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Disney: Official Unofficial Rules for Beers Around The World at Epcot

Mr Beer PremiumA few friends of mine think that Epcot is the best thing at Walt Disney World.  There are quite a few people who agree with that belief, such as the folks at EPCOT CENTRAL, all for their own reasons.  I can’t say that I disagree with them, as Epcot can be underrated by park visitors.  Ask any person who dislikes Epcot and they often say the same things:

  • “There’s nothing to do there.”
  • “It’s boring.”
  • “Why do I have to walk so far?”

Epcot is an immersive environment, with surprises and treats around every corner, if you would only bother to look.  But that’s a different topic for a different day.  

For those Epcot naysayers out there – I say that if you don’t like where you are, sometimes it’s because you aren’t creative enough to make your own fun. 

Today, I will provide you with something to do after you have seen all that Epcot has to offer – courtesy in part from my creative Epcot-loving friends, and in part by today’s website, DRINK AROUND THE WORLD.

DRINK AROUND THE WORLD offers travelling advice for how to best handle each country while travelling with your favorite beverage, and it contains a fairly well-updated list of the beers that are available in each country.

So after you make notes of the information on that site, share these unofficially official Beers Around The World rules with your Epcot travelling companions and experience Epcot in a completely different way.


Get sauced in Sweden, hammed in Hamburg, wasted in Whales, plowed in Poland, stupid in the States and freaky in France. 

  1. The object of the game is to have at least one beverage in every country in Epcot’s World Showcase.  (For those who would prefer to eat around the world instead, substitute “food” for “beverage” in these rules.)
  2. There is no time limit.  We move at our own own pace.
  3. The entire group cannot leave the currently occupied country until every person participating has finished their food or beverage for that country.
    1. This rule stays in effect if someone purchases a 2nd (or 3rd) beverage.  However, additional food items beyond the initial purchase can be taken across the border. 
    2. Water does not count as food or beverage, and may cross the border at any time.
    3. There is no penalty for backtracking to a previously occupied country.  When invoking this rule, a beverage may be brought over the border if it is being used as a substitute for a beverage in the current country (such as bringing a fresh glass of Italian wine into the US for a non-beer drinker).
  4. Photographic evidence must be taken of the group in every country.
    1. If there is a fountain or other water element in the country, the photo must take place there.
    2. At least one member of the group needs to be standing in the aforementioned water element, if physically possible to do so.*
    3. When in France, must show underpants.*

* Use common sense – if it looks like you’re going to get kicked out of the park if you try to fulfill these rules, then don’t do it. 

Our journey begins with a cold Cerveza in the Mexico pavilion while rafting the rivers of El Rio Del Tiempo, or the River of Time.   Too many XX’s mean no room for a ride in Norway.

We ride the Maelstrom and drink with the Vikings in the castle of Akershus.  Strong guys with horns and stronger beer make for an interesting time later in China.

The land of many faces and The Nine Dragons and Lotus Blossom Cafe offering many delights of drink from the land of the garden temple should have us seeing many other things than faces.

Oktoberfest will never be the same after a few schnitzel and steins of Germany’s finest dark ales.  Daily wine tastings at Weinkeller should give puke a distinct rose color.

Pray to God the Campanile, (Bell Tower) does not ring while stumbling the streets of Italy.  This could be a good time to run towards our next goal, the US.

Four score and seven beers ago our Lady Liberty crossed the majestic colonial streets of America and fell over backwards.  We have made it halfway around the world and not only are we still standing but we can see Mission Space across the lake, taunting us to make it back.

By the time we reach Japan, a warm bottle of sake should be just what the 90-degree Orlando sun tells you not to drink, but we drink anyway.  Someone is sure to pee on a bonsai tree and be beaten by a ninja.

We bellydance away between old and new cities and drink in the restaurant of Marrakesh.  Remember, it is forbidden to touch the bellydancers.

Viva-la-France and a bottle of wine greets us in the bistros of Paris. Mixing beer and wine are a great combo, especially since we’re now almost done with our journey.

Almost home kids, somebody pick up the stragglers and tell them to stop crying for mercy.  We’re in jolly ole’ England in the 1500’s, hanging in the Crown Pub snorting fish and chips with a Guinness chaser.  This should be the end of us but alas, Canada beckons.

Our neighbors to the north offer an exciting waterfall and the atmospheric Le Cellier Steakhouse restaurant with a 360-degree Circlevision that’s sure to make half our group fall over sideways with their Molsons.

After many years of practice using these rules, Web Watch can make the following recommendations:

  • Have fun, but don’t infringe on the fun of other guests.  This is especially true later in the journey when things can get out of hand if you are travelling with a large group.
  • Give yourself plenty of time.  This is a journey, not a race.  Relax, and use your drinking time to explore each pavilion properly.  Since you now have a reason to loiter in each country, take the time to really enjoy what Disney has put together for Epcot visitors.
  • Web Watch has found that travelling clockwise, from Mexico to Canada, is preferred over travelling counter-clockwise.  This is even more practical if you are staying at an Epcot-area hotel.
  • If you are not staying at an Epcot-area hotel and the group is rather toasted, it might be a better idea to grab a taxi from one of those nearby Epcot-area hotels (the Boardwalk, the Yacht Club) rather than to fight the Monorail or Disney Transport bus crowds.  The other guests will thank you, and you’ll probably get to your own hotel a little faster.
  • Don’t forget to eat something along the way.   A good rule of thumb is to start out with nachos in Mexico, have an eggroll in China, sushi in Japan, and pastries in France.

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4 replies on “Disney: Official Unofficial Rules for Beers Around The World at Epcot”

i need help finding an acronym for epcot. it has to do with drinking the world. the wife and i are going and i want shirts made up

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