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Disney parks are known for fun, food, and selfies with Mickey Mouse, but with festivals in the park celebrating wine and themed cocktails on every restaurant menu, magical theme parks can also look like a field. mines for those who choose not to drink alcohol.
As an annual pass holder and journalist who spends quite a bit of time at Walt Disney World, not drinking at Disney was one of my biggest concerns when my husband and I recently took part in a fitness that involved not drinking alcohol for 75 days. Would Epcot be this fun if I couldn’t drink around the World Showcase? Would dining at my favorite Disney restaurants have the same feeling if the Cabernet wasn’t flowing?
To my surprise, I didn’t miss drinking at Disney as I thought I would. Maybe I was deeply rooted in my commitment to sober-curiosity, but the reality is that I was delighted to find a variety of non-alcoholic drinks all over the Disney property – from theme parks to resorts – that made me forget that alcohol was not an option. .
From Sweet Shirley Temples at the Hollywood Brown Derby to zero proof juniper cocktails at Citricos, I’ve learned that while alcohol has always been a part of my Disney experience, it doesn’t have to be.
So I turned to my friend, Michael, who is posting on Instagram as @michaeldoesdisney and prefers to keep her last name anonymous to keep her park and privacy separate. Michael has been sober for three years and often shares his love for Disney mocktails with its more than 100,000 subscribers.
“Over the past year or so, I’ve felt more comfortable talking about my sobriety on my page,” says Michael. “I love ordering mocktails at Disney because you can still have a really fun experience and it can still be a really fun drink without it being an alcoholic drink. [who don’t drink] they always feel like they have to order a Diet Coke when they go somewhere. “
In Disney parks, this perception couldn’t be further from the truth.
Stephanie Dold is Director of Beverages at Walt Disney World and tells Yahoo Life that the decision to offer more non-alcoholic drinks began a few years ago, as Disney parks began to focus on providing healthier options to park patrons.
“We’re seeing more demand just because in general everyone has a healthier lifestyle,” Dold explains, “and they’re more careful with what they’re taking into their bodies.”
Dold says that at Disney Parks, customers will find two categories of non-alcoholic drinks: non-alcoholic cocktails and zero proof cocktails.
“A mocktail is fun and invigorating and I think it captures the whimsical essence we want to give to a kid … or a kid at heart,” says Dold. “When I think of this zero-proof cocktail, it’s really for that guest who wants to have the same flavor profile without the alcohol in it.”
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“Just because I decide not to drink tonight – sometimes I still want that experience,” Dold explains. “I have friends who have been through the path to motherhood and they’ll say, ‘Sometimes I just want this and I can’t drink alcohol, so I want to feel like I’m drinking a real drink. adult drink. ‘”
Michael says if his followers aren’t drinking because they’re pregnant, don’t care about alcohol, or consciously choose to lead sober lives, he’s sharing his favorite Disney mocktails because he wants them to feel less alone in their choice.
“I think it helps other people see something that is right and that can be normal,” he says. “It helps normalize sobriety and normalize people’s comfort with it… there is such a stigma in being sober.”
“I have this platform and a lot of people who go through a lot of the things that I have been through,” he adds, “and they should be extremely proud of the fact that they don’t drink. a public place, I also want to be able to drink fun drinks, even if they are not alcoholic. “
Yahoo life asked @michaeldoesdisney for its essential choices of non-alcoholic cocktails for a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland.
8. Florida Crush, Homecomin ‘by Chef Art Smith, Disney Springs
“It was a pristine version of Florida Crush with mashed strawberries and it was very delicious,” says Michael, explaining that for this Disney Springs mocktail, he simply ordered the restaurant bar menu and asked for the drink without vodka.
This fruity drink contains crushed oranges and strawberries, freshly squeezed oranges and agave syrup.
Return of Chef Art Smith, Disney springs
7. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sprite and tangerine make up this simple and sweet cocktail, available at the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge.
“It was adorable,” says Michael. “And, he came up with a souvenir glow cube which was super fun.”
Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
6. Mint to Be, Lamplight Lounge, Disney California Adventure Park
“It contained mashed watermelon and berries with fresh mint,” says Michael. “It was really refreshing and not too sweet, which I liked.”
Get this blend of lime, watermelon and berry puree, fresh mint and sparkling water at Disneyland’s Lamplight Lounge.
Disney California Adventure Park
5. Skipper Sipper, Trader Sam’s at Disney World and Disneyland
Found both at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney World, Skipper Sipper features on both bars’ “alcohol-free” menus and features tropical juices, agave nectar, falernum, mint, fresh lime juice and sparkling water.
“It’s very pineapple and mint,” says Michael. “It’s a lot of fun, and my second favorite, if you try more than one thing on this menu, is the Schweitzer Falls, which tastes like grape juice with Sprite.”
4. Honey Hibiscus Iced Tea, Joy of Tea, Epcot
Find this slightly sweet tea with blueberry boba pearls in the Chinese pavilion of Epcot.
“It was a really fun drink,” said Michael, adding that the mocktail options are surprisingly limited around Epcot’s World Showcase. “People have asked me ‘Can you put a guide on how I can drink in the whole world with mocktails’ and the answer is no I can’t and it’s frustrating.”
The joy of tea, Epcot
3. Magic mirror, AbracadaBar, Disney’s BoardWalk
Although there are no non-alcoholic cocktails on the AbracadaBar menu, Michael offers this advice: “You can order any of their cocktails as a non-alcoholic drink.”
Michael’s favorite? Le Miroir Magique: sparkling water, mango syrup, Sprite and lime juice, no rum.
“What’s cool is that the mango syrup had this awesome chemical reaction when it hit the drink – because it’s a magic bar,” he says. “It changes color, so the drink was hot pink even though it was mango flavored.”
AbracadaBar, Disney’s BoardWalk
2. Zingiber Fizzie, Nomad lounge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park
Not only is this puree of passion fruit, mint, lime juice, simple syrup and a ginger beer cocktail delicious, but the lounge where it is served is also considered one of Michael’s favorite places to rest. the feet and have a drink in a Disney park. .
“This is one of the best places to have an alcoholic cocktail,” adds Michael. “They have a really good non-alcoholic drink menu – like five or six drinks on the menu. If we’re talking about places to order a mocktail, the Nomad Lounge is number one in a park.”
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
1. Sparkling No-Jito, Tambu Lounge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
This well-topped mocktail is a blend of lime juice, pure cane sugar and mint, topped with sparkling water.
“My favorite, by far, was the Sparkling No-Jito,” says Michael. “It was delicious – basically a non-alcoholic mojito, but it wasn’t too sweet.”
“There are some really good toppings on it,” he adds. “I had it at Polynesian and they included a cute little orchid flower on top and were very willing to do it with the different flavors they had like mashed mango or raspberry.”
Tambu Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
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