Officially opening on October 1st, here’s a sneak peak into the new Ratatouille “mini-land” behind EPCOT’S France Pavilion, featuring Easter eggs based on the PIXAR film and more.
Disney says that EPCOT’s new France Pavilion expansion was created by blending authenticity with imagination.
Inspired by both the real city of Paris and the imagined world from the PIXAR film, Imagineers have sprinkled little touches that celebrate the film throughout the land.
This expansion more than doubles the size of the France Pavilion, with a seamless transition between the original and new sections.
In a scene reminiscent of the Seine River of Paris, guests begin their journey to this new area of the park with a stroll down a waterside pathway near the EPCOT International Gateway, with Disney Skyliner gondolas gliding majestically nearby. They’ll walk under an art nouveau-style archway evoking a Paris Metro station before rounding a corner and entering a French market street called Alleé des Marchands (“Alley of the Merchants”).
Opening along with the new expansion, La Crêperie de Paris will offer both a quick-service window and a table-serivce restaurant.
It will feature a menu from renowned chef Jérôme Bocuse inspired by the Brittany region of France, home to countless creperies.
Guests will be able to order savory galettes, sweet crepes, soft-serve ice cream and an assortment of ciders and wines from the new dining location.
After passing La Crêperie de Paris, guests walk under an ornate, cast-iron arcade that serves as the transition from real-world France to the fantastical vision of Paris from “Ratatouille.”
Pixar artists coined the term “crookedology” to describe the fanciful interpretation of the “City of Light” in their film, and Disney Imagineers applied this aesthetic to Remy’s Paris at EPCOT. Imagineers worked with Pixar to design buildings in the pavilion that evoke the whimsical, handmade architectural style seen in “Ratatouille,” where lines become a bit less straight, colors are bolder, and other exaggerated details create the feel of an animated film.
Everywhere you look around this area, in front of the main attraction, is filled with rats and other characters from the film, hidden in plain sight.
Guests can peer into La Cave D’Ego, a wine shop owned by famed food critic Anton Ego.
The vintages of wine bottles on display hold special significance to the “Ratatouille” story in both the film and Disney parks.
Chef Skinner’s scooter and Chef Colette’s motorbike can be found outside, which make for fun photo opportunities for fans of the film.
Inside the attraction entrance, large posters depict Remy, Linguini and Chef Skinner.
In the queue, guests enter a French artist’s loft. This section was created especially for the EPCOT version of the attraction, modeled after the art studio seen briefly in the film.
The ride itself, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, is a family-friendly attraction where guests feel as if they shrink to the size of a rat and race through Gusteau’s restaurant, joining the “Little Chef” in creating a culinary masterpiece.
Guests board colorful rat-shaped vehicles and then don 3D glasses to begin their adventure, seeing everything from a “rat’s-eye view.” Imagineers worked with Pixar artists to create animated 3D scenes that feel as if the film has come to life right before guests’ eyes, blending with oversized sets to provide an immersive environment full of sights, sounds, smells and other effects celebrating “Ratatouille.”
The attraction’s entrance, located at the end of the pavilion’s new plaza, looks like a Parisian theater and features a classic marquee with hand-laid golf leaf and nearly 200 lights.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, La Crêperie de Paris and the rest of the France Pavilion expansion area is set to officially open on October 1, 2021, the 50th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort.
The area’s main attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, is expected to only allow guests that reserve a virtual line boarding group reservation to ride at the start. Learn more here.