While spending time in Walt Disney World, many guests love to explore the four Disney Parks and enjoy the countless attractions and entertainment that are offered in each. In addition to spending time in the Disney Parks, guests should also make it a priority to visit the different Disney Resorts, each of which features its own unique theme that is brought to life through details, décor, atmosphere, architecture, music, and more. Many Disney Resorts are also home to unique dining experiences that guests love to spend time in, however often times, the lounges found in each Disney Resort go overlooked. This is a shame as many of these lounges are the perfect place for adults to kick back, enjoy delicious cocktails, and relax in style. From interactive locations to ones that are toned down and relaxing, there are plenty of amazing lounges to enjoy. Here are the top ten Disney Resort lounges to enjoy in Walt Disney World.
1. Top of the World Lounge
One of the most iconic Disney Resorts in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Contemporary Resort thanks to its modern décor and uniquely shaped exterior. The newest addition to the Disney Resort is Bay Lake Tower which is part of the Disney Vacation Club. Situated at the top of Bay Lake Tower is the Top of the World Lounge which is exclusive for DVC members and offers beautiful views of the Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon, and Bay Lake. With a modern décor and massive chandelier that dominates the room, guests can sip on beer, wine, and specialty cocktails while also enjoying small bites and desserts.
2. Tambu Lounge
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to many popular eateries such as Kona Café and ‘Ohana in addition to a wonderful lounge that guests love to enjoy. Tambu Lounge is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House next to the entrance of ‘Ohana and features tropical touches and floor to ceiling windows offering views of the Disney Resort’s grounds, pool, and Cinderella Castle in the distance. Tambu Lounge features some iconic drink options such as the Backscratcher and the Lap Lapu in addition to delicious dining options including fresh sushi, Ginger-Soy Chicken, Pot Stickers, Lump Crab Cakes, and Sticky Wings.
3. Scat Cat’s Club
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is themed to feel like New Orleans in the middle of a Mardi Gras celebration and the theme is brought to life through charming details such as iron balconies and railings and jazz music. Guests who spend time at the Disney Resort can enjoy Scat Cat’s Club in the main lobby where wood paneling, beautiful tin ceilings, and other details bring the celebratory atmosphere to life. Guests can enjoy live music many nights of the week while sipping on cocktails, beer, and wine and nibbling on appetizers such as Chicken and Waffles, Sassagoula Crab Dip, and Baton Rouge Beignets.
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4. Territory Lounge
The rustic spirit of adventure and exploration is brought to life at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The Disney Resort is themed to feel like one of the great lodges in the National Parks and features large wooden logs, cozy fire places, and natural stone elements. Guests will love relaxing in the Territory Lounge which features dark wood accents, beautiful carvings of bears, and a cozy atmosphere. Open each evening, guests who stop by the Territory Lounge can sip on delicious beverages while also enjoying snacks and small bites such as Hand-Cut Fries, Ahi Tuna Tataki, Artisanal Cheeses, and Smoked Mushroom Bisque.
5. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
One of the most popular lounges in all of Walt Disney World can be found on the lower level of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is named after the Jungle Cruise’s famous head salesman and brings an interactive show to life. Each drink served up in the tropical locale triggers specials effects brought to life by the room itself, props, or the servers. With fun options such as the Nautilus, HippopotoMai-Tai, and Shrunken Zombie Head in addition to delicious bites including the Headhunter Sushi Roll, Hawaiian Poke, and Pan-Fried Dumplings, guests are sure to love this entertaining lounge!
6. River Roost
Another popular lounge that features live entertainment can be found at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. The Disney Resort brings the charm of the south to life and the River Roost lounge features dark wood accents, warm lighting, and charming details designed to make guests feel at home. Featuring beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and an array of appetizers, the River Roost is a fantastic place to relax as well as enjoy the cabaret performances of Yehaa Bob.
7. Victoria Falls Lounge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most impressive Disney Resorts thanks to its incredible attention to detail and stunning savannah filled with beautiful animals. The lobby of the Disney Resort is home to popular eatery Boma and a beautiful lounge which overlooks the restaurant and serves up delicious options. The Victoria Falls Lounge features muted but lively colors, interesting architecture, and a flickering outside fire pit that guests can cozy up to. In addition to an impressive list of South African wines, Victoria Falls Lounge also serves up specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and appetizers such as Marinated Olives, Goat Cheese Dip, and Sweet and Spicy Crispy Chicken Wings.
8. Mizner’s Lounge
The charm and elegance of the Victorian era is brought to life through elegant décor, ambiance, and more at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa situated on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon. Those who visit the Disney Resort and are looking for the ultimate lounge experience can head to Mizner’s Lounge where light and airy décor is perfectly paired with the jazz sounds of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. Classic cocktails, beer, and wine pair perfectly with the lively music and lounge fare served each evening such as Chorizo Arancini, Tun Tartare, Berkshire Pork Belly, and Florida Shrimp.
9. Citrico’s Lounge
Another popular destination at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is Cirtrico’s restaurant. This full service dining location serves up delicious Mediterranean cuisine with beautiful views of the gardens and elegant décor. Before or after enjoying a meal at the location, guests can stop by Citrico’s Lounge which features beer, wine, cocktails, and seasonal appetizers and entrees such as Scallop Risotto, Oak-Grilled Swordfish, Wild-Caught Halibut, and Chicken Mediterranean.
10. Ale & Compass Lounge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is situated on the shores of Crescent Lake and brings the elegance and charm of nautical details to life through beautiful décor and more. Guests who find themselves at the Disney Resort should stop by the Ale & Compass Lounge, a location that is inviting and cozy thanks to its rich blue accents, dark wood details, and gold touches. The lounge features a wide array of wine, beer, and specialty cocktails, plus wonderful appetizers such as Parker House Rolls and Spreads, Roasted Garlic Shrimp, Oven-Roasted Oysters, and Duck Rilette and Skirt Steak Jerky.