Today, we’re welcoming Orlando native Matt Shealy with a guest review of Fulton’s Crab House in Downtown Disney. Matt shares a rave review of the seafood as well as the memorable ambiance of dining at Fulton’s at sunset.
My childhood memories of Disney include images of loveable characters like Mickey, Minnie and Pluto as well as care free roaming of the park’s lush grounds. Those memories were still vivid after an over ten year hiatus. Now that I am a proud father of a two year old girl, I made the 30 minute trek south of Orlando to that magical place called Disney. Other memories of Disney include long lines and Florida’s summer heat, so we headed to the park bright and early.
After a long day of rides and good times, it was time to grab some good food and relax. My wife and I are huge fans of seafood. After asking some of the cast members we settled on Fulton’s Crab House.
We arrived at Downtown Disney at dusk on a warm breezy Central Florida evening. As we strolled towards the larger than life riverboat style restaurant, the air was rich with the smell of restaurants getting ready for a dinner rush.
We were greeted at the door by a lovely young lady and were seated on an outdoor deck upon request, which we felt lucky to get as the restaurant seemed very busy.
As the sun set and Fulton’s lights came on we saw the restaurant in all of its glory. The large light bulbs lighting the restaurant created a feel that you were really floating down a river in a time when riverboats ruled. My daughter was enthralled with the experience even before we started eating.
The service up to this point in our experience had been fantastic. We were quickly escorted to our requested table and seated.
Our waiter was not far behind to welcome us and take our drink orders. My daughter ordered soy milk (which they had!), my wife had a glass of Argentinian Cabernet and I ordered an ice cold Miller Lite. Our night was off to a great start and would only get better from here.
Our drinks were served and our appetizer order taken. Our server suggested I try the clam chowder and I was not disappointed! Next was the difficult task of choosing from Fulton’s amazing menu.
After my consideration, I ordered a snow crab plate, which was amazing! My wife was in the mood for some fried seafood, so she ordered the Seafood Combination. This assortment of seafood includes beer battered cod, fried shrimp, and scallops. She was impressed with the taste of the batter they used.
My two year old daughter ordered (on her own) the snow crab legs off of the kids menu! She has quite the pallet at a young age. We were all impressed and happy with our selections. Everything tasted fresh which is the key to good seafood.
Our dessert topped off a magical night of food and family. We were all so stuffed that we shared a sundae off of the kids menu. It tasted great and my daughter found it very amusing.
As a parent of a young child, you have to pick and choose where and when you include your little one in night time activities. This includes dinner after a long day. If my daughter’s attention/imagination is not stimulated, dinner can be a long event of whining and crying.
Fulton’s Crab House was a perfect place to take her, have a fantastic meal, and spend time as a family. I would highly recommend Fulton’s for a family dinner or a date night (great wine selection). From start to finish we felt welcomed and taken care of. The price tag was well worth it. Disney is as magical today as when I was a kid.
Have you dined at Fulton’s recently? Let us know your experience!
Matt is a husband and father who was born and raised in Orlando. Fatherhood brought him back to Disney after ten years away. He enjoys traveling, great food, and being part of a local wine company.