When it comes to Disney World, bars and lounges aren’t just adults-only destinations — and they don’t just serve drinks.
In fact, here’s a Best Kept Secret in Disney dining planning — Disney bars and lounges can be great places to get a meal with the whole family. These hidden gems are often less crowded than standard restaurants, too!
In The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 e-Book, we have an entire section reviewing every single bar and lounge in Walt Disney World. It’s well worth a read to find out great spots to get a full meal or a snack — even with no Advance Dining Reservation!
Now let’s take a peek at a few of our favorites…
Bars and Lounges Inside the Theme Parks
A Disney World trip can be hectic (meeting characters, dashing to attractions, and racing off to dining reservations!), so finding a place inside the parks to escape the hoopla is key to a relaxing vacation!
With signature cocktails, cheese plates, fondue, burgers, donuts, pasta, and more, you’ll find some truly inspired menus at Disney World’s bars and lounges. Sometimes you’ll even be able to order from the full menu of a nearby restaurant.
At Tutto Gusto, order from an awesome menu of meats and cheeses, paninis, pastas, and more. A relaxing atmosphere and full tables allow for an easy meal for the whole family.
Rose and Crown Pub, attached to Rose and Crown Restaurant, features a fun menu that — gasp! — the kids might even like! We can highly recommend the Scotch Eggs and the British Bulldog sausage (see our review of the British Bulldog here — and the photo at the top of this article)!
Another favorite place to unwind in the parks and get a great meal is at Tune-In Lounge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Here, you can get great shakes for the kids, fun signature drinks for the grown-ups, and order from the full menu at 50s Prime Time Cafe next door!
There are plenty of great spots to relax and grab a drink or a bite in Disney World’s theme parks.
A Tip to Remember: With the exception of beer and wine at dinner in the Be Our Guest Restaurant, the Magic Kingdom is a “dry” park. If your goal is to unwind with a potent adult beverage, head to a nearby hotel!
No Advance Dining Reservation? Sick of Disney’s fast food selection? Head to a restaurant’s lounge for delicious food, fast. Whether you’re after a snack or a full meal, many hotel lounges offer great eats.
We love the lounge menu at the Territory Lounge tucked away in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. And it’s only a boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom!
And there are a LOT more where those came from!
Bars and Lounges with Entertainment
Remember, you’re on vacation! It’s time to head to a place where you can unwind and be entertained without having to wait in line!
One popular location for an evening of fun is the River Roost Lounge at Port Orleans Riverside Resort. Along with the family-friendly and hilarious antics of Ye-Haa Bob, you can also order a beverage and/or appetizer!
Here’s some video of this Disney superstar in action so that you can be a part of the fun, too!
Tip: Disney World has some great bars and lounges for adults-only entertainment too. One trendy spot is Rix Lounge at the Coronado Springs Resort!
For times that you want to relax outdoors with a specialty cocktail or don’t want to leave your lounge chair to eat — we’ve included in the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining e-Book your options for poolside dining.
Believe it or not, some of these pool bars also offer very robust “room service” menus of food that can be delivered to you pool-side! Very cool!
You’ll also know-before-you-go which pool bars can ONLY be accessed by registered hotel guests. One example is the Drop Off Pool Bar at the Art of Animation resort.
For more favorites, check out our Top 10 Disney World Bars and Lounges here!
Craving more information on the bars and lounges at Disney World?
We offer more options for adults-only hang-outs, family friendly lounges, and bars with great food in The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013! In fact, we give you our personal review of every single bar and lounge in Disney World in the robust guide!
Be sure to check out The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 for over 400 pages of exclusive, experienced-based Disney Dining information and advice.
It’s time for you to discover a new location to “wine and dine”! Click here to get your copy of The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2013 E-book — and use code 2013 for an extra $4 discount for a limited time!
What bar or lounge is your favorite hideaway? Tell us in the comments below. Cheers!