A new permit filed by Walt Disney World has some theme park fans believing it supports rumors for a new ride in the works at Epcot.
The permits, dubbed Epcot France Back of House Modifications, proposes to add “impervious surface” — which can include pavement — to the 5.70-acre area that includes back-of-house space behind and between Epcot’s France and Morocco pavilions.
While the permits don’t hint at much, theme park blogs like WDW News Today have said it could signal the work toward Epcot adding a new ride based on the Pixar film “Ratatouille.” The film, which follows the story of a rat named Remy in Paris with a knack for cooking, already has an existing attraction, Ratatouille: The Adventure, at Disneyland Paris.
Added Robert Niles, editor of Theme Park Insider, via a post: “With this application covering only site preparation work, we would appear to be several months — at least — away from the start of any major construction at either the France or Universe of Energy pavilions.” Disney recently filed permits for more backstage work at Epcot behind the Universe of Energy pavilion, which has raised rumors of a possible Guardians of the Galaxy or Tron attraction.
Stay tuned for more updates!