The Christmas season is our absolute favorite time of the year. Growing up, one of the little things I loved most was getting an Advent calendar and counting down the days until Santa would be coming down the chimney. As I grew older, I had to leave Advent calendars in the rear view mirror,* but I still miss that daily countdown building anticipation to the big day. So, we’re going to start a virtual Advent calendar here at TouringPlans. For 2022, we are going to countdown our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort.
Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on the property. Bonus points are awarded for the atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!
Today we are finishing up our Skyliner Series portion of the countdown, as we visited venues off the new Disney transportation system. We started off at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill at Disney’s Beach Club resort, went to Bar Riva at the Riviera Resort, took a short trip to Banana Cabana at the Caribbean Resort, and now we find ourselves at Pop Century.
The Drink – Bourbon Breeze
Location – Petals Pool Bar (Disney’s Pop Century Resort)
BOURBON BREEZE – Ingredients: Old Forester bourbon with cranberry, lime and pomegranate juices topped with Fever-Tree ginger beer.
Once again we are reaching out to a Certified Drinking Expert (AKA ) Professor Daniel Miller, co-author of the book Drinking at Disney, and the guy who is on a first name basis with every Uber driver on WDW property.
Our trip along the Disney Skyliner concludes with a stop at an unlikely guest favorite, Petals pool bar. You don’t often find value resorts on a must-do list, but the bright colors, fun musical soundtrack, and great staff give Petals an atmosphere that is quite different from its value counterparts. Petals has a solid cocktail mentu, but the Bourban Breeze stands out to me with its non-traditional pool bar makeup consisting of Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged Bourbon with Cranberry, Lime and Pomegranate Juices topped with Fever Tree Ginger Beer, which allows you to take a nice sip, and take in the fun sounds of a half century of great chart topping hits in the Central Florida sun (ok I usually suggest the shade.)” – Prof. Daniel Miller
Certainly one of the strongest drinks we have had at any Disney pool bar, the Bourbon Breeze will have you feeling “wonderful” in no time.
Maybe not the best way to drink in Florida – but certainly the most expensive – is to buy canned beer at theme park resort pool bars. What can I say though, I’m a Miller Lite Guy. One way to make this experience a little better though is wrapping your ice cold can of America’s Best in a magnetic Pop Century coozie.
Two versions are available, both sold at Petals.
Petals is located directly outside the main pool area of Pop Century, the Hippy Dippy Pool.
25 Drinks of Christmas TouringPlans Brought to Me…
- Day 1 – Duck Duck Razz at THE BOATHOUSE
- Day 2 – Grown-Ups Lemonade at Woody’s Boathouse
- Day 3 – Yub Nub at Oga’s Cantina
- Day 4 – Isla Nubar in Jurassic Park
- Day 5 – Bam’s Barnstormer at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
- Day 6 – Santa’s Cookies & Milkshake at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium
- Day 7 – Lost on Safari at Dawa Bar
- Day 8 – SKYLINER SERIES Category 5 at Hurricane Hannah’s
- Day 9 – SKYLINER SERIES Almande Grog at Bar Riva
- Day 10 – SKYLINER SERIES Banana Cabana at Banana Cabana
- Day 11 – SKYLINER SERIES Boubon Breeze at Petals
See you tomorrow for the next entry into the 25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown, where we are going to head over to another Value Resort “down the street” from Disney, Universal’s ENDLESS SUMMER. If you had fun, be sure to check out any of our other fun series including Theme Park Hills to Die On, the adventures of David & Derek (theme park’s Goofus & Gallant,) or the famous (infamous?) Theme Park Turkeys of the Year awards. for your listening pleasure, check out the Parkscope Podcast. Your humble author can also be seen producing typos at an inhuman rate on Twitter: @derekburgan
The 25 Drinks of Christmas series couldn’t be done without an All Star team behind us including world class photographers Michael Carelli, Brandon Glover, Scott Sanders, and Hedghehog’s Corner. The drink listing came from a double-secret blue ribbon panel comprised of SAT SIX Fun Squaders including: Megan Stump, Nitro230,The Man Formerly Known as @DrunkAtDisney, Bethany Vinton, Parkscope Joe and Parkscope Nick. As always, Digital Maestro Scott Walker was the cherry on top of the sundae.
*That is an absolute lie. I still buy an advent calendar every year with chocolates in it, and I also buy an annual box of Christmas Crunch, but we’ll keep that between us.