2020 has proven a difficult year for Walt Disney World and many upcoming projects have been delayed. Disney has recently shared updates on upcoming projects, one of those being Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, which was supposed to open this year. Learn more below.
Disney Cast Member Thomas Smith shares more below:
Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, recently took the virtual stage at the IAAPA Expo: Virtual Education Conference, where he shared a behind-the-scenes look at the lessons we’ve learned over the past year, and the ways we’re moving forward into 2021 and beyond.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Plans are on track to open Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in 2021. Based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” this family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy. During each adventure, you’ll race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles in a thrilling 3D chase.
RELATED ARTICLE: Ratatouille Ride & Other Exciting Updates Coming to the France Pavilion in Epcot World Showcase
by Cindy E. Nykamp
Walt Disney once said Epcot “would always be in a state of becoming” – it is a place that changes with the times. Over the next several years, the Walt Disney World Resort theme park will live up to that promise in a whole new way as it continues the biggest transformation of any Disney park in history, bringing the next generation of immersive storytelling to life through a plethora of new attractions and experiences.
During an exclusive media preview, I was able to get backstage access, and early sneak peeks of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Learn more about this upcoming attraction below.
1 – Epcot Transformation
The updates in the France pavilion are a part of a large-scale transformation of Epcot. The park will be unified with four neighborhoods that each speak to important aspects of the world and its people: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. These neighborhoods will be filled with new experiences rooted in authenticity and innovation that take guests to new destinations, where the real is made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity, hands-on wonder and the magic of possibility. World Showcase will continue to be a celebration of culture, cuisine, architecture, and traditions – infused with new magic.
I had a chance to speak with Michael Hundgen, Executive Producer, with Walt Disney Imagineering about the changes coming to Epcot. Watch the short video below.
2 – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
In 2021, the France pavilion will offer even more for guests to discover, including the much-anticipated attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where guests will shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure. Some fans might be familiar with this ride if they have visited Disneyland Paris.
3 – Remy’s Loading Zone
We had a chance to step into the attraction during an exclusive media preview. It was fascinating. Since it was backstage and a construction site, no photography or video was allowed. We were able to step into two different areas. First, we were in the area where guests will be loaded into the ride vehicles. The ride vehicle is so cute! (Click here to see close-up photos of the ride vehicle). You’re in a rat vehicle since your perspective is that of a rat. The vehicle utilizes a trackless ride system (like the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance). It will enable you to scurry around the attraction.
In the loading area, you feel like you’re on the rooftops of Paris. You’ll see oversized gutters and smokestacks that are crooked. Mike, a Walt Disney Imagineer, described the look as “crookedology” because you are in the animated world of Remy, and the regular rules don’t apply! Because you are the size of a rat, the room itself is massive and has an extremely high ceiling.
4 – Remy’s Pantry
After that, we went into the pantry. The pantry is also very tall and oversized. Disney released a photo of the room we were in. Take a look below.
As you can see, a fish is hanging from the ceiling. There is a very large ham hanging from the ceiling as well. We were told the ham is 2.7 tons! That’s a huge ham! There are also lots of food items stacked all around. The items are all a bit cartoonish, but since you are in Remy’s world, the theming is perfect.
We are really looking forward to this new attraction. It will be a lot of fun for the whole family.
5 – Let Them Eat Crepes
2021 will also see the debut of a delicious new restaurant in the France pavilion, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options featuring a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse. We’re looking forward to checking out these new options in the expanded France pavilion!
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