Last Sunday, over Labor Day weekend, the Edison at Disney Springs hosted A Gatsby Evening at the Edison – and it's been a long time since I was both this excited to write about an event and so overwhelmed by the challenge of doing it justice.
The event was hard ticketed at a per person price of $75. Attendees had to be 21 and up and were encouraged to come decked out in full 1920s dress. Once there, the evening promised champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a full line up of entertainment that included live music, stilt walkers, dancers, and aerialist performers.
What we actually experienced that evening surpassed my greatest expectations and has me incredibly excited for the promise of more themed events like this at the Edison in the coming months.
The night started at 7:30 p.m. with a red carpet.
And greetings from stilt walkers in full 1920s regalia.
Gratitude to Maria Riboli for sharing her
pictures with me for this article.
And a woman wearing (and sharing) the most spectacular champagne filled skirt.
Once inside and enjoying our champagne, we stopped for pictures with the dancers.
So grateful to the wonderful friends that
made the evening 10,000 times more fun!!
And some gorgeous pictures courtesy of The Edison's photographers and unmatched lighting…
Once inside and downstairs, though, the night took off. We enjoyed enough passed hors d'oeuvres to more than make up for missing dinner while getting ready – shrimp skewers, crab stuffed mushrooms, oysters rockefeller, caprese skewers, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus. There were also incredible cocktails available for purchase along with The Edison's usual appetizer menu – so of course we indulged in a little clothesline bacon – though the included apps were so heavy that we didn't necessarily need it.
And did I mention that they were also passing samples of Johnny Walker Black *and* 20s era sweets like rock candy and candy cigarettes???
The band and DJ were some of the best I've ever heard and structured the music perfectly – starting with full on 20s period music, then segueing to modern pop music restyled to the 20s theme, and then, at the evening's end and with a full and energized dance floor, playing some of the best dance mixes I've ever heard. And I was a NY club girl for a long, long time – so I don't give out compliments like that lightly. I had so much fun throughout the evening just trying to figure out what rethemed 20s style pop song was playing. Not to mention watching wandering magicians, dancers, and aerial performers.
Thanks for these great shots, Maria!!
And celebrating a champagne toast with bubbly passed out by a woman that descended from above on a swing…
All in all the evening was brilliant. Beautifully themed, not the slightest bit overcrowded, generously done, and all in all just a wonderful way to pass an adults only evening in Disney. We were there with a group of friends but I could (and did) just as easily see a group of friends out on the town there together or just a single couple out for a special night.
With everything offered, and running from 7:30 p.m. until apparently 2 a.m. (!), this was easily one of the best values in town and without question raced to the top of my favorite grown ups only Disney activities list. I am so, so very excited to see what else The Edison has in store in the coming months.
And in the meantime, I'll enjoy the lovely flask that every attendee received upon leaving…
Would you, too, love to see more of this type of event offered in Disney World??