Spending a day drinking around Epcot has become a rite of passage for Disney lovers. It is the true sign that you are no longer a child and now you can Disney like an adult. For those of you who don’t know what Epcot is, it is one of the theme parks that makes up Walt Disney World. Epcot is home to the famous “World Showcase”, consisting of 11 pavilions that are designed to represent a different country in its architecture, layout, vegetation, attractions, cuisine and of course, alcoholic beverages.
Here is what we learned during our right of passage:
The World Showcase opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m.
Get the rides like Test Track and Mission: Space done before starting your journey around the world. But be aware that 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. is not as much time as you think.
Start at either Canada or Mexico and work your way around.
We decided to start with Canada. Most people begin at Mexico, but we thought the familiarity of a margarita would be the perfect way to end the night.
Read on to see how that plan worked out.
Make a stop at the UK Rose & Crown pub.
The pub is designed to look like a traditional English bar and serves up popular Irish and English beers like Guinness. They also have handsome UK bartenders who will text the phone number you leave for them on a receipt.
France is the best pavillion.
A replica Eiffel Tower, macaron ice cream sandwiches, and multiple stores that sell the stylish berets we wanted after Passport to Paris came out. They also have wine. And lots of champagne. We beat the Florida heat with a La Vie en Rose Frozen Slushes made with Grey Goose Vodka Orange, St. Germain Liquor, and white and red cranberry juice.
Disney gets “creative” with drink names like the Moroccorita. Drink it and move on; don’t try to figure out what’s in it.
Nobody will judge you if you only drink half. Don’t torture yourself in the Happiest Place on Earth.
Encourage your tipsy friends to buy a belly dancer skirt while in Morocco, it provides entertainment all day.
Drunk purchases are the best purchases.
Either do a saki bomb in Japan or share another culturally creative drink.
If you want to try some Japanese sake, check out the bar in the back corner of the Mitsukoshi store.
Befriending fellow traveling world drinkers is a great idea, unless they are dad’s from Buffalo on vacation with their wives and toddlers.
Sober mothers who spend all day pushing strollers don’t appreciate it when their beer drinking husbands comparing Epcot drinking stories with college-aged women on spring break in the middle of the Japan pavilion.
Snapchat the adventure.
Bonus points if you wear something stereotypical/culturally offensive from the gift shop in each picture, i.e. a Chinese robe or sombrero.
The American Pavilion can be confusing looking when you’re at this level of intoxication.
I think it’s supposed to look like Colonial Philadelphia, but I am still not sure. If you’re in need of a snack grab a funnel cake to go with your Jim Beam infused Red Stag lemonade.
The Italy pavilion is very important.
In Italy there is wine and there are carbs. It is a critical to understand what you need at this point in the day.
The Germany pavilion looks really authentic. Drink a beer and eat a pretzel.
Avoid the dads from Buffalo that you see at the biergarten. Oops too late, the wives are mad again.
Remember to keep eating.
We had dinner reservations at Les Chef de France and to celebrate how far we had come we split a bottle of champagne.
China also has a wide selection of “culturally creative” drinks. Try the Kung Fu Punch.
The Viking shot is best done drunk.
There is not much in the Norway pavilion, at least until the new Frozen ride is complete. Use this pavilion as a time saver and hit up the cart that serves shots of a Scandinavian liquor called Linie Aquavit Glacier. If you don’t grimace while the Norwegian employee counts to five in Norwegian, you are a true viking.
We are true vikings.
Find La Cava del Tequila.
Inside the Mayan pyramid replica in the Mexico pavilion is a cellar style bar that has over 100 different types of tequila and exciting margarita flavors like avocado and passion fruit.
Skip the fireworks and befriend the Mexico pavilion employees.
These new friends will invite you to the pregame at the Disney employee housing and onto the clubs that the Disney Park employees take over every weekend.
***Note that we visited Epcot during the 2016 Flower and Garden Festival. Some drinks listed are only available during that time and the list does not include the drinks that are available during other events, i.e. the annual Food and Wine Festival.***