A lot of detail and backstory….just skip to the first pic if you are in a rush. Otherwise, as Al would say more eloquently, grab something to eat and drink and enjoy.
Just back Friday from a vacation to France. Our plans for Paris and DLRP were made well in advance of when the opening date of the Ratatouille was announced but after hearing of the official date and the planned preview dates prior to the beginning of our trip, we were hopeful to slide into a soft opening day. My plans for the entire trip to Paris and DLRP were to take our point and shoot camera just for memories for us and didn’t plan on any planned video taping or “trip report” photos but the experience and hopefully the pictures warrant this post…
Our first day at the resort was Monday June 30th and we headed to the Walt Disney Studios park to see if anything was happening in the new area. Temporary hedge chicane walls were up and sets of CMs were politely letting everyone walking up know that the “Premiere” date was July 10th and the area was closed until then. The fact that there were chicane walls rather than FULL blocking barriers was a good sign that they were prepared for controlled guest traffic to go through at some point. Spent the rest of the day seeing some of the Disney Studios and Disneyland. I may do another TRIP report to talk about my thoughts on both parks, their current state and overall experience.
Tuesday, July 1.
Same drill… queued up at 9:30 up prior to park opening at 10am and made a dash for the Crush’s Coaster queue. While we waited for the ride to open, I strolled over to the area and talked up (in English) the CM working there. I could see more movement in the area beyond the hedge this time and I politely asked if any “testing” was going to happen today, explaining that our stay was just until July 4th. She coyly indicated that testing could happen but she was very honest that her lead didn't give her a specific time of day or if any restrictions (AP, wristband etc) would be required.
She indicated that if they do open the area, we would come through the “other entrance”… “Other entrance?” Yes other entrance and told me to walk down past RC Racer. Walking down there felt like I was intentionally walking past the Splash Mtn ride photo booth and the equivalence of a dead end, but in fact they had built another entrance not visible from the hedge wall. We go on Crush’s Coaster and walk over to the other entrance about 10:30am.
From this entrance and another hedge chicane, we could see the ride entrance and costumed attraction CMs huddled and ready for action.
I chatted up another CM politely and asked the same question again regarding possible testing. This CM smiled when I asked if he minded if we wait nearby with for any possible “soft openings” that might happen. He said, “You might be waiting all day…”. I replied with, “but those are ride CMs standing out there ready to go” and he grins again and says “OK… you can wait there”. About 15 minutes passes and about 30 - 40 guests wander down and the CM repeatedly delivers the standard “I’m sorry, the area is going to premiere on July 10th and is closed today” spiel in French. A few minutes later, his radio buzzes and a lead walks up and gives him a nod, he waves us over and very quietly says…. “You may enter…” Voila! Our wishes came true…. The soft opening quietly begins.
So after about 3 quick rides on the new attraction (maybe a separate post regarding the ride later) and seeing the dining area of Chez Remy each time we exited the ride vehicles, we became more interested in maybe dining at the Chez Remy Restaurant.
View of the restaurant from the unload area. Large glass wall where unload guests can see a majority of the dining area of Chez Remy.
Unfortunately, today’s soft opening was only for lunch so we booked a reservation.
Menu board on the exterior
Interior waiting area walls
Upon entry, the dining area visually appeared very wide and deep with the oversized set pieces giving the room a positive segmented feeling rather than a giant dining hall. Our server indicated this was the restaurant’s second day of soft opening food serving. She was very sweet and was going to seat us near the front area (see salt shaker pic) but I asked if we could either sit in one of the Plate booths or deeper into the dining area. She said the plate sections weren’t being seated during testing but walked us all the way into the section near the unload glass. While this may give some a fish bowl feeling, it doesn’t due to the fact the restaurant is more lit than the unload area therefore you can’t see the majority of the guests unloading and milling by due their room being so dimly lit.
The Menu (English)
English menu also contains DUTCH and GERMAN pages as well. Check my Flickr if you want to see those also.
Remy (Starter + Mail Course) - 29.99 Euros ($42.00)
Emile Menu (Starter + Main Course + Dessert + Drink or Mineral Water) - 39.99 Euros ($56.00)
Mixed leaf salad with cheese, grated beetroot and chives, and sesame and soy sauce vinaigrette
Cut of grilled beef, homemade ratatouille, French fries and the chef’s sauce.
OR Roasted cod fish, homemade ratatouille, crushed potatoes and the beurre (butter) blanc sauce OR Tofu and seasonal vegetable casserole.
Chocolate cake with crème anglaise
Brie de Meaux cheese from Trente Arpents Farm with peach jelly and fruit bread
Little Chef Menu
Starter + Main Course + Dessert + Beverage - 16.99 Euros ($24.00)
Starter - Salad of melons balls (that's how its printed), watermelon and cherry tomatoes with breadsticks
Main Course - Skewer of meatballs, homemade ratatouille and French fries OR Rost Salmon with ratatouille ravioli and beurre blanc sauce OR Linguini with tomato sauce.
Dessert - Remy’s chocolate and hazelnut éclair OR Fresh cream cheese with fresh fruit.
We opted for the 2 Emiles and one Lil Chef meals.
The Starter Salad - Mixed leaf salad with cheese, grated beetroot and chives, and sesame and soy sauce vinaigrette
The Little Chef Starter - Salad of melons balls, watermelon and cherry tomatoes with breadsticks
Emile Main Course - Cut of grilled beef, homemade ratatouille, French fries and the chef’s sauce.
Little Chef Main Course - Skewer of meatballs, homemade ratatouille and French fries
Desserts all ready to go:
Our Desserts - Tiramisu, Fruit cup and Brie Cheese (Table top is made to look like black pepper label “Poivre Noir”)
Thoughts on the meals:
(Jet lag setting in… this might be short)
Emile salads were flavorful and fresh.
Little Chef Starter - My daughter didn’t care for the melon balls, watermelon and cherry tomatoes and breadsticks. The combination of items together was odd for her.
Emile Main Course - Beef was prepared to order (medium well and medium). Soft and flavorful. Fries were good. Never having tried ratatouille, I really enjoyed it. I thought is was delicious.
Little Chef Main Course - Daughter also loved the ratatouille, but thought the meatballs were bland even with the cute ketchup slathered on them.
Tiramisu was above average and the fruit cup was offered in place of eclair due to nut allergy. Both were fine. I went out of the norm and went for the Brie for dessert and while it was good cheese, I was already stuffed from the meal and couldn’t “cheese” as a dessert. I guess I needed the usual ice cream or something sweet to bookend the meal.
Our server was very sweet and was excited about the new work experience at the restaurant. She we allowed me to roam about and take photos. Her service experience showed through with her friendliness and ability to speak about 6 languages.
I like the theme, the atmosphere and overall presentation of the restaurant. The quality of food selected (by the adults) was good and enjoyed and I think for children… the stand by “pasta” dish is always the safe route. Due to the soft opening, there wasn’t any visits by characters (As I believe this is the eventual plan). Was it worth the money? I reserve that judgement to each individual visiting and vacationing. For us, the trip back to DLP since the EURO Disney days was worth every cent.
And the finale…. A shot of a childs (not ours) seat