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10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

Let me admit first, there is a bit of hypocrisy in today’s post. You see, I’ll be offering you tips on how to successfully drink around the world at Epcot, but I wasn’t actually able to complete it myself. Nonetheless, I did learn a few lessons that will hopefully ensure you’re successful in crossing off this bucket-list item.

But before I go any further, please be responsible whenever you drink.

1. Have a Designated Driver – Or Get a Room

There are 11 countries in Epcot – which means if you are to be successful, you’ll be drinking a lot over the course of the day. Don’t drive home after imbibing that much. Have a designated driver or get a room at one of the nearby hotels (like the Boardwalk or Yacht & Beach Club Resort). Plan ahead of time to ensure everyone has a fun, responsible time.

2. Begin with a Big Breakfast

You’ll be drinking a lot. So if you want to last all day long, you better bulk up prior. French toast, pancakes, waffles, bacon, eggs, the works. Fill your tummy up, it’s gonna be a big day champ!

3. Start Early & Plan Your Route

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

World Showcase is generally open from 11 A.M. until 9 P.M. Which means you have precisely 10 hours to drink 11 drinks (one per country). Notice you’ll be averaging slightly more than one drink per hour – which is reasonable. But to do this, you need to start right at 11 A.M.

It doesn’t really matter where you start, just go in it with a plan: what country order you’ll visit and what drink you’ll have when you’re there. Be sure to factor in lunch and dinner too.

4. One Drink Per Country РPeriod!

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

It’s easy to get distracted with your end goal when alcohol is involved, which is why you need to plan out your day. Our group’s intention was to start in Mexico with Tequila shots. Little did we know, but the Tequila bar didn’t open until 12 P.M. So instead, we purchased Margheritas. But once the Tequila bar opened, we finished our current drink and went to the Tequila bar.

Mistake #1

It was wasted time. We had just started and we were already off our drink count by a factor of 1. Drinking 11 drinks in a day is tough enough. Now we had to do 12!

5. Enjoy With Friends – But Not Too Many

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

The more the merrier, right? Well in this case, yes and no. This is certainly an event you’ll want to enjoy with others, but too many friends can be, well… too many.

At some point, once the alcohol has kicked in, people start marching to the beat of their own drum. Groups get separated, drama ensues and time is lost.

So how many is too many? That will depend on your circle of friends. In today’s case study, we had about 15. That was about 7 or 8 too many.

Mistake #2

6. Mixing Alcohol is Bad… But Unavoidable

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

It’s never a good idea to mix your drinks. Beer¬†before liquor, never been sicker, right?

But part of the pleasure of drinking around the world is sampling the many fine adult beverages that have been imported to the United States. Sure you could just sneak your way through by drinking Bud Light all day long from the outdoor vending carts, but that’s no fun now, is it?

Here’s a suggested

  • Mexico – Margheritas (or Tequila Shots): available at the infamous Margherita Stand or in La Cava Del Tequila in the pyramid.
  • Norway – Beer: There’s an outdoor vending cart with Carlsberg Beer.
  • China – Plum Wine: Visit the Joy of Tea stand.
  • Germany – Beer: The Sommerfest outdoor stand serves a few brews. Choose one that suits your fancy.
  • Italy – Italian Margherita (or Limoncello Shots): Forger the wine, Limoncello is the name of the game and you can find it in the Margherita in the outside gelato stand, or inside as a shot in the mini bar.
  • American Adventure – Beer: Grab a Sam Adams at the outdoor stand you Patriot, you!
  • Japan – Sake: Available at the outdoor stand underneath the Pagoda.
  • Morocco – Beer: Inside the Tangierine Cafe, you’ll find a small selection of beers. Have a Casa.
  • France – Wine, Champagne or Grey Goose Vodka Slush: Les Vins des Chefs de France carries them all. For a special treat, order a Kir Royale (Champagne & Creme de Cassis which is just yummy).
  • UK – Beer: The Rose & Crown Pub is always a good time. Live entertainment at night, and a well-stocked bar. Have an Irish Car Bomb!
  • Canada – Beer: Moosehead it is at the outdoor vending cart in your final start.
With such a wide variety of options to choose from, it’s exciting just thinking about it. And with such a wide variety, it’s even more important that you pace yourself all day long.

7. Make Time for Food

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll want an even heartier lunch. If you time it right, the Biergarten offers an all-you-can-eat buffet that will keep you fueled up for the rest of the day. Or… have some pizza, a drinker’s best friend, in Italy.

Pita in Morocco? Not filling drinking food.

Mistake #3

8. Prepare to Spend $$$

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

Happy Hour specials are the deals that Fantasyland was made of. Be prepared to pony up $8-$10 per drink! Do the math and you’re spending at least a Benjamin on this day. But after a few drinks into the day, you’ll hardly care each time that credit card was swiped.

9. Behave Yourself and Enjoy the Booze

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

While there’s booze aplenty surrounding you, you are in a family park so be on your best behavior. Unlike the college parties, it’s not cool to do stupid stunts or puke all over the promenade. It’s a Fast Pass to being escorted out of the park! Your quest today is about having fun, so be on your best behavior.

10. Stop

 10 Tips for Drinking Around the World at Epcot: An Almost Complete Guide

Sure there’s a sense of pride that comes with bragging to your friends that you were able to drink all the way around Epcot. But drinking is hazardous to your health. So if you’re feeling a bit ill, tipsy, tired or just don’t want to drink anymore. Stop. You can always try again another day.

Eight drinks in and I was done. All had left was two beers and a plum wine. But I just couldn’t do it anymore for all the mistakes I listed above.

Attempt #2 will have to wait until next year.

Have you ever attempted to drink around the world at Epcot? What tips can you share? Leave a comment!

I’ll see you out there…!

Comments

Dan

Having done this at least 30 times these points are fantastic, the key is setting up a place to sleep or having a driver. Some other things to think about, try to start going Canada first to England, a much better bar that should be experienced more sober. Be prepared for different volumes and taste the overall consumption is about 19 beers if keeping to just beer due to the size of servings.

The pinnacle, the Beer and Wine Festival, it adds another 12 to 16 beers to the list and has been completed only twice out of 9 attempts. The excuse of motion sickness doesn’t always work

adventureswithben

Having a driver or nearby hotel room is so important. Be safe, for yourself AND others. Plus the Disney resorts are great! Can anyone tackle food and wine drinks AND the traditional around the world? That’s a lot of booze!

Pete

We have been going to Disney for many years and as my son has now passed 21 and can drink Alcohol in America, for the first time, we are going to do this for the first time this October 2013. Having been at University in (Bath, UK) for 4 years he has had plenty of training.

We have been discussing this for years each time we visit, so this is the year…..really looking forward to it. Thanks for the advice a full English Breakfast and a curry at the end, will feel quite like home.

adventureswithben

Good luck, have fun and be safe! Drinking ages in the US are so bizarre. Everywhere else it’s 18. And I’m sure university gave him great training.

Nikki_iSpArKAle

My really good friend and I attempted this when we turned 21 this past November of 2012. We are huge Disney addicts and thought it would be a very memorable way to enjoy our 21st. Although we did not accomplish the goal, a tip I would like to share for the lightweight young ladies like myself is: Share drinks. The employees were more than happy to give us an extra cup so we could split them. It helped save money, early stomach aches, and made it easier for us to cover more ground, especially since it doesn’t take much alcohol to make us drunk.

adventureswithben

Splitting drinks is a great idea for “lightweights” and those who want to stretch budget dollars. Thanks for suggesting it. It took me some time to think about this though. Does it really count if you don’t finish a full beverage? Ultimately, I think if you’re dividing it equally amongst friends, it’s fine. But taking one small sip at each country is not. I think there has to show some concerted effort to consume more than a tiny bit.

John

Drinking around Epcot is easy. The secret water, or hydration would be a better way to say that. Plum Wine at the tea stand yes, and then tea, with a bottle of water to follow at the Outpost between China and Germany. Slushy drinks like the one’s served at France combine ice (water) with your alcohol intake. Grab more water at the various carts or drinking fountains (cheapskate) along the way.

adventureswithben

Great suggestions. And may I add the frozen Limoncello Margherita in Italy is not to be missed!

Kelly

Doing this for my 21st birthday! A true disney dream come true!

sean

i have successfully completed this adventure all 3 times i have undertaken it. these are some very good tips. breakfast is key, as is spacing out your day and starting as early as possible. having a nice big meal mid-way through your day also helps (i usually go for a bratwurst or 2 in germany). it also isnt really that expensive of a day. i usually am on the disney dining plan so one of my meals ends up not costing money, but i spent less than $150 for a drink in each country (and one in the outpost) and dinner at rose & crown in england. totally worth it!

The Birdman

I am getting ready to conquer EPCOT for I believe the 8th consecutive year. Going during Food and Wine Festival for the second year in a row. I’m beyond excited! Can barely focus at work today.

The food and wine festival offers a unique challenge in addition to having more countries…the concert! Tomorrow night Starship is playing in America at 8pm so we have to modify our route by starting in Japan so that we finish with USA.

One thing nobody every mentions in EPCOT blogs is the viking coffee in Norway. Its delicious and a good pick me up after tequila in Mexico, especially if you are drinking around the world in the winter.

adventureswithben

Your Viking Coffee tip is an excellent suggestion! Thanks for sharing. We built this city on Rock and Roll!!!

adventureswithben

Good luck, have fun, be safe and let us know if you’d add any tips!

Mike

Easy to do if you just drink beers, each country has one. Also add the outpost safari amber ale and a budlight at the refershment stand near the walk way to the front of the park, total of 13.

adventureswithben

Mike – you’ve just made this completely more difficult! But thanks for the tip.

Colleen Burns

Ahhhhh, the Grand Marnier slushi in France is my FAV!
Dig your rules, but I break the one drink per country rule with this drink =)

adventureswithben

Wait till you try the Limoncello Margherita in Italy. It’s even better!

Michael

Your list is perfect. We do this annually to celebrate my birthday and Halloween. My biggest AMEN is to your tip about not mixing alcohols. My mantra is “Liquor before beer, never fear. Beer before liquor, never sicker.” That seems to keep me out of the bushes when I hit the Rose & Crown. :-)

adventureswithben

Annually! Wow, I couldn’t even imagine. Those are good tips though in planning your route.

RoriTravel

Ben,
I cannot believe you tried this, you big goofball! You do have a great list to try (and maybe accomplish it with!
That said, we have often enjoyed something slightly similar for Food & Wine – though be prepared to pay a premium then as well. And no, we’ve never actually done the world nor plan to.
We’ve seen people trying to do this and with mixed results, but more often than not, someone in the group is really off the charts or close to sick, so anyone trying, as you warn, someone should know their limits and really stick to them.
There is NOTHING worse than A) getting sick at the far end of a VERY large park and B) having to get out of that very large park while sick.
A short story: Friends of ours (in their 20′s) tried it and got just over half way when one became so ill others in the group had to hike to the front and rent a wheelchair to get their friend out and to the transportation. So while it may be fun to try… remember: its a BIG park! (and B) they will kick you out if you become too much.)
I kind of wish I’d been there for your try!!! Glad you’re still with us!
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adventureswithben

Food & Wine – oh my gosh. You could go bankrupt drinking all those wines! I’ve never met anyone who has bee successful, but have seen many a drunk gang attempt. Someday, I’ll get there! And you are totally right, be on your best behavior!

adventureswithben

For sure. Drinking isn’t everyone’s thing, but for those that do I’m hoping it will give them some encouragement!

D.J. - The World of Deej

I have done this more times than I can count (is that something I should admit) and your list is dead on. The key is adding time for food, and not getting distracted in Mexico. I don’t do Tequila, so that part is easy for me, but not so for my comrades. You know there’s a company that sells drinking around the world T-shirts? I thought about getting one for Food & Wine…
D.J. – The World of Deej recently posted something special..Vegas Single vs Married- A Tale of Two Trips

adventureswithben

Food & Wine offers even more distractions! What’s your favorite drink?