Disney’s Fort Wilderness has 2 options for guests, a campground and cabins for rent. This could be a very cost effective option for those of you who are looking to spend a little less on your lodging.
Its very easy to get to Fort Wilderness from Magic Kingdom, among other options, you can hop on a boat that will take you right there.
Fort Wilderness is a very cool resort to visit if you get the chance. There are a ton of recreation options such as archery, pony, wagon, and carriage rides, boat rentals, fishing, canoe rentals, bike rentals, and the Wilderness Back Trail adventure which takes you through the resort on a segway. And the resort is on about 750 acres of cypress and pine forest, so there is a ton of animal life to see. We’ve seen a lot of deer!
When we were there they also had some specialty drinks made with Ole Smoky Moonshine – very fitting for the atmosphere.
We tried the Strawberry Lemonade made with Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine, Odwalla Lemonade, Wild Strawberry Monin, and Sprite. It is very appropriately served in a mason jar. I was a little afraid to try this because I’ve never had Ole Smoky Moonshine, but it just tasted like alcoholic strawberry lemonade. I do recommend the drink though, it was pretty good. I wish I had tried some of the other options!
With a full bar and some snack options, Crockett’s Tavern is a nice spot to sit if you’re staying at Fort Wilderness, waiting to go to Trails End or Hoop Dee Do Musical Review, or just want to see the resort.
So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Crockett’s Tavern?
While I wouldn’t necessarily make a special trip specifically to go there, checking it out should you be staying at Fort Wilderness or visiting is definitely recommended. And don’t be afraid to try a drink made with moonshine!
Once you take the recommended left hand turn into the World Showcase, you’re greeted with the gigantic mesoamerican pyramid that is the main focus of the area. The Mexico Pavilion actually has a huge amount of food and drink choices. Outside the pyramid there is La Cantina de San Angel, a quick-service spot right on the water with tacos, nachos, etc. We’ve gotten nachos from here before and while they are definitely gigantic, I didn’t think they were anything to write home about. They were the type with liquid cheese, canned jalapeños, etc. There is also a sit-down restaurant outside the pyramid, La Hacienda de San Angel, which we have always wanted to try but never have because we always end up at La Cava del Tequila. Inside the pyramid, there is another sit-down restaurant, The San Angel Inn, that overlooks the Gran Fiesta Tour (or the Mexico boat ride as most people call it). If you’re there during the Food and Wine Festival, that means you get to sit and eat your lunch or dinner while watching drunken adults get really overly excited on the boat ride. They will probably wave. Excitedly.
The final food/drink option is La Cava del Tequila, located inside the pyramid on your right as you come in. You’ll know you found it due to the giant line of people standing outside. These people are waiting for drinks to go. Skip all of them and walk up to the host or hostess and ask for a table. If there are two of you, you’ll probably get in and sit faster than all those people waiting in line. I’ve seen parties of 8 get seated in 20 minutes during the Food and Wine Festival when there was a line of at least 50 people reaching outside the pyramid.
Food and some drinks at La Cava del Tequila
La Cava del Tequila sells, obviously, a lot of different tequilas. They also have margaritas. What most people don’t know is that they also serve some food options to go with your tequila-based beverage of choice.
We have sampled two margaritas. The Passion Fruit (tequila, ginger liqueur, passion fruit, mango nectar, fresh lime juice, topped with mango foam, served on the rocks with a Tajín chili powder rim) and the Hibiscus (tequila, hibiscus juice, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, elderflower liquor and pomegranate liquor served on the rocks with a hibiscus salt rim).
I’m going to be honest. I hate tequila. I had a very bad and also incredibly stereotypical experience in college with a bottle of Jose Cuervo where two friends of mine and I drunkenly yelled “YOU’RE AWESOME” “NO, YOU’RE AWESOME-ER” for 20 minutes before all simultaneously puking from said tequila. Regardless of this ridiculous memory, I love the Hibiscus Margarita. Mainly, because you cant taste the tequila, and the flavors work really well together between the bitterness of the tequila and the sweetness/tartness of the hibiscus and pomegranate. The only thing that I prefer about the Passion Fruit Margarita is the chili powder rim.
You should also definitely get the queso blanco (warm white nacho cheese with pico de gallo sauce and tortilla chips). You’re going to be super tempted to get the trio (tortilla chips served with salsa, queso, and guacamole). But, know that the queso blanco actually comes with salsa as well. The only thing you’re going to miss is the guacamole, and you probably wont miss it that much. This is seriously a GIANT AMOUNT of chips, salsa, and queso. Guys, this is the perfect compliment to that margarita you’re drinking. Its amazing. Just trust me.
So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on La Cava del Tequila in the World Showcase at Epcot?
Go. Seriously. Just go. Sit inside, skip the line of people waiting for margaritas to go. You’ll have a much better time and its a nice break from the sun and the people. I will say its usually full of adults and couples, I’m assuming that kids are not a fan of sitting in what is essentially a tequila cave watching their parents drink a margarita. So, if you are an adult or couple, DEFINITELY go.
What I don’t love about Animal Kingdom is that it gets HOT walking around all day. Normally, this is a 1/2 day park for us (and closes early anyway), but after Rivers of Light debuts will extend the time you spend in the park.
In the past, we’ve trekked our way over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge to get a snack and a drink at the Victoria Falls Lounge and take a break from the sun (you can take a bus from Animal Kingdom). There is also a Rainforest Cafe that is outside the park entrance, where you can take a break.
While Animal Kingdom has an outdoor bar (Dawa Bar), there is very limited seating and they are right in the middle of the “hustle and bustle” of the park. But, recently, a new restaurant and lounged opened up right inside Animal Kingdom. Tiffins is the newest signature dining option inside the park. Attached to Tiffins is Nomad Lounge. We visited Nomad Lounge on our last trip and it became an instant tradition for Animal Kingdom days.
Nomad Lounge has indoor and outdoor seating. While we were there there was a napping baby and at least 2 adults who looked so comfortable they could nap. Nomad Lounge has a small selection of appetizers, and a unique drink menu. On this trip we sampled the Snow Leopard Salvation (Snow Leopard Vodka, Belle de Brillet Pear Liqueur, Mint, and Lime Juice topped with Ginger Beer) and the Jenn’s Tattoo (Ketel One Vodka, Watermelon, Hibiscus, and Lime Juice).
They were both delicious. And big! The Snow Leopard Salvation was really refreshing, perfect for a hot park day. I didn’t think you could taste the pear liqueur very much, overall it tasted like a fruity and slightly minty Moscow Mule. It was a solid choice. Jenn’s Tattoo was very sweet. A drink being overly sweet isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it was less refreshing than the Snow Leopard Salvation. I really liked it, but as I was drinking it thought it could have benefitted from a splash of soda water and a squeeze of lime (I added a squeeze of lime, and it improved things). We didn’t have a snack on this trip because Animal Kingdom has some very interesting food options and we had already eaten.
So Drinking Ever After, what are your thoughts on Nomad Lounge?
Nomad Lounge is a very welcome addition to Animal Kingdom, and I think a necessary addition. There is a ton of (riverfront!) outdoor seating, its quiet and relaxed, and the food and drink options are unique while still being welcoming. I highly recommend checking out Nomad Lounge for a mid-afternoon break.