Ever since it was announced that a Ratatouille Ride is coming to EPCOT, Disney fans have been eagerly waiting for it to open. 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 the latest news and updates as construction is still in progress. We’re going to show you the ride vehicles, the attraction layout, share FastPass+ information and let you know when Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is opening.
We’ll also talk about your best touring strategy for experiencing this new dark ride including tips, rope drop, what we 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 it’s not currently open, we’ll do our best to answer them now, but we’ll have a more in-depth look at the ride, including a full review once we get a chance to ride it ourselves.
We’ve had the opportunity to ride the Ratatouille attraction in Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris and we can say that we thoroughly enjoyed it. 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!
It certainly makes the list of the best new Disney World rides coming in the next few years, and should be a great addition to Epcot when finished.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Overview
- Location: EPCOT Park, Walt Disney World
- Status: Under Construction – ETA: 2021
- Ride Type: Dark Ride, Trackless
- Thrill Level: Low
- FastPass+: TBD
- Ride Length: Approx. 4 Minutes and 40 seconds
- Height Requirement: No Restrictions
- Capacity: 6 riders per vehicle. Hourly capacity TBD
(NEWS 11/16/20): Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Opening in 2021
Originally, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT was supposed to open in “Summer 2020.” Well, Summer has come and gone and we are now in the Fall, and the attraction still isn’t ready.
The good news is we might be getting an opening date soon thanks to some recent announcements from Disney. What’s going on?
Disney has now confirmed that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will open in 2021.
Today at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo (IAAPA), Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro stated that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is “still on track to open in 2021,” despite the delay.
D’Amaro didn’t give an exact date for the Ratatouille ride opening, just that it will be in 2021.
We could be finding out even more soon as later this week we also have the 2020 D23 Fantastic Worlds Celebration, which will be heavily focused on the future of the EPCOT theme park.
A panel on Thursday, November 19th is called: “EPCOT – The Magic of Possibility” and we expect Disney to reveal more about its plans for the EPCOT expansion, including Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and many of the other new projects that are coming.
A new job hiring placed by Disney recently for the France expansion also confirms the 2021 opening. The job listing reads: “Our next selection will be held this Fall. We will recruit for departures starting from beginning of 2021.”
So when exactly in 2021 can we expect Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure to open in EPCOT?
It was thought that the work was being stopped on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and that Disney would sit on it for a good part of 2021. However, if that job listing is to be believed, it looks like Disney is aiming for an Early 2021 opening for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
From the outside, the Ratatouille ride in EPCOT looks like it’s almost complete. However, some were saying that the inside construction still has a long way to go and that it’s been put on hold for now. Apparently, some of the scenes are not yet completed, which are necessary before opening it.
The problem Disney has right now is a lack of guest attendance in the parks. Since Disney World reopened, the parks have 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 doesn’t make financial sense to open a new attraction right now if EPCOT’s capacity is limited to 25%. Disney wouldn’t be receiving the maximum boost that the Ratatouille ride could give.
Until guests start coming back to the parks at almost normal levels, Disney is not going to open Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. While you would probably get a big influx of local guests for a day or two to check out the new ride, the embarrassment thereafter of having a new attraction go basically unnoticed is not what Disney is looking for.
Even though Disney’s new Park Pass system has made it easier for the company to run park operations, out-of-town guests are not going to be coming back for a while. Between travel restrictions, fear of getting sick and a terrible economy, many people are wondering if Disney World should be open at all right now.
Either way, it’s going to take a while for the crowds to start coming back, and Disney is going to be patient in choosing when to debut this new ride in EPCOT.
Understand, 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 may be one of the only new attractions they are sure about having ready in time in 2021.
Keeping in mind that we have no personal insider information on the matter, our guess is that the earliest you could see Remy’s Ratatouille open is March 2021. By then the current crisis might have slowed down, and people that put off traveling in 2020 may be willing to start coming to the parks more.
Whatever the case, we could get an opening date for the ride as soon as November 19th and we should know a lot more at that time.
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.
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 Epcot’s lineup of attractions.
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 which takes you into the expanded area of the pavilion. Follow that and the attraction is 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 going to be 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 adding a Ratatouille attraction to the park.
Is This the Same Ride in Disneyland Paris?
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is an almost 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.
We don’t know at this point just how similar the Epcot Remy ride will be to the Disneyland Paris version, but it expected to be almost exactly the same. Both attractions use the same trackless ride vehicles, screens and many of the same set pieces for theming and special effects.
There will surely be some differences in the ride queue, with the Epcot version likely to be longer and more detailed. We hope Epcot’s Ratatouille attraction improves on a few of the effects we felt were cheap-feeling in the original, improving the overall quality.
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 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 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.
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.
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 basically the same thing.
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.
Does Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Have FastPass+?
Up to this point, Disney has not confirmed if Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will have a FastPass+ option or not. We are extremely confident however that the new Ratatouille ride will offer FastPass+ at some point in the future.
Literally every major Disney World attraction is at least equipped with FastPass+ capabilities, even if they aren’t always running it. The Ratatouille ride in Disneyland Paris already uses FastPass, so there is no reason to think the Epcot version won’t do the same.
Our guess is that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be an Epcot FastPass+ Tier 1 attraction when it opens along with Frozen Ever After, Soarin’ and Test Track. That means you will be able to choose only one of those attractions when making FastPass reservations.
Will Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure use FastPass+ immediately when the ride opens? That is another story. Disney has made it a habit of not offering a FastPass+ option for new attractions initially when they open. It’s very possible they could do the same thing with this new ride.
Either way, whenever the new Ratatouille ride in Epcot starts using FastPass+ it’s going to be the attraction that’s the most in-demand, and you should make it your top priority when making your FastPass+ reservations at the 60-Day window.
Will the Ratatouille Ride in Epcot Use Boarding Groups?
Right now Disney hasn’t said whether Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be using boarding groups or not. Boarding groups and the virtual queue became the only way to ride Rise of the Resistance after it opened up, and so far no other Disney World attraction has used them.
What we don’t know is what will happen throughout the Disney World phased reopening. It’s been rumored that many, if not all of the attractions in Disney World could eventually use boarding groups to limit contact with other guests. What Disney decides to do with the Remy ride or other attractions remains to be seen right now.
Does It Have a Single Rider Line?
Disney has not confirmed if Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will have a Single Rider line or not. Disney usually includes one for more big E-Ticket attractions, so it would make sense that they include one here too. Usually, guests wanting to use the Single Rider option get sent through the FastPass+ queue.
However, even if Disney builds the attraction with a Single Rider option in mind, 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.
At this time we don’t know if guests will have to transfer out of their accessibility device or not. Our guess is they will have to, but we’ll wait and see.
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
When Will Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Open?
The big question everyone wants to know is “When is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opening in Epcot?” While Disney hasn’t yet confirmed the exact opening date, it’s going to be later than originally planned.
Before the Disney World closure, the new Ratatouille ride was on pace to open in Summer 2020, with some rumors saying it would be ready in June or even in late May if everything went according to plan. That has now changed and the ride has been delayed into 2021.
Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro recently stated that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is “still on track to open in 2021.”
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.
A lot of the construction work has been done on the interior of the attraction as some members of the media have already been able to tour part of it on foot. Many scenes are still not finished, however, more testing is needed before it’s ready for the general public, as well as work to the attraction queue, and other small details added.
The new France expansion was also coming along nicely before the closure, and things have picked up since the park’s reopening. Of course, things like construction crews getting fully assembled and the supply line getting back to 100% in providing the materials necessary has been a factor.
The biggest reason for the delay though is the lack of park attendance right now and for the foreseeable future. Disney has lowered its budget for park attractions by $700 million in 2020, and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure wasn’t mentioned as one of the priority attractions they are working on at the moment.
During the closure, construction was delayed 4 months, but delays have pushed that timeline back further.
The most realistic date is for a Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opening is early 2021, probably around March. Disney has now publicly punted on the idea of getting it ready by 2020.
Spring 2021 could bring better travel conditions and a time when Disney could potentially increase park attendance, making it more attractive to open a new ride. At least that would help to create at least some buzz around the new ride.
Disney is going to wait until just the right moment as they have to make sure they don’t take another PR hit like they have been lately.
We’ll keep a close eye on this for you and update as soon as we find out the official Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ride opening date.
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Will there be Annual Passholder Previews?
At times Disney has done Annual Passholder preview events or other soft openings for new attractions before fully opening them to the public. While that has happened before in the past, we think there might actually be some soft openings for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Since overall crowd levels are going to be low in the parks for a while, Disney might use their most loyal group of guests as a mouthpiece to spread the word about the new Ratatouille ride. They could do soft openings for a while before having a big “grand opening” event where they invite the press.
Having some positive vibes circulating might help to draw other guests thinking about coming to Walt Disney World. If they don’t do it immediately, Disney could do a delayed Annual Passholder event at some date in the future after the opening.
Disney is no longer on a time crunch to get this attraction up and running and will have plenty of time to decide about any preview events. Again, we’ll let you know what Disney decides about this at a later date.
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.
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. 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 2020 & 2021 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 because it’s not currently open. Right now, it doesn’t look like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will have FastPass+ at the opening, which will play a big part in your overall strategy for riding it.
In that case, the strategy is 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.
What happens when FastPass+ comes back is the bigger question and the strategy changes slightly.
In that case, our first advice is to make getting a FastPass+ for the Ratatouille ride a priority in Epcot. It will most likely be included in the FastPass+ Tier 1 attractions and we think in the beginning it will draw more crowds than any other ride in the park.
If you can get a FastPass for it then you can go ahead and rope drop Frozen Ever After instead. If not, get a FastPass for Frozen Ever After and plan on rope dropping Remy’s. No matter which of the two attractions you end up getting a FastPass 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.
To rope drop either attraction, 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).
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 FastPass+ 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.