We’re on the eve of an exciting time for Walt Disney World. 2021 will be the 50th anniversary of the resort, and Disney has some major new additions and celebrations planned for the monumental birthday. We already know about a few of these additions on the horizon like TRON Lightcycle Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, both currently under construction at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT respectively. Another new attraction coming to EPCOT that’s almost ready to make its debut is the first stateside version of Disneyland Paris’ popular Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. With the ride set to open early next year, let’s take a look at what we can expect from this fun and thrilling new attraction.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, or Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy as it’s known in France, opened as part of an expansion of Disneyland Paris in 2014. The attraction was immediately hailed as an exciting new addition to the park using a new trackless ride system that would let guests shrink down to the size of a rat and journey through scenes from the hit Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille. After entering the famous Gusteau’s Restaurant, guests follow a queue along the rooftops of Paris and then board adorable “ratmobiles” as they are magically reduced in size.
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The “ratmobiles” then take a harrowing journey down into the restaurant and through the kitchen while narrowly escaping the clutches of the evil Chef Skinner. With the combination of trackless vehicles and gigantic props and projections, the ride has quickly become one of Disneyland Paris’ top attractions. Those of us in the U.S. were treated to exciting news at the 2017 D23 Expo, as it was announced that the ride would be making its way to Walt Disney World as part of a new expansion of EPCOT’s France pavilion.
The U.S. version of Disneyland Paris’ attraction is slated to be more or less the same as its European counterpart. Early concept art and photos from the construction show many of the same scenes that are featured in the original. The trackless ride system seems to be where Disney is focusing its less-thrilling attractions these days after success with rides like Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Phantom Manor, and Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, and more. The unrestricted vehicles give Imagineers the freedom to move the guests in any direction they need and create exciting turns and movement that would be impossible in classic attraction configurations.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be part of a massive, park-wide refurbishment to EPCOT. The planned transformation will be the biggest overhaul to a Disney park in the company’s history and will bring with it a number of new experiences. With the addition of the new Remy attraction comes a whole new area added to the already popular France pavilion. The pavilion will now expand back beyond the normal boundaries to give more room to guests wishing to ride the new attraction.
Views provided by the Skyliner as it passes over the new area have already given looks of covered areas perfect for a respite from the sun as well as more of the gorgeous French architecture that has made the pavilion such a hit. The area will also feature a new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options and a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure was originally slated to open in 2020. Unfortunately, due to the lengthy closure during the outbreak of COVID-19, the attraction’s progress was halted for a period. This pause and the subsequent restrictions put in place for Walt Disney World’s phased reopening has pushed the projected opening date into 2021. As it stands now we don’t have an exact date for the opening, but it’s expected that it will be at least a few months into the year before Disney decides to open the gates and let guests join their favorite rat Chef. Keep checking the site as we will be sure to bring you the highly anticipated opening date as soon as it is announced.
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