Hungry? Well, Disney Springs is the place to be! From food trucks to fine dining, you can really find just about anything your heart (and taste buds) desire. Some of our very favorite new“ish” restaurants are located in The Landing portion of Disney Springs. This leads us to one of the most popular restaurants here, The Edison, which opened in January 2018. While in The Landing, just look for the large Edison tower as it can’t be missed. Before selecting The Edison as a dining choice, however, here are 10 things you’ll want to know.
1 – It’s All In A Name
Disney restaurants never seem to fall short of extraordinary theming! The Edison is no different. Need a theme clue? It’s all in a name! The Edison (as in Thomas Edison – inventor of the light bulb and 1,000 other patents) is designed after a 1920’s electric company. With unique and exposed lighting, featured metal designs, and gothic sophistication, the “Old World” charm really shines through.
2 – Seven Themed Rooms
While the theme sequences together beautifully, there are different sections within The Edison that stand out in their own unique ways. Themed areas include The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Tesla Lounge, The Radio Room, Waterfront Patio, and The Lab. This should tell you that it’s a rather large restaurant with 35-foot ceilings and two levels of seating. With multiple rooms, there are also multiple bars which are just as detailed in theming. Each room boasts slightly different surroundings but all smoothly playing into that gothic sophistication as mentioned above.
3 – Lunch, Dinner… and the Nightly Shift!
The Edison is open for lunch (11:30 am-4:00 pm) and dinner (4:30 pm-11 pm). Both are very similar experiences, but at dinner, you’ll find its typically more crowded than lunch. We highly recommend dining reservations no matter what time you decide to dine to keep from having to wait. At 10:00 pm, however, the venue shifts drastically! It’s no longer a place to bring the family but instead becomes a 21 years of age and up hot spot. This nightly changeover also required a dress code you won’t find during the day. No baseball caps, sleeveless shirts or flipflops are allowed after 10 pm. With The Edison remaining open until 2:00 am Thursdays through Saturdays, you’ll find no shortage of entertainment here with a DJ, dance floor, aerialists, live cabaret, and even contortionists!
4 – The Popular BACON Appetizer
Most importantly, let’s talk FOOD! American cuisine is on the menu and is in no shortage of deliciousness! Come hungry because you’ll want to plan to tackle an appetizer (or what The Edison calls “Shares & Nibbles”). The most popular and Instagram worthy appetizer is the DB Clothesline Candied Bacon. It’s exactly what it sounds like… heavenly bacon comes out on a clothesline with perfected dipping sauces. Besides that appetizer star, you can also enjoy apps like deviled eggs, lightning shrimp cocktail, and even guacamole and tortilla chips.
5 – Lunch – “Burger & Bites”
“Burger & Bites” is Edison terminology for lunch entrees! How hungry are you exactly? Are you a salad for lunch person or do you prefer to challenge yourself to a monster size, but definitely manageable Edison Burger? There are also sandwiches like the French Dip and even Grilled Cheese with tomato soup. The fries are another favorite here which are seasoned just right. Or go a seafood route with Fish Tacos or Fish and Chips. And lastly, if you’re vegan – taste your way through The Impossible Burger… which “impossibly” tastes like a burger but has no meat.
6 – Dinner – “Patented Specialties”
Some of the “Burger & Bites” available on the lunch menu are also on the dinner menu, but the dinner menu does have a shift from more of a burger and sandwich stop to Chicken, Prime Rib, and even Meatloaf. There are also “Patented Partners” on the dinner menu for some great sides like mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and asparagus.
7 – Lollipop Tree Anyone?
At this point in the meal, you’ve had your appetizer and entrée and think there is no way you can tackle a dessert too. But then you see something called a “Lollipop Tree” on the dessert menu and decide you can magically make room! The Lollipop Tree is “for two” – but in all honesty, it could easily be tackled by one person. There are three different kinds of Cheesecake pops with a Bubble Gum whipped cream for dipping. Not a cake pop fan? There are plenty of other dessert selections from ice cream to peach cobbler. Not a place to skip the dessert!
8 – Have A Drink… or Two
Whatever your drink of choice may be, The Edison bartenders can whip it up with their full-service bars. Or, check out their specialty drinks such as the Samantha Sterling with grey goose vodka, Lillet rose, watermelon, lime, and cinnamon cordial. There are also plenty of beers on tap, by the bottle, or can. You can even try one of the many glasses of wine available. No shortage of adult beverages to wet your whistle.
9 – Our Experience with the Service
We must say we are extremely pleased with the service! The hostess greeting us did a great job showing us to our table right away. Her roaring 20’s style dress was an instant match to the overall theme of The Edison. Our server (Amber) came over right away and was very pleasant and eager to help. Her outfit was different from the hostess, with a white top and slim black dressy overalls… again matching the 20’s perfectly. Our drinks came out very quickly but we were slightly surprised at the length of time it took for our food to come out especially since it didn’t seem too busy. Nothing that kept us from happily sipping on our drinks, however. When the food did come out, it was exceptional – worth the wait! And of course, the Lollipop Tree was delicious and devoured by the two of us within a few minutes. Amber was sweet, menu knowledgeable, and checked on us regularly… a fantastic server!
10 – Tunnel To Enzo’s
Last but not least, feel like you’re back in the prohibition era by checking out the Tunnel Bar knowns as Enzo’s Hideaway. The relation here with The Edison? Well, you don’t actually have to leave the restaurant to reach Enzo’s. Head to the restroom hall. Once there you’ll see a seemingly simple door that takes you right underground (under the Disney Springs walking path). It’s a pretty impressive design and worth checking out.
We’ll definitely visit The Edison again and highly recommend it to those that love American cuisine and are curious to experience a theme that will transform you into the ’20s!
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