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February 4

February 4, 2017 – The Restaurant Paddlefish Opens in Disney Springs

“Board an iconic paddleboat anchored on Lake Buena Vista to feast on fresh seafood and savory steaks.”

On February 4, 2017, the contemporary seafood restaurant Paddlefish opened at The Landing in Disney Springs. It replaced the former Fulton’s Crab House (which itself was a replacement of the Empress Lilly riverboat). Keeping the former’s paddleboat motif, guests board the boat and are treated to a mix of traditional and innovative dishes ranging from a lobster roll, crab ceviche, and tableside lobster guacamole. The restaurant is also known for its build-your-own seafood boil, where they can choose from king crab, lobster, snow crab, clams and mussels, or gulf shrimp.



January 27

January 27, 2017 – Planet Hollywood Reopens in Disney Springs

“Enter a realm where innovative cuisine, live entertainment and rare Hollywood memorabilia create a dazzling scene.”

On January 27, 2017, the Hollywood-themed restaurant Planet Hollywood reopened in Disney Springs. Originally opening in Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island on December 18, 1994, it was structured to resemble an observatory. The renovated flagship store features four stories, along with a stargazing observatory and an outdoor terrace. A new menu was created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, featuring decadent desserts and over-the-top burgers.

December 19

December 19, 2012 – Splitsville Luxury Lanes Opens in Downtown Disney

“Enjoy an upscale new spin on a classic American pastime at this modern take on a bowling alley.”

On December 19, 2012, the bowling alley Splitsville Luxury Lanes opened in Downtown Disney, on the West Side. Now a part of Disney Springs, this two-story deluxe bowling alley includes 30 bowling lanes, five bars, and a restaurant that features a variety of upscale dishes, including sushi and filet sliders, designed by celebrity chef Tim Cushman. Splitsville also features live music and dancing, along with billiards. It replaced the former Ridemakerz area of the Virgin Megastore.

December 15

December 15, 2015 – The Ganachery Opens in Disney Springs

“…a jewel box of a shop that showcases the beauty of chocolate with an experience much like a wine tasting.”

On December 15, 2015, the gourmet chocolatier The Ganachery opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. The store sells chocolate with Disney’s own special recipe for ganache, and sells it with a Disney flair, thanks to some help from the Walt Disney Imagineers. There are a variety of specialty treats, including crispy chocolate pearls, handmade chocolate truffles, and bars with flavors to match Disney Parks or Disney characters.

October 21

October 21, 2005 – Ragland Road Irish Pub and Restaurant Opens in Pleasure Island

“Enjoy a genuine Irish meal, complete with its own unique twists and a dash of Celtic creativity.”

On October 21, 2005, the Ragland Road Irish Pub and Restaurant opened in Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island area (both now Disney Springs). The themed restaurant features an Ireland-inspired menu, with dishes such as the “Gnocchi Sea Gnocchi Do,” “Bangers & Booz,” and “Dunbrody Kiss;” the restaurant also features a variety of beers, ranging from domestic to those in the Emerald Isle. Guests are also entertained by Irish dancers every night in the Rhythms of Raglan dance show, along with various singer-songwriters and bands singing on the main stage daily.

October 12

October 12, 2008 – Portobello Country Italian Trattoria Opens in Downtown Disney

“Simple flavors of Italy”

On October 12, 2008, the restaurant Portobello Country Italian Trattoria opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney area (now known as Disney Springs). Originally opening in May 1, 1989, and known as Portobello Yacht Club, the restaurant went under refurbishment; this included a new menu with a focus more on Italian cuisine. The restaurant was closed on April 24, 2017, and will be replaced by the Terralina Crafted Italian restaurant.

October 9

October 9, 2015 – Interstate 4 Ramp Connecting to Disney Springs Opens

“Central Florida motorists heading to Disney Springs have a new option.”

On October 9, 2015, a new ramp on Florida’s Interstate 4 that connected directly to the Disney Springs parking garage officially opened. Labelled as Exit 67, guests can drive straight into the 4,000 spot parking structure to access the then-unfinished shopping district. This new ramp, along with some other road improvements, was part of the effort to revamp not only Downtown Disney into its new Disney Springs design, but was also done to help alleviate some of the traffic for guests who want to reach the parks.