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Old 01-12-2012, 07:42 PM   #31
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Pool bar is my favorite part of Disney vacation, we've stayed at and utilized pool bars at POR, BC, WL, Poly, Swan, CSR, OKW and CB. For the most part I've never had a bad drink at a pool bar (2 exceptions) I've always found the pours pretty generous and the bartenders friendly.

Worst in my experience was OKW, it may have been a bad weekend, or bad timing, but the bar was criminally understaffed, we waited a really long time with the line never moving and ended up just buying vodka in the hotel store and taking it back to the room (it was the only trip we didn't pack our own, of course) I've heard good things, but we were sorely disappointed.

Similar experience at Poly (but we DID get drinks!), but we were there in the summer, and I think they now have a wrist band policy that probably cuts down on the crowd. Also, there was very little shade, not a lot of places to park yourself and waste an afternoon.

Swan- weakest pours. Long Island Ice Tea was more Arnold Palmer.

CBR I remember nothing about. . .so it was probably the best, pour-wise.

CB- Bartender was really nice, but put club soda in my vodka tonic. That's always the FIRST thing I think of when it gets brought up, fair or not.

This brings us to the Top 3 IMH(and boozy)O

#3- Stormalong Bay at Beach Club- scenery is awesome, lots of shade, one of the bartenders didn't know what a Grateful Dead was, but put together a decent one after I remembered what was in it, the availability of solid food allows you to REALLY waste some time.

#2- Muddy Waters at POR- My first Disney Pool bar makes me all nostalgic, so this might be more about that, but it's kinda quiet, the bartenders are super-great, and its again, shady, easy to miss a dinner ADR because you just don't wanna get up and go back to the room


#1 Trout Pass at Wilderness Lodge- Plenty of covered seating, great pours, great bartenders if you are seated AT the bar, (I still have a handful of swizzle sticks from the bartender after I was asking my sister if having 3 sticks as evidence was "lushy". You probably had to be there.) if not, there's tables close to the geyser, you've got pool, you've got geyser, you've got resort scenery and have never been given club soda in your vodka tonic, that's vacation.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:34 AM   #32
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Stewart at WL--always nice to see the same bartenders working there--great CM:woo hoo:
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:17 PM   #33
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The Pool side bar @ CBR is nice. Its is right outside of the pool area. They had a few different mixed drinks, nice sitting area and the pool @ this resort is awesome. We love the pirate themed with water slides, cannons and 2 hot tubs. Also if your going with kids they have a pirate ship w/ water slides, dumping buckets our daughter absolutley loves!

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Old 01-14-2012, 01:25 PM   #34
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Best Pool Bar?
The one I'm at!!!
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:19 PM   #35
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Petals is our favorite by far.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:31 PM   #36
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My fav pool bar is Muddy River at POR.

Good comfortable covered seating at tables as well as the bar stools. Friendly bartenders and rarely crowded.

Second choice is The Gurgling Suitcase at OKW, close enough to the pool with good outdoor seating.

We take our Disney Drinking seriously. We have a non-commercial web site dedicated to it at: www.DrinkingAtDisney.com

Favorite Bar On Property? No hesitation - it's The Gurgling Suitcase at OKW.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:55 AM   #37
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:35 AM   #38
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The one I'm at!!!
Great answer!
While not technically a WDW property, Cabanas at the Dolphin would win this contest hands down for me. Their drink mixers are all made onsite with fresh ingredients. I find the pool bars at the WDW resorts to be much more similar to each other than different. The drinks and food at Cabanas are great!
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Love the Banana Cabana @ CBR!!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:27 AM   #40
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The Sunken Treasure at Hurricane Hanna's at the Beach Club/Yacht Club has its own fan club.

The drink is no longer on the menu, but we have taken to making laminated recipe cards to show the bartenders to keep the drink alive. I even brought a recipe card with me to Mexico and had a bartender make one for me there.

Sunken Treasure: The unofficial beverage of the Beach and Yacht Club FAQ forum:

Contents: Malibu Rum, Midori, orange juice, pineapple juice and Sprite with a splash of BOLS Blue Curacao.

Thanks, pixarmom, Feckless, WDW4us2006 and Ninja Mom for the photos!

Please note that the Sunken Treasure is no longer on the menu at Hurricane Hanna's, however if you get a bartender who knows how to make the drink, you may still be in luck!

Thanks to medicgirl177, who experiemented at great personal risk to decipher the secret formula:

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Old 09-15-2013, 07:40 AM   #41
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I have to say our favorites are trout pass at WL and the pool bar at AKL Jambo house!! Lots of seating, amazing atmosphere and friendly people.

However since reading this thread I'm now thinking of ways to safely pack my booze in my suitcase lol. Great tip!
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