The old Downtown Disney is slowly turning into Disney Springs. As a veteran of West Side and the Marketplace, I must admit that I was a little sad with all the changes. (I still long for the Adventure’s and Comedy clubs) However, I do like the new additions with the smart tech parking decks (see last post) to the great new dining options.
One new options is the new Boathouse Restaurant which offers upscale, waterfront dining. The atmosphere is nicely nautical from regattas trophies, boat motors everywhere, and phenomenal artwork throughout. Disney always has that attention to detail so make sure you walk around to soak it all in. Hopefully you will be lucky enough to get to dine in one of the “boats” – how fun!! If not, then no worries since every seat has a great view of the water. I personally like the outside, dining area- if the weather will cooperate.
The menu made it hard to choose from all the great choices and a bit pricey however, the meals are good size so you are able to share many dishes. My sister and I halved the Stuffed Crab BLT sandwich which was a special for the day and it was incredible. It got two thumbs up from her as well who knows her crabs being from Annapolis! I can’t wait to go back for the surf n turf!
The best “show” is outside of the restaurant which is the new Amphicar which is a car AND a boat! You can experience your own cruise experience with a guided captain for a 25 minute boat tour of Downtown Disney as it floats on the water. The aqua-car has seating for four with the price tag of $125 and you can purchase the tickets in the gift shop. We stood for a while and watched the Captain drive a family into the lake with a splash. It was fun to cheer them on from the shore as they floated away from the dock. I believe that this is the only place in the world to ride in these great vintage vehicles so don’t miss seeing it while around Disney Springs!
Lastly, do not forget the gift shop. I have to mention the ducks. Yes, I said ducks. They are in every “theme” you can think of and only $20. My kids LOVED the ducks and they were fun to see all the many different ones to choose from.
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