Stop #1: Canada
If you ever go to Epcot, and you have kids (or are just like me, and you ARE a kid), you HAVE to make sure to hit up the Kidcot area.
Since Canada is the first country we came to, we stopped at their Kidcot to get our Duffy...
So what's Duffy? Duffy is this bear that has become a Disney icon at the Japan location, so they brought it to the US park. It's on a stick & the purpose is to take it to each country to collect stamps. Epcot also has a passport kit you can buy & take around the countries...but free was more fun :)
The Kidcot areas are presented by Sharpies. So you had a buttload of Sharpies to use to color Duffy.
I was actually a little bummed that they switched to Duffy, because the last time mom came to Epcot, they had masks. You were able to color the mask & then at each country you got your stamp but you also got a string of charms to hang on the mask from that country.
aunt debbie likes to take pictures with her eyes closed
We weren't in Canada long...
Stop #2: United Kingdom
We walked around for a bit to kill time before our noon reservations.
Naturally, we got noticed and were crowned.
vegetarian shepherd's pie - delish! mom & i split this,
and we both had sides of the cauliflower gratin
in honor of the "happy couple", will & kate, the restaurant passed out
drinks to toast the newlyweds. hip hip hooray x3
(note to self: it's not customary to then slam down your plastic cup in the "bottoms up position")
Stop #3: France
I was craving a pastry or something. But I resisted the temptation. Instead we collected our stamp on Duffy and discovered that there were FREE passports! So we of course jumped on that bandwagon.
The passports were to promote the new movie Cars 2, which releases early summer.
Stop #4: Morocco
No pictures...pretty sure this is where I found $8 though!
And this is the start of where you can get the Kidcot personnel to write your name on the back of Duffy, in their language.
Moroccan "Nicole" is just squiggles. I could do that.
Something to note: all the "cast" members in each country are actually FROM the respective countries. They are able to write & speak the language.
Stop #5: Japan
Stop #6: USA
It was colonial USA...not modern day.
And I asked the Kidcot guy to write my name on the back :) He was quick to fire back though, and asked "did you color this yourself?"
Stop #7: Italy
Stop #8: Germany
Stop #9: China
Got stamps, got stickers in our passports, got our names written in Chinese, and found out mom, Aunt Debbie, and I were all born in the year of the pig. To which the Kidcot lady said "ohh, the 3 little pigs", and then laughed.
Stop #10: Norway
Stop #11: Mexico