The best for last. Eleven countries in seven hours: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada.
When we first walked in, who did we see?
Goofy! Goofy is by far one of my favorite Disney characters to meet. He is such a goof!
When I think of Goofy, I picture working on the cruise ship during a detective show we have in one of the kid’s clubs. Goofy enters crawling on the floor, bounding over beanbags, sniffing children and counselors, and attempting to eat empty potato chip bags. Who stole the pixie dust?!
King Louie and Baloo take a close second.
After hanging out with Goofy, we made our way past Future World to the World Showcase.
If you do spend time in Future World, ride Soarin’ and go to Turtle Talk with Crush. Soarin’ takes your senses for a ride, and Crush provides you with a few good giggles.
We decided to spend all of our time at the World Showcase.
Our first stop was Canada. We went in the shops, pined over Canadian maple syrup cookies and suckers, and watched “O Canada!”, a 360-degree short featuring Martin Short. It was beautiful and funny.
And then, something devastating occurred.
My camera battery died.
Well, the show could not go on without pictures, so we made our way to La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico, ordered up some cheese empanadas, and sulked our way back to the hotel to charge this sucker back up.
Please, take heed and charge your batteries before traversing the world.
And then we went to the U.K.
Calling Superman. Hello, Superman?
Are we in the Hundred-Acre Woods? Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, too! I just want to squeeze the honey out of that silly ‘ole bear.
Mary Poppins, shouldn’t you be out saving the world?
You are my hero, Ms. Mary. And only a spoonful of sugar? How do you do it?
We continued our way around the world to Morocco and Japan with a few quick peeks in shops and admiring glances at architecture.
Italy was just as beautiful. The Ziti Sisters were a comedy troupe performing in Italy, and after our morning fiasco, a few laughs were welcome.
Bonjour, France! So good to see you. Let’s spend a few hours together and eat French food.
French bread and a chocolate croissant from Les Halles Boulangerie. Merci beaucoup. It was delicious.
I literally wanted to eat everything here. They had so many delectable options.
Ice cream from L’Artisan des Glaces? Don’t mind if I do.
After sitting in France and admiring all the good eats, we continued our trek around the world, quickly journeying through the United States (Hamburgers and fries at the U.S. pavilion! What happened to fried chicken, BBQ, and apple pie?).
We stopped at a side-stand in Germany to get a pretzel, Germany’s Karamell-Küche to admire and purchase a caramel-apple cookie for later, and Norway‘s Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe to eat some school bread and get a sandwich for our fireworks dinner.
School bread is a must-eat at Epcot. You won’t regret it. Creamy custard on the inside and topped with toasted coconut. Yum. And, it’s just enough to share.
This is the view we admired whilst we munched on our school bread. It rained about a third of the time we were at the parks, but when it wasn’t raining, the sky was beautiful.
I promise we didn’t eat the entire time we were at Epcot, though it does sound that way, doesn’t it?
While rides were scarce in the World Showcase, we rode the Maelstrom in Norway, the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico, and the boat across the lake.
I’ve previously visited Epcot, so my goal this round was to eat my way around the world. I’m calling four out of eleven a success.
And then we hunkered down in front of Norway, eagerly awaiting Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.
These fireworks topped the Magic Kingdom‘s.
Eleven countries in seven hours. I dare you to try that without a little Disney magic.
With faith, trust, and pixie dust,