Explore the World (Showcase): What to do in France

The first country to your right when entering Epcot from the International Gateway, France is home to some delicious experiences that shouldn’t be missed. Check out all of the exciting adventures that await you in France.

Landscape

The landscape of the France pavilion is amazing. The small area is packed with different types of restaurants and shops for guests to enjoy. This pavilion makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to a small village in France (think Belle in Beauty and the Beast).

Plus, you can even take a picture with the Eiffel Tower, which stands tall atop the pavilion. A major material used throughout this pavilion is stone. From the buildings to the cobblestones on the ground, the area definitely took into account what it’s like in an actual French town. Small touches such as a small garden and vintage clock tie the pavilion together. 

Dining

Upon first glance, you wouldn’t expect the France pavilion to have as many restaurants as it does. This area is home to the popular Les Chefs de France, Monsieur Paul, Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie and L’Artisan des Glaces. Monsieur Paul is a signature restaurant, which on the dining plan uses two credits, and features elegant France fare. Les Halles Boulangerie and L’Artisan des Glaces are quick locations that you can grab some French pastries or Ice Cream. Right now, the France Pavilion is set to receive some major upgrades, including a new Crepe experience that will offer guests the option of table or quick service dining.

Les Chefs de France is the table service dining experience. It offers guests either a la carte options or a prix fixe menu, where you can order items like Lobster Bisque Soup, Braised Beef and Chocolate Cake. While I have noticed a bit of a change in the food over the years, I think this is a solid choice for a table service reservation.

Attractions

France is set to become a pavilion full of attractions. Currently, the France Pavilion is home to one attraction, Impressions de France, which is a movie style show that takes you around the scenery of France. The pavilion is under construction to receive a ride called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This ride will be themed after the movie Ratatouille. Apparently there is a similar ride that is popular in Disneyland Paris that guests are excited to see replicated in Orlando. Also set to debut in this pavilion is a Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along Show (YAY!). I feel like this will probably be similar to the Frozen Sing-Along that is popular in Hollywood Studios.

Shopping

J’adore faire du shopping. That means I love shopping and I do. The France Pavilion is home to some great shopping options. If you are looking for some French themed souvenirs head to “Souvenirs de France.” Do you like homegoods and wine (who doesn’t)? Then head to “La Maison du Vin” to try some free samples of French wine and browse all of the interesting soaps and linens they have for sale. This pavilion is also home to “Plume et Palette” which sells perfume and colognes by designers such as Givenchy and Chanel. Plus, this area is home to a Guerlain store which sells fragrances and cosmetics.

Character Meetings

In this pavilion, you can meet a character that lives in the French countryside, Belle, of course! Belle is usually a character that always meets in this pavilion so be sure to check your My Disney Experience App for more information. Other characters that sometimes meet in France are Cinderella and Aurora. While they do not meet as frequently as Belle, they have been spotted multiple times so definitely be sure to keep an eye out for these Princesses.

Special Events

France is a major player in the different Epcot festivals. During the Flower and Garden Festival, France is home to the fan favorite topiary of Beauty and the Beast. Plus, their food stand has a DELICIOUS chocolate macaron that shouldn’t be missed.

During Food and Wine, France has some interesting options such as an Escargot Croissant. But, during Food and Wine, France is famous for their slushy martini drinks.

Well there you have it, a look at the expanding France Pavilion at Epcot. Be sure to keep an eye out on the blog for more installments of Explore the World (Showcase). Do you have a favorite activity or food in the France Pavilion? Let me know in the comments below.

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