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25 Drinks of Christmas – Day 8: CATEGORY 5 at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill (Disney’s Beach Club)

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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!

For today and the rest of this week we’ll be hoping on the Disney Skyliner to check out bars on the available loops.  First stop? Disney’s Beach Club Resort, located mere steps away from the Skyliner station outside EPCOT’s International Gateway.

Mickey and Minnie enjoying a beverage in their Skyliner cab. (art by Scott Walker)

The Drink – Category 5
Location – Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill (Disney’s Beach Club)

Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill. (photo by Michael Carelli)

CATEGORY 5 – Ingredients: Captain Morgan Original spiced rum, crème de banana, peach Schnapps, orange & pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine with a float of Gosling’s 151 rum.

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.

Hurricane Hanna’s is arguably the premiere pool bar on Disney property and the Category 5 is the Captain of the ship.  Located poolside at Stormalong Bay in the shadow of the pirate ship crow’s nest slide, Hanna’s Category 5 is a rum based cocktail that as its name suggests, packs a powerful punch. The poolside vibes mixed with long sips make this a perfect stop for a quick drink or a relaxing session.  ” – Prof. Daniel Miller

Category 5. (photo by Michael Carelli)

Disney’s Beach Club is pound for pound one of our favorite resorts at Walt Disney World. You have boat and Skyliner transportation to two theme parks (with both parks being easy to walk to as well!) One of my personal favorite breakfast buffets at Cape May Cafe, Disney’s best pool area with Stormalong Bay, and the Kitchen Sink Sundae at Beaches & Cream.

The pool slide at Stormalong Bay is straight up E-Ticket.
Stormalong Bay.
Stormalong Bay.

The Kitchen Sink at Beaches & Cream. You might eat ice cream at home, but you’re probably not eating THIS ice cream at home.
The Kitchen Sink is fun (and tasty) for young and old alike.
Mission Accomplished.

Let’s hop on the Skyliner and head on over to our next stop, Disney’s Riviera Resort! See you tomorrow!

A Skyliner-view of Disney’s Riviera Resort in the background.

25 Drinks of Christmas TouringPlans Brought to Me…

See you tomorrow for the next entry into the 25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown, where we are going to take the Skyliner over to Disney’s Riviera Resort. 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.


The salted caramel Beach Buns at Cape May Cafe are worth booking a trip to WDW for.

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