Wondering where to watch the Super Bowl LVIII at Walt Disney World? In this post, we cover the best places to see the Big Game on February 11, 2024. From Disney Springs sports bars with huge screens to more obscure resort options that won’t have huge lines or ridiculous crowds.
The bad news is that Super Bowl 58 is a rematch: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers. Obviously, that’s not bad news for the many fans of those two teams…and there’s a good chance you’re one of them if you’re reading a post about where to watch at Walt Disney World. So perhaps this is the wrong audience for airing grievances about the matchup.
For me, it’s not about overexposure to Taylor Swift or whatever other animosity exists towards the Chiefs. While I would’ve preferred seeing the Buffalo Bills finally get their shot–or even the Baltimore Ravens–it’s all about the NFC side of the matchup for me. As a long suffering Detroit Lions fan, I had waited over 30 years for the NFC Championship.
My first memories of the Lions was watching Barry Sanders and Herman Moore, and trying to emulate the former’s acrobatic moves on the playground. That team was never truly great, but they were a ton of fun to watch. Fast-forward past Sanders’ abrupt retirement and several 2-3 win seasons (and one 0-16 one). Megatron burst onto the scene, offering more explosive playmaking, and new hope. Similar story as Sanders, unfortunately.
Lions fans are no strangers to heartbreak, so that 17-point halftime lead over the Niners was still nerve-wracking. It ended up being a devastating loss because of how the second half played out, but it’s still the best season since I’ve been alive. If you told me before the season that the Lions would lose the NFC Championship in a close game, I would’ve been ecstatic about that result. Campbell being Campbell is what got them there, so it’s hard to be mad. The Lions team is still young, full of grit and determination, and got to this point early in rebuilding. They’ll be back.
But I’m sure you did not click on this for an ode to the Detroit Lions. Suffice to say, I hope next year when I’m updating this, it’s with where to watch Lions (and not the Chiefs–they’ve enjoyed a dominant run, it’s time for something fresh). Let’s cut to the chase…
A few years ago, we were staying on-site at Walt Disney World during the Super Bowl. We started out at Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs, which went from a ghost town in mid-afternoon to quite crowded by the time we left.
Also worth noting that part of the restaurant was reserved for a private event that night–presumably a Super Bowl viewing party. Private events consuming space in popular venues is something to be mindful of when choosing a place to watch the game. (Nevertheless, Planet Hollywood is a decent option for the Super Bowl if you’re already at Disney Springs and can’t get into the two better options there.)
After that, we ended up watching part of the game from Gurgling Suitcase Libations & Spirits at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. For those unfamiliar with Gurgling Suitcase, it’s a smallish bar in the pool area, and not the first place that would come to mind for many people when choosing where to watch the Super Bowl at Walt Disney World.
Because of this, Gurgling Suitcase actually was a good choice for watching the game–a good crowd to give the event some energy, but not unpleasantly crowded. There was also no line to get inside. The situation will be similar at other random bars, lounges, and pool bars at hotels that are not within walking or boat distance of one of the theme parks. Think places like Saratoga Springs or Coronado Springs.
Speaking of which, Gran Destino & Coronado Springs Resort is another solid option, in large part because it has several bars and restaurants. We’d recommend giving the open-air Three Bridges Bar & Grill; the weather should be nice and occupancy is low at Coronado Springs during the winter months.
If getting to one of these resorts from the parks is too complicated, we’d recommend the bars at Swan & Dolphin (walking distance of both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios) over BoardWalk and Beach or Yacht Club.
Our Magic Kingdom area pick would be Contemporary Resort or Geyser Point at Wilderness Lodge. The problem with all of these options, though, is that they’re easily accessible from the parks via non-bus transportation. So they’re the obvious first choices for a lot of guests looking to “sneak away” and watch the Super Bowl.
To that point, you have to “sneak away” from the parks because there is nowhere to watch the Super Bowl (or any sports) from inside Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. Walt Disney World is all about escaping the real world, suspension of disbelief, and so forth–so you won’t find televisions in any of the bars or restaurants in the parks.
With that said, the Skyliner gondolas, boats, monorail, and walking paths to the aforementioned resorts near Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios make it easy to access several hotels with bars that do have televisions. It all comes down to how much of a crowd you want to encounter while watching the game.
One option for staying in the parks is simply watching on your smartphone. Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, 2024 will be streamed on the Paramount+ app, meaning you could simply watch while you wait in line or sit on a bench or whatever. If you opt to do this, we’d recommend an external battery. See our Ultimate Packing Guide for Walt Disney World for a few different battery charger top pick. (Also–please wear headphones. Families spend a lot of money visiting Walt Disney World for the fully immersive experience, not to overhear a football game.)
At every Disney Vacation Club Resort, you can also watch the Super Bowl in the Community Room. This tends to draw a modest crowd, with a large television broadcasting the game, plus food and beverages available for purchase. This is a great route for families, particularly if you don’t want or need the sports bar atmosphere.
Along these same lines, many of the Deluxe Resorts have spaces like this. For example, the Solarium at Beach Club now has a large television, potentially making it a good option for the Super Bowl. We don’t have any experience with these resorts during the Super Bowl, so check with your hotel’s front desk to see what options, if any, they have (and report back in the comments!).
Aside from those, your hotel room is the obvious place to watch the game, and the only place where you won’t encounter a crowd (unless you want to) or a line to get in (unless something goes terribly wrong). Of course, that’s not really a helpful tip, since you (hopefully) already knew your hotel room has a television with broadcast stations in it.
Here are a few of the ‘big name’ bars for watching sporting events (Super Bowl and otherwise), at Walt Disney World…
City Works Eatery & Pour House – Now that ESPN Club is permanently closed, this relatively recent addition to Disney Springs is your best option for watching Super Bowl LVI. This is a truly superb game-viewing experience–one of the few at Walt Disney World–with great bar food and a massive selection of beers.
Located on the West Side of Disney Springs (the far side from most shopping, this sprawling space features classic American food, almost 10 varieties of beers on tap, indoor & outdoor seating, and enormous HDTVs with state of the art audio & visual. It doesn’t quite have the same vibe of ESPN Club, but it’s a suitable alternative.
Splitsville – Normally a pretty under-the-radar-spot to watch sports, Splitsville will be very busy for the Super Bowl. It’s the first place Walt Disney World itself recommends to people looking for a spot to watch the Super Bowl, and it’d be popular irrespective of that.
It’s nonetheless a good option so long as you arrive early or score an Advance Dining Reservation. The atmosphere won’t be quite the same, but it’s definitely a good option with a surplus of televisions and a sports bar vibe.
End Zone Food Court – If you’ve ever spent any amount of time in the food court of All Star Sports during any given breakfast rush, you have a rough approximation of what this is like. Why anyone would seek that out is beyond us, but it’s definitely an option that will have the Super Bowl (projected) on a big screen.
Also perfect for Cleveland Browns fans who would be uncomfortable with a viewing experience that doesn’t include some degree of unpleasantness. (I kid, but I’m a long-time Detroit Lions fan, so I know your pain.)
Martha’s Vineyard or Crew’s Cup Lounges – Every Deluxe Resort has an intimate lounge that will have a certain atmosphere of watching the game in a friends’ place. With that said, this duo within walking distance of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are our favorites. Seating in both is extremely limited, so arrive early.
Ultimately, there are a ton of viewing options for the Super Bowl, or any sporting event, at Walt Disney World. Which is the right option depends upon how much you’re willing to spend, the kind of crowds (or lack thereof) you want to deal with, and how much time you’re willing to dedicate to the experience.
Have you watched the Super Bowl at Walt Disney World? Where’d you view it, and what’d you think of the experience? Do you agree or disagree with our game-day viewing tips? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing feedback about your experiences is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!