Tremendous Buzz Building About Ratatouille Ride
Why guests aren’t already chasing the cheese in Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT…
I am forever in debt to the wonderful beat writers who tackle the work between the ticket booths and attractions at Disney Parks around the globe.
And today, Dewayne Bevil takes top honors for his piece on the development of “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.”
But Why Isn’t Remy Open?
But last night’s mention of the ride during ABC’s Disney holiday special, which seemed to hype the hype around the upcoming ride:
Meanwhile, Milo Manheim of Disney Channel’s Zombies franchise posted:
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Meanwhile, Bevil’s posted piece entitled, “Disney: Epcot hasn’t revved up ‘Ratatouille’ ride yet,” says the project remains paused.
Not A Creature Stirring
Not a creature is stirring, not even a rat. Walt Disney World hasn’t opened a new attraction since early March, and while there’s no firm information on what ride will debut or when, buzz is building again about the “Ratatouille” ride in Epcot’s France pavilion.
At one point, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure was scheduled to open in summer of 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic and branches of its fallout disrupted plans and timelines.
Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said last week that Remy’s ride will arrive at an unspecified time in 2021.
Of course, we know this snippet. But I believe most fans are hopeful for an opening sooner than later.
COVID Strikes Again
But Dennis Speigel, of International Theme Park Services, thinks there’s a clear connection between the pandemic and the pause. After all, and as Bevil noted, other important projects remain impacted by COVID-19.
“I think it’s very safe to say that from the original plan of the attraction, there are going to be modifications to the cycling, and the ridership,” he said. “I’m sure that there’s there are physical aspects that had to be altered.”
Some high-interest rides — including Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios — have been retrofitted to add clear dividers between rows, which allows more traveling groups in the same vehicle. Queues have been reconfigured and divided by plastic to reduce close encounters by riders in waiting. Timing and spacing of the vehicles, which are fronted by whiskers, could be changed, he said.
And, of course, that certainly could be the reason why the opening date of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure keeps changing, too.
Keep it here for the latest. BUT, be sure to read Dewayne’s full article for the whole scoop.