Day 3: Epcot
I can't tell you how many people I heard referring to this thing as a golf ball. I mean, what else could it be, really? Apparently its real name is Spaceship Earth. Looks like a big damn golf ball to me!
So of course, we took a picture in front of what shall forever be referred to as the Big Damn Golf Ball.
We were also greeted by the two mice who previously shafted us at Magic Kingdom. Nice to see you again, mother f...
After we took a few minutes to get some photos with the foliage, we headed straight to the World Showcase.
The WS is made up of 11 countries- Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The US, Japan, Morocco, France, The UK and... Canada. More on that later. First stop:
Besides that big aztec temple, Mexico pretty much looked... Mexican. Like.. the restaurants. As in: terracotta stucco and desert foliage. Not gonna lie.
While in Mexico, we partook in some (delicious) churros served with dulce de leche. Next up:
I thoroughly enjoyed the grass roofs and I totally want one in real life now. So pretty and whimsical!
In Norway we devoured some sort of ham and cheese sandwich with bacon, pickled onions, and tomato. It was so good. Then we were off to:
China was definitely the most visually interesting area thus far- very colorful.
Even though we've had Chinese food a million times, we had to get an Epcot Eggroll (we're suckers) and I did, in fact, try something I hadn't eaten before- strawberry and red bean ice cream. Surprisingly tasty. After we strolled though a few gift shops, we went to:
I loved all the little toys, clocks, and woodwork they had. I didn't know that Germany was so big on toy making. The towns that the train went through were so incredibly intricate!
While in Germany, M had a beer (of course) and I ordered a Bavarian Cheesecake. I didn't know what to expect, but slap the word cheesecake on anything and I'll pretty much order it. It was an airy cheesecake sandwiched between a sponge cake and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Yum. Next:
I was a little bummed about Italy. It was really, really beautiful, but they only had sit down restaurants- no small plates. M and I were way too full to sit down to a whole meal, so unfortunately we didn't get to chow down on anything in Italy. Sad day. So, off we went to:
The Good Ole US of A
We arrived just in time to catch the tail end of the marching band. They did a really wonderful job, but I couldn't help but to wonder how damn hot it must have been underneath those wigs!
While in our home country, M and I shared what might be the biggest turkey leg on planet Earth. Gluttony- it's the American way. We seriously could only eat about half of it. Next stop:
The architecture in Japan was really beautiful- mostly neutral with bright pops of red here and there. They also had a huge koi pond, which I kind of wanted to jump into because it was so damn hot outside.
I really wanted to eat something in Japan, but I feared my stomach might explode. So I got alcohol instead- a Japanese Sunrise, I believe it was called. It was so, so delicious. One of the best mixed drinks I've had, as a matter of fact. I slurped it down and was nursing a slight buzz by the time we got to:
Morocco was so beautiful. It blew China out of the water as far as looks go. Everything was so eclectic and bohemian looking.
The food, on the other hand, not so much. I've had plenty of lamb and gyros in my time, so I went for something different- falafel. Oh, falafel,you shall now be refered to as Awful Falafel and/or Falafail.
This is my post-falafel face. It was so bad. After throwing away the rest of the Awful Falafel, we headed to:
France was pretty, but they were obviously going a little more toward small town France. I wanted the Eifell Tower, damnit! Still, despite the lack of major architecture, France was pretty awesome.
I had a scrumptious, buttery, almond-filled croissant from their little French bakery. I was really hoping to snag some macarons, but they are (surprisingly) not on the menu.
I got a little too excited when I spotted a topiary of Lumiere from Beauty and The Beast. He may be a candlestick, but we all know he's really a flamboyantly gay Frenchman- basically, everything I wish I could be.
And then I found me a princess!
And then another princess!
This was the closest I got to seeing Cinderella. Apparently, she was being a b*tch and hiding out somewhere with that trampy mermaid, Ariel... I just. Wanted. To see. Ariel. That's all. But again, no such luck. So we moved on to:
The United Kingdom
The landscaping here was gooorgeous. It looked so well-maintained, yet quaint. This is another food stop we skipped- the only food they offered was fish & chips, and coming from someone who has 100% British blood on one side of my family, I've had fish and chips more times than I can count. I do wish, however, that I would have gone into a gift shop. I probably could have gotten some good English candy. We were so tired by this point, though, that it didn't even cross our minds!
Before we left The UK, we spotted Alice! She was, by far, the most charismatic of the bunch. Very cute and talkative, with an adorably fake British accent. I wanted to put her in my pocket and take her home! And now I present to you, the final stop:
A deer made of branches was literally the only thing to see in Canada. That, and people dressed in flannel. I shit you not. I vote they swap out Canada for Egypt or... anything.
All in all, I absolutely loved Epcot. It totally whooped Magic Kingdom's ass. Much more to do, exponentially fewer children, and there were so many more characters at Epcot than there were at MK! Epcot was a win and I'm looking forward to going back.
Have you ever been to Epcot? What was your favorite part? And seriously, why waste precious real estate on Canada?