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Ratatouille dark ride’s Restaurant side-order confirmed by new construction notice

Tuesday, 24th January 2012 at 14:00

What’s the one thing Walt Disney Studios Park needs more than a dark ride? This: a new restaurant! While the initial planning notice for the Ratatouille dark ride only noted a project known as “Toon Studio D”, this new full-blown Marne-la-Vallée construction notice, spotted by Mouetto of Disney Central Plaza, confirms that both an attraction and a new restaurant are on their way to the park. For the Studios, this is a big deal: the park only has three true restaurants to its 17 attractions, even including the minuscule Café des Cascadeurs. This will also be the first real dining location in the whole of Toon Studio — the park’s largest land, taking up the whole of its right side.

Don’t let the French theme lead you to expect a traditional Bistro de Paris-type dining experience here, though. As we teased earlier this month, we’re more likely in fact to be dining in a giant-sized version of Rémy’s rat restaurant, perhaps on the first floor of the new showbuilding’s frontage. This would allow Imagineering to create something truly unique and fun with the theme — after all, if you want a traditional, stuffy Parisian restaurant, there are plenty just a short RER ride away.

Surprisingly, with the restaurant confirmed, there is now some doubt whether the plan for a boutique adjoining this “Kitchen Calamity” will see reality, or if it could be built as a later phase. This was rumoured to be built in the workshop of the existing Imaginations (Costuming) backstage building, bordering the construction site. Hopefully sense will prevail because, if there’s one thing the park needs more than a dark ride or a restaurant… well, you get the idea.

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  • I don’t think we should rule the shop out… I don’t know the laws regarding this but as it would (apparently) go into an existing building, I imagine they wouldn’t need to put up a construction notice?

  • Is it sad that the thing I’m looking forward to the most is that there will be toilets in the Toon Studio? :P

    OK, that’s not really what I’m looking forward to, but it’s still badly needed.

    As for the restaurant, I wanted it to have a typical French theme, but you’re right. I’m a foreigner when I visit DLP, so I forget that a posh French restaurant is normal there.

  • Because less construction work would be involved with a new shop WDI may be keeping this to themselves untill they are forced to share their plans with the local goverment to get planning approval.

  • Just to make clear: the rumour about the shop being postponed has been posted earlier/separately on Disney Central Plaza (rather than deduced from this sign). There could be some truth in it, particularly if the costuming workshop needs to find a new home for it to happen, but it would seem like odd planning for Disney to not get it open alongside the attraction.

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