France World Showcase Epcot
As you leave the United Kingdom, cross over the English Channel (known in Epcot as the International Gateway Bridge) into France. The Showcase reflects France from 1870-1910, a period known as La Belle Epoque, the beautiful time. Here you will find a book shop, art, a perfume shop, theater, a sidewalk cafe, restaurant, and the busy garden marketplace of Paris.
Impressions de France – The Palais du Cinema is the home of the 200 degree airborne French travelogue set to classical music. The score of Impressions de France was recorded in London by the National Philharmonic. It was the first motion picture to have its soundtracks recorded digitally and then to be taken digitally through every step of editing, mixing and dubbing. The movie is approximately 18 minutes long.
Scenes from Impressions de France include Normandy, Loire Valley, Cognac, Cannes, Paris, and many more.
Chefs de France – Located on the main level, the menu here features the creations of its three famous owner-chefs: Paul Bocuse, Gaston Lenotre and Roger Verge. Escargot, Coquilles Saint-Jacques, French onion soup, Mediterranean seafood casserole, and duck à l'orange are some of the flavors you will find here.
Monsieur Paul – Named after one of its founders, Paul Bocuse, the restaurant opened December 2012 in the space that was once Bistro de Paris. Menu items are similar to Bistro de Paris.
Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles – opened in Epcot's France pavilion (January 2013), in the space adjacent to the movie theater exit. The new bakery, which replaces the former Boulangerie Patisserie in the pavilion, is much more spacious and offers a new, expanded menu. Offerings include pastries and other sweets, soups, sandwiches, salads and authentic French dishes such as quiche, Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese) and pissaladiere, a pizza-like dish from the South of France. The bakery opens at 9 a.m. every morning, before the official 11 a.m. World Showcase opening time.
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Impressions de France is a must-see on your Epcot Attraction List. Relax in the air-conditioned theater and enjoy the wonderful music and scenery.
Stop in Vins De France to learn about French Wines. You can sample wines with the "Wine Passport" which also includes Italy and Germany.
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival – Beauty and the Beast and the Prince and Princesses.
Belle regularly meets guests in her village dress on the World Showcase Lagoon side of the France Pavilion.
Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty has a meet-and-greet in the Gazebo in France, located on the far right of the pavilion area.
Each of the World Showcase countries has a special "KIDCOT" area that provides an opportunity for your child to interact with a native of the country you are visiting.
Epcot PassPorts are great fun for kids as they have them stamped at each pavilion around World Showcase.
Art Fest – Portrait artists
Galerie Des Halles – Parisian Impressionist souvenirs
La Casserole – Dinnerware, tabletops, decorative items from Southern France
La Signature – Personal accessories, perfumes. Guerlain cosmetics.
Les Vins De France – B&G wines and accessories. Wine-tasting, cost includes souvenir wine glass.
Plume Et Palette – Designer fragrances
The park bordering the canal along the right side of the pavilion was inspired by the famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by pointillist artist Georges Seurat.
The landscape here has a single objective: to reflect an urban ambiance, particularly springtime in Paris. Street trees along the central boulevard are positioned and pruned to enhance the illusion of distance. Planters in this area reveal pastel mixes of flowers, lending an impressionistic flavor and reinforcing the theme.
The Eiffel Tower is an example of Forced Perspective. The one-tenth replica of the Eiffel Tower was constructed using Gustav Eiffel's original blueprints. If you looked at the Eiffel Tower today as it stands in Paris, it would have similar coloring to the Statue of Liberty in New York. However, here in Epcot, the Eiffel Tower is more tan and pinkish. The reason is the France Pavilion here represents the late 1800s and the Eiffel Tower is the same color it would have been then.
Epcot's France pavilion celebrated the opening of its redesigned La Signature shop on July 26, 2007 with a ceremony attended by executives of the perfumer Guerlain, Inc. La Signature has been remodeled as a Haute Perfumery patterned after the original La Maison Guerlain flagship boutique on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. As a Haute Perfumery, La Signature carries exclusive and limited-edition specialty fragrances for men and women, including the new L'Art et la Matière collection and the vintage Les Parisiennes collection.
Bistro de Paris – located on the 2nd floor above Chefs de France closed in 2012 and reopened December 2012 as Monsieur Paul.
This beautiful stained glass window was removed sometime in the early 2000s.