Hey! This is Morgan, with Neverland Navigation Co., your personal guides to everything Walt Disney World and Beyond! Here today to talk to you about possibly the most IMMERSIVE restaurant in Disney Springs. I'm not going to lie, I have not tried every single restaurant in Disney Springs yet, but I’m close and so far this one is the winner for immersivness. There are many restaurants at Disney Springs, and it’s difficult to choose money on. No one wants to feel like they wasted their money. We are here to help!
The Edison transports you to the roaring 1920s when you walk in. The hostesses are in flapper dresses, the decor is TOTALLY 'Jazz Age' and the ambiance fully surrounds you in every detail. The best part is the jazz trio crooning new pop songs with a 1920s jazz twist. Even the not-super-comfortable chairs you sit on look like they are right out of the 20s. We were truly impressed with the live entertainment. When we went it was a jazz trio but from what I understand, at different times you may see aerialists or burlesque-style dancers in flapper dresses too or instead.
The show and ambiance were my favorite part of this experience, but the food and drinks were really good too! We started with a couple of mocktails. The Phonograph and a Strawberry Melon Old Timey Soda. The Phonograph is made with Lime juice, Lemon Orgeat, and Red Bull Tropical. It was too sour and lemony for me, but another in our party ordered a second one because they liked it so much. If you are in the mood for a sour drink, this one might be for you. I love the addition of the Red Bull Tropical for an added caffeine kick. Who doesn't need an extra boost after a Disney day?! The Strawberry Melon consisted of Strawberry Lemongrass, Fresh Lime Juice, Watermelon, and Sprite. We loved that the fruit flavors tasted natural, not artificial. I’m not saying they are 100% natural, I didn’t watch them make them, but they tasted as such. My favorite thing about these mocktails is they weren’t cloyingly sweet. That is often a problem with a mocktail and here it is not. The mocktails don’t seem to have been formulated for kids, which we appreciated. Not all adults can or want to drink alcohol, so it’s nice when there is a fun option for those looking to stay sober. If you DO want alcohol the cocktails are just as thoughtfully prepared. We were working and needed our palates to be on full alert for the taste reviews, but still wanted to test out their mixology skills, so we opted for mocktails. You probably won’t be working, so whether you chose a cocktail or a mocktail, you really can’t go wrong here. They are known for their fun and interesting drinks at The Edison.
Our favorite appetizer was The DB ‘Clothesline Candied Bacon'. It is candied bacon held on a clothesline with tiny, you guessed it, clothespins. Wild, right??! In addition to being a creative presentation that is totally Instagram-worthy, it was the yummiest thing that we ordered. The bacon was thick-cut and sweet and smoky, but not too sweet. It was served with a few yummy sweet and spicy pickle chips. The pickle slices were surprisingly good for a small accompaniment, I wish they would have given us more of the pickles. Make sure to snap a few pictures before diving into this insanely fun appetizer.
The other appetizer we ordered was the Electri-Fries. WHAT a fun name! Unfortunately, the name was more exciting than the flavors. I am not saying it was bad, it certainly felt like a safe option. No exotic flavors or never-before-heard-of combinations. There were the Fries, Edison Special Sauce, Bacon, Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Green Onion. When we were perusing the menu we joked about whether the “special sauce” would be ketchup and mayo mixed or full-on Thousand Island dressing. We thought we were being funny, but sadly we seem to have hit the nail on the head with our 'joke' guesses. It really is Thousand Island or something similar. For what it was, we also found it to be a little overpriced. I mean everything is, because it’s Disney and because the ambiance is so amazing that they can charge more. BUT $16 for loaded fries was a bit much,
Next came the soup of the day. I won’t talk about it too much because it could be different when you go. It was a creamy mushroom soup. The flavor was good! Nice and creamy and super garlicky. That is where the compliments for it end. The look of it was horrifying, and it was served to me lukewarm. Bummer. I was really looking forward to it. Creamy Mushroom is one of my top 5 favorite types of soup. That’s why I ordered it even though it being a "daily offering" means it wasn’t necessarily a good choice for a review. Jake said it looked like grey slop. Ouch. I cannot disagree though. Maybe soup isn’t their specialty for a reason.
The first entree I will discuss, although it is listed in the appetizer portion of the menu, (so you could order it as an entree or an appetizer) is the Short Rib Flatbread. It had Short Rib, White Cheddar Cheese Sauce, Pickled Red Onion, Arugula, and Balsamic Glaze. Why so much Arugula people?? Actually, this one wasn’t as badly covered by arugula as others we have had at Disney recently. I know, I know, the mountain of arugula on every flatbread is a food trend. I just don’t get it. It’s like I have to dig to find the buried treasure flatbread. After you have moved some arugula and unearthed your flatbread (Or left it and eaten this as a salad?) it was pretty tasty! The short rib was tender and the flavors were a good combination.
The Edison Burger was one of the two burgers we enjoyed here. We had heard that the Edison was known for their cocktails, Clothesline Candied Bacon, and Burgers. So we tried 2 burgers. This one had White Cheddar Cheese, Crispy Onions, Smoked Bacon, House-made Pickles, Lettuce, Tomato, and Special Sauce on it. Again, we suspect that the ‘Special Sauce’ is Thousand Island dressing or something similar. The burger patty was something to behold. They do a blend of Sirloin, Short Rb, and Brisket to make their patties. The quality of ingredients pays off in flavor. I would recommend this burger if those toppings appeal to you. It also came with a side of fries, so you could ask for a side of “Special Sauce” to dip them into, and then you’d have the main components of the $16 Electri-Fries appetizer as an included side. (Look at that! I made an Edison Hack!)
The second burger we enjoyed was the Bacon Mushroom Swiss Burger. The toppings were; Alpine Swiss Cheese, Smoked Bacon, Roasted Mushrooms, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle (The menu doesn’t call these ‘house made’, but it does call the pickles on the Edison burger ‘house-made.’ They have to be, right?! I would assume they are the same, we did not notice a difference.), Crispy Onion and Sriracha Aioli. If you are worried about the word Sriracha in this description, don’t be. I wouldn’t have identified it as sriracha if I had not been told. This burger has the same special blend of meats to make an epic burger patty, so that is a good start. Then the toppings were fresh, the sauce was tangy, and the flavor combinations were a good blend. If I were doing a build-your-own Mushroom Swiss Burger, I wouldn't think of "Sriracha aioli" as a topping that would work, but it does! It probably helps that the sriracha is used sparingly when they make the sauce. This burger was also really yummy! I would say the burgers, like the cocktails/mocktails are items that you can’t go wrong with. These things are their specialties, and they do them well.
For dessert, we ordered the Triple Chocolate Voltage Cake. AUH-MAZING! Chocolate Hazelnut Cream, Chocolate Crunch, Chocolate Ganache, and Raspberry. Yum. Yum. Yum. This was an excellent sweet finish to an exciting and entertaining meal.
We HIGHLY recommend The Edison for a meal while at Disney. The ambiance alone is enough for me to tell you to check it out, but the food and drinks also were really good. If you want to see other WDW restaurants, hotels, and activity reviews from us pretty please check out my other blogs, or head to our YouTube channel and subscribe to see ALL of our reviews that are coming. Our goal is to try and review EVERY experience at Disney World, but we need your help! Just subscribing to our YouTube channel helps us and costs you nothing! Thank you thank you!
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