This is a Construction Update for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the France Pavilion Expansion in Epcot for November 2019. In this post we are going to be focusing on all the latest progress on the ‘Ratatouille Ride’ and the wonderful expansion currently being built in the back of France. We will share construction photos and talk about what’s happening so you can keep up with the work.
In the past we’ve seen the walls go up around the France pavilion, as well as a look at the Ratatouille attraction building (which is pretty big btw). Now with fresh views of the pavilion from the Disney Skyliner, we’re going to look at the continued construction of the latest expansion and attraction coming to Epcot!
It hasn’t been that long since our last update but we have a lot to cover and we look forward to sharing everything with you! In our latest update we take a look at more work being done to the facades of the buildings in France and also a new black steel structure that has been installed in the street.
If you aren’t familiar with the France expansion and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the whole area behind the current France pavilion is being expanded with a new restaurant, shops and a Ratatouille ride (a clone of the Disneyland Paris version. You can read more about the Ratatouille Ride for more details.
You can also get the latest from around Disney World at more construction projects currently going on in our Walt Disney World Construction Updates page.
Big thanks as usual to @Bioreconstruct who takes the best construction photos of the projects around Disney World and sometimes even from high above in a helicopter! You really get a new perspective on what’s happening. Let’s see what’s new with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure this month…
I’m constantly updating this post so you can scroll down for the latest France Pavilion and Ratatouille Ride Construction pictures:
(NEW PHOTOS – 11/11/19)
It’s funny how quickly things can pop up during a Disney construction project, one day there’s nothing, and the next day, a huge change. That was the case in our latest construction update for the France pavilion expansion as a new steel structure went up overnight.
Looking in at the project from the International Gateway you can see the black steel structure with the typical Haussmann style buildings behind it:
Just a couple of weeks ago there was nothing but scaffolding along this wall, and now you can see the Haussmann style buildings starting to take shape. Of course it’s only a wall being painted to look like those buildings, but it sure is starting to look nice!
Looking closer you can start to see the details around the roofs and windows:
Now looking in from the Disney Skyliner you can see a black steel structure which has been built in the middle of the street in France:
This structure is an extended queue and will have a canopy when it’s finished:
It will serve two purposes, one to keep guests out of the sun while waiting in line, and two, it will help block the Eiffel Tower from the back side, which is the worst angle, revealing the tactic of forced perspective.
This green steel structure will be part of an extended queue for Remy’s Ratatouille adventure:
Here is a view from the Skyliner of the street in France, and the canopy in the middle:
Notice the utilizes which were already there, now being covered up:
That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more updates to the New France expansion in Epcot as they come. In the meantime scroll down more to see some of the progress on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and other projects going on in Disney World.
(NEW PHOTOS – 11/4/19)
It’s been a couple of weeks and already the new buildings in the France pavilion expansion are taking form. Thanks to the Disney Skyliner it’s now really easy to get an inside look at the work going on near the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction.
Here we can see the new steel frame of a building which has just gone up:
It’s not quite sure what this building is yet, it could be part of the queue for Ratatouille, but others are saying it will have a clear roof on top of it which probably wouldn’t be for Ratatouille then.
We’ll have to wait and see when Disney gives us a bit more information.
Next we see one of the largest buildings in the France pavilion expansion also getting a roof installed, or in this case it looks like 2 separate roofs on the same structure:
Those utilities that were uncovered and exposed only a couple weeks ago, are now covered up:
It’s a big project for Disney to have to cover what was a never-seen are in the back of the France pavilion. Now of course people are going to be looking at the backs of those buildings, so they have to look nice!
Here we can see the one of the roofs on the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure building facade under construction:
(NEW PHOTOS – 10/23/19)
The France expansion project is humming along quite nice, and signs of the construction work are visible from all over Epcot, and even beyond. Here we can see some work being done on one of the roofs of the already existing buildings:
Some of the work is even recognizable from outside the park as you can see work being done on the facade of the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure building all the way from the Yacht Club:
And speaking of seeing things from outside the park, is anyone else loving the views from up in the Disney Skyliner? It really works out nicely because you can see right into the France pavilion construction and get a bird’s eye view of what’s going on!
This is what the France Pavilion will look like when it’s done:
Talk about a view!
Now we get a closer look at the facade for the Ratatouille building under construction:
Keeping with the authentic Parisian theme, you can see the Baron Haussmann architecture starting to take form, which is the same as most iconic streets in Paris:
This will look very similar to the current Ratatouille attraction in Disneyland Paris:
A look down at the ground shows the backside of the current buildings in the France Pavilion. Those pre-existing utilities that are exposed will need to be covered up:
Progress on the other buildings is slow and stead with a steel beam being added to this one:
Just a couple weeks earlier that beam wasn’t there:
Lastly we take a look at some of the concrete work being done on the plaza floor:
A tree will be eventually transplanted there in the middle.
That wraps up this construction update for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure for now, but keep checking back as we continuously update you with the latest.
Keep scrolling down to read some of the previous updates to see what work has already been done…
(NEW PHOTOS: 3/25/19)
So first off we are looking at the side of the France Pavilion which rests along the water canal near the Friendship Boats launch:
You can see that the big cement walls which will form the edge of this expansion are still going up and just now getting some height.
Even from further back you can start to see the attraction building peaking over the smaller building that are there already:
This is where you’ll eventually end up after walking along that wall:
Guests will eventually have an awesome view once turning the corner of a wide open French square:
At the end of that square is where Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is going to be. We we can see work being done on the facade of that building and ground crews going to town too:
Closeup of the facade:
How big is the attraction building for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure? Let’s take a look at it from the opposite side of World Showcase Lagoon and see:
While not quite as tall as the minaret in Morocco from this angle, it’s almost on that same level. We’ll see if Disney grows in some big trees in front of it to block some of the view, which is probably the case seeing as they painted it green to blend with its surroundings.
Lastly we get a nice aerial shot of the area which looks a lot bigger than the view from the International Gateway does:
It will be quite a lovely space once finished!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the France Pavilion expansion will be completed Spring/Summer 2020 depending on how fast the construction continues to go.
We don’t have an exact date yet when the France expansion and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be open. Our best guess at this time is it should be ready by Summer 2020, which would be in time for the busy season in Walt Disney World. This of course depends on all the construction going smoothly. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more…
Keep up with all the latest Walt Disney World Construction Updates in our post with links to all the projects and attractions currently being built!
Other Disney World Construction Updates:
- Epcot Entrance Construction Updates October 2019
- TRON Lightcycle Run Roller Coaster Updates November 2019
- Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster Updates October 2019
- Magic Kingdom Pathway Cinderella Castle Update – Now Complete (September 2019)
I want to know what you think about the latest Ratatouille Ride and France pavilion updates…
- How excited are you for this ride?
- Which new Disney World attraction are you most looking forward to?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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