It’s getting warmer in Florida. And I knew Disney would start to become more crowded as the summer vacation guests arrive. So to beat the heat and crowds, I knew this trip would be perfect for something I haven’t done on my list yet: The monorail pub crawl.
The Disney monorail stops at three resorts near the Magic Kingdom: The Polynesian, the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary. I really wanted to check out these hotels, especially the first two, so we set out to grab a drink at each and explore the grounds. We didn’t make it to the Contemporary because of time, but maybe another trip.
From the monorail ticket and transfer station, the first stop is The Polynesian. A tropical resort where each building is named after a different island or group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, this was a fun place to visit since I’ve never been to that part of the world. We went to the Tambu Lounge and looked through the drink menu. All the drinks looked and sounded really good, but I went with the Lapu Lapu because it is the signature drink and it’s served in a pineapple! Bill grabbed a backscratcher, which had rum, whiskey, pineapple juice, other liquids and came with a backscratcher! We had fun walking around in the lush environment.
Next stop is the Grand Floridian. I was equally excited for this, because it is a Victorian-style hotel with an emphasis on old-school Florida. We went to Mizner’s Lounge, which doesn’t open until 4:30. We had time to kill before it opened, so we walked around, checking out the many upscale restaurants, listening to the live band and looking at all the great artwork and impressive lobby from all sides.
We got to Mizner’s Lounge. It is named after architect Addison Mizner, who pretty much built Boca Raton, the city in which I live. And his work is very unique and noticeable in South Florida, having built in the Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. He sounded like a larger-than-life character as well. The lounge is located behind the band on the second floor, so you can hear them perform while enjoying a drink. I had a Mizner gin martini, and everyone else had various old-fashiond drinks except Bill, who has the ultimate Disney tourist drink with a glowing ice cube. It was really tasty and fun to watch, as the ice cube changed colors, lighting the drink.
The next stop on the monorail is Magic Kingdom and then the Contemporary, an ultra-modern hotel. We didn’t make it there, but maybe if I need to escape the Magic Kingdom in the future, I’ll check it out. And I wouldn’t mind grabbing a drink at the Wave or Outer Rim bars.
Have you done the monorail pub crawl? What did you drink?