Let’s Talk about EPCOT’s New Ride – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
On October 1st, Walt Disney World finally debuts its own version of the most popular attraction at Disneyland Paris.
So, what is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and why is it such a big deal? Read on to find out…
What Is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
You’ve watched Ratatouille, right? It’s one of the hidden gems of Pixar’s library.
In the film, a five-star chef argues that “anyone can cook.” The film proceeds to prove this by showing that the best chef in Paris is…a rat.
Presuming you can get past the admittedly unsettling premise, you’ll discover a delightful story told from the rat’s perspective.
His name is Remy, and he encounters more problems than merely the health department.
As a rat, Remy barely comes up to a human’s shin. So, the chase scenes in Ratatouille involve pint-sized views of the Parisian landscape.
As a theme park attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure doesn’t follow the movie’s story completely.
However, many of the funniest parts come up here. For example, the head chef, Skinner, hates the new kid, your friend Alfredo Linguini.
Also, Skinner reaaaaally dislikes the idea of a rat wandering the kitchen. And that brings us to…
What Happens on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the Ratmobile, a real thing at EPCOT’s France pavilion!
Imagineers have built these adorable ride carts to move you around Remy’s kitchen. Before you can do that, you must undergo a quick physical change.
The conceit here is that the ghost of the late Auguste Gusteau, Remy’s hero, wants the rat to prepare you a meal.
You need to be eye to eye with Remy for the food to taste the best, though.
So, you mimic a classic Disney trick from Body Wars and Honey, I Shrunk the Audience as you shrink down to rat-size.
Remy settles on the ultimate fine dining experience in France, a plate of ratatouille. Yes, it was once considered peasant food, but that was before Remy came along!
Remy guides you through his restaurant, and he even makes a few appearances. His always-hungry brother, Emile, joins him for some eating.
Of course, this journey may prove unsettling.
You’re smaller than the size of some of the ingredients used in the meal, especially the bluefish hanging in front of you at one point.
So, Skinner sees you and is liberal with the knife swipes. As a rat, you’re a target on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. And Skinner’s the stabby kind.
Think of this ride as a prolonged chase sequence interspersed with comedy bits that will crack you up.
One of the gags is even ominous. You’re in a kitchen, and the stove contains far too many BTUs for a small rat.
Thanks to an Imagineering trick, when you travel through this section, you’ll feel the heat…literally.
You may even roam into the dining room at one point, although that’s likely to set off Skinner.
Don’t worry, though. You’ll be fine. Also, there’s wine and cheese at the end!
Will You Like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
Oh yes. You’re gonna love it!
The Ratmobiles are absolutely adorable, the best kind of kawaii design.
As for the ride, it’s exhilarating and has a surprisingly good adrenaline rush. At one point, a giant hand bursts through a wall, giving you quite the scare.
Also, Ratatouille is beautiful. The Parisian skyline will dazzle you, and the dining room is quite colorful as well.
Fans of the movie will also notice beloved characters who appear. Yes, that includes Anton Ego!
Plus, once you’re done with the ride, you can experience another new nearby place at the France pavilion!
La Crêperie de Paris sells crêpes so tasty that you’ll believe Remy baked them!