Our look around the France Pavilion at Epcot continues with an inspection of the kinds of merchandise that are available in the little shops that dot the area. We previously took a walk around to enjoy the sights and sounds, in addition to catching up on current menus, in this post.
Most of the Disney-related merchandise is situated in the back left of the Pavilion in the same area as the Boulangerie & Patisserie. (Not) Coincidentally, this also functions as the exit from Impressions de France.
There are a number of themes at work here with some amount of overlap.
Marie, from the relatively obscure 1970 animated movie, “The Aristocats,” is prominently featured.
In the not so distant past, you could meet The Cat here and at Magic Kingdom.
These days, Belle in her provincial dress meets along the water across from the rest of the Pavilion.
And you’ll find Aurora in her gazebo on the far right side of the Pavilion.
For now, Marie fans will have to be satisfied taking home one of a surprising number of pieces of merchandise:
I’ve been waiting for someone to leave me their fortune for some time now, not unlike Madame Adelaide Bonfamill’s plan to leave her vast wealth to her cats upon her death in “The Aristocats.” It worked out just fine for her, so you might give it some further thought. Certainly your children are going to squander your money on a number of silly things that are not at all bloggable, which seems like a real pity. If you’d like to set something up, you can get in touch with my attorney, David Rudolf.
Paris is perhaps synonymous with high fashion, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that a number of $35 t-shirts featuring Minnie Mouse appear:
In addition to the presence of a lot of bows:
Mickey’s role is much smaller here. I don’t think he appears on a single item without Minnie, with the exception of this Jim Shore piece that isn’t exclusive to Epcot.
But Goofy makes an appearance.
Offering his best impersonation of me drawing at the Arts Festival.
The real reason they’re putting bulletproof glass up – slobber.
I lied – Mickey does appear here next to the Eiffel Tower, much like the Skyliner pylons ruin the forced perspective of the rest of the Pavilion.
The princesses, some of them more French than others, appear on a variety of stuff:
Since France is actually just one big city called Paris, there’s some merchandise featuring it:
And some odds and ends:
And a sunflower on one of the themed carts, just because it’s pretty.
Over in Les Vins de France, you have the opportunity to bring home a bottle of wine or champagne. Pricing isn’t always atrocious – a bottle of the Veuve runs $52, compared to $44 at Total Wine. On the other hand, the Moet & Chandon Imperial costs $73 here, versus just $40 at Total Wine.
This bottle of Pouilly-Fuissé Georges Duboeuf is actually a steal at $27. Wine.com would charge you $30.
Perhaps a truffle to go with that red wine.
Elsewhere in the same store, you’ll run into a lot more items, some Epcot-specific and others not.
All of the wine “knowledge” I impart has been gleaned from walking behind a guy wearing this shirt for five minutes.
It’s almost Bistrot Chez Remy.
But not quite Bistro de Paris.
This colorful macaron motif debuted a while ago now, but the pieces are still available:
Despite the Ratatouille ride being at least 18 months off, some merchandise featuring Remy has already arrived based on some designs from Paris, while others are from Disney Store:
I was surprised to see the “Champagne S’il Vous Plait” stuff with the Epcot branding.
Some amount of this stuff is born from some designer refreshing Pinterest and Etsy.
Some Epcot wine glasses are available.
With or without the stem.
A few more things:
Erin’s mom swears by “The French Farm’s Butcher’s Salt” that’s available here for about as much money as you’d pay for the Salt Grinder online. I’ve since started using it myself and it’s definitely worth the money compared to that 99-cent cylinder available on the bottom shelf of the grocery store.
There’s a couple of perfume stores located to the right of the entrance to Impressions de France. As a boy, bored out of my mind at Epcot as all children are, I was very excited to finally see the word “ARCADE” appear here in France, only to enter and get sprayed in the face by some Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette rather than finding a Pac-Man game cabinet. Thus, I have boycotted the “Arcade” forever, though I do wear that particular Kurkdijan fragrance to this day. But just in case you don’t have a Macy’s nearby, there is an opportunity to pick up some perfume. I think, at least. I suppose anything could be in there – it might even be an actual “arcade” now.
That concludes our look at the merchandise of France. We’ll head into the bakery to see about some bread-based treats.