Who says visiting theme parks is only fun for the kids? Drinking at Walt Disney World might help relax you after shepherding the kids around the parks all day. Let’s journey through the parks and resorts to find the tastiest cocktails found at some of the best watering holes.
Drinking at Walt Disney World: Resorts
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is perhaps one of the best bars in all of Disney. It’s a tiki bar located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You will find some of the most creative cocktails, perhaps ever! The bar is dark, and cool, which makes it a viable alternative to the heat in Florida, no matter the time of the year.
Plan ahead if you plan to visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Due to popularity, lines form and can last up to two hours, leaving you yearning for a fast pass to wet your beak.
Drinking at Walt Disney World: Epcot
My favorite drink at the entire Walt Disney World Resort is found at La Cava del Tequila, in the Mexico pavillion. You will find over 200 tequilas here, including Mexican beer and wine. Order the chips and guac to complete the experience.
I usually order the Horchata. It’s a drink I grew up with – sans the booze – made of rice milk and cinnamon. You won’t taste the alcohol due to its sweetness but you will certainly feel it after a while so imbibe responsibly!
How about tall, cold one at a pub, mate? Venture over to the Rose & Crown Pub. Order a pint (or two) along with other British bites in the United Kingdom pavilion.
If you’re feeling a bit more refined, visit Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy section. There may be more hand gestures during the conversation as you choose from over 200 bottles of wine. Along with the reds and whites, you will find beer and a small-plates menu of meats, cheeses, panini, pasta and desserts.
Drinking at Walt Disney World: Hollywood Studios
Step into a time machine and go back to the 1950’s at The Tune-In Lounge. It’s a living room themed bar with shows from the 50’s playing on the TV, retro decor and and doubles as a waiting room for the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, adjacent. Try the green Mowie Wowie.
Pro Tip: you can order food from the 50’s Prime Time Cafe.
If you’re looking for indoor/outdoor options, stop by The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. It is located in the Animation Courtyard at Hollywood Studios. The Cobb salad was purportedly created by the chef at this restaurant but we’re here to talk about drinks. You can order wine and libations like signature Derby cocktails and martinis while you people watch on the patio al fresco.
Drinking at Walt Disney World: Animal Kingdom
Order a grown-up version of the famous Walt Disney World treat – the Dole Whip – with rum sans the wait at Tamu Tamu in Animal Kingdom’s Africa. It’s the adult version and just as satisfying and refreshing on a hot day.
Head to the Dawa Bar in the heart of the Harambe Village by Tusker House Restaurant. At this bamboo bar, you can sip on South African wines and African beer, including the elusive Tusker Lager. Not a beer drinker? Order a specialty cocktail like Lost on Safari or a Dawa Colada for a non-hoppy option. The Dawa bar is a good option on a hot day or mid-afternoon since it has shade, complete with oversize fans. There is music at the bar and fun animal tap handles!
Drinking at Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom, like California’s Disneyland, was notoriously a dry park with few alcoholic options. Before Christmas 2016, the only spot to find booze was at Be Our Guest, the Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant.
According to some reports, four restaurants added alcohol at the beginning of 2017. The restaurants on the list include: Tony’s Town Square (Italian), Cinderella’s Royal Table (American), the Liberty Tree Tavern (American), and the Skipper Canteen (everything).
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