Drinking Around Epcot’s World Showcase

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The Drinking Around the World challenge.

One of the most popular things to do at Epcot’s World Showcase is a challenge called “Drinking Around The World”.

This challenge is where guests aim to have one drink at each of Epcot’s 11 World Showcase countries in one day.

It’s not easy and it’s not cheap…but, it is fun!

Epcot Drinking Guide

The basic drinking guide.

During the International Flower and Garden Show in the spring and then again during the Food and Wine Festival in the fall, stand-alone booths are set up for extra countries, which means there are even more drinks to sample.  You can even get a free “passport” booklet with the drinks listed and have them stamp it at every country you sample.

Collecting country stamps as we ate around the world.

Collecting country stamps as we ate and drank around the world.

Best Drink:  In Mexico, hands down. We recommend a stop at the La Cava Del Tequila inside the Mexico pavilion to get your drinking trip around the World Showcase started. Try one of several unique margaritas or a flight of tequila– our favorite!

Some Challenge Advice

Pace Yourself. There’s no prize for getting this done quick. Or even done at all! Set a whole day aside to do this and remember, there’s nothing wrong with admitting to yourself that you’ve hit your limit and taking a break. Take your time — it’s certainly not a race. Spend a whole afternoon and evening to make your trip, and cap it all off with a viewing of IllumiNations at 9pm. And, plan on a designated driver, of course!

Drink lots of water and eat some food. In addition to getting a drink at every country, make a point of getting water at least at every other country and have some kind of food throughout the day. The Florida sun can be brutal, even in the non-summer months, so be aware of how much you’re getting affected by it.

Budget appropriately. Like most things at WDW, the drinks are going to be expensive ranging anywhere between $7 and $16 each. A good budget is $100 for the challenge, more during the Flower and Garden Show or the Food and Wine Festival!

Drinking 1

Morning:  The fruity drinks (with rum!)

drinking 2

Afternoon:  Some beer and wines

drinking 3

Evening:  Coffees and tequilas…

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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The Best Epcot Souvenirs

Almost there!

Almost there!

Epcot is one of the most beautiful of all the Disney parks.  It has a lot of fun shops, especially in the World Showcase.

Here’s a list of our Top Epcot Souvenirs that everyone should come home with after spending a day – or a few days – at Epcot:

In front of Spaceship Earth.

In front of Spaceship Earth at the Food & Wine Festival

1. Family photo in front of Spaceship Earth. No Epcot vacation is complete without that photo!

2. Mickey Ears from a World Showcase country. We like Germany’s!

3. Unused Barf Bag from Mission: Space

4. Disney Trading Pins – Epcot themed ones

Pin board at Norway.  Every country has its own pin board, always ask to see it!

Pin board at Norway. Every country has its own pin board, always ask to see it!

5. Photos with Disney Characters, especially Snow White (Germany), Belle (France), Jasmine (Morocco).

Meeting Mulan at China pavilion.  She is the sweetest person!

Meeting Mulan at China pavilion. She is the sweetest person!

6. Epcot Passport filled with Country Stamps

Epcot passport with stamps from the International Food & Wine Festival.

Epcot passport with stamps from the International Food & Wine Festival.

7. Candy from any of the countries. Werthers caramels!!!

We <3 Werthers caramel candies!

We ❤ Werthers caramel candies!

8. Epcot Coffee Mugs

One Mouse, One World mug.

One Mouse, One World mug.

9. Pressed Pennies featuring Epcot locationsDSCN0489

10. Monorail Set with Characters

Mouse Gear is the place to shop at Epcot!

Mouse Gear is the place to shop at Epcot! 🙂

11. Celebration Buttons (free!)

12. Mini Gift Card from the International Food and Wine Festival, all used up!

13. A Flower Petal from the International Flower and Garden Festival

So pretty!!  The 2014 Flower & Garden Show

So pretty!! The 2014 Flower & Garden Show

14. Vacation Photos! All the lands and countries in Epcot are extremely photogenic, both during the day and at night. Whatever your favorite view is, try and capture it in different light settings throughout the day.

15. Your Park ticket! 🙂

A few of the Epcot pins we collected this year.

A few of the Epcot pins we collected this year.

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We’ve written a book about our year working at Disney: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale.
Available now on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. Published by Theme Park Press.
http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409410046&sr=1-1&keywords=Two+Girls+and+a+Mouse+Tale

Visiting the Festival Center – Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

We got to Epcot, planning to do the Egg Hunt, when Elly tricked me into going to the Festival Center.  I went there during the Food and Wine Festival to try the Drinking Chocolate (yum!), but it isn’t one of my “go to” places.  I like sticking around the World Showcase because I don’t really care for the Futureworld area. But, it turned out to be awesome!

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Here is some of the merchandise for the Flower and Garden Festival

We were especially excited when we saw these awesome Dooney and Bourke purses!!!  They are exclusive to the Flower and Garden show and ONLY sold at the Festival Center! WHAT!? I had no idea!

The coolest part about these purses is that there are so many pockets in them.  In the regular D&B purses that we sell, there aren’t any pockets inside.  Which is so stupid because purses are already bottomless pits WITH pockets!

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The one on the left is $184 and the one on the right is $128

I admit it! I HAD to get one!  I’ve never seen a pattern so cool and pretty.  I asked the cast member to bring me out all the options that have the most blue and green flowers because those are prettiest.  I’m so excited!

DSCN0712Elly’s top buy would be these Flower and Garden exclusive vinylmations.  Elly has been collecting them and thought they were so cool!  The Sorcerer Mickey is included along with a mystery vinyl.  Elly was hoping for Minnie and Daisy!  
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Elly was so excited to get the ones that she wanted.

Here is a picture of the 2014 Flower and Garden women’s shirt.  I was hesitant to buy it since it is made out of thin see-through material, but I’m glad I did because it is so cute.  I love Topiary Minnie!
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