You know the Disney Park Princesses love a cocktail, so we’re going to share with you our Top 5 Favorite Bars & Lounges at Walt Disney World. In reality, it’s really a Top 10 list, so narrowing this down to five was REALLY hard. Maybe we’ll have to continue the list in another post…
1. The Edison
One of the newest editions to the lounge scene at Walt Disney World brings some much needed adult nightlife back to Disney Springs (we miss you, Pleasure Island!). The Edison is actually modeled after a popular lounge of the same name in Los Angeles (Park Princess Heather frequents there for dinner and cocktails) that’s built in the basement of an old power plant. We love the Disney version for the steam punk atmosphere, the eclectic entertainment (think aerialists, bands and character performers), and of course the cocktail list. Try The Mistress – it’s great at either location!
When we’re in the mood for something quieter and more elegant we head right for Mizner’s Lounge. Located on the second level of the main building at the Grand Floridian, here you’ll find classic cocktails served in a peaceful lounge overlooking the Seven Seas Lagoon. Being able to relax while looking out to the Magic Kingdom is perfection – but when you add in the sounds of the Grand Floridian orchestra playing just outside the lounge, you can’t help but be transported to a bygone era.
(Update! Mizner’s Lounge is currently under construction and will be re-opening in Late 2019 as a Beauty & the Beast themed lounge!)
3. Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar
Indiana Jones fans can’t get enough of the Hangar Bar. Located at Disney Springs this bar has a fantastic location right on the water. If it’s not too hot, be sure to sit outside in Jock’s abandoned boat, order yourself a Bedtime Story and feast on the dialed up food menu. The pretzels and goat cheese stuffed dates are musts! And don’t forget to take a closer look inside – there are all sorts of hidden Easter eggs with nods to the Indy movies.
4. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Tucked in a hidden corner of the Grand Ceremonial House of the Polynesian Village Resort, you can definitely walk right by this place if you’re not looking for it (and if there’s no line outside!). But once inside you’re transported to a South Pacific hideaway where the antics are loud and fun. Every drink you order induces a special effect somewhere in the bar, and your bartenders are all comedians – cracking jokes to and about everyone. This is one of our favorite places to come for a crazy evening with good friends.
Not into the dark interior? You can get the entire menu right outside on a Lanai!
5. Brown Derby Lounge
This is the ultimate place for people watching! Located just outside the Brown Derby restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this patio lounge is first come, first served. Once seated, you’ll have a clear view to the walkway to watch people run to and from attractions (and maybe even get a glimpse of the Storm Troopers marching by).
The cocktail list here is fantastic – with highlights being the margarita, champagne and martini flights. Plus, you’d better come hungry because there is a serious food menu with things like sliders two ways, a mini Cobb salad and even pho. Even better? You can also order off the restaurant menu if you’re craving something more! We almost always order the Cobb Salad and sliders.
So… did we mention your favorite lounge? If not, where is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
(Some photos courtesy of Disney)