Our 5th day was dedicated to Epcot…. After chatting to two of my besties both of whom raved about Epcot and the ’round the world’ experience I was excited to see for myself and travel the world in one day…. As we approached the giant ball that marks the entrance to the park Micky and Minnie greeted us.
We skipped the rides section at the front and headed towards the lake at the back of the park! The layout sees the multiple countries surrounding the edge of a lake, it’s all pretty impressive!! We hopped straight on a boat and crossed the lake from Mexico to Germany.
From Glass blown baubles to carved wooden cuckoo clocks we strolled round the shops and soaked in the Deutschland vibes…
From there it was on to Italy, the attention to detail and the way everything around you embodies its country of origin is brilliant, I was instantly transported back to my holiday in Verona. The boys of course enjoyed a slice of pizza then it was time to continue our whistlestop tour of the world according to Epcot.
As we continued our path round the lake our next destination was China. We enjoyed a 360 cinematic show about the history of the country, then grabbed some egg rolls, a beer and checked out the warrior tombs and the amazing terracotta army!
We made a short stop in Norway (sorry Norway, you weren’t as exciting and I was eager to get back to Mexico!)
We still managed to dress Maxwell up as a Viking and pose with a troll so it’s not all bad!!
Finally we returned to Mexico….
We began by climbing the steps of a huge ancient looking temple… once inside you were transported to a twilight evening market where stall holders sold tequila, sombreros and mexican craft items and gifts. I fell in love with a handwoven bag and made an indulgent purchase!
We also enjoyed the Gran Fiesta Tour starring the three Caballeros… Basically a boat ride hosted by Donald Duck and his Mexican feathered friends! Then it was time to grab some lunch and a margarita from La Catina de San Angel.
Leaving Mexico as the sun began to set we boarded the other boat which took us to America. We watched the ‘American Adventure’ a show which celebrates (brags) about the history of America… it was all a little self indulgent for me and a tad boring, I may had momentarily nodded off! ha!
We did see the big man and his lovely wife though and enjoyed the Candle lit Parade and choir/orchestra which played some traditional Christmas Carols which was really cute! All accompanied by a massive funnel cake and the worlds sweetest Root Beer (which according to the boy tasted of that pink mouthwash you get at the dentist) The funnel cake was devoured, the root beer discarded…
By the time we left America the giant Epcot ball was illuminated and looked pretty special across the lake…
Next stop was Japan in all it’s crazy over-the-topness…. The shops were crazy as were the incredibly enthusiastic staff….
Moving on from Japan we ventured into Morocco and I was in heaven once again, bejewelled stalls, intricately carved decorations and beautiful tiles everywhere…. We strolled round the night markets and interlacing caves and tunnels of shops and restaurants. Its a real testament to the skills of the designers that they are able to utterly transport you to the country in question!
Next up was France and the quaint restaurants and stalls lining the riverbanks were spot on, you could even catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower between the patisseries and boutiques…
Crossing the international gateway we travelled back to our homeland, albeit a far quainter and cheesier Uk….After sitting on the curb (not sidewalk) watching a british band play some british tunes we checked out the traditional shops selling Twinings Tea, books on the Royal family and hob nobs galore. We played a funny game of “guess how much they’re charging…” then stopped by a proper old english pub and grabbed some chips from the chippy before moving on to the last country of the day…
A brief visit to Canada marked the end of our tour and then it was time to enjoy the fireworks. I was told the fireworks at Epcot were good but by-golly, they were incredible!! Every time you thought that must be the finale they just went on, proved your wrong, and got bigger and better! Wow….
And there you have it, our Epcot day done and what a day it was!!