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Soundscapes: Epcot's France Pavilion
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To understand “Joie de vivre” is to understand the heart of France itself, the philosophy that casts a glimmer of romance and Magic on all things French. From culture to cuisine, cities to countryside, and the undeniable charisma of its people, it distinguishes this space from every other international vignette we find Here in EPCOT. “Joie de vivre” is loosely translated to mean an exuberant joy of life. It may be experienced as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life. Greater than emotion and more lasting than happiness, it’s a resiliency of spirit that can be found just as easily on a crowded street in Paris as in the fragrant lavender fields of Provence.
The layout of the France Pavilion is themed to its most popular city, Paris. It's meant to evoke the feel of a Parisian neighborhood with enchanting touches including wide boulevards, elegant rose gardens, fountains, and fascinating architecture matching the Belle Epoque era. The space is, of course, complete with the Eiffel Tower looming in the distance waiting to greet those who wish to explore the beauty of the pavilion in which it resides. It's no wonder why the France pavilion is often cited as a favorite among World Showcase guests. Soothed by the gentle splash of water and the lullaby of period music, we are swept away by the allure of the City of Light and off on a sensory adventure.
At its essence, “joie de vivre” is the joy we speak to so often around Here - the experience we invite when we pause and allow the Magic to come to us, to immerse ourselves in a story that our spirit knows by feeling, but not by name. It is indulgence - in every taste and smell and breathtaking sight - in the moments all around us which inspire reflection and elation, tranquility and delight.
We who are compelled to wander for the sake of wandering embark upon journeys for the sake of fulfilling an inherent need to go, to explore…to dwell richly in every moment and experience all the joy of life that comes from being Here With the Magic. Come along with me as we walk the streets of this intoxicating pavilion. On every street corner, in every café, in every springtime bloom and autumn breeze, whispers of joy stir the soul of every curious human spirit. Can you hear it?
Welcome to France.