California Grill
  • On Jun 29, 2023
    Kristin from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I will be visiting WDW with two of my girlfriends in September. We will be child free so we’re looking for some restaurant recommendations that are fun for the adult crowd. With yummy food, fun cocktails and atmosphere.

    Hey Kristin!

    Welcome to planDisney. You are speaking my language with this question! I love visiting Walt Disney World Resort with my family, but it's always fun to experience with just adults. I've enjoyed quite a few adult-only visits within the past year so I'd be happy to share my top recommendations and a few items I hope to tackle on my next visit. Let's go!

    I don't know the specifics of your park itineraries, so let's start with suggestions at the resorts. The first place that comes to mind is Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. You won't be able to make an advance reservation at this location, but you can join the walk-up list as it prepares to open in the afternoon and get a text back when your table is ready. There are so many fun cocktails to enjoy in this tiki bar, and you might enjoy a few special surprises depending on what you order. This is a popular spot and a line forms early, but don't fret if you aren't able to get a table inside. You can enjoy the same menu items just outside at Trader Sam's Tiki Terrace. There is often live music playing as well, so you can soak up the tropical vibes while you sip your favorite spirits.

    I'd recommend taking a full loop along the Resort Monorail to enjoy Enchanted Rose at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This Beauty and the Beast-themed location is my favorite lounge on property. I love the Lavender Fog and the Floral Bitter Beauty, but there are many fantastic drink options. Be sure to look for Cogsworth, Lumière, Mrs. Potts and Chip tucked among the décor while you're there, and grab an order of the House-made Truffle Fries to keep the hunger at bay before dinner. You can complete your Monorail crawl with a stop at California Grill Lounge at Disney's Contemporary Resort. This is also a walk-up location, but if you time it right you may just get to enjoy a view of Happily Ever After fireworks along with your cocktails. You'll be able to order some of the food items right from the bar as well, just be sure to note the dress code.

    When it's time to step away from the resorts, head directly to The Edison at Disney Springs. You'll find live Gatsby-style performances nightly accompanied by a fantastic menu and a hip vibe. We loved listening to the singer croon 20's cover versions of our favorite pop songs when we visited last fall, and the food and drinks were equally exciting. Just down the path is Wine Bar George which also features a lively bar area, an excellent selection of wine and entrees, and open-air balcony seating with views of the guests passing by below. It's a great place to start or end your evening, and they have a fantastic weekend brunch menu, too! I haven't had the chance to visit Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant yet, but I've also heard rave reviews for the atmosphere there.

    Jellyrolls, a dueling piano bar, and Atlantic Dance Hall both on Disney's BoardWalk, would also be great stops for your girl's weekend. I'm hoping to experience both when I visit with my husband in September.

    I have other ideas, so if you need any more suggestions please come back and let me know! 

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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