I recently spent a few days at Walt Disney World in Florida. Alone. By myself.
The thing is, I am a huge (roughly the size of a barge, left) Disney fan, and visiting WDW is high on my list of fun, but doing so without the family was kind of lonely, awkward, and often quite sad. You see, I am a family man, and these days I tend to swing in full Griswold mode, meaning that I think of vacations, with the possible exception of a romantic getaway and/or Vegas, in the familial sense—especially a Disney vacation.
I was there (as Disney’s guest) to cover the latest additions and changes that Disney World has made to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and despite my lack of family I managed to make the most of it. This is due to a number of things, including (but not limited to) the wonderful people that I was able to spend time with, the pure awesomeness of the new attractions, and lots of booze.
Now, thanks to the addition of the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland, there is beer and wine available in the Magic Kingdom. This is, depending on the those involved in the conversation, either a point of much contention or a glimmer of hope. I tend to roll with the latter.
Please note, there is not any alcohol sold at Gaston’s Tavern, despite it being called a tavern and serving a foamy apple beverage called LeFou’s Brew. Also, antlers.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that people tie one on at the Magic Kingdom. That would be wrong on many levels, and besides, such pursuits are better tailored to Epcot.
Epcot, as you may know, is divided into two parts, the first is home to Test Track, which has been totally re-themed on Chevorlet’s dime and offers guests an opportunity to create their own virtual car then test it against those created by others on the ride. It is a lot of fun, but frankly I am partial to Epcot’s other side.
The World Showcase at Epcot is an amazing collection of pavilions, each representing a different country in all of its respective glory. The pavilions are so convincing that you might think you are actually in said countries—assuming they are each the size of a Home Depot and only consist of restaurants, gift shops, and out of shape Americans. To this end the United States Pavilion is especially realistic.
That said, Epcot’s World Showcase is one of my favorite places in all of Walt Disney World. The food, drinks (yes, each country features their popular adult beverages), and entertainment found there is some of the best in all of Disney. Even the kids love it, and despite its lack of rides it might be one of the most magical experiences one can have on a Disney vacation.
The World Showcase is also home to a new interactive game based on our family’s favorite show, Phineas & Ferb. The game, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, allows guests to join Perry the Platypus (as Agent P) in thwarting the dastardly plots of Dr. Doofenshmirtz throughout the seven countries represented in the pavilions. Backstory not included.
This is also a great opportunity for guests to sample the aforementioned cocktails from each country, for example: There’s a Somethinganator to be investigated in Mexico? Great! There is also a tequila bar! And so forth and so on.
Don’t judge. It’s a vacation, people.
Disney’s latest additions, the New Fantasyland (I saw a dragon!), the re-imagined Test Track, and the very fun Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, have only added (see, additions) to the reasons that Walt Disney World is at the top when it comes to family vacations. My only suggestion is that you take your family with you.
Or a drinking buddy.