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!

Wait! You Forgot Laguna Bar! Readers’ Favorite WDW Pool Bars! VOTE!

Good morning, my friends!  I hope you’re having a great weekend!  Have some fun in the sun, if you can.  I know there’s a bunch of rain going on out there.

I promised you this little “contest” a few days back.  Sorry for the tardiness with bringing it your way.  Frankly, it took a lot more work than I expected to compile the list of “competitors”.  I’m glad I was finally able to pull it together.

WDW pool bars.  Right off the top, one of the things that Mrs. All in WDW noticed was that our beloved favorite – the Coronado Springs Resort’s Laguna Bar – is missing from the list.  What?!

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We just LOVE Laguna Bar!

My Seat at Laguna

Well, I reminded her, it’s not technically a “pool bar”.  It’s a bar by a lake!  And, you don’t want to go swimming in that lake.  The turtles are cute, but it also hosts some little ‘gators.  They’ve got chomp!

Where we do feel that Laguna Bar is the best outdoor bar on Walt Disney World property, it just doesn’t qualify for the title All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Pool Bar!  Having said that, one of these other “pubs” will!

Your job today is to VOTE!  I present you with two groups of THIRTEEN bars, each, below.  You can select up to SIX in each group.  Yes, I said, up to six.  You can cast as many as TWELVE votes today!

Now, I know what some of you might be thinking.  Bob, we go to the same resort every visit, so we’ve only been to one of these bars.  Or, Bob, we’ve been to a few of these but not twelve of them!  Or, Bob, we don’t visit pool bars.

Folks, that’s OK!  I don’t think that we’ve been to twelve of these places either!  All this poll desires is that you VOTE for those bars that you can.  Hey, VOTE for the bars that you haven’t been to but would like to try!

The Top 6 vote-getters in each of today’s two groups will proceed into tomorrow’s finale.  It’s there that, from amongst the twelve remaining “combatants”, we’ll “crown” a victor.

I’m anxious to see how this plays out.  It’s the first time we’ve tackled WDW’s pool bars, and I’m curious to see our Top 10.  What ten poolside beverage spots will we recommend to friends and family alike?  Let’s see!