We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day.
Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!
DAY FIVE: Morimoto Imperial Pilsner at Morimoto Asia (Disney Springs)
One of the most recent additions to Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia is already a hit. The decor and theming of the restaurant is gorgeous. 20 foot chandeliers that almost appear to be floating jellyfish, open kitchens allowing guests to see chefs during the preparation process (such as the Peking duck carving), and the overall modern-yet-classic feel make the dining experience a pleasure. There are two bars at Morimoto Asia (one on each floor) offering a wide variety of choices but what drew our attention was the Morimoto Imperial Pilsner and its incredible souvenir bottle.
The Imperial Pilsner is $25 a bottle, equivalent to approximately 100 cans of PBR, but you are actually getting a good bang for your buck. The bottle itself is impressive, has a lot of weight to it, and holds 25.4 ounces of beer (which is approximately equal to the amount of 50 pours of beer at the Food & Wine Festival). The beer itself is fantastic. Back of bottle reads: “5 Ingredients: Pilsner & aciduated malts, Rogue Farms independent hops, free range coastal water & Czech pils yeast. No chemicals, preservatives, or additives.” Highly recommended.
Be sure to make Morimoto Asia one of your dining experiences on your next trip to WDW. Whether stopping in for drinks, lunch, or dinner, you are going to be pleasantly surprised. The service and presentation of the food and drinks is among the best on property. The spare ribs are mouth watering good and you can’t leave without trying the Chocolate Cream & Crunchies dessert which features Oreo tempura. That’s right, Oreo tempura. He’s been at WDW for less than a month and Chef Morimoto has already earned a window on Main Street USA in our opinion.
For more information on Morimoto Asia: CLICK HERE
Previous Drinks of Christmas:
DAY TWO: Dufftoberfest at Duff Brewery
DAY THREE: Godiva Chocolate Martini at Mizner’s Lounge
DAY FOUR: Blood Orange Side Car at Swizzle Lounge
Interested in theme park drinks? Then do we have a eBook for you! The Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges eGuide by Brian McNichols. Over 250 pages and containing well over 400 photos, this eGuide takes you through EVERY bar and lounge on WDW property (trust me, Brian has the kidneys problems to prove it!) Also included? Recipes for some of your favorite WDW drinks. Ratings, descriptions, and photos for each of the 70+ bars and lounges. Talk about the perfect Christmas present!
Special thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover and Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.