Brand new restaurant The BOATHOUSE officially opened at Disney Springs yesterday with plenty of fanfare and an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Now that the walls are finally down and this hotly-anticipated dining establishment is welcoming its first few guests, you may be wanting to run out the door to check out this new location as soon as possible.

However, before you head out, there are several things you should know about THE BOATHOUSE (yes, Disney spells it using all capitals as if you need to shout its name from the hills) first... 

1. It can be a bit pricey

When the menu for The BOATHOUSE first materialized online last week, it ignited an almost instant firestorm online as prices for several dishes pass the $100 threshold. Among the most pricey? The Tomahawk Long Bone Rib Chop, which is 32 ounces (and meant for two) and comes it at an exorbitant $115. Other expensive dishes include a Bone-In New York Strip, which is 20 ounces and comes in at $52 and Wild Baja Shrimp de Jonghe, which costs $48. Even the side dishes are on the pricey side, with an order of grilled asparagus coming in at $22. 

2. There are a few more moderately-priced options

Though The BOATHOUSE's menu came under fire last week for some of its prices, there are some items that won't completely break the bank. The above Beach and Sea Lobster Bake may seem exorbitant at first, costing $60, but when you factor in that this dish is supposed to serve two, the price per person sinks to $30, which is pretty good for a dish that includes generous portions of seafood and lobster. Other economical options include a 12 oz Berkshire Pork Chop which comes in at $27 and an Amish Half Rotisserie Chicken, which comes in at $26.

Though these certainly aren't bargain prices, they do provide diners with costs more in line with what they might expect to see at a table service restaurant elsewhere at Walt Disney World

3. Amphicars will cost $125 for a 20-minute tour

Though rumors pointed to Amphicar tours costing $99 for a 20-minute tour, Disney officially announced yesterday that guided tours aboard an Amphicar will actually cost $125. This is certainly a steep price point and the fact that guests can't drive these unique vehicles (and can only bring up to two additional guests) may make this add-on option a little less attractive to budget-minded guests or those with big families. 

4. Other tours will be available

Though the Amphicars are the most well-known of the boating options to originate from this restaurant, there are also Italian Water Taxi tours available aboard the 40-foot Venezia which includes live music, chocolate-covered strawberries and a champagne toast. These tours are available for individuals and groups of up to 20 and cost $75 per person or $50 per child under age 13. If you are looking for something even higher-end, there are also couples' tours available aboard the antique steamboat Lady Rose which cost $150 per couple



the pork chop looks fantastic.Can't wait to try this new place

The asparagus is actually 12$ not 22$ that is incorrect information. The food is absolutely superb and any item on the menu that is in excess of the 60$ range is designed to be shared by 2 people. All side items are easily shared with 2-3 people.

Well, I hope it has a massive bar or lounge where you can go, get an overpriced drink and enjoy the atmosphere for awhile...maybe without buying dinner!

Despite the higher prices, I bet this will do very well. The concept and theming are on par with Be Our Guest, which is consistently booked 6 months in advance. The price point makes sense for the cuts of meat. Yachtsman hits similar price points. A quick search for a 32oz long-bone rib steak from a butcher is going to run you about $100. I don't trust myself to cook an expensive cut like that at home.

Trust me. Disney looked at the demographics of aging baby boomers coming by themselves or with the grandkids in tow and knows they're going to foot the bill with no problem.

Well, it remains to be seen if the market will support such an expensive dining option. The headline should have read "This is downright expensive and out of reach for most patrons." However, the new Pilynesian villas are out of reach for most patrons, too. So I think there is a justified place for unique dining, lodging and entertainment options at all price points. Whether the market will support a 600-seat high-end restaurant in the price bracket remains to be determined, but given the pricing of much of Disney's higher end lodging, I think that it will.

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