When it comes to new and amazing attractions, there is no other place than Walt Disney World. Just the thought of walking through the Provincial streets of France, seeing the Eiffel Tower from afar, smelling the sweet fragrance of crepes and pastries, mmmm… I can imagine it now. Images of flowers, architecture and brick-laidened streets come to mind and as the excitement of the newest attraction’s opening may be just around the corner, my heart starts racing.
Then, as I am in this lovely state of make believe, I remember what this new section is…..Ratatouille. Your right, it is all about the Emmy winning movie, showing that no matter who (or what) you are or how you start out in life, if you follow your passions and dreams, amazing things can happen. It is inspiring and moving, a true story of an underdog…or underrat?? and I absolutely love this movie.
But at the center of all of that is the true point of the movie, the focal point. How a critical, tired and yes, uninspired, once revered but now without true purpose food critic is transported back to better times, sweeter memories, way before the “world” and it’s hardness took a toll. How did this happen, you say? Well, when he tasted this simple yet very hard to spell vegetable dish, Ratatouille. It not only touched his palate, but his soul as well. Thus, the name Ratatouille.
Now, I admit, I am not a vegetable kind of guy. Frankly, I feel that mashed potatoes should be categorized as a vegetable. But, to the classic French chef and many foodies, this colorful and usually very pretty entrée is a favorite and true staple of French cuisine. Originating in Nice, it usually is made up of onions, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and bell peppers along with the signature spices and herbs of the region (thank you Wikipedia). But the most incredible thing to me is that out of this vegetable combination, came one of the most enchanting movies and now one of the most incredibly creative and innovative attractions at Epcot.
With the partial opening of the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure section in Epcot’s France Pavilion of World Showcase this past week, we are all waiting with baited breath for when the attraction itself will open. The new section, greets you under a beautiful arch bearing its name and large pots of colorful flowers leading you into it. The new portion is called Rue Auguste Gusteau after the chef in “Ratatouille.” Previously, the only way to get glimpses of the new ride’s construction was from the Disney Skyliner, which gives amazing, overlooks.
All during the new expansion, which those of us who frequent the parts have been watching with great anticipation for the past several months, we can see the sign over Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure for Gusteau’s Restaurant, which will not be a restaurant but rather Epcot’s first trackless ride, similar to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Creating scenes based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film “Ratatouille,” the family-friendly attraction will invite guests to shrink down to the size of a rat for a culinary adventure with Remy, racing across Gusteau’s kitchen floor. When the remainder of the area opens, called Allée Des Marchands, there will be a creperie and shopping.
I was overwhelmed and so blessed when I was able to attend a media preview of the new ride in 2019 when construction was just beginning on this newly imagined attraction. I even got to go inside the “kitchen” on a hard hat tour and we got to see one of the cars guests will board to become one of the “rats” scurrying around. It was an incredible experience and I know that once the entire attraction opens, I can’t wait to bring the Mayne Mafia along to experience it as well, especially since many of you may not be able to visit Walt Disney World for a while and see it for yourselves. There is a very similar attraction at Disneyland Paris and some of you may have seen some videos of it. We are fortunate however, to be able to get a little sneak peak from Disney themselves. Although it is not the entire ride (no spoilers here) it is awesome quality and does give you a bit more of what we might expect from the Epcot ride (it’s not clear if they’ll be exactly the same but the cars look very similar!). Disney’s video also gives you plenty of interesting tidbits about this ride, including the fact that Pixar animators made all of the videos for the ride, and that in the “refrigerator” section, you’ll see things like a nearly 25-foot-tall fish and a one-ton ham.
Sure, it’s not the same as the great feeling you’ll have when you’re finally able to ride along with Remy for yourself, but this video is sure to get you even more excited about the day when you finally can. Till then, come along on the Spokesmayne channel and follow on social media as we will be sharing out all of the excitement from the parks. I know I can’t wait and eventually will be able to spell it without looking it up first!!
*Also, thank you to my amazing girlfriend who helped me with the French spellings! Now she just needs to keep helping me with pronunciations!
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