There are a LOT of drinking guides for Disney out there. I mean a LOT. So just in case you fellow teetotalers were starting to feel left out, I thought you may like a guide of your own! I can’t claim I’ve tried every non-alcoholic drink at Walt Disney World, but I’ve tried an awful lot. While I tend to live on Coke Zero in everyday life, at Disney I like to branch out a little. There are some great drinks out there, and here are 10 of my favorites.
1. Night Blossom – The Night Blossom at Pongu Pongu in Pandora is my favorite drink! And really, calling it just a drink undersells it a bit—like Pandora itself, it’s really an experience. It’s just amazing. It’s possible that I love it so much because I think it’s made of sugar mixed with sugar and topped with sugar—all in a crazemazing frozen concoction. With a little bit of sugar added on top. Not to mention that it’s gorgeous! It’s actually a collection of several fruit flavors–limeade, apple, and dessert pear. It’s topped off with passion fruit boba balls, though if you aren’t a fan of the boba ball craze, you could certainly have them left off. I can’t say enough good things about it—well I guess I can…it only costs about $6.00! You must try one next time you are visiting Pandora.
2. Dole Whip Float – Of course the Dole Whip ice cream is insanely popular, but to me you are missing out if you don’t make it a float. I don’t even really care for pineapple ice cream, but soak it in pineapple juice? It’s amazing! Once it starts to melt a little so you can drink it through the straw–perfection in a cup. It’s currently found at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom, and at the Pineapple Lanai in the Polynesian.
3. Le Fou’s Brew – Le Fou’s has its lovers and it has its haters. I’m a lover! Le Fou’s is sold in Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland. It’s basically frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow. It’s topped off with a passion fruit, mango foam. Sounds yummy, right? Skip the souvenir cup unless you are a huge Gaston fan and save yourself some money. I’ve heard comparisons to Butterbeer over at Universal, but they are definitely two distinct drinks. I happen to be a fan of both. Don’t make me choose one over the other!
4. POG – POG! I love me some POG. POG can be found a few places–Boma, ‘Ohana, and other random places like dessert parties to name a few. POG is a delicious blend of pineapple, orange, and guava juices (get it?!). It doesn’t matter if you don’t even like a single one of those juices alone, put them together and you’ve got magic. You’re going to love it. Seriously, it’s amazing. Seek it out and try it!
5. Schweitzer Falls – For some reason, even as a lifelong teetotaler, I seem to end up in Disney bars on a regular basis. I’ll blame my friends on that one! One of those bars I’ve ended up in a few times is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian. Trader Sam’s has a few non-alcoholic drinks, or mocktails, to choose from, but I happen to love Schweitzer Falls. If the name sounds familiar, you’ve probably ridden the Jungle Cruise and passed by those very falls, named after the famous African explorer–Dr. Albert Falls! Or something along those lines, depending on your Jungle Cruise skipper. I’m sure one of the main reasons I enjoy it so much is that one of the ingredients is the aforementioned POG! Woohoo! Schweitzer Falls is a combination of pineapple, orange, and guava juices, plus lemon juice, Sprite, and a flavored syrup called Falernum. It’s garnished with a cherry, pineapple, and everyone’s favorite–a tiny umbrella! I love it!
6. Bottomless Milkshake – It is with a little bit of hesitancy that I recommend the bottomless milkshake found at both Whispering Canyon and The Plaza Restaurant. My hesitancy has nothing to do with taste! The milkshakes are delicious. I could go for one right this very second. My hesitancy stems from quantity. Bottomless milkshakes sound amazing when you first sit down, hungry, and look at a menu. And they are amazing for the first glass and at least part way through the second glass. Then you start to see the error of your ways. Before your dinner even arrives you are starting to feel really full. Keep drinking and there is no way you are eating everything on your plate. Don’t even risk a look at a dessert menu. The very idea of adding cake to your belly at that point will make you swear off food for the rest of your trip. My extended family and I speak from experience on this one because of a Free Dining meal that went comically wrong back in the day when Free Dining included an appetizer, entrée, and dessert—all because of the bottomless milkshake. So tread cautiously here…
7. Virgin Magic Mirror – AbracadaBar over at the Boardwalk is another fun place to end an evening with friends. And if you aren’t imbibing, try a virgin Magic Mirror! This version of the Magic Mirror is made of soda water, mango syrup, Sprite, and lime juice and leaves off the rum. But why is the rum gone? Because it’s still yummy without it! And so pretty to boot.
8. Frozen Dessert Violet Lemonade – This drink can only be found during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, so here’s hoping they keep bringing it back! Found at the Pineapple Promenade, this drink uses floral flavors, sweet lemonade, and sugar. Lotttts of sugar. It is then frozen into a slushy form and becomes a wonderful cool drink.
9. Hibiscus Henna – If you haven’t spent an afternoon or evening relaxing in the Nomad Lounge in Animal Kingdom, you are missing out. The comfy tables and chairs outside and relaxing atmosphere can make you lose track of time. Or sit inside and relax and keep your eye peeled for a certain large-earringed executive Imagineer whom I’ve run into there before. If you’re looking for non-alcoholic drinks, I have even better news: The Nomad Lounge has several. My favorite is a Hibiscus Henna, which is a non-alcoholic version of Jenn’s Tattoo. The Hibiscus Henna will leave out the vodka from Jenn’s Tattoo, but keep the wonderful blend of watermelon, hibiscus, and lime juices. It’s light and refreshing.
10. The American Dream – The American Dream can be found at the Fife & Drum Tavern in the America Pavilion at Epcot. It’s a yummy frozen blue raspberry slushy drink with strawberry and vanilla ice cream. If you are picturing a red, white, and blue drink, perfect for this pavilion, you’d be correct! #merica
Bonus – Shirley Temple in a pineapple! If no mocktail or virgin version of a drink is jumping out at me on a bar menu, my go-to is a Shirley Temple. Recently at Tambu Lounge in the Polynesian, a friend ordered my Shirley Temple in a pineapple. While it looked suspiciously like I was inhaling a Lapu-Lapu by myself, it was actually the best Shirley Temple I’ve ever had. A Shirley Temple with a distinct pineapple flavor? Brilliant!!! We could be on to something here…
Did I forget any of your favorites?
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