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Downtown Disney Continues to Transform Into Disney Springs

Savvy Shopping And Dining Anchors Are Great New Options

(Concept renderings courtesy of Schussler Creative)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As the largest expansion in Downtown Disney history continues, several new dining and shopping locations are opening as the area continues its transformation into Disney Springs.

The lively shopping, dining and entertainment destination will treat guests by day and night to a one-of-a-kind Disney experience amid beautiful open-air promenades, flowing springs and waterfront charm. The Landing is the first of four neighborhoods to open — home to unique shopping locations and memorable dining experiences such as The BOATHOUSE, Morimoto Asia and STK.

The new offerings are part of an expansion that – when Disney Springs is fully completed in 2016 — will double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment venues from the current 70 to nearly 150.

Exciting new dining coming to Downtown Disney includes:

The BOATHOUSE– An incredible culinary experience will be showcased in an expansive restaurant with nautical-themed rooms, two private dining rooms for special events, and three distinctive bars. Guests will enjoy a gourmet menu with steaks, chops, seafood and a raw bar, served until 2 a.m. daily. This upscale, waterfront dining experience will immerse guests both on land and on water. There’s live music, plus guided tours aboard a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi and Amiphicar rides that launch from land, enter the water and take guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs. The BOATHOUSE is the latest project of Schussler Creative, the creators of Rainforest Café, T-Rex and Yak & Yeti at the Walt Disney World Resort. It will be managed by award-winning Gibsons Restaurant Group, internationally renowned for exceptional food and extraordinary service. Opening spring 2015.

Morimoto Asia – Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known for his appearances on Iron Chef America, is opening a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Morimoto Asia will be the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian restaurant, providing flavors from across Asia with unique exhibition kitchens showcasing the continent’s traditions. Included among them are street-food stalls, Peking duck carving and dim sum. Designed by STUDIO V Architecture, Morimoto Asia’s extraordinary, 36-foot tall, two-story layout will include open terraces, grand halls, private rooms, a cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more. Morimoto Asia is expected to open in The Landing at Disney Springs in Summer 2015.

STK– The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., known for developing upscale, high-energy restaurants, is opening STK, a modern steakhouse mixed with the ambiance of a sleek lounge and emphasizing a social and fun environment. The vibrant, lively scene will offer guests fine dining, signature cocktails, and a DJ playing eclectic music nightly. It will be one of the largest STK locations in the world, occupying 14,000 square feet in a two-story building, including a main level and the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs. STK is expected to open in The Landing at Disney Springs in 2015.

(Concept renderings courtesy of Schussler Creative)

(Concept renderings courtesy of Schussler Creative)

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