First Look and Review: Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza in Disney Springs

In Disney Springs and in need of some pizza STAT?

Then look no further than the brand new Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza! (OK, anyone else wondering why there’s an apostrophe in “Fire’d”? Isn’t the apostrophe supposed to stand in for a letter? What letter is missing here? Isn’t Fast Fired OK? But I digress.)

You may already be familiar with Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza if you live near one of its existing locations in the United Sates or Canada.

If not, your next trip to Disney Springs may offer you your first opportunity to try a Blaze artisanal pizza pie fired up in an open-flame oven in 180 seconds (that’s the FAST part!).

Blaze joins the ranks of spots like D-Luxe Burger, Earl of Sandwich, and Cookes of Dublin as another Counter Service option for Disney World’s shopping and dining district.

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Here we go!

Atmosphere

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza is located in the Town Center of Disney Springs, not too far from Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming, STK Orlando, and the previously mentioned D-Luxe Burger.

Nearby Neighbors

Nearby Neighbors as seen from Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Even though Blaze can be found around the country, the Disney Springs location has been built to fit within its surroundings, made to resemble a sawmill from the 1850s that’s been refurbished (with Florida Cypress wood playing into the setting). The result is simple and modern.

Inside Blaze fast Fire'd Pizza

Inside Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Ceiling Beams

Ceiling Beams

Meanwhile, Blaze’s signature colors of bright red-orange, brown, and black are incorporated into the spot as well.

Artwork

Artwork

But the primary focus when you walk in belongs to the ordering area and pizza assembly line.

Ordering and Assembly Line

Ordering and Assembly Line

This is also where you’ll get to interact with the Cast Members who are super friendly and add some high-energy fun to the atmosphere!

Some goings-on at Blaze

Some goings-on at Blaze

Like many of the recent Town Center additions, Blaze wisely makes the most of its real estate by offering both indoor and covered outdoor seating (for 200 guests in all) with waterfront views.

Blaze Outdoor Seating Area

Blaze Outdoor Seating Area

Table Seating

Table Seating Inside

Table Seating Outside

Table Seating Outside

Now, who’s ready for the Main Event?

Eats

It’s time for some Pizz-AAAAHHHH!!!!

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza Menu

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza Menu

So, what do you like on yours? This is basically a Chipotle or Subway set-up, except for pizza. So you decide what you want, and the cast member makes it on the assembly line.

"How Do You Blaze?

“How Do You Blaze?”

If you prefer to pick your toppings, then you’ll likely want to “Build Your Own.” And because all pizzas are built right in front of you, customizing is not only super easy, it’s also encouraged (any toppings you want for one price)!

Building a Blaze Pizza

Building a Blaze Pizza

You’ll start with your choice of dough, made from scratch right in the restaurant: original, high-rise, or gluten-free.

Pizza Crust on the Line

Pizza Crust on the Line

Of course you’ll find all the classic pizza toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, and sausage to go with your choice of sauce and cheese.

Pizza Toppings

Pizza Toppings

Pizza Toppings

Pizza Toppings

Before you go thinking it’s just the basics, though, check out the extensive list of over 40 different toppings. Some decidedly unique choices include garlic pesto sauce, vegan cheese, Italian meatballs, roasted garlic, zucchini, and arugula.

List of Toppings

List of Toppings

There are plenty of Signature Pizzas on the menu as well, in case you’re looking to step outside the norm but don’t quite know your exact recipe yet :) . Also, note the calorie counts listed on the menu. This is something we’re seeing from time to time pop up in Walt Disney World, just FYI.

Signature Pizza Menu

Signature Pizza Menu

Once your pizza is assembled, it goes into one of two ovens for 180 seconds, and then comes right to you!

Blaze To-Go Box

Blaze To-Go Box

Don’t worry… you’ll see what we chose soon enough :) . For now, we’ve got some more options to present, because it’s not just pizza in the house.

You can also select a Salad as either an entree or a side portion, with choices including the Italian, Quinoa, Caesar, and a Seasonal (which is currently arugula with feta cheese, blueberries, and balsamic glaze).

Salads

Salads

Just like with the pizza, everything is made from all-natural ingredients.

Salads

Salads

Even the Desserts are made fresh in-house, and while the S’more Pie will likely be the most popular option, a Chocolate Chip Cookie and Brownie were available on our visit as well.

Desserts on Display

Desserts on Display

Just when you think all the decision-making is over, it’s time to select a beverage. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, you may be surprised…

Beverage Bar

Beverages

Blaze has also made a bit of a name for itself by offering some unique sips to wash everything down. All-natural options feature two Agua Frescas: the Prickly Pear Agua Fresca, and the Key Lime Mint Agua Fresca.

Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Key Lime Mint Agua Fresca

Key Lime Mint Agua Fresca

The famous Blood Orange Lemonade and Original Lemonade and Iced Tea are also part of the all-natural options.

Blood Orange Lemonade

Blood Orange Lemonade

Original Lemonade

Original Lemonade

Even the Fountain Sodas carry some unexpected finds. Along with Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper you’ll also see Blue Sky Black Cherry, Orange Mango, and Root Beer (made with 100% Cane Sugar) as well as Vitamin Water.

Fountain Sodas

Fountain Sodas

Fountain Sodas

Fountain Sodas

Fountain Sodas

Fountain Sodas

The two current beers on tap are Funky Buddha IPA and Yuengling. And finally, there is also a fridge full of grab-and-go options.

Bottled Beverages

Bottled Beverages

Beverage Menu

Bottled Beverage Menu

I chose the Prickly Pear Agua Fresca (I’ll admit — I was swayed by that gorgeous bright pink color!).

Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Prickly Pear Agua Fresca

Even with its vivid hue, it’s a pleasantly light and refreshing drink.

For those of you who can’t imagine your pizza without a beer beside it, I also grabbed a Funky Buddha IPA. (Nice to have a Florida option available, don’t you think?)

Funky Buddha IPA

Funky Buddha IPA

I found it to taste slightly tropical, with notes of orange and pineapple.

These drinks went along with my two Signature Pizzas, starting with the White Top: I ordered it with the high-rise crust (yep, you can still customize your dough with the Signature options), which was then topped with white cream sauce, mozzarella cheese, bacon, garlic, oregano, and arugula.

White Top Pizza

White Top Pizza

Oh, my… the CRUST. I just loved it. The high-rise isn’t dense, but surprisingly light and crispy with a little bit of “fluff.”

White Top Pizza with High-Rise Crust

White Top Pizza with High-Rise Crust

The Cast Members were generous when topping the pizza, so there was quite a bit of substance to it (especially considering the rich cream sauce). It was the fresh quality of everything that stood out the most, and I thought all the arugula on top was a fantastic finishing touch.

The Art Lover Pizza is topped with artichokes (Ha! get it?), mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, and dollops of red sauce.

The Art Lover Pizza

The Art Lover Pizza

I went with the Original Dough this time which is thinner, naturally, than the high-rise, but has its own impressive texture.

The Art Lover Pizza on Original Dough

The Art Lover Pizza on Original Dough

The red sauce in particular — and, in fact, the whole pizza, with the giving amount of ricotta — carried a ton of flavor.

Oh, and no matter what you order, don’t forget to check out the condiment options for even further customization with red pepper flakes, Sriracha, grated parmesan, tabasco sauce, and oregano!

Condiments

Condiments

The two salads you see below are both side portions (remember, any salad can be ordered as an entree as well). The Italian Salad — Tomato, Basil, and Ovalini — is a mix of ovalini mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, arugula, and balsamic.

The Italian Salad

The Italian Salad

The Italian Salad close-up

The Italian Salad close-up

The Quinoa Salad is cranberries, kale, quinoa, and vinaigrette.

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad close-up

Quinoa Salad close-up

Again, it’s the fresh flavors that really make their mark here. Blaze stresses the use of fresh, all-natural ingredients across the board.

I chose a Brownie for dessert, along with a S’more Pie. The soft, chocolatey brownie is finished with large chocolate chips.

Brownie

Brownie

It may not sound like the most exciting option, but I thought the gooey bottom layer was pretty awesome.

Brownie

Brownie

But again, I’m thinking most guests will likely go for the S’more Pie, which is a square of milk chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two McVitie’s biscuits.

S'more Pie

S’more Pie

Now, I don’t know about you, but as much as we all love S’mores I’ve started to grow a wee bit weary over the S’mores trend taking over just about every dessert menu as of late. But here is where Blaze nails it: you can request to have yours warmed up by the oven!

S'more Pie

S’more Pie

Basically, all of the S’more Pies are toasted over an open flame before they are wrapped up — so even if you don’t choose have it warmed again, it still has that flame-roasted flavor. Once the treat is ordered they will offer to warm it up for you near the oven.  So no matter how you choose to have it, it’s a take on S’mores that at long last captures the very best thing about a S’more: it’s fired up! And the large, slightly soft biscuits give it a little something extra for the twist. Nice!

If you’re a Disney Dining Plan participant, these — along with the other desserts and several of the non-alcoholic beverage options — count as a snack credit. And now is as good a time as any to mention that Blaze also accepts one Quick Service meal credit as well.

Overall

Okay, this is hardly a secret: with the MAJOR exception of Via Napoli, a good pizza place has been one thing that Disney World has been greatly lacking over the years. But not only is the pizza at Blaze good, solid, crave-worthy pizza with an emphasis on freshness that is obvious, it’s also easily accessible due to its location in Disney Springs (no park admission needed) and good price point. For those of us who are fans of both Disney and pizza — and really, who isn’t?!? — this day has been long in coming. We’re so glad it’s finally here! Welcome, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, to Disney Springs!

Is Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza on your list of new places to visit in Disney Springs? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. HB says

    YES! VEGAN CHEESE! I was going to try this place anyway and go with a cheese-less pizza with all the veggies, but this just makes it even better :)

  2. Kaz says

    It will be nice to have another good pizza option! We have a Blaze near us, but we’re also in New Haven, so not sure why anyone would go there instead of Sally’s, Modern or Pepe’s, but.. :)

    Also, I don’t believe the employees here are really cast members, are they?

  3. Gloria says

    I must admit I wasn’t excited about a pizza place coming to Disney Springs but after this review, I’m looking forward to a custom made pizza and that delicious looking quinoa salad!

  4. Juliet says

    The official Disney World website indicates “Dining Plans Not Accepted”. Can you confirm that the dining plan will be accepted?

  5. says

    They just opened a Blaze Pizza in the Pittsburgh Area. My husband and I wanted to give it a try before our Disney trip in the Fall. This pizza was absolutely delicious. What I like is that it’s actually REASONABLE and you can either choose one of their signature pizzas or create your own. We chose to create our own. You don’t get charged extra for toppings, they are included in the price. My husband had a mushroom, pepperoni, meatball pizza and I ordered a pizza loaded with veggies. We can’t wait to go to Blaze on our trip. This is a definite winner and a place to eat at Disney Springs that won’t bankrupt you. This will give Earl of Sandwich a run for their money!

  6. ShaunaC says

    Can anyone tell me if the gluten-free crust is homemade or a pre-packaged crust like Udi’s?

  7. Kimberly H. says

    After many trips eating two table service meals per day at WDW, we’ve finally had enough of the price increases and declining food quality to look at a counter service only trip. This will definitely be on our list! Food looks incredible and reasonable prices to boot!

  8. Kathy C says

    I agree Kimberly. I did a lot of sit down restaurants at WDW over the years and for 2016 I decided to do all quick service restaurants. This blog has helped to find places I had not visited like the Pop Century food court and all the new additions at Disney Springs. Between all the hotels, Disney Springs and the food festivals we really have enjoyed ourselves.

  9. Jessica says

    I’m curious on the portions. The pizza dough looks like one person pizza but your pics of the finished pizza looks like there are around 8 slices. Please let us know what you recommend? Thanks.

  10. Juliet says

    The official Disney World website has been modified it now indicates “Quick-Service Dining Plan” accepted. So excited to try this on our upcoming trip in September! The pizza looks outstanding! :)

  11. DwarfPlanet says

    After all the reviews on Disney Springs eateries lately this one is definitely going to be a lunch stop for us.

  12. Mark says

    Looks like fun and certainly less than the $197 that we spent on lunch for 4 at Moritomo. ;) Nice to see comments on how silly expensive Disney restaurants are getting to be.

  13. Kaz says

    @Mark – I think what is happening is that they are attempting to cater to a crowd that is looking for something a little more upscale in food and experience. If I go into any major city near me (esp. New York), I can spend a lot or I can spend a little. It is starting to be the same with Disney.. not too different than the hotels (notice they are starting to spend money building rooms at the higher price point lately?).

    The problem with the food is that, in the past, with a few exceptions, they have been very accessible to everyone. Now they are inviting in some that aren’t quite as accessible, price-wise. It is nice to see they aren’t forgetting about those who want good food without spending a fortune by also inviting in places like this.

  14. TK says

    I’m sorry if this comes off as obnoxious, but just in case you were actually asking… the reason that there is an apostrophe is because they are using the word “fire” as a noun and not a verb. “Fired” has a different connotation that is usually applied to longer baking times, such as with pottery. In this context they actually put the pizza directly into a fire for a short period of time, cooking it with the direct contact heat of the flame as opposed to the surrounding heat of an oven, so it is fire’d, not fired. It would be like if someone threw a book and hit you with it, you might jokingly say that you were book’d, but you wouldn’t use “booked” which is the verb version and has a different meaning.

  15. Ashley says

    I’m from Seattle, WA and we have a chain here called MOD Pizza and this looks exactly the same, though not extremely creative, it will be nice to have this option, especially in large groups with picky eaters.

    In my experience, each pizza is a personal pizza for adults, don’t count on buying one for your entire party. Light eaters and kids may be able to split one. Glad they have gluten free and vegan options as well!

  16. Tim says

    We are lucky to have a BLAZE about 15 min away from us in NJ. We love it. Though they tend to over cook ( BURN) the pizzas if not watched carefully. I have had 2 ” burnt”…they of course will re make them, but you need to get back to the begining of the line and re create your pizza as it was. I think next time I will specifically ask them no to over cook it and watch as it goes in and out of the oven. ( only takes 3 min!)

  17. says

    Jessica — The pizzas are considered “personal” size. From DFB’s Tina: “If you’re really hungry it’s enough food for one person since the crust is very airy. They are also great about the build your own option and will customize the pizza to be half and half if two people want to share.”

  18. lyn says

    On the quinoa salad.. I don’t see quinoa but I see Kale. Quinoa is a grain..maybe just hard to see it in the picture.

  19. Barbara says

    I live so close to a Blaze Pizza house I could hit it with a rock. Their pies are excellent. Be sure is you choose a lot of toppings to ask for a “well done” crust. The crunch browned bottom will keep you coming back for more.

  20. ShaunaC says

    Brooke – This makes me happy, because prepackaged gluten-free crusts make me sad. Thank you for your reply.

  21. Maria says

    they are about to open or just opened in New Orleans…cannot wait to try out before our next trip to wdw!

  22. HB says

    lyn – You can see the quinoa in the close-up photo. Kale does seem to be the primary ingredient though, going by these photos.

  23. Ruta says

    Had an early lunch there on 8/8/. I can vouch for the white pizza – absolutely delicious. They stack to-go boxes at several stations so if you can’t finish your pizza the boxes are easily available. Friendly staff and reasonable for Disney price for those of us who just can’t consume all of that food on the meal plans!

  24. Patricia C says

    This looks pretty good, but I personally wouldn’t get pizza in Disneyworld only because I can get amazing pizza at home (L&B! DiFara! Totonnos!). I DO want to echo the other commenters, though — I’m mildly shocked at the pricepoints for a lot of the new places (and even some of the old — cough*FlyingFish*cough) …I get Disney is catering to a different market, i.e., adults and families without small children, upscale diners, etc.? But it does feel a little – I’m not sure if this is the right word, but – disappointing? The great thing my family and I loved about Disney was that everything about it was accessible to everyone, and everyone got to feel like they were on the receiving end of top-notch service no matter what. Now I’m starting to feel like there’s a class system being built into Disneyworld, and that makes me uncomfortable.

  25. Pamela Fischer says

    The gluten free pizza at Blaze is soooo good! Most gluten free crusts get crispy but basically melt in your mouth. The Blaze crust has a nice chew with the crunch. I have missed good pizza……….until now…..I am hooked!

  26. Jen says

    I went yesterday and it was AMAZING!! I was a little turned off by the line (long but fast moving) because I just wasn’t really in the mood to deal with it (had to put my “patient pants” on), but I’m glad I decided to wait. I got the White Top pizza and it was heavenly. The crust was crisp, but had a nice chew and the sauce and toppings were great (plenty of bacon). Being a ex-Chicagoan, it can be tough to find “good pizza” here in Florida. While Blaze doesn’t taste quite as good as “Sweet Home” style pizza, it is definitely a great option for really good, fresh pizza!

    I already can’t wait to go back to try more – I’m coming for you spicy red sauce – and since I’m a local, it will definitely be sooner rather than later!!

  27. Dru says

    Am I the only one to be shocked/insanely happy to see Dr. Pepper at Disney?!? Has this change been taking place and I’ve missed it? Who has the scoop??

  28. Karen says

    We went to Blaze in disney springs and were EXTREMELY disappointed! The food was good but the atmosphere was AWFUL! It was very rushed. There are 2 lines and it was difficult to follow the directions of the man mumbling to us what we were supposed to do. You are supposed to stay with your pizza through the line but the 9 people party in front of us made it difficult and the staff were yelling orders and made us feel really rushed and uncomfotable. In disney springs among upscale shops it would be nice to have polite people talk to you instead of yelling orders and directions. As we left we heard others complain about similar concerns. Good food, lousy staff and unhappy customers.

  29. says

    Karen — So sorry to hear you had a bad experience, but we thank you for sharing it. It’s always helpful to hear how a spot is for our readers.

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