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Scott Joseph

Acclaimed Restaurants Planned for Disney Springs

Published: April 23, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Disney Springs, the major renovation of Walt Disney World's Pleasure Island entertainment district, is planning on some big name restaurants to be on site when it opens in 2016. And Planet Hollywood will be converted from a large globe to a planetary observatory. Read the details.

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Robert Niles
Editor

Published: April 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM

If Disney Springs gets The Edison that will be a huge, HUGE get for themed entertainment in Orlando. Plus, it'll give all the Disney Imagineers a place to hang out in Orlando, 'cause you can't go into The Edison in downtown LA without running into someone in the themed entertainment design industry now!
James Rao
Writer

Published: April 26, 2014 at 5:46 AM

That's an impressive lineup of restaurants which will be even more impressive if Planet Hollywood not only changes its design but its subpar food as well.
Russell Meyer
Writer

Published: April 24, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Morimoto is the one that struck my eye. I've always wanted to dine at his first place in Philly and his uber-posh place in NYC, but have not had the chance. Great sushi and authentic Asian cuisine can be very difficult to find these days. I have been to Roy's (in Honolulu), and if Morimoto is anywhere close to that, it will be a HUGE hit.

Celebrity chef restaurants are super popular these days, especially with the TV exposure from the likes of Top Chef, The Chew, and other foodie programing outside of what you can see on the Food Network. The DC area is full of them, and doesn't even hold a candle to big food cities like LA, San Fransisco, Chicago, and New York. It's pretty incredible to think that Wolfgang Puck, one of the original celebrity chefs, is now just a little fish in a BIG pond.

Gabriel Schroll

Published: April 24, 2014 at 8:18 AM

If this comes to pass, it definitely ups the ante in the dining game in Orlando. And although I don't expect to ever eat at the Boathouse, it's important that Disney not go too high end across the board, as I would imagine the majority of visitors are still families and there's only so much money to spend on dining.

But as a whole, making Disney Springs a more high end destination is going to help.

Finally, we always read about and discuss how WDW needs to make improvements to DHS and EPCOT, and there is a lot to be desired overall, but this is a massive project that is likely often overlooked because it's not in a park.

Michael Gilmore

Published: April 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Very excited about the new restaurants coming soon to a defunct Pleasure Pier near you. I LOVE any Asian style food, especially Japanese. Too bad they cannot put in a fun Korean BBQ venue...that may be even more fun than Epcots' Hibachi service.

Very sad though about the Adventurer's Club...I loved that...why did EVERY club have to go...and why not put it into the Animal Kingdom?

Are we going for an American Trivoli place?

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