On October 1, 2021, the France pavilion in World Showcase at EPCOT will officially open an expansion that will undoubtedly be the new place to be at EPCOT. We recently got a special preview of the expanded area, including Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and a new restaurant, La Creperie de Paris. In this article, we’re focusing on the expanded area and the restaurant. Learn more below.
1 – France Pavilion Expansion
The expansion more than doubles the size of the existing pavilion and has a seamless transition between the original and new sections. You’ll find the new section on the right side of the existing pavilion. In a scene reminiscent of the Seine River of Paris, guests begin their journey to this new area of the park with a stroll down a waterside pathway near the EPCOT International Gateway, with Disney Skyliner gondolas gliding nearby. Next, you’ll walk under an art nouveau-style archway evoking a Paris Metro station before rounding a corner and entering a French market street called Alleé des Marchands (“Alley of the Merchants”). This market area is where you’ll be able to enjoy the all the new offerings.
2 – Fun Finds in the Alleé des Marchands
Be sure to take some time and explore the market street for some great fun finds the Imagineers have sprinkled throughout the area. Here are a few things to look out for:
- The health inspector who plays an important role in the film has an office located along the Alleé des Marchands.
- You’ll want to peer into La Cave D’Ego, a wine shop owned by famed food critic Anton Ego; the vintages of wine bottles on display hold special significance to the “Ratatouille” story in both the film and Disney parks.
- Be on the lookout for a Remy motif that runs throughout the pavilion expansion, with his image incorporated into a manhole cover, park benches, iron railings, a newsstand, and a fountain.
- The waterside pathway leading to the France pavilion expansion is called Rue Auguste Gusteau, an homage to the famous chef.
- Outside the theater are Chef Skinner’s scooter and Chef Colette’s motorbike, making for fun photo opportunities for fans of the film.
3 – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
At the end of the market street is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the anchor of the new expansion and a beautiful fountain. The new family-friendly attraction invites guests into the larger-than-life world of “Ratatouille.” Click here for our review and what you need to know about Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure!
4 – “After all, Miss, this is France!”
Good food and the France pavilion already go hand in hand, and now there’s another fantastic dining option in the expanded pavilion. Joining Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is a new restaurant, La Creperie de Paris. The restaurant is a traditional creperie with a menu from renowned chef Jérome Bocuse inspired by the Brittany region of France, home to countless creperies. The restaurant features both a table and a quick service option. The table-service restaurant serves savory galettes and sweet dessert crepes, along with some of Brittany’s famous hard ciders. The restaurant now takes reservations and has the same menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Advanced dining reservations are highly recommended.
5 – Brittany Traditions Continue
The highlights of the menu are the galettes and sweet crepes. As is a tradition in Brittany, La Creperie de Paris offers thin galettes cooked at a high temperature to allow the outside to crisp while warming the various fillings. The gluten-friendly galettes are made with buckwheat imported from France and feature classic fillings with special twists. Perhaps the best-known combination is the Classique, which includes ham, eggs, and Swiss cheese. The Ratatouille, inspired by the “Little Chef” down the street, features tomato, zucchini, and eggplant. I enjoyed the Classique, which was delicious.
The sweet crepes are similarly thin and made from scratch. They include the traditional Gourmande – filled with house-made hazelnut chocolate spread – to the Pomme, which offers caramelized apples and caramel beurre salé. House-made ice cream is available for delicious dessert combinations. The Gourmande was a chocolate lover’s dream! I will definitely be back to enjoy that crepe again!
6 – French Ciders
La Creperie de Paris completes its authentic French dining experience with traditional Brittany hard ciders that pair with both savory and sweet crepes. From the sweet doux to the less sweet brut and demi sec, these ciders are imported from France and made with apples from the Brittany region. I enjoy ciders from all over the world, and the demi sec cider was a terrific blend of flavors. It was not too sweet and not too dry. If you’re a cider drinker, you’ll want to give this one a try!
7 – Prix Fixe Menu
While all items on the menu can be purchased separately, the restaurant also offers a prix fixe menu. The prix fix menu costs $33 and features a choice of soup or salad ($6.75), one savory galette ($15.95), one dessert crepe ($8.95) and a glass of hard cider ($5.95), soda or juice ($5-$6.25). Purchased separately, the items come to around $38 (depending on which drink you choose), so this is an opportunity to save a few dollars when ordering the prix fix option.
8 – Quick-Service Option
Crepes A Emporter at La Creperie de Paris is a quick-service location at the front of the restaurant, located along the new plaza’s promenade. The walk-up window serves three savory galettes, four sweet crepes, soft-serve ice cream, and an assortment of ciders and wines. These crepes are different than the ones available inside the restaurant, so you’ll want to try those as well, especially if dining at the table service restaurant is not an option when you visit.
9 – Final Thoughts
The expanded France pavilion is very nicely done. The area is beautifully themed and combines true French style with that of the cartoon world of Ratatouille. A new family-friendly attraction is a very welcome addition to World Showcase. Also, the addition of both a delicious new option for table service and quick service meals is great for families looking to dine on authentic food from the hosting pavilion. We highly recommend taking the time to explore this new area once it is open! The area officially opens on October 1, 2021, as part of “The Most Magical Celebration.”
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