It’s getting hot out there, guys!
And sometimes, when it feels like it’s 100 degrees and you’re sweltering in line, you need more than a cold drink. You need a frozen drink!
Fortunately, there are lots of palate-pleasing options found in all corners of Disney World. And we’ve got great options whether you’d like to go alocholic or non-alcoholic! Refreshment is just a menu choice away…
Today, we’re taking a closer look at our very favorites!
Sweet-tart and chilly, Frozen Lemonade calls to mind seaside treats from our favorite resort towns. And there’s nothing like it for reviving you on a super hot, sticky Florida day.
The secret is in the balance. A too-sweet treat can leave you feeling not so great while you’re standing in the bright sun. That little kick of sour rounds out the flavors and makes the beverage a true refresher.
If you’re a lover of frozen lemonade, I have great news for you: there are tons of different varieties to try around the parks and resorts! You could make your own personal frozen lemonade crawl. (Hey! That’s a great idea…)
One of our favorites is the Raspberry Lemonade Slush that you find at Magic Kingdom’s Cheshire Cafe, located on the outskirts of Fantasyland. You can find a similar drink across the castle hub at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland. And if you’re looking for frozen lemonade in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can find an awesome, slurpee-type version at Herbie’s Drive-In.
If you prefer your frozen lemonade with a little kick, one of our favorite adult versions is available at Animal Kingdom’s Dino Diner Snacks. The Frozen Bacardi Raspberry Rum Lemonade has been inspiring random cravings for me ever since I tried it.
Check out other locations to score frozen lemonade slushes when you’re parched in the parks.
Dole Whip Float
Part beverage, part Dole Whip soft serve, this is one of Disney’s classic must-eat treats! The Dole Whip Float combines sweet-tart soft serve pineapple goodness with pineapple juice to provide one of the most refreshing icy drinks in the Kingdom.
You CAN get this with vanilla or orange dole whip as well — either choice will cut the tartness a bit. But I prefer pineapple-on-pineapple, myself! Find this great treat at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.
Ice Cream Martinis
Looking for a new entry on your Drinking Around the World card? THE newest frozen drink concoction in Disney World can be found — where else? — World Showcase!
The drink-sundae fusion is made by combining two scoops of Housemade Ice Cream or Sorbet with a shot of Grand Marnier, Rum, or Whipped Cream-Flavored Vodka. It’s the perfect grown up ice cream indulgence!
Grey Goose and Grand Marnier Slushes
Another classic indulgence in the quest for frozen drink goodness ALSO comes to you courtesy of the France Pavilion in Epcot. This list would not be complete without a stop at the Vins de France kiosk for a Grown Up Slush, featuring premium French liquors.
With a slushie consistency that will melt fast if you let it, this is the perfect way to cool off as you make your trip through the countries of World Showcase.
And since Epcot is Festival Central, there are also usually some fun Special Event Slushes during events too! If you happen to be in the World during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the fall or the Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, you may just happen upon some other delicious, limited-time options!
Due back at the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is the Eiffel Sour Cosmo Slush. It features Grey Goose Vodka, Grand Marnier Liqueur, and Cranberry Juice in a bright red concoction that is sure to grab attention as you stroll and sip.
Not to be outdone, the L’Orangerie Booth at Epcot’s 2013 International Flower and Garden Festival featured a gorgeous La Vie en Rose Slush made with Grey Goose and St. Germain liqueur, combined with White and Red Cranberry Juices.
Whatever is available, you can be sure that there are some memorable options to add to the frozen drink list as you pass by the Eiffel Tower!
You can’t talk frozen drinks without discussing the original that started it all — Milkshakes!
While strolling around the park with a milkshake might not immediately leap to mind, there are some really delicious options for the creamy drink throughout the resort.
For milkshake lovers who can’t have just one, there’s no better place to be than Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Many things make this an awesome stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but one of the most delicious reasons to go there is their Bottomless Milkshake.
Yep, you read that right! Order your choice of Vanilla, Chocolate, or Strawberry, and your jelly jar glass will be replenished throughout your entire meal — which means you don’t have to save room for dessert!
And if you really love that PB&J Milkshake, you can make it at home with our delicious recipe! And here’s a TIP: If you’re in the parks and don’t have time for an advance dining reservation, you can get it take-away from the Tune In Lounge!
If PB&J Shakes are a theme you’d like to expand on, there’s another fantastic version at The Fountain. Located a stone’s throw from both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, this fun soda shop offers up a host of comfort food favorites. But the real reason to visit is the incredible dessert menu.
With lots of peanut butter flavor and ribbons of strawberry sauce, it’s a winner!
Another favorite fun spot for a frozen refresher is Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. While we normally head here for my favorite sundae — the uber fabulous No Way Jose — they also have some great shakes and malts. And one fun variation on the shake theme is the Frozen Sunshine.
A cross between an ice cream soda and a milkshake, this slightly lighter option will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to hit the slide at Stormalong Bay!
Wheezy’s Breezy Freezy
When you want a frozen drink that’s as fun to say as it is to drink, head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a Wheezy’s Breezy Freezy.
You’ll find these chilly coolers at Hey Howdy Hey Takeaway (love LOVE that name!) in Pixar Place.
The little kiosk has an assortment of standard Disney snack fare, but the real draw are the fun drinks.
Choose from Watermelon, Coke, Wild Cherry, or Lemonade (flavors may vary on your visit), and enjoy slurping away as you wait in line for your turn at Toy Story Mania!
For frozen drinks with lots of variety (you can even mix them!) you should try out Goofy’s Glaciers.
Less icee and more slushie, they’re more liquidy than some slushes, which means you have a better drink to ice ratio…a very important detail.
And there’s no end to the fun flavors you’ll find! Goofy’s Glacier Apple, Pucker Purple, Rootin’ Tootin’ Red, Orange You Happy Orange, and my favorite, Gawrshly Berry Blue, mean you’ll be smiling as you order and when you drink!
Time to take a look at another deelicious drink just for the grown ups.
One of my absolute favorite spots in all of Disney World is Asia in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Maybe it’s the lush landscape, or the fact that Florida’s humidity really could make you think you’re in an exotic locale. But when I’m thirsty and ready to indulge in something extra delicious, I head to Anandapur Local Food Cafes, Yak and Yeti’s counter service spot.
There, around the corner from the main ordering area, you’ll find a quiet little drink counter, featuring some amazing “Quality Beverages.” True enough! And my favorite is the Yak Attack.
Slightly odd name notwithstanding…this is pure amazing. Mango Puree, Light Rum, and a contrast of Wildberry work together to form a sweet and sour drink that I can’t resist. And it’s got more of a punch than you realize — until you stand up!
You can also find this awesome frozen drink at Yak and Yeti Restaurant.
This beautiful drink — really, check out that picture! — is the almost-dry park’s answer to “brew”.
Made from No-Sugar-Added Frozen Apple Juice with just a hint of Marshmallow Syrup, and topped with a Mango-Passionfruit Foam, guests either love it or hate it.
Many liken it to a liquid version of a caramel apple. And don’t fear: if you’re looking for LeFou’s Brew in Disneyland, head over to Disney California Adventure and order a Red’s Apple Freeze at the Cozy Cone Motel. It’s the exact same drink with a different theme!
When your tastes run to frozen drinks made with a helping of tequila, there are lots of great options for you. But when I’m in Epcot and I’m craving a margarita, I head to the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.
There, you’ll find the awesome frozen margaritas at La Cava del Tequila — one of our favorite Disney watering holes. Choose from a variety of flavors and drink them at La Cava — or get one to go.
Also in Mexico you’ll find the ubiquitous Frozen Margarita at the Mexico Pavilion Margarita Stand. This is your typical mix that packs a punch!
These aren’t gourmet by any stretch; but they are fruity and sweet, and strong! If you’re looking for a drink that you’ll feel as well as taste, this one’s a safe bet. And with options like Lime, Strawberry, and Mango (and usually some other interesting choices), you’re sure to find a variety you like.
But for a fun twist on a frozen margarita, check out one of my favorites at Disney, the Mangled Margarita. A swirled mix of Frozen Margarita and Frozen Sangria, this is a completely unique drink, and it’s great for sipping while sitting waterside at Downtown Disney.
You’ll find this gorgeous drink at Paradiso 37, along with some of the best tapas and appetizers (Crazy Corn!) to go with it. With its Latin American-inspired menu, it’s one of my favorite places to grab drinks and apps in all of the resort.
Another must-try frozen margarita is the Triple Yeti Blast in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. This one combines three great flavors — strawberry, lime, and mango — to form a triple threat!
You’ll find this sweet-tart option at Upcountry Beverages, a tiny kiosk tucked into the brush between Asia and Africa in the Animal Kingdom. This spot also features the non-alcoholic-but-awesome Shangri La Berry Freeze!
What Are YOUR Favorite Icy Drinks in Disney World?
That about does it for our very favorite frozen drinks! Whew — brain freeze! These coolers are the perfect way to beat the heat on a steamy Disney day! But I can’t wait to hear what you’ve found on your travels!
Now it’s your turn: tell us in the comments below what your not-to-be-missed frozen Disney drinks are!