The Last Leg of Drinking Around the World

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This post marks the conclusion of my trek around World Showcase to drink in every country with my friends. This time around Tom and I were the only ones left to tackle the task. We spent a quiet afternoon checking off the last few countries on our list. Thanks for following me on my trip to bars around the world!

First up was a stop at the Tangerine Café in Morocco. In the back of the café there is a coffee bar which also serves up frozen drinks, desserts, and other alcoholic drinks. I’ve had the Tangerine slush on a few occasions and its ok, but I prefer some of the other frozen drinks around the world. This time around I decided to try the Mimosa. It was a lovely way to start the afternoon especially since it was a little early in the day. Tom opted to get Casa beer which he also enjoyed. We took the opportunity to wander around the pavilion a bit since we often overlook it. The details in this area are lovely so you should check them out early in your tour when you are sober enough to appreciate them! The Moroccan stop on the tour was definitely the most enjoyable of the day.

Next up was some Japanese beer. We headed to Yakitori House so we could try to snag an indoor table and enjoy some air conditioning with our drinks. This counter service eatery offers Kirin Ichiban beer on draft as well as hot saki and plum wine. We both chose the beer this time around. Unfortunately I think I should have selected something else. I didn’t even finish mine! Tom wasn’t a big fan of it either. This was definitely low on my list around the world showcase.

Finally the very last stop was Italy to pay a visit to the outdoor kiosk. One would think this would be one of the best places to grab a glass of wine and sit by the water or people watch. But honestly, I didn’t really enjoy my wine choice nor did Tom like his beer. Maybe I don’t have the most sophisticated palate, but it wasn’t easy to finish my glass. I think I may just avoid this pavilion from now on because I also dislike Tutto Italia table service restaurant, but I’ll save that for another blog.

I’m really glad we decided to give drinking around the world a try. It was a ton of fun! When I started writing these blogs I realize we didn’t take one single picture of the festivities! So round two is already in the works, and we’ll be bringing cameras this time. I’m sure I’ll write about it again after we complete it. It’s a great activity, but there are certainly some things to think about before committing to it. First of all be sure to budget for buying 11 drinks. The tab adds up quickly! You also have to decide if there is going to be a designated driver or you’ll use Disney transportation after your last call. Also drinkers need to know their own limits. I couldn’t possible do all 11 countries in one try so I didn’t even try. I’m all for getting tipsy and silly, but please don’t make yourself sick in the parks.

Next week I’m going to take the weekend off from writing to enjoy the holiday at the Jersey Shore with family and friends. I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend! In two weeks I’ll be back with a look at Biergarten in Epcot’s German pavilion.

Kristen Helmstetter

Kristen Helmstetter is an Unofficial Guide researcher who will share her 20-something perspective of all things Walt Disney World with blog readers. Kristen’s email address is You can also follow her on Twitter: @khelmstetter.

10 thoughts on “The Last Leg of Drinking Around the World

  • July 1, 2009 at 12:05 am

    re: avoiding Italy pavillion. Have you tried any of the candies in the chocolatier? They vary in quality/flavours, but there’s a specific one that I really enjoy. It’s a hard candy (it comes in multiple flavors) and is sort of like a reverse version of our “Warheads” sour candies. Our “Warheads” have the sour powder on them and are shocking when you first put them in your mouth (for about 30 seconds) until the powder is gone and the candy itself is sweet. These start out sweet and have the sour powder INSIDE (as a surprise towards the end as after sucking on them for a while they finally burst (or you end up biting into them)). My favorite candy to buy when I’m on property!

    • July 1, 2009 at 9:01 am

      I haven’t been there. Thanks for the tip I’ll have to check it out some time! Its sort of odd that I’m not such a big fan of this pavilion since actual Italy is one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. I guess I just feel like it could be so much better. Plus I’m from Jersey so I know good Italian food, and this just isn’t it.

      • July 1, 2009 at 10:03 am

        What’s nice is that they have the boxes of candy but this candy is available in bulk in the center of the room (in jars). You can get a little bag and if you want just take one of each variety to try (I recommend that as the easiest way to do this). Then when you know which ones you like, come back your next time through, grab a few of your favorite ones, and you’ll have a little treat while watching the World Showcase Players or Sergio!

  • July 3, 2009 at 11:42 am

    For Italy, next time try the Peach Bellini which you can get at the cart – it is much better than the wine. 🙂

    • July 7, 2009 at 9:06 am

      ohhh that sounds nice. I’ll have to make sure to try one in December whether we drink around the world again or not. its very possible to have round too though since we are staying at Boardwalk and can stumble home hehe

      • July 7, 2009 at 9:07 am

        two not too…

  • July 7, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Wife is a big fan of Bellini. Says it is not as heavy as wine and travels around the world better 😉

  • July 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Too bad you didn’t like the Kirin at Japan; it’s one of my favorites!

  • July 11, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I know this is out of blog context Kristen, but you mentioned you did not like Tutto Italia in the Italian pavillion. Last time I ate in Italy it was L’Orignale Alfredo de Roma, so I was wondering if you’ve tried both and if you think one was better than the other or just the same food, different name?

    • July 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm

      Oh no problem to get off topic, but unfortunately I never did get to go to L’Orignale Alfredo de Roma so I don’t know the answer to your question. Sorry!

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