The best places to get a drink in Disney

Let’s face it, there’s only so much screaming, begging, crying, and chaperoning you can do. Being an adult in Disney is no easy task, and at some point you’re going to want to relax with a cold brew or a glass of Chardonnay in hand. Finding a spot that has adult beverages isn’t always easy in a land designed for kids.

I got you covered though.

Wines

Flying Fish Cafe has a great wine list, with plenty of big and small names alike. You can find a rare and refreshing white wine like Kerner Abbazia Di Novacella, Alto Adige Italy 2014 or stick with something domestic like the Neyers Chardonnay. Prices are faily reasonable.

Victoria’s and Alberts has some interesting choices that venture beyond the typical Bordeaux, Napa, Burgundy trifecta. Instead you’ll get Alsace, Loire and Austria. Try a zippy Gruner or Zwiegelt, or even a Baumard Savienres if you’re up to it.

California Grill has, you guessed it, a great selection of domestic wines. Looking for a big buttery Chardonnay? This is your spot. Lots of big names, from Turley and Walter Hansel to Banshee and Ridge.

Cocktails
Cocktail lists around the park tend to be a bit generic, loaded with sweet concoctions that would make a purist scoff.

For the best cocktail, head to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a tiki-themed bar hidden behind the Polynesian resort. Just be warned, the lines often run much longer than the worst ones you see at the rides. This place is kitchy as all hell but it’s also dark and cool, perfect for enjoying a stiff one.

Margheritas anyone? La Cava de Tequila in the Mexico section of Epcot has some good tequila.

Best places to get a drink by area
Magic Kingdom: Be Our Guest is the only choice here.
Epcot: The Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, naturally in the Italy section
Hollywood Studios: Tune-In Lounge
Animal Kingdom: Dawa Bar
Downtown Disney: Raglan Road
Resorts: Todd English’s Bluezoo

Beers

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Looking for a cold brew? You have plenty of options. My favorite is the Big River Grille and Brewing Works where you can get a fresh craft brew and a big burger with fries.

Honorable mentions

Gurgling Suitcase at the Old Key West resort is a dive bar in the best sense of the word, with cheap beer and sports on the tube.

For more information on the dining options at Disney check out their resource page https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining

Overview of Disneyland’s main parks

It’s a magical place, but it’s also a complicated one and if you aren’t a versed tourist of Disney chances are you’re a bit overwhelmed by the options. Let’s break down the different parks at Disneyland quick.

Disneyland opened in 1955 after Walt contracted for 160 acres of land in Anaheim.  Since its opening, Disneyland quite a few changes have taken place, and the park has expanded well beyond its rather humble beginnings. That started with the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966, and then came Bear Country (renamed Critter Country) in 1972, followed by Mickey’s Toontown in 1993, and the much anticipated Star Wars Land.

Opened in 2001, Disney California Adventure Park was built on the site of Disneyland’s original parking lot.

The Lands of Disneyland

The park includes eight themed “land” across 85 acres.

Main Street, USA – the main strip as you enter the park, designed to look like the main street of any Midwest town in the early 20th century. It includes a train station, town square, movie theatre, city hall, firehouse, and of course lots of little shops.

Adventureland – Created to mimic the feeling of an exotic tropical place, a land that “would make this dream reality” said Walt Disney. This is where you’ll find attractions like Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure and the Swiss Family Treehouse.

New Orleans Square – Based off the 19th century New Orleands, this is where you’ll find Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. The famous Club 33 is also here.

Frontierland – Taking a page from the pioneer days of America’s history, this part of the park includes Big Thunder Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat and the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.

Critter Country – What started as “Bear Country” in 1972 has been renamed to “Critter Country” in 1988. This part of the park has the famous Splash Mountain, along with the Winnie the Pooh ride.

Fantasyland – This is where youngsters can dream of flying with Peter Pan or running around with Alice in Wonderland.

Mickey’s Toontown – This area opened in 1993 and was inspired by the town in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Here you’ll find most of Disney’s popular characters hanging out.

Tomorrowland – Tracing its roots back to 1955, Walt wanted this area to highlight the achievements made by scientists and the Space Age. The popular Space Mountain is found here, along with the Astro Orbitor, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, and several other fun rides.