

And now, to Frontierland! Since the Ratatouille construction site actually sits right up against the berm of Frontierland, the crane is now an unmissable feature on the western skyline here, too.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Geyser Mountain finally got the green light!

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
It’s not the only crane on the horizon, either. This one, further back behind the park, is perhaps for the new water treatment plant. We’d cover that, but you’re probably more interested in the dark ride, right?

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! dark ride construction crane
Henry Ravenswood is having a new kitchen fitted.

Not enough tower crane action for you? The fun continues in our special video tour of the construction area below, which also helps to point out all the wonderful hidden details and nods to Rémy of the pre-existing Ratatouille-themed street.

The street temporarily closed to guests just a day or so after we filmed this tour, perhaps to permit the construction of the second crane, so this is your only chance for now to see it again for yourself.

Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity! (working title) is scheduled to open in 2014. It has not yet been formally announced by Disneyland Paris. Find everything you need to know about this exciting future dark ride in our previous news updates here.

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  • just booked a once in a life time holiday in dlrp
    just found out there is a monster crain in all the photo shoots.
    what dipstick decided to do this in 20th anniversary celebration its a terrable eye sore and they should be locked up in the bastile.
    GUTTED. GUTTED. GUTTED…….

    • It’s really not in “all the photo shoots”, it’s just that for this article I specifically took photos of (the very few) viewpoints where you can see the crane.

      I’m fairly sure it won’t ruin your holiday!

  • why didnt they wait untill after the 20th party
    to put those eye sores up

  • If anyone asked me ten minutes ago if i’d like to see 42 pictures and an HD video of a crane I would have told them to jog on. But now I have seen them and I did like seeing them. How boring are we?!

  • I must be boring as well, as I just looked at them all!
    Kevin – DLP fans have been waiting for this new Ratatouille ride to be built for some time. We can’t have park expansion and building without a crane. It certainly won’t spoil your trip.
    As DLRP Today says, they focused on the crane for these photos – they could have got many without the crane being seen.

    • thanks figgygirl I know that dlrp is constantly growing and it will 4 ever it was just a shock to c them this morning.
      I am just so excited as is the family.

  • i hardly think a big crane sticking up in the air is going to spoil a holiday to disneyland paris, theres so much to see and do you will probably get home and realise you have missed it, have a good time, and dlrp i will be seeing you in september and my children cant wait.

  • Rhiannons dad  27th May 2012, 22:29

    I must agree with Jemma, a crane will not spoil your holiday. If this is your first time then I can guarantee that once you take your first steps on to main street both you and your family will be blown away. Rhiannon is six now and we have not missed a year and we still get excited! Wonder if you can see the crane from tower of terror, will find out next Monday :)

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