Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the most magical place on earth. Sure, it’s cliche, but it’s true, too. World travelers or not, we’re total Disney lovers – and ever since my stint as a Cast Member in college, Disney World feels a bit like home.
But it’s the kind of home that you can’t afford to visit all the time. Like if your family lived in a castle on an island and you didn’t get the keys to the private plane. Which means we’ve gotten kinda creative about saving money while maximizing our Disney vacations.
One of our favorite ways to stretch out our tiny budgets is to take advantage of all the free stuff at Disney World between the days we spend in the actual parks, such as the Disney World resorts. We’re able to extend our Disney Vacation by several days while saving hella skrill on park tickets – and still getting our fix of Disney magic!
The Disney Resort Bar Crawl came into being on our last trip to Disney World, when we were spending our extra days exploring the amazing Disney World resorts. There is so much to see and do at the Disney World resorts, and like many of the best things in life, it’s best seen and done drunk off of extra AF Disney drinks.
And so, driven by a need to experience that Disney magic on a budget, we developed a Disney Resort Bar Crawl that will get you your boozy Disney fix, all without entering a single park. Oh, and it uses Disney’s free transportation, of course.
Everyone knows about Drinking Around the World at Epcot – and a few folks have probably even heard of the Monorail Pub Crawl – but we’ve developed a huge, comprehensive Disney Bar Crawl, all without needing a park ticket.
Disney World on a budget? Check. Disney magic galore? Check. Boozy Disney for adults fun? Um, check! Grab your ID and leave the kids behind – you’re going to have a blast on this Disney Resort Bar Crawl!
Visiting the Disney Parks in 2023
If you haven't visited in a while, there are some extra steps you'll need to take to visit the parks this year. We’ve summarized everything you need to know below!
How to Visit Walt Disney World
You must first check the availability of the date you wish to visit any of the parks, then purchase a ticket, and also make a theme park reservation for the date you purchased your ticket. You need BOTH a ticket AND a reservation to enter the park. If you purchase a park hopper, you may visit the other park after 2pm.
You can find all about making a theme park reservation here, as well as other important information about visiting the resort here.
How to Visit Disneyland
To visit Disneyland, first check the availability of the date you wish to visit the park, purchase a ticket, and also make a theme park reservation for the date you purchased your ticket. You need BOTH a ticket AND a reservation to enter the park. If you purchase a park hopper, you may visit the other park after 1pm.
You can find all about making a theme park reservation here.
Oh, hey: if you’re looking for a magical way to bring your next Disney World trip to the next level, check out our epic Disney World Scavenger Hunt!
With 250 points at stake and 75 challenges designed to help you discover and experience Disney World like you never have before, this game will bring a whole new level of fun (and friendly competition – or unnecessarily aggressive competition, in our case) to your next Disney World trip.
Oh, and YES: We intentionally added in quite a bit of overlap with our Disney World Bar Crawl, so you can earn points while you throw ’em back. Complete them together for a pretty freakin’
drunken magical day!
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Things to Know About the Walt Disney Bar Crawl
So, there are bars, and then there are Disney World Bars, which are on their own sphere of existence. Disney World is home to some truly amazing bars, full of delicious unique Disney drinks.
As with everything Disney touches, the bars at Disney World are totally themed, expertly designed, full of delicious drinks, and incredibly fun.
Drinking at Disney is one of our favorite things to do at Disney World for adults. But with so many Disney World bars to choose from, which one should you visit?
The answer is all of them.
Okay, not all of them. You’d end up in a hospital.
But you can hit a whole bunch of them at once by doing a well-planned Disney bar crawl, like the one we’ve designed. Not only do you not have to go into the Disney Parks to do our Disney pub crawl, but you don’t even have to be a Disney Resorts guest, either!
Psst: Planning on visiting a few Disney Parks? Check out these Disney Passes, which offer great savings on parks passes to all Disney Resorts.
Best Bars in Disney World
In planning our Disney Resorts Bar Crawl, we did our best to drink ourselves under the table … just for you! Ok, no, it was totally for us. You guys are just a bonus.
We examined all the Disney World bars that didn’t require a park ticket, and drank as much as we possibly could (you know, like for research).
Then, we took the best Disney bars of the bunch and mapped them out using free Disney World transportation, for that Disney World on a budget vibe.
After much careful research and evaluation (and a LOT of drinks), we constructed the ultimate bar crawl through the Disney World Resorts!
The only thing more useful than our Disney World bar crawl when it comes to planning your next visit to Disney World are the Disney Vacation planning videos that Disney produces (you know, like the ones you used to have to mail-order on VHS)?
Sometimes I just like to watch these in-between Disney park visits (when I’m trying to fight my Post-Disney Depression) and cry happy tears. Don’t judge me. Just watch one and tell me you don’t tear up a little bit. They’re freaking magical.
OK, now that I’ve gone down another Disney Parks video rabbit hole, back to the point: delicious Disney booze.
Here’s what you need to know before setting off with your besties to explore the wonderful world of Disney bars.
- You don’t need to pay for anything other than drinks to pull this Disney bar crawl off. No park tickets, no entrance fees. Not even parking! We’ve worked it all out for you to be as budget-friendly as possible.
- We designed the Disney World Resort Bar Crawl to be accessible for non-Disney World guests. If you ARE doing the parks, there are certain perks we won’t mention (like parking at your own resort, or entering a park to drunkenly ride Rock N’ Roller Coaster several times in a row via the single rider line. Stuff like that). You should be able to do this pub crawl to the best Disney World bars without being a guest at a resort or visiting the Disney World parks at all.
- Pretty much every form of FREE Disney World transportation comes about once every 15 minutes. This could mean reaching your destination could take up to an hour if you have a transfer. Allow plenty of time to get from point to point. Generally though, that’s a good thing, because pacing yourself between the Disney Resort Bars and delicious drinks is safer and probably better for your liver.
- If at any point, you don’t want to follow our transportation instructions, you can always use a ride share app. Disney also has their own version of Lyft, called the “Minnie Van”, but it is currently suspended.
- You will be visiting some Disney Resort pools, but you ARE NOT allowed to swim there unless you are staying at that resort! Pool hopping/pool crashing is taken very seriously at Walt Disney World, and will result in being kicked off of the whole property, not just the resort. Don’t do it. Also, side note? Drunk swimming is dangerous. Be safe.
- This Disney activity is 21+ and for adults only. I mean, I hope that’s clear, but just in case, let me reiterate. This is the kind of Disney activity you do for like, a Bachelorette party. I’m just gonna be blunt here: you’re going to be really drunk.
- You can combine the Disney Resort Bar Crawl with the Disney World Scavenger Hunt. There’s a lot of overlap, and we think you should take full advantage. Check out the Disney World Scavenger Hunt!
How to Do the Disney World Resort Bar Crawl
Now that we’ve gotten the basics out of the way, let’s talk logistics.
- When to Start: We recommend beginning your day venturing to the Disney World bars at around noon. If you don’t mind judging eyes, start as early as 11AM to allow extra time. You’ll be drinking well into the night to complete the Disney bar crawl (or however much your body will allow you).
- Where to Park: Park at the free surface parking at Disney Springs. It’s kind of a weird spot to park, I know, but it’s the only free parking on Disney property. Walk the long distance to the Town Center area, where you’ll find the bus terminal. Note: if you’re lucky enough to be a guest staying at a Disney World Resort, park at the Ticket & Transit Center, which is a good central hub for Disney World transportation.
- This whole Bar Crawl thing is a lot easier with printable directions. You’re gonna get drunk, you’re gonna forget what comes next, you’re gonna lose your phone … it’s a whole mess. Avoid the hassle and download the handy printable instructions we made instead! To download a printable copy of the Disney Resort Bar Crawl directions, just enter your email below. I’ll also send you my favorite insider Cast Member tips for visiting Disney World!
Disney Bar Crawl Stop #1: Siestas Cantina at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
After parking your car at Disney Springs, hop on a bus to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, the first stop on our journey. At Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, you’ll be starting out your day of drinking with some Mexican-themed poolside refreshments.
Walk through the lobby and ⅓ of the way around the lagoon (counter clockwise) you’ll reach “The Dig Site,” a big heated pool sitting at the feet of a giant Mayan pyramid. Sorry, you can’t have a go on the waterslide.
Next to the pool is one of Disney’s Coronado Springs’ bars: Siestas Cantina.
The other (far more posh) bar on site, Rix Lounge, unfortunately doesn’t open until 4, but don’t you worry. Siestas offers everything that Rix Lounge does for slightly cheaper (except a margarita flight, but maybe if you ask really nicely Siestas will give you one).
Our favorite drinks at Coronado Springs are the classic margarita with orange and lime, the Tito’s mule with vodka and elderflower, and the red sangria. Sooo … poolside classics.
After your delicious drank, walk back to the bus stop you were dropped off at (at the entrance of Disney’s Coronado Springs) and take the bus to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Once at Hollywood Studios, walk to the right of the gates, where you’ll find the ferry. That’s right. You’re going to take the boat to the next bar in Disney World.
Disney Bar Crawl Stop #2: Disney’s Boardwalk
The Boardwalk, like those in the real world, has a lot to offer in the way of booze, food, games, and shopping.
This is the point where we offer you a choice: margaritas, beer, or fruity and frozen cocktails by the pool? Or screw it, do all three.
Here are your Choose-Your-Own-Adventure options of the next few Disney World bars.
- If you’re feeling the Margarita vibe and want to keep it going, check out Joe’s Margaritas, a little drink stand located smack dab in the middle of the boardwalk. Their drink options are: Classic Marg, a margarita made with Patron (ooh you fancy huh?), and Strawberry or Watermelon Margaritas. It’s a simple stand, but you can’t go wrong with it.
- In a beer mood? Head to Big River Grille & Brewing Works. They brew their beers in house, so this is the only place on the property to enjoy them. The best part of this place? Their beer flights include SEVEN beers for the INSANE price of just $8.50! That’s cheap even for bars not at Disney World. This beer flight is my favorite budget-friendly Disney drink.
- Want to keep the pool bar vibe going? Walk toward Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and find their pool bar, The Leaping Horse Libations. You’ll notice a different selection of frozen drinks here, and you’ll probably want all of them. Something to keep in mind is Leaping Horse has the same menu as most of Disney’s bars, so you will see this menu one more time on this crawl. One reason it’s included here is the carnival theme is pretty rad.
Whatever your drink is, once you’re done walk to the end of Disney’s Boardwalk (the side with the ESPN Store) and continue along the path until you cross the bridge.
Here you reach the next stop: Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort.
Disney Bar Crawl Stop #3: Beaches & Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Know what I mean? Beaches & Cream? I’d understand if you’re confused at first.
This isn’t, strictly speaking, a bar. It’s an ice cream shop. But this place serves up some delectable adult floats at their to-go counter (so no lines, yay).
Your delicious include:
- Guinness Vanilla Float
- Guinness and Mint Chip Float
- Rainbow Sherbet and Pineapple Cider float
- S’mores: a decadent concoction of liqueurs, ice cream, marshmallow, hot fudge, and graham cracker. It’s Disney S’mores … for adults!
Take your drink of choice out on the deck and admire the Beach Pool, which is hands down Disney World’s best pool (there’s even a freaking shipwreck with a slide!).
Resist the urge to jump in, though. You’ll get kicked out.
Once you’re done with your drink, walk toward the water and find the lighthouse. That’s the stop for the ferry.
Take the ferry back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Once at Hollywood Studios, head to the buses and grab a ride to Disney’s Old Key West Resort.
Disney Bar Crawl Stop #4: The Gurgling Suitcase at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Old Key West is a Disney Vacation Club Resort with a Margaritaville vibe. So like, old white dudes in Hawaiian shirts. We’re not exaggerating, either: they were playing Margaritaville when we visited, and nearly every guest was an old white dude wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
It’s not exactly our vibe of choice, but don’t worry, The Gurgling Suitcase is one of the best bars at Disney World and worth a stop.
The Gurgling Suitcase bar itself is a hole in the wall spot that seats less than ten people. You’ll find a big menu of yummy fancy cocktails and frozen drinks, and some draft beers.
Our pick is the Pina CoLAVA: raspberry Bacardi, Pina Colada mix, and raspberry syrup. It’s surprisingly not as sweet as it sounds, but just as addictive as you’d expect. For those of you who remember when they had that amazing Raspberry Pina Coladas at Animal Kingdom about 10 years ago, this is it! Ooh, I just dated myself, didn’t I?
Right outside, you’ll find the boat dock. Take a ferry back to Disney Springs, where you started.
No, you’re not done yet, don’t you worry….
Disney Bar Crawl Stop #5: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs
Right off the dock you’re greeted with an old airport hangar, which happens to be one of my favorite bars on Disney World property!
If the name Jock Lindsey rings a bell, it’s because Jock happens to be Indiana Jones’ personal pilot. The bar is decked out like a huge hangar from the 40s and has all sorts of Easter Eggs from the Indiana Jones movies (and even Star Wars). One of my favorites is a crate that’s marked “RTO-D2.”
This Disney World bar itself serves up drinks inspired by regions of the world Jock has flown with his trusty co-pilot/pet python, Reggie.
With a menu that includes everything from Singapore Slings, Sangrias, Scotch flights, and Long Island Ice Teas, there’s something for everyone here. But good luck choosing!
The most popular drink comes from the glowing green jug on the counter: Reggie’s Revenge, a sweet tooth inducing mix of Midori, mandarin vodka, and tropical juices.
Feel free to explore more of Disney Springs at this point. Since you’re not going in the park, this is a good opportunity to pick up a Disney souvenir or shop or grab a Mickey Bar or whatever.
Once you’re ready to go, head back to the boat landing and take a ferry to Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
Disney Bar Crawl Stop #6: Muddy Rivers at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Once you arrive at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, head to the pool where you’ll find Muddy Rivers, the last pool bar on our list.
Muddy Rivers is one of the rare Disney pool bars that has a unique menu. This bayou themed bar serves up Mardi Gras inspired flavors.
I recommend the very boozy Hurricane, but a lot of people opt for the All That Jazz, which contains three drinks floating on each other. Be careful not to stir up the flavors with it though – it’s most Instagrammable pre-stir!
After a drink and a beignet or two (they’re the bees knees!), schlep your way to the lobby. After you exit, hang a right to get to the bus terminal and catch the bus for Magic Kingdom.
From there, you can either bus OR ferry to my favorite resort, The Wilderness Lodge. Sorry to get you so close to the castle, only to make you leave again.
Disney Bar Crawl Stop #7: Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
You’ll probably be arriving at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at or around sunset. But don’t worry: the gorgeous inside of the Wilderness Lodge is even more jaw-dropping than the scenic outside.
It won’t take you long to figure out why I love this resort so much. It’s basically a California mountain lodge. Everything is dark wood, Native American inspired prints, or straight-up trees and rocks.
And the Wilderness Lounge is home to one of my favorite Disney bars and restaurants: The Whispering Canyon Cafe.
This is the best place to stop for dinner on the Disney Resort Bar Crawl for budget-friendly and unlimited food. Yes, bottomless bbq. It’s delicious, and the restaurant full of fun, Disney themed ridiculousness!
Think 50’s Prime Time Cafe attitude meets the Liberty Tree Tavern’s food. Be sure to put your name on the waitlist while you go grab a drink. Oh, and while you’re eating, don’t forget to ask for ketchup.
Inside Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, You’ll head to the Territory Lounge, a bar with a frontier theme that serves up a variety of beers, cocktails, and Pacific Northwestern wines.
Their beer list contained the best beer we had at Disney: The Nib Smuggler from Funky Buddha. It’s a cocoa nib and vanilla bean chocolate milk porter. But sadly, it’s seasonal. Womp womp.
After you’re done relaxing in the quiet Territory Lounge (or eating at the rowdy Whispering Canyon Cafe), head to the back of the resort.
Past the pool, you’ll find the landing to the boats. Take a boat to one of the Disney World monorail resorts: Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
There’s a nice bar here – and it’s one of the stops on the Monorail Bar Crawl – but we’ve found that it’s hard to get into at night (because it offers an amazing view of the fireworks in Magic Kingdom!) so give it a try if you like, but officially, we’re moving on.
Find the monorail on the fourth floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort and hop on. Get off in two stops at my favorite resort: Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
Disney Bar Crawl Stop #8: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Hut at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Downstairs at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, you’ll follow signs for Trader Sam’s, one of the most beloved bars in all of Disney.
You might have heard Trader Sam’s described as one of the best and most fun Disney World bars; if not, you’re welcome. It’s incredible!
You’d think there should be some gigantic entrance to this epic, amazing Disney bar, right?
Trader Sam’s is located at the end of a crappy little hallway behind a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it door. This isn’t a complaint though, because we totally dig the secret, hidden vibe.
It reminds me of the (now way too crowded) Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, one of the best-themed bars in San Francisco. Plus, the mystique kinda shrouds Trader Sam’s from the masses, keeping it one of the best kept Disney World secrets.
Once you enter the door you’re greeted by a host and escorted into the tiny, dark Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
This Disney World bar kind of looks like a storage room for The Jungle Cruise props. The reason for this is if you’ve ever ridden the cruise, you might remember the shrunken head dealer named, you guessed it, Trader Sam.
The menu has playful twists on classic tiki bar cocktails – for instance, the Zombie Shrunken Head, a classic Zombie cocktail served in a souvenir shrunken head mug… by a zombie!
The stiff drinks and themed decor aren’t the reasons why Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is one of the best bars in Disney World.
The real reason? This is a Disney World bar that you might hear casually referred to as a ride!
What we mean is this: each drink has a different experience associated with it.
Order a Zombie and your waiter comes out of the back moving like an extra from The Walking Dead.
Order an Uh Oa and awaken the Tiki Goddess, who will take her wrath out on the entire bar.
Order the Krakatoa Punch and you’ll find yourself amidst a volcano eruption!
Sit in one of the “cursed seats” and about an hour in, you’ll find you’ve slowly been lowered to be eye level with the table. Surprise!
It’s experiences like this that keep people laughing and drinking all through the night. We recommend sitting at the community table in the center of the room. We met some other vacationers (and one off-duty cast member!) and were all friends after a couple of drinks and a few hours of company!
We chose Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto as the last stop on the Disney World Resort Bar Crawl for a reason: you won’t want to leave! It’s hands down the best bar in Disney World (and the most fun), and we know you’ll love it as much as we do.
End Your Disney World Resort Bar Crawl with Fireworks!
At 9 PM, take your drink onto the deck or the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Trust us, you won’t be the only one.
From here, look out over the water to Magic Kingdom, where you get a clear view across the water of the nightly fireworks spectacular and listen to the music on the speakers outside the Polynesian Resort.
You’ll get some pretty photographic views of Disney. During our last show, we said a tearful goodbye to “Wishes,” which will be playing its swan song soon.
Whatever the new show is, I’m sure it will have the words “dream” and “believe” and “magic” in it several times and I can tell you from experience that the drunker you are, the more likely you are to cry. I’m not the only one who always tears up during the fireworks shows, right?!
After the fireworks show, your amazing night of Disney bar crawl fun is over (that is, unless you’re still up for another few drinks at Trader Sam’s).
Don’t be too sad, we’ve figured out a way to help you get over your post Disney depression.
I’m sure by now you’re a combination of drunk and exhausted, so let’s get you back to your hotel. If you’re staying at a Disney World resort, take the Monorail back to the Ticket & Transport Center to get a bus back to your resort.
If you’re not staying at a Disney World resort, outside Disney’s Polynesian Resort is the bus to Disney Springs, which you’ll take. In my opinion, this is the perfect time to get some drunk poutine and a dessert at Disney Springs.
If you parked at Disney Springs and you have a DD, have a great night! If you didn’t assign a DD, take an Uber or a Lyft home – Disney Springs is easily accessible from any hotel close to Disney World.
NEVER drink and drive. Always be safe! What’s that Disney Cast Member motto again? Oh yeah … Safe D Begins with Me!
Printable Disney Resort Bar Crawl Directions
If you’re anything like me, you need to have a list of written instructions for anything more complicated than “Take a bus and then get off the bus.”
This pub crawl to the best bars in Disney World is pretty complicated when it comes to remembering which transportation to take to what resort, and since you can’t just pull up Google Maps for private Disney transit, we’ve designed a handy printable for you!
To download a printable copy of the Disney Resort Bar Crawl directions, just enter your email below. We’ll also send you some of my favorite Cast Member insider tips for visiting Disney World!
By the way: for an even more magical way to bring your next Disney World trip to the next level, check out our epic Disney World Scavenger Hunt! With 250 points at stake and 75 challenges designed to help you discover and experience Disney World like you never have before, this game will bring a whole new level of fun (and friendly competition – or unnecessarily aggressive competition, in our case) to your next Disney World trip.
Oh, and YES: We intentionally added in quite a bit of overlap with our Disney World Resort Bar Crawl, so you can rack up points while you toss ’em back. Complete them together for a pretty freakin’
drunken magical day!
Which delicious Disney drink are you most excited to try? Leave us a comment below!
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- What to Pack for Disney with a Baby & 39 Essentials for Disney with Babies
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Ro H says
I received the list of the bars but didn’t get the printable map. I think that would be sooooo helpful after a few drinks. Thank you
Lia Garcia says
Unfortunately because Disney is all on privately owned Disney property, there is no map for Disney World that we could use to create a map for our resort bar crawl! I used to get lost driving to work all the time because Google maps doesn’t have any information about WDW, so you have to basically memorize the way to get backstage, which is purposefully designed to be hidden 😛 so as of now, the step-by-step list of directions is the best we’re able to offer!
Darynda Klein says
I just found this and read it out loud to my husband! This is so awesome! And definitely has to read out loud!! We are planning on going with my brother, sister-in-law, and our kids (mine are old enough to join us in the bar crawl) and my husband is ready to go! We’ll definitely be adding this to our plans! Thank you for this!
Practical Wanderlust says
Glad you all liked it Kim!
Happy travels 🙂
I can’t find where to download the map! I put my email address in but got the scavenger hunt. Help! LOL.
Lia Garcia says
Oh no! I just signed you up – it should be headed to your inbox now 🙂 Let me know if you have difficulty downloading it!
Lauren Griffin says
I can’t find the map. The husband and I are going for 1 day to disney springs and would love to do this. Can you email it to me?
Lia Garcia says
Hey Lauren, I’ve just sent it and it should be in your email! Look for an email from email@example.com 🙂
Love this! So thoughtful of you to share it!
Would you recommend this for a bachelorette party group of about ~10-12? We are coming end of sept her for the weekend and have plans to do Epcot but no one has bought tickets yet and this sounds rather enticing since it’s especially $100 cheaper…! Just not sure if it’s for a group of us, we aren’t planning to be super outrageously dressed or obnoxious btw.
Lia Garcia says
I think this would be a perfect Bachelorette party! It is way cheaper (especially if y’all are sharing drinks) since you don’t need to buy a ticket. That said, drinking around the world in Epcot IS really fun – but if you’re just in it for a good time, this is a great alternative that’s more budget-friendly. I think you’d be absolutely fine with a group, only one of the bars is on the smaller side that I can think of, but like … it’s Disney World – they are definitely used to big crowds!
Ashley Rohlfing says
Can you get your car from DS the next day if you uber home?
Lia Garcia says
I want to say yes but I’ve never personally tried it – might want to check with a Cast Member to make 10000% sure.
I think it would be smarter to just Uber to Disney Springs from your hotel at the beginning of the crawl. Then, Uber back to the hotel at the end of it. If you drove there and left your car over night you’d still need to Uber back the next morning to get your car (and if you do this crawl as written, my guess is you’ll be a bit groggy the next morning). So that’s two Uber rides anyway.
Lia Garcia says
That’s a great suggestion!
This is AMAZING! So thorough. Thank you for all the time you put into your “research!”
During this bar crawl, will we ever have a chance to run into any of the characters? Or do they keep all of that inside the park? My friends and I want photo ops, but we’re trying to decide if that’s worth buying an actual ticket into the park, or if we should just spend our day at Disney doing this instead.
Lia Garcia says
You probably won’t see them during the actual bar crawl, but you CAN see them without buying a ticket into the parks! You’ll likely need to make a character dining reservation at one of the resorts, or plan to eat breakfast at a resort – you’ll need to pay for parking and food, but that may end up still being cheaper than a park ticket 😛 Here are a few guides I found that might help:
Christi Brady says
I know Disney isn’t just for kids but it is still for FAMILIES. I don’t think posts like this are very appropriate. I have taken my family to Disney World every year for over 20 years. Obviously my kids are now older, and we all enjoy a drink or two at Epcot World Showcase. However, my favorite festival is now ruined for me. The Food & Wine Festival is not appropriate for children on weekend nights. I was there in September 2017 and have never had such a bad time at my FAVORITE park. Drunk people being loud, rude, and sometimes downright obnoxious. I got bumped into, pushed, and even shoved once. I also saw a lot more behavior that is not appropriate for a family park. Period. We were so upset that we emailed Disney when home and they actually called us back. We saw overworked bartenders who could not possibly monitor intoxication levels. We even saw a Disney photographer taking a photo of a drunk couple in which the male had his hand down the girl’s top inside her bra. We had a 7 year old neighbor with us and were horrified by the entire night. Posts like yours just add to this alcohol culture which just shouldn’t be carried over to Walt Disney World. Festivals with drunk bad behaving guests. Open bars of hard alcohol on the streets in Disney Studios. Wine and Beer being sold in restaurants at Magic Kingdom. Walt is rolling over in his grave. And with all the attention on the World Cup right now let’s not forget to mention the life time banning of woman’s soccer player Alex Morgan for her drunken screaming match outside of the England Pavilion. Epcot is a place to enjoy a good meal and a drink or two. Not a place for crawls and getting drunk.
Lia Garcia says
You make a great point! I don’t want to see drunken messy people any more than you do. I strongly encourage anyone who will be partaking at Disney to keep it together and stay responsible. When my husband and I did this Bar Crawl (as we created it), we shared a drink at each spot, so we never really got much more than pleasantly tipsy. I think that’s a responsible level of intake and perfectly safe. Besides, there shouldn’t be any kids in the Resort Bars anyway- and you won’t be going into the parks at all on this Bar Crawl!
Oh my gosh I am SOOO excited for this bar crawl. My husband and I live in SWFL but we are making our first trip to Disney mid-December and this will be a perfect day in between park days!
If you followed this plan exactly, how much money would you say you spent for 2 people doing the crawl? Thanks.
Planning a date day for hubby and I!
Well, the transit is all free (woo!) so your only expenses are the booze you buy 😉 and food, of course! If you get 1 drink to share at each bar (which is what we did – and what we’d recommend, unless you have the tolerance of a viking), you’d probably spend around $80. Some drinks are more expensive, and some are more of a bargain, like the beer flight at the boardwalk grille which is $8.50. Throw in a meal or 2 and this is probably a $100 date. For a whole day of Disney magic, I feel like that’s pretty budget friendly, but then again I’m used to spending an arm and a leg just so I can cry my way through a few flights of Soarin’ 😛
Ashley Smith says
Favorite post on the internet lol. I absolutely believe that Disney World is for grown ups and you’re helping prove that. And you’re totally right – the All Star resorts are dirt cheap but you still get all the benefits of staying at a Disney resort! Love them.
A Pair of Passports says
Ok. We didn’t really have any desire to go to Disney, but that’s totally changed now. We’re sold! There’s nothing we love more than a bar crawl, and I love this unique twist on a Disney guide!
This is so great! So many people drink around the world in Epcot, and this is a great twist on that. The resorts offer so many great things, and I like to spend at least a day of every trip just exploring them.
We totally agree! The resorts are amazing and a fantastic place to spend a day outside of the parks exploring.
K this is beyond amazing! I HAVE TO TRY IT! 🙂
Thank you Katie!
The Wanderlust Dietitian says
OMGOSH! This is SO FUN! I can;t wait to try out the bar crawl and scavenger hunt you made! I have been to Disney World about 17 times but have not gone recently! Can’t wait to return!
Yay, go back! It seems to change every year just enough to make me excited to visit again, but stay the same just enough to keep things nostalgic.
Wow this an amazing guide and i loved your pics!!
Thank you Val!
hapa roving says
wow this is so detailed and useful!! will def keep your link in my bookmarks. I only went to Disneyland Paris twice when I was younger so I used to associate it with young kids and high prices (thanks mom & dad lol)
Thank you Hapa! There’s a wide world of Disney for adults out there just waiting for you to explore it 😀
I’m bookmarking this for whenever I visit Disney World! Hopefully it’s soon 🙂
Momma To Go says
This is so epic! I cant even! its amazing! I want to go right now!
Thank you!! We’re excited about it too 😀
Emily Hines says
First of all… you were a disney character!! Awesome. Secondly, this is the best guide ever for Disney. I love the park and all but this sounds just as fun 🙂
I loved reading this. This sounds like such fun! I was last under 21 when I visited Disney, but when I go back, that 7 flights of beer… That sounds fantastic. Insider tips are the best!
This sounds like the best day ever! Disney and booze = winning! I only went to Disney World when I was little (though I was in Disneyland Resort last year and Disneyland Paris in 2012 and now have an annual pass) but when I eventually make it back there I will definitely be doing a disney bar crawl! Great post.
In my extremely biased opinion, no other Disney park is as amazing as Walt Disney World. I think mostly because of SIZE alone, but every time I go to the other parks I’m like “awww, you guys are cute.” Hehehe. Save this for when you finally come back!
Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate says
You are speaking to this Disney-loving, bourbon-drinking gal’s heart! I’ll actually be in Orlando in two days, but at Universal not Disney, but I’ll keep this handy for my next trip down 😉
Um, can we be best friends?! I’m a Disney loving, bourbon drinking girl too!!
Around My Florida says
Such a great post. I live in Orlando, I need to try some of these places. Thank you for the tips 🙂
Awesome! We met a few Orlando locals while we were researching for this post (*ahem* ~researching~ aka day drinking…) and we definitely designed it with y’all in mind!
Ketki Sharangpani says
Wow. This is so detailed and really cool. I always associated Disney with kids and exorbitant prices. Never saw it in this light. Just wow, so useful!
I mean, you’re not wrong. But you won’t find kids or exorbitant prices during this Bar Crawl 😉