I must admit, I love Downtown Disney. I think it is a nice relief from the hustle and bustle of the parks, and it is one of the few places you can go in the Walt Disney World Resort that does not require an admission ticket. From shopping, to live music and entertainment, to top choice restaurants, Downtown Disney has something for everyone.
In early 2013, it was announced that Downtown Disney would be receiving the largest expansion it has seen in over 30 years. Along with this expansion comes a name change as well to Disney Springs. Many unique shops and restaurants are being added, and some of the transformations and expansions are coming to an end.
Although Disney Springs is not expected to be finished until 2016, the vision is slowly but surely coming into place, and new restaurants are beginning to open.
Tom Staggs, chairman of the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, said, “Our fundamental goal is to create a welcoming, comfortable space where families can enjoy time together and instantaneously feel right at home. We want to give them opportunities to relax, to be entertained, to wander in and out of unique and distinctive shops or enjoy a world-class dining experience. And because we are Disney, we’ve anchored the entire experience around a story that gives us the ability to deliver on the legendary place-making and creativity for which we are known. The result is Disney Springs, a timeless and vibrant place that celebrates the turn-of-the century lakeside towns that dotted the Florida landscape”
The Boathouse, the first Disney Springs restaurant, just opened it’s doors earlier this week. This upscale and waterfront restaurant has three distinctive dining rooms, and can seat up to 600 guests. There is live music and entertainment, and amphicar tours! Don’t know what an amphicar is? It is a rare boat that drives on land and floats in the
water, but it looks like an old fashioned car. HOW COOL IS THAT? This is a fine dining and nautical themed restaurant, with an exquisite menu to show for that! The lunch and dinner menu includes a raw bar, appetizers, salads, fish entrees, surf and turf options, poultry entrees, seafood entrees, and more. Personally, the baked crab stuffed lobster sounds like a hit to me.
Other dining experiences expected to open within the upcoming year are Morimoto Asia and STK. Morimoto Asia is a restaurant opened by Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known for his appearances on Iron Chef America, and will serve food with an Asian flare. STK is a modern steakhouse, and will be one of the largest STK restaurants in the world.
I cannot wait to see what the expansion of Disney Springs brings. These upscale restaurants sound to die for, and not to mention delicious! I think it’s a great idea that they decided to expand and transform Downtown Disney. I believe it adds more incentive for adults to visit Walt Disney World, allowing them to have a fun and classy night out at a familiar place.
What do you think of the transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs?