France Pavilion at Epcot to Receive Major Makeover by End of Year

Over the last few years, many of the dining areas in Epcot’s World Showcase have received makeovers. This week it was announced that the France Pavilion is next.

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According to the official Disney blog, by early December, Bistro de Paris will be getting a new name, a new dining room, new costumes for servers, and even a new menu. This will be the first major change since the restaurant opened 25 years ago.

Jerome Bocuse, president and owner of the company that runs the dining venues in the France Pavilion, said that they will still have gourmet French cuisine, but the atmosphere will be less formal. They’re aiming for elegant but not stuffy.

Other changes will be the addition of a “show” bakery, where you can see the bread being made. It will have 90 seats and an expanded Boulangerie Patisserie menu that will feature sandwiches and salads, in addition to the pastries. They will then turn the old pastry shop into a Glacier ice cream parlor.

Bistro de Paris is projected to reopen on December 4, according to the official Walt Disney World website. The rest of the renovations are expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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