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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opened up in Epcot back on October 1, 2021. It’s one of the two new rides to come to Epcot in the past year.
It’s a welcome addition to a park that generally doesn’t have as many rides as most people prefer. This post explores what to expect on the ride, the ins and outs, and any other details I can think of (updated August 1, 2022).
If you’re looking for information on Epcot’s OTHER new ride, make sure you read my guide to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Location of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Well, I’ve already mentioned it’s in Epcot, so no surprise there. You can find Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France Pavilion of World Showcase.
This is one of only 3 rides located in World Showcase, so this is a very welcome addition in that respect.
The France Pavilion added an extension last year which includes the space for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
It also includes a new restaurant, La Creperie de Paris. This is a table service restaurant which also has a quick service window, giving you the best of both worlds.
I highly recommend a meal at La Creperie de Paris, it’s delicious! If you’d like to know more about it, read through my review of La Creperie de Paris.
What is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
Now then, what exactly is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure? Well, the concept of the ride is based off of the Disney movie “Ratatouille”.
Considering that the movie itself takes place in France, the ride location is pretty appropriate!
The concept of the ride is that guests shrink down to the size of the movie’s star, Remy himself. You are then skurrying through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Height Requirement
This is a ride that is fun for the whole family. Yes, the whole family! There is no height requirement for the ride.
The Ride Vehicle
The ride car is actually in the shape of a rat! Yes that’s right, a rat.
That’s because you are supposed to be a rat yourself.
Each car holds up to 6 people, 3 in the front and 3 in the back. There is a single lap bar that goes down over all the guests in that row.
Because of that, smaller guests won’t have the lap bar securely over their legs, but really, that’s not a concern on this ride.
Each seat is actually separated by small dividers, designating a spot for each of the guests in a row.
What type of ride is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure?
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the newest Disney ride that uses a trackless ride system.
The other new rides with this technology are Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, both at Hollywood Studios.
The trackless rides are exactly what they sound like: the ride vehicles move throughout the scenes without the use of a track.
This allows for more fluid and surprising movements throughout the ride.
Once thing to note is that the trackless rides are extremely smooth. Every time I ride one it actually makes me think of a ballet or a choreographed dance. It just smoothly glides around the floor.
The overall ride is a combination of physical sets and 3D screens. Each of the guests are provided with 3D glasses shortly before getting on the ride.
Because of the combination of sets and screens, along with a couple of other surprises, this is considered a 4D ride.
As with most of the queues at Disney World, this one also has some special touches.
Disney has become a master at creating queues which help guests to wile away the time they wait in line. While Remy’s queue isn’t nearly as interesting as some of the others (I’m looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy), it’s not the worst, either.
The vast majority of the line is outside. This is the good old fashioned switchback set up. Fortunately for all of us, this is under cover to provide shade.
If the line is longer, you’ll start outside, go inside briefly, before popping outside again for most of the switchbacks. Talk about a fakeout.
However, once you move inside for good, you know that you’re making progress and will get on the ride soon.
There are two noticeable sections of the queue the provide a bit of interest. The first one makes you feel as if you are on a Paris rooftop at night. The neon sign for Gusteau’s is plain to see.
Periodically, Gusteau will put on a show for the guests waiting in line.
The next room is a small scene in an artist’s room. The canvas on the easel plays an animated scene. This scene gives you some safety instructions to be aware of.
Beyond all of that, you wind your way through towards the 3D glasses pick up station. Once you have your glasses you are one switchback away from the loading area.
How to Ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
There are several ways to get on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. When the ride first opened, you could only get on it by using the virtual queue. This lasted a few months before it was paused.
Now, there are two options for riding Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: using the standby line or paying to use the Lightning Lane.
Standby Waits on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Clearly, we’re all familiar with the concept of standby waits. This is the good old fashioned idea of simply waiting in line to get on a ride.
Because this is one of the most sought after rides at Epcot, a park that already doesn’t have a ton of rides, the wait times can be long.
However, it’s possible to use savvy strategy to get on the ride with less of a wait. I actually write in detail about this in my 1-day Epcot Itinerary post, so I recommend that you check it out.
But the short version is there are 3 times of the day you’ll find shorter lines to get on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
- Rope drop
- Mid-morning bubble
- Right before park closing
Riding at Rope Drop
This is a highly popular option for anyone entering Epcot through International Gateway. Quite simply, it’s the closest ride for those guests.
Meanwhile, to get to Remy’s from the front entrance is a hike and a half. I only recommend trying to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at rope drop if you are coming into International Gateway.
This is because by the time you make your way there from the front entrance right at rope drop, you’re already at a bit of a disadvantage. Everyone from International Gateway is now in front of you.
But if you do come into the front entrance, don’t despair, you’ll be able to target the next option…
A Pocket of Time in the Morning
This is a phenomenon that seems to happen fairly consistently for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. It might not happen everyday, and your mileage may vary depending on the crowd levels, but it does work.
What seems to happen is that after that initial mad rush to Remy’s right at rope drop, everyone has dispersed to other areas of the park.
Once people get involved in other rides, the France Pavilion is a far walk. So they tend not to do it. But if you’re up for the hike, you can get on the ride with a very short wait.
I was able to do this during my trip the other day. I went on Frozen Ever After right at rope drop (early theme park entry was at 8:00a on this day), then went on Test Track.
When I got off of Test Track, it was around 8:45am. The park had been open to all guests for only about 15 minutes.
Lo and behold, the posted wait time for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure was 15 minutes. That’s right, 15 minutes.
It was a long walk, but I hauled it over to France and practically walked on the ride. I waited less than 10 minutes, with most of that walking through the queue.
Depending on the day, this pocket it time might not happen quite that early, but look for it.
Get on Right Before Park Closing
This is an age old Disney trick that works pretty darn well. Disney is known to artificially inflate posted wait times at the end of the day.
Disney uses these posted wait times as a way to try to manipulate guests into doing certain things. But we aren’t going to fall for it!
If you get in line a few minutes before the park closes, they still run the ride until all of the guests in line are off.
Also, fireworks go off at this time as well, and most people prioritize that. If you want to watch the fireworks, this strategy clearly isn’t for you.
But if you’re OK with missing them, this is another good time to get on the ride.
When I did this the other day, I got into the line at 8:49pm. The posted wait time was 55 minutes. I was sitting down in the ride vehicle at 9:25pm. Really, not too shabby considering they claimed the wait would be 55 minutes.
This has the bonus of letting you walk through a much less crowded Epcot at night in order to leave the park. It’s simply beautiful.
Lightning Lane Access
And now we look at the option that costs you extra money. Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane access is the paid FastPass replacement.
By paying an extra fee, you can skip the line.
Depending on the time of the year, and Disney’s whim, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure has been on both arms of the paid FastPass system.
Primary, Remy’s is supposed to be offered as an individual Lightning Lane reservation. This requires each person who wants to ride to pay a flat fee. This fee can change, but is typically around $9 per person.
Not a huge deal for a single rider or couple, but it starts to add up.
However, Disney periodically moves Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure over to the Disney Genie+ line cutting option.
In this one, guests pay $15 per person, per day to have access to the line skipping function on multiple rides. With this you at least get to ride multiple rides for your $15 per person instead of just one.
Before your trip, check to see which category of paid FastPass options Remy’s shows up in.
Honestly, I think you can get on the ride with a relatively short wait without paying extra money for it.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Review
With all of this information on board I want give an overall review of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. On the whole, this is a welcome addition. As I mentioned, Epcot doesn’t have as many attractions as it probably should for the modern level of crowds.
Because of this, I’d welcome pretty much any new ride offering. Because of that, I look upon Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure with a friendly eye.
That being said, my overall opinion of the ride is that it’s cute. Perhaps not the most glowing review, but don’t be scared off.
I do enjoy this ride, don’t get me wrong. It’s entertaining and has some really bright spots that make it fun. Seriously, just the trackless ride technology makes me enjoy it. As I mentioned, it’s just a smooth type of dance.
Because the vehicles move in a different way than we’re used to, that adds to the novelty and enjoyment. Considering that’s my favorite part, it makes sense that my least favorite part is all the time sitting in front of a screen.
Clearly, this is necessary for the storyline, so it’s not all bad. It’s just the weakest part.
This is compounded by the fact that there’s a lot of this ride that Disney definitely phoned in. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure was first built in Disneyland Paris.
The Remy’s found in Epcot is an exact replica of that ride. They didn’t make any effort to make improvements in the weaknesses.
The major weakness is that you spend a vast majority of the ride parked in front of a screen. And you can tell. That’s the main problem. There’s no effort made to perpetuate the feeling that you are in fact a rat scurrying through the scene.
I mean, you can see where the screen meets the floor as there’s no attempt to camouflage to help suspend your disbelief. This ride was originally built in Paris before Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway were built.
Both of these rides show the improvements that they’ve made in how to set up the ride for max effect. That’s why Remy’s is a bit of a let down. Instead of just making an exact replica of the older version of technology, it could have been improved upon.
But all of that being said, the ride is lighthearted fun. These are basically nit-picky complaints that won’t bother most people. It’s a fun ride for families to go on together.
It’s also a very welcome addition to the ride line up, specifically what’s offered in World Showcase. Because of this, I do think it’s a ride worth going on.
Would I want to wait more than a half hour? Definitely not. Would I pay extra money to ride it? Nope. But it is good enough to put in some effort to try to ride it at some point during the day.
Final Thoughts on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
As I hope you can tell, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is definitely worth your time. It’s just not work an hour of your time.
But on the whole, it’s an enjoyable ride that most people are going to like. Kids especially will love the look and feel of the ride. And I always love when family members of all ages can go on rides together.
Having another ride in World Showcase is also a massive plus. And this is the only ride on this side of World Showcase, so it’s very welcome.
With new that the new Mary Poppins ride is now off the table following the pandemic, it looks like Remy’s will be on it’s old to hold down the fort on that half of World Showcase. This is a shame since we’ve already established that Epcot does need more rides.
But either way, add Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure onto your list of rides you want to do at Epcot.
What about you? Are you looking forward to taking a spin on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure? Let me know in the comments below.