If you’re exploring the Epcot World Showcase as a first-time visitor, you can enjoy a brief trip to France by walking through the France Pavilion located next to Morocco and the International Gateway. This part of the Epcot World Showcase offers plenty of seating options and scenic views of the river, and you might run into Belle and other Beauty and the Beast characters on any given day. If you’re a first-time visitor to Epcot, here’s what to expect when exploring the France Pavilion at the Epcot World Showcase:
Highlights of the France Pavilion at Epcot
One of the first things you’ll notice as you make your way over to the France Pavilion at Epcot is the manicured gardens near the entranceway. One of the garden plots is shaped like a mini maze, and offers plenty of photo opportunities for the traveling party. You can see a replica of the Eiffel Tower towering over the pavilion. It’s been built to be 1/10th of the size of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, and is another popular photo option. Head to the Palais du Cinema to watch the “Impressions de France” film, a 200-degree airborne documentary that is synchronized to classical music. You’ll get to see dozens of popular sights and attractions in France, including the Loire Valley, Cannes and Normandy in just twenty minutes.
If you’re heading to the France Pavilion at Epcot on Wednesday through Sunday, you can catch the live performers outside the restaurants on any given day. The “Serveur Amusant” is a comical waiter and juggler who puts on a 20-minute act at various intervals throughout the day.
Dining at the France Pavilion at Epcot
You can enjoy a sit-down meal and pick up French pastries and other bakery treats from the Bistro de Paris, Les Chefs de France restaurant at the France Pavilion at Epcot. Bistro de Paris is an upscale restaurant that serves gourmet specialties including tuna tartar, double-cut white veal chop and rack of lamb. It’s also home to the Boulangerie Patisserie pastry shop that bakes up dozens of European specialties, including chocolate croissants, cream puffs, strawberry tarts and caramel soufflés amongst others.
Les Chefs de France is designed like a Parisian brasserie, and serves a variety of sandwiches, soups and traditional entrees, including a lobster bisque, baked macaroni with gruyere cheese, Quiche Lorraine and a Croque Monsieur sandwich. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in crème brulee or chocolate profiteroles to round out your meal.
Shopping at the France Pavilion at Epcot
Wine enthusiasts can enjoy a wine sampling session for a small fee at La Maison du Vin, a wine shop that features an extensive collection of French wines. Pick up a box of Parisian and European chocolates at Maxim’s de Paris, or head to the Emile Henry store for cookware and kitchen items. The Guerlain store is a fun destination to sample a variety of fragrances and try the luxury cosmetic line. If you’re shopping for souvenirs, head to the Souvenirs de France store for a French beret, children’s toys by Latitude Enfant and books about French artists.