World Showcase: France Pavilion

France Pavilion

In my continuing tour of the countries of Epcot’s World Showcase, today we are taking a look at the France Pavilion.  I’ll admit that France isn’t on our top list of pavilions, mainly because we usually pass through France on our way over to Canada.  However, I have learned of some things in France that I definitely want to check out on our next trip, so let’s explore the pavilion in more depth!  You may remember that our last stop was in the Morocco Pavilion.

When most people think of France, they mainly think of the Eiffel Tower and of great food.  The France Pavilion doesn’t disappoint.  Not only is there a scaled down replica of the Eiffel Tower, but they have wonderful bakeries, and two restaurants that I understand are really good:  Bistro de Paris and Les Chefs de France.  Of the two, Bistro de Paris has the reputation of being more authentic French cuisine, and has a dress code, although it isn’t formal.  Bistro de Paris is more of a romantic type setting to celebrate anniversaries or things like that, whereas Les Chefs de France is more family friendly in it’s decor and seating and food choices.

In addition to the dining, France also has one of the more creative entertainment shows out on the streets of the pavilion, called Serveur Amusant.  I was fortunate enough to get this shot of the performance.

Serveur Amusant

Like all of the pavilions, France has it’s own collection of shops for picking up that one of a kind France inspired souvenir.  But the one thing that France has that I’ve never seen, and want to enjoy this coming trip, is Impressions de France.  I don’t know what I’ve been doing in times gone by, but for whatever reason I’ve just blown by and didn’t even realize that I was missing it until my friend Ken from Chip & Company wrote his post about it called “Best Things I Love About Disney — Impressions de France”.  Thanks Ken for pointing out this one of a kind show for me to enjoy on my next visit!

On my next stop on the countries of the World Showcase, I’m going to take a look at the United Kingdom!

My first Disney Contest!

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Hello everyone!  Thanks to the generous support of Pixie Vacations, I am in a position to have my first EVER Disney Contest.  The contest is simple.  All you need to do is “Like” our Facebook Fan Page (You can click the link or “Like” us on the widget on the sidebar).  If you have already liked My Dreams of Disney on Facebook, then you are already entered!  If I have 100 fans of the page by February 20th, 2011, then Pixie Vacations will donate the Disney Tote bag shown above, monogrammed with the winner’s name!  However, there is more!

If I can get to 200 fans of the page by February 20th, 2011, then Pixie Vacations will also include this Disney Autograph book in the winner’s prize!

Disney Autograph Book

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Where was this picture taken? The Answer

Answer: Tower of Terror

Lee got it right!  This picture was taken with my camera from inside the elevator on the Tower of Terror!  As soon as the window opened I took my shots.  I figured it was one way to get through the ride without freaking out as much, and I was right!  Here is another shot I took, kind of spooky, blurry, but cool nonetheless — perhaps because of the effects!

The unfortunate guests!

Thanks for playing!  I’ll do this perhaps again later!

Walt Disney World Epcot: The one ride I MUST ride

Spaceship Earth: My MUST ride

In the continuation to my four part series on the absolute one ride that I MUST ride at each of the parks, today we take a look at Epcot.  As you may recall, last time we looked at the Magic Kingdom, and specifically at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, as my MUST ride.

For me, Epcot isn’t that easy to choose that one ride (although Magic Kingdom wasn’t that easy also) because there is so much that you can do at Epcot.  For instance, there is Soarin’, my wife’s favorite ride at Epcot and at all the parks.  Then there is Test Track, a ride that we haven’t ridden since before Sophie was born, but one that we will certainly be experiencing once again this June.  And Mission: Space, an attraction that we haven’t been on, and frankly, I won’t be riding that one (cue the clucking chicken music now).  And don’t forget Maelstrom in Norway, and Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros in Mexico.  While they are not thrill rides necessarily (although the case can be made that Maelstrom is a mild thrill ride), they are ones that we ride each trip to Epcot at least once.

Then there are the movies.  O Canada! is one of the best movies you can see (and I’m not just saying that because fellow writer Lee is from Canada!), and Reflections of China is good also.

But to me, the one attraction that I can’t do without is Spaceship Earth.  I know, I know, you have just clicked on another article on the C&C site – one written by a good writer!  But if you haven’t, give me a chance to explain myself.

What better attraction can there be at Epcot then Spaceship Earth?  Where else can you take a moving journey into the huge Geodesic Dome that is the symbol of Epcot, and travel back in time millions of years?  And the scenes are just incredible in my opinion.  They suck you into the middle of the story, so you can hear the cavemen drawing on the walls, you can smell the burning sulfur, and you can see the roads of the great Roman Empire.  It is as if you are right there.

Then you progress into more modern times, and then, you are off into space!  To me, this is the climax of the ride, and really cool.  Coming down out of space backwards is neat.

Lastly, as you enter your information to plan your possible future living environment, you are returned back to Earth – Spaceship Earth, that is – and you can experience all of the “after ride” attractions, including seeing your pictures deposited into the globe so you can pinpoint where you are from.
Spaceship Earth is not the fastest, not the most glamorous ride.  It won’t send you upside down like a certain roller coaster I know.  But Spaceship Earth will take you on a journey through time, where you will learn some things, experience some unique sites and sounds and smells, and it will teach you a thing or two about our evolution throughout the ages.

That is why Spaceship Earth is my MUST ride at Epcot – and one that we easily ride at least three times per trip to Disney.

Next time, on my third installment of my must ride attraction at each of the parks, I’ll be taking a look at Animal Kingdom, and all of the diverse rides that you can choose from!  See you next time!