Book Review | Drinking at Disney

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Drinking at Disney: A Tipsy Travel Guide to Walt Disney World’s Bars, Lounges, & Glow Cubes

Drinking at Disney is a fun and informative guide to adult beverages at Walt Disney World. With in depth reviews, customized plans, and pro-tips, this book helps both first time visitors and Walt Disney World veterans looking for something new to try. I was gifted this book to review and I am so glad I was given the opportunity. It’s a new spin on the standard guide book and feels like you are reading conversation (or vlog) about the parks.

Enzo's Hideaway at Disney Springs
Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar at Disney Springs

We visit Walt Disney World a lot and it seems to confuse some people. I think some people feel it’s a place you can only visit with kids. Drinking at Disney proves once again that is not the case!

Reviews of Every Juice Joint

Drinking at Disney defines a bar as any location whose primary function is the sale of alcohol. This covers every restaurant bar, lounge, and cart on Walt Disney World property. The only omission are restaurants themselves. Which leaves the Magic Kingdom chapter a little thin. But don’t worry. Epcot more than makes up for it.

Bars are grouped by location so you can easily see what is available at the parks, Disney Springs, the water parks, and resorts. Each bar is then rated 1 to 5 using the Tervis Tumbler scale and value is rated between 1 and 5 pineapples. I promise that will make more sense when you read the book. But it’s a great way to find out where to spend your time and money. Each review also includes whether the bar has Disney’s standard bar menu, if discounts are available, where it is located, and the theme and vibe.

You will also find some of the highlights of the bar’s menu and well as the pros and cons of each location. So do these reviews really help? Yes, and I will tell you how.

When a Plan Comes Together

I am a planner. I can’ t help myself. When we visit Walt Disney World I always have a good idea of what bars I want to visit. This tends to save time since Andrew and I don’t have to keep saying “I don’t know, where do you want to go.” over and over to each other.

Drinking at Disney is a great resource when you are making a touring plan for the day or want to know where to relax at your resort. I highly recommend choosing a bar at one of the monorail resorts on Magic Kingdom days. They are great spots to take a break and escape the crowds for a while in the afternoon.

Review Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Speaking of plans, there is an entire chapter dedicated to drinking plans. Almost everyone knows about Drinking Around the World at Epcot but Drinking at Disney gives you some more fun options. The best part is transportation tips are included so you don’t have to put anyone at risk by driving.

Relax, You’re at WDW. Seriously.

While it can be fun to be in the parks all day it’s not something you have to do. We used to stay open to close but I am too old for that. Sometimes you need to relax, take in the scenery, and enjoy some Disney background music.

Belle Vue Lounge
Belle Vue Lounge at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
Helps You Budget

Walt Disney World can be an expensive vacation. Especially if you add adult beverages into the mix. The reviews help you find the best value, whatever that means to you. Want to save money? Find out which bars offer discounts. Or maybe you’ve accepted you are going to be paying premium prices at Disney bars and just want to make sure you’re picking a great spot.

Baseline Tap House
She Loves a Theme

One of the best things about Walt Disney World is the theming. Some places are a better than others so if you want to experience something unique Drinking at Disney can help you with that. Definitely check out Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
You Have a Baby. . . in a Bar

I hate to break it to some of you, but there are children at Walt Disney World. And that includes the bars. Disney is place for families to spend time together and sometimes that includes a nice break for the adults. Some bars are a little more kid friendly than others. For example, pool bars are always a good option. Kids can play and participate in supervised activities in the afternoon while everyone else enjoys a boozy Dole Whip from The Drop Off pool side. It’s a win-win. On the flip side, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto becomes a 21 and over establishment after 8:00 pm.

Trader Sam's Grogg Grotto

Drinking at Disney is not only a really helpful guide but it is also really entertaining. There are over 100 bars on Walt Disney World property and these heroes will help you find the best spot to relax with a drink in your hand. Rhiannon and Drunky are extremely honest and that’s what I want when I am trying to figure out where to spend my money.


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