A good meal takes time. All this talking about the France Pavilion expansion is making us hungry, luckily we’re closing in on dinner time. Grab the garnish, we’re tucking into the latest Ratatouille construction update, and there’s no time like the present to check in on our favorite Disney chef! Let’s see if he has a minute to step away from the kitchen and share his thoughts on this Ratatouille construction update!
Honey, We’re The Size Of…
A rat! There’s only one rat you want to find in the kitchen, and that’s Remy. Soon there will be more “good” rats in the kitchen – us! On December 3, 2019, or as we like to say in the DVC Duo house, last decade, Disney Parks shared the first look of the ride vehicle within the upcoming attraction. The big thing to note is the vehicles are the same design as its European counterpart, just made a little larger for guest comfort.
Passholder Insights: One of the quieter places to order a glass of wine in the France pavilion is Les Vins des Chefs de France. It’s one of our favorite spots around the World Showcase.
Here A Track, There A Track. Where’s The Track?
There is no track! Well, no visible track. Similar to Rise of the Resistance and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Remy’s Ratatouille is a trackless ride. The major difference is the trackless ride technology used in the upcoming France Pavilion attraction will be an earlier generation. By using an earlier iteration of the technology, Disney Imagineering has experienced no delays in the Ratatioulle construction. Looking at the images from December 3, 2019, it is clear the trackless technology is in place, as the floor is complete.
Passholder Insights: A great breakfast spot when arriving at Epcot via the Disney Skyliner is the Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavilion. It is the only spot open for breakfast on this side of the World Showcase.
A Parisian Feel
With the opening of the Disney Skyliner in the fall, the Ratatouille construction has been in full view. As the Skyliner goes to and fro from Epcot, guests (and vloggers/bloggers) have been able to keep their fingers on the pulse. With only a few months remaining until the opening, it’s beginning to look a lot like Paris, scaffolding and all.
Not shying away from the obvious, Disney Parks has embraced this by making announcements around the visible changes. On January 13, 2020, Disney Parks announced the addition of Gusteau’s sign to the exterior of the attraction and pointed out to guests they’re able to see it from the Skyliner. Needless to say, the Skyliner was a little busier the next day.
Passholder Insights: The Epcot version of Remy’s attraction will not have a Gusteau’s, instead a new creperie is part of the Ratatioulle construction.
The Big Question!
It’s what everyone is asking. When will the Ratatouille construction be complete? Or, when will the attraction open? Disney World is saying summer 2020. What that means in Disney speak is somewhere between June 21, 2020, and September 21, 2020. According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, the expectation is the early part of the summer. If it were to be later in the summer, like Galaxy’s Edge, more than likely Disney World would have said late summer 2020. In the DVC Duo house, we’re thinking it may be prior to the 4th of July, as it’s the perfect buffer from the opening date of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway on March 4, 2020. Additionally, it’s a kick-off to the summer vacation season.
Passholder Insights: Once open the shortest route to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be via the International Gateway entrance over the main entrance. You’ll likely see us there, as this is our favorite way to “sneak” into the park!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is sure to be a fantastic addition to World Showcase. The attraction is a fan favorite in Disneyland Paris. What we’re also excited about is the expansion area itself, as it’s nearly doubling the size of the pavilion and will more than likely have fantastic picture opportunities. Well, that wraps up our Ratatouille construction update. Remy, it’s back to the kitchen!