On October 2, 2021, I was excited to obtain a boarding group for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure using the virtual queue system for the newest attraction in Epcot’s France Pavilion. This trackless attraction “shrinks” the rider down to rat-size and takes you on a 4D adventure through Gusteau’s kitchen, dining room, and walls of the famed Paris restaurant. Before riding this attraction I was excited to learn from my Imagineer friend, Chris Beatty, that it is wheelchair accessible! Follow along as I share my experience on riding this fun, new attraction at Walt Disney World’s Epcot France Pavilion.
First things first, this ride can only be experienced by obtaining a virtual queue boarding group at 7:00am or 1:00pm on the My Disney Experience app the day you have a park reservation for Epcot. As of October 19, 2021, you can now purchase a Genie+ individual Lightning Lane as a second option to ride this attraction. There is no standby queue as of this article’s publication and these queuing options are always subject to change.
My journey started once my boarding group was called to get in the queue. We headed behind the France Pavilion to the newly expanded Paris street located along the river near the International Gateway. The queue starts just past the new La Creperie de Paris, which Lou Mongello covered in his preview visit, please see below for more links on this dining option.
The streetscape is a tribute to the Paris scenes we loved in the Ratatouille movie complete with a Gusteau’s restaurant and sign at the end of the street. Be sure to look around and spot some hidden details in the railings, benches, and more. Before entering the queue itself, our travel party scanned in on the Magic Band scanners at what looks like an entrance to a theatre. This confirmed that we did indeed have an active boarding time for the attraction. The queue wound its way around outside under a Parisian wrought iron shelter and then finally inside to the theatre. As we walked deeper into the attraction more and more details came into view, like a painting studio with hidden Easter eggs from the movie. There was even a little pre-show on the rooftop near Gusteau’s restaurant.
As we rounded a corner we picked up our 4D glasses and were then asked if I could transfer out of my wheelchair or if I need to stay in it. I needed to stay in my wheelchair, so we were escorted past the loading area to a designated wheelchair transfer/roll-on area. As I entered the wheelchair gate, I spotted a rat-looking ride vehicle pulled in backwards with the back end open and the ramp already pulled down for easy wheelchair access. It was very easy to just roll right in and lock my brakes for a secure ride. The Cast Members further secured my wheelchair in the vehicle with two tie-downs and a seatbelt. Once I was secure and ready to go the CM flipped up the bulit-in ramp. There was one additional seat next to me in the ride vehicle which was accessed from the side of the vehicle. It was nice to have a traveling companion able to ride right next to me to share the experience. If you are able to transfer from your wheelchair or ECV you would enter the rat vehicle from the side and not use the ramp vehicle at all. As seen below there was a separate gate for those that can transfer. If you are visiting with your service dog, there is a special crate tucked around a corner near the accessible vehicle loading area. Because of the trackless system my rat was easily pulled into the ride system and off I went on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Because this is a new attraction at Epcot, I do not want to spoil what really happens on the adventure. The 4D experience was really fun and there are even some physical props incorporated in the attraction to further make you feel like you are the size of a rat. I highly recommend riding this new 4D this attraction.
TIP: Don’t forget to take advantage of the new Magic Shot photo op located outside of the attraction near the fountain. Check out the photo I took of the new camera set-up Disney is using and the photo of my family with the new Magic Shot!
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