World Showcase - France
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Representing Paris, Epcot's France pavilion uses its buildings to create forced perspectives to make the pavilion look larger and more crowded than it actually is. Disney goes as far to spray bird repellant on its replica of the Eiffel Tower so that birds do not perch on the small-scale tower and look like "monsters."
Playing on a 200-degree screen in a sit-down theater at the back of the pavilion, Impressions de France was directed by Rick Harper and produced by Harper and Academy Award nominee Bob Rogers. The movie depicts a series of visual impressions from France, enlivened by Buddy Baker's arrangement of French classical music. Here is a list of scenes in the film, with their musical accompaniment:
Cliffs of Etretat in Normandy: Debussy - "Solo for Flute"
Marais Poitvin near La Rochelle: Saint-Saens - "Aquarium" from "Carnival of the Animals"
Chambord in the Loire Valley: Boieldieu - "Concerto for Harp and Orchestra"
Chateau Beynat in Dordogne Valley: Debussy - "Nocturne 1"
Bicyclists at La Roque: Offenbach - "Gaite Parisienne"
Hot air balloons near Chateau Chaumont: Ravel - "Daybreak" from "Daphnis et Chloe Suite 1"
French Alps: Debussy - "Clair de Lune"
Skiers in Chamonix: Erik Satie - "Trois Gymnopedies"
Mont St. Michel: Saint-Saens - "Aquarium" from "Carnival of the Animals" (again)
Wedding reception in Brittany farmyard: traditional folk music (unidentified)
Railway tracks in hills of Champeauroux: Saint Saens - "Finale" from "Carnival of the Animals"
Notre Dame de Paris: Offenbach - "Gaite Parisienne" (again)
Garde Republicaine rides through archway at the Louvre: Dukas - "Fanfare" from "La Peri"
Eiffel Tower: Saint Saens - 4th movement from Organ Symphony no. 3