In The Disney Monorail Bar Crawl

A Guide to Bar Hopping Using Disney World’s Monorail

Since the opening of Walt Disney World Resort in 1971, the monorail transportation system has been a staple. Currently, it operates twelve monorail trains on three lines of service connecting 3 resorts and 2 theme parks. That being said, you will have two options when completing the monorail bar crawl…

  1. You do ONLY the resort hotels – Disney’s Contemporary, Polynesian Village, and Grand Floridian Resorts
    • Good if you don’t have theme park tickets or a whole day to spare
    • Keep in mind most resort bars don’t open until late afternoon (3-5pm)
  2. You do the resorts + the theme parks; EPCOT and Magic Kingdom
    • For this option you will need theme park tickets + park reservations to the respective park you’ll be visiting (remember park hopping is only available after 2pm for now)
    • This option is more time consuming and expensive since you will need park tickets
    • Magic Kingdom does not really sell alcohol so it won’t be a good stop (they only serve beer/wine in sit down restaurants for dinner like “Be Our Guest”)

We spent the morning at our resort pool (Review of Coronado Springs Resort here) relaxing and then set out around 3pm to begin our Monorail Bar Crawl. From our resort we took a Disney bus over to Magic Kingdom to then hop on the monorail from there.

We wanted to start off at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney’s Polynesian Resort BUT when we arrived around 3:30 there was already a 2 hour wait… This bar opens at 3pm but people start making a line around 1:30pm. So we put our names down and decided to head to our favorite… The Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to begin our crawl.

Stop #1 – The Enchanted Rose (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa): 

When you exit the monorail you’ll be on the second floor, straight across from here you’ll see the Enchanted Rose Lounge.

  • Hours: 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM

What to drink:

  1. Lavender Fog – Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Rothman Crème de Violette, English Breakfast Tea, Vanilla, and Cream *MY FAVORITE DRINK HERE*
  2. Seasonal Old Fashioned – Widow Jane 10 year Straight Bourbon Whiskey, House-made Seasonal Syrup, and Bitters *HUSBANDS FAVORITE*
  3. Manhattan – Whistle Pig 10yr Straight Rye Whiskey, Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters, and Orange Bitters
  4. French Rose – g’Vine Floraison Gin, Apricot Brandy, Dolin Dry Vermouth de Chambéry, Lemon, and Grenadine
  5. Floral Bitter Beauty – Hendrick’s Gin, St~Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Campari, Aperol, Lemon, and Soda
The Lavender Fog and The Old Fashioned

Pro Tip: Don’t miss out on the food here. The truffle fries and sliders are our favorites!

Next, walk right across the hall to…

Stop #2 – Cítricos (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa): 

Cítricos is a recently reimagined Mary Poppins inspired restaurant and bar that is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Hours: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

What to drink:

  1. Magical Beacon Cocktail – Empress 1908 Gin, Bols Blue Curaçao, Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade, Orgeat (Almond), Lemon, Hibiscus Grenadine and a souvenir Glow Cube *THE BEST*
  2. 212 Manhattan – Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Bertrand Banyul’s and Chocolate Bitters
The Magical Beacon and The 212 Manhattan

From here we hopped back on the monorail and looped around to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

For a full review of the most beautiful Disney hotel click here: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Stop #3 – Tambu Lounge (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort):

A great place for a drink while you wait for Trader Sam’s is this upstairs lounge: Tambu Lounge.

  • Hours: 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM

What to drink:

  1. Lapu Lapu – Plantation Original Dark Rum and Tropical Fruit Juices served in a fresh Pineapple topped with Gosling’s 151 Rum
  2. Backscratcher – Bacardí Superior Rum, Plantation Original Dark Rum, and Guava-Passion Fruit Juice topped with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a Bamboo Backscratcher
  3. Magical Beacon Cocktail – Empress 1908 Gin, Bols Blue Curaçao, Minute Maid® Premium Lemonade, Orgeat (Almond), Lemon, Hibiscus Grenadine and a souvenir Glow Cube *AGAIN*
The Lapu Lapu and The Magical Beacon Cocktail

Stop #4 – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort): 

Hands down the coolest and most fun themed bar on property, it is worth the 2 hour wait list EVERY SINGLE TIME! What I’m saying is… don’t skip out on Trader Sam’s.

  • Hours: 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM

What to drink:

  1. Polynesian Pearl – RumChata Cream Liqueur, Grand Marnier, and Cinnamon with Tropical Juices. The Pearl is yours to keep
  2. Uh-Oa – Plantation Original Dark Rum, Bacardi Superior Rum, Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, Pineapple, and Grapefruit Juices, Falernum, Cinnamon, and fresh Lime Juice. Recommended for Two or more Guests
  3. Nautilus – Barbancourt Pango Rhum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Combier Crème de Pêche de Vigne Liqueur, Tropical Juices, and Falernum. Recommended for Two or more Guests
  4. Rosita’s Margarita – Casamigos Reposado Tequila, Bols Orange Curaçao, fresh Lime Juice, Falernum, and Organic Agave Nectar 
  5. Spiced Island – Knob Creek Disney Select Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Orgeat (Almond), and Pineapple Juice 
The Nautilus Cocktail

We love it here so much I did a full review on it here: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (read it to find out about the secret menu items)

Stop #5 – Top Of The World Lounge – A Villain’s Lair (Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort): 

I realize this lounge is only for DVC members and their guests, so I will include another stop we used to do before becoming DVC members below so both DVC and non-DVC members can enjoy a firework filled night to culminate the Monorail bar crawl!

For DVC members: I think this is because they recently reopened and have not gotten the hang of things yet but this space is large and yet they have people on a 3 hour wait list downstairs for no good reason… there is plenty of space up here for everyone that was waiting downstairs but they were letting people from the 6pm waitlist up at 9pm when we arrived. Luckily we had stopped by and put our names on the list earlier because then when we arrived by 9pm just in time for fireworks at 9:20pm they were able to let us up. The balcony has space for A LOT of people but for whatever reason they only had a few groups be let up with us for fireworks. For more info on this DVC bar click here: Top of the World Lounge.

  • Hours: 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM

What to drink:

  1. The Tower Trap – Askur45 Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Orange Blossom Honey, Traditional Black Tea, touch of cucumber and fresh lime *This might be my new favorite!*
  2. Man In The Forest – Handcrafted Widow Jane straight bourbon Old Fashioned, Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth, Blandy’s 10 yr Madeira, Baking Spices and Ginger Bitters

I mean, it’s no secret this is the best view spot for the Magic Kingdom firework show… the bar dims the lights and plays the music for the show and the views are simply breathtaking! After this night, I am 100% convinced that there is nothing more magical than watching the firework show with your friends/family PLUS a delicious cocktail in hand.

The drinks here are phenomenal! We had originally planned to go to one of the other bars at Disney’s Contemporary Resort after fireworks but ended up staying here the rest of the night instead, because the drinks were THAT good! Shoutout to our awesome bartenders – Sarah, Addy, Chad, and April!

Stop #6 – Steakhouse 71 Lounge (Disney’s Contemporary Resort):

Take the escalators down to the bottom floor and enjoy the newly renovated Steakhouse 71 lounge.

  • Hours: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

What to drink:

  1. Citrus Grove Cocktail – Campari, Green Chartreuse, Citrus Juices, Simple Syrup, Orange Bitters
  2. Bourbon Cold Brew – Maker’s Mark, Joffrey’s Coffee™ Cold Brew, Maple, Vanilla Bean Cream
  3. Cocoa Boulevardier – Knob Creek Disney Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon, Campari,Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth, Chocolate Bitters

Firework viewing: Either take the elevator or escalators up to the 4th floor (same floor that Chef Mickey’s is on). The observation deck is just past the Fantasia Market shop. The deck is open to anybody, but is often used for private parties which means it may not be available every night.

For a full review of the all you can drink mimosa brunch click here: Steakhouse 71 Brunch

View from Top of The World Lounge

As always, special shoutout to Club D3 for all the recommendations, inspiration, and encouragement along the way!

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