On October 1, 2021, EPCOT will officially open an expansion to its France pavilion in World Showcase. Anchoring this expansion is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a new family-friendly attraction inviting guests into the larger-than-life world of “Ratatouille.” We got a chance to preview this new attraction. Catch our review and what you need to know below.
1 – Remy Comes to the France Pavilion
Remy, the “Little Chef” from Disney and Pixar’s award-winning “Ratatouille” film, has a passion for food that goes well beyond good taste, and he’s on a continual quest for creativity and innovation. This makes Chef Remy the ideal inspiration for a new mini-land in EPCOT, the Walt Disney World Resort theme park that invites guests to explore the magic of possibility. As a result, the France pavilion has expanded. New offerings include Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Creperie de Paris, a new restaurant offering authentic French cuisine in both table- and quick-service options, and a menu from celebrity chef Jérome Bocuse. Click here to learn more about the France pavilion expansion and La Creperie de Paris.
2 – Crookedology
After passing La Creperie de Paris, guests walk under an ornate, cast-iron arcade that serves as the transition from real-world France to the fantastical vision of Paris from “Ratatouille.” Pixar artists coined the term “crookedology” to describe the fanciful interpretation of the “City of Light” in their film, and Disney Imagineers applied this aesthetic to Remy’s Paris at EPCOT. Imagineers worked with Pixar to design buildings in the pavilion that evoke the whimsical, handmade architectural style seen in “Ratatouille,” where lines become a bit less straight, colors are bolder. Other exaggerated details create the feel of an animated film.
3 – Ratatouille Fountain
The theme continues with a “Ratatouille”-inspired fountain as the focal point of this fanciful area of the pavilion; the three-basin structure features rats holding bottles and flutes of champagne as water shoots out of the bottles toward the top basin. There Remy stands atop the fountain wearing his classic French toque (hat) and holding a cooking spoon.
4 – Parisian Theater
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a family-friendly attraction where guests feel as if they shrink to the size of a rat and race through Gusteau’s restaurant, joining the “Little Chef” in creating a culinary masterpiece. The attraction’s entrance, located at the end of the pavilion’s new plaza, looks like a Parisian theater and features a classic marquee with hand-laid gold leaf and nearly 200 lights that is 10 feet tall and more than 14 feet wide. Guests enter the theater for the attraction queue.
5 – Fanciful Queue
After entering the theater, guests move along from the theater to the rooftops of Paris. When guests enter the queue, they see the sign up close and receive a special magical message from Gusteau reminding them, “anyone can cook.” Next, guests enter a French artist’s loft created especially for the EPCOT attraction, modeled after the art studio seen briefly in the film. As they pass through the room, guests see French-inspired paintings, cupboards filled with art supplies, and two magical canvases that come to life. Finally, guests will enter the boarding area.
6 – Join the Rat Race
Guests board colorful rat-shaped vehicles and then don 3D glasses to begin their adventure, seeing everything from a “rat’s-eye view.” Imagineers worked with Pixar artists to create animated 3D scenes that feel as if the film has come to life right before guests’ eyes, blending with oversized sets to provide an immersive environment full of sights, sounds, smells, and other effects celebrating “Ratatouille.”
From falling through a skylight to scurrying through Gusteau’s kitchen to hiding out in the restaurant’s pantry, guests feel as if they’re right alongside Chef Remy. At times they may dodge a mop, avoid being trampled by giant feet, or marvel at massive pieces of food all around them.
7 – Inspired by the Film
The attraction finds inspiration in several scenes from the film, including Remy’s first view of Paris, his fall through a skylight into Gusteau’s kitchen, the pantry where he hides from Chef Skinner, and the leafy restaurant Remy creates for himself and his family and friends. Many of the oversized products seen throughout the attraction call back to the film, including olive oil named for Linguini and sparkling wine named for Gusteau.
8 – Trackless Vehicles
The trackless vehicles travel in groups of three and move forward and backward while spinning, tilting, and bouncing along as the rats scamper from one scene to the next. Depending on which vehicle guests board, they may take a slightly different path through the attraction and notice new details if they experience Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure multiple times.
9 – Ride Experience
This attraction is a lot of fun, especially for younger riders. The movements, along with some surprise moments, bring a lot of laughter. If you have a Remy fan, they will absolutely love it!
Motion sickness warning! I (Cindy) suffer from motion sickness and especially have a problem watching things on a screen while moving in a vehicle. I can’t ride Star Tours at all and had a strong reaction to Flight of Passage (another one I can’t ride). Most of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure has screens. Add to that the 3D glasses, and you’ll need to decide if this attraction is one you can manage. My first time riding it, I was able to watch and (mostly) enjoy the attraction, but towards the end, I was feeling sick. I had the opportunity to ride it multiple times, and each subsequent time, I watched less and less and had my head down and eyes closed for the screen parts. While I don’t want anyone to get sick, I encourage you to try this one since it has parts where you don’t look at a screen. But likely, if you a prone to motion sickness, this will be a one and done.
Take a ride with us and see scenes from the new attraction. This is not a full video of the attraction but does contain some spoilers.
10 – Virtual Queue and Lightning Lane Individual Attraction Access
Disney has confirmed that when this attraction opens on October 1, 2021, the only way to ride the attraction will be by joining the Virtual Queue at 7:00 am on the day you want to ride. There is no traditional standby queue for these attractions at this time.
Here’s how guests will use the virtual queue to experience Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure:
- Guests with a valid ticket or pass and theme park reservation who will start their day at EPCOT can access the virtual queue system via the My Disney Experience app and check for an available boarding group starting at 7 am on the day of their park reservation. This can be done before guests arrive at the theme park.
- If guests are unable to join the morning virtual queue opportunity, they may check for an available boarding group starting at 1 pm after they have entered the park. Keep in mind, Guests must be at EPCOT to access this second virtual queue opportunity, and access to a boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed.
Tips for Getting into the Virtual Queue
By the day prior to their visit, guests should make sure to have done the following:
- Have an account in My Disney Experience
- Download the My Disney Experience mobile app on their smart device or ensure they have the most updated version of the app before arriving at the park
- Link their tickets to their My Disney Experience account
- Have a valid Disney Park Pass reservation for EPCOT for the day
Virtual queue is only accessible via the My Disney Experience mobile app.
Please keep in mind, only one guest per traveling party should attempt to enroll in virtual queue. Multiple guests and devices attempting to enroll the same party could complicate securing a boarding group. As a reminder, in order to be eligible for the 1 pm virtual queue enrollment, all guests in a party must already be inside EPCOT.
Guests who need additional help joining the virtual queue for the 1 pm enrollment time should seek out a Guest Relations or Guest Experience Team Cast Member at EPCOT.
Also, please note that once Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane launch (sometime this fall), Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will not be included in Disney Genie+. However, you will be able to purchase an “Individual Attraction Lightning Lane” entrance for this attraction, subject to availability, as one of your two individual attractions options. Pricing for the individual attraction selection will vary by date, attraction, and park. We’ll have more on this option as more details are released.
11 – Ride Merchandise
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure inspires a new line of merchandise available at the newsstand in the new France pavilion expansion and other select retail locations at EPCOT. Guests can purchase fashionable finds perfect for Remy-inspired looks and the “Little Chef” in everyone from apparel to accessories. Highlighting this collection is a new Interactive Chef Hat that looks as if Chef Remy is cooking alongside the wearer, just as he did with Linguini in the film. Check out some of the merchandise in our Instagram post below.
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