The Ale and Compass Lounge is a refined stop inside the lobby of Disney’s Yacht Club. It’s a place where you can enjoy a meal, take a break, or possibly enjoy a cocktail at some point in your evening.
The lounge sits adjacent to the restaurant. Thankfully, if you don’t have a reservation for the restaurant, you can still order many of the same menu items at the lounge in the evening.
Ale and Compass Lounge is open daily from 4:00 p.m. until around 11:00 p.m. These hours fluctuate throughout the year, so make sure to check the specific hours if you’re staying at the Yacht Club.
Hours are usually posted outside the lounge. In addition, you can check them in the My Disney Experience app or here on Disney’s site.
If you plan on ordering appetizers or a meal here, those hours range from approximately 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. While the lounge is only open during specific hours each day, the actual space is usually open for guests to use at their convenience.
The lounge makes for a nice area to get a little work done if you are waiting on a flight.
It reminds me of a private study you might find on some fabulous ocean liner.
If you are having dinner with friends or family, this would be a wonderful spot for everyone to meet up beforehand.
In the picture below, you can see how it opens up to the Yacht Club’s lobby.
Ale and Compass Lounge Review
Below is a look at the Ale and Compass Lounge appetizer menu. I actually took this photo before last year’s closure.
However, most of the items below are still available. The only thing I didn’t see on my last visit were the crab cakes, baked goat cheese, and meatballs.
You can view the regular menu here on Disney’s site if you would like. It includes the appetizers and Ale and Compass Lounge’s original cocktails.
I recently tried the Vermont cheddar burger next door at the restaurant. It’s an excellent offering and a good example of how you can order a meal at the lounge.
Related: Dinner Review at Ale and Compass
One day, I parked in the area to take Christmas photos before heading over to Hollywood Studios. On the way back, I decided it might be fun to do a to-go order and take it back to my room.
You may or not be aware, but Disney has added several to-go order restaurants to their My Disney Experience app. Ale and Compass is one of them.
Before leaving the park, I opened up the app and placed my order. Then I took the walkway back from the park to the Yacht Club.
All of the items I ordered are also available at the Ale and Compass Lounge, so I thought this was be a good place to add them. When I picked up my food, the cast member told me that I could enjoy it in the lounge.
Since I was worn out and still had a bit of a walk to get back to my car, I elected to wait and dine when I got back to my room.
However, I thought what a great idea this is for guests who couldn’t get a reservation. This would also work for anyone who decided they wanted a nicer meal last minute or didn’t want to have to deal with the fuss of getting ready to dine out for the evening.
Below is a look at what I ordered.
The Parker House rolls come with the following spreads: bacon jam, pub cheese, and citrus butter. These rolls are delicious! Sometimes they have them on the breakfast buffet at Ale and Compass.
And I had the lobster and corn chowder that came with house-made oyster crackers. I was really happy with this order considering it was chilly outside.
The chowder is a bit on the rich side but truly good. If you want a white broth chowder, check out the one at Martha’s Vineyard. It’s an excellent option.
Additionally, I ordered the plant-based Ale & Compass salad described as watercress, sorghum, pumpkin seeds, rainbow carrots, beets, and radish with lemon-balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was not only tasty but felt good, given it was healthy.
On one of my visits to Ale and Compass, I noticed guests were ordering breakfast-to-go. After that, they took it over to enjoy at the lounge.
Of course, you could also take your meal out to the pool if you stay here as a guest. This whole new Disney to-go order beats room service any day, in my opinion.
As for Ale and Compass Lounge, don’t hesitate to stop in on your Disney vacation. The lounges at the various hotels offer some of the best food. It’s nice to pick up something without all of the hassles of trying to get a reservation.
For more information about this resort, make sure to check out the collection of Disney’s Yacht Club articles here. They include resort reviews, dining, pools, photos, and other tips about staying at the two sister resorts.
Here are a few:
- Disney’s Yacht Club Review
- Disney’s Beach Club Review
- Stormalong Bay Pool at Disney
- Yachtsman Steakhouse Review
If you would like to learn more about dining, these other Disney restaurant reviews might be a good fit:
- Topolino’s Terrace Character Breakfast
- Sanaa Review with Bread Service
- Geyser Point Bar and Grill Review
- The Best Restaurants at Disney Springs
I hope you enjoyed our look at the lounge at Ale and Compass. Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts on dining here or at any of the lounges at Disney.