We are so excited to finally shed some light on what’s happening behind those construction walls over at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney!
It seems that after stops, starts, delays, and renamings, Disney Springs is finally taking shape. And today, we’re sharing with you not one, but TWO new confirmed restaurants that will join the Disney Springs lineup sooner rather than later. And BOTH restaurants were featured on early posts here on DFB highlighting future Disney Springs dining.
The Boathouse will offer waterfront dining with a nautical theme. Located at The Landing within Disney Springs, the restaurant is the brainchild of Schussler Creative, the same company that brought you other super-themed restaurants around Disney like T-Rex, Rainforest Cafe, and Yak & Yeti. Gibsons Restaurant Group will operate the spot.
Guests can expect a mulitfaceted menu featuring American fare, including seafood, steaks, and chops. In addition, the restaurant will feature three different themed bars, including The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar, and The Dock Bar. Rooms within the restaurant will also carry a nautical theme and decor.
The Boathouse will offer guest more than just food, however. The restaurant will also serve as the launching spot for a number of boat-themed attractions. Guests can ride on a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi while they enjoy champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. There will also be guided “Amphicar” Tours that highlight sites around Disney Springs.
Live music and private dining space round out the offerings at The Boathouse. The new restaurant is scheduled to serve Disney Springs guests until 2:00 AM.
The Boathouse is slated to open in the Spring of 2015.
You may know him best as an Iron Chef, but soon, Chef Masaharu Morimoto will become the latest celebrity to have a dining outpost at Disney. Chef Morimoto is set to be the face of Morimoto Asia, his first Pan-Asian restaurant.
Located in the spot that was once Mannequins Dance Palace, Morimoto Asia will be a waterfront restaurant showcasing selections from across the entire Asian continent.
The two-story venue will feature show kitchens where chefs will exhibit traditions like Peking Duck Carving. Dim Sum will also factor into the menu. Guests can enjoy waterside seating or grab a drink in the cocktail lounge as well. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent,” Morimoto said in an interview.
To bring the concept to life, Chef Morimoto is teaming with Patina Restaurant Group, the company behind established Disney restaurants like Via Napoli and Tutto Italia in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion. The group also runs the table-service Naples Restaurant and the counter-service Napolini in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney. We first told you that the company had filed permits for a new restaurant in this spot last Spring. We thought it would be another Italian offering, so this is a fun twist!
Look for Morimoto Asia to open its doors in Summer 2015.
With the news that we’re seeing early predictions come to pass (including Food Truck Row, and Splitsville — Trader Sam’s will open at the Polynesian), it makes us wonder…what else is on that poster that might pop up at Disney Springs? Hmmmm…
And now we want to hear from you!
Are you looking forward to experiencing The Boathouse, Morimoto Asia, or both? Leave us a comment and tell us your thoughts!