Walt Disney World’s new Beauty and the Beast-inspired lounge is coming this fall to Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Today, WDW announced that the bar will be named Enchanted Rose, and shared some restaurant menu details. In this post, we’ll take a look at what you can expect from Enchanted Rose.
First, as quick refresher in case you missed the news earlier this year, Enchanted Rose will be located on the second floor of Grand Floridian’s lobby, with 3 themed rooms consuming space previously home to Mizner’s Lounge and Commander Porter’s.
The re-imagined Enchanted Rose lounge will feature four unique spaces inspired by the live action Beauty and the Beast film and the romance between Belle and the Beast. The signature bar will feature a gold chandelier reminiscent of Belle’s flowing ball gown, with subtle nods to the Beast’s magical rose. Other rooms are similarly evocative, rather than being expressly themed to environments from Beauty and the Beast…
The formal library showcases classical baroque designs and French furnishings inspired by Belle, with hints of the Beast’s friends. The garden room will be a whimsical space drawing its inspiration from the enchanted forest surrounding Beast’s castle. Finally, an outdoor patio will remind guests of Beast’s garden terrace.
All of this is per Walt Disney World’s descriptions of the rooms. All we’ve seen thus far is the lone piece of concept art pictured below.
As for the menu, Enchanted Rose will feature a variety of shareable bites, including an artisanal cheese selection with pine nut bread, white sturgeon caviar served with egg timbale, crème fraiche, and chives, or Mini Smoked Short Rib Sliders with glacier blue cheese and onion marmalade on brioche buns.
If you’d prefer seafood, there’s the Espelette Pepper-Spiced Shrimp, Octopus a la Plancha, or Crab and Gnocchetti Gratin, which comes with jumbo lump crab, gnocchetti sardi, robiola bosina mornay, and citrus breadcrumbs. Other options include truffle fries as well as a house-made flatbread pizza.
On the beverage menu, there’s a variety of options including cocktails, martinis beer, cider, and non-alcoholic drinks. Featured cocktails include the Island Rose (grapefruit and rose vodka, lime, orgeat, pineapple, bitters, and rose water), Lavender Fog (dry gin, crème de violette, English breakfast tea, vanilla, and cream) or the Garden Daisy (tequila, midori, lime, egg white, and cucumber).
Non-alcoholic options include the Garden Cocktail (non-alcoholic spirit, lime juice, agave nectar, and soda), the B&B (fresh-brewed iced tea, lemon, blueberry, and basil), and the Rosemary Cooler (Odwalla lemonade, vanilla, and rosemary).
With certain recent projects, it’s felt like Imagineering pitched a design with one location in mind, and management said, “great idea, but let’s put it somewhere that makes no sense!” I got that impression with the Princess and the Frog restaurant slated for Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, which would be perfectly suited to Port Orleans French Quarter, and I get that same impression here.
Walt Disney World’s next big resort is one named after the Riviera. While Disney has been intentionally vague on which Riviera, it’s safe to assume based on some of the flourishes and names that it’s a blend of both the Italian and French Rivieras. This resort has already received its fair share of criticism that it’s design is boring and thematically insipid.
The Côte d’Azur is not the setting for Beauty and the Beast, but there are a number of small provincial French towns in the area, and both are France. If Walt Disney World “needs” a Beauty and the Beast bar so badly, why not put Enchanted Rose lounge in the new resort that has a French connection and needs something interesting and unique to give it some personality?! Two birds with one stone and all that.
How this is playing out is just all so weird. Grand Floridian is Walt Disney World’s flagship resort, one that has a light and airy color scheme and Victorian theme. This is the lounge that’s essentially attached to and associated with Victoria & Albert’s and Citricos, two fine dining establishments catering.
Despite both of those realities, this is where Enchanted Rose is going. It’s a lounge ostensibly inspired by Beauty and the Beast. If concept art is any indication, it’ll have a darker color scheme, clean and modern aesthetic, and French flourishes. None of that in any way meshes with the Grand Floridian.
Perhaps consequently, Enchanted Rose is not going all-in on theme, nor will it have a distinct visual identity (the concept art reminds me of Ale & Compass, but with a big light fixture). This means there’s a decent chance it’s not going to do enough to draw Beauty and the Beast fans.
It’s still early, but everything about Enchanted Rose feels like it’s going to be a half-measure that is bad enough thematically to annoy people on one end of the spectrum, and insufficient to attract people on the other end.
So why bother? Why put this ‘evocative’ Beauty and the Beast lounge at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa? Why not place it at Disney’s Riviera Resort, where Imagineering could’ve purpose-built something, and leaned into the theme more heavily, creating a truly French design that did more than just evoke Beauty and the Beast?
At the end of the day, I suspect the food and drinks here will be delicious and inventive. That’s been the recent trend. I’d also anticipate skeptics, myself included, finding that the spaces work better than expected (in isolation). That’s also been something of a trend.
Nevertheless, Enchanted Rose does not fit Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa thematically, and there’s nothing that can change that. Moreover, the alternative location for it makes infinitely more sense and is so obvious it’s hard to believe Disney would shoehorn the bar in here.
Placing Enchanted Rose at Disney’s Riviera Resort would’ve given that new DVC property a compelling selling point and unique draw, and wouldn’t have raised issues of thematic integrity. Regardless of the end result with Enchanted Rose at the Grand Floridian, it could’ve been more ambitious and less troubling at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
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