Over the past few weeks Sarah has been sharing tons of places to get a beverage on the Drink around the World Showcase challenge. While most drinks she recommends have alcohol I know not everyone drinks. That is no problem! There are still lots of reasons to stop by a Disney Lounge – even if you don’t drink!
Do it for the sushi and the Karoke!
Do it because you don’t have to wait in line!
A Disney lounge can be a great place to unwind and be entertained without having to wait in line – or even needing a fastpass.
Do it for the food – and the kids!
Many Disney lounges are kid friendly. Are the kids hungry? With cheese plates, fondue, burgers, donuts, pasta, and more, you can find amazing menus at some of Disney World’s bars and lounges. Do some research to find which lounges you can order from the full menu of a nearby restaurant. One example is the Tune-In Lounge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here, you can get great shakes for the kids, and order from the full menu at 50s Prime Time Cafe next door!
Do it for the entertainment!
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 non-alcoholic beverage and/or appetizer!
Do it to relax!
If you are not a person that needs a drink to unwind, that is! A Disney World trip is always fun – but it can feel busy if you are running around. A WDW lounge can be a great place to escape the hoopla – which is the key to a relaxing vacation! Sanaa Lounge at the Animal Kingdom Lodge‘s Kidani Village is especially relaxing because it’s usually empty! There’s good food here too!
Do it because you want to stay by the pool!
While pool bars aren’t necessarily lounges, we don’t want to leave them out. Believe it or not, some of the pool bars at Disney offer awesome “room service” menus of food that can be delivered to you pool-side!
Do it for the continental breakfast!
You read that right! The Bellevue Lounge at the Boardwalk Inn is an out-of-the-way retreat that’s perfect for afternoon rests and family game nights! Pick up a continental breakfast here, too!.
Do it to cool off!
La Cava de tequila in Epcot is cozy and dark. It makes a great place to escape the heat and bright sunshine while touring World Showcase. Bonus: you can order tapas-style finger foods like mahi mahi tostadas, blue crab tostados, guacamole and ceviche However, it gets crowded quickly, so head over right when they open (at noon!) for your best chance at a table.
Do it for the music!
Jellyrolls can’t be missed if you love loud music, dueling pianos and improve music from the 70′s, 80′s, and 90’s! If you prefer a quitter, jazzy sound, stop in Mizner’s Lounge in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Here, you can get your fill of laid-back elegance and the chance to hear live entertainment in the Grand Floridian lobby.
Do it because you’re hungry!
No Advance Dining Reservation? No problem! Many Disney restaurant lounges offer delicious food in a hurry. A great example is the dark and intimate Crew’s Cup Lounge in the Yacht Club Resort. This place provides good food from a menu that offers more than just appetizers. Don’t miss the boneless buffalo wings, lump crab cake and chilled lobster sliders! Best of all, you can usually find a table here during hours of operation.
Do it for the People Watching!
When you need a break from touring, the Dawa Bar is an awesome people-watching location. Squeeze this in right after your journey to Harambe, Africa, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It can be really fun to watch guests race towards Kilimanjaro Safari, and check out the African drummers and dancers from this shaded spot.
Last but not least, do it for the animatronic octopus!
You can travel back in time to the Shark Bar at the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney. When you sit at this fun bar watch for the 45-foot, animatronic octopus! Now you know you are still on your Disney vacation.
What did we miss? Leave us a comment with some of your favorite reasons to stop by a Disney lounge even if you don’t drink!