The Walt Disney World Resort this afternoon invited a few reporters to walk through a portion of its under-construction new Ratatouille dark ride at Epcot.
Remy's Ratatouille Adventure will open in an expanded France pavilion next summer. It's "based upon" the L'Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remi ride that opened in 2014 at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. Here is our POV video of that attraction, for your reference.
Today, after donning full personal safety gear, we walked around the back of the Ratatouille show building, which is visible from the new Disney Skyliner gondolas as they approach the Epcot World Showcase station. That took us into the ride's load area, where six ride vehicles stood waiting. They didn't go anywhere and we could not record anything inside the building, but we got a good look at the two-row, six-person trackless vehicles, which are styled to look a bit like Tsum Tsum cartoon rats.
Disney will provide an addition load station for riders with disabilities, as not to interrupt a consistent dispatch flow nor to rush riders who need extra time to board.
From the load station on the Paris rooftops, we walked along the ride path through the first two show scenes. The first is a giant curved screen in front of which three ride vehicles were parked awaiting the show. (Again, watch the POV above to see what that will look like.) From there, we walked into the restaurant pantry, over which hung a giant, 2.7-ton ham.
The conceit is that we've been shrunk to Remy's size, so of course a kitchen pantry would appear enormous, dominated by oversized food. And this practical scene is a visual delight, with giant desserts in a freezer on the far end, 10-foot sausages hanging above our heads and jars the size of hot tubs along the shelves.
That's all we got to see on our short behind-the-scenes construction tour today, but was more than enough to... no, don't do it, Robert... I can't resist, please forgive me... whet our appetite for the complete experience when it opens this summer.
Stay tuned because there's more to come from the France pavilion.Tweet
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