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!
We are in the middle of our Skyliner Series, where we are visiting bars that are off Disney’s new Skyliner transportation system. We started at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill, went to Bar Riva at the Riviera Resort, and have now made our way to the Caribbean Resort.
The Drink – Banana Cabana
Location – Banana Cabana at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
BANANA CABANA – Ingredients: Cruzan mango rum, Parrot Bay coconut rum, Bols crème de banana, orange juice, and pineapple juice with a float of grenadine.
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.
Banana Cabana and its namesake cocktail have a fun history at this original moderate resort. The Banana Cabana pool bar was beautifully redone during the resort’s major refurbishment and upgraded from a tiny kiosk to a full, sit down, hybrid pool/casual bar, and while the offerings were expanded and upgraded, the classic Banana Cabana drink remained standing strong. Being a Caribbean themed resort, this is a traditional rum based punch cocktail that is perfect for mid-day poolside sipping or an evening sunset toast. ” – Prof. Daniel Miller
Another popular drink at Banana Cabana is Hoist the Colors (ingredients: Cruzan mango & guava rums, Bols blue curaçao and Minute Maid premium lemonade with pomegranate juice.)
Tomorrow we’ll continue our Skyliner Series with a stop at Disney’s Pop Century Resort!
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
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 Pop Century 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.