France (Epcot)

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France Pavilion
Epcot France logo.svg
Epcot france2.jpg
Epcot
Area World Showcase
Coordinates 28°22′08″N 81°33′10″W / 28.368936°N 81.552774°W / 28.368936; -81.552774Coordinates: 28°22′08″N 81°33′10″W / 28.368936°N 81.552774°W / 28.368936; -81.552774
Status Operating
Opening date October 1, 1982
General statistics
Attraction type Themed Pavilion
Theme Paris

The France Pavilion is part of the World Showcase within Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Its location is between the Morocco and United Kingdom pavilions.

Layout[edit]

The France pavilion is themed to look like a Paris neighborhood with a pool and fountains and with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Most of the shops on the streets are actual shops selling French goods such as Guerlain perfume. France's cities and historical structures. It also includes two French restaurants, Monsieur Paul (formerly the Bistro de Paris) and Les Chefs de France, Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie, and L'artisan des Glace ice-cream parlour.

Attractions[edit]

As with many of the pavilions located within the World Showcase section of the Epcot park, a key aspect of the France pavilion is its attraction. In this case, the attraction is a panoramic film entitled "Impressions de France." The film, which has been playing since the opening day of the Epcot park in 1982, offers a visual tour of the nation, set against a musical score written by Buddy Baker, encompassing the music of classical French composers such as Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saëns.[1] The film, itself, is the work of director Rick Harper[2] and produced by two-time Academy Award nominee Bob Rogers.[3] The film’s visual tour includes some of the nation’s most stunning and romantic landmarks such as the cliffs of Étretat in the Haute-Normandie region, Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley, Notre Dame de Paris, and the Eiffel Tower.[4]

In addition to the "Impressions de France" film, the France pavilion is also one of the many themed land participants in the "Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure." This interactive scavenger hunt type attraction, which began in January 2009, was played across the numerous themed lands of Epcot's "World Showcase". It was replaced by "Agent P's World Showcase Adventure" in June 2012.

Street performers and atmosphere[edit]

Belle, Beast, and Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which was partly inspired by the version by French filmmaker Jean Cocteau, made appearances at the France Pavilion. Other characters with French backgrounds, such as those from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Marie from The Aristocats also appear[5] frequently, as does Princess Aurora. Here you will also find the comedy chair climbing and balancing show "Serveur Amusant." Also adding to the themed land's atmosphere are advertisements for Disneyland Paris and souvenirs featuring it.

Dining[edit]

Dining opportunities in the France pavilion include:

  • Les Chefs de France
  • Monsieur Paul
  • Boulangerie Pâtisserie

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