As you enter the France Pavilion in Walt Disney’s Epcot theme park, you will see a magnificent small scale model of he Eiffel Tower in the distance. You can enter France through the World Showcase or via the International Gateway located in between France and the UK. Guests of these hotels can enter through the IG:
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort
- Disney BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Walt Disney World Swan Resort
- Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
The paths of Paris and beautiful French gardens adorn the walk through the pavilion. Several favorite characters can be found within France’s gorgeous scenery, including Belle and Beast, as well as Marie of the Aristocats and Princess Aurora. There are no rides in the French Pavilion but a wonderful panoramic film title ” Impressions de France” is the main attraction. It has been playing here since the opening day of Epcot in 1982. The film offers a tour of France, showcasing the famous sites around the country, such as Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.
Dining in France is a unique experience. We dined at Les Chefs de France on our most recent trip and were pleasantly surprised with the flavors and ambiance. We were even graced with a visit from Remy of Rattatouli! The offer such items as lobster bisque, broiled salmon and French onion soup with an authentic Creme Brulee for dessert. This establishment is on the dining plan and uses 1 dining credit. Above Les Chefs de France is a signature dining experience that offers a more authentic French cuisine and an upscale atmosphere. Well hidden down the pathways of France you will also find a quaint little pastry shop, the Boulanderie Patisserie.
France is world renowned for its fashion and shopping and Disney wouldn’t prove it any less with the shops and boutiques scattered through out. You can find high class perfumes like Chanel and Lacoste as well as books and specialty shops. The La Maison du Von sells fine French cookware and gives free wine samples.
The beauty of the French Pavilion is not to be overlooked. From the gorgeous gardens to the cobble stone lined streets, you are sure to be whisked away to the romance of France.
Shannan is a mom that was born and raised in rural Tennessee. She tells us: “I live with my husband and 3 of our 5 children. Travis is 24 and is father to my grandbabies, Emma and baby Judson. I can’t wait to start sharing Disney with them. Dusty is 22, Clay 12, Zachary 10 and Erin is 8. I clean houses to make money to fund my magical trips. I went to Disney the first time as a teen and couldn’t wait to start introducing my own children to the magic. We took our 3 youngest in 2004 and that started it all. We have been 3 times since then and have our first Christmas trip planned for this December. Usually my parents accompany us on the trip and I have to research and plan for things that will suit various ages in our party of 7. Each time I go, I try new experiences in lodging and dining so I can share it with friends and family that seek my advice on trip planning! Disney is definitely my first choice in vacation destinations. Hopefully there is a Disney surf and turf vacation in our future!“