13. The Polite Pig
Opening in: 2017
Local Orlando chefs James and Julie Petrakis, who are well known as the chef-owners of local eateries The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, have announced that they will open new restaurant The Polite Pig at Disney Springs next year. This new "fast-casual" restaurant will serve both lunch and dinner, and have indoor seating for 200 guests.
The menu will include a variety of "from the smoker" entrees priced between $15 and $20 with selections like Ribeye, a Whole Chicken, and Baby Back Ribs. For those feeling a little bit less adventurous, a variety of sandwiches priced between $9 and $14 will also be available, and will include a Ribeye Melt, Blackened Mahi, Fried Chicken, and a Salmon BLT. This new restaurant is expected to open in Spring 2017 in the Town Center area of Disney Springs, near Amorette's Patisserie.
Opening in: Late 2016
Though we’ve known about it for some time, Disney finally confirmed last month that the former Pizza Planet quick service dining location is being turned into a new Muppets-themed restaurant in order to fit in with the newly-created Muppets Courtyard land at this park. And as expected, this new dining location is being themed to everyone’s favorite rat—Rizzo!
As you might imagine (considering the name) PizzeRizzo will basically have the same cuisine as the former Pizza Planet restaurant, with personal pan pizzas headlining the menu at this reimagined eatery. Though the food will essentially be the same, the dining room will be getting an overhaul, with many fun Muppets additions throughout the venue (which you can read about here). Though construction is still underway on this new (ish) dining location, Disney has confirmed that this PizzeRizzo should be open sometime later this fall.
11. The Planet Hollywood Observatory
Opening in: 2016
Planet Hollywood is currently transitioning into a “turn-of-the-20th-century observatory” in order to jive with the new Disney Springs theme, complete with a Planet Hollywood water tower (replacing the current sign).
“Disney is turning it into a turn-of-the-century Central Florida mining town, and the observatory was a feature at the time,” said Planet Hollywood International founder and chairman Robert Earl. “We’ve gone back to that look for Planet Hollywood.”
In addition to the changes to the building, the name of this establishment will change to Planet Hollywood Observatory and a new menu will be introduced.
10. The Edison
Opening in: TBC
This new dining and bar location at Disney springs will be based upon the original nightclub in Los Angeles, and will feature a steampunk theme. Construction has already begun on this location, but no opening date has been announced.