Filed under: Dining
There’s no doubt that Disney World is filled will glorious places to enjoy an adult beverage if you so choose. With the exception of the Magic Kingdom (the only Disney World park to not serve alcohol), there are many restaurants, bars, and beverage stands where you can grab a drink. While I don’t encourage getting totally trashed in Walt Disney World, I do suggest that adults who enjoy alcohol reach for something other than a Bud Light since the Disney Parks offer up some really unique concoctions.
This suggestion is for my beer fans out there. I’m a beer baby and always will be. Most Disney people suggest folks to travel to Epcot and grab an international beer, but I’d like to send you to somewhere a little unexpected: Animal Kingdom. At most counter service and table service restaurants in Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge, Safari Amber is available. It’s brewed by Anheuser-Busch specially for Disney. While it’s a pretty standard amber, it’s worlds better than any other beer offered. The aroma is a subtle caramel while the flavor is slightly sweet. On a hot day, I head over to Dawa Bar and grab a Safari Amber.
For my pick at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we head to the Tune In Lounge and order a Magical Star Cocktail. A mix of X-Fusion Liqueur, coconut rum, and pineapple juice takes your taste buds on an exciting and delicious ride. You’ve probably seen those radical color changing ice cubes in someone’s drink before, right? You get one in a Magical Star! We always find loads of inappropriate things to do with the ice cube once the drink is gone. Now, this isn’t the only place you can find this fun drink. Virtually every bar and restaurant on Disney property can make you one of these. I just like the Tune In Lounge at 50’s Prime Time Cafe for the entertaining photo ops.
Onto Epcot, the universe of diverse alcohol options. It’s hard to point someone in the “right” direction because there are so many places to go! Everyone is different, and that’s why Epcot is the best place in all of Disney World to drink. While I haven’t participated in “Mr. Toad’s Wild Bar Crawl” just yet, I’m experienced enough to give you a jumping off-point.
Like great mixed drinks and are fond of tequila? Go to La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico pavilion and order something that doesn’t sound good. I’m serious. The weirder the drink sounds, the better tasting it is. My two favorites are the Jalapeño and the Avocado Margaritas.
I’d like to send the girly girls over to France to enjoy a frozen concoction from Les Vins des Chefs de France, the beverage stand across from Le Chefs de France restaurant. Both the Grey Goose Citron Lemonade Slush and the Grand Mariner & Grey Goose Orange Slush are fan favorites that can create long lines on the hottest of days. My personal favorite is the Grand Mariner Orange Slush. Be careful not to spill it, though! They fill these things to the brim, and I’ve seen one too many of them half-spilled on the ground. If I’m feeling particularly sassy and I’ve already had a few drinks, I’ll try and practice my high school French while ordering. Always a good laugh…
The last place I’d like to direct you to is not in a park but a resort: Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Oh sweet heavens, you have no idea what is waiting for you at the bar situated upstairs in the Great Ceremonial House. At the Tambu Lounge, throw down thirteen bucks and change for a pineapple filled with dark rum, fruit juices, and…wait for it…Bacardi 151. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a pineapple that wasn’t hollowed enough and a bartender who is feeling sorry for you. I was once told, “The pineapple wasn’t hollowed out much so to make it worth your while I put almost all alcohol in that.” If this happens to you, shut your mouth and thank that loving cast member.
Now that you know about some of my favorite beverages in Walt Disney World, why don’t you tell me yours? Leave me a message in the comment section below!