The monorail pub crawl is a unique way for adults to spend the night out at Walt Disney World. There are three resorts around the Seven Seas Lagoon that the Resort Monorail makes stops at: The Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary. Each of these resorts offers amazing lounges that are perfect for relaxing, taking in the incredible scenery and sipping on delicious signature drinks. Here's our top 5 drinks to sample, along with some tips to follow, when you're ready to tackle the monorail pub crawl.
Shrunken Zombie Head from Trader Sam's
You may remember Trader Sam as the "head" salesman from the Jungle Cruise ride at Magic Kingdom. Here at his Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort you'll find a selection of drinks that are just as exotic as the tropical theming. The Shrunken Zombie Head is a guest favorite. It's served in a zombie head-shaped souvenir glass that you get to take home and is made with 3 kinds of rum! Fans of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will recognize the Nautilus beverage, which is big enough for two people and comes in a massive souvenir glass shaped like the famous submarine. Depending on what drink you order, you may set off special effects around the lounge, so keep an eye out. Trader Sam's is a great place to start your crawl as it's usually less busy in the early evening hours.
Lapu Lapu from The Tambu Lounge
Also at the Polynesian Village Resort is The Tambu Lounge, located right next door to the popular 'Ohana restaurant. You can order a bite to eat from their Hawaiian-inspired appetizer menu to go along with their popular island-themed drinks. Lapu Lapu is the bar's signature drink. It's served in a hollowed out pineapple and is made with dark rum and tropical fruit juices, topped off with a Goslings 151 Rum floater. If you've got an itch you can't reach, try the Backscratcher drink. This one is made with rum, whisky and juices, and actually comes with a bamboo backscratcher sticking out of it! If the line is too long to enter Trader Sam's at the resort, you can always hop on in to The Tambu Lounge first.
The Grand Cocktail from Mizner's Lounge
Next stop on our monorail crawl is Mizner's Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Bask in the old-school ambiance that goes perfectly with this lounge's classic cocktails. Sip a traditional drink like a Manhattan or sidecar while listening to live jazz performed by the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra nightly beginning at 4:00 pm. The Grand Cocktail is a fan favorite here featuring Ketel Citroen Vodka, pomegranate liqueur, cranberry Juice and a splash of soda. For something a bit more colorful try the Grand Cosmopolitan instead. Mizner's offers complimentary spiced nuts, but upscale small plates are also available if you're looking for something a bit more robust to snack on.
The Seven Seas Lagoon from The Wave
Disney's Contemporary Resort is our last monorail stop of the evening, but there's still two more lounges to visit. First up is The Wave, a chic retreat hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of the resort. One of the lounge's claims to fame is their organic draft beer selection, brewed locally in Orlando, which you can order as a beer flight. Since you're on vacation anyway, you should try the massive Seven Seas Lagoon drink! It's an over-the-top fishbowl drink with two straws - because there's no way you can finish it all by yourself! The bottom is filled with colorful Swedish fish candy and green boba to really make it look like a fish tank. If you don't see it listed on the menu just ask your sever for it by name, they'll know what you mean. Get your camera ready when it comes out, because you'll want to document this one.
Blue Glow-tini from Outer Rim
End your magical night out at the Outer Rim at Disney's Contemporary Resort. This quaint little lounge offers stunning views looking out over Bay Lake. The house specialty is the Blue Glow-tini. It's made with Skyy Infusions Citrus Vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao and pineapple juice with a sugared rim. It's served with a souvenir glowing cube, which gives it its namesake. The lounge also offers a wide selection of wines, draft beers and the most specialty drinks of all the lounges along the crawl. If you're looking to wind down after an exciting night of monorail hopping, enjoy a non-alcoholic Sparkling No-Jito made from fresh lime juice, agave nectar and topped with a sprig of fresh mint. The Outer Rim can be a bit loud when Chef Mickey's is still serving next door, which is why it's best to visit later in the evening, after dinner service has already wound down around 9:00 pm or so.
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