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My party of 4 paid $240 for Sangria University at Disney World, and it was a great adults-only afternoon

Author holding up certificate from Sangria University.
Sangria University is a class offered at Disney's Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Coronado Springs Resort.Terri Peters
  • Sangria University is a sangria-making class held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort on weekends.

  • The class is $59 a person and includes an appetizer and five glasses of sangria.

  • Those under 21 or who aren't drinking pay the same price for nonalcoholic substitutes.

I've held an annual pass at Disney World for the last seven years and visit several times a month with friends, family, and sometimes even solo.

No matter how often I visit the parks, I never feel like I'm experiencing the same thing repeatedly, probably because I'm constantly stumbling upon events and experiences I never knew existed. One such unique experience, Sangria University, takes place at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

Here's what the sangria-making course was like and why my party of four found the $240 price tag to be well worth it.

Sangria University is a reservation-only class held at Three Bridges Bar and Grill.

Professional instructing class at Sangria University.
Sangria University costs $59 a person.Terri Peters

Sangria University is a $59 ticketed class at Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Coronado Springs led by a professional with vast knowledge of sangria, a wine-based mixed drink with Spanish roots.

During the 90-minute class, we get to learn the recipes for the four in-house varieties and make one ourselves.

The class only takes place on weekends and is largely catered to adults.

Plate of fruit next to two glasses of sangria.
Guests under 21 get wine substitutes for their sangrias.Terri Peters

Although the under-21 crowd and anyone who doesn't drink can attend Sangria University while accompanying someone of legal drinking age, they'll be charged the full price of the class and served a nonalcoholic beverage flight that substitutes the wine.

Since the course is only offered on select Saturday and Sunday afternoons, space is limited, so the experience is preferably kid-free.

We booked a room for that night at Coronado Springs, so our teenagers spent the afternoon by the pool while we did the course.

We received light appetizers at the start of our class and learned about sangria.

Table with plates of fruit and glasses.
Appetizers included chips, salsa, and guacamole.Terri Peters

We snacked on chips, salsa, and guacamole and relaxed outdoors while we carefully considered which sangria we wanted to craft.

After a history lesson about the origin of sangria, we were treated to a tasting of all four sangrias served at the waterfront restaurant: sparkling, rosé, red, and white.

As part of the class, guests can also make their own variety of sangria, choosing details like which wine to use, which fruit to include, and which type of alcohol to add to the mix.

We got to taste and make our own sangria throughout the class.

Multiple glasses of different sangrias in shades yellow, red, and purple.
We tasted the four sangria varieties from Three Bridges Bar and Grill.Terri Peters

Tinto (red) sangria is made with Spanish red wine, orange liqueur, orange juice, and simple syrup. The blanco (white) variety contains Spanish white wine, elderflower and liqueurs, lemon juice, and passion-fruit puree. And the rosado (rosé) contains Spanish rosé wine, strawberry gin, apricot liqueur, raspberry puree, and apple juice.

The restaurant also serves a sparkling variety made with Spanish sparkling wine, peach liqueur, and fresh lemonade.

After selecting the type of wine we wanted for our base, we got to experiment with adding different fresh fruits, fruit purees, and spirits.

We enjoyed making our own sangria, but tasting the expertly crafted drinks was the best part of the class.

Author holding glass half-filled with dark red sangria.
I loved the sangria recipe cards we received after completing the class.Terri Peters

I attempted to make a red sangria with orange peel, blackberry puree, and bourbon.

It was delicious, but the real stars of the class were the four expertly crafted varieties from Three Bridges we sipped on during the course.

After the class, we also received recipe cards revealing how to make the restaurant's cocktails at home. I've duplicated them in my own kitchen with great success and each time it transports me back to my afternoon at Coronado Springs.

After the class, we got a Sangria University diploma.

Certificate of mastery addressed to author on table next to glass of dark red sangria.
Each diploma had our name printed on it.Terri Peters

A fun perk of Sangria University, other than sipping lots of delicious sangria in a beautiful location, was the diploma we got at the end of the course.

The paper, emblazoned with each of our names, proclaimed us "sangria sommeliers" and confirmed that we mastered the art of making a good glass of sangria.

We took memorable photos at the end of our experience.

Author and her three friends posing with picture-frame cutout with resort in the background.
Our photo had a backdrop of a lake and hotel buildings.Terri Peters

There's also a sweet photo opportunity once the class ends.

Our teacher snapped a picture of us against the beautiful backdrop of Coronado Springs while we held a wooden photo frame.

The restaurant sits amid beautiful scenery, so the photo immediately became a beloved keepsake of our afternoon with friends.

We truly felt that we learned a lot about sangria-making from this class.

Platter holding two glasses of sangria and two smaller glasses.
I enjoyed the strawberry gin.Terri Peters

Though we went into the class with a basic understanding of how to make sangria at home, we left with much greater knowledge about the drink.

Until Sangria University, I'd never considered how adding different types of spirits or fruits could drastically change the flavor profile of my at-home cocktails.

The strawberry gin in the rosé sangria was a favorite add-in of mine. I definitely wouldn't have thought to put gin in sangria before, but the course expanded my horizons and taught me some new tricks behind the bar.

I thought this class was worth the price, and I'd attend again.

Welcome sign for Sangria University.
A flight of all four sangria varieties at Three Bridges Bar and Grill costs $22.Terri Peters

At $59 a person, Sangria University wasn't the most expensive experience I've had at Disney World. The course seemed like an incredible value for what we received, especially considering a flight of all four sangrias at Three Bridges costs $22 on its own.

We were treated to a unique experience where we learned a great deal, snacked through the afternoon, tasted delicious sangria, and made our own blend of the wine-based drink.

I'd attend Sangria University again and can see it being a great afternoon activity with a partner, a group of friends, or even alone while the rest of your family burns off energy at the resort pool.

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