Last month, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure finally opened in the France pavilion in Epcot. It’s another family-friendly attraction that is a welcome addition to World Showcase. Today we’re going to discover more about this fantastic new ride and some of the fun facts about the creation of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Transported Over From Disneyland Paris
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris before, you might already have been on Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy at the Walt Disney Studios Park. The attraction is very similar to the one in Paris, with some changes to the entryway and queue line. One thing that is missing from the Orlando version is the Bistrot Chez Remy, which is one of our favorite table service restaurants in the Paris parks. The good news is that Epcot received a new crepe restaurant at the same time as the ride, so we are excited to have some new snacks to try after riding Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Paris for the day when you enter this part of the park, which makes for a welcome expansion of the France pavilion.
A 3D Adventure
One of the things you might not know about the ride is that it requires you to wear 3D glasses to ride. You’ll shrink down to the size of a rat as you enter the queue, and you’ll find that the 3D elements help to bring the ride to life even more. We love how varied this attraction is, thanks to the larger-than-life scenes and 3D movie elements. Kids and adults alike will always notice new things each time they ride, making it an attraction you won’t want to miss on each visit to Epcot.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a Trackless Dark Ride
Trackless dark rides aren’t new to the Disney parks, but the Orlando parks are only just starting to benefit from this technology in recent years. You’ll travel around Paris in a trackless ride vehicle, which is shaped like an adorable rat from the movie. There’s no track to be seen on the ground, so you’ll spend the whole journey wondering how you are moving. It’s an incredible technology that we are starting to see in more rides, and it allows you and your fellow rats to glide along your journey in a smooth ride. In some ways, it has similarities to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and you’ll find this to be another great example of the advancements the Disney Imagineers have continued to make over the past years.
Prepare to Board with the Virtual Queue
When Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance first opened, it used the virtual queue system. This has now been passed over to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, so you’ll need to be prepared if you want to ride during your trip to Epcot. Passes are available from 7 am each morning, but you must have a valid park ticket and park reservation in order to be eligible for this. Make sure you are up and ready at your resort in the morning, as boarding passes go in a matter of seconds on some days. If you are in the park in the afternoon, you’ll then have a second chance to get a pass at 1 pm. Upon your arrival into the park, keep an eye on your phone for the alert to say that it’s time for your boarding group to ride. From there, you’ll join the queue and prepare to visit Remy and his friends in their exciting new attraction.
Join the Lightning Lane
Another way to ride is via the Lightning Lane, which also just launched this month. This is a paid way to guarantee a ride, but it’s not part of the Genie+ set of attractions. Instead, you’ll pay for this ride as a standalone ride, and the ride charge varies from day to day. Make sure you are up bright and early for this option as well. We recommend you take the time to research the Lightning Lane and virtual queue and see which would be the best option for your travel party.
This new attraction also benefits from the popular Rider Switch option in Walt Disney World. Even if your child or someone else in your party is not able to ride, you’ll be able to use this feature without having to queue up twice. One thing to keep in mind is that everyone in your party will need to have a boarding group to ride. You can’t just have one person with a boarding group and expect to be able to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
New Food Options in the France Pavilion
While Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is undoubtedly the main draw in this part of the park, we were excited to see the addition of the La Crêperie de Paris. It’s located just as you are about to enter the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure line, and it offers both a table service restaurant and a quick-service window. The menu features both sweet and savory options, and it’s an excellent place to snack if you are waiting for your boarding group to be called.
A Huge Expansion to the Park
If you’ve been on the Disney Skyliner recently, you’ll know how much of an expansion to the park this area is. It’s located behind the other parts of the France pavilion, and it’s just the start of Epcot’s renovations. A couple of years ago, at the last D23 Expo, the company announced a whole host of new attractions that would be coming to Epcot. This is one of the first to be brought to life, and we can’t wait to see how much more the park changes in the next few years. While some people are unhappy to see more Disney characters in the parks, it’s a great way for children and families to learn more about the countries they are visiting.
No Height Requirement
While the Rider Switch option is still on offer, you might be surprised to learn there is no height or age restriction on this ride. That means even the youngest of kids can ride, just like in the Paris counterpart. However, we would recommend researching the ride first before taking toddlers or babies onto it. It’s quite dark at points, and there are some loud noises in some of the 3D scenes. The trackless vehicles move and rotate around the attraction, so you might find that your little ones struggle with this motion. They also are unlikely to be able to keep the 3D glasses on, or this may cause them to feel motion sickness. For anyone who does feel motion sickness, you might find the 3D part of the ride aggravates this.
Meet the Characters in the Ride
For those of you who are very familiar with Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille, you’ll see many of your favorite characters in this attraction. Of course, Remy is the star of the show, but you’ll also see Alfredo Linguini, Emile, Colette, Auguste Gusteau, and many more. Keep your eyes peeled throughout the attraction for hidden references to the movie, which can be found in almost every scene.
There’s a lot to look forward to when riding Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. As the attraction has only been open for about a month at this point, you’ll need to ensure you are up and ready to get on the Virtual Queue when it’s open. Otherwise, consider investing in a Lightning Lane pass for the day if this is an attraction your family doesn’t want to miss. We hope you get to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure soon, and we can’t wait to hear what you think of the attraction.