Let’s talk about the real reason you’re going to Epcot – it’s not the shows, it’s not the countries, it’s not the chance to see Elsa slaughter Norway’s culture – it’s THE FOOD! The food is one of the best parts of World Showcase, as snacking around the World is not just a hobby, but a lifestyle for many, and the reason other people make trips to Disney. Today, we’re breaking down what snacks you should try in each country, as it’s almost impossible to eat EVERYTHING (at least without bringing pants several sizes larger than the one’s you start your trip with).
For Mexico, we recommend skipping the quick service restaurant, and ducking into La Cava De Tequila – they not only have AMAZING drinks (which you’re going to want to have a few of), but awesome, reasonably priced snacks. Our favorite is the white queso and guacamole, which comes as a duo, and is large enough for a table of four to share while enjoying the air conditioning, and throwing back a few cocktails. We highly recommend this snack stop on a warm day, for a respite from the heat.
The new home of Sven, Elsa, Olaf, and the gang is also home to one of Disney’s best bakeries – Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe. This bakery is best known for school bread, a pastry filled with custard, and topped with coconut, made by angels and baking Keebler Elves (or so it tastes!).
We recommend skipping China while snacking around the World (unless a special event like Flower and Garden, or Food and Wine is going on), and instead just taking a walk through this gorgeous pavilion, and saving room in your stomach for other countries with better offerings.
We like to eat, and we’re ambitious enough to consider Bratwurst to be a snack (especially when shared!). For those that think that Bratwurst is a meal, they should also consider items from the delicious caramel shop as well. Germany is one of our favorite countries in World Showcase, for its festive environment, and ‘always Oktoberfest’ vibe.
Italy is another country we suggest skipping as far as snacking goes – we enjoy it for Table Service, and drinks, but as far as snacks, we think it falls shorts.
We love snacking at The American Adventure during festival times (the BBQ stand during Flower and Garden is our FAVORITE), but we normally bypass the rest of the snacks, which we think is a poor representation of all our country has to offer (funnel cakes? popcorn?), the rest of the year.
This country is home to David’s favorite gift shop, and my favorite view of Illuminations. You’re snacking on sushi here – which is always a good thing in my world! During Flower and Garden Festival, you’re trading in Sushi for FRUSHI (fruit sushi), but the concept is still the same.
Morocco is one of the most beautiful of all the World Showcase Pavilions – and has incredible food. If you haven’t eaten a meal at The Tangerine Cafe, you NEED to. But for a snack, grab a side order of hummus to munch on from The Tangerine Cafe, and take it out to the fountain and enjoy the view.
France is the pavilion that we spend most of our time in. It’s the creme de la creme in our opinion – probably because we love the real country so much. This country has so many great snacking options, it’s hard to go wrong. Literally, ANYTHING you get from Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halle is going to be amazing. We also love L’Artisan des Glaces, the French ice cream shop, which has an incredible variety of flavors and options (including an ice cream macaroon!)
The United Kingdom:
If having Fish and Chips for a snack is wrong, then I don’t want to be right. If you have a snack sharing partner, we recommend popping over to Yorkshire Fish and Chips for an order of this British staple.
Since filet mignon is still not considering a snack in most circles (which is a crying shame), Canada is on the ‘skip’ list for munching around the World. What’s not on the skip list is walking around this beautiful country, and making sure you watch O Canada!
Here are our recommendations for what you should be using your stomach space on while snacking your way around Epcot’s World Showcase (and we don’t judge anyone who starts chanting ‘eat! eat! eat!’)