I recently celebrated my 21st birthday by drinking around the world in Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase! I had spent months planning and researching the best drinks in each country only to completely forget my notes in the hotel room. So, when entering each country we would explore to discover all of our options and choose which drink sounded the best. What made this experience even better was that it was currently the International Flower and Garden Festival which is an annual celebration of spring that fills the park with more than 70 Disney-themed topiaries, vibrant gardens, flowers everywhere you look, and 17 outdoor kitchens (which meant more drinks to choose from)!
We started off in Norway (we bypassed Mexico because we planned on ending our day there with dinner). While waiting in line to meet Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, we sipped on an ice coffee flavored with Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream. It was tasty (probably one of Shelby’s favorites) but definitely didn’t make it to the top of my list.
We made our way to China and this is when I actually bought my first drink with my ID – YAY! We visited an outdoor kitchen – Lotus House – for our drinks here. I ordered the Kung Fu Punch (Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango, and Orange Juice) and we also got the M.S.G. (a cooler of Mango Wine, Strawberry, and Ginger Ale). I ended up trading for the M.S.G. – it was so good and very refreshing.
Next stop was Germany and I knew we had to try the “famous” pink grapefruit beer. We were also very tempted to order the jumbo pretzel because it looked incredible, but we knew lunch was right around the corner in the next country. Anyway, this beer was perfect to cool us off since the Florida sun was getting really warm.
Even after drinking our beers, we were so ready for lunch and made our way to Via Napoli for our reservation. We ordered a large pepperoni pizza and I don’t think Shelby and I could have been any happier (see photo below). I also ordered a Bellini (Prosecco Sparkling Wine with Peach Puree). It was really sweet, but definitely delicious. However, the pizza won my heart!
Home sweet home – America was next on our trip around the World Showcase. There wasn’t much to offer that caught my eye, so I stuck with what I could remember from the research and got a hard root beer from Fife and Drum. It would have been much better if it would have been iced, but because it got warm pretty quick, I wasn’t such a big fan.
Surprisingly, I think my favorite drink was from Japan! I originally thought I would have to find an appealing sake while stopping in this country, but the drink I got was so good that we each got one. And TBH I can’t really remember what this delicious drink was made of, but just get one!
After Japan, our next stop was Morocco. Here we stood in like to meet Jasmine while still sipping on our yummy Japanese drinks. Afterwards, we found a little counter in Tangierine Cafe and ordered a strawberry daiquiri. I didn’t think I could go wrong with that, but it definitely wasn’t the kind of daiquiri I am used to. It wasn’t sweet by any means and it was unanimously decided to be the worst drink we tried all day. It also came in this white cup that didn’t allow for very good pictures.
After that drink, we had to recover and what better place to do so than France? I was really wanting to try the Ice Cream Martini from L’Artisan des Glaces, but I just knew I couldn’t fit that into my bloated stomach at this point. Instead, we all sipped on a Grand Marnier, Rum, Grey Goose Orange, and Orange Juice Slush that can only be described as an alcoholic orange creamsicle slush. This drink was popular among our group (and it seemed it was popular among other guests too). It also came in this super cute, photogenic martini glass.
Now, I have to be honest. At this point we were all extremely bloated, tired of the hot sun, and were not wanting the only thing that the UK had to offer – a.k.a. beer. So, instead, we skipped the alcohol and opted for a very refreshing (and free) iced water. After exploring around the UK (basically me looking for pins to add to my collection) we were wanting to catch another ride before our dinner reservation, so we also skipped Canada.
We ended our day in Mexico at La Hacienda de San Angel looking out over the water that is the center of the World Showcase. The salsa was hot, the food was delicious, and the margarita was incredible!
So, I really didn’t get to complete my goal of “drinking around the world” but I had the best time trying to do so! After my experience, I do have some tips: SHARE DRINKS and eat smaller snacks throughout (and not as much pizza as you can) and maybe you will be able to compete the trip around the world!