Yesterday we were back at Epcot for round two.
This time, rather than spending time in future world, we spent our entire day in the World Showcase. It took us 8 hours to travel from Canada to Mexico, taking the most indirect way possible through China, Morocco, France, and a few other countries along the way.
Knowing we were going to spend our day at the World Showcase we took advantage of the fact that it didn’t open until 11:00 am and we slept in. It was needed.
When we arrived at the park, we began our adventure on the right side of the lagoon in Canada.
Our first stop was the Kidcot Fun Stop.
This activity had changed since our last visit, and instead of decorating a Duffy Bear fan to be stamped at each nation, each kid received a “suitcase” to collect stamped postcards at each nation.
By visiting each nation, and collecting stamped postcards, the kids got to interact with cast members from each nation and walk away with a cool (FREE) souvenir at the end of the day.
I knew this would be a harder day for my kiddos with ADHD. The idea of just walking, shopping and watching educational videos about different cultures is my idea of an AMAZING day, but for my thrill seeking, high energy kiddos, I predicted it to be a bit painful. I was hoping the interactive nature of the Kidcot experience, paired with our plan to snack our way around the world, would help everyone to make it through the day with smiles…
And my plan worked!
Rusty was the mastermind behind our dining experience. He researched the most popular or culturally unique snacks to be found in each nation, balancing sweet and savory dishes through our journey around the world. This snacking experience became our lunch/dinner for the day as we purchased two or three treats at each country and split them eight ways, allowing everyone to enjoy the unique tastes of each nation without filling up halfway around the world.
Our first stop was Canada, where watched “O Canada,” a 360-circle vision film about Canada.
This was also our first food stop of the day.
In Canada we had maple sugar candy,
Poutine was a Canadian dish we were introduced to on our exciting Canadian adventure over the border to pick up an elevator. Poutine is a savory dish of french fries topped with squeaky cheese and brown gravy. It sounds crazy and looks even less appealing, but is actually pretty delicious!
Our next stop was the United Kingdom.
Our food was fish and chips, which was enjoyed by everyone…Yum!
The next nation in our trip around the world was France.
This was Miss Molly’s favorite stop. She dreams of visiting Paris, so this was a good practice run.
In France we enjoyed one of our tastiest treats of the day: strawberries and cream macaron ice cream sandwiches.
While enjoying our taste of heaven we enjoyed watching the comedic antics of Seveur Amusant street performers.
Morocco was the next stop on our tour.
Morocco is one of the most visually immersive areas of the World Showcase, offering lots of fun photo opportunities.
Here we feasted on baklava. Toby ordered four different types: walnut, cashew, pistachio, and chocolate…
Each was more amazing than the last…Yum!!
While we were enjoying our baclava, the skies opened up in typical Florida fashion, dowsing Morocco with a downpouring of rain. Brandon, my rain-loving boy, was in heaven and refused to come in out of the storm, soaking it all in with a smile as big as his heart.
Japan was our next stop.
Here, at the Japan pavilion, they offer a “pick a pearl” experience. On our last visit Toby treated each of us girls to a pearl. Grace enjoyed it so much that she decided to pay to do it again and have her pearl made into a necklace as a special souvenir of this trip.
Grace let her little brothers pick the oyster,
And then we all enjoyed watching the big reveal of what treasure it held within.
In Japan we decided to pick out two candy treats as our tasting experience in Japan.
One was a pillowy sort of jelly candy,
The other was a sweet potato biscuit.
Both were yummy and gave us just the sugar kick we needed to keep pushing through our travels around the world.
Our next nation was the United States.
This marked the halfway point in our journey.
Here we watched a show called, “The American Adventure.”
Since we are well accustomed to all the American fare offered, we passed on the food offered at this pavilion, choosing, instead, to meander on to Italy.
In Italy we purchased gelato and lemon ice for a cold treat.
The next stop was…Germany!
This is my personal favorite nation in the World Showcase. Walking through this pavilion brings back so many sweet memories of the time I spent in Germany as a young child, when my dad was stationed there.
In Germany we feasted on pretzels.
Next stop was China.
We knew we wanted to watch the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats so we found a seat before the show began while Toby and Rusty went to pick up our snack for China- eggrolls and dumplings.
By this point in our journey we had two nations left. We sat and enjoyed our treat while waiting for the show to begin.
Unfortunately, due to high winds the show was canceled for the safety of the acrobats, so instead we strolled around the pavilion, soaking up the culture.
Then we headed on to Norway.
In Norway we stopped in the bakery to try the school bread.
It was a delicious pastry with a cream filling.
The big hit at this nation was the new Frozen Ever After ride that replaced the Maelstrom ride.
We weren’t sure how we would feel about this change, but actually found the new boat ride in Norway, revolving around the characters from “Frozen,” to be charming.
We were pleasantly surprised.
And our final stop in our trip around the world was…drumroll please…Mexico!
By the time we had made it to Mexico the sun had long since fallen below the horizon.
Inside we found ourselves fully immersed in a Mexican plaza,
boasting all sorts of cultural wares for sale.
It was here we rode “Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros,”
And concluded our 11-course meal with nachos.
By this time, it was almost 9:00 pm and we got into position to watch “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.” It was a perfect conclusion to a day full of food, fun, and culture.
By the time the last firework exploded above our heads, everyone was ready to go home and put their feet up.
Every wonder how many miles it is from Canada to Mexico…10.3 miles. You thought it would be more, didn’t you?!
Well it felt like more.
But despite our sore feet and aching legs, it was a good day…
One of my favorite days of the trip!
“I want to travel the world with you: go to every country, every city, take pictures and be happy.”