A Romantic Picnic Basket for Two from Wine Bar George

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We're big fans of Wine Bar George at Disney Springs. It's one of the most romantic spots at Walt Disney World. The “George” in Wine Bar George is Master Sommelier George Miliotes, and this is the only Master Sommelier-owned wine bar in the state of Florida.

While you're likely aware of Wine Bar George already, many overlook the quick service section attached to the main restaurant. Called The Basket, it features wines on tap and small plates to go and custom picnic baskets!

Updated by Beth Bell, March 2022

How it Works

The Basket offers a selection of savory snacks to-go, including cheese and charcuterie pairings, baguettes, and even a few simple appetizers off the Wine Bar George menu. A variety of wine, beer, cider, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Best of all? You can order a carafe of almost any wine off of Wine Bar George's menu of 140+ pours to round out your picnic basket.

When you spend $60 or more at The Basket, your selections come packed up in a picnic basket, perfect for a spontaneous Disney Springs date night! Cups, napkins, lids, and cutlery for two are also included, making it easy to take your feast to go. Be sure to mention that you'd like the picnic basket when you order, and don't be afraid to ask for recommendations! You can preview the current menu here. Disney World annual passholders are eligible for a 10% discount on everything but alcohol until 3 PM.

The Basket at Wine Bar George
The Basket at Wine Bar George | Image credit: Serena Lyn

Food & Drink

While The Basket once offered a few sandwich and cookie options to round out a picnic, today it primarily serves snack foods. For the best value, snag the crispy mac and cheese bites or the house-made hummus and naan, both of which are featured on the Wine Bar George small plates menu.

The french fries, topped with Queso or Buffalo Mozzarella, are another high-value option, simply because the portions are huge! The bites menu also features a variety of pre-packaged cheese and charcuterie boxes, individual cheeses like Brie or Beecher's cheddar, Landjäger German-style jerky, crackers, and a half-baguette. There are no sweets at this location, but I highly recommend snagging a cookie or two from Gideon’s Bakehouse across the street.

Secret menu item: when I inquired about filling a picnic basket, Wine Bar George staff suggested I order “The Big Board.” This is another item normally served inside Wine Bar George, but you won't find it listed on the menu for The Basket! The Big Board includes six artisanal cheeses, five artisanal meats, and condiments. At $61, The Big Board qualifies your order for a free picnic basket in the easiest way possible, and secures a wide variety of items for a romantic Disney Springs picnic date.

Enjoying some wine from Wine Bar George with a view of Disney Springs
Enjoying some wine from Wine Bar George with a view of Disney Springs | Image credit: Beth Bell

Of course, the highlight of visiting Wine Bar George is the incredible wine selection from Master Sommelier George Miliotes. While the Basket advertises only a select handful of wines on tap, if you ask, you can order a carafe of almost any wine from the full Wine Bar George menu.

If wine isn't your thing, no worries! The Basket also has a small selection of beer, cider, and incredible frozen cocktails available. Disney fans (myself included) are especially wild for the Frozcato, a sweet blend of moscato, vodka, and pineapple Dole Whip.

Since we planned on picnicking a short walk away at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort, we opted not to order any hot items. We ordered a carafe of Portuguese Broadbent rosé ($32), the calabrese and asiago box ($11), the house-made hummus and naan ($10), the Spanish Cheese Plate ($12), and a box of crackers ($4). Everything came conveniently packed in a cute, sturdy picnic basket with handles, and then we were off!

Related: Sophisticated Spots to Sip Wine At Walt Disney World

Where to Set up your Disney Springs Picnic

Once you collect your Wine Bar George picnic basket, pick a place and settle in for a romantic Disney Springs picnic date. If convenience is your number one priority, grab a table at one of the Disney Springs locations listed below and dig in while your fries are still hot. If you prefer a more intimate “picnic on the grass” feel, simply walk, bus, or take a boat to one of the nearby Disney hotels.

Best Picnic Spots in Disney Springs

  • The performance area directly across from The Basket is perfect for catching an intimate performance or admiring the waterfront views as you dine.
  • The performance stage across from World of Disney has plenty of bench seating, and you’ll almost certainly find an open bench where you can enjoy dinner and show.
  • The outdoor dining area for Ghirardelli, right next to the stage, has several roomy tables and chairs along with a lovely waterfront view.
  • The old Wolfgang Puck Express location closed in 2020, but you’ll still find several tables there, tucked away in a relatively quiet nook of Disney Springs. Find them nestled between Disney’s Days of Christmas and the Spice & Tea Exchange.
  • The food trucks on the West Side have a nice outdoor dining space with a mix of standing and seated tables. The area is packed at night, making it harder to score a table, but it’s fairly quiet during the day. Enjoy a delicious picnic and then take a stroll along the scenic Disney Springs waterfront. This is an especially convenient option if you’re seeing a show nearby at Cirque du Soleil or House of Blues.

 

This map includes some of my favorite spots to sit and enjoy takeout

Best Picnic Spots Close to Disney Springs

  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Head to the boat dock across the street (between Paradiso 37 and Jock Lindsay’s) and take a relaxing boat ride to your destination.
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside Resorts – Walk to the Marketplace end of Disney Springs and continue past The Art of Disney. Turn left after security, and you’ll arrive at a second boat dock with free transportation to Port Orleans.
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort– catch a boat from the boat dock near the Basket, or walk to the resort by continuing past the Port Orleans boat dock
  • For even more gorgeous picnic locations, head to the bus loop (located between the Lime and Orange parking garages) and catch a free Disney bus to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Riviera, or any other resort that catches your fancy. Carafes of wine come with a lid, and you can also ask for a bag at The Basket if you are worried about bringing wine aboard Disney transportation.
Wine Bar George picnic for two at Disney Springs
Enjoying a boat ride to nearby resorts for our Wine Bar George picnic for two at Disney Springs | Image credit: Serena Lyn

We strolled over to Saratoga Springs, where we enjoyed a breezy picnic in a couple of Adirondack chairs facing the water. We had a lovely view of Disney Springs across the water, accented by the occasional passing boat.

Our picnic spread, while small, was super tasty. We especially loved the smoky flavor of the house-made hummus, which was served with soft, seasoned naan and thin cucumber slices. The calabrese and asiago box, which is sold in grocery stores and is not unique to Wine Bar George, was disappointing both in size and presentation. I’d recommend skipping the prepackaged cheese and charcuterie boxes altogether and ordering the mac and cheese bites, Brie, or Beecher’s cheddar cheese for a more satisfying spread.

The Spanish cheese plate, on the other hand, was fantastic and very generously sized. Sharing a wine and cheese pairing along the waterfront brought back memories of past travels to Europe, which added to the romantic vibe of the evening.

Enjoying a Wine Bar George Picnic with a view of Disney Springs
Enjoying a Wine Bar George Picnic with a view of Disney Springs | Image credit: Beth Bell

Overall, we love the unique concept of this Wine Bar George picnic date. It’s simply perfect for a fun, spontaneous date night at Disney Springs.

More ideas for a Romantic Picnic in Orlando

Video by Hey Team Kelly from original experience in 2018

 


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