Disney’s particular brand of magic does not usually require augmentation with spirits, unless you’re at the Haunted Mansion, but when I dine out at a nice restaurant like Disney’s California Grill, I do enjoy a glass of wine or a well-crafted cocktail with my meal. So I was happy to get an opportunity to speak with General Manager and head Sommelier Michael Scheifler about the choices for my next visit.
Next time you’re at California Grill, I whole-heartedly recommend the Sake Martini, it is as transporting as a cocktail can be. Scheifler also grew up in a wine region of Austria and has used that refined palate to bring over 250 of the finest wines to Orlando with a large number available by the glass. But here’s a secret, Scheifler also knows something about beers, in fact he brews craft beers at home. He’s selected a diverse group of craft brews and ciders for the restaurant and you’ll be sure to find a match there as well.
You don’t even have to have a reservation to enjoy the wonderful beverage menu. The lounge is open to walk-ins, and even serves the full menu. Note, during holidays and other busy times, they will limit the number of guests in the lounge, so be prepared with a backup plan (many other great options are just a monorail hop away).
What are your feelings on drinking why at Walt Disney World? Will you avail yourself of the selections on your next visit to California Grill?
(Photo courtesy Disney, Kent Phillips, photographer)