Call it magic with a splash. Whether it’s your midday break from the parks with family, a post dinner swim, a Florida respite, or your runDisney R & R, Walt Disney World resort pool bars have something for everyone; a cold one, a colorful umbrella drink, or a leisurely snack. I’ve ranked the on-property Top Ten Pool Bars for your tasting delight. We all know there’s nothing like a Disney challenge!!
1. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (The View!)
For nostalgia and views of Cinderella Castle, the Lava Pool and Barefoot Pool Bar is always number one. Not a guest at this resort? Not to worry! The Barefoot Pool Bar has windows both at the pool and on the exterior walkway. Grab a Frosty Pineapple (Pineapple DOLE WHIP with Captain Morgan Private Stock Rum) and head to your hammock!
2. Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort (Spend an entire day- it’s a water park unto itself.)
At Stormalong Bay, you can savor a Storm Chaser before you hit the lazy river, but at Hurricane Hannah’s Waterside Bar & Grill you can enjoy a full lunch for the energy required to climb the shipwreck to their 230-foot-long waterslide.
3. Disney’s Old Key West Resort (The legend.)
Get the “point” in the shadow of the lighthouse, the Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits (Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks) has a reputation for creating die-hard regulars. Try the Turtle Crawl- you’ll always go back…
4. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (Doesn’t feel like a Moderate- fully themed fun for the entire family.)
It’s breakfast, lunch, and libations at the Lost City of Cibola Pool at the Dig Site and Siestas Cantina; from Mickey Waffles, to Queso Empanadas to Banana Splits! Vamanos to the Mojito Frambuesa!!
5. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (The newest and bestest.)
Located near the Copper Creek Springs Pool, and taking the place of the Trout Pass Pool Bar for now, is the Geyser Point Bar & Grill. Need some peace and quiet after the parks? Stop at this outpost and you’ll feel like you’re thousands of miles away. But still within view of Bay lake. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every time in between. Try the Huckleberry Punch!
6. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin (A grownup favorite.)
There’s a definite adult feeling to this resort, Grotto Pool with Tropical Waterfalls (or Lap Pools), and Cabana Bar and Beach Club. Feeling romantic? Grab a cabana with your luv and order a Cuban Sandwich and a Specialty Cocktail Pitcher. The Pitcher of Dolphin Mai Tai, perhaps?
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas- Kidani (Go exotic.)
In a secluded watering hole (maji is Swahili for water), Samawati Springs Pool with Uwanja Camp at Kidani Village offers explorers the beautiful Maji Pool Bar. Lunch on Curried Chicken Salad and try an African beer. You’re not in Kansas any more.
8. Four Seasons Resort at Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (Luxury with five stars.)
Daintily dip your toes into The Oasis (or Family Pool, Water Slide, Lazy River), and then have your food and beverage delivered to you, or saunter over to PB&G. Suspended over the lake, this surprisingly casual poolside spot serves Southern-inspired, Florida-fresh lunch foods, as well as small bites.
9. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Work up a thirst on the water cannons at Fuentes del Morro Pool? Try Banana Cabana Pool Bar. Currently undergoing renovation, let’s hope the Caribbean vibe is not disturbed. Ya mon.
10. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
I have fond memories of spending time with runDisney charity partner teammates at the Surfboard Bay Pool (lined with surfboards). Whether relaxing before the big race (once upon a time, night racing allowed for this), or propping the feet up post-race, the Grandstand Spirits Pool Bar is a beverage only destination. The Black Diamond Margarita is a home run…
Each of these destinations offers non-alcoholic options that are equally frosty and delicious, so don’t be deterred! Whether you go for the views or to make a splash, the libations complete the experience.
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