The BIG GAME is almost here! We’re of course talking about Super Bowl Sunday!!
There’s only one little problem, though: you’re in Walt Disney World.
Now, normally, that would be all kinds of awesome. But when it’s Super Bowl Sunday, we’re betting that there will be lots of you looking to find a TV in time to catch the match.
Lucky for you, we’re huge football fans too! So we’ve done our research to figure out where the best places to catch the Super Bowl — or any big game, really — are throughout Walt Disney World. And today, we’re here to share them with YOU, just in time for kickoff!
They come to you courtesy of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining.
The Impossible: ESPN Club at Disney’s BoardWalk
So…here’s the deal. You were planning to head over to Disney’s BoardWalk suuuuper early, and stake out a spot at the bar to watch the Big Game at ESPN Club.
Um, here’s the bad news. Don’t bother.
Seating at this ultimate sports bar (yep, there are even TVs in the bathroom) is at such a premium that they aren’t even accepting walk ups. For the Super Bowl, it’s all premium reserved seating, which comes with a cover of $75 for guests ages 21 and older, and $50 for guests ages 1-20.
The upside to that is that you basically just need to spend that much in food and drink. Which…let’s face it. This is a bar. In Disney. It’s really not that hard.
If this is your Football Viewing Dream Come True, keep checking back with (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) for a cancellation. But we figure the best advice we can give you is a really solid back up plan. To that end, let’s explore a few other options that you might not have thought about.
The Back Up Plan: ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill
Yes, Virginia, there is another ESPN-branded spot on Disney property. You’ll find it at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
If you’re a cheer mom, or you’ve competed in a runDisney race, or you’ve attended Atlanta Braves Spring Training, then you might already be familiar with the WWoS complex. In addition to lots of sports facilities, the complex is also home to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill.
The spot is quick service and doesn’t offer advance dining reservations, and is only open when events are taking place. But we have confirmed that the restaurant will be open on Super Bowl Sunday, and will be televising the game.
Dine on game day favorites like wings and enjoy a beer or a drink from the full bar. And with TVs in both the restaurant and on the patio, there won’t be a bad seat in the house! (Check out our review for even more pics and details.)
Back Up Back Up Plan: Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
Want to watch the Super Bowl with a couple hundred of your new best friends? Then head to End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All Star Sports Resort.
View the game on a large projector and dine on game day favorites, like Chicken Wings and Pizza. Just show up — no reservations required!
The Up Scale: Shula’s Steak House
Another option is to combine your game day viewing with a little luxury. If this sounds good to you, head to Shula’s Steak House at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.
This opulent man-cave — you’re surrounded with dark wood and enlarged pics of the Miami Dolphins’ 1972 Perfect Season — is a fantastic spot to enjoy big steaks and hearty sides. But on Super Bowl Sunday, you can have your steak while taking in the action!
Shula’s plans to show the game, and the super cool thing — there’s no cover charge. Just book your advance dining reservation, pick out your steak, and enjoy the game.
The Newcomer: Atlantic Dance Hall
New this year, Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn will also be showing the big game! While you’ve been able to enjoy any of the NFL games on Sunday all football season long, we’ve been looking forward to this spot as a new no-reservation-required Super Bowl-watching option come February 2nd!
The game will be projected on a large screen above its stage for your viewing pleasure. And while the Atlantic Dance Hall will be a solid option for folks who couldn’t score a coveted ESPN’s Club reservation, they won’t be serving any food for the big game. You will, however, be able to grab snacks from nearby stands like the Ample Hills Creamery, BoardWalk Bakery or Pizza Window!
The Laid Back: Your Favorite Resort Lounge
Of course, it comes down to the kind of sports watcher you are. If you like the camaraderie of fellow fans, but you don’t want to be in a big group, consider watching the game in your favorite resort lounge. Our favorites include the Crew’s Cup Lounge at the Yacht Club, Territory Lounge at the Wilderness Lodge, or the Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian Village Resort!
Of course, a beer would always work, too. 🙂
The Obvious: Your Disney Resort Room
If you’re anything like some of our DFB Staffers, then you’re more about the game than the party (yeah — we’re a bunch of introverts). In that case, don’t forget the perfect place to catch the game — your resort room!
Order a burger or pizza from room service, or grab it take out from your resort’s counter service spot.
Watching from the comfort of your room means no one talking over the best plays — or the best commercials.
Honorable Mention — Disney Springs
We happened to be in the Disney Springs area and popped into a few spots to inquire if the game would be shown. We found out that Splitsville will definitely be televising it with sound! Seating is first come, first served. So get there early.
The BOATHOUSE also shows the game, but be forewarned — there is no sound on the TVs there. So it’s all action, without the benefit of the play by play. (Hey…that sounds pretty awesome, actually.)
So if you find yourself at Walt Disney World with the Super Bowl looming, no worries! There are plenty of places to catch the game. Whether you crave camaraderie and multiple TVs, or a solitary experience with a few beers and pizza, you have plenty of options for viewing football’s biggest game.
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What’s your favorite spot for catching a big game while at Walt Disney World? Leave a comment and share your tips with us!