The Palais du Cinémais in the France Pavilion of EPCOT’s World Showcase will soon be home to two movies — an upgraded 4K high resolution projection version of the classic Impressions de France and an all new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along.
Disney brought in Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, to produce this new attraction. Guests will sing-along as they enjoy a the familiar tale as old as time, but with a twist focused on Le Fou (whose original voice actor, Jessi Corti, returns to lend his voice again). It also features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film.
Along with the sing-along is a new exhibit inside Palais du Cinéma. “Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen” invites guests to explore six distinct gallery cases featuring a collection of costumes, music, artwork and more, all dedicated to the adaptation of French literature in cinema, theater, ballet and opera. The exhibit reinforces how French literature has inspired artists from around the globe, including those who created timeless Disney classics such as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”
Items on display from the Walt Disney Archives include a glass slipper from the live-action “Cinderella” film and Belle’s costume from the live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” Community arts organizations from Florida also contributed pieces to the exhibit.
One of the things we’ve been waiting to know is how Disney will divide the time in the theater between the two movies. We finally have our answer, at least for how the attraction will operate right after it reopens.
The showings will be weighted in favor of the new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, most of the day (from opening until late evening) going to the new film. If you still want to see the classic “Impressions de France” film you can return during the last 90 minutes of the attraction operation hours.
The posted hours for opening are currently 11am to 7pm for the sing-along and 7:30pm to 9:00pm for Impressions.
Our guess is that this is just the initial schedule meant to accommodate the slightly larger than average crowds who will show up to see the new sing-along movie from one of Disney’s best animated films. Will you be among them?