Early previews for the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction and France Pavilion expansion have begun for cast members at Epcot. This new area will add a high-capacity family-style 3D ride, a new quick-service location, a small table-service restaurant, outdoor merchandise kiosks, photo-ops, and restrooms. Let’s take a look at what you can expect for the grand opening, Oct. 1, for the 50th anniversary celebration kickoff of Walt Disney World Resort.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot is a nearly exact clone of Ratatouille – The Adventure: attraction at Disneyland Paris. Minor differences appear in the queue and unload area, but the actual attraction remains the same, even with characters speaking in French periodically. Here’s a look:
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
The video above showcases the full queue, as well as a front row view of the ride-through. This ride is trackless, like Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, both of which reside at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure has no height requirement, so everyone in the family can enjoy it. While the ride is not as massive as Avatar – Flight of Passage, or as intense as Test Track, we believe it is a great addition to Epcot. It brings high-capacity vehicles, covered and air-conditioned queues, and a ride that anyone can enjoy to World Showcase. That is a major win for families at Epcot.
The queue has art inspired by the film, close-up looks at an art studio, and this rooftop area seen above. There are also small screens showcasing instructions on how to prepare for the ride, featuring little rats getting into the vehicles. Any fans of the “Ratatouille” film are sure to love the rooftop scene, as Gusteau occasionally comes to life.
The ride vehicles are very cute, and with six different vehicles loading at once, it also means this ride has a heightened capacity. This will hopefully mean the virtual queue Boarding Passes for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be much easier to get than they are for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. It also may mean they will stop using Boarding Passes once the initial rush is over. While we don’t have a photo of the seats, you should know the rows are divided into three sections by small plastic barriers. Guests of certain sizes may not fit comfortably.
As stated before, this attraction is in 3D. It does feature some larger-than-life physical sets, but primarily, most of the ride’s action will happen on screens in front of the guests. The vehicles have some motion to accompany the screens, but don’t fear, this doesn’t make the attraction aggressive.
France Pavilion Expansion Area
Alongside the new ride, the backside of the France Pavilion has also been expanded. This new Epcot Ratatouille area has added a new restroom (which has been open for all guests), two new eateries, plenty of spots for photos (look for the scooter photo-op near the ride exit), and outdoor merchandise kiosks.
As with any area designed by Walt Disney Imagineers, there are hidden details to be found. Take a close look at wallpaper, fencing, benches, and even the grates on the ground. For a brand new area, this part of Epcot is already “infested with rats”.
There are two places to eat, one a quick-service location to grab crêpes, ice cream, and alcohol. The other, a small sit-down table-service location that has a la carte items or a prix fix menu. We spoke with three guests who tried the hazelnut & chocolate spread crêpe as well as the red berries crêpe from Crêpes á Emporter, the quick-service location. Unfortunately they were not fans, and felt that those specific items were a letdown; especially when compared to rest of the delicious items offered elsewhere in the France Pavilion. But it was their first week of operating, so hopefully they’ll improve.
The table-service location, La Crêperie de Paris, was only offering limited diners during this preview period. We expect extended waits to get in during the first few months, but hopefully this become a great locale to grab an affordable French meal once the initial crowds go down.
Notice that the price has already been altered on the outdoor menu. Since this area is still in a testing phase, with the official grand opening Oct. 1, 2021. This gives Disney plenty of time to alter the menu, the prices and figure out what works best.
Overall, this area really feels like a win for Epcot with a new attraction anyone can ride, new places to eat, more photo-ops and great views of the Disney Skyliner. While the pandemic delayed the opening of this area, it is great to see it now shining in its freshly painted glory.
When are you heading to Epcot next? Will this Epcot Ratatouille area be your first stop in World Showcase? And, which French food will you try first? Let us know in the comments below.