Walt Disney World is full of tasty treats like Mickey-shaped ice cream sandwiches and rose-colored churros. We want to let you in on a little secret though: Some of the best eats and drinks can be found at the hotel lounges throughout the resort. Away from the hustle and bustle of the parks, these lounges offer reprieve from the hot Central Florida sun (plus have out-of-this-world menu options), which is why we think they should be on your must-do list next time you visit The Most Magical Place on Earth.

1. Geyser Point Bar & Grill, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Overlooking the gorgeous Bay Lake, this poolside bar and grill has views and food that make it worth the trek to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Tip: Geyser Point Bar & Grill is an open-air location, so we recommend visiting from late fall to early spring.

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2. AbracadaBar, Disney’s BoardWalk: Supposedly a former magicians’ hangout, AbracadaBar features spellbinding sips. Tip: While this lounge doesn’t serve food, we suggest taking a stroll down the boardwalk to Ample Hills Creamery, an ice cream joint beloved by both Oprah and Disney CEO Bob Iger.

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3. Ale & Compass Lounge, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: This recently renovated lounge boasts a sleek new design with nautical touches — and some of the most unique oven-fired pizza pies at Walt Disney World Resort.

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4. Tambu Lounge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: If you can’t get into ‘Ohana next door, you’ll find some of its most popular items on the menu at Tambu Lounge.

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5. Scat Cat’s Club, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter: Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter will make you think you’re in N’Awlins instead of Central Florida. This watering hole is a great place to sit for a spell and enjoy live jazz music. Tip: Head to the nearby Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory to pick up a piping-hot order of beignets.

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6. River Roost, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside: A short walk or boat ride from the French Quarter area, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside feels a world away. With grand planation-style buildings and ample rocking chairs, it’s a great spot to relax. If you can, try to time your visit to River Roost around when the resident pianist Yehaa Bob performs.

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7. Mizner’s Lounge, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Located behind the bandstand on the second floor of the Grand Floridian’s lobby, this is a fantastic spot to take in a live band while enjoying small bites. As a bonus, it’s a short monorail ride from Magic Kingdom. Mizner’s Lounge has several appetizers from nearby Cítricos’ exquisite menu, and desserts are confectionary works of art from the Grand Floridian Pastry Team lead by Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek.

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8. Victoria Falls, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Tucked between floors, this cozy lounge is the perfect spot to sample South African wine from an extensive list. Tip: Be sure to take a walk around the resort to watch for animals in one of the three savannahs.

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9. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Inside, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is an fantastically immersive tiki bar. Outside, Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is a more relaxing experience with live music and a view of Seven Seas Lagoon. We recommend visiting both! Tip: Try to time your visit so you can view the Magic Kingdom fireworks spectacular, Happily Ever After, from the resort’s beach.

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