With all the refurbishment action continuing at Downtown Disney to transform it into Disney Springs, I happy to finally hear some official news of two new restaurants coming to the area (and neither are Italian! 😉 )! First up, I’m especially excited to hear that Morimoto Asia is slated to open in Summer 2015.
According to the press release, Chef Masaharu Morimoto (of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America fame) is working with Patina Restaurant Group (their work includes Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at Epcot) to establish the concept. The restaurant will be located in an area called The Landing, which is in the heart of Disney Springs. This will be the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience.
The space will boast a 36-foot tall, two-story layout including open terraces, grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more. STUDIO V Architecture is designing the space.
Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, stated, “We are delighted to work with Morimoto to create this one of a kind restaurant, which will be a spectacular dining destination at the new Disney Springs.” Chef Morimoto noted, “I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of. It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”
From a culinary standpoint, Morimoto Asia will work with flavors from across Asia, and exhibition kitchens will showcase its traditions. There will be street-food stalls, Peking duck carving, and dim sum. George A. Kalogridis, President of the Walt Disney World Resort, is “Thrilled to bring Chef Morimoto’s renowned culinary style to Disney Springs as we expand the range of dining experiences for our resort guests as well as local Florida residents.”
The second restaurant annouced will be brought to us by Schussler Creative, who also created Rainforest Cafe, T-REX Cafe, and Yak & Yeti. The project for Disney Springs is The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats. Scheduled to open in Spring 2015, it, like Morimoto Asia, will be located in The Landing. The upscale restaurant will feature waterfront dining and floating artwork of dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s.
The BOATHOUSE’s culinary view will be showcased in three distinctive bars including The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar, which will be built over the water. Nautically-themed rooms will include The Runabout, Twin Transoms, and The Lake House. Two private dining rooms, The Regatta and The Trophy Room, will be available for special events, conventions and presentation. The restaurant will be managed by Gibsons Restaurant Group, and the menu, featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar, will be served daily until 2 a.m.
Guests both on land and on water will be immersed in live music and Captain’s guided tours aboard The Venezia, a 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi which will feature champagne toasts and chocolate-covered strawberries. Guided Amphicar rides will launch from land and enter the water, taking guests on a 20-minute tour of landmarks around Disney Springs.
Daily flag ceremonies will be orchestrated by The Harbor Master, and a lively musical performance of bugle songs, performed aboard a classic 1800’s antique steam boat, will accompany the performance. Adjacent shop, The Ship’s Store, will sell authentic nautical items, custom engraved paddles, lake-themed merchandise, and other items “Made on Earth™.”
“Combining dining with interactive entertainment, The BOATHOUSE helps bring to life our vision of Disney Springs as a welcoming place for guests of all ages to enjoy with their friends and family amid the charm of a waterfront town center,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.
“We are very excited that The BOATHOUSE is joining the Walt Disney World family at Disney Springs,” said creator Steven Schussler. “We are proud to bring the culinary expertise and impeccable service of Gibsons Restaurant Group to The BOATHOUSE. The outstanding cuisine, the excitement of Amphicars, the Italian Water Taxi, and live music will make The BOATHOUSE a must-see destination for Walt Disney World guests from all around the world. Walt Disney Imagineering has created a wonderful, interactive, culinary and entertainment experience at Disney Springs. We are proud to be part of this magical experience.”
Dining reservations and more information about both of this new concepts will be available at Disneyworld.com in the future. We’ll keep you posted on any news we hear in the meantime!
Which restaurant are you most excited to experience?