The Music of “Impressions de France”

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From the first peaceful notes of a lone flute to the concluding triumph of a full symphony orchestra reinforced by pipe organ, "Impressions de France" at Epcot's France pavilion has thrilled generations of visitors as much for its music as for its visual panorama of western Europe's largest and most varied landscape. The 18-minute presentation is the oldest film still running in its original version at Walt Disney World. Displayed across five screens in a 200-degree arc - the normal field of vision of a (very comfortably) seated human - the presentation has played roughly 200,000 times by my calculations since Epcot's opening day on Oct. 1, 1982.
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Epcot’s France Pavilion – Part Two

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Yesterday I posted Part One of my review of the France Pavilion. Today I’ll continue the story. Knowing that France is famous for its outstanding cuisine, the Imagineers knew that fine dining needed to be a part of the France Pavilion. In the early years, there were three table service restaurants here, Les Chefs de … Continue reading "Epcot’s France Pavilion – Part Two"
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Where Are Your Special “Quiet Places” In Each Of The Disney Parks?

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You’re tired, hot, thirsty and you need to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of the parks. We all know that a day in any of the Disney theme parks can be very exhausting for both children and grownups alike. Sometimes you need that 10, 15 or 20 minutes to recharge your … Continue reading "Where Are Your Special “Quiet Places” In Each Of The Disney Parks?"
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A Walking Tour of Epcot’s France Pavilion

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I selected France as the country for this walking tour. I hope you will enjoy this stroll through the France pavilion as much as I enjoyed taking the photos and writing the blog. These gardens are so pretty. It’s a great place to sit and relax. This is one of my favorite places to eat. … Continue reading "A Walking Tour of Epcot’s France Pavilion"
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