I hope you're all surviving out there in the weird world we're living in! Hopefully one good thing for me personally that will come out of this is that I will have more time to dedicate to my blog, starting with this catch-up post from a trip I took in December 2018:
My family and I had our rite of passage into true Disney lore when we celebrated my brother’s birthday at Epcot: we successfully completed drinking around the world! It was a lot of fun and we all highly recommend it as an adult Disney activity to mix it up. However, be warned. It is not a cheap activity. Tickets into the park alone are exorbitant and then drinks average $10/drink, so be prepared and budget. I still think it’s worth it, especially if you know you’ll probably only do it once in your life. This post is a potential guide in how to maximize your experience, and to share ours!
I’ll start with general Disney tips. If you buy your tickets in advance, you are allowed to get fast passes within 30 days of your trip. If you want to get on Soarin’ especially, I would recommend doing this. We bought our tickets there and I immediately put them in the app and got us fast passes at the earliest time slot….which was 5pm. We also arrived when the park opened at 9am. The world showcase doesn’t open until 11, so it gives you a few hours to ride some of those rides before you start the showcase festivities!
One way to make this experience cheaper, especially if there’s only two of you, is to split drinks at each stop. We ultimately did not do this, but it is an option to save the wallet and get drunk a little slower. Along those same lines, I would not recommend shots at any point. For me, the point is to enjoy drinks with friends, not to get hammered as quickly as possible. If you’re going to do that, you can do it much cheaper elsewhere. And it should go without saying but. Drink responsibly. Remember to drink plenty of water (Florida is hot, you will get dehydrated) and eat before, during and after!
There are two optimized routes to take. One is clockwise around the showcase starting with Mexico and the other is counterclockwise starting with Canada. The route I would recommend is the former, starting with Mexico. This is what we did and we found it successful. Personally, I think it was perfect because two of the boozier possible drinks are in Mexico and China, and I would prefer starting with those, not finishing. However, starting strong does have its downside as you start to lose track of time a bit earlier than you probably would. This happened to us, but never fear, we successfully made up for it later. Without further ado, here is what we drank around the world:
Stop 1: Mexico – Jalapeno Margaritas
A classic. There is also highbrow tequila inside La Cava del Tequila, if that’s more your style.
Stop 2: Norway – Einstök Icelandic White Ale
This is now the home of the new Frozen ride and it wasn’t bad, though not sure it was worth the 45-minute wait except to get out of the heat! I would also recommend getting a drink and drinking it in line, which we did not do. There are traditional drinks from multiple Scandinavian countries in the Norway pavilion. We went for the Icelandic lagers because Epcot is the only place you can get them outside of Iceland itself! My Dad got a coke.
Stop 3: China – Canto Loopy
This is a cantaloupe vodka and lychee cocktail. One of my favorites of the day! As was recommended, you definitely need to stir your drink otherwise it’s all booze on top. China also has the best snacks. Can’t go wrong with egg rolls and curry puffs!
Stop 4: Germany – Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen
The radler, a classic German beer. And don’t skip out on the giant pretzel to share!
Stop 5: Italy – Limoncello cocktails and Bellinis
Erin and I went for the limoncello cocktails, Karen and Rhys hit up the bellinis. Both were bomb. Also go Cubs.
Stop 6: USA – Local Orlando beers
So apparently there’s a frozen rum cocktail here, but we couldn’t find it and instead opted for the “cheap” local beers. Don’t get my wrong, they were very good, but they were only cheap because the glasses were tiny!
Stop 7: Japan – Violet Sake
This purple sake cocktail was one of my favorites, it was gorgeous and SO GOOD.
Stop 8: Morocco – wine
Morrocco had a number of Mediterranean options and the wine was delicious. We also stopped here for some food, which was all in tapas form and exactly what we needed.
Stop 9: France – frozen cocktail and flavored champagne
It wouldn’t be France without some champagne. Rhys found a frozen cocktail of some description. We couldn’t find the Eiffel tower.
Stop 10: Canada – Chambly wheat beer
We took a timeout from drinking and eating to go be on Soarin’, so we did the last two stops backwards. Had a wheat beer here, and Dad got some maple popcorn!
Stop 11: United Kingdom – Cider, Jameson, and a shandy
We came back to the UK twice because apparently 11 drinks wasn’t enough, and since the UK involves multiple countries, we had to try more than one. Jameson, blackberry currant cider and a shandy, delicious.
We stayed around the UK to dance to some live music and were actually filmed by a tourist because we “we’re having so much fun!”. We ended the night with a ride in the golf ball. I couldn’t have drawn up a better Epcot experience and I’m so glad I got to do it with my family! I also developed a great appreciation for what Disney is trying to do with Epcot (besides make money). Each country truly feels like you're getting to experience just a small piece of what the world has to offer.
Comment on this blog post for any other Epcot recs, and maybe I’ll see you there.