Category Archives: Epcot

La Hacienda Ready to Serve at Epcot

With La Hacienda ready to soft open this week we’d like to thank one of our friends at the World for snapping a few photos for us to share with you today.

Photo courtesy Brandi Baker

The newly refurbished Cantina will now be both counter service and table service. La Cantina de San Angel will open daily at 11am and serve counter service options while the table service option, La Hacienda de San Angel, will open daily at 4pm. La Cantina de San Angel will utilize its own seating area plus some of the air-conditioned La Hacienda seating space (including the terrace) until La Hacienda opens at 4pm. Then La Hacienda will only be available for table service seating. La Cantina de San Angel will remain open, serving counter service selections, until the park closes.

Outdoor seating - photo courtesy Brandi Baker

Outdoor Terrace - photo courtesy Brandi Baker

Offerings at La Cantina will include grilled beef and chicken tacos served on fresh homemade corn tortillas, Empanadas de Queso (fried corn masa filled with cheese, topped with green sauce, served with corn chips), nachos, fresh homemade guacamole and chips, churros, and paletas (traditional fruit popsicles).

Beginning September 16 ADRs can be made for La Hacienda for October 15th and after. The restaurant is in a soft opening phase until October 15th and will be walk up only.

We will be trying it out for ourself soon so look for another post in the future with a review and food photos.

Quick Shot – Illuminations, Reflections of Earth

A quick shot today of my favorite nighttime spectacular, Illuminations, performed nightly at Epcot at 9pm except during the holidays (beginning November 26 and continuing through the month of December) when a special holiday ending is added and the performance begins at 9:30pm.

Illuminations Lighting up the Nighttime Sky

Club Cool’s Mezzo Mix – Make Your Own?

A couple weeks ago we posted about Club Cool in Epcot’s Future World. Well that created a craving for some of one of our favorites, Mezzo Mix.

Club Cool Tasting Station

Since we’re a good nine hour drive away, we decided to try and create our own Mezzo Mix at home.

Mezzo Mix - Coca Cola and Orange Fanta

Don’t be fooled by the bottle of Mezzo Mix in the photo above. That would be an ebay purchase and who knows how old that bottle is. We see it more as a collectible piece.

Create Your Own?

We started by mixing various versions of Coca-Cola and Orange Fanta and tasting each time, trying to find the closest portions. After quite a few tastings we settled on the following:

5.5 parts Coca-Cola and 1 part Orange Fanta. Try it yourself and see what you think. You may discover a different ratio of Coke vs. Fanta and if so, let me know so we can try it out ourselves!

Shopping and Unique Opportunities Inside Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion

We recently posted about the San Angel Inn restaurant inside Epcot’s Mexico pavilion, but that’s not all that sits inside the model of the Aztec Temple of Quetzalcoatl. The main area inside is covered with various kiosks that sell different Mexican souvenirs. The perimeter of the interior is made up of a handful of shops as well. La Tienda Encatada sells clothing, jewelry, and accessories while the neighboring La Princesa de Cristal has a collection of crystal and glass items available for purchase. If you are lucky, you’ll catch the glass blower working on new pieces for the shop.

Glass Blower Inside La Princesa de Cristal

From Behind

Epcot’s Club Cool Offers a Refreshing Taste Break

You have to pay to enjoy a lot of things in Disney World, but there’s one place you can go to cool off and quench your thirst…for FREE! Epcot’s Club Cool (formerly known as Ice Station Cool) offers up a taste of various Coca-Cola products from around the world. These include:

Club Cool Tasting Station

Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique – I enjoy ginger ale regularly and always find myself filling up my cup with Krest on each visit.

Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica – One of my favorites. I have a sweet tooth and this satisfies it. It’s fruity, it’s sweet, try it at least once.

Beverly from Italy – Everybody’s favorite…. taste to trick their friends with. My father-in-law is the only person I know so far that actually enjoyed it. But apparently he enjoys club soda and compared it to that.

VegitaBeta from Japan – It’s been awhile since I sampled this one because I tend to stick to my favorites and it was not available on our last visit. This one is a noncarbonated, orange flavored, vitamin drink.

Kinley Lemon from Israel – A lemonade soda, Kinley is another one that I find refreshing. I compare it to Sprite.

Lift Apple from Mexico – Definitely satisfies this sweet tooth! Lift Apple is possibly my favorite. It is exactly what its name implies – an apple flavored soda.

Smart Watermelon from China – Not as sweet as it looks like it could be, but it is still a refreshing soda flavored with watermelon.

Mezzo Mix from Germany – This soda with a hint of orange is my husband’s all-time favorite, so much so he ordered a vintage bottle off of ebay (and now it sits in our kitchen pantry because it’s so old nobody would dare open it). According to the description, Mezzo Mix is intended to be mixed with beer which is a strange idea of a combination to me, but to each his own.

And speaking of to each his own, the next time you’re in Epcot, stop by Club Cool and decide which flavor is your favorite! While you’re there you can pick up some Coca-Cola themed merchandise or grab a new brightly colored plastic reusable cup and have it filled with frozen coke to enjoy as you continue touring the park.

Frozen Cokes

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Norway’s Stave Church

Last week we looked at Norway’s ride attraction, Maelstrom, so today we’ll continue the Norwegian tour with the Stave Church found right at the entrance to the pavilion.

Norway's Stave Church

This building is a replica of the Gol Stave Church located in Oslo and it houses an exhibition called “Vikings: Conquerors of the Seas”.

Norway's Stave Church

I’m not alone in saying that I could spend a good bit of time inside the Stave Church simply because of the choice of music. The relaxing piece of music that you hear when in this area is by a Norwegian saxophonist, Jan Garbarek, titled “Parce mihi Domine”, and is actually a Gregorian Chant composed in the early 1500s.  If you’d like to take a photo and video tour of the Norway pavilion, including Maelstrom and the film following the ride, you can do so by watching this YouTube video. (Listen up at around 0:52 into the video as the Stave Church music is played).

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Norway’s Maelstrom

The Norway pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase is one of two pavilions with a ride attraction and not just a film.

Maelstrom Entrance

The viking type boat that guests board take them through the history of Norway and the culture of the country. Take a look at the large mural before boarding as it represents different aspects of the country’s story.

Mural in Boarding Area

Once on board, guests on the viking ship first pass through Norway’s viking days before entering a magical swamp where the ship is sent backwards by some angry trolls. While traveling backwards guests pass a scene with Norwegian wildlife such as polar bears and puffins, and then, be sure to turn around and check behind you because the ship appears to be heading backwards, outside, and over a waterfall.

Looking Back at Norway

Never fear, the ship stops momentarily, and if you turned around you get a view of the pavilion from above, and then moves forward on through scenes depicting the oil industry in Norway. Guests end their trip in a small Norwegian village where you can choose to watch a short film about the country at the exit.

Originally the attraction was going to only be focused on trolls but the Norway sponsors did not like this idea and wanted more of the country represented. The ride opened in July 1988 after the Norway pavilion was dedicated in June of the same year.

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