Welcome to my blog which incorporates two of my passions: French and travel. Today, we are going to visit Epcot Theme Park in Walt Disney World, Orlando. Known for its huge geodesic sphere (Spaceship Earth), Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and was designed to “take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry.” Epcot consists of two main areas : Future World and World Showcase.
The main entrance leads you into Future World whose focus in on energy, the environment, ocean life, the land, imagination, health, communication, transportation and space exploration. Inside the sphere (or ‘golf ball’), you will find the history of communication featured in Ellen De Generes’ Universe of Energy ride.
There are countless other attractions such as Living with the Land (a boat ride), the Seas with Nemo and Friends which features a large aquarium, you can also ride on Clam-Mobiles or attend a Talk with Crush the Turtle. You can Journey into Imagination with Figment which is great fun for kids.
One of our favourite rides is Soarin’ which is an incredible simulation ride. It takes you soaring over California and lets you smell the oranges, skim over the sea and soar over mountains. You really feel as though you are flying!
The World Showcase is comprised of 11 countries ( Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada) situated around a lagoon. Each country is themed and cast members are dressed as that country’s inhabitants. This part of the theme park is very relaxing as there are no rides but exhibitions, restaurants, boat rides and shows. You experience the culture and cuisine of each country. So stroll around the lagoon and sample a croissant from France, pasta from Italy, hot dogs or burghers from the United States, bangers and mash from the United Kingdom, tacos and churros from Mexico. There are cafés and restaurants depending on your taste and the depth of your pockets. There are also gift shops (of course!) in each country where you many marvel at fine Italian glass and Venetian masks, etc.
One of the highlights of the Epcot experience is the fireworks display, Illuminations : Reflections of Earth, which takes place every evening. But whatever happens, you are guaranteed a good time so eat, drink and be merry and enjoy the experience!
The vocabulary of the restaurant and café (Part II):
voice notre sélection de vins = here is our wine selection. selection de vins
êtes-vous prêt à commander? = are you ready to order? pret a commander
qu’est-ce que vous voulez manger? = what would you like to eat? vous voulez manger
qu’est-ce que vous avez comme sandwiches? = what type of sandwiches do you have? vous avez comme sandwiches
qu’est-ce que vous conseillez? = what do you recommend? vous conseillez
nous vous conseillons notre plat du jour = we recommend the speciality of the day. nous vous conseillons
l’addition, s’il vous plait = the bill, please. l’addition
je crois qu’il y a une erreur dans l’addition = I think the bill is incorrect. erreur addition
un croque-monsieur = a toasted cheese and ham sandwich. croque monsieur
un croque-madame = a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top. croque madame
de la mousse au chocolat = chocolate mousse mousse
un steak-frites = steak and fries steak-frites
de la soupe à l’ognion= onion soup soupe a l’ognion