One of the newest additions to the Disney Springs family is The Edison, a gothic-style power plant turned restaurant and bar. With a unique theme based on steam-punk style design and welcome back to the 1920’s. The food here is American style with great signature drinks with an eye to performance. Its open for lunch and dinner but after 10pm it turns into a 21 and older venue including musicians, aerialists, dancers and various other night life activities. From 11:30am to 10pm it is full family dinning.
Venue & Theme
Like all great Disney dinning establishments this place has a very rich backstory. Once the power plant for the Disney Springs its been repurposed into a bar and restaurant. The venue has three different bars, one is on the upper level catwalk while the Boiler Bar and Breaker Bar are both on the lower level. In total, the unique restaurant has seven different themed areas to explore: The Lab performance space, The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Radio Room, and the Waterfront Patio.
This is a restaurant that explains its theme well and doesn’t require a long backstory for it to be an intriguing addition to the Disney Springs storyline. You can tell just from walking in what this place is about, what your are about to experience and I think its great.
Food & Drink
On our visit here we had Electri-Fries, Edison Burger and Greek Salad. We asked to share so they cut the Edison burger for us and plated it with half the greek salad. The food was very good and very rich. We ate every bite of everything they gave us. To drink I had the Copper Tail Independent Pilsner from Florida and I also tried a cocktail but the name escapes me at the moment. All of our drinks were great and we had no complaints.
- Electri-Fries – L. Burbank Hand-cut Potatoes, Edison Special Sauce, Bacon, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Chopped Green Onion – $12.00
The Edison Burger – Signature Beef Blend of Sirloin, Short Rib, and Brisket with Cabot Cloth Bound Cheddar, Onion Rings, Smoked Bacon, House-made Pickles, Lettuce, Tomato, and Special Sauce served with Fries – $19.00
- The Greek (salad) – Cucumber, Tomato, Feta Cheese, Olives, Red Onion, Peppers – $16.00
Just a note, in the photos below we had the crumbled blue cheese and “Edison special sauce” on the side incase we didn’t like it. We did. Its like a thousand island dressing and really good!
Before 10:00pm you can still expect more entertainment than you normally would from a restaurant at Disney Springs minus maybe T-Rex however expect much better food here. There are some old black & white movies playing on the walls, the employees provide a bit of period specific acting and there is a steampunk inspired character who walks around and shows you some if their cool “inventions” which adds a nice touch to what is already a very immersive experience.
After 10:00pm its a different story as it turns into a 21 and up bar and restaurant with a fairly strict dress code; yes, dress code. They state it as “venue specific” but mostly they mean no ball caps, sleeveless shirts or flip-flops. Jeans are fine but it adds more to the atmosphere here if you dress up a little. You can expect live music, dancers in the main dining area and even aerialists as the venue is designed around this core concept much like “The Edison” in Los Angeles. Now different from the one LA there is no burlesque due to the obvious Disney branding associated here.
As with most Disney restaurants “value” can be a hard one. Its more expensive here for sure but it has some very rich theming, immersive experience and great food. Its definitely worth going here even if just to share some appetizers. You can expect this to be a bit pricer, closer to between table service and signature dining however it gives such a unique experience that you really do need to come here at least once!
For those using a Disney Dining Plan they are accepted here and will set you back 1 Disney Dining Plan or 1 Deluxe Disney Dining Plan for both Lunch and Dinner (2018).
Overall this place has great thematic elements, lots of entertainment options both before and after 10:00pm however, the prices can be a bit higher than you may normally expect. In my opinion with the great food and drink, entertainment and large dining areas The Edison is worth the additional costs as you can get lost looking around and interacting with people here for hours. I highly suggest you at least get an app and drink, sit down and enjoy this gem inside Disney Springs.
The Edison is not operated by Disney, its owned by The Patina Group who just so happen to own a few other Disney Springs restaurants including Morimoto Asia, Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway and Pizza Ponte