Dining Recon: Oasis Bar & Grill

Speaking of pool bars.  Let’s hop down the Monorail loop, shall we?  The Polynesian Village Resort is very-often considered to be one of Disney’s best Deluxe accommodations.

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Loaded with South Pacific flair, it’s most-known for its ultra-popular Table Service venues – ‘Ohana and Kona Cafe.

When it comes to Counter Services, however, Captain Cook’s ‘quickly’ comes to mind.  Well, the captain has a bit of competition now, I’d say!

Folks, meet Oasis Bar & Grill!  I have to confess … I had to sneak into this spot.  It’s reserved for resort Guests only!  Anything for you, my friends!

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The Poly’s newest pool bar, as you can see, Oasis is a great looking spot.  It also offers fantastic views with plenty of seating!

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Their menu offers plenty of options …

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Remember how much I loved Food & Wine’s Kalua Pork Sliders?  Well, check it out!  Oasis serves their own recipe!

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So, how were they?  Well, at $9.99, they were relatively economical.  Food & Wine charged $4.25 for one.  Oasis serves three!

Taste-wise?  Um, Food & Wine definitely “wins” the battle.  The Oasis sliders were a bit dry.

Food & Wine’s pork, by comparison, was much more moist and tender.  Having said that, it wasn’t a bad meal.  A quick lunch and a refreshing beverage.  A nice afternoon repast.

Oasis Bar & Grill, Disney fans.  If you’re staying at Poly, try it!  If not, and you try to sneak in … well, you didn’t get the idea from me!

Menu “Recon”: The Sand Bar!

Tucked safely away on the “beaches” of Bay Lake and basking in the sunshine of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll find The Sand Bar!

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From a 1/3 lb. Angus Bacon Cheeseburger to a Turkey BLT Wrap, you can have a veritable poolside feast!  Look at all of the choices!

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You want something “light” and fun?  How about Hummus and Vegetables or House-made Chips?  Hey!  Are you looking for Mickey?

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The The Sand Bar offers a Mickey Pretzel, a Mickey’s Ice Cream Bar, a Mickey’s Ice Cream Sandwich, or even a Mickey’s Crisped Rice Treat!  What a stocked menu!

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My friends, whether you’re enjoying the Contemporary’s pool, or passing through the resort on a visit, The Sand Bar is a great stop for a quick meal or a delicious snack!

And, do I need to mention the views?  From Bay Lake to gorgeous architecture to Walt Disney World’s famous monorail … what a beautiful place!

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!

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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!