by Pink Diva
*Note, this is a Throwback Thursday article with the information based on previous Festivals, each year the prizes for completing the hunt change, as may the locations to pick up the maps. Please see a Cast Member for details.*
It’s not hard to get excited about Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. Delicious food, wine, and beer from all over the world in one place. But what if you have the kids with you? They may not be as excited to try the delicacies from the different countries. Get the in the spirit by going on Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak is a fun game where Remy is hiding all around the World Showcase with his favorite ingredients. To get the full experience (and find all the ingredients!) you need to purchase a map and sticker pack. Each pack includes the map, stickers and the prize.
There are several places to purchase the maps. You can get them at the Festival Center, Pin Central, Port of Entry, or World Traveler. Port of Entry was the least busy and we were able to quickly get our maps. We were also able to pick up our prize pin when we purchased our maps if we would have liked. We opted to wait until our maps were finished so that we “earned” our prize.
Each Remy is holding a different ingredient. When you arrive in each country Remy will be holding a different ingredient. Each ingredient matches the stickers. Once you locate Remy, find the coordinating sticker and place it on the map. My four-year-old had no trouble naming most of the vegetables. The ones she couldn’t name she easily matched with the stickers.
Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak is not just for kids. Anyone who wants to purchase the map is able to enjoy the fun. There is no limit to how many maps you can purchase. Each map gets you a prize pin (pin’s may vary on days and while supplies last). You can always skip the map and search for them on your own. There is one in each of the permanent countries around the World Showcase. There are booths/vendors for other countries specifically for the festival, but those are not included in the hide & squeak.
My kids had a lot of fun finding the Remy’s. However, we were there on opening weekend of Epcot’s International Food & Wine weekend. It was hot. It was crowded. Not only were there lots of people there for the festival, there were many groups drinking around the world. The atmosphere was fun, but it was a little difficult pushing a stroller around all the long lines.
A few tips to get maximize your hide & squeak:
- The daylight is your friend. This is an adventure that is best done during the day. I’m not sure how easy Remy would be to spot at night.
- Italy is hard!
- Remy likes kids. You do not need to go into a building, shop or attraction. You don’t have to get anyone out of a stroller, wheelchair or scooter to find Remy. (This was a big bonus since I took the kids by myself.)
- Remy is life-size. Ok, maybe not exactly life-size, but he is only about 10-12 inches tall. He’s not the easiest little guy to find.
- Remy is a chef. Look for him near food related buildings. (Not always, but good to keep in mind!)
- Don’t forget to pick up your prize pin. They are a great souvenir to add to your collection and a good reminder of your hide and squeak!
“This much I know. If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.”-Remy (Ratatouille)