Mouse Crawl

Ride the rail to a world of signature drinks and light bites at 3 snazzy Disney resorts.

Looking for a different kind of fun at Walt Disney World? Then create your own pub crawl or progressive dinner using the monorail train that stops at the Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Contemporary Resort. 

Stop 1: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

This is where you’ll park; it’s free if you’re here for dinner or drinks. The Polynesian is Walt Disney World’s original resort, opened in 1971, where you’re transported to a South Pacific oasis complete with lush flowers and tiki torches. The lobby is inside a grand ceremonial house and, outside, new bungalows overlook the water.


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Tucked into the back corner of the main building is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. This enchanting hideaway is decked out in themed decor and offers a Polynesian-inspired menu of small plates such as Hawaiian poke with Sriracha aioli, kalua pork tacos, and dumplings with soy-sesame dipping sauce. The drinks match the festive atmosphere with fun names like the Mosquito Mojito and Shrunken Zombie Head. But be careful—ordering Uh-Oa! angers the gods, bringing on thunder and lightning indoors.

Stop 2: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

From the Polynesian’s second floor, access the monorail to the Grand Floridian, the Victorian-era resort reminiscent of Palm Beach’s golden age. You’ll enter the hotel via the second-floor balcony, a perch that provides a great group photo op as well as a subtle spot for people-watching. 

Follow the jazzy sounds of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra straight to Mizner’s Lounge. Order the artisanal cheese plate or charcuterie for the table and sit back with a classic cocktail like a gin martini or Manhattan. From the windows, you’ll get a peek at the 10 p.m. “Wishes” fireworks show—9 p.m. on weeknights—at the Magic Kingdom. 

Stop 3: Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The monorail stop for this venerable hotel is actually in the lobby. Take the escalator down to the concierge stand and request a table at California Grill. Getting a dinner reservation on short notice at this 15th-floor, signature restaurant is nearly impossible, but you can typically snag a table late-night after the fireworks. The beautiful penthouse dining room offers stunning views of Cinderella Castle, as well as the surrounding resorts you’ve just visited.

Order a glass of Port or a coffee to pair with the chocolate pudding cake with Nutella filling. Or if you prefer to drink your dessert, a refreshing choice is the cucumber fizz made with vodka, limoncello, cucumber water and a splash of Sprite. 

If you’re up for more fun, the Wave bar downstairs at the Contemporary stays open until 2 a.m. Otherwise, board the monorail for your final leg back to the Polynesian. The monorail stops running one hour after the Magic Kingdom closes, and times vary, so check accordingly.

You’ve now come full circle, making a complete trip around the Seven Seas Lagoon with stops at three of Disney World’s most-famous resorts. Cheers! 

Categories: Nightlife & Bars