One of our holiday traditions is very grown up. It’s a little Disney hotel hoppin’, holiday style! We get a group of friends together and make a plan for the day that includes the Disney Resorts with connections via boat and monorail. We plan our day based on bars and restaurants, the views and times that they are open. Then we let the shenanigans begin! No humbug here, enjoying the Christmas decorations from resort to resort is so much fun. The Gingerbread houses and themed Christmas trees are so very different at each Resort. Disney holiday magical moments at our fingertips and we are avoiding the mass crowds at the parks! I thought I would share a little method to our madness along with some of our favorite watering holes and unique experiences that are available at the different bars. And how to get from resort to resort.
A method to our madness can change from season to season. But here is the down and dirty on a quick tour if you need a few tips!
- Start your day out at Ft Wilderness Lodge. The Geyser Point Bar is on the lake. The drinks are great with awesome shareables. A great way to kick off your Hotel hoppin’ adventure!
- Take the boat to the Contemporary Hotel and check out the Wave Bar, light up your Cosmo with a fancy glow stick.
- Ride the Monorail to the Polynesian, Trader Sam’s is a little “secret” tiki bar that opens at 4:00 PM. So, plan accordingly.
- Ride the Monorail to the Grand Floridian, The Enchanted Rose Lounge is brand new with craft cocktails themed after Beauty and the Beast.
- Jump back on the monorail to the Contemporary for the most amazing view from the California Grill. If you are able to enjoy a meal, the food is delicious. If not, we have watched the fireworks from this incredible view from their bar area while eating small bites.
The Enchanted Rose at the Grand Floridian has the coolest cocktails. They are created table side with a “Cocktail Story”. I chose the Amour. It was shaken together to “soak up the love”. Such a romantic cocktail with several ingredients including Chamomile tea and pear.
Trader Sam’s in the Polynesian is super cool and this year was our first time here. It’s very small with themed tiki drinks. Whenever a speciality drink is ordered, the staff includes the whole bar in antics related to the drink theme. In complete Disney style, different aspects of the tiki bar “come to life” and it truly is super fun!
The California Grill at the Contemporary Resort is located at the very tippy top and has an amazing view. The view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks are absolutely spectacular. The menu at the California Grill range from hand rolled sushi, artisanal wood fired pizzas to perfectly prepared filet’s. Make sure you check the time of the fireworks because they can change based on the day. Being able to enjoy many aspects of the Disney experience during the holidays while avoiding the crowds and the expense is a huge bonus. Plus, we have such a great time! It’s the ultimate Holiday Disney Staycation! We love living in Florida!