Grand, it’s the word of the day! Or, should we say the word of the article. We’re heading to Disney’s Grand Floridian after all. Stepping into Disney’s newest lounge, The Enchanted Rose is like taking a step back in time. Themed after Beauty and the Beast, the lounge draws inspiration and design elements from the late 1700s, or better known as the French Revolution. To say the lounge is elegant would be an understatement. Rich colors, stunning marble, and sophisticated furniture fill the area, making you feel like royalty. But the real question is how does it stand-up to the other Disney lounges? Will it go down as a tale as old-time, or short story? There is only one way to find out. The time has come to make our grand entrance to Disney’s Enchanted Rose lounge!
On the second floor of the Grand Floridian, you’ll find the Enchanted Rose lounge. When arriving by monorail, it’s directly across from way from the monorails exit. On October 8, 2019, (Happy Belated Birthday) the newest Disney lounge opened its door for the first time. Taking over the area previously occupied by Mizner’s Lounge, a former Disneyphile hidden gem, and a retail store, the Enchanted Rose dared to do something different at Disney. It’s the first Disney World lounge themed after a Disney animated movie. Walking into the lounge for the first time and subsequent times since we would say the themeing is more of a node or the inspiration from the movie. Every thing about the design fits well with the overall “feel” of the Grand Floridian. In the terms of feeling grand. By far our favorite design element has to the chandelier inspired by Belle’s gown.
The lounge is made of three sitting areas, as well as an outdoor patio. Spread around all the rooms is a variety of couches, tables, and unbelievable comfortable chairs. Each of the rooms has a different node to the movie, from the library to the forest, and of course the ballroom (bar area). The patio has grand views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Disney’s Polynesian Resort. For us, we like to pull up a seat at the bar and chat with the bartender.
It’s all about the cocktails at the Enchanted Rose lounge. From table-side cocktails to your classics, the bartenders are shaking and mixing up some of the best adult beverages at Disney World. It definitely helps that they have one of the grandest collections of spirits around. The first thing you’ll notice when reviewing the cocktail list will more than likely be the price per drink. These may be the most expensive drinks on Disney property, and rightfully so, as the bartenders are using nothing the best spirits for the cocktails.
Taste test time! It’s a tough job and we’re more than happy to do it. One of the most unique cocktails we tired has to be the Lavender Fog. It combines gin, English breakfast tea, vanilla, cream, and Creme de Violette. The majority of the time we’re not fans of gin, however, this delightful treat had us asking for another. Upon the first sip, we got the vanilla notes right away, followed by the lavender and it finished with traditional juniper notes of gin. It was very well-balanced, so much so, that the juniper berry didn’t overpower the delicate flavors of the lavender. If you’re looking for something different and refreshing, you’ll want to give this one a try.
Beyond the feature cocktails, we had to try our go-to drinks, a vodka martini, and an old fashion. As we like to say, you can always tell how good a bar is by how they make the classics. Both were fantastic and arguably the best we’ve had at Disney World. If you’re looking for a twist on the traditional old fashion, ask about the seasonal variation. The one we tired has cranberry syrup and rosemary. Let’s just say Nate is still talking about it.
Whether you’re in the mood for a classic or looking for something a little different the bartenders got you covered. Beyond the cocktails, the Enchanted Rose has a wide variety of wines available and beers.
Every great drink needs a great app. They go hand in hand, like Beauty and the Beast. While we are still working our way through all the different starters, there have been a couple that stand out. First and foremost, the artisanal cheese selection. What can we say, we’re suckers for a cheese plate and the Enchanted Rose definitely delivers on that. What really made this cheese board different than the rest were the accouterments. There is a pine nut bread that is out of this world good. As well as, fresh honeycomb.
Outside the cheese board, we’ve also enjoyed the truffle fries. The price tag may grab your attention at first, but trust us, they are worth it. The chef is shaving fresh truffle on thick-cut fries, and we’re happy to say it’s more truffle than we ever expected. This giant bowl of fries is the elevate French fry we’ve been looking for!
Loved it! While Crew’s Cup over at Disney’s Yacht Cup will always have a special place in our hearts, the Enchanted Rose lounge could be topping our list soon. For us, it’s the perfect date night while at Disney World. We’ve always enjoyed well-crafted cocktails and unique takes on classic bar starters. It’s slowly becoming a new tradition to hop on the monorail and head over to the Enchanted Rose after a great day at the Magic Kingdom. There is only one thing left to do and that’s to make our grand exit!
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