Did you know that some offerings still haven’t returned to Disney World after the 2020 park closures? We’ve welcomed back several restaurants and experiences, so what’s still left?
This month, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Harmony Barber Shop will be returning to Magic Kingdom, and more character meet and greets are coming back as well. Today, we got a FIRST LOOK at a reopening lounge in Disney World — but this spot looks a little bit different than it did before. Maybe it has something to do with a villainous TAKEOVER?
The Top of the World Lounge is an exclusive lounge for Disney Vacation Club members, and it’s located at the top of Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It’s been closed for a long time, and apparently during that closure some Disney VILLAINS used it as a hide-out! We’re heading inside now to get a sneak peek at the changes. Come along with us to check it out!
Top of the World Lounge — A Villains Lair is officially opening on July 11th. We attended a media preview to see what’s different about this spot now. The story behind the changes is that Disney Villains have been hanging out here while it’s been closed, and although they’ve gone now, they left their mark with new decor.
We’re HERE to tell you all about the reopening of the Top of the World Lounge as A Villains Lair Stay tuned for allllll the deets pic.twitter.com/2E7D8xCAIQ
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) July 7, 2022
Overall, we have to say that the villains did a great job with the updates. Although many classic elements have remained from the old version of this lounge (like that amazing chandelier and the big Monorail mural behind the bar), the carpet and furniture all look fresh and modern now.
Apparently, this wasn’t actually how the villains left the space when they vacated. We were told that the furniture was broken, drapes were in tatters, and the lounge was generally “destroyed” by the sinister occupants. Disney cleaned up the place and brought in new furniture but still left some of the villains’ changes.
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) July 8, 2022
We saw some new artwork around the lounge, featuring characters like the Evil Queen, Ursula, Jafar, and Maleficent. The private sitting area also had several pictures of famous Disney villains.
To the right of the bar, we found some cloaks hanging around a screen that showed scenes of our favorite baddies in Disney movies.
And the villains appear to have left behind some belongings in their rush to vacate the space in time for its reopening. Cruella De Vil and Dr. Facilier might be missing some accessories!
So the story goes — when the Top of the World Lounge was closed, the Disney Villains took residence! Seems they may have left behind some things (even their recipes ) #mediaevent #hosted pic.twitter.com/KFHrgz3AA6
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) July 7, 2022
We were told that there will be several stands with villainous accessories throughout the lounge when it opens, and guests are free to use them to dress up while they’re visiting.
The changes mainly included the updated furniture, new artwork, and villains’ accessories, and Halloween music was playing while we were there to really bring the spooky vibes.
The villains did more than update the decorations, though. You can now find some sinister eats and drinks on the menu! Disney said that the villains’ recipes and concoctions were so delicious that they decided to keep them on the menu even now that the baddies are gone.
There are choices of Fiendish Fare (appetizers) available, such as The Empress Charcuterie Board, Lair-Made Hummus, Twisted Tales Pretzel, and the Cosmic (Plant) Power Flatbread. And don’t forget about the Seven-Lair Cake for dessert!
The cocktails got an evil update as well. Some new additions are the Cursed Pirate, The Other Side, Mirror Mirror Moonshine, and Tower Trap. A couple of zero-proof (non-alcoholic) cocktails include the Queen’s Garden and The Lion’s Uncle.
You can also find Wicked Wines (sparkling, white, and red wines) and Bubbling Brews (beer, hard ciders, and hard seltzers).
We’ll be sharing a full review from Top of the World Lounge soon, so stay tuned for that! The Villains Lair is going to be open daily from 6PM to midnight, although times are subject to change. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis, open to Disney Vacation Club Members with access to Membership Extras and who are staying in Disney World Resort hotels. Guests staying on Members’ reservations are also eligible.
Looking for other themed dining around Disney World? Check out when you can dine with characters again at Crystal Palace and who you can eat with at ‘Ohana. As always, keep up with DFB for all your Disney news!
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Disclosure: In nearly all circumstances, Disney Food Blog writers and photographers pay full price for their own travel, hotel, food, beverage, and event tickets. We do this because it’s important to us as journalists to ensure not only that we give you unbiased opinions, but also that you can trust us to do so since we’re paying our own way. On rare occasions, when we are invited by a company to attend a preview as media, and when we choose to accept that invitation, we will always make you, our readers, aware of that situation. Today, we were invited by Disney World to attend their media preview of the Top of the World Lounge — A Villains Lair. Note that when we attend events as media we are 1) Not required to review that event/food on any of our channels, and 2) Not required to review that event/food favorably. You can always count on DFB to give you a 100% unbiased and honest review of any event that we attend, food that we eat, or beverage that we drink. You can see more in our Disclosure Policy. Thank you for reading. — AJ
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