So, if you read all the way to the end of Day 1 of my Disney World Vacation Report (if you did, just know that I think you’re awesome!), then you know that upon arriving to our vacation condo, I managed to fall down the stairs… and kind of mess up my foot. I don’t always fall down the stairs…but when I do…it’s before I’m about to walk 70 miles in one week at Disney.
I’m not going to lie, it was a rough first night. Josh and I are both terrible sleepers when we are in a new place for the first night. I get all weird about noises and HAVE to travel with this white noise machine that has prevented me from having to pack a fan everywhere we go. Anyway, a terrible night’s sleep mixed with waking up to a foot that I had to hobble around on…not exactly the perfect set up for a 10 day Disney trip.
Josh made an ice pack for my foot and helped me RICE (rest, ibuprofen, cold compress and elevation)! He’s just like my Beast. He is a great husband and will do whatever I ask him to, he’s just a little grumbly about it sometimes.
I will be the first to admit I am not the lowest-maintenance girl on the block.
Long story short, we took our time getting out the door that morning. We wanted to unpack and just feel like we were organized for the rest of the trip before we began our 10 day Disney touring extravaganza, starting in EPCOT.
These Croc Slides Are Da Bomb
So I will definitely be writing a post in the near future about the best shoes to wear at Disney. But let me tell you, these will be at the top of my list. When I slipped these babies on my feet, somehow, all of the pain in my messed up foot was absolved. It’s like the cushion of the Crocs absorbed any extra shock, and I was walking on a cloud. Vacation saved! Thank you Crocs!
Crocs on and ready to roll… we headed to EPCOT.
EPCOT World Showcase for Couples
This day was our day to just leisurely stroll through the EPCOT World Showcase. This is one of favorite things to do when we tour Disney just the two of us. We were hungry so we decided to enter the World Showcase and work our way counter-clockwise, starting with the UK Pavilion.
Erryybody knows when your in UK, you get a beer and some fish and chips from the Yorkshire County Fish Shop. Josh got the Samuel Adams Pure Brewed Organic Lager from the UK Beer Cart, right outside of the Rose & Crown Pub. We shared the beer and our fish and chips behind the Yorkshire County Fish Shoppe by the water of World Showcase Lagoon.
The secret to surviving a “snack around the world” day is sharing! Josh and I are foodies so it’s no wonder we could spend all day just snacking around the World Showcase. The EPCOT Festival of the Arts was happening during our trip. This new EPCOT event is no Food and Wine Festival, nor is it as neat as the EPCOT Flower and Garden Show, but it’s pretty neat none the less. Also, it doesn’t draw the local crowds as much as the Food & Wine Festival and Flower and Garden Show do, so that’s a plus. I really liked the different art galleries you could peruse around the World Showcase.
I also really had fun posing for photo booths that made it look like you were painted into iconic, famous paintings. As we worked our way counter clockwise through the World Showcase, Josh and I stopped to take a few photos together in France.
Hidden Gems! Best Frozen Drink and Affordable Snack at EPCOT’s World Showcase
I stopped in France to get one of my favorite drinks at Disney, the Orange Grand Marnier Slush from Les Vins de Chef de France cart. I’m usually not into sweet frozen drinks. (I can’t stand the margaritas from Choza de Margarita in Mexico Pavilion. But then again…tequila…ughh.) However, this frozen drink tastes like an orange dreamsicle with a subtle orange cordial flavor. It goes down smooth and is not so strong that you feel like ducking into Impressions de France to take a nap.
We always seem to end up in France during that annoying whistle show that goes on 100 times a day in front of Chefs de France. (Does anyone else not like this show or is it just us?) No worries, we had a date with our best-kept World Showcase secret snack. It’s affordable, it’s tasty, it’s semi-healthy, and it’s off the menu…it is….**drum roll**
PITA CHIPS AND HUMMUS FROM TANGERINE CAFE IN MOROCCO! This is one of Josh and I’s favorite snack in EPCOTs World Showcase. Best part is, it’s only like $4. A real steal in the World Showcase. It’s not on the menu, but I have been ordering it from Tangierine Cafe for years. Just ask for “a side of hummus and pita chips” and a cup of water. BAM. A tasty, kind of healthy, protein-packed, affordable, and most importantly, tasty World Showcase snack.
A New Favorite Dessert in France
Josh was craving something sweet at this point. (Who am I kidding, so was I.) He had his eye on the cute AF crêpe stand when we passed by France. But you know, the whistle show had us feeling some type of way so we didn’t take time to stop. We went back to Crêpes de Chefs de France so Josh could get a crêpe with ice cream.
We ate this together by the gorgeous fountains. It was a quintessential France dessert because it was so simple. It had a pure vanilla flavor, and a perfectly toasted crêpe dusted with sugar for a little crunch. Topped with quickly melting soft-serve that was like a cold whipped cream and vanilla sauce at the same time. So elegant, so yummy. Trés magnifique.
America, Italy, Africa Fail and China
We walked by America and visited the museum that is inside of the pavilion. I love the America Pavilion’s colonial look and feel. There are some neat items in the American Heritage Gallery located inside the pavilion .
Josh was complaining that he never eats anything in Italy, so we stopped by to see if we could find a snack that enticed us. Truth is, I feel like Italy has one of the more underwhelming countries as far as savory snack selection goes. But we found a cool looking tiramisu popsicle at one of the Via Napoli cart.
We kind of flew by Germany knowing we’d be back later in the trip. We also had a reservation at Biergarten the following week, so we wanted to save our appetite for German cuisine ’til then.
A cool stand called Rinse was open as part of the Art Festival. I got a peppermint foot stick, which came in very handy for moisturizing extremely tired feet during the trip. Ew enough about feet, this is a snacky post.
We were feeling like sweets overload after the back-to-back desserts. So we headed towards China for another favorite World Showcase snack. Oh, first I bought a new pair of silver Minnie ears in Africa fail. I also threw away my 5-year old pair of silver ears that had seen better days. I know, I know, I feel bad throwing them away. But I’m not a hoarder and these ears were beat up and worn.
Yes I’ll admit it did feel disrespectful to toss these ears in, of all places, The Outpost, aka Africa Fail by my Disney fam. It’s not officially a country pavilion. It looks like it was going to be Africa and then it didn’t pan out because Africa ambassadors backed out last minute so they just kinda glossed over it, added some drums, hot dogs and frozen cokes and hoped nobody would notice how awkward it was. We notice. The Outpost…aka Africa Fail…aka Minnie headband graveyard. RIP Silver Minnie Ears. You had a good run.
My Biggest Disney Regret of the Trip
I mentioned earlier in this post that we don’t care for the margaritas at Choza de Margarita in Mexico. I mean I loved them when I was a CP and I had just turned 21 at Disney. Nine years and a lot of drinks later…not so much.
BUT we do really like the margaritas inside of the Mexico Pavilion at a tucked away gem called La Cava de Tequila. First of all, just going inside the Mexico Pavilion is such a fun experience. It’s one of the best in the World Showcase. I just love the feel of the open-air market, the smoking volcano behind the table-service Mexican restaurant, and the smell of fresh Mexican food mixed with Florida water from the Gran Fiesta Boat Tour attraction. Does it get any better?
It does. At La Cava de Tequila.
I noticed lots of menu changes around the EPCOT World Showcase on this trip, and this was one example. We couldn’t find the margarita Josh ordered last time on the menu, so we ordered one close to it called the Casa Margarita. It has a premium tequila, orange liquor and of course margarita mix. This one was topped with “Black Ant Salt.” It wasn’t cheap so when the bartender asked us if we wanted black ant salt I said “Yes!”
I wanted all the bells and whistles for $20! So we got the drink and headed outside the pavilion to take photos. I tried the salt on the rim…it looked weird and I wasn’t sure why it was called Black Ant Salt, I mean I thought it would be black because obviously it’s named black ant salt because it looks like black ants but it’s just salt….right?
Then I remembered that this Black Ant Salt Rimmed Margarita was made from the same country that puts worms in their Tequila, and I had a full out panic attack.
Um yes there look like there are ant antennas in this margarita now. I had to google it. Immediately, I knew I had screwed up big time. IT WAS REAL ANTS CRUSHED WITH SALT. WHAT?!?! OMG. Commence total freak out.
Now I’m sure Josh was a little put off by this too, and it was my freaking fault that we even got the stupid black ant salt in the first place, but he continued drinking like a man while I went to brush my teeth with my travel toothbrush and continued to whine that my day was ruined.
I was so disgusted I forgot to take a photo of the margarita. I didn’t want to remember it. Yuck.
So with that, we decided it was time to head over to Magic Kingdom for a romantic evening together…
To Be Continued…