- Jul 1, 2010
I rolled in around 9:30. Agreed it was very busy, despite a moderately heavy Friday night crowd at Springs at best. Tables full, at least a dozen people stalking out seats at the bars. That said, I saw zero evidence of a dress code. Plenty of t-shirts, plenty of baseball caps (backwards and forwards), and apparently pink floral "booty shorts" (or whatever the kids call them these days) are "dress shorts"? If anything, I'd say the crowd at Raglan was slightly better dressed, I think because it was mostly from one convention. Nick, curious what people were being turned away for?Definitely make sure you have a reservation, if not, you'll be ordering everything from and sitting at the bar. Place was booked solid last night. Checked it out and was interested to see how crowded it would be and how late into the night people would stay. I was pleasantly surprised at how busy it was, how nice people were dressed, and how long people stayed. It's definitely a place you want to go to with a group of friends. I think this place is bringing people out who wouldn't normally come to Disney Springs, too. Or if they were in DS before, this is now giving them (adults without children) a place to go and have a fun night out while at at WDW.
Oh, and I was doing some people watching and actively seeing people get turned away at the door, too (in case anyone is skeptical that they'd do that). Sometimes it was for something as little as having drinks from other restaurants (no outside drinks allowed) and sometimes for dress.
Saw a lot of "hey, check out that," so the newness obviously hasn't worn off yet. That said, Edison has the same problem later-years PI had. To walk up, I had to dodge strollers and packs of selfie-taking 13 y.o.s. And too many of them were still there when I left after midnight. Also, a bit of a Margaritaville problem--announced more than once, "the dance floor is open!", but when it's lined with tables where people are still dining, just not very inviting. When the next big thing opens on Sand Lake or I Drive, I expect the crowds to migrate there.
BTW, was the PMJ clone all night, mixed with the DJ doing modern versions of period tunes. No strictly modern music. The "Pearls" came down at 10, but didn't perform. Not sure if because dance floor still not clear, a couple straggler kids still eating, or what.
Finally saw a menu, and prices are more in line with the resort than I was led to believe my initial night. Either bartender screwed up or they did a last minute re-do.
Final thoughts, still more restaurant than bar, and I still fear doomed by Fall to change drastically.