Longue Vie a la France! Let’s Visit the France Pavilion
Let’s take a stroll around the streets of Paris, shall we? At the very back of World Showcase in EPCOT, France is an easy pavilion to miss. This is because the highlights are all tucked back behind the restaurants you see out front. But let’s take a nice stroll and see what we find.
Can You Go To France and NOT Eat?
Let’s start with food. It’s France, so there’s bound to be a lot of it! Right up front, you’ll find two fantastic table service restaurants, Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul (MP is currently still closed). Monsieur Paul is way too fancy for my theme park dining taste, but if fancy French dining is something you are looking for, this will be the place for you (once it reopens). It is only open for dinner. Chefs de France is kind of an overlooked hidden gem. Here, you can overlook the “streets of France” while you dine on French cuisine.
Tasty Pastries and Gluten Free Macarons!
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, aka “the French Bakery,” is THE place to go for fresh pastries. Croissants, eclairs, mousse, quiche, soufflés, cheese trays, sandwiches….and all of it accompanied by French Roast coffee. You can’t Visit France without a croissant, right?!?! A great stop for breakfast! This is a great hidden gem in World Showcase, though, so don’t tell anyone.
Yummy Frozen Goodness!!
L’Artisan des Glaces is an Artisan Ice Cream and Sorbet shop. Sixteen different flavors are made in house, all with fresh ingredients – 10 ice creams (chocolate, vanilla, mint chocolate, pistachio, hazelnut, caramel fleur de sel, cherry, coconut-white chocolate, coffee, and profiterole) and 6 sorbets (strawberry, mango, lemon, pomegranate, and mixed berry). Desserts are sold by the scoop either in cups or cones. Kids over 21 may also add a liqueur to their ice cream, giving guests the option of hundreds of flavor combination possibilities. Read more about this AMAZING ice cream stop here!
Brand New EPCOT Eats!
La Creperie de Paris, an authentic French creperie that brings more authentic French cuisine to the France pavilion in World Showcase. You can find this quaint little dining spot by Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Inspired by the Brittany region of France, the Creperie will have both a to-go area that serves homemade crepes, and a sit-down table service option. Reservations can be made for lunch and dinner up to 60 days in advance!
France – Shopping in World Showcase
You can’t visit France without shopping. I don’t make the rules. The France Pavilion has got you covered! Want some French parfum? Plume et Palette. La Maison du Vin, kids 21 and over can sample wines for a fee and then purchase their favorite French wines and accessories. Souvenirs de France has typical French souvenirs, like a berets, and Eiffel tower souvenirs, and t shirts.
Entertainment – EPCOT World Showcase
Back in the Palais du Cinema, you have TWO entertainment options. The first is Impressions de France, an 18-minute film that travels through France. Unlike the films in China and Canada, this theater has seating available. You will see the palace of Versailles, winemakers, hot air balloons and the celebration of Bastille Day, all set to a beautiful soundtrack of French composers. At the very least, an air conditioned seated place for a nice 20-minute nap. And alternating with Impressions de France, you can also attend the Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long.
New to France: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
Chef Skinner will be chasing guests through Gusteau’s Parisian restaurant on a trackless ride system. The EPCOT version is, of course, modeled after the 2007 film Ratatouille, and will be very similar to the Disneyland Paris version.
The France pavilion is full of hidden treasures and street carts and kiosks (don’t miss the Grand Marnier slushies!!!). Take some time and explore! A lot of people just walk past all the countries without exploring. Take some time! You won’t regret it!!
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