Walt Disney World Accessibility Review: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Ever since Walt Disney Planet announced their options to insert an attraction centered on the Ratatouille movie to the France pavilion at EPCOT, I have been counting the days right until I could trip it. I definitely adore that movie and even individual a DVD duplicate (sure, kids—a authentic DVD that you set into a participant!).

When my spouse and I visited WDW very last slide we just skipped the preview day for D23 associates and were being so dissatisfied. We observed the new gate and exterior construction—beautifully built to appear like a Parisian community. And we sighed when viewing a line of other folks likely in to preview the attraction. But we understood we would be back again and this spring was our time to get pleasure from Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure!

Blended Thoughts as a New Attraction Opening Methods

Each time a new attraction is staying crafted, I working experience two distinct emotions: excitement and anxiety. Of training course, I am fired up to see it and expertise it—to enter a new entire world produced to give us new sensations, entertaining, and laughter. But I am also anxious for the reason that I by no means know if the attraction will be accessible for my wheelchair or straightforward for transfer. For case in point, I like Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway as a great attraction, but it is awfully tough for transfer from my wheelchair (technically, finding in is just a make a difference of gravity. It is getting out that is tremendous challenging because there is no broader door). So, even though I experience it, I also expertise bodily difficulties and frustrations each and every time I do.

So as the opening of Ratatouille approached I didn’t know what to count on. And as much as we appeared (maybe just not in the right areas?), we couldn’t find any information about accessibility forward of time. In fact, the official webpage nonetheless has an incorrect description of the attraction accessibility and I’m reaching out to WDW to counsel that they update it.

Webpage information on Remy's Ratatouille Adventure accessibilityWebpage information and facts on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure accessibility

An Early Get started Potential customers to a Mouth watering Experience

The day of our visit we went early, even in advance of the Early Topic Park Entry opened at 8:00am. We were being keeping at a close by resort and created our way to the back again entrance, closest to the attraction. They opened EPCOT about 7:45am and we headed straight to Ratatouille. Though other individuals did the very same, it was a little group and there was generally no wait around, just a wander as a result of the line. 

As we approached the entrance, a forged member should have identified my newbie amazement because he questioned if I experienced ridden ahead of. When I stated this was my very first time and I was genuinely seeking ahead to it, he defined the attraction had a special wheelchair available auto (or WAV) that I could use and to just check with for it at boarding. This manufactured me giddy as I then knew the ride would be each fulfilling and quick for me!

My partner and I wound our way via the standby queue, enjoying the adorable Ratatouille theming and passing an space for picking up 3D eyeglasses shortly right before boarding. When we arrived, a cast member questioned if I could transfer and I reported I would want to use the WAV.  He then showed me a individual space to the left where by a further forged member confirmed me into the WAV and defined the method.

Ratatouille boarding areaRatatouille boarding location

Wheelchair Accessible Boarding Is Uncomplicated

The WAV spot is divided from normal boarding so the trip ongoing to go and there was no want for rushing. This is a terrific gain, as I frequently get stressed about holding up an whole attraction with the added time it can take me to board. The cast member requested me to wait guiding a door whilst she opened a ramp and established up the car or truck. She then opened the door and I boarded appropriate on by way of the open ramp in the again. On the flooring were two securements that she then hooked conveniently to my wheelchair, adopted by an overlap seatbelt and then a pull down protection bar. I normally carry a compact backpack with park working day essentials (like sunscreen and a hat) on the again of my wheelchair, which she removed and placed in a particular area of the automobile for bags (my partner retrieved it when we exited the motor vehicle). 

Open ramp in the back of Ratatouille vehicleOpen up ramp in the back of Ratatouille car

Just after I boarded, my partner bought in by way of a side doorway to sit proper subsequent to me. The solid member discussed it would be a few times just before we headed off to our adventure as the automobiles are automatic after she sends the signal. She instructed us to watch for the return of occupied (not vacant) cars as that would be the signal for our automobile to head in.

Author driving onto WAV in her wheelchairAuthor driving on to WAV in her wheelchair

A Joyous and Available Experience

All of a sudden, we were off! First our small rat took us to common boarding in which they checked the securements, then we headed to our culinary adventure and liked the adorable and inventive encounter! I felt like it was absolutely and accessibly integrated—the car or truck shook and moved alongside with the other people and we experienced the finish sensory knowledge. 

Almost ready to rideVirtually prepared to experience!

As we returned, our rat car went to regular boarding and a forged member stated, “Just give us a minute and you are going to go back to the WAV area.” It was then a basic make a difference of getting rid of the wheelchair securements and we exited and dropped off our 3D glasses in the return bin. 

That working day we ended up in a position to journey many instances and I normally discovered one thing new and pleasant in the attraction. There is so significantly to see and working experience! 

It is now 1 of my favorites mainly because it tells a enjoyable story and is so available for me and my wheelchair. On my up coming WDW journey, I’ll unquestionably be returning to Ratatouille!