As I drink Cherry Pepsi from my Tervis cup and write this review, it seems so empty. It feels as if my Texas Flag decorated Tervis given to me after being found in a supply closest should hold something with more octane. And perhaps me and that the cup should be staring longingly at a forbidden bay as I seek a way to convince a cast member to give me and my Tervis entry!
Drinking at Disney: A Tipsy Travel Guide to Walt Disney World’s Bars, Lounges & Glow Cubes by Rhiannon and Drunky provides what is advertised, a description and rating of every bar and cart serving booze in Walt Disney World. Drunky uses his vast research and knowledge of Disney drinking to provide his readers a location by location summary of drinking on property. This includes his own creative maps of where to find one’s desired adult drink. For each bar, lounge, and drink cart Drunky gives information about the menu, a rating of value, location, theme, vibe, and evaluation of the location. Ratings are delivered in terms of how many Tervis tumblers the bar earned, Drunky’s to go cup of choice. Often Drunky gets things slightly askew ,or just plain wrong, so his editor Rhiannon jumps in to point out his errors on theming, his need to give additional love to pool bars (why) and pointing out drinks that do not end with Lite. The pages are all vibrantly colored and illustrated making reviews fun, especially since the give and take between Drunky and Rhiannon is amusing. Though I will admit I jump quickly between whose side I am on. After the reviews the authors provides more value with pub crawls, strategies for drinking around the world (which are actually good safety thoughts) and lists of some of the best and worst bars in Walt Disney World.
I loved Drinking at Disney. The read was really fun and the bickering between the author and editor is a great mix of dirty jokes and friend humor that made me feel like I was sitting on a bar stool. And I think for someone who lives in Betweenland it had a twofold effect. First, I found myself longing for a new Disney experience type. Yes, I think in my previous visits to Walt Disney World I have not taken adult beverages enough into account, okay I am pretty much about the Between Kids on my trips. But it is possible to enjoy some of these experiences without becoming Drunky and still being a responsible parent. Second, I wish I had this book before my last trip. Then perhaps I would not have regretted my trip to the Brown Derby Lounge, though we were there for a food item. I would also not be regretting not hitting up my local pool bar, an actual decent pool bar! I can also think of non-Disney addicted friends who this book would be a good resource for as they plan out a less child focused trip than I typically plan out. Yes, I probably would not have left the Between Kid to stake my claim to a stool at Muddy Waters. But regrets do hurt.
Drinking at Disney: A Tipsy Travel Guide to Walt Disney World’s Bars, Lounges & Glow Cubes is an essential book we never knew we needed. It is fun and informative. While I would likely never put the large sized physical edition in a suitcase of backpack, I would study it carefully before future trips back to Walt Disney World.
Sorry Rhiannon, I love my craft beer. But sometimes a Bud Lite and Merica does beat Abita!
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