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Bistrot Chez Rémy is the first table service restaurant in Walt Disney Studios Park and the largest of Disneyland Paris with its seating for 370 guests. It’s probably also one of the highest themed with oversized props and special designed furniture. Bistrot Chez Rémy can be seen from the unloading station of Ratatouille: The Adventure. A giant glass window separates the attraction from the dining room. Blue Lagoon and Bistrot Chez Rémy are the only Disneyland Paris restaurants that can be seen from inside an attraction.
The restaurant is located in the corner of La Place de Rémy. Besides featuring the main dining room, there’s also a veranda that gives a view on the Paris-themed square. In the original plans this was supposed to be uncovered, but Imagineers quickly realized the Marne-la-Vallée weather would not be suitable for this.
When entering the restaurant, the theming and props are still regular guest size. Large couches give guests the opportunity to wait for their table. Numerous awards that Chef Rémy won for his cooking skills can be seen on the wall. Behind the cast member desk a framed 5 euro bill can be seen which, according to the story, is the money Rémy received from his first customer.
Entering the main dining room, the theming changes drastically. Guests are now the size of a rat. The dining room resembles Rémy’s restaurant as briefly seen in the last scene of the animated film Ratatouille. The ceiling is covered in hundreds of green leaves and flowers. Lighting is provided by large Christmas lights (unlike the ones at nearby Toy Story Playland, these are “European” style).
The furniture resembles everyday human items but enlarged hundreds of times. Guests don’t dine on ordinary tables, instead everything was custom designed by Walt Disney Imagineering. Table tops resemble large jam jar lits or olive oil cans, while the chairs look like the iron baskets that go over a champagne cork. According to Imagineer Beth Clapperton, these were one of John Lasseter’s favorites. Little stools made entirely of cork are also present in the restaurant. Some of the tables feature large cocktail parasols. These were custom designed as well so that they could meet the fire code.
There are also a few clever references. Among them are the two wine bottles in the veranda part of the restaurant. One bottle is from the year 2007 while the other is from 2014. It’s obvious these refer to the release year of the movie and the opening year of the attraction. But one of the waiters gave it another twist: 2007 was the year when Rémy was discovered by restaurant critic Anton Ego and 2014 was the year he opened his own restaurant.
In an effort to increase capacity of the restaurant and to make sure that there’s a good flow of guests entering and leaving, the menu has been made deliberately limited. The starter is always a green salad with
Brie croûtons grated cheese. The main dish, and the specialty of the house, is entrecote served with chips, Chef’s sauce and of course ratatouille on the side. Alternatively, there’s also grilled cod and a vegetarian casserole with tofu. One of the desserts that can be ordered is Brie from the nearby village Meaux. The way the restaurant is managed is almost similar how it’s done on the Disney Cruise Line.
It’s recommended to make a reservation for Bistrot Chez Rémy by calling the reservation line (+33 1 60 30 40 50) or alternatively by booking at City Hall, Studio Services, at any Disney hotel reception or at the front desks of any other Disney table service restaurants throughout the resort.
There are over 35 photos of Bistrot Chez Rémy in our photo gallery. Click here to check them out.
Update: Brie croutons are not part of the starter salad. This was for the press preview only.
Our photo gallery has now been updated with almost 50 photos of Disneyland Paris’ latest attraction: Ratatouille: The Adventure. Take a closer look at the exterior and interior queue lines, the boarding and exit stations, the Ratmobiles and onboard scenes!
Click any photo to continue to the Ratatouille: The Adventure photo album!
La Place de Rémy is the beautiful Paris square that gives access to the attraction Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, the restaurant Bistrot Chez Rémy and soon the gift shop Chez Marianne – Souvenirs de Paris.
Discover every corner of La Place de Rémy in our newest photo album!
Take a close up look on Place de Rémy, the beautiful square that holds Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy and Bistrot Chez Rémy.
Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade originally premiered on 31 March 2007 for the 15th Anniversary celebrations. It featured 8 units with Disney and Pixar characters representing 7 different dreams: Imagination, Laughter and Fun, Friendship, Fantasy, Power and Romance. Each float was equipped with a special scent that matched the theme. For example the Villains float smelled like sulphur, while the Pinocchio float smelled like varnish.
The music was different for every float and was made out of short music pieces bridged together by the Once Upon a Dream jingle. A show stop was performed as well and ended each time with a blast of streamers. The prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London performed the score led by Steve Sidwell.
During its operating years the parade saw a few changes. Puppeteers and stilt walkers disappeared and Maleficent was removed from her float for a brief time after a serious incident in 2010 when the character fell off the float. In 2009 Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen were added to the Dreams of Romance unit. Halloween and Christmas units were also added over the course of time.
Disney’s Once Upon a Dream lasted in its original form until March 2012 when it was converted into Disney Magic on Parade. A few of the original floats where kept, others where changed completely like the Dreams of Romance and Imagination floats.
There are 70+ pictures of Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade in our gallery! Check them out here.
Every summer the cast of Buffalo Bill parades down the main street of Disney Village. Have you ever experienced this cavalcade?
See more photos here.
When The Legend of the Lion King opened in 2004, statues of wild animals wearing clothes and behaving like people were placed at the entrance of Discoveryland, pointing to Videopolis where the show was playing.
Inside the restaurant part of Videpolis, more statues where placed which depicted animals carrying their meal order or eating it from a table.
The statues remained for more than a year before finally being removed with the exception of the main logo.
Today all Disney Parks world wide celebrated the 50th anniversary of the classic attraction “it’s a small world”, which originates from the Unicef pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964.
Rediscover this beloved attraction in our photo gallery here.
Magic Unlimited was a concept for a “season” of over a month (from early to January to early February) during which guests could ride select attractions over and over again without queuing up again. Restaurants offered all-you-can-eat buffets (common now, but rare 10 years ago) and prices of hotels were lowered.
The season was an effort to attract more guests during the calm months when there were few shows and shorter opening hours. It lasted from 2004 to 2006 but turned out to be too popular in its last year as standby waiting times doubled.
Here’s a list of the 2006 edition with the attractions that offered Magic Unlimited:
Pirates of the Caribbean
Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril
Space Mountain: Mission 2
“it’s a small world”
Le Carousel de Lancelot
Mad Hatters Tcups
Walt Disney Studios® Park
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Studio Tram Tour®: Behind the Magic!
Flying Carpets Over Agrabah
Unlimited buffet for 20 euros with unlimited soft drinks (mineral water and soda) to be consumed in the restaurant during dining.
Auberge de Cendrillon Restaurant
Rendez Vous des Stars Restaurant (Walt Disney Studios® Park)
La Cantina Restaurant (Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe®)