A Look Inside the Expanded France Pavilion: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Creperie de Paris

by | Sep 5, 2021 | EPCOT, WDW Blog, WDW Food, WDW News

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Ratatouille is my favorite Pixar movie, so I was ecstatic when I learned that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure was coming to EPCOT—and even more ecstatic when I was invited to the media preview of the expanded France Pavilion, including the new Remy ride, last Friday.

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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is scheduled to open October 1 as part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. Along with the new ride is an expanded portion of the France Pavilion and a new dining location called La Creperie de Paris

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Expanded France Pavilion at EPCOT

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This expansion adds to the existing charm of the France Pavilion. I especially enjoyed the added buildings, details, and whimsical colors that frame the main attraction. The hotel building, pastry and wine shop, and bicycles and vespas really make it feel like you’re wandering the streets of Paris

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The first thing you notice when entering the expanded France Pavilion area is the beautiful allée (alley) that runs alongside the water. According to Disney Imagineer and Senior Production Designer Joe Vitale, this is “designed to evoke the feeling of a Parisian park beside the river Seine.”

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Keep your eyes peeled during your stroll. You can notice decomposed granite that evokes the composition of streets and parks in France, and you may even spot a few rat motifs here and there, like in the cast-iron benches.

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure 

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Our November issue of WDW Magazine is all about FOOD, which means we’re going to give you an in-depth look at this food-themed ride in our upcoming issue. To get your hands on stunning photography and hidden details of the new Remy ride, you’ll have to subscribe to our print or digital edition of the monthly magazine by October 31. You won’t regret it!

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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Ride Experience

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This ride has no height requirements, which makes a great ride for the whole family.

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It stimulates all the senses with its on- and off-screen scenes, different scents, fun turns, a slight drop, and even water! Don’t worry, you won’t get soaked!

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The trackless ride was super smooth; however, I did feel a little nauseous during a few spinning parts. 

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Overall, I loved this ride and found it to be cute and thrilling to have a rat’s point of view of Remy’s world. I was grateful for the opportunity to ride as many times as I’d like, which allowed me to notice some of the more subtle details, like the Pizza Planet delivery truck Easter egg in the beginning scene.

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Remember: To get my full review of the ride, subscribe by October 31 to get our November issue, where we will dive deep into Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure!

Virtual Queue 

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When Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure initially opens on October 1, it will utilize a virtual queue. Similar to Rise of the Resistance, guests must obtain a boarding group via the My Disney Experience app to ride. A standby queue will not be available at opening. Each guest can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day.

Queue experience 

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The queue is so charming with pictures of Remy, Luginini, and Chef Skinner on the walls before you reach the rooftop of Gusteau’s Restaurant with a talking Gusteau.

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This part immediately took my breath away as I felt like I had been transported to his restaurant. We then entered a cozy artist loft before heading to the loading zone. This is where you will grab a pair of 3D glasses before being sorted into either a Remy, Emile, or purple rat ride vehicle.

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La Creperie de Paris 

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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, La Creperie de Paris offers authentic French cuisine from celebrity chef Jerome Bocuse in both Quick-service and Table-Service options

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You can find both savory and sweet crepes on the menu as well as alcoholic beverages and ice cream. For the Table-Service, there is also a prix fixe menu for $33.

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The crepes are made very thin, which requires a special rake, and everything is made from scratch. Savory crepes are called galettes and are made from buckwheat flour from Brittany and are gluten-friendly

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Speaking of Brittany, Vitale says that the restaurant’s blue facade is reminiscent of the Brittany region of France.

No reservations are needed for the Table-Service restaurant, and there are also no discounts at this dining location. 

I tried two savory galettes and two sweet crepes during the media preview:

  • The Classique is a ham, egg, Swiss cheese crepe, and the Saumon had smoked salmon, crème fraiche, chives, and lemon. Both of them were delicious with a good portion of ingredients. The egg on the Classique can be served over easy, scrambled, or sunny side up. 
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  • I have a sweet tooth, so both sweet crepes definitely hit the spot. The Gourmande has such a creamy, rich hazelnut chocolate spread, and the Melba offers a fruitier taste with its peaches, red berries, and even an extra crunch from the almonds. 
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Expanded France Pavilion Merchandise

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With a rat as cute as Remy, I was expecting the cutest France Pavilion merchandise, and Disney delivered. This collection of merchandise has everything from kitchen must-haves to clothing and accessories to the cutest toys for the whole family. 

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Some of the items including the Remy ears, talking Remy, Remy hoodie, and the Little Chef cutting toy set are available now at the gift shop by Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie in the France Pavilion. 

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The special media preview for the expanded France Pavilion, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and La Creperie de Paris was “magnifique”! This new expansion of the France Pavilion is going to add so much to the World Showcase, and I’m so excited for guests to experience the new family-friendly ride and delicious food option! 

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Written by Tina Chiu

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Tina is a mom of two boys and loves sharing the joy of Disney with her family. She collects Minnie ears, participates in RunDisney races (mostly for the bling), and enjoys staycations with DVC. Tina hopes to one day retire on the Disney Dream, but until then she’ll continue living her very best life, one character meet and greet at a time! Follow along on Instagram
Tina Chiu

Written by Tina Chiu

Tina is a mom of two boys and loves sharing the joy of Disney with her family. She collects Minnie ears, participates in RunDisney races (mostly for the bling), and enjoys staycations with DVC. Tina hopes to one day retire on the Disney Dream, but until then she’ll continue living her very best life, one character meet and greet at a time! Follow along on Instagram