Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking you on a virtual tour of Epcot’s World Showcase. The France Pavilion has always been one of our favorite spots. The music, food, and movie make us fall in love with it each visit. So join us on a tour of the France Pavilion at Epcot.
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie is our favorite bakery at Walt Disney World. There are just so many yummy options! We love to visit in the mornings (it’s a great spot for your last day) when it’s not as crowded but it’s also a great spot for lunch, a light dinner, or just to enjoy one of the many desserts. You can also grab an espresso, glass of champagne or wine, or a beer. You can read our review here.
L’Artisan des Glaces is an artisanal French shop, where you can find 16 flavors of hand-crafted frozen treats, including ice cream and sorbet. The menu will also feature some season favorites. We highly recommend the macaron ice cream sandwich.
The goal of Chefs de France is to make you feel like you are dining at a cafe on the streets of Paris. The restaurant is beautiful inside and the food is wonderful. The Gratin de Macaroni is a personal favorite.
Monsieur Paul is the signature dining offering the in the pavilion. We haven’t visited yet but it’s high on our to do list. “Here, you’ll discover a focused wine list, inventive twists on traditional French dinner and breathtaking views of World Showcase. This is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or simply savor delectable cuisine in a serene setting.”
There are also two kiosks located in the front of the pavilion on the walkway towards Morocco. The Creperie features crepes, ice cream, and coffee. Over at the Champagne and Wine Kiosk you’ll find the much loved Grand Marnier Orange Slush and Grey Goose Citron Slush. Make sure to try both! 🙂
Souvenirs de France is one of my favorite shops now that they have expanded the Aristocats merchandise. It’s located next to Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. It’s also where you exit Impressions de France. You’ll also find more “typical” souvenirs like berets and mini versions of the Eiffel Tower.
“La Signature, sponsored by Guerlain, features one-of-a-kind perfumes, make-up and personal accessories. The France pavilion is one of only two locations in the world to feature signature Guerlain. Designer fragrances can be found at nearby Plume et Palette. Guests can bring a bit of Southern France to their kitchen table with dinnerware, tabletops and decorative items from L’ Esprit de la Provence or savor the flavor of wines from Les Vins de France, sponsored by George DuBoeuf.”
Impressions de France plays throughout the day at Palais du Cinéma. The entrance is located toward the back of the pavilion after you pass the fountain and flower beds. Times are posted in the times guide you can pick up at the front of the park and there is also a clock inside that lets you know when then next showing is about to begin. The area inside the theater is beautiful. It’s also air conditioned so it’s a nice spot to hang out for a bit to escape the Florida heat. Impressions de France is always a must to for us. I could listen to the soundtrack everyday.
You can also find Serveur Amusant, a comedic show featuring a waiter/ juggler and you can also meet Belle from Beauty and the Beast in her blue dress. Check the times guide to for both.
The biggest draw for us is just the ambiance of this pavilion. It’s gorgeous no matter the season. From the beautiful fountain to the cobblestone streets, it’s a beautiful spot to explore. The size of the pavilion allows you to feel like you are exploring a real neighborhood.
In the spring, during the Flower & Garden Festival you can find beautiful flowers and topiaries featuring Cinderella and Prince Charming and characters from Beauty and the Beast as well as the Fleur de Lys with special offerings. There is also a booth to visit during Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival in the Fall.
During the holidays, the pavilion is decorated for the holidays with beautiful oversized ornaments, garland, and wreaths. At the bakery you can try special holiday offerings like the Buche de Noel and discover the magic of Pere Noel as he shares a Christmas letter from a child.
Plus the music is lovely all year round. It’s the perfect pavilion to grab a snack or drink, sit on a bench, listen to the music, and people watch.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Green | Tour of Epcot’s World Showcase Loop: