Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a trackless dark ride that debuted during Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in Epcot. Located in the France Pavilion, the attraction takes from the Pixar film Ratatouille. The ride originally debuted in Disneyland Paris before making its way to Florida. In this post, we’ll discuss the ride’s fit, plot and features. We’ll start with general thoughts before getting into any spoilers.
Without diving into the actual ride, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is an excellent fit in the France Pavilion, World Showcase and Epcot. While I had problems with Frozen Ever After being added to the Norway Pavilion, Ratatouille is a film that celebrates France and has Paris play an integral part in the film. You can’t really say that about Frozen and Norway, no matter how much a justification is force fed to us.
World Showcase is starved for more family friendly attractions and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure checks that box. In doing so, it helps bring balance to Epcot’s sub-standard attraction roster. Of course, an excellent E-ticket attraction would help more as this new ride doesn’t measure up to those standards. Even so, this was sorely needed in Epcot.
On top of that, the addition made to the back of the France Pavilion is quite lovely. There’s a gorgeous fountain in front of the attraction that fits in with the architecture and the ride. The crepe stand, the building’s texture and the design all bode well for the future. Obviously, there are a bunch of people in that area right now but once the hype dies down, spending a quiet hour or two having a late dinner and riding the attraction will be an integral part of Epcot.
It’s almost unfair at this point how full the France Pavilion is of things to do. There’s basically more than double of what any other pavilion offers. This isn’t a bad thing, and I am by no means stating that the France Pavilion should cut a few things out. Instead, I’d love to see a few other countries come up to that standard. The UK Pavilion has the space for it and the IP, if that’s a must. Japan seems to have room to work with and is the closest in terms of things to do right now. Adding an attraction there would really even things out. With so many projects already happening in Epcot, these ideas are more like pipe dreams. But seeing France set the standard in World Showcase means that we should hope for other pavilions to match that high bar.
Moving on to the actual attraction, I think Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a good ride, but not great. Without getting into specifics yet, the attraction feels a little clunky and screen heavy while being fun and generally interesting. I should say that I love Ratatouille so that probably makes me more likely to enjoy the attraction. Readers of the site also have probably heard me rave about trackless ride systems and this is no exception.
Even with those qualities and some great scenes, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure has a somewhat convoluted plot and the ride relies entirely too much on screens. There’s not a single animatronic on the ride and it could really use more physical sets. That’s not to say that the screens look bad or don’t offer exciting moments, they certainly do, it all just feels a little one note by the end.
Before we get into specifics and spoilers, we’ll do one comparison and a little bit of strategy. Starting with the latter, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure currently uses a virtual queue. If you have an Epcot park reservation for the day, wake up at 7 (a little before actually) and try to join the virtual queue via the My Disney Experience app. Make sure all of your tickets are linked to the account and from there it’s pretty self explanatory. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.
As for a general comparison, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is most similar to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I like Runaway Railway a little bit more but the trackless system is used there as well and screens are used often to create a zany and fun attraction.
Let’s get into the specifics!
Once inside the queue and close to the boarding area, there are a few detailed spots. One puts guests out on the rooftop, overlooking Gusteau’s. It’s pretty and a nice change from the winding queue up to that point. A turn or two later, you’ll find yourself in an artist’s attic complete with some fun paintings. Overall, the queue is fine but those two moments are a nice touch.
The attraction’s plot shrinks guests down to the size of a rat for a rollicking run through (I assume) Gusteau’s kitchen. It’s a little confusing where in the Ratatouille timeline this falls but I do like that this isn’t a review or quick version of the movie, instead it puts guests as a character in it.
To fit in with guests being shrunk down to rat size (and boarding a rat vehicle) there are some oversized props in between screen scenes. I liked those props and it made the attraction feel more natural. Being inside of an oven was a funny moment and there were a couple of other nice touches along the way.
The same goes with the screen based romp through the kitchen where we almost get caught several times. There’s a few moments that are surprising or could make little ones jump a little. When the attraction is zipping around is when it’s at its best. I think the frantic moments fit in with the movie, as the attraction doesn’t really go for some of the beauty that the film puts forth.
The final scene puts us in Remy’s kitchen and among his friends. I’m still slightly confused about what that means for the plot of the film, as I thought we were helping Remy out all along in the other kitchen. Maybe I just missed something on the way?
While I like the ride, it could have been so much more. Adding in some more physical props and animatronics would have gone a long way. Likewise, there were a few clunky moments that needed to be sorted through. All in all, I think this is a great addition for Epcot and World Showcase but only a good ride, not something more. That said, with expectations in tow Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be an enjoyable experience for all ages.
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