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Ever since it was announced that a Ratatouille Ride is coming to EPCOT, Disney fans have been eagerly waiting for it to open. Now that it’s finally here, the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will shrink guests down to the size of a rat and bring them on one wild ride!
In this post, we are going to explain everything you need to know about Epcot’s Ratatouille Ride including a full photo tour and a review of the attraction as we have now had the chance to ride multiple times.
We’re going to show you the ride vehicles, the attraction layout, explain the virtual queue, and let you know when the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opening date is.
We’ll also talk about your best touring strategy for experiencing this new dark ride including tips, rope drop, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane information, what you can expect crowds to be like, and when the best time to visit the Ratatouille attraction is.
Just think of this post as “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure 101,” where you can come to get any questions you have about it answered. Since we are days away from it officially opening, we’ll do our best to answer them now, but we’ll have a more in-depth look at touring the ride in the coming weeks.
We had the opportunity to ride the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction in EPCOT during the Annual Passholder previews as well as in Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris and we can say that we thoroughly enjoyed it every time.
It isn’t on the same level as most of the recent E-Ticket attractions Disney has done, but it is still an amazingly fun time! Scroll down to our Full Walkthrough of the ride as well as our Review where we share what worked and what didn’t.
It certainly makes the list of the best new Disney World rides coming in the next few years, and it is a great addition to EPCOT’s World Showcase.
- If you are looking for the latest info on the virtual queue for this ride, read our guide to How to Get a Boarding Group for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Overview
- Location: EPCOT Park, Walt Disney World
- Status: NOW OPEN (October 1, 2021)
- Ride Type: Dark Ride, Trackless
- Thrill Level: Low
- Virtual Queue: Yes
- Lightning Lane Purchase: Yes
- Ride Length: Approx. 4 Minutes and 40 seconds
- Height Requirement: No Restrictions
- Capacity: 6 riders per vehicle. Hourly capacity TBD
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Using Virtual Queue and No Stand-by Line
In fact, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT has not been using a stand-by queue since it opened, and will only use the Virtual Queue system. This works exactly how the system worked for other attractions like Rise of the Resistance in Galaxy’s Edge.
There are 2 boarding pass distribution times each day, at 7:00 am and 1:00 pm. Each guest is limited to 1 boarding pass per day and must have a valid EPCOT park pass reservation.
This is a high-demand attraction, especially for the first few months so we recommend waking up early before 7 am to have the best chance of riding. Spots in the Virtual Queue sell out quickly each day.
If guests are not able to get into the Virtual Queue, another option for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is to use the new Lightning Lane option, Disney’s new paid attraction reservation system, and part of the new Disney Genie service.
Stay tuned for more info on this coming soon, including how much it will cost to ride this new attraction.
(UPDATE) Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Now Open
After years of waiting, the day is finally here. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is now open in EPCOT’s France pavilion. Technically, it was open to preview events throughout the month of September for Cast Members and Annual Passholders, and we were among the lucky ones who had a chance to ride before the general public.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure officially opened on October 1, 2021, and has been a hit with guests so far. It’s located in the back corner of the new France pavilion expansion, and anchors that area of the park with guests coming in droves to ride.
Expect it to be extremely popular for the next few months as Disney is promoting it big for the 50th Anniversary.
We’ll update you as soon as we get more info. Read on for an explanation of what the new ride in the France pavilion will be like.
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What is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a trackless dark ride attraction based on Disney Pixar’s 2007 hit film Ratatouille. It shrinks guests down to the size of a rat in a 4D experience as they race through Gusteau’s kitchen just like in the film.
If you’ve ever wanted to step inside the Ratatouille film, this is your chance!
Since guests are shrunk down to Remy’s size, the entire attraction uses a combination of oversized props, set pieces, and screen technology to make it feel like you are racing on the floor of the kitchen. The trackless ride vehicles are a key component, making the Ratatouille ride an unpredictable experience, different every time you ride.
Another big part of the 4D experience is the smells. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure incorporates the same smells you would find in a French kitchen as you pass by those items like ham, cheese, and fish.
EPCOT’s new Ratatouille attraction is definitely kid-friendly but will appeal to adults and teens alike. It sounds like a great addition to the park and will surely become one of the best attractions at EPCOT.
Where is it Located?
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is located in the France pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase, in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. It’s in a brand new building and part of a new expansion project to the France pavilion, behind the existing area.
To get to the ride you arrive from World Showcase promenade and head to the far right side of the France pavilion toward the water. There Disney has built a new gate that takes you into the expanded area of the pavilion. Follow that and turn left and you will see the attraction at the far end of the plaza.
As you know, we are in the middle of EPCOT’s huge transformation project, and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a huge piece of it.
No matter where you stand on the issue of Disney characters having a presence in EPCOT, it’s 100% clear that they are coming whether we like it or not. Disney is making a concerted effort to make Epcot more kid-friendly, and including a dark ride based on the Ratatouille franchise in France is an obvious choice and perfect location.
It also should be noted that this is a pretty monumental addition to EPCOT. In fact, this is the first all-new major attraction in Epcot since 2007, and the first all-new one in World Showcase since 1988 when Maelstrom debuted!
We don’t count Frozen Ever After since that was built on Maelstroms’ existing ride system, which means it’s a big deal to add a Ratatouille attraction to the park.
Is This the Same Ride in Disneyland Paris?
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is an identical copy of an already existing attraction in Disneyland Paris named: “Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy,” which opened in 2014. That attraction is located in Walt Disney Studios Park and the inspiration for the Epcot version.
The EPCOT Remy ride has a different ride queue than the Disneyland Paris version, with the EPCOT version being longer and more detailed. The actual ride experience though is exactly the same.
Both attractions use the same trackless ride vehicles, screens, and many of the same set pieces for theming and special effects. We hoped EPCOT’s Ratatouille attraction would improve on a few of the effects we felt were cheap-feeling in the original, improving the overall quality, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
What is the Ride About? Story?
The story should be the same as in the Paris version. You shrink down to rat-size and follow Remy as he leads you on this wild and crazy journey into the dining room, under tables, through the walls, and into the kitchen!
As one of Remy’s rodent pals, you watch him fulfill his dream to become one of the most famous chefs in Paris.
The attraction is themed to Paris, and everything about it from the second you step in the queue sells you on that idea. Even the loading area is made to look like you are walking on a Paris rooftop. The giant desserts, sausages, and jars all help create the atmosphere of being in a restaurant.
While we don’t have an exact ride length for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at this time, it is close to the Disneyland Paris version which lasts for 4 minutes and 40 seconds.
Comparing it to other Disney World dark rides, that would be significantly longer than The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and Peter Pan’s Flight, and just a few seconds longer than Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure uses a trackless ride vehicle and is the third such type to make it to Walt Disney World. We saw trackless ride vehicles debut in Rise of the Resistance and then also in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Disney also released a look at these new ride vehicles, actually in their environment inside the show building:
The beauty of a trackless vehicle is that it allows the attraction to function without the classic limitations of a tracked vehicle. Since there are no tracks on the ground, you have no idea where you are going to go next, making the ride much more spontaneous, unpredictable, and ultimately more fun!
In fact, Disney has confirmed that the vehicles will behave differently each time you ride it, meaning every time will be a unique experience.
The ride vehicles are in the shape of a rat, which signifies your transition from human to rodent form. They look something like the Tsum Tsum cartoon rats with oversized features.
Each vehicle has 2 rows of 3 people, for a total of 6 people per car.
Guests will climb aboard these cute “rat-shaped” ride vehicles while they join Remy on a wild adventure through Gusteau’s restaurant!
Disney hasn’t listed the official height requirement for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure yet, but most likely there will be No Height Requirement needed, and guests of all ages and heights can ride.
We are basing this off the fact that the Disneyland Paris version has no height restrictions, and since they are the same ride, that’s what we can expect in Disney World. There are many attractions with height requirements in Disney World, but this isn’t one of them.
How Scary Is the Ratatouille Ride?
If you don’t like frightening attractions, don’t worry, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is not a scary ride. It’s a family-friendly ride and appeals to guests of all age groups so there isn’t much to fear.
That being said, there are some 3D special effects that include water and heat throughout the ride. It also includes very large set pieces and a scene where you are chased through the restaurant with a meat cleaver. It could be startling to very small children, but most children should be fine and will absolutely love this ride.
If your children like Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, they will also love the Ratatouille attraction.
Will this Ride Make Me Sick?
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is not an overly thrilling attraction and there are no drops or inversions of any kind. That being said, if you get motion sickness very easily, it could be slightly bothersome due to the screens.
The trackless ride vehicles go forwards, backward, side to side, and rotate around at will, and the fact that there is no track to look at means that you don’t really know which direction the car is going to go in.
Again, a good gauge is comparing how you feel on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. If you are good on that ride, this is very similar, though we feel slightly more nauseous on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Who Will Like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
Everyone from young children to teenagers to adults should like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. It’s a family ride that appeals to all ages and groups of people, and will especially be a hit with kids and families.
Even if you haven’t seen the Ratatouille film before, that’s ok. You don’t need to have any experience with the story of the film in order to enjoy the ride in EPCOT.
Will the Ratatouille Ride in Epcot Use Boarding Groups?
Yes, it will. Disney has announced that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be using boarding groups and the virtual queue system when it opens in October. There will be no standby queue, so getting a boarding pass is one of the only ways to ride it.
The Virtual Queue was the only way to ride Rise of the Resistance after it opened up in 2019, and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is going to be set up in the same way.
Distribution times for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure boarding groups will be open each day at 7:00 am and 1:00 pm.
It’s been rumored that more attractions in Disney World could eventually use boarding groups to limit contact with other guests. What Disney decides to do with the other attractions remains to be seen.
Does Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Genie+ or the Lightning Lane?
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will not have a FastPass+ option because the entire FastPass system is being retired from use in the Disney parks, and is being replaced by the Disney Genie service.
This attraction, as well as many others, will all use a paid version of FastPass+ in Disney World called Individual Lightning Lane Attractions. This allows guests to be guaranteed a ride on the attraction for a single purchase price.
At this time it will not be a part of the Genie+ package which is a flat fee of $15 for the majority of the rides in a given park. Instead, you pay per ride on the Individual Lightning Lane attractions.
How Much Does Lightning Lane Cost for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
Disney has not said how much a paid reservation will cost for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, but it will likely depend on the season, day of the week, and overall park capacity that day.
Do I Have to Pay to Ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
No, you don’t necessarily have to pay to ride. You can make a reservation to ride in the Virtual Queue for free. However, reservations are hard to come by there, and purchasing a reservation is another option in case you can’t get a boarding pass.
No matter what you decide to do, the new Ratatouille ride in EPCOT is going to be one of the most in-demand attractions in Disney World when it opens, and you should make it one of your top priorities when visiting.
Does It Have a Single Rider Line?
Yes, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will have a Single Rider line. Above the entrance to the ride, there is a sign clearly marked “Single Rider” which lets us reasonably conclude that it will be used.
Disney usually includes one for more big E-Ticket attractions, so it makes sense that they include one here too. Usually, guests wanting to use the Single Rider option get sent through the FastPass+/Lightning Lane queue.
However, even though there is a Single Rider lane indicated at the attraction, it doesn’t mean they will necessarily make it available to guests right away at opening. Rise of the Resistance is equipped for Single Rider, but they chose not to let guests use it immediately. We’ll have to see what Disney decides here.
Does it Have Rider Switch?
Almost all Disney World rides have the Rider Switch option, so it’s highly likely Epcot’s Ratatouille ride will have one too. Disney hasn’t yet said whether it will be available immediately or not so we’ll have to wait and see.
Guests who have special accessibility needs will also be able to experience Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. There is a special loading station for riders with disabilities which will give them all the time they need to board without disrupting the flow of the other ride vehicles.
Wheelchair access is included with this attraction. The ride has wider vehicles that are equipped to carry wheelchairs and guests can even stay in their wheelchair the entire time without having to transfer to a seat.
The ride vehicles are not accessible for ECVs however, and guests will have to transfer out into a regular seat if they want to ride.
What Characters are in the Ratatouille Ride?
If you’ve seen Disney Pixar’s Ratatouille movie, you will recognize many of the characters that are in the new attraction in Epcot. Some of the characters you can expect to find are:
- Alfredo Linguini
- Colette Tatou
- Auguste Gusteau
- and more
Ride Layout and Walkthrough
Now we are going to give you a walkthrough of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and share details and photos of every scene throughout the attraction.
Just as a warning, the below description is quite detailed so if you don’t want to know anything and would rather be surprised when visiting the attraction yourself, now is the time to skip ahead to the planning section of the post.
Ok, everyone ready? Let’s start outside the attraction first:
Outside the Attraction
To get to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, you first have to cross through the gorgeous new expansion in the France pavilion. Instead of continuing around World Showcase, stick to the right side of the pavilion along the water until you come to a large art-deco-inspired archway.
The Disney Imagineers do an incredible job here of taking you out of the real world-inspired Paris setting in the front, and dropping you into the middle of Remy’s version of Paris. That’s right, you’ve stepped over into the world of this cute little rat and are experiencing a fantasized Paris from his point of view.
The plaza is beautiful and evokes the feeling of a living breathing, space, with a strong resemblance to the “City of Light.” Speaking of which, it’s wonderful during the day, but come here at night if you really want to be blown away.
The transition starts to become clearer the closer you get to the attraction, and little details are everywhere in the plaza including manholes with Remy’s face on them, silhouettes of him in windows, and the giant sign above the rooftops for Gusteau’s.
We think this new space is a nice mix of a true-to-life city that harmonizes with World Showcase, while at the same time is lighthearted and fun, bringing out the spirit of Disney/Pixar animation and appealing also to younger guests.
Our favorite detail though is the elegant fountain in the middle of the plaza, that is, well, covered in rats! It’s a lot cuter than it sounds believe me!
It’s very close to the fountain out in front of the Ratatouille attraction in Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris, just done on a bigger and more dramatic scale.
The whole thing adds movement and life to the space, as Walt Disney always wanted in his parks.
The coolest effect is that water flows out constantly from the bottles, making it look like bottles of champagne are popping non-stop!
It’s also now very interesting to be standing on this side of the pavilion because you get a much closer view of the Eiffel Tower. I’m not sure it’s as true to scale from this angle, but we’ll let it slide.
As you are walking through the space, take the time to look up at the buildings and see the wonderful details on the roofs, chimneys, and in the windows.
Now we get a look at that absolutely stunning attraction marquee hanging over the entrance:
The colors are dark blue and gold and the design elements of the sign match that of its Disneyland Paris counterpart, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. It also boasts an impressive 200 individual light bulbs across the letters and around the edge.
Of course, Chef Remy himself is sitting at the top and surrounded by some intricate gold leaf.
Now that you are done looking around the outside, it’s time to get in line and go ride!
The queue for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure starts out here to the right side of the pavilion. It’s just past the delicious new restaurant La Crêperie de Paris which you absolutely must try if you like crepes (that should cover just about everyone then!)
The nice thing about this queue which Disney has obviously learned from Toy Story Land is attractions with a queue that starts outside in Florida, must be covered, and keep guests out of the sunlight. They also are a great spot to run to if it starts raining.
Keeping with the theme, the iron overhangs are reminiscent of a structure you would find in Paris and are even slightly whether implying they’ve been here a while.
The line moves pretty quickly, but remember it is using the virtual queue right now and not a stand-by queue. When they eventually switch over you will see the entire line filled often.
Here we are, the entrance to the ride. Notice how it’s made to look like the entrance to a theater and ticket booths out in front.
Here is a look at the signs above indicating the Single Riders line:
and the Standy-By queue:
Another clue that we are in Remy’s version of Paris is the larger-than-life-sized poster of Skinner on the wall as you walk through.
The outdoor queue eventually leads indoors into a plain-looking room with wood panels and red wallpaper.
A closer look at the wallpaper reveals hidden Remys…
While the first part isn’t all that impressive, the next room will leave you speechless.
I don’t know exactly how the transition from the movie theater entrance works, but here we are up on the rooftops of the buildings we just saw outside.
This whole part of the queue is extremely well done with lots of cool details. The obvious one is the giant Gusteau’s sign lit up colorfully in the night sky which illuminates the surrounding walls. We also really like the glass window leading down to the interior below.
The lights are on in some of the smaller windows making the space feel “lived-in.”
The dark atmosphere and rooftop lights really work here and though we are not huge fans of the entire queue, this part was done flawlessly.
Even subtle details like the sounds of the cars going by and dogs barking on the Parisian streets below, add that extra magic that we have come to expect from a Disney attraction.
Make sure to look over some of the walls for views you otherwise wouldn’t see.
After the rooftop, you make your way in through one of the windows and into an artist’s studio.
This is just a random scene and not connected to the story in any way but it’s cool to imagine that this is how a studio in Paris would look. This part of the queue is new and exclusive to the Walt Disney World version.
In case our artist needs a snack while they work!
Cabinets line the wall which hold our artist’s painting supplies:
Some of the previous paintings are hanging on the wall down the hallway.
The latest masterpiece is an interactive painting hanging on the wall as you leave and gives safety information for the upcoming ride.
We are almost there! Similar to Toy Story Mania, there is a pickup location for your 3D glasses which you will need for the ride since many of the effects take place on 3D screens in the various rooms.
Make your way over to the ride vehicle loading area. Half of the guests will go to the left, and the other half to the right.
Guests are split up into boarding groups before loading.
Let’s get in our vehicle…
As your ride vehicle pulls up, the first thing you notice is it’s a rat! They are so cute though we don’t mind!
Each vehicle holds 6 guests, 3 in the front row and 3 in the back. It has a single lap bar restraint to keep you in, though it doesn’t really need it since there are no drops and you don’t travel all that fast.
The ride vehicles are also trackless and use an identical system like what is found on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Rise of the Resistance. In fact, those rides actually copied this one since a Ratatouille ride has been in Disneyland Paris since 2014.
Instead of a track below to steer the car, this ride uses magnets underneath the vehicle, so you never know just where you are going to end up in a given room. It makes the ride more spontaneous and unpredictable as you will see.
As the cars pull away you can even see its tail on the back of the vehicle!
As the journey begins, you will see that you are back out on the rooftop only in a different area with many chimneys in view.
Now get those 3D glasses on because you now will need them for the screens in the following rooms.
In the first scene, we join Chef Remy up above Gusteau’s restaurant as he is trying to decide what to make tonight for dinner. All of a sudden the glass breaks and you drop down into the restaurant below.
Don’t worry, the ride vehicles do not actually drop, it’s just an effect on the screen that makes you feel like you are dropping. There are no drops at all on this ride and everything is done through special effects on the screens.
Immediately, you find yourself in the middle of the chaos of the kitchen with chefs and waiters bustling about. You take it all in from a rat’s point of view and scurry under the tables to hide and to avoid getting stepped on.
The effects are ok, but we were a little disappointed that the Imagineers didn’t make any improvements to the technology over the version in Disneyland Paris.
At times we found ourselves taken out of the moment since we could very clearly see the floor in front of us. It was almost like just parking in front of a big movie screen in each room and watching the action unfold.
We did like the water effect from the mop which is a nice touch.
As Linguini helps you escape the kitchen so you don’t get caught, you end up in the freezer. This is our favorite room during the ride since it is filled with actual props and not just looking at things on a screen.
We love looking at the gigantic jars of olives, salami, and fresh produce as we race by and try not to get caught by Skinner. This room feels a lot colder too, just like being in a freezer.
I wish Disney made a few more of the spaces like this instead of only using the screens, at least working them in a bit more in the other rooms.
As you leave the freezer, you make your way out into the dining room floor. This is just like the movie as well-dressed guests are seated and enjoying a finely prepared meal at Gusteau’s.
Things are going smoothly until Skinner sees you and then it’s time to high-tail it out of here!
Another cool scene in the ride is when you are underneath the furnace and it turns on. You actually feel the heat blazing on you which is well done.
The most exciting part of the ride is probably when you find yourself inside the walls and are running with the other rats away from skinner. The fast motion through the fit holes in the walls gives you an invigorating feeling.
The last scene before the finale drops you into the kitchen and you scurry across the stove as all the other rats have now taken control of the food preparation.
The scene ends with a bang!
The final scene puts you in a big dining room where Remy and all his friends are welcoming you!
This room has some actual props, but most of the action is on the screen in front of you.
As you leave the room your vehicle makes its way to the unloading station.
That’s it, your ride is finished!
When is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Opening?
The big question everyone wants to know is “When is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opening in Epcot?” We are happy to tell you that the wait is over and this highly anticipated new ride in the France pavilion is NOW OPEN.
After years of waiting, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opened to the public on October 1, 2021.
Originally, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT was supposed to open in “Summer 2020,” but due to the park closure and construction delays, it was delayed until 2021.
The good news is that Disney confirmed its opening on October 1 a few months ago. Not only the Ratatouille ride but the entire France expansion project, complete with La Crêperie de Paris restaurant opened on that date.
October 1 is also is the first day of The Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration, which means the party is getting off to a good start!
Our first opinion is we didn’t think we’d have to wait that long. We had known for some time that the ride was already built and ready to go, so what was the delay?
We knew it was not going to be one of the Disney attractions likely to be cut during the parks closure, but it has definitely been affected by a delay, causing it to open later than expected. From the outside, the Ratatouille ride in EPCOT was looking complete for some time, and though the internal construction was continuing, for the most part it has been done since 2020.
Despite this fact, Disney wanted to wait until the most opportune moment to open Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which isn’t until October 2021. (Can we come up with a briefer nickname for this ride please?)
The problem Disney has up until recently was a lack of guest attendance in the parks. When Disney World reopened, the parks experienced a record low in attendance with all 4 having reduced capacity to around 25%.
Usually, when you open a new attraction you get an immediate bump in attendance, which in turn increases revenue. However, it didn’t make financial sense to open a new attraction in 2020 or early 2021 when EPCOT’s capacity was severely limited. Disney wouldn’t have received the maximum boost that the Ratatouille ride could give.
Until guests started coming back to the parks at almost normal levels, Disney didn’t want to open Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. If they had opened the ride months ago you probably would have got a big influx of local guests for a day or two to check out the new ride, but not much more.
The embarrassment thereafter of having a new attraction go basically unnoticed is not what Disney was looking for. Disney was betting on the fact that more people will come back around the 50th anniversary
In fact, since the spring, crowds have been steadily returning to the parks, despite travel restrictions, the fear of getting sick and economic uncertainty. Disney’s new Park Pass system has also made it easier for the company to run park operations and understand how many guests will be in the parks each day.
There were other major projects like the TRON roller coaster, that were supposed to be ready in time for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary and that now are getting pushed off into 2022. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the only new attraction they were sure about having ready in time in 2021.
While it would have been nice to see it open sooner than October, at least it is getting the fanfare and attention that a new headliner attraction deserves. It looks like people are now getting more willing to start traveling once again and coming to the parks.
Since this attraction is finally open in EPCOT, we can give our full review of the ride. Since we had already been on Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy in Disneyland Paris, we knew what to expect since it’s almost an exact copy of the one in Disney World.
Our overall thought is that it’s a very fun ride and great for families especially. We love the ideas behind the ride: shrinking down to rat-size, being chased through the restaurant, etc. That said, there are a few things we’re not so crazy about and feel like could have been executed a bit better.
We hoped Disney would have improved on some of these small things and made the EPCOT version superior to the one in Paris. Ultimately, Disney’s way of building rides nowadays is to make carbon copies of the same attraction and place them in multiple parks.
What We Love about Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
The Ride System – There is no doubt we prefer a trackless ride system to a traditional tracked ride. The whole thing is super smooth and though it can make you a bit dizzy sometimes, overall it makes the adventure much more exciting and unpredictable.
The Characters – Honestly, who doesn’t love Remy. He’s straight-up adorable and so are all of his rat friends. It’s a fun time following them through the busy kitchen and trying to escape from Skinner. Some audio-animatronic characters would have been nice though.
It’s Fun – While it does have some big flaws (more on those in a minute) you can’t deny it’s a fun time. The story feels genuine and true to the characters, and it has some moments of humor sprinkled in. While it’s not the most technologically advanced ride, there is no doubt you will leave with a smile on your fave.
What Could Have Been Better
The Screens – This new Remy ride is highly reliant on screen for its special effects, and while that can work, we feel like it could have been done better in the Paris version. I’m not against screens by any means, but they need to be done right.
These ones seemed like they were on the older side and the image quality wasn’t great. Also, the fact that you always see the other cars parked next to you right in front of the screen kind of ruins the effect.
I think the way they are used in Na’vi River Journey and Rise of the Resistance, for instance, prove they can be an effective way of narrating the story in a Disney attraction that they fell short on here.
More Props – So besides the freezer scene, this ride is very short on actual, real-life objects in the ride. There are no audio animatronics and the lack of real-world props again makes it feel like you are watching a movie instead of being immersed in the adventure.
We get that this saves money, and I could even swallow it on a new ride like Rise of the Resistance. However, when you have a ride that had obvious flaws when it originally came out, it would have been nice to touch up some of those areas and show that you care more about the final quality of the attraction and not just getting it open as quickly as possible.
Even though we do have some complaints about Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, we still think it’s a fun ride and a great addition to EPCOT. The park was starving for more family-friendly rides, and we think it hits the mark with using company IP and integrating the Disney characters into World Showcase, while a the same time not completely compromising the integrity of EPCOT.
This is the way Disney is moving from now on, and while the original EPCOT is not coming back anytime soon, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the successes the company brings us along the way.
As long as you aren’t expecting a groundbreaking E-Ticket attraction like Rise of the Resistance, or even Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway to a lower degree, we think you will be content with the way things came out on this ride. Since it is also a trackless ride, it will, unfortunately, get compared to those two often.
If it came to Disney World before those other two, it would likely be appreciated more than just compared.
The character Remy is adorable and we think the majority of guests will love following him through this light-hearted story. Overall, it’s a solid attraction and one that certainly merits visiting on just about every visit.
Wait Times and Crowds
Whenever there is a new ride in one of the Disney parks, there is always an increased demand from guests wanting to experience it for the first time, and in turn a bump in overall attendance for that park. We expect Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure to follow the same pattern and increase Epcot’s attendance for a while once open.
Now don’t get it confused, I don’t think this attraction is going to be a huge success like Flight of Passage, and definitely not reach the levels recently seen with Rise of the Resistance. However, to pretend it won’t have an impact would be naive.
For example, look at the crowds that came pouring in for Frozen Ever After back in 2016 and have carried steadily ever since. The Frozen franchise has a bigger following than Ratatouille, but I personally think Ratatouille ride is a better attraction than Frozen Ever After and will draw significant crowds.
Another factor is that with the opening of this ride is a whole expansion to the France pavilion which includes a Crepes restaurant and shopping. This will also help drive crowds as they will want to see these upgrades in person.
As for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure wait times, expect to see lines up to 2-3 hours in the initial opening weekend, and then get reduced some once the newness of the ride wears off.
Predicting the crowd levels and wait times for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is very hard to do at this point in time due to the current economic scene in the U.S. This ride will likely open when most of the world is struggling financially, which will limit the number of guests that will be able to visit right away.
However, the fact that it’s opening at the same time as the Disney World 50th Anniversary means that there will be more people in the parks than during the Summer.
It will no doubt get a surge of crowds at the opening, but what happens after that is connected to the overall attendance in Walt Disney World, which is bound to be slow for a while longer. Once crowds hit normal levels I think this will be a big attention draw for Epcot and should get a lot of people there.
When planning your trip to ride the new Ratatouille attraction in Epcot, make sure to consult our Disney World Crowd Calendar. There you will find the dates that are least likely to be peak attendance.
Touring Strategy & Rope Drop
Obviously, at this point, we don’t have all the information for making a complete touring plan for this ride since normal operation hasn’t started yet. Also, since Disney got rid of FastPass+ for the new Genie+ system, it’s going to completely change the way guests tour the parks.
Depending on your budget and if you want to pay to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will for sure factor in, but also how many other people are willing to pay is going to determine wait times for everyone else. We will need to have a bunch of time with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure open along with these new systems to get a good grip on how everything will run.
If you are using Disney Genie+, you might want to make it a priority attraction when visiting EPCOT. If it is only available as an individual pay ride, then there is less strategy involved. Book your window and then rope drop one of the other high-priority attractions like Test Track or Frozen Ever After.
A lot will depend on which entrance you are coming into EPCOT from. If arriving from the International Gateway and the Skyliner, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be the easiest to rope drop and you should get on without any problems. In that case, there will be no need to pay to ride.
If you are coming from the front entrance of the park, or show up late, it might be worth paying to ride depending on how long the wait times are. If you have it in the budget to pay for one ride at EPCOT, for now, it will likely be between Frozen Ever After and Remy’s.
To rope drop either of these two attractions, you are going to skip the EPCOT main entrance and enter the park through the International Gateway entrance located in the back of the park, in between France and the U.K. pavilions. If you are going to the Ratatouille ride, you’ll head right at the bridge and into France where there will be a line forming before the park’s opening each day.
To get to the International Gateway you can’t take a bus, those will drop you off at the front of the park. The most convenient option would be to stay at one of the Crescent Lake resort hotels like Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, or the Swan and Dolphin. Those are all within walking distance from the back entrance.
It’s also conveniently located right next to the Disney Skyliner station, which means any of the Skyliner hotels are also a good option to get you there (as long as it’s operating early enough).
Of course, if you have a big budget and paying for rides is not an issue, you will have a much easier time if you are willing to spend the money. Depending on how long the lines are, it might be worth the extra money instead of spending half of your day waiting in line.
If you buy a pass for Remy’s, rope drop Frozen Ever After instead. If not, get a pass for Frozen Ever After and plan on rope-dropping Remy’s.
No matter which of the two attractions you end up using Genie+ for, your plan should be to rope drop the other. This will give you a big jump on your day and help you knock out the biggest EPCOT attractions early on.
This will all change however once the new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster opens in EPCOT at some point in 2021 and that will immediately become your number 1 priority for Genie+ in EPCOT, and you will then do rope drop from the park’s front entrance. Until that happens, the International Gateway is your best option.
Again, if money is no problem, then you can throw all this out the window and just buy a pass for any ride in EPCOT, making it a lot easier to plan your day.
We’ll have a more detailed strategy for you as we get some practice touring EPCOT after all these changes, so stay tuned.
What Time Do I Need to Get to EPCOT for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
Whenever we are suggesting a rope drop strategy for the Disney parks, we recommend getting there 90 minutes before park opening. I know that sounds like a lot, but being one of the first people in line for the day will help you hit the most popular attractions early in the day and get much more done than you would be able to otherwise.
If you are planning on riding Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure on opening weekend, we recommend getting there at least 2 hours before park opening as there will be way more guests than normal who are eager to ride for the first time. They might even open the park early that day.
We will update our strategy for riding this once it actually opens which will give us more insight into exact crowd levels, wait times, and the best rope dropping strategy.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure vs. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway are going to get a lot of comparisons because of the many similarities between the two attractions.
They both are among the first rides in Walt Disney World to use a trackless ride system with similar ride vehicles, they both heavily use screen-based/projection technology for special effects, and they feature fan-favorite cartoon characters as the stars of the attraction.
That being said, these two attractions are not created equal and there are also some major differences when comparing them against each other.
In any event, if you are not paying for the ride, the strategy will be simple…the best way to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is to get there before EPCOT opens and rope drop it as your first attraction of the day. This and Frozen Ever After should be your top priorities.
Here are some aspects of each ride and which one we feel does a better job in that area:
Queue – RRA. Neither attraction has a particularly interesting queue, though we have to give the nod to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure here. While it has some empty spots and there are no audio-animatronics to keep guests entertained while waiting, we love the scene on the Parisian rooftops and it really sets the mood for your adventure.
Even though the Chinese Theater is iconic, there isn’t much to it on the inside, making this an easy choice.
Pre-Show – MMRR. Runaway Railway wins in this category since it’s the only of the two rides with a pre-show. It also happens that we really like it and always find ourselves singing “Nothing Can Stop Me Now” for hours after we leave.
Storytelling/Immersiveness – MMRR. This one is close. Both rides do a decent job in storytelling and make us feel like we are involved. While we like the idea of being chased through the kitchen more, Runaway Railway does a better job executing it. The projection technology is much smoother than the screens in RRA which at times breaks the immersion for us.
Thrills – RRA. Neither attraction is what you would call thrilling. The most thrilling scene between the two rides for us is the waterfall in MMRR, but it is very short and only lasts a few seconds. In Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, however, most of the ride you are being chased so that excitement lasts longer.
Re-Rideability – MMRR. This one is pretty easy for us and we would very happily ride Runaway Railway over and over again. The ride is bigger and has more details and hidden gems worth looking at after many rides which are fun to find. Plus the projection technology doesn’t make you as nauseous as the screens in Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure do. After a few rides, you can really start to feel queasy.
Uniqueness and Fun Factor – MMRR. Both rides are fun, but we think Runaway Railway has the advantage here. The overall tone of the ride is more upbeat, and cheery, and while we love Remy, nobody can beat Mickey. Runaway Railway is also the more groundbreaking ride with seamless projection mapping, unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Remy’s is based on technology that was used almost a decade earlier and Disney has since created much more advanced attractions, so obviously there isn’t that same “wow” factor.
Overall, they are both really fun rides that we enjoy and are on our “must-do” lists of attractions when visiting EPCOT or Hollywood Studios, but Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the clear winner for us. The combination of better, more immersive storytelling, better re-rideability, and a higher fun factor puts the mouse out on top of the rat.
Should I Visit Disney World for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in 2021 or 2022?
This was a much bigger question last year when we were holding out hope for a 2020 open. Now the answer has become a lot easier now that we know Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will open in 2021.
Before the opening was delayed, we would have said we recommend visiting this ride in 2021 if your goal is to see it at its peak. A Disney World attraction 99% of the time will never be better than it is when it first opens. All the animatronics, special effect, etc are usually working perfectly, and unfortunately, after a year or so, it’s not always guaranteed they will be running the same.
That’s why we always prefer to experience a new attraction right away.
By the time the ride actually opens in Fall 2021, crowds will be back in the parks, and fewer restrictions on park capacity. However, it doesn’t look like it will be a good time for crowds. Right now we are seeing levels return almost to normal and things won’t get any slower in October.
Coming in 2022 though will also have its benefits with more new attractions open by then and Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration still going on.
We wouldn’t make a separate trip to Disney World JUST for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure as we suggested for Rise of the Resistance, but if you were already planning on going anyway, it may be good timing for you and it’ll be the best condition you get to ride this attraction in.
To get a better understanding, read our post on Visiting Disney World in 2021 vs 2022, Which is Better? There we’ll break down all the pros and cons to help you make the best decision.
In the end, either year will probably be fine, and you should base it on which season you can come and what other attractions you really want to experience during your trip.
Once you figure out the year, we recommend reading our post on “When is the best time to visit Disney World?” We even have a month-by-month ranking so you can compare them all and make the best decision when to go.
Yes, it is. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opened on October 1, 2021.
The new Ratatouille ride is a dark ride that uses a trackless ride vehicle, taking guests on a crazy journey through Gusteau’s with Remy.
FastPass+ is no more in Disney World and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be one of the Individual Lightning Lane attractions. That means you can pay to ride it and skip waiting in line.
Overall, we like the Ratatouille franchise and think it’s a perfect fit in Epcot’s France pavilion. This is a good example of adding Disney characters to Epcot in a way that doesn’t feel overly forced and overall we think it will be a great addition.
In the meantime, check out our latest France Pavilion Expansion Construction Updates where we show some of the work being done to the rest of the pavilion.
If you are excited about Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, there is even more in store in the coming years. Read about all the other new attractions coming to Disney World in the next few years!
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