Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, Epcot is the most unique in that it combines two different halves to form a unified whole. Future World focuses on the unison of technology and nature and World Showcase celebrates eleven different countries of the world and their individual history, culture, cuisine, and architecture. One of the most popular places for guests to enjoy in World Showcase is the France Pavilion where guests can stroll alongside beautiful fountains and buildings and feel as though they have been transported to Paris. With many things to enjoy, it is no wonder why guests love spending plenty of time in the France Pavilion. Here are seven things that every guest will love about Epcot’s France Pavilion in Walt Disney World.
7. The Fountains – All along the central street of the France Pavilion are beautiful fountains which feature gently flowing water for guests to enjoy. With wide edges, the fountain makes for a perfect spot for guests to simply sit down and enjoy the French atmosphere around them. At night the fountains are beautifully lit to make the area seem as though it is really a romantic street in Paris.
6. The Eiffel Tower – One of the details in the France Pavilion which makes guests feel as though they are actually in Paris is the Eiffel Tower peeking out from behind several buildings in the distance. The Eiffel Tower seems so realistic since it was built using the original plans by Gustave Eiffel, just at one tenth the size so that it would appear realistic in Epcot. Guests who pose in front of the fountain can enjoy a beautiful photo that also includes the Eiffel Tower in the background.
5. Impressions de France – This attraction in the France Pavilion is housed in the Palais du Cinema and features an eight minute film that transports guests to France to showcase the beauty of the country. Guests seated in the theater are treated to sweeping views of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, Normandy, Cannes, and a Bastille Day celebration. The beautiful footage is set to a sweeping score that combines the work of several French composers including Debussy and Dukas. Guests will leave Impressions de France feeling as though they were on a scenic tour of the beautiful country!
4. L’Artisan des Glaces – This small shop in the France Pavilion serves up delicious treats for guests to enjoy. Featuring many flavors of ice cream and sorbet including caramel fluer del sel, pomegranate, cherry, profiterole, and hazelnut guests can pick and choose flavor combinations to make their own unique snacks. Guests can also opt to order one of L’Artisan des Glaces’ specials like the Ice Cream Martini which features two scoops of ice cream or sorbet topped with a shot of Grand Marnier, whipped cream vodka, or rum. Guests who have a sweet tooth and are looking for a cold treat should definitely stop at L’Artisan des Glaces.
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3. Belle And The Beast – Along the shore of World Showcase Lagoon in the France Pavilion is a designated area where guests can meet Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast on and off throughout each day. Posted near the spot is usually a sign indicating the times that the characters will be appearing, and guests can spend time receiving hugs, posing for pictures, and even getting autographs.
2. Monsieur Paul – This full service restaurant is one of the best dining experiences in the France Pavilion. Located on the second floor of one of the buildings, guests who are seated near the windows can enjoy beautiful views looking out into the pavilion and across World Showcase Lagoon. Monsieur Paul is only open for dinner each night and guests can opt to order from a Prix-fixe Menu which offers an appetizer, entrée, and dessert or from the regular menu. Entrée options include a Free-Range Chicken Ballotine, Roasted Duck Breast, and Red Snapper. Those who save room for dessert are treated to decadent options including a warm chocolate and almond cake, vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet, and a flourless chocolate cake served with chocolate passion fruit ganache. Guests who love French cuisine should definitely not miss a dinner at Monsieur Paul.
1. Les Halles Boulangerie- Patisserie – Guests who want to sample French cuisine but don’t want a full service meal can head to Les Halles Boulangerie- Patisserie where they can choose from small meals, decadent pastries, and luxurious drink options. Entrees and sides include a Dinde B.L.T., Nicoise, Quiche Florentine, and Croque Monsieur. Guests who make it past the entrées can choose from pastries and desserts including crème brulee, macarons, éclairs, croissants, and flan with cherries. In addition to several coffee options, guests can indulge in a glass of wine or champagne to make for the perfect ending to their quick service meal in the France Pavilion!