My Top Drink Picks In World Showcase
By Jenn Dennis
If anyone ever tells you that Walt Disney World is just for kids, first try and hide your shock and disbelief. (I know, I can’t believe those people exist either). Then please direct them to The World Showcase in Epcot.
Before I visited WDW for the first time I assumed that Magic Kingdom would be my favourite park...I had NO idea just how much I would LOVE hanging out in Epcot!
The World Showcase is made up of eleven pavilions each showcasing a country from around the globe. You can visit Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Each pavilion offers a unique look at the country’s culture, architecture and history. There are attractions to teach you more about the country (check out circle vision in Canada! #shamelessplug) and of course there are tons of amazing food and drink options!
This is where the “not just for kids” thing comes into play. One of our favourite things to do in Epcot’s World Showcase is drink around the world. My husband loves to hang out in Germany for their beer selection (Erdinger is his favourite!) but for those of you who are like me and want more than just beer, I’ve got you.
After extensive research, product testing and comparisons all in the name of science, I’ve come up with my top five favourite drinks in the World Showcase!
These drinks have been selected based on both taste and price value. I mean, you can get yourself a $40.00 shot of whisky in the UK pavilion but who wants to do that when you can get FOUR of something else that will do the same job?
So, as a general rule I find that I’ll be paying around $10.00 - $12.00 for a drink in Disney which I would compare to buying a drink at a sports arena or concert venue.
The Viking Coffee from the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway
I had to start with this coffee, this drink is hands down my favourite! But because it is a creamy, coffee drink, I can’t drink a ton of them all day long. This drink is made with coffee, your choice of vanilla or mocha flavouring, Baileys Irish Cream and Kamora Coffee Liqueur.
It. Is. Amazing.
BUT I do have to note that the first year we went in 2016, they made the drink with Kahlua instead of Baileys. I personally prefer Kahlua instead of Baileys however it’s still so delicious that I can overlook the change. I always order mined iced, but you can order it hot if you prefer!
(I make this drink at home for special occasions like Christmas or birthday mornings and I use Kahlua in mine. Extra Disney magic if you use Joffrey’s coffee!)
The Mimosa from Les Halles Boulangerie-Pattisserie in France
Who doesn’t love a classic mimosa? The thing I love most about this mimosa is that it’s the right proportions of alcohol to juice. I’ve been to many a brunch where my mimosa is served half juice and half champagne or sparkling wine, but the French know what’s up.
Your glass is filled in front of you nearly to the top with sparkling wine and then a splash of OJ is added in at the end. One of my favourite things to do on the first night we arrive to Walt Disney World is head to France in the World Showcase and get a late-night mimosa. What’s better than midnight mimosas!? Answer: not much.
The Orange Slush from Les Vins des Chefs de France in France
Fair warning! This drink is the perfect way to get accidentally intoxicated. You know those drinks that don’t even taste like they have alcohol in them? Yeah, this is one of those - be careful! But oh, wow is it ever delicious!
It’s a blended drink made with Grand Marnier, Rum, Grey Goose Orange and Orange Juice. Consider it an adult version of a creamsicle, it’s sweet, refreshing and while you may not see it coming right away, it will pack a punch!
The Cider & Black from The Rose and Crown in the United Kingdom
I have never been a big beer or cider person. I typically enjoy whisky or fruity cocktail drinks but the first time we visited the Rose and Crown I thought “When in the UK right?” and I chose a Cider & Black.
This drink is a perfect option for the non-beer drinker when you’re spending time in the UK pavilion! It’s a cider with a shot of black currant juice. I hadn’t ever had anything with black currant in it before trying this drink and I have to say, I half expected it to taste like prune juice, but it doesn’t! It’s sweet but not too sweet and overall the drink is a nice mellow taste with just a touch of fruitiness!
Price: $9.75 ($14.75 in a souvenir cup)
Blood Orange Margarita from La Cava Del Tequila in Mexico
Okay, I am not a tequila drinker and I don’t often gravitate to margaritas, BUT our very own Tyler Braun told me I absolutely HAD to try one from the Mexico pavilion and it was SO good! Nothing at all like the blended, cheap drinks you may be used to from your local Mexican restaurant. This is a shaken, delicious, traditional margarita and the flavours are phenomenal!
The blood orange margarita comes topped with a wild berry foam and rimmed with Tajín chili spice (which is one of my all-time favourite seasonings!)
But. Here’s what I will warn you about. If you are like me and not typically a tequila drinker this drink could hit you HARD! I only drank about half before I felt its effects so next time I will probably split one with my husband! But it definitely was worth trying and I’m excited to try more flavours.
There you have it, my top five drink picks from the World Showcase in Epcot!
However...since I am a born and raised Canadian girl full of country pride I feel like I have to shout out a drink from the Canada pavilion. But here’s the thing...I don’t feel like the options in the Canada pavilion are highlighting the best we as a nation have to offer! BUT there is one drink that I think would appeal to a lot of people, so I’ll give it an honourable mention!
Note: I haven’t ever eaten at Le Cellier so I can’t speak to those cocktails but there are some on the menu that are on my wish list to try next trip! Maybe the best of Canada is hiding in there!
The Ottawa Apple from the Popcorn Cart in Canada
I’ve had this drink a few times and while it’s MUCH sweeter than I would typically drink, I do get it because the liquor in it is one of my favourites and #canadianpride ya know? This drink is made of Crown Royal Maple Whisky, apple infusion and cranberry juice. While I think the cranberry juice was intended to cut the sweetness of the apple and maple, it doesn’t quite hit the mark for me.
Crown Royal Whisky is my all-time favourite whisky and while the maple blend isn’t my go-to, it is fun and nice for a drink like this. If you are a straight whiskey drinker (or typically mix it with water or ginger like me) this might not be for you but for those looking for a bit of a twist on the fruity cocktail this is a great option!
Okay there you have it! Jenn’s sure-fire way to get you tipsy in Epcot! Just kidding, please make sure you are eating snacks and staying HYDRATED in between trying all these delightful drinks! Speaking of snacks...stay tuned because I’ve got another post in the works for you highlighting all my favourite treats to munch on around Epcot!
In the meantime, I’d love to hear some of the drinks you love in Epcot! What drink do you never miss when you visit? I’d love to hear your favourites!
Hello! My name is Jenn Denis and I’m a Disney fanatic. My mom raised us with a borderline obsessive love for Disney and now myself and all my siblings are doing our part to keep that love alive! I first went to Disneyland in grade ten and left a bit of my heart there the minute I stepped through those gates. Since then we’ve returned to Disneyland year after year (my husband Tyson and I even went there on our honeymoon!) and it truly is my home park. We visited Walt Disney World in Florida for the first time in 2016 and were lucky enough to go twice this year in 2018. I love both parks and am constantly dreaming about and planning for our next trip whether its to California or Florida – if there’s churros, a castle and a little pixie dust, I’m home!