When I first visited Disney World 15 years ago, Epcot was my favorite of the four Disney World Parks. Staying at the Boardwalk Villas, we were able to take a 5 minute walk to Epcot and enter the back entrance that let us in through the World Showcase part of the park. It was nice not having to deal with crowds, bag line, and entrance line!
Our 3 scheduled fastpasses for Epcot were Mission Space, Nemo & Friends, and Test Track. The only fastpass we used was Test Track since we were able to knock out Mission Space and Nemo & Friends early in the morning. Lines at Epcot were nothing compared to the lines at Magic Kingdom! We ventured and finished Future World around noon and spent the remainder of our day at Epcot at The World Showcase.
Our first stop at The World Showcase was Mexico! We stopped for a quick bite at La Cantina de San Angel; the nachos was a good snack considering we hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast. We stepped inside the Mexico Pavilion and took a visit to La Cava de Tequila where we did a tequila tasting.
In Norway we stopped for School Bread (Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Crème Custard and topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconuts) and Viking Coffee (Baileys Irish Cream and Kamora Coffee Liqueur) at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe. The bread wasn’t too sweet and was interesting to taste. The Viking Coffee really woke me up and it wasn’t the coffee, it was more so the liquor!
Next up, China! The only drink or food we tried from here was from the “Joy of Tea” quick service counter. We had the egg rolls & a drink called Tipsy Ducks In Love, which had bourbon whisky, coffee, black tea, cream, and chocolate syrup.
Next to China was Germany in which we actually sat down for a quick bite of bratwurst at Sommerfest. We then moved on to Italy for wine tasting and dessert at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar! We also noticed that Epcot was beginning to set up their Flower and Garden Festival and ran into our first topiary!
There wasn’t much to see at the United States portion of the World Showcase, but we did walk away with an amazing Hard Root Beer Float (with Not Your Father’s Hard Root Beer)! I’m not usually a fan of root beer floats, but I really loved this version and could see myself finishing one all to myself had we not gone through every country eating and drinking.
Next to the United States was Japan; one of my favorites from the World Showcase. There’s definitely a sense of tranquility around this part of the park. We shared a frozen nigori that was really tasty.
From there we headed over to Morocco – a country that I’d love to visit one day. There were beautiful tile work displayed throughout this part of the park, making the itch to visit all the more real. Unfortunately, didn’t get to try any drinks or food from this country on the World Showcase.
We then moved onto France and by the time we arrived here, the sun was beginning to set.. allowing the lights of France to slowly light up. We were in search of champagne flights and to no luck we ended up with some blackberry champagne concoction. It was good 🙂 I also made it a point to have dessert in France, but with all the snacking and drinking, my stomach couldn’t handle anymore food!
Next to France is United Kingdom and we stepped into the Rose & Crown Pub for a scotch tasting. I can’t appreciate scotch but I did take a teensy sip just to try. The Rose & Crown was so lively and full of people, for a quick second I nearly forgot that we were at Disney World and not in the UK!
We concluded our trip around the World Showcase at the Canada Pavilion where we picked up Maple Popcorn. We had dinner reservations at Le Cellier Steakhouse in which the restaurant was themed as a basement wine cellar. The food was incredibly good and a perfect way to find down a day full of food and drinks. They even treated us to celebratory champs 🙂