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Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris Resort Gets Funding

Disneyland Paris Resort and its operating company Euro-Disney SCA have spent years on a carefully crafted plan to eliminate some of the mountains of debt the resort was left with after opening with too many hotels. For a while they ran into a circle of an austere budget impacting maintenance and show, which resulted in a decrease in attendance, which turned into the banks demanding more austerity. That resulted in some unhealthy attitudes about the park in the eyes of the public. Thankfully, DLPR is at a place now where they can convince the banks that a certain amount of growth and maintenance is required just as a baseline to draw in new guests.

Plans for a new Ratatouille ride at Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios park leaked back in April of 2011, but it took until now for the banks to approve the 150 million euro price for the attraction and the mini-land that will come with it.

As you can see above, the concept art is gorgeous. This is the sort of detailed place making that will help WDS grow and continue to draw guests for an extended stay at DLPR. The new Ratatouille ride is rumored to be a trackless ride system based on the Winnie the Pooh Honey Pot ride in Tokyo Disney. Together with the Cars, Nemo, & Toy Story area, there will be a whole emphasis on Pixar in the park. Should be exciting.

The full press release is below the cut:

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The Park with the Dragon in the Basement

Disneyland Paris has always been the most beautiful of the Magic Kingdom parks which leaves us U.S. theme park based fans jealous. The number one item that turns us green with envy is the dragon lair under Sleeping Beauty Castle. Over the years, the shine… Read More »The Park with the Dragon in the Basement

Disneyland Paris Castle Recreated in Origami

Okay, it’s not exactly Origami, but they did use an Origami expert to recreate Sleeping Beauty castle from Disneyland Paris. It’s now in a London mall attracting potential tourists to learn more about the destination. It took three weeks of work and more than 50,000… Read More »Disneyland Paris Castle Recreated in Origami

Disneyland Paris at Christmas (Photos)

I had the luck of having a work trip in Paris, and I was able to sneak off to Disneyland Paris for a day. Below are a few photos, but if you want to see more (including a full trip report) you can find that on my personal blog. ( apologize that some of the photos are lower quality; my camera died and I had to use my iPad.)

I think this little boy thought I was taking his picture. He saw me with my camera (trying to take a picture) and stopped for a few moments. I snapped one, and then walked ahead of him to take more. But I just live this picture so much! (More below the jump)Read More »Disneyland Paris at Christmas (Photos)

Disneyland Paris Reports Improved Revenue

After accounting for a one time real estate deal, the finances at Euro-Disney SCA, the operating company for Disneyland Paris, are still looking relatively rosy. Revenues for the 3rd quarter of 2011 grew 6.7% over last year. The parks and hotels segments both improved driving… Read More »Disneyland Paris Reports Improved Revenue

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Accident Update

I have nothing but admiration and respect for Alain Littaye of the Disney and More blog. His reportage on the Paris Disneyland Big Thunder Mountain accident has been excellent. Since my initial report on the 25th, here are a few updates that he managed to… Read More »Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Accident Update