Even with major delays and cutbacks to Walt Disney World construction this year, Epcot’s France pavilion expansion moves forward. The highly-anticipated trackless dark ride, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, was supposed to open this summer. While the ride wasn’t able to meet its original opening date, it’s still on the path to completion.
Along with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the France pavilion as a whole is receiving upgrades. In January of this year, the “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” opened in the Palais du Cinémas – the first of many new and exciting changes to the pavilion.
This new signage for the upcoming ride was added this past week. It’s actually one of two places where major signage of the word “ratatouille” has been added to Epcot.
This archway signage was added near the front area of the France pavilion. It can be assumed this was added to help guests know about the new ride. The ride, and a few other new offerings, are located in an area that used to be backstage. This signage should help visitors who aren’t as knowledgeable about the park to get to the correct areas.
The France Pavilion currently only goes as far back as the Eiffel Tower, but soon guests will take the walkway at the red circle above, which is where the Ratatouille archway signage is placed. The yellow circle is where the entrance to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the gold-themed signage with Remy resides. Seen here, it is possible to understand how the Disney Skyliner flies over the next expansion to the park. The green circle is the secondary entrance to Epcot, primarily used by guests at Disney Resort hotels like the BoardWalk or Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.
This image was taken at the secondary entrance of Epcot. In fact, at the bottom of the image, you can see one of the Friendship Boats preparing to board. This view showcases some of the new storefronts guests will see in the expansion area. It also includes a look at the signage for the upcoming crêperie restaurant.
The crêperie will feature the cuisine of celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse, the man behind the France pavilion’s Chefs de France brasserie and Monsieur Paul. The menu will be inspired by the Brittany region of France, and offer table service dining and quick-service options like savory and sweet crepes.
It’s clear to see that Epcot’s addition of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure has brought so much more than a new ride. It will essentially double the size of the France pavilion.
The theming of the pavilion continues on these new backstreets of France. The abundance of street lamps should provide a gorgeous nighttime view of this area.
If you can’t wait to see what kind of ride is coming to Epcot, you can take a sneak peek of the original at Disneyland Paris.
What are you most excited about in this new expansion at Epcot? Will you run for the new ride or for tasting of crepes? Let us know in the comments below.