Thursday, December 8, 2011

(Pit Stop: Mizner's Lounge)

MOM & Me at Mizner's, 2010.
While I often daydream about the day when I can afford a week-long stay at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, for now I must settle for a pit-stop at one of their acclaimed restaurants. Mizner's Lounge is the perfect place to go and grab a drink, either before dinner at Narcoosee's (as we were in the photo above) or on your way to the Magic Kingdom for Wishes!

The view from a window at Mizner's.

Mizner's Lounge is located on the second floor of the Grand Floridian Resort with a fantastic view of the Polynesian Resort across the water. The decor is upscale, and I would feel uncomfortable having a drink here in standard park clothes (ie shorts and flip flops). I'm not sure that there is a dress code, but why not make it a grand night and dress up a bit?

My first experience with the establishment was when J and I made a pit-stop here on our way to the Magic Kingdom, after a memorable evening at T-Rex in Downtown Disney. I ordered a specialty martini made with blackberries, and boy was it strong. The benefit to this is that you can sip it slow and really savor it, as drinks here are not inexpensive (a martini will run you roughly $10+). Mizner's Lounge offers a full bar and does have a specialty drink menu, as well as light bar snacks on certain nights.

Mizner's Lounge is located behind the band stand.
The element that makes this bar a real gem for me is the band that plays right outside. If you time your visit just right, you can sip your Cosmo to the swingin' sounds of the Grand Floridian's Big Band. The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra specializes in Ragtime and Traditional Jazz, and occasionally will play selections from our favorite Disney films. This is a treat for the ears and I really recommend that you try to catch them during your visit to the resort.

So, gather your friends and family, dress up in your finest Walt Disney World attire, and stop in for a martini at Mizner's Lounge. The atmosphere is basic and without frill, but I think you'll really enjoy the quiet, relaxing atmosphere and break from the hectic crowds. Take in the soothing sounds of the amazing jazz band and share in a toast with the ones you love! A visit to Mizner's Lounge is really what you make of it - why not make it a memorable one?

Happy Relaxing!

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