Walt Disney World files plans to start work on Tron, Ratatouille rides

November 21, 2017, 12:32 PM · The Walt Disney World Resort is preparing to begin site work to clear the space for three new attractions at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Disney's Reedy Creek Improvement District has filed two permit applications with the South Florida Water Management District to modify drainage areas in preparation for construction of the previously announced TRON roller coaster and Broadway-style theater at the Magic Kingdom and the Ratatouille dark ride at Epcot.

You can find the permits on the SFWMD's ePermitting page. The Magic Kingdom application has the number 171120-6, while the Epcot project's application number is 171117-7. Or, you can jump straight to download the Magic Kingdom project map and the Epcot project map. Note that these are 13MB technical drawings for construction professionals — not pretty illustrations of what the attractions will look like when they are complete.

The theater is "MK1" on that project map, while the TRON coaster is "MK2." As suggested in the concept art revealed during the D23 Expo in Anaheim last July, the Florida version of the TRON coaster will go in to the north of Space Mountain, between that and the Tomorrowland Speedway. The theater appears to be headed to the site of current backstage parking, south of the Carousel of Progress. That presumably would be accessed from the east side of Main Street USA.

In Epcot, the Ratatouille ride is going into the now-vacant space between the France and Morocco pavilions in World Showcase. The plans reveal more detail on how Disney will place the show buildings and queue areas on that section of land.

Disney previously filed permit applications with the SFWMD for site prep work on what will become the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster on the site of the old Universe of Energy pavilion in Epcot's Future World. Disney is aiming to complete these attractions by Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021 or Epcot's 40th in 2022.

In the meantime, Toy Story Land debuts at Disney's Hollywood Studios next year, and the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land opens in that same park in 2019.

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November 21, 2017 at 9:28 PM · Team Disney Orlando is on FIRE!

And, future plans TO BE ANNOUNCED are even better!

November 22, 2017 at 8:51 AM · Awesome, I'm an engineer, so I can look at these drawings at work and it looks like I'm working! I got a kick out of the North arrow with Mickey Mouse ears. Also, their fire hydrant symbol looks like Mickey ears.

This set of Civil drawings is called an Early Site Package, used to get early permits on the area of work so they can begin breaking ground and getting the major utilities (power, water, sewage, etc) prepared for the new construction. The design of the buildings (and in this case roller coaster) usually continues many months after this. So if the Imagineers follow the same model as traditional engineers, the design is not finished yet.

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