Walt Disney World has announced two new restaurants opening in 2015 as Downtown Disney transforms into Disney Springs.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, with Patina Restaurant Group, will open Morimoto Asia in summer 2015 at The Landing. It’s the chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience.
The restaurant will feature a 36-foot tall, two-story layout including a range of areas to explore with open terraces, grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more.
“I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Chef Morimoto. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”
It will include exhibition kitchens showcasing street-food stalls, Peking duck carving and dim sum.
“We’re 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,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.
From Schussler Creative, known for Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex at Walt Disney World, The Boathouse will be another new restaurant in Disney Springs.
It will open in Spring 2015, also in The Landing, featuring an upscale, waterfront dining experience with floating artwork and boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s.
Its offerings will include The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar, built over the water. Other nautically-themed rooms include The Runabout, Twin Transoms, and The Lake House. There will also be two private dining rooms for special events, conventions and presentations: The Regatta and The Trophy Room.
Its gourmet menu will be served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar.
On the water, a 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi will feature champagne toasts and chocolate-covered strawberries. Guided Amphicar rides will launch from land, taking guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs.
“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.
Reservations for both restaurants will be available in the future.