When Disney first announced they were going to transform Downtown Disney into "Disney Springs" with its own new back story and to be a place for adults to find entertainment, upscale dining, but yet still family friendly,as well as comfortable spots to relax and converse while enjoying the new waterfront areas they did not disappoint.
It seems as though it's been forever that we've been dealing with road construction, parking lots closing to make way for the two new four-story parking garages, construction walls, the construction of a new bridge spanning the lake to make walking from one end of Marketplace to The Landing area more convenient, LOTS of new dining venues being announced, sweet shops and specialty retail shops moving into this area. That is now all beginning to come to an end as the fourth and final neighborhood, Town Center, as officially been opened, and it has all been worth the wait.
This is a beautifully done area and serves as an excellent extension of the hustle and bustle of the theme parks and water parks. In fact, you could honestly plan a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort with a stay at one of their fabulous deluxe resort properties, enjoy a spa treatment or a round of golf on one of Disney's championship courses and take advantage of some of the new amazing dining venues located in Disney Springs.
Personally, two of my favorite spots are Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar to enjoy a nice cocktail on the deck watching the boats go by and dinner (almost next door to Jock Lindsey's) at The BOATHOUSE. The Boathouse offers an elegant, but still family friendly, nautical themed atmosphere with a menu diverse enough to please most everyone paired with excellent service.
The dining venues that can now be found in Town Center are Amoretti's Patisserrie. Classic cakes and pastries are on show in this high-end pastry show where guests can watch pastry chefs decorate signature cakes in the on-stage finishing kitchen. Even the beautiful boutique style packaging, inspired by old fashioned hat boxes, leans to the sophisticated feel of the location. There's something for everyone here with eclairs, New York-style cheesecake, opera cake and sacher torte. Guests will find a few specialty beverages at Amoretti's too. Sip a champagne or sparking wine with your pastry, or go straight for the indulgent Amoretti's Hot Chocolate Ganache, a cupful of sippable chocolate wiht Chantilly and shaved dark chocolate on top. You also can opt for a glass of cold milk, coffee or tea.
D-Luxe Burger will soon be known for their gourmet burgers and twisted milkshake. This is a quick service restaurant where guests can grab a bite to eat between shopping. There are seating options located both inside or outside on the covered area overlooking the springs.
Sprinkles is the newest of the sweet shops added to Disney Springs. Here you will find handcrafted cupcakes, slow-churned ice cream and homemade cookies. Guests can also find gluten-free and sugar-free specialty treats here as well.
The Daily Poutine features the Canadian classic dish, "poutine." Guests will have a choice of four varieties of toppings on hot, thick-cut french fries. The classic, with beef poutine gravy and cheddar cheese curds; Latin with fried yucca, black beans, pulled pork and queso fresco; Italian with Bocconcino mozzarella and Bolognese sauce; and French with mushroom cream sauce and Gruyere cheese. Pair them wiht a draft beer, sangria, lemonade or a fountain soda.
Morimoto Street Food - After opening for a short time over the 2015 holiday season, this walk up food location closed due to more construction. However, now it's back with a new walk up window on the patio offering sushi, donburi rice bowls and bao tacos, plus snacks: such as takoyaki (octopus, nori, okmiyaki sauce), Morimoto sticky ribs, curry rice croquettes, pork egg rolls and taiyaki (snapper-shaped pancakes filled wiht sweet adzuki red beans paste). Also on the menu...popping boba tea and an assortment of Asian-infuenced beers and beverages.
B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. features artisan sausages. The Three Little Pigs features a trip of sausages each with different toppings: Reuben, bacon-wrapped with black bean salsa and chili cheese; Portuguese sausage with pickled vegetable slaw and chili mustard; sweet hot sausage with peppers, onions and marina; Bavarian sausage sandwich with a mini-meterwurst, braised red cabbage and spicy brown mustard on a pretzel roll; and Italian veggie sausage with peppers, onions and marinara. Cool off with a draft beer or fountain soda.
YeSake - This unique kiosk offers guests the opportunity to try Sake Cosmo Freeze or Sake Bourbon Slush among other offerings. Global eats range from the Great Wall with Chinese-style pulled pork to a Sombrero with ground beef, pico de gallo, guacomole, cheese and corn chips and cold beer.
Plus, a fun new addition is lobster guacomole made tableside with Maine Lobster, chilies, cilantro,lime and tortilla chips. And, there's a "build-your-own-boil" allwoing guests to pick their own ingredients and seasonings.
The sleek modern design of Paddlefish includes a new rooftop lounge, open until 2am, with spectacular views of Disney Springs and the water. The lounge will have a separate menu of eclectic dishes perfect for sharing.
Stay tuned for more details about this incedible new dining venue as they become available.