VIDEO Tour of New Restaurants at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World

Walt Disney Word’s Downtown Disney marketplace is currently transforming into a new waterfront district called Disney Springs with new restaurants, entertainment, and shopportunities.  When complete in 2016, the shops and restaurants at Disney Springs will have doubled the number currently found at Downtown Disney.  Continue reading for photos and video peeks inside the newest restaurants at Disney Springs, and we’ll continue to update with more videos as more venues open in the coming months.

Update January 17, 2016

Set sail for upscale waterfront dining at Disney Springs at The Boathouse – complete with retro dream boats, from vintage American Amphicars to romantic Italian Water Taxis.  Continue watching for our review.

Update September 24, 2015

The Indiana Jones themed Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar opened at Disney Springs, featuring a 1940’s aviation themed decor, light bites, and themed drinks such as the Cool-Headed Monkey and Scottish Professor.  Click here for even more photos and details.

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Disney Springs

Disney Springs pedestrian causeway, photo by David Roark, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

No immediate plans to visit Italy? No worries. VIVOLI GELATERIA is a family-run shop that just opened its second storefront – and the first outside of Italy – at The Landing, the newest neighborhood to debut as part of Disney Springs.

Vivoli Gelateria at Disney Springs

Vivoli Gelateria at Disney Springs, photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

DOCKSIDE MARGARITAS is now open at Downtown Disney Marketplace. This waterfront margarita bar is the perfect place for enjoying the relaxing things in life – Florida style. Everything about Dockside Margaritas projects a fun, laid-back vibe—from the theming which is reminiscent of a Florida fruit stand from the 1960s with cool, tropical colors and eclectic, modern furniture to the handcrafted margaritas and authentic Floridian brews.

Dockside Margaritas at Downtown Disney Marketplace

Dockside Margaritas at Downtown Disney Marketplace, photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

Waterfront entertainment will return, with live performers from 2:30-10:30 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 12:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. With live entertainment daily, beautiful views of the waterfront at Buena Vista cove and ample seating, Dockside Margaritas is sure to be a popular destination to relax with friends and family.

The BOATHOUSE: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats opens today at The Landing at Downtown Disney, the area’s first all-new dining spot featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

The BOATHOUSE in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

The BOATHOUSE, photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

But of course it’s the food that we want to talk about, so we caught up with Executive Chef Bob Getchell, who’s been on the team more than five months creating the menu for the expansive restaurant that features three distinctive bars and nautically theme dining rooms. The BOATHOUSE restaurant is managed by the award-winning Gibsons Restaurant Group.

The BOATHOUSE in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

The BOATHOUSE, photo by Matt Stroshane, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

 

“Incredible food with a waterfront view is the focal point,” says Chef Bob. “All of the dining rooms have waterfront views or are on the water.” With 600 seats – 400 indoors, 200 outdoors – there’s not a bad view in the house.

The upscale menu focuses on seafood and steaks, upscale cocktails and a solid wine list. You can get anything from a casual basket of fried clams or big butterflied shrimp to “the best Angus beef burgers in town,” says Chef Bob. (And the fries are hand cut.)

The BOATHOUSE: Pig in a Blanket Kids Entree

Pig in a Blanket Kids Entree at The BOATHOUSE, photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

The BOATHOUSE: Dry Aged Long Bone Rib Chop

Dry Aged Long Bone Rib Chop for Two (32 oz) at The BOATHOUSE, photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

 

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About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!