A Walt Disney World vacation is a wonderful experience from the first moment of magic to the very last attraction. Guests can explore the entire property to enjoy attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, recreation, and s much more. While there is plenty to do and enjoy, sometimes a Disney vacation can become a little stressful thanks to long days in the parks, hot and humid weather, and lots and lots of walking. A great way to unwind while on vacation is by indulging in an alcoholic beverage, and guests who are wine drinkers are in luck as Walt Disney World is home to some amazing locations that stock delicious wine. Guests can enjoy wonderful wine selections in various places ranging from fine dining restaurants to lounges and more. No matter what type of wine a guest enjoys drinking, they are sure to find the perfect option in Walt Disney World! Here are the ten best spots for wine drinkers at Walt Disney World.
1. California Grill
One of the most popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World can be found at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. California Grill brings the flavors of the Pacific Coast to life in a modern setting that offers sweeping views of Seven Seas Lagoon, the Magic Kingdom, and surrounding areas. While the food at California Grill is absolutely amazing, guests are sure to enjoy the extensive wine list that features dozens of choices from California and many from the Napa region in particular. Guests can choose to order by the bottle or glass and enjoy options such as Chardonnay, Sparkling Brut, and Zinfandel.
2. Baseline Tap Room
The Grand Avenue area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to a wonderful location that offers up a cozy but industrial atmosphere combined with delicious drinks and small bites. Baseline Tap Room invites guests to enjoy beer and wine from California in a welcoming environment that also features an outdoor terrace. Guests can enjoy small bites such as Bavarian Pretzel and California Cheese and Charcuterie Plate while sipping California wines on tap including Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
3. Jiko – The Cooking Places
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to a delicious and adventurous location that is open daily for dinner. Jiko – The Cooking Place offers African inspired cuisine served up in a bright and welcoming environment that features wood-fire ovens and birds soaring above. While the food at Jiko – The Cooking Place is enough to fill the restaurant each night, there is a special experience that wine lovers are sure to enjoy. Each Wednesday, the restaurant hosts a special wine tasting that showcases wines from South Africa. The sommeliers choose three unique wines to sample and pair them with a selection of cheeses that guests are sure to love.
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4. Victoria & Albert’s
One particular restaurant in Walt Disney World offers such a elegant and unique dining experience that many guests consider it to be a total splurge and once in a lifetime meal. Victoria & Albert’s is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and offers guests a refined seven course meal served in Victorian elegance. Guests are sure to enjoy every bite of the award winning menu, however the wine list is sure to thrill them. Victoria & Albert’s wine cellar features over four thousand bottles for guests to choose from and the knowledgeable sommeliers are always on hand to help guests choose the perfect pairing to accompany their meals.
5. Be Our Guest Restaurant
Traditionally, the Magic Kingdom is the only theme park in Walt Disney World to not serve alcohol, but this changed with the opening of a restaurant in Fantasyland. Be Our Guest Restaurant offers guests the chance to dine on French cuisine in the Beast’s Castle for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner is a full service meal where guests can enjoy the wonderful menu options as well as order up wine selections including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Champagne. The wine list at Be Our Guest Restaurant is impressive and guests especially love it since it is the only location in the park to enjoy a drink!
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is home to another wonderful dining location that offers wine lovers a great selection. Citrico’s is open daily for dinner only and serves up American cuisine with a Mediterranean flare of flavor. In addition to delicious options such as Scallop Risotto and Oak-Grilled Beef Filet, guests can choose from an extensive wine list that offers servings by the ounce. Some popular options include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, however sommeliers are on hand to help guests find the perfect pairing to accompany their meals.
7. The Edison
Disney Springs is home to another wonderful location that is open daily for lunch and dinner and serving up unique eats and drinks in a totally immersive setting. The Edison is themed to look like an electric company in the 1920s and features steampunk and industrial details that are brought to life through many different unique rooms and live entertainment. Guests can order up small bites and delicious meals as well as wines by the glsss including options such as Zinfandel, Vinho Verde, Malbec-Cabernet, and Pinot Noir.
8. Enzo’s Hideaway
An addition location in The Landing area of Disney Springs also brings the roaring 1920s to life with a speakeasy theme. Enzo’s Hideaway brings guests down a brick lined tunnel hallway that makes them feel as though they are stepping back into the age of prohibition and rum running. The cozy interior offers delicious food, specialty cocktails, and many wines by the glass. Guests can choose from delicious offerings such as Prosecco, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Malbec.
9. Hollywood Brown Derby
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to a wonderful dining location that brings the spirit and cuisine of Hollywood to life. The Hollywood Brown Derby invites guests to dine on contemporary American cuisine in dining areas featuring warm wooden accents and sketches of famous individuals on the walls. In addition to famous menu items, guests can also indulge in wonderful wines by the glass that are often from the Napa region of California. Some popular options include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.
10. Wine Bar George
Spring 2018 will bring the opening of a new location for wine lovers in The Landing area of Disney Springs. Wine Bar George will be themed to feel like an estate-style wine bar and feature over one hundred different choices of wine. Guests will be able to dine on small bites while sipping delicious and unique options handpicked by sommelier George Miliotes. Once Wine Bar George opens up, it is sure to be an amazing place for a wine loving guest to enjoy in Walt Disney World!