Dining Recon: Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill!

Howdy, folks!  How’s it goin’?  The topic of Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill came up during a recent episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast.  I believe it happened during my last appearance …

Episode 467 – It’s Food & Wine 2018!

Yes, we were chatting about this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Lots of great cuisine being offered this year, but one of the items – Hops and Barley’s New England Lobster Roll is a particularly beloved fan favorite.

Problem is … at $8 per serving, a lot of critics (myself included) have tapped this dish as nowhere near worth the price.  Oh, it is tasty, don’t get me wrong.  It’s also typically quite small.  Take a look …

2016’s “loaded?” Lobster Roll

In comparison, there are much better values to be found on WDW property.  For example, take a trip over to the Magic Kingdom.  Many fans rave about Columbia Harbour House’s Lobster Roll.

Myself?  Well, I prefer … you guessed it … the recipe served up by Hurricane Hanna’s.  Delivered on Parker House Bread with Citrus Mayonnaise and accompanied by French Fries or Apple Slaw, their Seafood Roll is a feast!

If you take a close look, it is presented as three attached rolls.  Three!  Plus, loaded with lobster, scallops, and more than half-a-dozen shrimp, it is utterly delicious!  Wow!

Do you want to know the best part?  $11.79!  What?!  Think about it this way … Hops & Barley’s version is all lobster.  However, even if it was loaded with this much seafood, wouldn’t it have to cost two to three times Hanna’s price?

For my money, folks, I’d pass on Food & Wine (never thought I’d say that!) and walk over to Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club.  Visit Hanna.  Pull up a stool at the bar, chat with their friendly bartenders, and grab a seafood feast!  You won’t be sorry that you did!

OUR Favorite WDW Things That Are NOT Attractions!

On the latest episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast, Doug, Dennis, and John hung out at the pub to discuss their favorite things to do … that are not attractions.

WDW Main Street – Episode #365 – Our Favorite Things That Are NOT Attractions!

Hmm.  That got me to thinking.  What are our favorite things to do that are not attractions?  Mrs. All in WDW?  What do you think?

1  –  Disney Springs

Definitely Disney Springs.  At one point, Doug Davis asked us if we were going to visit anywhere else in WDW other than Disney Springs.

Why would we?  Actually, we do go to the parks plenty, of course, but Disney has done a great job re-imagining Downtown Disney.  Here are just a few of our favorite “attractions”:

  • Paddlefish
  • The Boathouse
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Splitsville
  • Wolfgang Puck Express – Marketplace
  • Starbucks – West Side

2  –  Crescent Lake

We love, love, love, Crescent Lake … especially the BoardWalk.  Let us describe the ways!

We love a morning walk from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the BoardWalk area.  In fact, Mrs. All in WDW really enjoys going over early in the morning for a cup of coffee and a walk.

We love lounging along Stormalong Bay.  Sometimes, we’ll buy a bottle of wine, grab a couple of outdoor chairs at the Yacht Club, and enjoy the afternoon sunshine.

Other times, we’ll pull up a stool at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill.  A great pool view.  Friendly bartenders.  Refreshing drinks.  Yum!

Then, there are the restaurants and bars.  Great places like …

  • Belle Vue Lounge
  • ESPN Club
  • Cape May Cafe
  • Crew’s Cup Lounge
  • Captain’s Grille
  • Ale and Compass Lounge
  • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Todd English’s bluezoo

3  –  Laguna Bar

In light of the massive refurbishment going on at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Mrs. All in WDW and I live in fear of Laguna’s demise.

We’ve made, what we hope to be, lifetime friends at that little lakeside bar, and it holds a very special place in our hearts.  If it survives, we’ll be overjoyed!

That’s the short list for us, folks.  How about you?  What are your favorite things that are NOT attractions?  Leave us some comments and let us know!

Seafood Roll “Recon”? Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill “Quick Service” Menu!

Happy Monday, my friends!  Cheer up the beginning of your week by imagining one of our favorite Disney pastimes.  What is that, you ask?  Stroll – and lounge – around Crescent Lake!

Whether it be on the ever-entertaining BoardWalk or amongst the fun and friendly confines of Stormalong Bay, we could spend a whole day there!

And, the restaurants!  Wow!  Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can find them by the thousands!  Well, OK.  By the dozens.  Take Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill, for instance.

Oh!  Whether here, on All in WDW, or even on the Disney Food Blog, I’ve “crowed” about them many times in the past.  Want to see?  Take a look …

My Photo Tour of Hurricane Hanna’s on Disney Food Blog

Taking Hurricane Hanna’s Home

Another Hurricane on Crescent Lake?

Anyway, on our trip to Orlando a few weeks ago, Mrs. All in WDW and I passed by Hanna’s Quick Service counter.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t open, as yet, but I snapped a shot of their menu, nonetheless.

Much to my pleasure, their “infamous” Seafood Roll survives!  I only say that because Disney has a penchant for frequently shuffling their menus around.

I’m not sure if the “recipe” remains the same as in the past, but this is what that delectable delight looked like some time back.

Called a Lobster, Shrimp, and Scallop Roll back in late 2014, this dish was delicious!  Hopefully “today’s” version is much the same.

Folks, if you’re staying at one of Disney’s nearby resorts – think Beach, Yacht, BoardWalk, Swan, and Dolphin – enjoy the views, food, and fun.

However, if your accommodations are elsewhere, take our word for it … Crescent Lake is still well worth your time.  It’s a phenomenal place to spend a day.  You should visit it soon!

Grab That Suitcase, Folks! It’s Gurgling (Getting?) Away!

Wow!  What a victory!

Old Key West fans rose up in force to deliver a decisive victory to Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits – our inaugural All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Pool Bar!

I have to admit, I am a slight bit surprised.  Why?  Well, knowing the popularity of Disney’s Beach and Yacht Clubs – as well as Stormalong Bay (their signature pool) – I was certain that Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill would take the “prize”!

True, Hanna did finish in 2nd, but, realistically, it never had a chance.  Gurgling leaped out fast and far and didn’t look back!  I’ll say it again … wow!

What makes the Suitcase so popular?  For us, it’s the “outside while you’re inside” feel of the place.  We love the open doors!

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Of course, the view doesn’t hurt …

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And, the decorations are quite nice …

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A smallish spot, the bartenders are very friendly.  The beer is ice cold.  And, the food is good.

By the way, you can order off of the Suitcase’s own bar menu or from Olivia’s Cafe (it is attached).  In addition, Good’s Food to Go is right next door.

Before I move on, let me pass along one more small piece of advice …

If you’re craving a lunch-time beverage and a seat at the bar, drop in at opening “bell” – 11:30 AM.  Space can be very limited!

So, my friends, let’s close with one last important piece of business … the All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Favorite WDW Pool Bars!

You want to recommend a bar to family and/or friends?  Here they are!

  1. Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits – Old Key West
  2. Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill – Beach and Yacht Clubs
  3. Siestas Cantina – Coronado Springs
  4. Mardi Grogs – Port Orleans Resort (French Quarter)
  5. Barefoot Pool Bar – Polynesian
  6. Leaping Horse Libations – BoardWalk
  7. Uzima Springs Pool Bar – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  8. Banana Cabana Pool Bar – Caribbean Beach
  9. Trout Pass Bar – Wilderness Lodge
  10. Muddy Rivers – Port Orleans Resort (Riverside)

VOTE For Your Favorite WDW Pool Bars! It’s Day 2 (The Finale!)

Welcome to Monday, folks!  Yes, as it’s prone to do … it’s back again.

Well, at least we can start the week off with a little bit of fun.  I mean, what better way to start a day than with an All in WDW poll!  Oh, OK.  I guess we could actually be in WDW!

Anyway, getting straight to business – because I know you’re all quite busy – let’s talk about today’s task.  Thirteen venues did well enough in yesterday’s 1st Round of voting to make their way into today’s BIG finale!

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Below, you can VOTE for as many as SIX of those “survivors”.  Yes, your “ballot” can include up to six!  Choose your favorites.  Or, select those bars that you haven’t been to yet but would like to try!

In the end, we’ll “elect” an All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Pool Bar!  We’ll also create our list of recommendations … our All in WDW Readers’ Top 10 Favorite WDW Pool Bars!

Thanks for your participation these past two days, my friends!  Have a great week!