Downtown Disney used to be an afterthought, the place Disney World tourists picked up souvenirs after their park passes expired. But a major expansion is turning the outdoor mall, near Epcot and Typhoon Lagoon, into a destination unto itself.
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Take a look at some photos of some new shops and restaurants as Downtown Disney transforms into Disney Springs.
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Beginning in fall 2015, guests can enjoy Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, a new aviation-themed lounge, located at Downtown Disney® at Walt Disney World® Resort.
With a prime location along Lake Buena Vista, nestled between Paradiso 37 and The Boathouse, this new venue will feature unique cocktails – such as the “Hovito Mojito” with Barso Quebranta Pisco, fresh lime juice and simple syrup – and small plates such as “Air Pirates Everything Pretzels” with house-made mustard and beer cheese fondue.
Ardent fans of the “Indiana Jones” films may recognize Jock Lindsey as Indy’s frequent pilot. In the main room, guests will discover an expansive bar, aviation décor filling the room, vintage travel posters covering the walls and correspondence between Jock, Indy and their fellow adventurers on display.
Internationally known retailers and a 1900s look will be features of Town Center, the next phase of Downtown Disney’s transformation into Disney Springs, company officials say.
With new shops and restaurants opening at Downtown Disney Walt Disney World almost every month now, while it’s transforming into Disney Springs, it comes as no surprise that we got another announcement.
Sip margaritas by the water.
Watch 1960s Amphicars tool around the lagoon, then roll up the boat ramp.
Chow down on raw oysters, crab legs and juicy steak.
Get a shave the old-fashioned way at the barbershop.
These are just a few things awaiting Downtown Disney guests.…
Construction is all but complete at Disney Springs first new environment, but the saga of the Springs is far from finished.
Schussler Creative Opens The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats Located at the Heart of Downtown Disney
Schussler Creative, specialists in the creation and consultation of attractions, restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues worldwide, has opened The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats – located at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Schussler Creative is also the creator of other restaurant/retail attractions at Walt Disney World Resort including Rainforest Cafe (Downtown Disney and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park/created by Schussler Creative; owned and operated by Landry’s); T-REX™ Cafe (Downtown Disney/created and co-owned by Schussler Creative and operated by Landry’s); and Yak & Yeti™ (Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park/created and co-owned by Schussler Creative; operated by Landry’s).
The BOATHOUSE officially opened its doors on April 13, 2015 as one of the new venues in The Landing, the first of four planned neighborhoods as Downtown Disney transitions into Disney Springs, an exciting new waterfront district for shopping, dining and entertainment. Completion of Disney Springs is set for 2016.
The BOATHOUSE is an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. The restaurant is 24,000 square feet, with 8,000 feet devoted to the state-of-the-art kitchen where an extensive menu is prepared, showcasing steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. The BOATHOUSE will seat up to 600 guests and will serve guests until 2 a.m. The restaurant is designed with spectacular nautically-themed rooms including The Runabout, Twin Transoms, and The Lake House.
There are also two private dining rooms: The Regatta and The Trophy Room for hosting special events, receptions, and corporate presentations. In addition, there are three distinctive bars featuring classic craft cocktails, along with an extensive list of wines, anchored by iconic American vineyards. Bars include: The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar, which is built over the water and attached to over 300 feet of boardwalk and docks, connecting all areas of the restaurant. The BOATHOUSE restaurant will be managed by the award-winning Gibsons Restaurant Group, internationally renowned and celebrated for exceptional food, service and hospitality.
Now open at Downtown Disney, The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats is the first of several new restaurants coming to The Landing, a new neighborhood that will be part of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort.
The BOATHOUSE is an upscale waterfront dining experience where guests can feast on fresh seafood, a raw bar, steaks and chops while enjoying a display of rare dream boats from the 1930s – 1950s.
And, if guests want more, they can purchase tickets for guided tours on The BOATHOUSE Amphicars, which launch from land and enter water with a splash, or The Venezia, a breathtaking 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi.
Plus, Harbor Master festivities take place throughout the day and evening. Guests can experience flag ceremonies and lively musical performances of beloved bugle songs. Inside, they can enjoy live entertainment featuring a variety of musical styles.
The most magical place on earth just got even more magical, especially for certain bellies. BabyCakes, a vegan and gluten-free bakery, has stationed a spot in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, a shopping and dining area that’s not to be confused with Main Street at Magic Kingdom.