And while many meals that were formerly served as buffets in the Disney parks have been converted to family-style meals, Storytellers Cafe is actually serving up a BUFFET! While that buffet contains a bunch of options you’re used to seeing — Mickey waffles, bacon, etc. — it’s also got some drinks served in a unique way!
One of the cold selections you’ll find on the Storytellers menu is “Agua Frescas in a Bag and Breakfast Milk in a bag.” You may be wondering if they literally mean these drinks are in a bag, and the answer is yes, yes they do!
If you peek at the buffet, you’ll find these drinks in a plastic bag with a straw in the middle and a tie holding down the drink inside. The Aguas Frescas are colorful and come in a variety of flavors including watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple. We actually really liked the watermelon one!
Again, you’ll find the Aguas Frescas in a bag, as well as breakfast milk (which was essentially cinnamon milk). Drinking out of these bags was a fun experience, and could certainly be something great for kids to enjoy too.
Aguas Frescas has been on the menu here for a while, but when we had them back in 2018 they were not being served in plastic bags. We’ve also had aguas frescas in several other spots around the Disney parks, including as a cocktail.
Never heard of Aguas Frescas before? Well, according to Vice, aguas frescas are cold, fruity soft drinks typically sold by street vendors across Mexico. And yes, as you might have expected, they’re sometimes (or sometimes used to be or can be) served in a plastic bag with a straw. Makes sense!
One writer for the Napa Valley Register shared details about one drink — chocomiles (made with strawberries, banana, and dairy milk topped with cinnamon powder) — which you can find being sold throughout markets in Mexico. The author notes how these were also often served using a plastic bag with a straw poking out. And they’ve even got a recipe on the Napa Valley Register for some agua fresca de fresa (strawberry), so you could try to make it at home!
According to Eater, several other countries, from places in Asia to South America, also use disposable bags of various types for some of their drinks.
So, if you’ve never seen a drink served this way before, now you know a bit of the story behind aguas frescas and how drinks in plastic bags is something that is sometimes done in several other countries too, at least according to the sources we noted above. Of course, things can differ.
Just be sure not to drop or spill these drinks — they may be tied in the center, but having a drink in a plastic bag can pose its own set of spill challenges!
We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more fun updates and stories to share with you from the Disney parks and let you know what we find.
Have you ever had agua fresca? Tell us in the comments!