The World Showcase in EPCOT is an amazing place. In one afternoon you can visit Mexico, Germany, France, and be back in America for Illuminations – EPCOT’s nighttime spectacular. Each pavilion is it’s own experience that features beautiful items made in that pavilion’s home land, Cast Members who are from the lands they are representing, and the food…. Oh the food!
There’s no end to the delicious delicacies from around the globe. Which is why one of my family’s favorite things to do in EPCOT is “snack around the world”. Rather than having a typical breakfast, lunch and dinner in EPCOT, we hoard our Disney Dining Plan snack credits and share a treat (or two) from each country.
Let’s start in The Mexico Pavilion. At La Cantina De San Angel you’ll find a now very popular amusement park treat – churros! Churros are like the doughnuts of Mexico – sweet sticks of fried dough, rolled in cinnamon and sugar and served with a warm caramel dipping sauce. Amazing. If that seems a little too rich, there’s also paletas, which is Spanish for popsicles, in flavors like mango, lime, and watermelon. You can enjoy these sweet treats while lounging on La Cantina’s large covered deck or listening to the mariachi band that frequents the Mexico pavilion.
Up next is The Norway Pavilion. At Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe you’ll find a bevy of beautiful pastries that are sure to make your mouth water. Among them are Troll Horns, Sweet Pretzels, and my favorite – School Bread. School Bread is a sweet roll flavored with cardamom, filled with vanilla custard and topped with toasted coconut. It’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted before and yet oddly familiar and comforting. Take your School Bread out the back door where behind the bakery you’ll find a small quiet patio frequented by birds who will gladly clean up the crumbs you drop on the ground.
The Joy Of Tea in The China Pavilion serves up a selection of tea slushies in flavors like Strawberry Oolong and Mango Green Tea. But if you’re ready to switch things up and try something savory, the egg rolls are the way to go. Both the pork and vegetable variety are so satisfying, they could pass as a small meal – which is another great way to use your Disney Dining Plan snack credits, but that’s another article. Enjoy your snack while watching the famed Jeweled Dragon Acrobats or while waiting in line to meet Mulan.
Be sure to check out Part 2 – which includes Germany, Italy, America & Japan! Followed by Part 3 – Morocco, France, the UK and Canada!
Lang Mastro is an avid Walt Disney fan and enjoys helping others plan their Disney Vacations. She is a Vacation Planner with Mickey Adventures. Feel free to contact Lang for a no-obligation, free quote for any Disney Destination vacation!
Special Thanks goes to Darleen Linquist who provided all of the photography for this series. Darleen is one of WDW Hints’ fabulous contributors, and she also blogs over at Addicted to Mickey!