Walt Disney World Resort Guests can now only visit one park per day while park hopping is suspended. This means that many of us find ourselves with enough time on our hands to do just about everything in the theme parks, including activities that we would have never set time aside to do.
On my last trip to EPCOT, I decided to try one of those activities that I would have never invested the time into doing if I was able to park hop: Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak.
The game is described as the following:
“Help Remy as he ventures around Epcot® to collect the ingredients for his signature dish, Ratatouille. As you find Remy with each ingredient, place the corresponding sticker on the map to represent that location.
Wither you choose to search for the ingredients or not, return your map to Disney Traders, Mouse Gear or World Traveler at International Gateway for a surprise. Valid while supplies last.”
So I embarked on that adventure around World Showcase. I arrived shortly after 11, so I saw this activity as a great way to work up my appetite for all the deliciousness of Food & Wine.
I started with Canada and worked my way around counterclockwise. What I will tell you is that it is a pretty decent challenge to find Remy with every ingredient. I can’t speak for you all, but I have to admit I was glad I decided to attempt this before I started drinking.
Note that the following images contain spoilers for where I found Remy in each of the pavilions. I haven’t described exactly where they are, but I have included photos.
The American Adventure
I highly recommend this activity for the simple reason that it requires that you thoroughly explore each nation’s pavilion. Personally, I almost never venture all the way into the pavilions for Canada, Morocco, or China, and I thought I knew the pavilions for Japan and Italy like the back of my hand. But I would not have experienced this if park hopping was not taken away, forcing me to slow down and therefore allowing myself to take in the park on this deeper level.
Well, this game made me go back into the Canada, Morocco, and China pavilions and I got a whole new perspective on my favorite two pavilions. Some are easier to find than others though. The easiest ingredient to find, by far, was in Mexico. The most difficult was Morocco. The one that took the most time for me–which thinking back now would not be the most difficult if I paid better attention–was Japan. It took me just over two hours to complete.
I also highly recommend starting in Canada, because that means you end your adventure in Mexico, and that means you can take refuge in the dark, air-conditioned pavilion and celebrate your success with a delicious, crisp margarita.
Once I completed the quest, I turned in my map at the World Traveler store and the “surprise” was the choice between a few different cups from EPCOT’s Flower and Garden Festival. I got the one with Donald Duck because he is my favorite.
I should mention, at this point, that this activity is not free. The map costs $7 which means that you are essentially paying for the surprise at the end. But you do not need to buy the map to go on the scavenger hunt. Just like the Pascals hidden in Rapunzel’s corner of Magic Kingdom, the Remys are still scattered about World Showcase waiting to be found.
Also please remember that Walt Disney World gets extremely hot and humid in July and August, and EPCOT’s World Showcase offers very little shade while walking from pavilion to pavilion. It is important to stay cool and hydrated.
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Have you been back to EPCOT yet? Have you gone on this scavenger hunt? What were your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!