Is This Historic, Record-Breaking EPCOT Attraction In Danger of Being Replaced?

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One of Walt Disney World Resort’s record-breaking attractions has just been given a theme park death sentence.

EPCOT Spaceship Earth

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From Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom to Hollywood Studios to EPCOT, Walt Disney World has something for everyone, and each Disney Park offers a totally unique ambiance.

EPCOT, with its World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature, and World Showcase neighborhoods is easily one of the most distinctive Disney experiences.

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Like each Disney Park, EPCOT offers classic attractions such as the American Adventure, Spaceship Earth, Soarin’ Around the World, and Living With the Land. But in the France Pavilion lies an attraction that is literally a historic addition to the theme park.

EPCOT’s France Pavilion offers two attractions: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the Palais du Cinéma. The Palais du Cinéma shows two films: Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along and Impressions de France.

Impressions de France is an attraction that has been operating every day since the Park opened in 1982. Not only is it old, but it’s also long.

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With a runtime of 18 minutes, this film is recognized as the “longest running daily screening of a film in the same theater” by the Guinness World Records.

The show is categorized by a 200-degree view, giving Guests a tour of France’s countryside, cities, architecture, and more. During the film, a medley of classical French compositions plays in the background. Visually and aurally, this short film is incredibly stunning.

However, this historic, record-breaking film is in imminent danger of being phased out and discontinued.

EPCOT Monorail with Spaceship Earth in Background

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Impressions de France used to be shown in the evenings, giving Guests a few hours to watch this show. Now, the official Walt Disney World website confirms that the view times have been changed to 9-9:30 a.m.

This means that only Guests rope-dropping EPCOT have a slim chance of seeing this short film. Although we’re not entirely sure why Disney has cut this attraction’s hours so harshly, we know it doesn’t bode well.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.