Epcot for Adults

Have you ever heard that Disney is for kids or that people are going to Disney for their kids?   We at Dole Whipped could not agree less with this.   Disney vacations are for everyone!  For this article I am going to tell you why Epcot is for adults, what you can enjoy while visiting this amazing park.

Let’s start with the best of the best: Drinking Around the World!  Those over the age of 21 can enjoy beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks from eleven countries.  Check out our information on this subject: Blog and the Podcast.

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If you drinks aren’t your thing maybe Snacking Around the World is an option!  This is a fantastic option with a group of friends so you all get a little taste of everything!  Check out our articles here for ideas.

Another great option for adults are the movies that play in the pavilions of the World Showcase.  France, Canada, and China all have Circle Vision 360 films featuring landmarks and places of interest in these countries.  The films are fairly short and very well done and perfect for adults to enjoy.

Future World also has many great attractions and I won’t list them all, but those that adults may find most fun are Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, Living with the Land, Test Track, and Mission Space.

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Dining in Epcot is a dream! There are so many choices for the adventurous eaters, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Mexican, Norwegian, seafood, and steakhouse.  There are of course some character dining options but if you are looking to avoid this there are plenty of choices in Epcot.  Just be sure to make your advanced dining reservations.

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Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party is a great activity for adults!  You get drinks and desserts and a lovely view of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.  You can read all about it!

Seasonally there is the Flower and Garden Festival.  There are the concerts, gardening seminars, playgrounds for kids, amazing gardens and topiaries, butterfly house, and food booths called Outdoor Kitchens.

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Like Flower & Garden there is the Food & Wine Festival.  Included with this are the Eat to the Beat Concerts, cooking and mixology classes and seminars, as well as food and drink booths from around the world.

Epcot really is a park for everyone!  Check out my articles on Epcot for Kids, Epcot for Preschoolers.

Drinking Around the World: Part IV (Special Events)

We completed our Drinking Around the World adventure with stops in each of the 11 permanent countries around the world showcase. Now, lets talk about a few different special events that can change the way we drink around the world.

Food & Wine Festival

Every year Disney hosts the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in the fall. An additional 35+ booths are set up around the world showcase for some different countries to display the food and drink of their homeland. With that many booths, a Drinking Around the World: F&W edition isn’t really possibly (or smart!) unless you have an extended stay or are lucky enough to live close to Walt Disney World.  There are far too many amazing drinks to name at the festival, but one “booth” of note is the Craft Beer Marketplace. Located inside the Odyssey Center there is plenty of space for relaxing in the air conditioning while trying craft beers from around the country. The most popular items at the Craft Beer Marketplace are the flights, each with 4 separate tasting sizes of beer allowing you to try more without buying full cups! Pretty smart. One thing that may make drinking around the world easier during Food & Wine is the new for 2015 Food and Wine Tasting Sampler. If you purchase this package you’ll receive 8 credits for a snack or beverage of your choice during food and wine. This package also comes with priority seating for an Eat to the Beat concert during the day you purchase. For $59 per person plus tax that’s not a bad deal!

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Flower & Garden

The Epcot International Flower & Garden festival is gaining on the Food & Wine Festival in terms of popularity! Hosted in the spring, there are 12+ booths featuring fresh food straight from the garden during this festival. From wine to sparking ciders, beer and more, there is plenty to drink at this festival as well. One drink that we here at Dole Whipped agrees will stand above the rest is The Dole Whip with rum (of course)! Available at the Pineapple Promenade booth there is an option to add macadamia nut flavored or coconut flavored rum floaters to your pineapple soft serve. Yum! One thing available at this festival (and also the Food & Wine) that makes drinking around the world a little easier on your budget is the wearable wristband gift card. If you load the card with the amount you’re able to spend on drinks you’ll keep yourself in check, and since you can wear it on your wrist you won’t have to dig around in your pockets for cash or credit cards either! It’s a win win.

Which event would you rather Drink Around the World at, Food & Wine or Flower & Garden?

Drinking Around the World: Part III

In the final installment of our Drinking Around the World series we’ll be stopping by France, the UK and Canada! Make sure you check out Parts I and II for the best drinking around the world options in the rest of the world showcase.

First stop, France. Les Vins de France is the name of the kiosk where you’re going to head for the best alcoholic beverages in France. Unsurprisingly there are many choices available for wine by the glass at this location including reds, whites and at least one blush wine. However, most people actually skip the wine in France and instead opt for one of two of arguably the most popular drinks in all of Epcot: the Grey Goose Citron Lemonade Slush or the Grand Marnier & Grey Goose Orange Slush. Both are the perfect ice cold refreshing drink after a long walk around the world showcase at Epcot!

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Our second to last stop on the Drinking Around the World tour is the UK pavillion. If you’re just looking for a quick stop you’re going to head to the Rose & Crown pub’s outdoor kiosk. There you will find three different types of beer: Bass, Stella Artois, and of course Guiness. There are also three types of hard cider at this location which would be my personal preference. If you want to spend more time you can reserve a seat inside the Rose & Crown for the option to order off their extensive list of beers or one of their mixed liquor drinks including the Welsh dragon which is made of orange and pineapple juices, Peach Schnapps, Melon Liqueur and Crème de Menthe. Yum! One other fun thing that the Rose & Crown pub does is mix beers. You can order pitchers of different beers mixed together including the Bumblebee which is a mix of Boddingtons and Guinness.

And finally, Canada. Now, unfortunately Canada doesn’t have very many choices but hey, by this point you may not care too much right? For the beer enthusiasts you can choose between Moosehead, Labatt or Molson beers. Recently there have been reports of a very highly rater beer called Le Fin du Monde also available in Canada. For the liquor lovers there is the option of a Torontopolitan which is made from vodka, chambord and cranberry and orange juices!

Photo credit: Yelp user Matthew G.

Photo credit: Yelp user Matthew G.

Your journey around the world is now complete! 11 countries down How do you feel? 😉

Podcast Episode 61: Drinking Around The World

Have you ever played Drinking Around The World at Epcot?  Join us this week as we talk about strategies and popular drink choices around the World Showcase!  We give you hints and tricks to make sure you enjoy playing the game!

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Drinking Around the World: Part II

If you missed Part I of our Drinking Around the World series where we visited Mexico, Norway, China and Germany be sure to check it out here!

The continuation of our Drinking Around the World fun starts in Italy. Unsurprisingly the star of alcoholic beverages in Italy is wine. For a quick stop, you can head to the gelato cart for several wine choices, or the delicious Peach Bellini! For something a little less authentic they have the Italian Margarita, cool and refreshing made with limoncello. If you have a little more time to spend in Italy the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is absolutely worth a visit. You can grab a bite to eat and try some of their extensive collection of wines and beers, including their “flight” options where you’re able to sample many different options. They have paninis as well as several dishes meant for sharing to soak up some of the alcohol. Very romantic! Check out the menu here.

Red wine at Tutto Gusto, photo credit Yelp user Cassie P

Red wine at Tutto Gusto, photo credit Yelp user Cassie P

On to America! Sadly, America is seriously lacking in alcoholic beverage choices, especially when compared to the countries we’ve already visited. For beer you can choose between Yuengling, Bud Light or seasonal Sam Adams. America does have one unique liquor based drink and that is the frozen Red Stag Lemonade, made with Jim Beam bourbon. You can find these options at the Fife & Drum kiosk in the American Adventure pavillion. If you’re looking for snacks while you’re there you can always grab a Walt Disney World iconic favorite: the turkey leg!

Next up is Japan. In Japan, the most typical drink is the sake. In fact, near the Mitsukoshi Merchandise store there is an entire outdoor sake bar. You can choose from many different varieties of hot or cold sake. If straight alcohol isn’t your think they also have sake cocktails! Available in orange, lime, pineapple, grenadine, banana and green tea, these are a more refreshing, sweet treat. Plum wine and (frozen!) Kirin beer are also available at this location.

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Kirin beer with frozen topping, photo credit: Beers and Ears

Our final stop today is Morocco! There aren’t too many authentic from-Morocco alcoholic beverages readily available here, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t delicious things to drink. Casa is the beer of choice in Morocco but you can also enjoy one of several different liquor based drinks including the Habibi Daquiri featuring rum, strawberry and orange blossom water or the Sultan’s Colada with rum, pineapple/coconut juice and almond liqueur. If you’re looking for something a little bit fancier and more authentic check out Morocco’s newest eatery, Spice Road Table for plenty of Mediterranean beers and specialty drinks (menu here).

Be sure to check back next week for the conclusion of our Drinking Around The World Series!

Drinking Around the World: Part I

Who said Disney World as an adult isn’t as fun? While us Disney fanatics know that Disney World can be magical at absolutely any age, we also know that sometimes adults just need to have a little bit of grown up fun. The drinking around the world showcase challenge is one way to do that! The goal is simple: have one drink at each of the showcase’s 11 countries. In Part I of this 3 part series we’ll discuss the best drinks in the first four countries of the world showcase. Please remember to drink responsibly, no one said the challenge needed to be completed in two hours, or even two days 🙂 Consider starting at 11am and finishing when the park closes, or completing the challenge over the course of your vacation. Share drinks with your friends and family, and know your limits!

If we’re starting our challenge in the most typical location our first drink will be in Mexico. The most popular drink in Mexico is the frozen margarita located at the aptly named Margarita Stand. This location offers 3 flavors of frozen margarita: lime, strawberry or mango, OR you can go all out and get a mix of all three flavors in one cup. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can head over to La Cava del Tequila for their uniquely flavored margaritas. With options like jalepeno, avocado, blood orange, pomegranate, passion fruit, cucumber, pineapple and many more, La Cava del Tequila is your opportunity to try something that you might not find at home. This location is also home to an extensive list of straight tequilas, so if you’re an aficionado this is place is an absolute must visit!

Avocado and Blood Orange Margaritas at La Cava del Tequila: Photo courtesy of Yelp user Annie N.

Avocado and Blood Orange Margaritas at La Cava del Tequila: Photo courtesy of Yelp user Annie N.

Unfortunately our next stop in the Norway pavilion is not nearly as exciting as Mexico. You’ll have two options for your drink in Norway at the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. For an authentic beverage from Norway you’ll have to go with a shot of Linie Aquavit Glacier. We have to warn you though, this drink is pretty much universally regarded as… gross. Sorry! If you’re not too worried about the authentic part you can grab yourself a First is the “Viking Coffee” which is just coffee flavored with Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream or a Carlsburg beer, both sold at the Kringla location. Not related to drinking but maybe if you’re interested in grabbing a little snack to soak up all that alcohol you can try the School Bread. It’s one of the world showcase’s most popular snacks.

Third on our list is China, and luckily we’re back to having lots of options for our drink of choice in this country. The two most popular choices are the Mango Gingerita with vodka and rum and the Green Tea Plum Slush, both located at the Joy of Tea kiosk. For something really special, though, you must try the Tipsy Ducks in Love also from the Joy of Tea. This drink is a combination of iced coffee and tea blended with bourbon whisky and chocolate. Topped with whipped cream. So yummy! This drink is incredibly popular, and has almost reached cult status within the adult Disney fan set. If you’re looking for something more simple you can also grab some chilled plum wine at either the Joy of Tea or the Lotus Blossom Cafe. Both of those locations also carry Tsing Tao beer.

Photo courtesy of Yelp user Art T.

Tipsy Ducks in Love : Photo courtesy of Yelp user Art T.

For this leg of our tour the final stop is Germany. Not at all surprisingly the drink of choice in Germany is going to be beer. Sadly this Dole Whippie has little to no knowledge of beer, but the two most common choices are Altenmunster Oktoberfest and Radeberger Pilsner (with the option for a souvenir mug!) located at several carts throughout this country. In Germany you will also find shots of Jagermeister or the apple Berentzen Apfel if beer isn’t your thing. If you’re hungry for another snack by now the bratwurst or hand twisted pretzel are both good choices.

Stay tuned for Part II of the series where we’ll discuss the best options in Italy, The American Adventure, Japan and Morocco.