Contributor Angelica got to experience this and whipped up this fantastic post for Clumps of Mascara. Thanks to much to Disney for sponsoring this post and experience.
I was honored to spend a Friday night bringing in the weekend experiencing Late Night at Disney Springs. From Thursday to Saturday at Disney Springs, you can also now experience special late night menus from select venues and entertainment from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. While it’s the venues who are really offering you an amazing experience, you can’t miss out on walking around Disney Springs and enjoying the nighttime decor and live music.
Although many of the venues are open late, Late Night Disney Springs focuses on The Edison, Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, STK Orlando, Paradiso 37, The Boathouse, Morimoto Asia, and Raglan Road Irish Pub. Each venue offers a variety of late night menu items so you don’t have to worry about finding something that you enjoy.
Dinner at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
In case the promise of eight different venues to visit and explore wasn’t enough, I was able to experience dinner at Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, one of Disney Spring’s newest fine-dining establishments. If the promise of of trying a menu designed by a Michelin-star chef, Chef Theo Schoenegger, isn’t enough to sway you, Maria & Enzo’s also offers over 75 Italian wines. If you’re overwhelmed by that selection, no worries, there are five sommeliers staffed at Maria & Enzo’s who can help you navigate their expansive wine offerings.
Disney is no stranger to Italian dining and Maria & Enzo’s gets it right. With family-style dishes (and vegetarian options), you can expect to go home satisfied. I was also served the best tiramisu I’ve ever had in my entire life so hopefully, you add that to your must-try list if you’re visiting. If you’re worried about Maria & Enzo being too fancy for you, there are three different options for you to choose from:
Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante – Your fine-dining option featuring Southern Italian and Sicilian cuisine
Pizza Ponte – Your casual option that offers sandwiches, Italian pizza, and pastries
Enzo’s Hideaway – Your taste of Roman-inspired cuisine, tucked away in Maria & Enzo’s with a secret entrance to The Edison
After dinner, we were whisked away to The Edison as they started to kick off their late-night entertainment and it did not disappoint. The Edison is everything you saw in Baz Luhrman’s 2013 The Great Gatsby (with song selections from the soundtrack) and more. The steampunk-inspired, roaring twenties theme is one of the many reasons to enjoy The Edison. With a beautiful illuminated full-service bar as one of the downstairs focal points, there are no limitations on what you can order to drink. My choice is always the appropriately named signature-cocktail, The Edison. In true speakeasy style, there was of course a dance floor, live band, singer, flapper dancers, and an aerial performer. Come for a drink and stay for the show.
STK is the embodiment of modern and sleek. Opened at Disney Springs at 2016, it has truly found its place. STK is a modern upscale steakhouse that truly transforms during Late Night Disney Springs. With music, a rooftop with a view, video selfie station, and beautiful decor, it’s worth stopping by and having a drink (or two).
I know you’re sold on Maria & Enzo’s bute Enzo’s Hideaway is where you go to get a small taste of Rome during your Late Night Disney Springs experience. Finding Enzo’s Hideaway is a task in itself as it’s hidden in plain sight. Once you do, you’re instantly transported to another beautifully decorated slice of Italy.
There is live music, much more relaxed, and a special menu. I was wooed by the Caprese and it did not disappoint.
Jack Lindsay’s Hangar Bar
I often skip out on Hangar Bar and it’s easy to do so. It’s in between Paradiso 37 (live Latin music for Late Night Disney Springs) and The Boathouse, However, don’t let this deter you. Hangar Bar is a gem, with mood lighting and airplane hangar decor. There is outdoor seating right on the water in case you want a nice breeze with your drink. The servers are upbeat and engaging and extremely helpful when navigating the menu of signature cocktails.
This was my last stop for the night and I’m glad it was. The Boathouse has two bar options, indoors or outdoors on the water. When it doubt, always choose the outdoor patio. The ambiance is perfectly paired with a fantastic menu. There are some amazing drinks to choose from; but don’t let that keep you from what the Boathouse does best, its seafood. Grab a friend and split the graciously-sized appetizers.
My best tip for navigating Late Night Disney Springs is to come prepared to enjoy yourself. There are so many different options so plan to visit as often as possible. You won’t be disappointed.
This event was hosted by Disney but all thoughts and opinions are my own.