Monday, August 13, 2012
Fantasyland not enough for you? WDW announces France refurb!
This isn't the massive reconstruction that Fantasyland has undergone, but guests visiting EPCOT's World Showcase in December will find a new culinary joie de vivre in France, when Bistro de Paris debuts a new name and a fresh new menu.
An interview with Jerome Bocuse, son of legendary French chef Paul Bocuse, on the official Walt Disney World Parks Blog explains that the changes are aiming for haute cuisine in a less formal, more fun atmosphere. Gone will be the tuxedo'd servers; new costumes will take down the stuffiness a bit, hopefully encouraging more park visitors to try the new menu.
"Our guests want to experiene true French cuisine," Bocuse says. "We want to offer a taste of the true cuisine of France – classical, but with an approachable, affordable twist."
The changes will only affect the Bistro. Les Chefs de France, downstairs, will remain the same classic brasserie menu and style.
In addition to the new bistro, there will be a brand-new bakery. Construction has already begun near the theater exit area. Boulangerie Patisserie's menu will expand to include sandwiches and salads, and there will be seating for up to 90 in the bakery itself. The new bakery will also have a bread oven, which will supply bread for all three France restaurants via a "show bakery" for guests to enjoy.
The old pastry shop will beome Glacier, a new ice cream parlor.