France Pavilion at Epcot
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|Opening date||October 1, 1982|
|Attraction type||Themed Pavilion|
The France Pavilion is a French-themed pavilion that is part of the World Showcase within Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, United States. Its location is between the Moroccan and British pavilions.
The France Pavilion is themed to look like a Parisienne 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. The attraction effects France's cities and historical structures. It also includes two French restaurants, Monsieur Paul (formerly the Bistro de Paris) and Les Chefs de France; as well as the eateries Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie and L'artisan des Glace ice-cream parlour.
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. The film, itself, is the work of director Rick Harper and produced by two-time Academy Award nominee Bob Rogers. 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.
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
Belle from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which was partly inspired by the version by French filmmaker Jean Cocteau, and Aurora from Sleeping Beauty make appearances at the France Pavilion. 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 opportunities in the France Pavilion include:
- Les Chefs de France
- Monsieur Paul
- Boulangerie Pâtisserie
- Niles, Robert (December 17, 2008). "Why 'Impressions de France' is the best movie ever made for a theme park". Theme Park Insider.
- Niles, Robert (March 8, 2010). "2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Epcot's Impressions de France". Theme Park Insider.
- Rogers, Bob (December 18, 2008). "Impressions de France reviews". Theme Park Insider.
- Jon Fiedler. "France at Disney Character Central". Disney Character Central. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
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