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Disney in a Minute: What is Drinking Around the World?

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When planning a Walt Disney World vacation, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the term “Drinking Around the World.” The World in this case is the World Showcase area of EPCOT. World Showcase is comprised of 11 themed countries. Each country has at least one restaurant, bar, or food kiosk that offers alcoholic beverages. To drink around the world is to sample beverages from each of these countries. The original parlance was for one person to consume one full alcoholic beverage at each of the 11 countries. It’s not hard to see that this is more than a safe amount of alcohol for any one person, even a burly gent, even over the course of many hours.

The Grey Goose Slush and crepe – popular Drink Around the World items from the France pavilion at EPCOT

While you will sometimes find people attempting to have a full drink at each country, often in a sloppy fashion, there are also many variations on the theme. Some include:

  • A group of two or more people sharing a drink at each country. (Reducing the amount of alcohol any one person consumes.)
  • Spreading the drinking challenge over more than one day.
  • Adding non-alcoholic beverages to the mix, in whole or in part.
  • Changing the “around the world” sampling to food rather than drinks.
  • Creating a similar challenge around sampling food or drinks at the numerous additional sales points offered at the World Showcase during an EPCOT festival.

Disney itself does not advertise or condone the Drink Around the World concept, but if you’re to commemorate your participation in this challenge, a quick search on Etsy will find dozens of independent sellers offering Drink Around the World embellished tees, pins, checklists, and other items.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

2 thoughts on “Disney in a Minute: What is Drinking Around the World?

  • I did this solo long ago while the rest of our party took the kiddos to another park. I didn’t intend to, and did not know this was a thing. There was some sort of festival in which each country showcased its wines; I sampled all of them in an afternoon, feeling weird about getting gassed at Disney in broad daylight. It was almost as shocking a feeling as on our first WDW trip, even longer ago than that, when I was scandalized at seeing a huge lit-up “LIQUOR” sign as we drove into Kissimmee at night. I had this vague idea that the whole Disney area would be squeaky clean.

  • I wonder how long the “hall of shame” of people who drank around the world and got trespassed is…


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