Masquerade at The Edison in Walt Disney World

When some people think of Walt Disney World, often they will assume that it is just for families with children. They incorrectly decide that there is nothing for the 21 and up crowd, especially since Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island has been gone for years. While Walt Disney World is one of the top family vacation destinations in the country, there are still ways to enjoy “adult time”. One place to do that is The Edison at Disney Springs.

The Edison at Disney Springs


During the day and early in the evenings, The Edison is a family friendly restaurant. Later into the evening, it has more of a nightclub vibe. Sometimes, special events will be held in the evenings. On Saturday, February 22, my adult daughter and I were invited to attend one of these events. It was the first annual Masquerade, and you had to be 21 or older in order to attend.

While my daughter and I were hosted, most guests paid $65. The price included Blackened Shrimp Cocktail, Buffalo Chicken Springrolls, BBQ Shortrib, Oyster Shooters, Cucumber Canape, Scallops Wrapped in Bacon, Buffalo Meatballs, and Portobello Fries for hors d’oeuvres. There were plenty of servers with trays of food who made their way through the crowd. The following cocktails were also included; Butterfly Effect, Cuban Carnival, The Masked Mule, Marg Me!, and Sip in Moderation. Again, servers weaved through the room with the drinks, making sure that everyone was able to get what they wanted.

There was also extra entertainment as part of Masquerade. There were stilt walkers, acrobats, musicians, and more. The Edison is known for its unusual entertainment, and this fit right into the theme of the night. When the band was playing, plenty of people danced.


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In order to attend Masquerade, guests were asked to wear a mask. It was not to be a full mask for safety reasons, but partial masks were encouraged. I was surprised by the quality of some of the masks that we saw. I assumed that since many people were on vacation that the masks would be mostly cheap plastic, but that wasn’t the case at all. As the evening went on I noticed that some people were growing tired of wearing the masks, and a few of them took them off. It wasn’t a problem, there was no one making sure that people kept their masks on.

Masquerade started at 8:30pm, and ran until 2:00am. The doors did not open early, and the line was quite long by 8:30 when they started letting people in. Once someone was checked off the list, there was a picture opportunity inside with one of the stilt walkers. I am not sure if the event was sold out or not, but it did take a while for everyone to get checked in.

This was the first time that Masquerade was held, it was announced as the “First Annual Masquerade”. Since The Edison was packed, I am sure that they will decide to hold it again. Whether it will be a year from now or if they decide to hold it more often remains to be seen. No matter what they decide, I will not be surprised if The Edison starts to hold more special events throughout the year. It’s the perfect space for them.  

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.