Yesterday my family’s airline choice for flying to Disney, expanded their flight window from November 4th through January 4th. It was something we prepared for well in advance. It seems as though the demand for flights and the price of flights has skyrocketed over the years—much like Disney dining. I think it has a lot to do with the holidays falling on the weekend. Back in 2012, we were late to book our trip and were able to secure a flight with ease. It was different this year.
We logged on at 12am to find that the flight window hadn’t been opened yet. I went to sleep figuring it’d be open by the time I woke up. I woke up at 7am to find that the window had been extended at 6:30am. Barely any flights remained and the ones that did were crazy expensive. I managed to grab a flight for my mom and myself; but that same flight was gone when it came time to book using my dad and sister’s reward points.
Long story short, I happened to log in and find flights at a far more digestible price this morning. After stressing over flights and looking into rental cars, all is right with our Christmas trip.
In honor of my family settling our flight problems and finally securing one, let’s take a look at the best “flights” at Walt Disney World. Disney has upped its alcohol game. In the past, EPCOT was only good spot for drinking. Now, with so many new and exciting restaurants opening up and many expansions throughout the theme parks, Disney has upped its game a bit. Here are some flights that I really enjoy:
Beer Flight at Raglan Road, Disney Springs
One of my favorite flights can be found at Raglan Road. I’m a beer drinker and love a good pint of Guinness and other dark beers. Raglan Road offers three different beer flights. “The Four Provinces” flight includes a tasting of Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp and Kilkenny. “The Irish Craft Beer” flight features Raglan Road Irish Stout, Raglan Road IPA, McGargles Granny Mary’s Irish Red Ale and McGargles Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale. The third flight allows diners to customize their own flight using Raglan Road’s wide assortment of beer. At around $10-$12, it’s a fantastic value.
Tequila Flight at La Cava de Tequila, EPCOT
I’m trying to avoid EPCOT as it’s such an obvious location, but it definitely packs a punch when it comes to the best “flights.” The tequila flight, which includes three mini shots of tequila and a tomato shooter, is sure to add some turbulence to your day! This one may be best enjoyed with a partner!
Wine Flights at EPCOT
I’ve grouped the wines together, since different countries appeal to different tastes. At Tutto Gusto Wine Bar in the Italy Pavilion, enjoy the Crisp Italian Whites Flight. The wines feature delicious apple and citrus notes. Tutto Gusto, in and of itself, is a gem. It has a very “hidden cavern” feel to it, perfect for kicking back with a glass or two.
The Wines of France Red Flight can be found at the souvenir shop within the France Pavilion. You’ll need to find a bench or table to enjoy it at, though. I recommend grabbing it and enjoying it during Illuminations or people watching.
Last is the German White Wine Flight in the Germany Pavilion. The three German Rieslings are a bit sweeter, with hints of mango and peaches.
Martini Flight of the Stars at Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios
Drink like a star at the Hollywood Brown Derby. The martini flight consists of a Grey Goose martini, a Bombay Sapphire Gin martini and a Ketel One Citroen martini, which is mixed with cranberry juice and Pomegranate Liqueur. While I am a beer guy, I do enjoy a dirty martini from time to time. This one’s a little sweet for my taste. I’d much prefer one martini from a signature restaurant, but it’s the flight has been heralded by Disney guests.
Sake Flight at the Outdoor Sake Bar, EPCOT
Okay, one more EPCOT spot. Perfect for stopping by before your reservation at Teppan Edo or while drinking around the world, this flight gives you 6 ounces of sake, as opposed to the normal 5 oz. pour. The staff is very knowledgeable and one of the “samples” includes Mu Junmai Yuki, which is the highest quality they sell.
What’s your go-to drink at Disney and your favorite flight? As always, remember to enjoy yourself but drink responsibly!