Impressions de France is an original attraction at Epcot. The film is shown daily from 7:30 p.m. until close in the France Pavilion.
You might remember in my recent France Pavilion review that I mentioned how Impressions de France held a record for the longest-running daily film in a theater. Impressions used to run during the entirety of the World Showcase operating hours. But the majority of the showtimes were replaced by the new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, which I don’t recommend seeing.
On the contrary, Impressions de France is an older but yet delightful offering. If you are in this area of the World Showcase later in the evening, I recommend stopping in for a screening.
Below are a few quick reference details to add Impressions de France to your touring schedule.
|Impressions de France||Epcot Attractions|
Seats Per Vehicle:
Theater with seats
Extra Magic Hours:
This film is only shown between 7:30 p.m.
and park closing.
Impressions de France
The film is located inside the Palais du Cinema in France. Note the sign above the entrance indicates what film is showing and the wait until the next show. Typically, each performance is held every 30 minutes on the half-hour. However, the timing might be a little off right now due to cast members sanitizing the theater between showings.
So if it takes a few minutes longer than expected, this is the reason why. Below is the theater interior. Every other row is available for seating and specific groupings of chairs are marked off to maintain distancing.
As I mentioned above, the film is older, but really quite charming. Oftentimes, I’ve gone quite a while between viewings. I always end up leaving the film daydreaming about a trip to Paris, and that’s the whole idea of the World Showcase. Disney does a lot to inspire tourism for all of the parks around the world.
These countries in the World Showcase have a partnership with Disney and an opportunity to inspire tourism abroad. While I don’t mind new attractions coming to the World Showcase, I do hope that new revenue will be allocated to better expand the development of each country.
If I hadn’t named this site Resorts Gal, it would have probably been something along the lines of World Showcase advocate.
Anyways, the scene above is from Impressions de France. If you have never seen it prior, you really must stop in on your next visit. All the scenes are so pleasant and heart-warming.
I also wanted to take a moment to mention the “Tales as Old as Time” exhibit in the waiting area of the theater.
There are six different showcases inside the waiting area representing French literature and its inspiration for cinema, theater, and opera.
Each case has a large fairytale book on display describing the contents within.
These costumes are from Cinderella and The Three Musketeers.
This cape is from The Three Musketeers starring Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland, and Oliver Platt. Bonus blogger knowledge, this film is available on Disney+.
The real highlight for me were some of the pieces from the live action Beauty and the Beast.
Here is an overview of the entire case. I really enjoy seeing these types of things in the parks.
I would imagine that most people visiting Disney are familiar with the movies and animated classics.
The Phantom of the Opera has a few neat pieces as well.
Both Beauty and the Beast and Phantom of the Opera share similar themes. What you see on the outside isn’t always comparable to true inner beauty.
Many will enjoy seeing some of the costumes from Sleeping Beauty as well.
The costume on the bottom right belongs to Carabosse, which Disney fans know as Maleficent.
There’s quite a lot of detail in this ballet costume.
Lastly, another case in the theater holds a few pieces from the Opera.
There are even a few pictures of some of the singers wearing the costumes that are on display.
Whether you make it to see Impressions de France or not, make sure to step inside and check out the costume showcase in Palais du Cinema. Just remember if you do want to see Impressions, it only runs after 7:30 p.m. at this time. And it is by far the great film offered in the cinema.
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I really hope you’ll get to enjoy Impressions de France on your vacation!