Where to Watch the Super Bowl at Walt Disney World
Everyone travels to Walt Disney World Resort for the impeccably themed parks, countless dining options, character meet and greets, and some good old fashioned family time. Full immersion another world imagined by Walt Disney and the Imagineers takes full precedent in my head space when I visit, and the last thing I’m thinking about is what’s happening in the outside world.
Football. Disney World. Football and Disney World. Yeah…the two don’t quite seem to go together. But in just a few weeks, the Super Bowl will be played, and I will be in Walt Disney World on game day! Pretty much any other game I can stand to miss and catch score updates and recaps on my phone in between attractions, but the SUPER BOWL? I’ve got to watch that! If you’re planning to be at WDW Resort for the big game, don’t worry, there are several great places to watch the game with lively atmospheres and great game day food and libations. The game starts at 6:30pm EST on Sunday, February 4, 2018
If you’re looking for an rowdy party crowd, head to:
ESPN Club- Disney’s Boardwalk
Perhaps the most obvious choice on the list, the ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk is a great place to watch any sporting event- Super Bowl included! It’s proximity to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios make it the best option for football fans visiting either of those parks on game day- just quick boat ride from each, and you’re there!
ESPN Club is known for its large number of big TV’s and quintessential bar food to keep your energy up through the third and fourth quarters. Since it is such an obvious choice to watch from, plan for a crowd. If you don’t have a reservation, arrive well before kickoff to grab a table or bar stool, and cheer for your favorite team!
Splitsville Luxury Lanes- Disney Springs
Splitsville is first and foremost a bowling alley. It is secondly known for its eclectic food offerings. On Superbowl Sunday, I have an inkling Splitsville will be the go-to Disney Springs spot to watch the big game.
Both inside and outside, Splitsville has no shortage of televisions. The sights and sounds of every major sporting event are always playing outside, and it’s hard to not stop to watch a few minutes of the action as you pass by. If you’re with others who aren’t so interested in football, this is a great option since bowling and an impressive menu can entertain non-football fans. Like ESPN Club, this will be a very popular place come February 4, so arrive early if you plan to watch the game here.
If you’re looking for a quieter spot to watch, check out:
The Boathouse- Disney Springs
The Boathouse at Disney Springs has quickly put itself on the Disney map as a staple for its good food and Amphicar rides. It doesn’t, however, come to mind when I think of sports or where to watch a game. However, last time I visited the Boathouse, I noticed there are several pretty good-sized televisions hanging over the bar.
In terms of popularity, the Boathouse almost always has walk in seating available whenever I visit, and this is not as obvious a choice as ESPN or Splitsville for game-watching. Even though it’s a less popular choice, I would still plan to arrive early since football fans seem to have a sixth sense for hunting down spots with great TV’s for football games.
Crockett’s Tavern- Disney’S Fort Wilderness Resort
Crockett’s Tavern is located off the beaten path at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds. As you can tell from the name, the themeing here harnesses Americana at its finest, making it the perfect place to watch a football matchup!
The drinks offered here are the same as you would find at most bars, but they feature a true American made drink you’re hard-pressed to find elsewhere around the resort: Moonshine. Weather your team is winning or losing, the moonshine served here will keep you going from kickoff right on through to the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy.
The Turf Club- Saratoga Springs
The turf club at Saratoga Springs gets its name from the rolling greens of the golf course its windows overlook. If you find yourself at Disney Springs on game day but don’t want to face the crowds at Splitsville or The Boathouse, the bar at the Turf Club is a great option!
Just a simple boat ride from Disney Springs and you can disembark practically at the entrance to the Turf Club! You won’t be the only football fan in attendance, but you also won’t be fighting for a spot to see the televisions.
Other Resort Hotel Lounges
Many of the resort hotel lounges will be showing the game on February 4, and if you’re staying at a deluxe resort, chances are pretty good that you won’t have to leave the comforts of your own hotel to catch the game with some fellow fans.
Of course the most quiet and secluded option for game-watching is your hotel room, but when the second half action heats up, you might want to make your way to your resorts’ lounge to join other like minded fans in cheering loud and proud! Ask the concierge at your resort hotel where you can catch the game!
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Special thanks to Maria Salerno for writing this article: Hiya pal! I am a NYC-based writer/musician thrilled to be bringing you all things Disney! I’m a WDW Annual Passholder, so you can find me in the parks regularly throughout the year. In addition to being a Disney Parks loving girl, I’m also a Disney toy and merchandise collector, a runDisney enthusiast, and Disney music and movie aficionado. You can follow me on Instagram: NYCtoAP and find me on YouTube: NYCtoAP. Thanks for reading, hope to see ya real soon!