There are lots and lots of different drinks to try, many of them very unique and hard to find anywhere else.
Here’s a sampling of over 20 of the most interesting/delicious drinks you will find at Disney World.
Awwww….we’re off to a rough start with our drinking adventures because…
…there is no drinking in the
champagne room Magic Kingdom.
And it’s all Walt’s fault.
Walt Disney nearly located Disney World in St. Louis but his desire to not serve alcohol conflicted with an Anheuser Busch exec’s statement that “any man who thinks he can design an attraction that is going to be a success in this city and not serve beer or liquor ought to have his head examined.”
And the deal was off.
Walt only intended the no drinking policy to be in effect at Magic Kingdom – where it is mostly young children – because he didn’t like how drunks ruined carnivals for families.
Despite there being 2 locations (will be 3 soon) with the name “tavern” in it,
there is no drinking at Magic Kingdom and probably never will be. (Updated 9/13/2012: in a surprising turn of events, Disney is allowing alcohol to be served in the new Be Our Guest restaurant at Magic Kingdom. What would Walt say?)
EPCOT, on the other hand, is drinking mecca and you can even feel a little cultured doing it since you can visit each of the countries to enjoy a different beverage.
Let’s take a trip around the world*, shall we?
* except for South America, which Disney apparently doesn’t consider part of the world
Mexico – Orange Mango Fire Margarita
This popular drink is made with Exotico 100% agave premium silver tequila, ginger liqueur, orange juice, mango puree, fresh lime juice, a hint of Tabasco sauce, served on the rocks with a Tajin chili powder rim.
Location: La Hacienda de San Angel
Norway – Linie Aquavit Glacier Shot
This little drink is a mixture of Aquavit, vodka, Sprite and lime.
Location: Akershus (not a cart that you can walk up to easily; you can only get this if you’re dining there)
China – Canto Loopy
I never thought about juicing a cantaloupe but they do that and combine it with vodka for this refreshing looking beverage.
Location: Joy of Tea stand
Germany – Beer!
The options here change but have included Warsteiner Premium Spaten Oktoberfest, Becks, Radeberger Pilsner, Altenmünster Oktoberfest and Hövels
beer bier stand
Price: $8 for bottles, $11.25 in a souvenir cup
Italy – Limoncello
Options here include Capri Natura Lemon Liqueur (intense lemon verbena and meringue flavors), Luxardo Limocello Liquor (fresh, bitterly sour scents of lemon zest), Marcati Limoncello (natural lemon and citrus flavors) and Villa Marzia Limoncello (tart, lemony and citric).
Location: Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
American Adventure – Sam Adams Boston Lager (of course)
Get a 16 oz. beer on tap for a pretty reasonable price.
Location: at both the Liberty Inn counter service and Fife & Drum Tavern
Japan – sake tasting flight
With this tasting sampler, you get to try 3 different sakes. The kinds of sake change regularly so it’s a good way to dip your toe in the sake waters.
Location: Sake bar in the Mitsukoshi Dept Store
Morocco – Moroccarita
The drinks in Morocco seem oddly like the ones in Mexico. The Moroccarita is made of vodka, lemon lime juice and triple sec.
Location: Drink and snack stand in Morocco
France – Grey Goose Citron Lemonade Slush and Grand Mariner Orange Slush
These drinks are DELICIOUS and are made with top shelf alcohol (try to ignore that they’re served in plastic martini cups). These are very popular drinks at EPCOT.
Location: drink stand in France
U.K. – Welsh Dragon
There are several beers available but this delicious drink is a mixture of peach schnapps, melon liqueur, crème de menthe, orange juice and pineapple juice. It comes in a souvenir cup.
Location: Rose and Crown Pub
Canada – Moosehead beer
Enjoy a Moosehead or Moosehead Light for some authentic Canadian beer at an affordable price.
Location: Canada beer cart
Price: $6.75 or $10 in a souvenir cup
Hollywood Studios doesn’t have a lot of drinking options but people looking for a drink should visit the Tune In Lounge at 50′s Prime Time Cafe. Drinks include Bud Light ($5.50), Yuengling ($6.25) and wine ($6.95).
Animal Kingdom is a distant 2nd to EPCOT when it comes to interesting drinking options. Here are some of your options (please drink after riding Expedition Everest).
African bottled beer
Options include Tusker Lager, Bedele Pilsner, St. George Lager, Harar Lager, Hakim Stout and Meta Pale Lager.
Location: Dawa Bar
Firefly Pomegranate Tea
This delicious drink is made with Firefly Sweet Tea vodka with pomegranate schnapps, fresh squeezed lemon juice and brewed iced tea.
Location: Rainforest Cafe
As a big fan of rum, this sounds delicious. It’s made with Malibu Coconut rum, Bacardi Light rum, DeKuyper banana liqueur and tropical fruit juices.
Location: Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Bar
This version of a margarita is made with Sauza Gold Tequila, Van der Hum Tangerine liqueur from South Africa, sweet & sour and lime juice.
Location: Dawa Bar
All of the resorts have bars where you can grab a drink. Here are just a few of the more interesting/pretty/tasty ones.
Swan/Dolphin – Smoking Sangria
Like a form of molecular gastronomy, this drink begins with something that looks like Dippin’ Dots and then it’s rehydrated to form a sangria.
Ingredients include white wine, Moscato, 4 Oranges Florida Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur.
Location: Todd English’s bluezoo
Animal Kingdom Lodge – Victoria Falls Mist
Made with Van-der-Hum Tangerine liqueur, melon liqueur, banana liqueur, citrus and Sprite.
The Polynesian – Lapu Lapu
This is probably the most well-known and popular drink at Disney World. Myers’s Original Dark rum and tropical fruit juices served in a fresh pineapple topped with Bacardi 151 rum.
Location: Pool Bar (comes w/o the pineapple here), Kona Cafe and Tambu Lounge
Grand Floridian – Mizner’s lounge
A live orchestra plays nostalgic Big Band sounds just outside the doors of this lounge tucked away on the second floor of the hotel.
Drinks include champagnes, caipirinhas, mint juleps and cosmopolitans, along with nine vodkas, seven different single malt scotch whiskeys and after-dinner cognacs and ports.
Location: on the 2nd floor (where the monorail is) of The Grand Floridian
There are lots of restaurants and places to buy drinks in Downtown Disney.
Try Raglan Road Irish Pub for great beers or Paradiso 37 for 37 varieties of tequila.
A wall of tequila at Paradiso 37
Several images from DisneyFoodBlog.com and PartyThroughTheParks.com
Obviously this list is just the beginning of what is available to drink at Disney World. For a more complete list (with reviews), check out PartyThroughtheParks.com.
I know the nerd in me is dying to try that sangria from the Swan/Dolphin just to see how it works. We’ll probably also make a stop by Animal Kingdom Lodge to have dinner at Jiko and have a Victorian Falls Mist. Going to Victoria Falls is on my husband’s bucket list so maybe this will make him happy until we can book those $1200 flights to Africa.
What drinks have you added to your list? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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