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?!

Laguna Alive

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!

Hey! What About Cabana Bar? Trivia Revealed!

Yeah!  What about Cabana Bar?  When it comes to WDW’s pool bars, Mrs. All in WDW reminds me that I left a couple of our favorite spots off my list yesterday.

For example, I mentioned Mardi Grogs, Siestas Cantina, Leaping Horse Libations, and Hurricane Hanna’s.  On the other hand, I completely forgot the WDW Dolphin’s Cabana Bar and Beach Club.

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A great spot, I’ve actually featured them twice on the site …

Link – Dining Recon: Cabana Bar and Beach Club at the Dolphin

Link – Dining Recon: Cabana Bar and Beach Club at the Dolphin … Revisited!

Then, after my lovely wife pointed that fact out to me, I recalled the fun times we’ve had over at Disney’s Old Key West Resort.  Visit Gurgling Suitcase, folks!

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A small, but fantastic, “pub”, I’ve raved about it as well …

Link – Dining Recon: Old Key West’s Gurgling Suitcase

I guess the moral of the story is that Walt Disney World sports a bunch of great pool-side venues!  Stop back in a few days, and we’ll tackle the task of deciding which ones of them are our ultimate favorites!

In the meantime, yesterday, I asked you, “How well do you know WDW’s pool bars?”  Pretty well, I’d say!

From the pairs I offered, I asked you to match the pool bar with its correct resort.  50% of you got it right!  One reader even commented, “Easy one!”

My friends, the correct pairing in yesterday’s trivia question was … The Sand Bar at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!  Take a look below for all of the correct matches!  Cheers!

  • Backstretch Pool Bar – Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Grandstand Spirits – All-Star Sports Resort
  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • The Sand Bar – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Banana Cabana Pool Bar – Caribbean Beach Resort

 

Welcome to WDW Pool Bar Trivia!

Welcome to June, my friends!  Wow!  The year is flying by, isn’t it?  Summer, and the very busy Walt Disney World vacation season, is here!

Hey!  Who doesn’t love spending a slice of their Summer vacation relaxing at a good pool bar?  For example, Mrs. All in WDW and I have been known to visit Mardi Grogs at Port Orleans-French Quarter from time to time.

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Mardi Grogs

Siestas Cantina at Coronado Springs has, of course, always been a favorite.

Siestas Cantina

Siestas Cantina

We’ve also been known to visit the BoardWalk Inn & Villa’s clown at Leaping Horse Libations.

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Leaping Horse Libations

Having said all that, Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill is a great place to enjoy the Beach and Yacht Clubs’ Stormalong Bay.  Fantastic pool.  Even better bar!

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Hurricane Hanna’s

So.  How well do you know WDW’s pool bars?  From among the choices below, match the pool bar with its correct resort!  Hint: only one of these pairs is correct.  I’ll post the answer tomorrow!  Cheers, everyone!

Quick Service “Recon”: Siestas Cantina

Good morning, my friends!  Wipe that Super Bowl game out of your eyes.  I just know you stayed up late to watch it!

We hear rumor that Siestas Cantina – the pool bar at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – is about to get a new menu.  We’ll have to stop back soon to check it out!

In the meantime, Mrs. All in WDW and I enjoyed a quick lunch a few weeks back.  We thought we’d share the current menu as well as a few shots of this cantina’s cuisine.  Enjoy!

Siestas offers a wide selection of specialty cocktails. Say hi to Arina if she's behind the bar!

Siestas sports a wide selection of specialty cocktails.  Say hi to Arina if she’s behind the bar!  We recommend the Cancun Colada.

Siestas offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  How good does a 6-pack of Krispy Kreme donuts sound?

Mrs. All in WDW had the Siestas Nachos.

Mrs. All in WDW had the Siestas Nachos.

While I selected the Cheese Burger. Almost as good as my Laguna Burger. Almost.

While I selected the Cheese Burger.  Almost as good as my Laguna Burger.  Almost.

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You certainly can’t argue with the view!

Dining Recon: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

Have you ever visited “The French Quarter”?  Also known as the Vieux Carré – “Old Square” in English – The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans.

But, no, my friends, I’m not asking you about that famous historic district in Louisiana’s “Big Easy”.  Did you know that The French Quarter was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, by the way?  Interesting trivia.

Anyway, when I ask you about “The French Quarter”, I’m actually referring to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  Hey, this is a Disney site!  Of course, I am, eh?

Inspired by the aforementioned historic Louisianan central square, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is a perfect place to both take a leisurely stroll or rest and recreate.

On a recent trip to Orlando, Mrs. All in WDW and I did just that “our way”.  How?  By combining a quick lunch from the resort’s Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory with an afternoon refreshment at its pool bar – Mardi Grogs!

Enjoy!

It all started at Mardi Grogs.

It all started at Mardi Grogs.

If Mrs. All in WDW and I have a Top 10 when it comes to WDW's bars, Mardi Grogs is in the running for #2.  Of course, Laguna Bar is the undisputed #1!

If Mrs. All in WDW and I have a Top 10 when it comes to WDW’s bars, Mardi Grogs is in the running for #2. Of course, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort’s Laguna Bar is the undisputed #1!

Mardi Grogs doesn't serve food, so you have to take a short walk to the resort's main building to visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory for lunch or dinner.

Mardi Grogs doesn’t serve food, so you have to take a short walk to the resort’s main building to visit the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory for lunch or dinner.

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Hmm. In search of a good, old-fashioned Po’ Boy …

Yes!

Yes!  Bullseye!

Fried shrimp galore.  Fresh house-made chips.  Perfect for sharing!

Fried shrimp galore. Fresh house-made chips. Perfect for sharing!

Of course, how could we forget "dessert"?  Authentic New Orleans Beignets!  Yum!

Of course, how could we forget “dessert”? Authentic New Orleans beignets! Yum!

It was a great afternoon.  Lots of sunshine.  A friendly bartender.  A delicious lunch.  And ...

It was a great afternoon. Lots of sunshine. A friendly bartender. A delicious lunch. And …

New friends!  Hey, one of these guys is getting just a little bit "out of control"!  Hmm.

New friends! Hey, one of these guys is getting just a little bit “out of control”! Hmm.