Drink Around the World Showcase – France Pavilion
There’s no doubt that the France pavilion will have you dreaming of Paris. It’s the perfect spot for a Drinking Around the World Showcase excursion and provides just an extra bit of joie de vivre to any experience! Between the food and drink, you’ll be easily able to rack up DAWS points—just make sure you pace yourself so you’re only more than a little nuts.
Begin your stroll through the pavilion by visiting Les Vins des Chef de France. This kiosk offers a variety of wines by the glass ranging from $5.87 – $9.86. There are a few types of Champagne available as well, including the Kir Royale with champagne & Creme de Cassis ($12.91). Beer drinkers can imbibe in the French beer Kronenbourg 1644 ($6.57). But the real highlights of this kiosk are the slushes. The Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Orange Slush ($9.34) is perhaps one of the most iconic World Showcase drinks. It not only tastes delicious (many find it to taste like a creamsicle) but it also packs an alcoholic punch! Be careful not to guzzle these down too quickly. Many a DAWS goer has been taken out by the unassuming Grand Marnier and Grey Goose Orange Slush. The Grey Goose Citron Lemonade Slush ($9.34) also carries a cult following by DAWS goers. Looking for other cool refreshing drinks? The Nuvo, Sparkling Vodka ($14.88) is perhaps the most expensive drink at the pavilion but is sure to quench your thirst on a hot Florida day.
For a full French experience try one of the table service locations, Chef de France and Monsieur Paul. Both include prix fixe menus, though Chef de France offers much more affordable French fare. Many couples find this a romantic location, and it is terrific for celebrations. It offers an extensive wine list which pairs nicely with the menu offerings. For an exclusive meal, Monsieur Paul is the place to visit in the World Showcase. This is a very high end menu; expect to pay top dollar for both food & beverage. You may need to drink before your meal in order to forget the steep prices!
DAWS goers will be very happy visiting L’Artisan des Glaces for ice cream and sorbet. You can even score food & beverage points in one when you order an ice cream martini ($11.50): 2 scoops of ice cream or sorbet, served in a martini glass with a shot of Grand Marnier, Whipped Cream Vodka or Rum. Or try out the Croque Glace ($6.10) a warm brioche ice cream sandwich. Choice of 1 ice cream/sorbet flavor in a brioche, with chocolate or raspberry sauce, warmed and sealed. It has quickly become a top favorite.
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie is a DAWS excursion winner for snacks and quick service meals. The Croque Monsieur ($8.75) aka grilled ham & cheese sandwich will please most palates and Quiche Lorraine ($5.20) is yet another French classic. You can easily score many of the same wines and beer as the Les Vins des Chef de France kiosk.
Another great stop for a snack on your DAWS excursion is Crepes des Chefs de France. The only alcoholic beverage they serve is the Kronenbourg 1664 beer. However, it’s well worth the visit for the crepes alone. You’ll be saying c’est magnifique to the chocolate crepe and strawberry preserve crepe ($3.99) – both conveniently available as a snack credit through the Disney Dining Plan.
Overall, the France Pavilion offers traditional French cuisine and beverages that are sure to please DAWS goers. Though a little pricier than some of the other pavilions, it’s a sure winner both for taste and for DAWS points. Tres bien, indeed!
When Sarah isn’t sharing planning tips about the Walt Disney World Resort, you can find her at Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW where she writes dining reviews and shares tips and tricks about dining at Disney with a special diet.
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