If enjoying flavorful drinks and eats are at the top of your vacation must-do list, we are speaking the same language! As much as I love attraction checklists at a Disney Park and shopping at Disney Springs — I love tasting all the culinary and drink options around Walt Disney World Resort even more.
More specifically, I love hopping around the property to enjoy the different drinks and dining options at Disney Resort Hotels. We’ve talked about the great eats at Disney Resorts, so now it’s time to dive into the drink offerings. Here are the Disney hotel sips you can’t miss on your next vacation.
Tambu Lounge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
This tropical specialty cocktail is being mentioned first for a reason, it’s my favorite Disney Resort drink. Served in a hulled pineapple, this drink consists of dark rum, a mix of fruit juices, and is topped with Gosling’s 151 Rum floater. Talk about a refreshing and tropical drink! You can snag the Lapu Lapu from Tambu Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
I love kicking back in the lounge to sip a drink, cool off after time in the Magic Kingdom, and admire the view of the Resort pool and Bay Lake. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is another famous bar choice in this Resort. However, I love the no-reservation-needed vibe of Tambu Lounge over the fun, but crowded, Trader Sam’s. Plus, Not to mention, a Lapu Lapu makes for an adorable Instagram pic.
Pro Tip: If you can’t snag a reservation at ‘Ohana, the best restaurant at Poly, order eats from the Tambu Lounge menu!
Outer Rim, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Resorts that are easily accessed from a Park are always my favorite places to chill out and cool off. Hop a monorail to the Contemporary Resort during a Park break from Magic Kingdom to visit one of my favorite hangouts, Outer Rim.
This bar has a beautiful view of Bay Lake that is not to be missed at sunset. My drink choice on this menu is a Rum Swizzle. Made with Mount Gay Eclipse Rum with a blend of juices, this guava and mango-flavored beverage is a must-try.
Hoist the Colors
Banana Cabana, Caribbean Beach Resort
Any bar with rope swing couches is a hit with me. Banana Cabana at Caribbean Beach Resort delivers big time on the Caribbean ambiance, making it one of the most fun Disney Resort bars to hang out at. You can grab quick bites along with cold cocktails at this spot.
With a menu full of fruity rum-based options, you really can’t go wrong. True to Caribbean roots, Banana Cabana serves up famous Jamaican Appleton Estates Rum in cocktails like the Goombay Smash. However, my choice on this menu is the Hoist the Colors, which comes in at $13. This cocktail is made with delicious fresh lemonade and pomegranate juice with Cruzan Mango and Guava Rums and tasty Bols Blue Curaçao.
Hurricane Hanna’s, Yacht Club Resort
I’ve loved the Yacht Club’s Hurricane Hanna’s since I was a kid, ordering virgin strawberry daiquiris with my Dad’s Resort room key. These days, I opt for the Category 5 when I visit this Disney Resort pool bar. This drink is made with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Crème de Banana, Peach Schnapps, fresh orange and pineapple juice, and a splash of Grenadine. The drink is topped with a float of Gosling’s 151 Rum. My other menu favorites are the Storm Chaser and the Magical Beacon Cocktail.
Leaping Horse Libations, BoardWalk Resort
Don’t sleep on the Disney Resort pool bars, they have some really delicious and fun drinks you will not want to miss. The adorable carnival-themed pool area at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is a showstopper. The pool bar Leaping Horse Libations continues the theming in an old-fashioned carousel design. In fact, the Carousel cocktail is what I’m going to recommend you order.
This drink is made with Absolut Mandarin Vodka and flavors of Coconut and pineapple liquors blended with a bright orange purée. This is my favorite, but the whole cocktail menu is full of fun and delicious drink, so you cannot go wrong. If you are looking for a beverage without alcohol, try the creamy and delicious Strawberry Smoothie, made with nonfat yogurt and a fresh strawberry purée.
Petals Pool Bar, Pop Century Resort
Let’s head over to Pop Century Resort for our next cocktail. This Resort is easily reached via the Disney Skyliner. Drop by Petals Pool Bar to refresh with a Blueberry Lemonade. This $15 cocktail is fruity and fun without being overly sweet. It’s made with Three Olives Blueberry Vodka, Bols Blue Curaçao, and Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade with fresh juices of lemon and pomegranate and topped with Sprite®. If you are not a blueberry lover, opt for a Sunshine Margarita or a Banana Cabana, made with delicious mango rum!
Worth Melting For
Geyser Point Bar & Grill, Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is one of those show-stopping Resorts that leaves Guests awestruck. The beauty of this western lodge-inspired lobby with towering wooden columns and the giant stone fireplace is so stunning. This deluxe Resort is also home to a fun character dining experience you may want to check out. During a day of Resort hopping, I always make time for a ferry ride from a Disney Park to Wilderness Lodge to enjoy the ambiance and a cocktail at Geyser Point Bar & Grill.
This lounge is the perfect place to grab a quick bite and cocktail during a Park break from Magic Kingdom or on a Resort-hopping spree. If you are looking for a snack, I’d recommend the Cheesy Barbecue Brisket with house-made chips for just $11.
As far as cocktails go, you must try the Worth Melting For. Yep, inspired by our favorite snowman Olaf, this vodka-based cocktail is my favorite on this menu. Made from 44° North Mountain Huckleberry Vodka, yummy pineapple juice, sweet-and-sour syrup, and agave nectar, this cocktail is the perfect balance of fruity, robust, and sweet.
Theme park pace is fun, but it’s great to kick back and relax on vacation. Don’t forget to make time for a drink break on your next Disney vacation. There are too many delicious options to choose from, why not start with one of my favorite Disney Resort drinks?