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3 Key Elements of Epcot's France Pavilion Reboot

Right now, though all eyes are on the August opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney is hard at work at the reinvention of Epcot, which includes some major projects, including almost a dozen new attractions and restaurants. However, even though these projects vary largely in size and scope, there's one corner of the park that will be almost unrecognizable after Epcot's transformation: the France pavilion. Right now Disney is taking some massive steps to completely reimagine this part of the World Showcase including new places to eat, play and more. Here's everything you know about the "new" France pavilion, which will currently doesn't have an opening date, but is largely rumored to be coming next year. 

 1. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

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Of course, the biggest new addition to the France pavilion will be Remy's Ratatouille Adventure which is now under construction and is rumored to open sometime in 2020. This Ratatouille-themed 3-D dark ride (which will essentially be a clone of a ride that already exists at Disneyland Paris) will use trackless technology to "shrink" guests down to the size of a rat, and is being constructed in a massive expansion pad behind the current France pavilion. Disney hasn't released a lot of information about this new attraction, but we expect that to change in the coming months as this is the next "big" new ride on the schedule after the phased opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge later this year. 

However, as we get closer to the opening of the first newly-constructed ride in the World Showcase since the 1988 addition of Maelstrom in Norway (we're not counting overlays like Frozen Ever After or the Gran Fiesta Tour), Disney will need to add some capacity to the France pavilion, which they will do with the following two new aditions:

2. New quick/table service Crêperie hybrid restaurant 

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The most recently-announced addition to the France pavilion is a brand new unamed hybrid quick/table service restaurant that will feature the cuisine of celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse, the mastermind behind the pavilion’s Chefs de France brasserie and its celebration of gourmet cuisine, Monsieur Paul. This new location will feature a menu inspired by the Brittany region of France, and will have savory crepes called galettes and sweet crepes. And though the France pavilion already has plenty of places to eat (this will be the fifth dining location in this pavilion), this new hybrid restaurant should be a nice addition to the lineup with a simple menu with familiar options. 

No opening date for this new location has been announced, but considering this new location will be a part of the France expansion, we're guessing that it will likely open in 2020, alongside the afroementioned Ratatouille attraction. 

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