April 3, 2016
Next up on the agenda for this trip was to drink around the world. Chaz and I have drank around the world a couple of times, but we’ve never actually spent a whole day doing just that–which is really the correct way to drink around the world. For whatever reason, we just never devoted enough time to it so we either stop halfway, or we finish in a very short amount of time, and I end up carrying him up the monorail ramp. So today, we were going to do it right, and spend a full day in World Showcase.
The big question when drinking around the world is always to determine whether you’d rather start or end in Mexico. We decided to start in Mexico with margaritas– we’ve ended in Mexico with shots before so we figured this was probably a better way to conquer Mexico.
The best margaritas in Mexico are inside the pyramid, at La Cava del Tequila, the carts and the quick service restaurant outside aren’t bad… but they’re kind of just your typical theme park margarita. The ones from La Cava del Tequila are pricier than the ones served outside ($14-17), but it is well worth the extra cost.
After finishing our margaritas, we went right over to the Gran Fiesta Tour. We had not yet seen it with the new (or rather re-purposed) animatronics at the end, so we were really excited to see them! It was also neat to see a little piece of Disney history, as those animatronics were originally from the Mickey Mouse Revue (present-day Mickey’s Philharmagic) and they had starred in attractions in Tokyo as well.
We loved the addition of the Three Caballeros animatronics to the end of the ride. In my opinion, this ride is kind of lackluster– it’s not bad, I just think a Mexico boat ride could be better. I’m not super into the idea of most of the ride taking place via screens. I think the room that is reminiscent of it’s a small world, and of course the end scene, but the rest of the attraction with the screens is a little dull for me. Having these guys at the end definitely helped!
While in Mexico, we also stopped to meet Donald. Usually Donald is disappointed to see guests with Mickey clothing on, so we thought today would be the perfect day to meet him since we were sporting Mexico/Three Caballeros gear– he definitely appreciated it!
Norway was next, and everyone had Carlsberg, which should not come as much of a surprise because Norway only has a couple of alcoholic drink options, and we didn’t plan on doing shots (like the Glacier Shot), at least not that early in the day.
There was not much else to see in Norway since the Frozen ride was still under construction, and I’m pretty sure we’d already eaten at least two troll horns each. Moving on…
By our third country, China, we decided to stop for lunch since we still had a long day of drinking around the world ahead of us. We all enjoyed lunch at the Lotus Blossom Cafe, with some mango and peach flavored drinks from the Joy of Tea cart and Tsingtao beer for Chaz. I actually had a cheat drink (a non-alcoholic beverage that isn’t water) in China, because I couldn’t resist the urge to get some bubble tea– as much as I love Bubble Tea, I don’t recommend it on a hot day when you’ve just had tequila and beer.
Safari Amber at the Outpost: (no shocker here)
In Germany we mostly had the grapefruit beer, although I cheated again and got a pretzel. I know I’m lame, but I just really like bubble tea and pretzels more than beer I guess!
Italy was a nice change of pace in terms of drinks. Because it was still Flower and Garden Festival we had more options than usual for drinks, which meant something very important in Italy: Limoncello Margarita! Oh and Chaz got an Italian beer flight:
By the time we reached America, where Chaz had the maple bacon stout, we really began to slow down and it was pretty clear that we weren’t going to finish drinking around the world. We only ended up missing three countries: Japan, Morocco, and Canada, as we went on to have Grey Goose slush in France and cider in the UK. To be honest, I think I could have finished if I didn’t have the pretzel and bubble tea– I was more full than drunk. Someday we’ll do every country… someday when I have self control around the pretzels in Germany.
Having done as much as we possibly could of drinking around the world, we decided to hop on the monorail and go to the Magic Kingdom. Suddenly the conversation of Trader Sam’s came up, which none of us had been to during our programs, although we were excited to try it, and somehow we ended up at yet another bar.
To be fair, everyone had sobered up by the time we got off the monorail at the Polynesian, and going to another bar didn’t seem like such a bad idea.
It turned out to be a great idea, because Trader Sam’s was really fun and basically anything a hardcore Disney fan would want in a bar at a Disney resort, however the one thing we were not expecting was the outlandish cost of the Nautilus. To be fair, I actually think we had read about how expensive the drink with the souvenir mug is a long time ago when Trader Sam’s first opened, but it must have slipped our minds because we were definitely alarmed when our waiter warned us that the drink (with souvenir mug) would cost a whopping $54.
Well, there’s no debate that $54 for a drink is expensive, but we did feel that it was plenty for two people and as far as I could tell there was enough alcohol in it to *almost* justify the cost. In fact, I think the Nautilus is the strongest drink I’ve ever had in Disney, and to be honest finishing it became quite the struggle… but you bet we did it. When you spend $54 on a single drink, you finish it.
Another reason why we felt like we kind of had to get the Nautilus was because we really wanted one as soon as we found out they existed, but never got around to getting it. I know $54 is a lot for a drink, but for a souvenir we really wanted and were thinking about months later we felt this purchase was justified.
After leaving Trader Sam’s we realized the Magic Kingdom was still open for another couple of hours, and since we were right there we decided to go to the park. While in line for the (then fairly new) security procedures at the entrance, I guess that my large shopping bag and box containing the Nautilus was flagged by security, who needed to open it up to see what was inside, and send me through the metal detector. No complaints here about the new security, it’s just an interesting note because they probably thought I was crazy for bringing the Nautilus into the park in the first place. If we were staying in the park for the whole day, I would have just rented a locker for the Nautilus, but with only about two hours until the park closed, I didn’t think paying for a locker rental was worth it, especially after spending $54 on the Nautilus. So the Nautilus came with us everywhere we went, including Space Mountain, where I held onto it for dear life twice in a row:
In addition to doing Space Mountain twice, we did a few other favorite attractions like the Peoplemover and the Haunted Mansion before heading out of the park, with Nautilus in hand.
Once the Magic Kingdom closed, we decided to hop back on the monorail and make a pit stop at the Grand Floridian before going home. Following the day’s theme of bars we haven’t been to before, we stopped in at Mizners before heading home for the night. I honestly would have never thought about going to Mizners if I was not staying at the Grand, however we liked it so much that we’ll definitely be back. It was a nice change of pace from running around the parks all day, and Chaz enjoyed the cigar selection there in addition to the drinks.
And with that, we were finally turning in for the night after what was probably the longest but one of our favorite, days of this trip.