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Guide To Drinking Around The World At Epcot

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Walt Disney World is not just for kids and Epcot is arguably Disney’s best park for adults because of its cultural themes and the many options to eat and drink.

Since most of us aren’t able to spend thousands travelling the world at a moment’s notice to experience artisan cheese in Paris, or fine wine in Italy, Epcot’s World of Showcase offers us the next best thing.  The opportunity to sample alcoholic beverages and cuisine from around the world. Take a tour around the world sampling unique beers, wines and cocktails from many different Countries without having to leave North America!

The premise of drinking around the world is simple.  Epcot’s World of Showcase features several Countries to explore.  Choose to begin on the right at Canada, or the left in Mexico and work your way through all the Countries.

Tips:

Share drinks:      Drinking in moderation is key in maximizing fun.  Sharing will help avoid over-consumption and help you make it to the end of all the countries.

Be respectful:    Be mindful that Epcot is a family theme park.  Know your limits.

Explore the Pavilions: You’re limited to which attractions you can visit with a drink in hand so take the time to explore the beauty and uniqueness in each pavilion.

If you find your group may have trouble carrying their drinks purchase the handy Bottle Strap for $3.75 sold in Norway.

Let’s start our journey!

MEXICO:

La Cava Del carries 200+ tequilas and serves some excellent drinks like the Blood Orange Margarita, Avocado Margarita, Jalapeno Margarita and the Tequila flights.

If you were looking to blow all your money in one day, Pay $250 for a shot from a 250 year old tequila company; easily the most expensive drink in the park.

Cuervo 250 Anniversary, $248

NORWAY:

The Linie Aquavit Glacier Shot, $12.25 – referred to as “Satan’s Tears”, is an epic shot with a slight licorice flavor popular in Scandinavian countries.

Nordic Draft Beers, $9 – Choose from Aass Pilsner, Einstock White Ale and Einstock Toasted Porter.

Pear Cider, $9.75 – The only one found in Epcot.  For another caffeine fix, try the Viking Coffee, $10.50 – The coffee is flavored with Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Baileys Irish Cream.

CHINA:

The Tea Stand in China features some of the most unique beverages like the Mango Gingerita, Canto Loopy, Peach Snap! or Green Tea Plum Slush.  The Plum wine is also a fan favourite and cheaper than Japan at $5.  For a real treat, try the Tipsy Ducks in Love $8.95 made with Bourbon Whisky, Coffee, Black Tea, Cream & Chocolate Syrup.

GERMANY:

Well, it’s pretty obvious that this pavilion has its fair share of great beer. Be prepared for long lines at this one but if you head deeper into the pavilion the beers offered here typically include paten,  Altenmunster Oktoberfest, Lowenbrau, & Adeberger.  You can also enjoy some Jägermeister shots, $9.

ITALY:

Head to Via Napoli and enjoy a Moretti La Rosa beer and be sure to have a pizza to go with it – delicious!   You can also enjoy beer flights at Tutto Gusto and Italian wine like the Fior D’Arancio, a sweet & refreshing Moscato, $8.  Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is a hidden gem and no reservations required.   Try the Villa Marzia Limoncello, $11 – A classic Italian cordial or the Belnero Banfi Sangiovese ’13 Glass, $20 – A pricey, bold red wine with deep flavors. When in Rome!

AMERICA:

Throughout the year, they promote different American craft beers from around the US.  Blue Point toasted lager, and the Blood Orange Wheat Ale at $8.75 each are good options.  Hard Cider is a rare find in Epcot and you can find McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, $10 as well are your typical Bud Light and Yeungling.

JAPAN:

Some favourites here include plum wine a sweet and sour drink made with Japanese plums, shochu and sugar, $7, hot or cold sake and a Kirin Frozen Draft for $6.75

MOROCCO:

If you want beer, the Casa Beer is the only Moroccan beer offered at $7.99.  The mixed drinks and Sangria (especially the Sultan) are really good here.   If you need a caffeine fix, head over to the Tangerine Café where you can enjoy a coffee infused with liquor.

FRANCE:

Find your way toward the back of the pavilion to LES HALLES BOULANGERIE-PATISSERIE, a refreshing quick service eatery with air conditioned seating. They serve many delicious entrees and desserts, as well as a variety of drinks.

The Grand Marnier & Grey Goose Orange Slush, and the Grey Goose Citron Lemonade Slush are pretty good but expensive. These might be a good sharing option.  For wine, the Beaujolais Duboef, $6.90 – One of several French regional wines.

UNITED KINGDOM:

The UK Beer Cart is oddly named as it only offers three beer choices – Bass Ale Draft or Harp Lager Draft for $8.75 and Magner’s Pear Cider for $9.

There are several good beer options in the UK, including the Black and Tan, $9.75 but why not try their Leaping Leprecaun Coctail, $16.75 or a Johnnie Walker Blue or The Macallan 18yr, $41,  a 2 oz. pour from one of these classic scotch whiskies.

CANADA:

La Fin Du Monde is arguably the best beer in the world!  It has a score of 98 on Ratebeer.  For reference, that’s over double the best beer in Germany!  The Trois Pistoles & Éphémèreis also an excellent beer option.

Le Cellier Ice Wine Flight is $21, and features Neige Apple, Inniskillan Vidal and Chateau des Charmes Vidal wines.

We believe in 100% responsible drinking. Remember to drink in moderation and be courteous to fellow guests during your trip, as Walt Disney World is a family vacation destination.

All prices were calculated at time of writing and are subject to change. Availability may also vary.

What To Do For Mothers Day In Orlando

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Treat Mom to something special on Mother’s Day.

 Are you spending Mother’s Day in Orlando?  We’ve got some suggestions that will spoil your mom!

 The Silhouette Portraits

For a unique & sentimental souvenir, the Silhouette Portraits cart in Disney Springs Marketplace offer gorgeous framed silhouettes. You and mom can pose for an artist who cuts a portrait of your profile from plain black paper, resulting in a shadow-like image.  Pricing starts from $12 and you can have up to a family of 4.  A truly memorable souvenir.

Brunch

Here are a few restaurants offering brunch a lovely in and around the Orlando area:

Island Grove
Island Grove Winery at Formosa Gardens have a Mother’s Day Brunch featuring scones, crepes, eggs benedict, chocolate dipped strawberries and bottomless Mimosas! The cost is $39.95

island grove brunch

STK is offering a lovely Mother’s Day Brunch 10:30-3:00 on May 12th. featuring Brunch Classics, Raw Bar, Dessert Playground, DJ, Vie Vite Rosé Garden, Flower Wall & More! Cost is $79 and includes cocktails.

STK brunch menu

Maria & Enzo’s a signature mother’s day brunch featuring a spread of classic Italian dishes and fan favourites including Brioche French Toast, a live-action carving station, and a chocolate fountain. Cost is $45

maria and enzos brunch

Disney Character Couture

Mom deserves to be treated like a Princess, so why not give her a Disney Character Couture Package for Mother’s Day. Disney stylists will transform hair, makeup and nails into designs inspired by classic characters.

Character Couture Packages:

  • Timeless Transformation– Character Inspired Hair, Makeup & Nails – Adults $120, Children 4-12 $90
  • StoryBook– Character Inspired Hair – Adults $80, Children 4-12 $50
  • Magical Makeover– Character Inspired Hair & Makeup – Adults $105, Children 4-12 $75

Here is a list of the Character Couture Locations:

  • Ivy Trellis Salon – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
  • La Vida Salon – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Ship Shape Salon – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Salon by the Springs – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Shopping

What mom wouldn’t enjoy a day of Shopping?  Lucky for mom, there are tons of fabulous shopping in the Orlando area!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs has come a long way since it was Downtown Disney. Still home to old favourites but with the addition of a great shopping experience. Shop at stores like Alex & Ani, Pandora, Lily Pulitzer, Zara, Anthropologie, Coach, Mac, Ugg, Sephora, and more!

Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets 

You are bound to find great deals here at rock bottom prices at stores like Armani, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Diesel, Adidas, Nike, Gap, Lacoste and more!

Florida Mall

Here you can shop at stores like Adidas, Aeropostale, American Girl, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, BCBG, Billabong, Disney Store, Forever 21 and is also home to Carlo’s Bake Shop from Cake Boss.

The Mall at Millenia

Shop at stores like American Eagle, Holllister, Vans, Foot Locker, Under Armour Abercrombie as well as high end shops like Jimmy Choo, Versace, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, & Hermes

Cake Decorating Experience at Amorettes

Decorate your very own culinary masterpiece — in the form of a Signature Mickey Dome Cake while under the instruction of the talented Pastry Chefs at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs. It’s a hands-on class where mom’s walk away with a Signature Mickey Dome Cake that they have personally decorated. The 90-minute small group session is limited to just 14 guests, allowing for interaction and conversation with the Pastry Chefs. The experience takes place in Amorette’s Show Kitchen prior to the shop’s opening, and includes beverage refreshments (with alcoholic options such as mimosas and Bellini’s for guests 21-and-over).

Sundays through Thursdays at 9:00 am. 90 minutes

Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday classes decorate a Classic Mickey Dome Cake
Monday and Wednesday classes decorate the Artist’s Current Seasonal Mickey Cake

The cost for two people, including the cake and beverages during class, is $149 plus tax.

Book here

Happy Mother’s Day!

*Times and prices subject to change.

Sunset Walk At Margaritaville Resort Kissimmee – Beyond The Parks Edition

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In another Beyond the Parks edition, we visit Sunset Walk in Kissimmee. A new dining and entertainment complex created and located next to Margaritaville Resort.

Sunset Walk compliments the laid-back resort lifestyle of Margaritaville Resort Orlando, bringing multiple dining venues, live entertainment, and much more to the heart of Kissimmee. No matter what your speed, from sipping a margarita while people watching to sinking into a luxurious leather recliner at Studio Movie Grill, Sunset Walk offers multiple options for leisure and amusement.

Now open:

IT’SUGAR is a specialty candy store dedicated to satisfying the universal sweet tooth. It is a modern day playground that mixes novelty sweets, giant candy and unique gifts with mega-sized attitude; a place where all of your big, bold candy dreams come true

At Burger Fi, they never settle.  They craft their all-natural burgers using only the best Angus beef, free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics.  They even go the extra mile with other chef-created favorites like hand-cut fries, veggie burgers, grilled chicken and frozen custard desserts.

burger fi

Eat. Drink. Rock On.  Rock & Brews provides a superior dining experience with a Rock ‘n’ Roll twist. Their founders have a natural appreciation for Rock ‘n’ Roll music, an affinity for craft beer, and a desire for classic comfort food with a unique spin. Rock & Brews has the area’s most extensive tap list. Come visit and check out their unrivaled selection!

rock and brews

Studio Movie Grill:  This isn’t like your neighborhood movie theatre.  This state of the art theatre is 40,000 square feet and offers an unparalleled movie experience. Whether you come early or stay late, Studio Movie Grill will set the mood to socialize and connect. Once inside, enjoy custom luxury recliners, laser projection and Q-SYS sound systems paired with an American Grill menu, full-service bar and in theater dining. Service buttons are placed at every seat, so your server instantly knows when you need to place an order or need assistance, and we’ll deliver your order directly to your seat anytime during the show.

Coming soon to Sunset Walk:

Ford’s Garage:  Gourmet burgers and craft beers

Bahama Bucks: Tropical frozen desserts

Yeomans Cask & Lion:  Traditional British pub

Game Time:  A 24,000 square foot Family Entertainment Center offers fun indoor amusements with something for all ages.

Also coming is a new concert pavilion for live music, children’s entertainment area.

Sunset Walk is located at 3251 Margaritaville Blvd
Kissimmee, FL 34747   You can find their full directory here

Gluten Free & Vegan Dining Options Near Disney

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For those who are gluten intolerant or vegan, it can be very difficult to find delicious dining options.  We’ve rounded up 4 great restaurants that offer fresh & delicious vegan and gluten free options in the Orlando area.

Etho’s Vegan Kitchen

Etho’s menu is 100% vegan and features hearty, homestyle fare.

Gluten free options include a Coconut curry wrap, chickpea salad sandwich, and chocolate amaretto mousse for dessert.

601-B S New York Ave, Winter Park, FL, 32789, (407) 228-3898

 

Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation

This restaurant is a buffet/salad bar style with fresh fruits, vegetables, soups and baked goods made from scratch, all following homemade recipes bursting with flavor.

Their current specials include vegan Sante Fe black bean chili, and gluten Free Lemon muffins.

12561 S.Apopka-Vineland RoadOrlando FL 32836  (407) 938-9461

Bolay

Bolay offers nutritious, wholesome and nourishing bowls that are 100% gluten free along with some vegan options.

Bolay creates the perfect blend of nutrient-rich and savory flavors by offering freshly prepared gluten-free ingredients. Choose your base (sweet potato noodles are yum!), veggies, protein (includes tofu), and sauce to create your own unique nutritious bowl bursting with flavour.

1971 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792  (407) 907-6577

Hot Krust Panini Kitchen

Hot Krust Panini Kitchen offers any of their delicious panini sandwiches like their Florentine chicken on a gluten free bun, as well as vegan options like a tempeh bacon panini.

8015 Turkey Lake Rd, Orlando, FL, (407) 355-7768

We hope that we have given you some delicious dining options to try on your next visit.

Top List Of Where Kids Can Eat Free In Orlando

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Your trip to Orlando will no doubt be one filled with magnificent experiences and memories. But it could also break the bank. We enjoy sharing our cost savings tips with you and here is one you won’t want to miss.  We’ve compiled a list of restaurants in the Orlando area that offer kids eat free.  If you plan your meals accordingly, this could save you tons!  (Locations and days may change without notice. We recommend calling the location in advance).

Sunday:

Steak & Shake: 1 free kids plate with every $9 you spend

Tony Roma’s:  Free kids meal with purchase of adult entrée

Monday:

Manny’s Chophouse:  Free kids meal 10 & under with purchase of adult entrée. 2 kids per adult

Chilli’s:    Free kids meal with purchase of adult entrée

Tuesday:

Miller’s Alehouse:  12 & under eat free with adult entrée purchase

Manny’s: Free kids meal 10 & under with purchase of adult entrée. 2 kids per adult

Denny’s: Kids 10 and under eat free 4-10pm

Gator’s Dockside:   5:30-8:30 Free kids meal 12 & under with purchase of adult entrée

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse: Free kids meal 12 & under with purchase of adult entrée

Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Free kids meal with purchase of adult entree

Saturday:

Steak & Shake: 1 free kids plate with every $9 you spend

The Kids eat free card

When you purchase a Kids Eat Free Card, you will be able to use it at multiple restaurants in the Orlando area.  Browse through their website to discover the restaurants and deals for you.

The card is $19.99 and could save you well over that in kids meals.  The list of participating restaurants is extensive but here are just a few:

CICI’S pizza, Dominos, Sizzler, Texas Road House, Uno Chicago Grill, A&W, Hokkaido Chinese & Japanese Buffet, McDonald’s and so much more.

It’s important to note that only select locations participate in this program and could change at any time.  Please call in advance to see if your restaurant participates.

The Kids Eat Free card is valid for 90 days from the date of first use and can be used an unlimited amount of times

Each card is valid for 1 child with a full paying adult

Qualifying child must be 11 years or younger

The Light Lab At Epcot

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The Light Lab at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival offers up some unique beverages that glow in the dark. You can choose from a list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy, including beautiful glowing concoctions that are created right before your eyes!  You can watch as your drink transforms from one substance into another through a tasty and scientific process!

It’s a must see if you are visiting during the Food and Wine Festival. Here is a list of drinks and prices:

  • Phosphorescent Phlight (KA) – $7.00
  • InfraRED (KA) – $3.75
  • UltraVIOLET (KA) – $3.75
  • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls – $9.00
  • Original Sin Dry Rosé Hard Cider, New York, NY (Cider Flight) – $4.25
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (Cider Flight) – $4.25
  • Ciderboys Zen Berry Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI (Cider Flight) – $4.25
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Red Cherry Tart, Titusville, FL (RGB Flight) – $4.25
  • GrassLands Brewing Company Green Kiwi Blonde, Tallahassee, FL (RGB Flight) – $4.25
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Blue-berry Golden Ale, Doral, FL (RGB Flight) – $4.25
  • Cider Flight – $9.00
  • RGB Flight – $9.00

(photo courtesy of Disney Food Blog)

Central Florida Boat Cruises

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There are plenty of water activities and dining options in Central Florida despite not being on the coast.

Central Florida has many lakes, and Winter Haven is home to 50 of them with 24 of them interconnected on what is called “The Chain of Lakes”.

The Living Water Boat Cruises offers several cruises of these lakes, which include dining at lakeside restaurants, watching the Legoland fireworks, ski show, 1 hour tours, day tours, or a romantic sunset cruise!  You can even cruise by the chain of lakes baseball complex, the former spring training grounds of the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians!

All cruises include a complimentary bottled water, and also carry sunblock,  They supply a cooler packed with ice for any drinks and snacks you may like to bring on board.  Discounts are offered on groups of 6 or more.  You can also reserve private boat tours.

Currently Kids ride FREE  until August 31st with the purchase of an adult ticket.

 

Sweet Tooth? Sugar Factory Serves Up Dessert In Orlando

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Got a sweet tooth?  Sugar Factory Orlando serves up the best dessert in Orlando! Some Signature sweet treats include a number of celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, smoking Goblet Drinks, candy infused cocktails, and the one-and-only King Kong Sundae with 16 scoops of ice cream, tasty toppings, and even sparklers!  Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory.   Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops.    You can check out theses celebrities and their favourite sweets here.

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But its not all lollipops and gumdrops.  Upscale dining classics are served from brunch to late-night ranging from decadent crepes to flavorful milkshakes, gourmet burgers, ice cream sandwiches and more.

kingkong sundae

Night cap?  Guests will want to stay long into the night to enjoy the innovative smoking goblet drinks, top hits dance music, and lively social scene.

Beers, Burgers and Fords

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Ford’s Garage is your neighborhood burger and beer joint, where everyone is welcome. The restaurant chain pays homage to Henry Ford, who wintered at his Fort Myers, Florida estate.  Ford’s Garage will give you the vibe of being in a 1920’s service station to include vintage Ford vehicles, gas pumps, and fixtures.  The bars feature prohibition-style elements of old brick, rich wood, and a hand-hammered copper bar top.  Many more unique features really make The Garage a fun place to visit and take pictures!

They are a gourmet burger bar serving up the finest varieties of Black Angus Beef, American Kobe, Open Range Bison, Turkey, Chicken, Tuna, and Vegetarian products coupled with all-natural aged cheeses and gourmet toppings.  Also specializing in popular American comfort food entrees such as homemade meatloaf, chili, and famous macaroni and cheese.

I’ve said it before, Florida has plenty of options for the beer connoisseurs and Ford’s Garage is no exception serving well as over 150 beers on tap and in bottle.

The Lakeland location is located at 879 Lakeland Park Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33809.  863-337-FORD

Woody’s Lunch Box To Open In Toy Story Land June 30

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Disney has announced the opening of Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land which will be serving up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that blend classic flavor combinations with a modern twist. Guests will also find nostalgic soda floats and other speciality beverages.

Sandwiches include S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich – Inspired by the classic American campfire treat, this treat is oozy goodness and is comprised of  chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles.  Inspired by the popular breakfast toaster pastries, the Raspberry Lunch Box Tart is garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and the Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart is garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon and of course the quintessential lunch box sandwich,  Smoked Turkey, Tomato, and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread – provides a light and fresh option. A creamy Dijonnaise gives it a kick of flavor.

Big kids can also enjoy the backyard with Grown-Up beverages like the Lemonade Cocktail (cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée), beer, or hard cider.

Woody’s Lunch Box is set to open June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Make sure to visit their website for the complete menu.