Thanks to Christopher Ripley of The English Disney Blog for putting together this great review of the new Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower in Walt Disney World!
Top of the World Lounge is located aptly on top of the recent Disney Vacation Club (DVC) addition of the Bay Lake Tower resort. The tower and the lounge were both opened on August 4th, 2009. The lounge opens at 5pm daily for the exclusive use of DVC members staying at the tower using their DVC points. Apart from members staying in the grand villas on the sixteenth floor, all other members must access the lounge via the lifts on the ground floor (after checking with reception that the maximum occupancy has not been exceeded!). The lounge can fit 499 people (precisely!), however it seldom fills up until the Wishes fireworks begin in the evening.
The lounge is very much like that of a late night Vegas quiet bar. A grand modern chandelier, plush carpets, glazed tiles, soft discreet lighting, artistic prints and oh, did I mention the view? Supposedly the skyscrapers of Clermont are visible on very clear days! The view really is the selling point of this lounge, and the view of Wishes is only second to the display from the California Grill. So onto the food…
The food menu is very minimal and acts only for those who are peckish between mojitos. Consisting entirely of three different flatbreads (a la Cali Grill), nachos, a roll and one trio of mini desserts. To get a booth we started out soon after the lounge opened. After nabbing the one closest to the bar we looked over the menu and opted for the Buffalo Mozzarella Flatbread with Roma Tomatoes and Pesto.
The bread was crispy round the edges, soft and doughy in the middle and the veggies with stringy cheese produced a subtle Mediterranean flair.
We also ordered the Beef Tenderloin Flatbread with goat’s cheese, aged balsamic viniagrette and onion jam. This one packed more of a punch in the flavor stakes. Some of our clan liked it very much and others thought it was too vinegary.
After the flatbreads we moved onto the cocktail menu…! The cocktail menu features a variety of modern classics. From mainstay WDW favorites to quirky blends of fashionable masterpieces. All are served up from the extensive bar which features over a dozen beers, a range of soft drinks, liquors, oh and the cocktails…
The Blue Glow-tini can be found around WDW in various bars and is a mixture of citrus vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao and pineapple juice. It is served with a sugared rim and a souvenir glow cube.
Mojitos are all the rage right now, and this place does not disappoint. Our favorite was the Power-berry: specially procured blueberry vodka with a dash of pomegranate liqueur mixed with a muddled lime, sprigs of mint, Agave nectar (no less!) topped with soda water, crushed ice and a slice of lime. You simply cannot have just one of these babies!
For those of you driving who’d prefer a less alcoholic beverage but still want to be included in the fancy drinks stakes, the bartenders did inform us that they can mix-up non-alcoholic versions of the menued cocktails. They also informed us that other cocktails could be mixed-up on request, subject to ingredients being available.
Shortly before the Wishes show starts, the football games are turned down and music is piped in from the show. Patrons of the bar filter out to the viewing balcony. The balcony is very large and would allow for all to have an edge-side view.
Right after the show finishes a second balcony behind the bar is opened-up; this much smaller balcony offers wonderful views of the Electrical Water Pageant.
The bar remains open until midnight and guests who had too many mojitos stumble out a little after… .
Have you gotten into the exclusive Top of the World Lounge? What’s your favorite item on the menu?