Disney made several announcements about the Disney Springs project yesterday, confirming several developments that have long been rumored, including two new restaurants and a ton of experiences that we’ve only heard whispers about in the past. Best of all, these developments are coming to the re-imagined area very soon.
Here are three major new restaurants and attractions that have been confirmed by Disney for the first phase of Disney Springs, which opens early next year.
1. Morimoto Asia brings upscale dining to The Landing
Today Disney made another restaurant for Disney Springs official: Morimoto Asia. As the name suggests, this restaurant will be opened by Chef Masaharu Morimoto (of Iron Chef fame), and will feature “pan-Asian” food. The dining room will feature a collection of unique exhibition kitchens that showcase traditional Asian food preparation, featuring dishes like freshly-carved Peking duck and dim sum.
In addition to the open kitchens, Morimoto Asia will feature two stories, that include waterside seating, terraces, a grand hall and a cocktail lounge. Morimoto Asia will be located in The Landing section of Disney Springs (formerly Pleasure Island) and will occupy the space formerly taken by the Mannequins dance hall.
This new restaurant certainly captures the “upscale” spirit that Disney seems to be trying to craft with the Disney Springs project, and is certainly an exciting addition to this reimagined area.
2. The BOATHOUSE will feature distinctive dining (and drinking) options
Although we had heard plenty of rumors about this new dining location, Disney made the BOATHOUSE (yes, the all caps is correct...maybe we're all supposed to shout the name every time we say it) official yesterday, and confirmed several new facts about this location. Chief among these is the revelation that The BOATHOUSE will not just offer one type of dining experience under its roof, instead offering several different choices for hungry guests. Within its walls, the BOATHOUSE will house three separate bars; The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar.
The BOATHOUSE will also have three separately themed dining rooms: The Runabout, Twin Transoms, and The Lake House. There will also be two private dining rooms for special events; The Regatta and The Trophy Room. In addition to the indoor theming, each dining room will have outdoor theming as well, with waterfront views featuring what is being called “floating artwork dream boats" inspired by the 30s, 40s and 50s.
These separate areas within The BOATHOUSE should make for a very interesting experience, and one that guests can look forward to visiting over and over again. Each separate bar and dining room offers a different experience for guests, and it will be interesting to see how all the different themes and bars gel together in this single building.