My wife and I love doing Disney Date Nights, but if we tried to go on a Disney trip without our kids, there would be a revolt in our house roughly the equivalent to the Boston Tea Party, only instead of tea, there'd be Capri-Suns and other assorted juice boxes poured out into bathtubs, sinks, and toilets.
So since we are forced to bring our children, we will also sometimes drag along my mom, who offers babysitting service in exchange for a souvenir Mickey Mouse T-shirt. This may sound like a good deal until you realize that while in normal non-magical places you can still purchase a T-shirt for roughly $10 American or so, Disney T's are apparently hand-sewn by fairies with gilded gossamer silk threads spun by Emperor Gypsy Moths, as one shirt costs more than an entire tank full of gasoline.
But I digress. Once we have paid off the Grandmafia with some mouse-ka-clothing, we are free to spend our night enjoying Disney World the way Walt intended... without annoying children. Just kidding, our children aren't annoying. It's only all the other ones who are. Especially those little darlings running around the dinner tables at an expensive Disney meal (sorry, that's kind of redundant, isn't it?) while screaming at a volume louder than the roar of the Test Track vehicles taking that big curve.
One of our favorite locations for enjoying a lovely Disney Date Night is Epcot. Now I realize in a previous article I may have pointed out how annoying it is to take a stroll around World Showcase with your kids when there is a plethora of obnoxiously drunk folks walking around with plastic cups of beer and wine in hand. Well, ladies and gentlemen, the silver lining on that particular cloud is that when you are one of those obnoxiously drunk folks without tag-along kids... it's no longer annoying!
So grab a fake glass cup of your favorite adult beverage, sit back, and enjoy as this article covers how to have an awesome date night at Epcot.
Now, when Walt designed the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, he sure must have been hungry, because Epcot has more restaurants than even gift shops. It also has more rides the Disney Hollywood Studios... but then again so does your average middle-school carnival. (Sorry, Robert pays me by the joke.)
And yes, I know that Walt's dream for Epcot was far different than what it ultimately became. But when Walt dedicated Disneyland, he did so to the ideals and dreams that created America... yet today visiting Disney is just a dream for many Americans, since a Premier Platinum Diamond Horseshoe Annual Pass now costs almost as much as Walt actually spent to build the park in the first place.
Regardless of what it was supposed to become, what isn't debatable is that Epcot's World Showcase is a wonderful place to eat, drink, and be merry. There are approximately 30 different eateries in the World Showcase Promenade ranging from elegant indoor table service to outdoor cafes, boulangeries to simple window counters, all offering cuisines and treats from around the world to tempt you and your loved one.
World Showcase has something for every palette and appetite. Leaving here hungry is not an option. Obviously being so full you have to unbutton your pants (or, uh, so I've been told, and definitely never while humming the James Bond 007 theme) is easier to do during the Food and Wine Festival, but recreational overeating is something you can enjoy at Epcot any time of year.
The beauty of all these choices is you can tailor your night however you want. All the options are right there at your fingertips to create a truly memorable evening for you and your date:
1. Elegant: Make reservations for a lengthy, multi-course dinner at one of Epcot's premier dining establishments. Some great ones include: Monsieur Paul in France, San Angel Inn in Mexico, Le Cellier Steakhouse in Canada, and Tutto Italia Ristorante in Italy.
2. Casual: For lighter tapas-style snacks and drinks, you can hit one or two (or more) of these as you stroll the Showcase: Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in Italy, La Cava del Tequila in Mexico, Crepes des Chefs de France in (wait for it) France, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Arendelle I mean Norway (drum roll… rim shot), Spice Road Table in Morocco, Joy of Tea in China, and Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, also in France.
3. Social: If you'd rather mix it up, you can also enjoy the social atmosphere of Epcot's more communal bars and eateries. From non-stop parties and sing-a-longs, the revelry comes free of charge (a phrase rarely heard at a theme park) at these exciting locations: Biergarten in Germany, Rose and Crown Pub in England, and Teppan Edo in Japan.
Keep in mind that the above list of options really just scratches the surface. There are literally hundreds of different ways to design the victuals and potent potables portion of your date night. And if you take too much liberty with your libations, rest assured there are plenty of carts and stands around the World serving coffee, espresso, and cappuccino!
Your World Tour
Take your time and explore the countries. Each pavilion is an amazing work of art, with cool nooks and crannies to discover. From the architecture of the buildings to the very materials in the street, the World Showcase pavilions strive to recreate the experience of being in the respective country they represent, down to the smallest detail.
I know that I am guilty of not doing this most times we visit with the kids, because, let's face it, when touring a Disney theme park, most children want to ride rides, meet characters, buy toys and souvenirs, and eat cool snacks they can't have back at home. They usually couldn't care less about stopping at the countries, because it reminds them of social studies at school. And that's completely understandable.
However, a Disney Date Night at Epcot is the perfect time to do the exact opposite, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you're truly missing out on when you rush through the countries.
One of the first and best Disney Date Nights I can remember involved my wife and I having a wonderful dinner at Le Cellier, before it became an impossible-to-get reservation, then exploring the countries on a chilly night (for Florida, it was in the 40s) cuddled in our leather jackets and gloves and hats (we're Floridians, and yes there were Canadians in shorts and tank tops drinking cold beer.)
We tried candy bars we had never heard of in the U.K., bought souvenirs we couldn't pronounce in Japan, and sipped Espresso to warm ourselves up on the border of Italy. We took photos (selfies hadn't been invented yet) around the world: beneath secluded Canadian waterfalls, in front of the Eiffel Tower, and sitting astride famous Italian Fountains.
Skip the rides. Avoid the lines. Just enjoy everything there is to experience. See the wonderful shows like Impressions de France or Reflections of China that you may skip during your busy visits because the kids think they're as boring as the Hall of Presidents and besides they want to hurry over to Test Track 2.0 before their Fastpass+ expires. Take in the various street performances and authentic entertainment in each land.
Stroll the promenade and enjoy the amazing scenic views around World Showcase Lagoon. The wonderfully wide walkways make things seem much less congested than the other Walt Disney World parks. Plus World Showcase regularly stays open fairly late, even without Extra Magic Hour Evenings.
That's my idea of a wonderful night out in World Showcase. What do you love to do on your Disney Date in Epcot?Tweet
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