Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing our grown ups guide to Disney.
A grown ups guide to Disney requires a look at some of the bars and lounges at Walt Disney World. There are a lot of fun options both at the parks and the resorts. These are our top 5 (for now!) 🙂
Location: Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Drinks: In the mornings, 9:00 to 11:00 am, Dawa Bar offers three different Bloody Mary’s, two types of mimosas plus a Beermosa, which sounds kind of interesting. After 11:00 am there is draft beer (try the Safari Amber), African beer (we’re partial to the Tusker Lager), wine, and lots of great cocktail options. I love the Sugar Cane Mojito. The version without alcohol is good too, I tried it with a pregnant friend. Drew really enjoyed the Lost on Safari which has Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Pink Pigeon Mauritian Rum, and Dawa Bar’s Pangani Punch.
Why We Love It: Dawa Bar is in the heart of Harambe which means it is a beautiful, vibrant spot. It’s a great place to take a break, soak in the atmosphere, and actually relax for a bit. One of my favorite Disney memories is a day we took the time to hang out with friends laughing and soaking up the atmosphere. There is also wheelchair seating at the bar but if it’s taken there are tables nearby.
Location: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Food: We love the food here. We usually order an appetizer for our meal because it’s a lot of food.
Why We Love It: We typically stop by for lunch. It’s never been crowded and it’s a nice spot to get out of the parks for a while. And the food is delicious so I’d recommend visiting even if you don’t want a drink. We typically get the Buttermilk-fried Rock Shrimp because we both love the dipping sauces, Drew enjoys the Buffalo Chicken Wings, and the House-cut Truffle Fries are great to share.
Location: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Drinks: Disney’s standard bar menu.
Food: The Bellevue Lounge offers a continental breakfast in the mornings but the bar doesn’t offer food. It’s a short walk to the BoardWalk Bakery though if you need a snack.
Why We Love It: The atmosphere. The Bellevue Lounge is tucked away in a nice quiet corner. There are lots of comfy chairs inside or you can sit outside and soak up the atmosphere on the Boardwalk. Old radio programs play in the background and there are a few board games you can play. We spent a nice evening here during the holidays so the radio programs had a Christmas theme. It was so nice just sitting there with our Moscow mules relaxing and talking. I kind of wish I was there now!
Location: Disney Springs
Drinks: If you are looking for unique drinks this is the place for you. Drew had the Scottish Professor,
Monkey Shoulder Blended malt Scotch Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, pear nectar, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice. It was really good if you are a fan of Scotch. (And we are!) I tried the Cool-headed Monkey, Starr African Rum, Van Der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, fresh lime juice, watermelon, and pineapple juice. It was a nice mix of sweet and sour. Plus it comes in a very cool glass that you can purchase.
Food: Jock’s offers small plates that are great for sharing. We didn’t indulge in any on our visit but the Tanis Tacos and the Air Pirate’s Pretzels sound delicious.
Why We Love It: It’s a 1940’s airline hanger and was the home of Indiana Jones’ sidekick and pilot Jock Lindsey. If that doesn’t get you there then we can’t be friends. 🙂 But seriously the themeing here is amazing. There are so many details that you can’t take them in on one visit. We sat in the corner at a very cool table but there is also wheelchair seating at the bar. There is also an outdoor bar with wheelchair seating, tables, and Jock’s dry docked boat Reggie also offers seating. We love that it’s so unique so make sure to stop by on your next visit to Disney Springs.
Location: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Drinks: Again, if you want unique drinks Trader Sam’s is a must visit. We split the Nautilus (it’s made for two), Barbancourt Pango Rhum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Combier Crème de Pêche de Vigne Liqueur, Tropical Juices, and Falernum which is a sweet syrup used in tropical drinks. We highly recommend it. It comes in a souvenir glass like most of the drinks at Trader Sam’s. We decided to bring one home even though it was a little pricey. We don’t buy that many souvenirs but I love collecting the glasses from Trader Sam’s on both coasts.
Food: There are lots of yummy options at the Grogg Grotto. We spilt the Chicken Lettuce Cups with Hoisin-Ginger Sauce. I could probably eat them every day.
Why We Love It: A lot of the lounges we like have a laid back atmosphere but Trader Sam’s is the complete opposite. Every drink has some sort of special effect so a volcano will be going off one minute or the giant octopus arm behind the bar will start moving around. The bartenders will also have something to yell when each drink comes out and everyone in the bar will chant along. It is a fun, vibrant atmosphere that showcases the best parts of Disney themeing and storytelling. It can be hard to get into but it’s totally worth it.
An honorable mention would have to go Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace. It is located outside and is a great alternative if you don’t want to wait to get into the Grogg Grotto since it has the same menu. It’s also a great place to hang while you wait! There are tikis, torches, a waterfall, and live music. It’s a little more relaxing outside plus you can get a Spikey Pineapple, rum and pineapple soft serve. It’s delicious!
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