“One Day at Disney” Gives Us a Closer Look Inside Upcoming Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Attraction in EPCOT
“One Day at Disney”, one of the staple documentary series on Disney+, has been known to give viewers all sorts of behind-the-scenes glimpses of life working for Disney. Each five-minute episode takes the audience on a “day in the life”-style tour following a different Disney employee, ranging from Cast Members in the parks, actors on Broadway and in ABC Productions, animators and artists in Disney and Pixar Studios, and even Bob Iger, former CEO of the Walt Disney Company himself. Here at WDWNT, we live for behind-the-scenes content from the Disney Parks, and in an all-new episode released this week, we got a brand new look at one of the most highly-anticipated attractions in the parks: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Episode 33 of “One Day at Disney” follows Imagineering Project Manager Mike Davie, whose job is currently to oversee the entire development of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, from its conception on paper, all the way through construction, and opening in EPCOT’s World Showcase. The attraction, which is set to run similarly to the existing Ratatouille ride in Disneyland Paris, will be a trackless ride system utilizing 3-D screens and huge thematic pieces, giving guests the experience of shrinking down to the size of a rat and joining Remy on a chaotic ride through the kitchens of Paris. The episode of “One Day at Disney” was filmed on-location at the construction site for the ride in EPCOT, giving us a sneak preview of what we can’t see from behind the construction walls.
The clip gives us a good look at the building facade to the attraction, which is set to resemble a Parisian street scene. On his device, Davie is also seen swiping through some previously-unseen concept art images, which we wish we could get a better look at rather than from a sneaky over-the-shoulder-view shot!
The camera follows Davie as he walks through the construction site in EPCOT. It is worth noting the Disney Skyliner in the background as a reference point for the time this was filmed. We can see the gondolas are all still covered up as they drift by, and since we didn’t get our first peek at the uncovered cabins until May 2019, this documentary – or parts of it, at least – are likely to have been filmed over a year ago.
Davie takes us into the partly-constructed show building, to give us a better look at what is inside. From this perspective, we can see many different levels to the building, although the ride is not expected to be a multi-level attraction. What is notable, however, is the huge height of the building which seemingly dwarfs Davie, truly demonstrating even at this stage in construction that the ride will make guests feel as small as a rodent as they ride.
This idea of size-perception is further explored as Davie points out a few thematic walls inside the attraction. The artists behind the attraction have really worked hard on making the bricks and slates in the wall as if to scale from the size of a rat, to truly immerse guests in the experience.
Another huge element of the ride is this projection screen. Although attractions such as Soarin’ Around the World utilize large-scale screens like this, it is rare we get to see them up-close and switched off like we do here. The screen is domed, and the attraction will enable the trackless vehicles to steer close to the projected action for a truly immersive experience, similarly to the effect created in the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
As he walks through the construction site, Davie explains his excitement and joy at working on a project which will be enjoyed by people of all ages together on their vacation, bringing another family element to the World Showcase. We can’t help but be impressed and inspired by the work Mike Davie and his fellow Imagineers do every day, and “One Day at Disney” does a great job of showing us the passion and expertise their employees dedicate to their roles.
You can check out our latest photo report examining the construction at the site of “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure” here. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that the attraction is suffering a delay in its opening timeline, as the large, exciting “Opening Summer 2020” banner which hung atop the pavilion’s expansion archway has now been removed. That being said, the expansion is now visible on the park maps and My Disney Experience, and we look forward to shrinking down to the size of a rat and joining Remy in the kitchen very soon!