Are you considering an adults only Walt Disney World trip? Are the grandparents watching your little mice while you get a night out at Disney? In Orlando on business? Here are some tips and tricks for adulting at Disney World, and save some money in the process.
Go ahead, order the DOUBLE…you’re just being thrifty
Jason, a bartender at the Outer Rim Lounge at the Contemporary, recently shared the tip he gives visiting friends and family to save money on alcohol at Disney. Order your drink as a double. Drinks are pricey on property, and ordering a double gets you twice the octane for only a couple dollars more. That adds up fast!
Get it to go
Just want to grab a quick one before you hit the park? Disney bars will serve you your favorite beverage in a to-go cup. Just remember to get the lid so it doesn’t spill on the Monorail!
Monorail bar crawl (aka drink around the monorail) $$$
Have you heard of “drink around the world” at Epcot? It’s a drinking game you can play at a Disney park. They also have a wine walk that is worth a try! Headed to Magic Kingdom? Your chances to get your buzz on at the Magic Kingdom are pretty slim…although as of this year, there are five table service restaurants that are serving alcohol in the Magic Kingdom.
But….if you want to pre-party? Stop at each of the Deluxe Resort bars on the Disney World Monoral prior to an evening trip to the park. Work your way down the Monorail line towards the Magic Kingdom, stopping first the Contemporary Resort, then the Polynesian Resort, and finally the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
At the Contemporary, hit the Outer Rim Lounge on the fourth floor or the first floor bar at the Wave. Both have a great atmosphere and good libations. The Outer Rim has great views and comfortable seating. The Wave has a great feel as well, with cool blue lighting in the entrance and the waiting area by the bar.
Next stop, the Polynesian Resort. Ask most Disney bloggers, and they will tell you that the best all around Disney bar is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar at the Polynesian. They aren’t wrong. It’s a lot of fun. Their drinks are great and they have yummy appetizers like Hawaiian poke, sushi rolls, and kalua pork tacos, and there are lots of little surprises to entertain guests. The Polynesian Pearl is a favorite drink of mine.
But don’t discount Polynesian’s Tambu bar right outside O’hana restaurant – especially if Trader Sam’s is busy (it only seats 50 guests). They serve some of the same food that is served at O’hana – without the need for an extended, pricey dinner or ADR.
Last, but not least, is the Grand Floridian. A fun, classy stop is Mizner’s Lounge. Open from 1 PM to 12 AM, this is a nice place for a high-end cocktail. In the evenings, the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra can sometimes be found playing there.
All set after your Drink around the Monorail? Head off to the Magic Kingdom. I highly recommend Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger spin, but be warned, aiming is tougher! Check out our advice on how to beat your ridemates.
So go on, get your adult on.