Family dining outside
  • On Jan 16, 2020
    Katharine from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are staying at the Port Orleans - Riverside resort next month. I know we cannot use the pools at other resorts, but can we go to any pool bar to eat? Can you provide a list of all the pool bars open to the public, and which you need a room key for?

    Greetings Katharine,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I love grabbing a drink or bite to eat at one of the many Walt Disney World Resort pool bars. There are some really incredible menu items including themed cocktails and delicious food options. Lucky for you, two great pool bars are right there at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside and Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter. Muddy Rivers and Mardi Grogs have some fun, Louisiana-themed drinks, from the famous Hurricane typically found on the streets of The Big Easy to the bayou-spiced rum found in the Nola Cola. If you are looking for a bite to eat while you lounge poolside, Mardi Grogs has some sandwiches, salads, and snacks on the menu

    There are several resort pool bars that are within the fenced and gated pool areas of the resorts and would require you to be a guest at that resort in order to access them. Let me give you a few great options for poolside dining that is accessible to non-guests. Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill is located next to Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. It offers some excellent signature cocktails such as the Category 5 and Banana Cabana and some yummy menu items like the Coconut Shrimp and Barbecue Pork Nachos. Geyser Point Bar & Grill is not only poolside dining at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, but it also provides spectacular views of Bay Lake. Here you can find some signature cocktails such as the Huckleberry Punch and the WhipperSnapper Sour alongside some truly incredible menu options like Handcrafted Charcuterie, Crispy Fried Oysters, and Lump Crab Cake. Disney’s Polynesian Resort has a couple of poolside dining options for non-guests. Barefoot Pool Bar has some refreshing menu items like Sashimi of Tuna, Salmon, and Hamachi, alongside specialty cocktails such as the Frosty Pineapple and Lava Flow.  Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a guest favorite featuring cocktails such as the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum and the Polynesian Pearl, with yummy menu items like the Kalua Pork Tacos and Hawaiian Poke. If you are in the mood for some European-inspired refreshments, I recommend that you make your way to Disney’s Riviera Resort and grab a drink and bite to eat at the open-air pool bar, Bar Riva

    I hope that you find the perfect poolside refreshments during your vacation next month!

    Cheers,
    -Angie C. 
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Florida

Hi! I'm Angie, an Air Force wife from The Sunshine State! I am so happy to share my love and passion for travel, Disney vacation planning, and the magic of a Disney Vacation Club Membership. My family and I have been enjoying our Vacation Club Membership since 2012 and have discovered a whole new world by taking incredible Walt Disney World vacations, cruises on Disney Cruise Line, and have even made a trip to Disneyland Paris. I would love to help you experience the most magical vacation possible!  Learn More About Angie

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