Epcot World Showcase - France - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Zoom across the Atlantic and wander through the quaint cobblestone streets of Paris set in the 1870 to 1910 ' La Belle Epoque' era, or ' the beautiful time' , as it is known in English.
The replica of the Eiffel Tower in the distance is roughly a tenth of the size of the real Tower in Paris and was built from the original plans of Gustave Eiffel. The actual Eiffel Tower in Paris is a dark colour due to age, but the Epcot Tower is pinkish in colour to reflect the shade it would have been in the time period the French Pavilion is set. It is also another fine example of Disney Imagineers forced perspective design.
The park area located along the canal was inspired by artist Georges Seurats' painting ' A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte' .
For character greetings, come along and meet Belle and the Beast and characters from The Aristocats.
Impressions de France is an 18 minute movie set in the Palais du Cinema taking you on a journey through France.
Inside the Palais du Cinema entrance is a replica of the chimera commonly referred to as the ' Spitting Gargoyle' , probably the second most famous resident of the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Serveur Amusant is a mime, comedy and acrobatic act all rolled into one. The two waiters perform outside the Chefs de France restaurant and have crowds in stitches with their antics. It' s a very clever balancing act too, as the rickety chairs they stack defy gravity as one waiter balances unsteadily on top of the pile.
For fine French food, call into Les Chefs de France and sample some nouvelle cuisine created by a trio of renowned French chefs. A substantial selection of fine French wines are on offer and save some rooms for the Chefs de France signature dessert, creme brulee, or some wicked profiteroles and warm chocolate sauce.
The elegant setting, inspired by a traditional Parisian brasserie, has plenty of window seats that overlook the streets of the French pavilion, so you can watch the world go by as you dine.
The floor above is home to the upscale Bistro de Paris which is open for dinner and offers an elegant gourmet dining option. There is a strict dress code here that prohibits swim suits, vests, tank tops or shorts/cut offs.
For light snacks, Boulangerie Patisserie is a lovely pastry shop and you can smell the deliciously tempting aromas as you stroll through the streets of France. Take a seat on one of the pavement tables and sample cookies, cheesecake, souffle, eclairs or a sandwich and wash it down with a cup of delicious French roasted coffee.
Crepes des Chefs de France is an outdoor cart that offers a selection of warm, freshly made crepes, ice cream, soft drinks and beer. An adjacent kiosk also offers champagne by the glass.
The French Pavillion has a variety of stores offering a selection of goods, including wine, perfume and cologne:
La Maison du Vin and Les Vins des France both carry French wines which you can sample for the price of a souvenir glass. There is also have a variety of wine accessories, fine chocolates, kitchen items and fragrant soaps and hand creams.
Galerie des Halles offers souvenirs from Parisian Impressionists, clothing, posters and books.
Plume Et Palett offers a range of designer fragrances from famous names such as Givenchy, Chanel and Lacoste.
The Guerlain store carries their signature fragrance and a selection of Guerlain cosmetics.
La Casserole offers china and dinnerware from Southern France.
La Signature has fragrances, cosmetics, soaps and accessories.
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