This past February, my husband, me and my two best friends decided to tackle the infamous Drinking Around the World Challenge at EPCOT in Walt Disney World.
Our awesome matching shirts.
I made us a checklist so we could each mark what we got to drink in each country. I found a couple online, but none seemed to fit “us”, so I made our own.
The checklist I made for our trip!
Now, the day before EPCOT, Nat ate some not-so-good tuna at the Harbor House in Magic Kingdom. He got so sick we had to take him to the emergency room! So, needless to say, he did not participate in the drinking the next day. But, he was a good sport and took pictures for us everywhere. Thanks Nat!!
First I’ll say what we got to drink in each place, and how we liked it. Then, I’ll give some tips on how things we did that worked, and things we should have done differently. There are 11 countries…that’s a lot to drink in a short period of time! It’s best to tackle it smartly, so you can enjoy the rest of your trip.
Annnnnd here we go!
Mexican Pavilion: La Cava del Tequila
We followed the advice of fellow bloggers and avoided the over-sugary drinks outside of the pavilion and ventured inside to La Cava del Tequila. Alex and I got a Wild Passion Fruit margarita with a chili powder rim. Apparently this is a common alternative to a salt or sugar rim, but I had never heard of it. It’s actually pretty tasty and really gives the drink a good kick. Cortney had a classic margarita and loved it!
Here at the Norway pavilion were mostly beer options, to Cortney’s demise. Alex and I shared a Carlsberg beer, which was actually pretty good. One of my favorites. Cortney’s drink, however, was hilarious. As you can see in the picture, she purchased a Frozen-themed child’s beverage. Its kind of like an ICEE, Cortney just decided to have a Linie Aquavit Glacier shot thrown in. You know, typical. It tasted pretty good when I tried it, but I’ve been warned against just having that shot alone. Nothing dangerous, it just tastes like potatoes? I wouldn’t know, because ours was immersed in Frozen-themed fun.
Here you can see that our friend Nat decided to chime in on the fun. But no, his drink did not have alcohol in it, so don’t worry! Here we stopped at the Joy of Tea. Alex and I tried the Tsing Tao Beer (apparently there is a fake draft beer and a purse draft beer, we had the fake, but it tasted the same). If I remember correctly, Cortney tasted the plum wine, which was AMAZING. I want to go back and drink a whole bottle of that.
Well, can you guess what I got in Germany? You get three guesses and the first two don’t count. Oh, you can’t respond as I’m typing this, huh? Well, I’ll just tell you. Beer and pretzels! I got the original Oktoberfest with a giant soft pretzel and Cortney got a sort of wine I believe. She ended up drinking a lot of wine. This was one of my favorite pavilions; we even bought our friend Nat a stein!
Here, Alex and I tried the Peroni beer. To me, it tasted similar to my all-time favorite, Yuengling. Thus, I was in love. It was kind of hard to find places here, but once we did, it was worth it! Cortney had some very delicious Italian wine.
“The American Adventure”
Here we were not tempted with much out of the usual, so I got something seasonal. I got a Sam Adams Cold Snap and Cortney got the Sutter Home Wine. While it was nothing too unique, I enjoyed that they had the seasonal Sam Adams. This was also our halfway marker, so it was good to have something close-to-home to mellow us out.
Here is where things may or may not have went down hill. We all tried the hot sake. It smelled just like moonshine that was cooking. If you don’t know what is, it smells disgusting. Cortney and I did not like ours, but Alex did so he drank both. He started getting sick soon-after. We realized later that sake has a high alcohol content, so…future tip, don’t drink too much sake.
At the Moroccan Pavilion, Alex and I tried the Habib. Its a fancy word for a strawberry daiquiri, but very tasty. Cortney had a sangria and was very excited to find out that one of the pavilions actually had it.
At the France pavilion, Alex and I had the best beer I have ever tried. It was called 1664 and I want some more! Cortney tried some French wine. She liked this one too, but she came to find out that if you don’t like beer, you’ll have to adjust a little.
I got something that wasn’t beer! Cortney took one of our friend’s recommendations and tried the Welsh Dragon. It was amazing! Alex and I got the Leaping Leprechaun, which was equally tasty. Neither of the drinks were too strong, but tasted like they were worth your money.
This is about where I was done drinking, but I had a few sips of Alex’s beer. At this point, we don’t even remember what we drank. And as you can tell in this picture, Alex and Cortney were feeling pretty good.
Thank you so much, Nat for taking all the pictures and being a good sport! We love you!
Some Helpful Tips for Tackling the World!
Now that you’ve seen our adventure, go take one of your own! But first, here are a few tips that I learned from my first time.
- Don’t drink too much sake. Or, rather, know what you can handle. You are on vacation after all, you don’t want to face the rest of your relaxation with a hangover.
- Share drinks! Alex and I did this and I have never been so thankful. We didn’t get sick and we were able to make it through the entire World. Now, Cortney didn’t share, but her alcohol tolerance is much higher than ours.
- EAT. We were thinking about this today. The only thing we ate was the pretzel in Germany. AND WE SHARED IT. You need to eat. And we should have. The experience was fun, but it would have been much more if we had eaten something. We probably wouldn’t have been dragging our feet from the Canada pavilion to the exit. We didn’t even stop for fireworks
- Start early. I don’t remember what time we started, but I think its a good idea to start earlier. The world showcase doesn’t open until 11am, but if you stay until 9ish, you have plenty of time to do the tour without drinking too much in one sitting and getting sick. (Or too publicly intoxicated to function in a family-friendly park.)
- Drink water! This ties in with eating. I also don’t think we drank water. Actually, I’m certain we didn’t. You need to drink water when you are going to consume this much alcohol.
Overall, the trip was a blast and we had a great time! It’s always fun to do this with a group of friends in one of the lighter seasons. February was a great time! I highly recommend this tour and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!