Not all Disney trips are geared towards the kiddos! The Epcot festivals are a favorite time to visit Walt Disney World for my husband and I. From previous blog entries I am sure you know that we like to go without our daughter on occasion. I don’t mind having a cocktail or two when she is with us while staying at Disney because we don’t have to drive but I still like to remain the responsible mom! On the other hand, I still do not get out of control when we go alone but I do have my favorite cocktails on property.
Magic Kingdom is the exception to the rule. Although select restaurants are now offering a limited beer and wine menu, there are no cocktails. IF we happen to have an Advanced Dining Reservation in the future at one of the locations offering beer and wine, I may have one.
Obviously, my favorite park to grab an “Adult Beverage” would be Epcot. With 11 countries lining World Showcase and several festivals offering food and beverage kiosks throughout the year it is a no-brainer. Epcot has 2 main festivals, Flower & Garden during the Spring and Food & Wine during the Fall. A recent addition, The International Festival of the Arts, will be returning in the winter of 2018. You can find most everything in Epcot. Beer, wine, liquor, champagne, cordials and more. Each country has something that is geared towards the main drink for each country. Germany, one thinks beer. Italy, wine. Japan, sake.
Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs also offer some great locations to grab a cocktail. Dawa Bar, Drinkwallah, Brown Derby, Peevy’s Polar Pipeline, Jock Lindsey’s and more.
And don’t forget the resorts! With pool bars, lounges and restaurants you are sure to find a perfect spot to unwind after a day in the parks.
Now, on to a few of my personal favorites:
Epcot – France Pavilion – Kiosk Les Vins des chefs de France– Grand Marnier Slush – This one is a must have it every single trip and I get the large with an extra shot. The orange flavored slush is combined with Grand Marnier Liqueur (also orange flavored) to create the combination of cool and refreshing for a hot day.
Epcot – Japan Pavilion – Sake Tasting Bar – Tucked away in the back of Mitusukoshi Department Store is a Sake Tasting Bar. The cast members are knowledgeable in helping you pick a new sake to try. I never knew there were so many types! Sparkling, sweet, dry, extra dry, and cloudy sakes fill the menu. They also offer a monthly special.
Animal Kingdom – Drinkwallah – Frozen Rum and Coke – The unassuming stand dishes out a frozen Captain Morgan and Coke that will make the hottest days seem bearable! I’ve always been a fan of Captain and Coke but this takes it to a new level!!
Polynesian Resort – Tambu Lounge – Lapu Lapu – This fruity concoction is served in a fresh hollowed out pineapple. Talk about feeling like you are on the islands! This one is great to share with friends or have it all for yourself if you are brave enough. A mix of Myers Dark rum, fruit juices and a topper of Bacardi 151 make up this one.
Polynesian Resort – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – The lines may be long to get in at times but the experience alone is worth it. Go ahead and go for a specialty drink and purchase the souvenir glass to take home with you! The Nautilus is one of our favorites and big enough for two. We often pick our poison just for the souvenir cup. Keep your eyes peeled, each drink ordered is interactive with the lounge and/or Cast Members!!
Resort Pool Bars – Pina CoLAVA – This frozen fruity concoction is just what the vacation doctor ordered for sitting by the pool relaxing. This drink takes a normal Pina Colada and kicks it up a notch with Bacardi Razz and a raspberry puree swirl. Perfect for pool side refreshment.
The resorts, restaurants and parks are full of restaurants and lounges with beverages to fit anyone’s needs. Alcohol-free options are also available. Just remember to drink responsibly, it is Disney and there are lots of kiddos around. Keep hydrated in the Florida sun and remember Disney transport is there for you or you can always call Uber!