When the first reports began swirling early last year of a “princess makeover” for Mizner’s Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, I became anxious. While I’ll admit Mizner’s was a bit outdated and in desperate need of a refreshing, the thought of this space being overrun with Disney characters in such an elegant resort was disheartening. Oh, how wrong I was…
Amy and I had the opportunity to visit this newly re-imagined lounge recently, now named the Enchanted Rose. From the moment we stepped inside, my nerves were instantly calmed as I marveled in the elegance of the space. With its inspiration drawn from Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, Enchanted Rose invites guests to relax in one of four areas, individually telling parts of this classic tale’s story. Guests visiting should be sure to check out the entire lounge, so they don’t miss some of the movie nods scattered throughout, such as Mrs. Potts and Cogsworth!
Open from 1:00 pm daily, Enchanted Rose offers a large selection of signature cocktails, as well as a small selection of snacks and starts beginning at 5:00 pm. Since we arrived shortly after opening, we grabbed a quick drink and enjoyed exploring this beautiful addition to the Grand Floridian.
Amy elected to go with one of lounges non-alcoholic options called the B&B. This drink consists of Fresh Brewed Twinings of London® Iced Tea, lemon, blueberry, and basil served over ice for $7. Unlike many non-alcoholic beverages at Disney, this was not overly sweet and provided a perfect balance of flavors. With the holidays in full swing, Amy asked to substitute mint for the basil and was pleasantly surprised how it paired with the blueberry and lemon. The drink was also freshly prepared, gaining as much attention to detail as the lounges alcoholic offerings.
I opted for the Seasonal Old Fashioned, which included Widow Jane 10 yr. Straight Bourbon Whiskey, House-made Seasonal Syrup, and Bitters for $25. This variation on a classic utilized a housemade cranberry simple syrup that infuses for over 24 hours before serving, brown sugar, and rosemary. I found this drink to be incredibly smooth, and the seasonal twist brought all the smells you expect from this time of year into the glass. Amy also tried it and felt it was still a bit strong for her taste.
Sitting at the bar also allowed us to enjoy watching the bartenders craft a few additional beverages for guests of the Enchanted Rose:
Overall, Amy and I agreed that Enchanted Rose was somewhere we could see ourselves sitting and relaxing for many hours. Unfortunately, the price associated with sitting there for hours could quickly buy another dinner at Victoria & Albert’s. Based on the lounge’s location and the quality of service and the offerings, these prices are justified but make the place somewhere we will only visit occasionally. I’d recommend if you want to experience this beautiful new edition to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa but not break the bank, stick to the non-alcoholic section of the menu.
Have you been to the new Enchanted Rose lounge at the Grand Floridian? Do you miss Mizner’s? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!