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AT A GLANCE...
- Club Cool
- -- Great Piggy Bank Adventure
- -- Habit Heroes Revised
- -- Sum of All Thrills
- -- Think!
- -- Vision House
- -- Where's the Fire?
- Journey into
- --Captain EO
- Mission: Space
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- The Seas w/Nemo & Friends
- The Land
- Universe of Energy
- Phineas & Ferb:
- American Adventure
- United Kingdom
Reflections of Earth
- IllumiNations Boat
- Innoventions Fountains
- Live Entertainment
- -- Off Kilter
- Matsuriza - Japan
- Sounds Like Summer Concert Series
- Holiday Storytellers
Art of Personal Adornment
- Walking Tours
- World Showcase Garland
- Chocolate Around the
- Mission: Space - To Boldly
Go Where I Will Never Go Again
- Re-Discovering Future World
- Shopping Around the World
- Spaceship Earth: Re-Imagineering an Icon
OTHER WALT DISNEY WORLD
OTHER DISNEY THEME
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.
Click here for the full listing of scenes in order of appearance.
Click here for a listing of the musical selections.
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 Paitisserie 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.
For more information on Epcot and WDW Live Entertainment, visit Steve Soares' WDW Entertainment Website.
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 them for the price of a souvenir glass.
"There is a shop located on the right as you are facing the Eiffel Tower with your back to the lagoon. It may be called "La Signature." Inside the shop near the back where it opens onto a passageway is a staircase to the second level of the shop. Up the staircase and around the open second floor are a collection of pictures and signed documents by famous people. For example, they have documents signed by Charles de Gaulle, Albert Schweizer, Jules Verne, Sarah Bernhard, Pablo Picaso and others. Each is framed with a picture of the individual or in the case of some of the artists, a miniature of one of their art works. They are all for sale, the most expensive being the Jules Verne at $6000. " (Bill Lund)
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - Springtime in Paris is the theme featuring fragrance container gardens, geometric and new Swan topiaries.
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.
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
(Exerpt from Shopping Around the World) With shops selling everything from designer fragrances, to wines and accessories, the Shoppers thought browsing for truly French SouvenEARS would be tres magnifique!
Of the many items discovered, the most highly regarded were the Mini-Eiffel Towers ($6.50-$13) and Perfumed Soaps ($7-$15). Other winners included a box of Fruit Bonbons ($8.50), and Wall Light Switchplates decorated with the words of famous French Impressionists like Degas and Monet ($12-$15).
The best find in France wasn't a SouvenEAR, though. It was the exquisite three-panel stained-glass window themed to the story of Beauty and the Beast. None of us had ever noticed this window before, and we all marveled at the artwork.
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.
Belle and Beast no longer do character meet and greets in France/Epcot as of December 2012. They now can be found at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland.