One day, I aspire to be a Guest at Walt Disney World’s flagship Resort Hotel, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It’s within walking distance of Disney’s Magic Kingdom Theme Park, it’s on the Resort Monorail line, and it’s positively dripping with Victorian opulence. Until I can stay here, I can at least pretend I’m staying here, by Resort-hopping!
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa boasts some of the best shops in any Disney Resort Hotel we’ve been to (if you don’t live near a Basin, you can restock all your Basin White luxury products right here, or head to the Basin location in Disney Springs!). The lobby is magnificent enough to star in its own article. And then there’s the intoxicating aloe and clover smell that is piped through the Resort, inspiring countless candles, sprays, and wax melt that claim to duplicate the scent.
There are also enough dining options available here that you could easily stay onsite for a day or two and not eat at the same quick service or table service restaurant twice. Today, we shine the spotlight on a delightful Grand Floridian lounge you should consider stopping by on your next WDW vacation: Enchanted Rose Lounge.
The former Mizner’s Lounge resided in this location, but we’re thrilled with the new theming. As you may have guessed from its name, Enchanted Rose takes its theming cue from the story of Beauty and the Beast. From the 1991 classic Disney animated film to the 2017 live-action remake, this tale as old as time has always been a hit with Guests – as evidenced by the fact that Magic Kingdom’s Be Our Guest Restaurant remains one of the hardest advanced dining reservations to snag even a decade after it opened.
But if you visit this captivating lounge with oversized, dancing teapots, clocks, and candelabras in mind, you’re in for quite a shock. This is a sophisticated, Grand Floridian-worthy take on Beauty and the Beast, with nary a cartoon character insight. Kids are welcome in this decidedly adult-themed space, but unless your little one is a budding Baroque furniture aficionado, the theming may be lost on them.
We love a dining establishment with well-defined zones or rooms (looking at you, Skipper Canteen), where your experience won’t be quite the same at any two tables. At Enchanted Rose, Guests have several different areas to sit in which boast French furnishing.
There’s the bar area, featuring a colossal gold chandelier that represents Belle’s iconic gown. You can pick a table by the woodsy wall mural, with a moody, lit coffered ceiling above. Pull up a comfy mid-century modern chair (which, juxtaposed with the classic, formal French touches somehow works) for a drink by the library built-ins, and maybe get a bit of inspiration on how to insert a teensy library into your own home.
Dine at an opulent marble(-look?) table by the beautifully ornate fireplace, where a single red rose sits in a glass bell jar. Or, our personal favorite, choose an al-fresco experience by sitting on the patio, especially romantic if you arrive during sunset and watch the stars come out above you.
Enchanted Rose Lounge opens mid-afternoon daily, but the food is only served between 5:00 and 10:00 pm. Unlike some bars at Walt Disney World that serve only a couple of appetizers, you’ll find five solid options for food here.
This top-notch Disney food is bursting with unique flavors! Appetizers include Crab Macaroni & Cheese (which we’re told is heavier on the seafood than you might expect), Artisanal Cheese Selection, Truffle Fries (always a delicious choice), House-made Flatbread and Mini Smoked Brisket Sliders are all on offer.
It’s probable that many Walt Disney World Resort Guests will seek out Enchanted Rose for a pre-dinner drink while visiting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. While two of the Resort’s restaurants (1900 Park Fare and award-winning Victoria & Albert’s) have yet to reopen since the pandemic changed all of our lives, Citricos, Narcoosee’s, and Grand Floridian Café are all available to wow you over dinner.
Whether you’re looking for wine, beer, hard cider, or a signature cocktail, Enchanted Rose has you covered. Try the Garden Daisy, with Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Midori, cucumber, and lime for a fresh burst of flavor, or a Seasonal Old Fashioned with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, orange, sugar in the raw, Angostura bitters.
Non-alcoholic beverages are also available, including a variety of tea and coffee, Garden Spritzer, B&B (a mix of Twinings Iced Tea, lemon, blueberry, and basil), and Rosemary Cooler, which combines Minute Maid Lemonade with vanilla and rosemary.
The pricing of food and drinks at Enchanted Rose may seem excessive, though Guests who can afford to stay at this Disney Deluxe Resort will likely not take issue with that.
If you’re Resort-hopping from another Disney Hotel, though, be aware that there are certainly more affordable places for a snack and drink (check out Abracadabar on Disney’s BoardWalk if you’re looking for an excellently-themed lounge with somewhat lower pricing). Appetizers will set you back between $14 and $19, while cocktails cost between $17 and $27. Non-alcoholic beverages or mocktails run between $7 and $13.
Previous Guests of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa may notice that Enchanted Rose has replaced the former bar on this spot, Mitzner’s Lounge, and also encompasses several adjacent areas. But is this reimagined bar worth your time?
If you’re staying at the Grand Floridian, or if you already had plans to go Resort-hopping here, consider stopping in for a drink. Similarly, if you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan, this could be a hit with you. But if you could take or leave all things Belle and Beast, or don’t have an appreciation for subtle theming or pricey cocktails, Enchanted Rose may not be worth making a special trip for.