For the 50+ Traveler

One of the most eagerly anticipated attractions at Walt Disney World Resort is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot. While details about the grand opening have been under wraps, Disney announced today that the attraction will open October 1 -- Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary.

The attraction not only opens October 1, but it also helps kick off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” explains Jeremy Schoolfield, managing editor, Walt Disney World Resort Public Relations.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Epcot.
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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

In Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, “you’ll feel like you’ve shrunk to the size of Chef Remy as you scurry through Gusteau’s famous restaurant on a wild adventure for the whole family.” Schoolfield explains. The 3D chase across Gusteau’s kitchen floor is possible thanks to “trackless ride vehicles.”

The attraction is part of the expanded France Pavilion in Epcot, which also opens October 1. And while the attraction is set in Paris, Roger Gould, a creative director with Pixar, described the attraction as “Ratatouille’s Paris,” as opposed to an exact recreation of Paris.

La Creperie de Paris, Epcot.
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La Creperie De Paris

Just wait -- there’s more. Also making its debut on October 1 is a new restaurant called La Creperie de Paris. The restaurant, which will be in the France Pavilion, will provide both table- and quick-service.

As you would expect, the restaurant will have a French theme. Its menu will include “sweet crepes, savory buckwheat galettes (naturally gluten friendly), and authentic French hard cider,” explains Schoolfield.

New Epcot Entrance, Walt Disney World Resort.
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Epcot’s Transformation

In 2019, Walt Disney World Resort announced plans for a “historic” and massive Epcot transformation. However, Walt Disney World Resort’s closure due to COVID-19 delayed many construction projects.

Nonetheless, late last year, Walt Disney World unveiled the new Epcot entrance in preparation for this year's anniversary. This entrance features new planters, pathways, landscaping, and colors. It also features a reimagined fountain and three acrylic pylons that each stand over 16 feet tall and feature the park’s logo.

“Their timeless design and vertical presence draw your eye upward toward the sky -- perfectly framing views of Spaceship Earth,” said Zach Riddley, the Walt Disney World portfolio executive with Walt Disney Imagineering.

Know Before You Go

Currently, all four Walt Disney World theme parks are open. However, the resort notes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “certain parks, hotels, restaurants, and other offerings may be modified, unavailable, [or] limited in capacity.” Be sure to check with Walt Disney World for more information as you make plans to visit.