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Morimoto Asia, BOATHOUSE Dining Experiences Coming to Disney Springs in 2015

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

It was just announced that Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who many of you know from his appearances on Iron Chef America, is opening a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Approved Rendering Morimoto Asia Interior

Morimoto Asia will be the Japanese master chef’s first-ever pan-Asian restaurant featuring flavors from across the continent. This Disney Springs dining destination will include unique exhibition kitchens showcasing traditions like Peking duck carving, and dim sum.

“I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Chef Morimoto. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”

The two-story restaurant is scheduled to open in the Summer 2015 at The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island) in Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia will feature waterside seating, terraces, a grand hall and a cocktail lounge.

Approved Rendering THE BOATHOUSE Bar Exterior 3
Also today, another new concept dining experience, The BOATHOUSE, was announced for The Landing in Disney Springs.

The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience that’ll immerse guests both on land and on water with live music, guided tours aboard the Captain’s piloted 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and guided Amphicar rides that launch from land, enter the water, and take guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs.

“We are very excited that the BOATHOUSE is joining the Walt Disney World family at Disney Springs,” says creator Steven Schussler. “Walt Disney Imagineering has created a wonderful, interactive, culinary and entertainment experience at Disney Springs. We are proud to be part of this magical experience.”

Approved Rendering THE BOATHOUSE Waterfront View 1

The BOATHOUSE will open in the Spring of 2015 in Disney Springs. The restaurant’s gourmet menu (served daily until 2 a.m.) will feature steaks, chops, seafood and a raw bar. The BOATHOUSE is the latest project of Schussler Creative, the creators of Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex and Yak & Yeti at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE as well as other new experiences coming to Disney Springs.


  • Will it be open before July because we are going in the first 2 weeks of July and would love to try the new places to eat. Any idea of opening dates?

  • Any idea when some of the Spring 2015 places will actually open? I will be there mid April and would love to experience some new things!

  • We can hardly wait…..We are coming the last week of August first Week of September….any news on when they will take reservations and if they will be accepting Dining Plan????

  • When will it be possible,e to make reservations, our family is coming to wdw last week of May/fist week of June?

  • When is the Boathouse opening? My wife and I are planning to come to wdw in May 2015. Thanks

  • Wish the Boathouse was going to be Open for our trip over Spring Break. Sounds fabulous! We’re so excited to try it

  • When will reservations be able to be made for Morimoto Asia? We have a trip at the end of June and I need reservations to ensure we get to eat here…


  • Looks great – hope we can make reservations soon. We will there in June. Disney Springs will be an awesome addition. But would make it even better is to bring back Adventurers Club somewhere in the Springs or at one of the resorts.

  • Is there an opening date? Can hardly wait.

  • I’m really hoping that once they open they will be included on the Dining Plan 🙂

  • Oooh both of these experiences sound awesome!! Can’t wait to check them both out whenever they open next year since I’ll be living and working at WDW for 12 months so I DEFINITELY won’t miss these two opening!! 😀

  • Morimoto Asia looks very pretty but I really miss Mannequins Dance Palace. I hope the concept of a night club like Mannequins with it’s revolving dance floor can be brought back somewhere in Disney Springs.

  • Oh I hope to go next year !

  • This is awesome news! I can’t wait to eat in the Morimoto and The Boathouse in 2015! Awesome! I love Morimoto!

  • Love this! We live ten minutes away and can’t wait to indulge. Something tells me we will have a new go-to weekend restaurant!

  • These offerings both sound amazing but they also sound quite expensive! I just hope Disney creates some affordable entertainment for those on a budget or locals who would frequent Disney Springs regularly.

  • Looks really nice but to lose one of the best-rated night clubs in the country for this is still sad.

  • Thomas, do you have any idea when the BOATHOUSE will open in spring 2015? My husband & I have a trip planned to WDW in the first 2 weeks of March 2015! I sure hope it will be open by then!!!


  • very cool

  • This is thrilling! LOVE Morimoto. So thankful we live nearby, its been awesome watching the waterfront take shape.

  • Very excited for the Morimoto restaurant, looks truly fantastic.

  • This is very exciting! I love Chef Morimoto!

  • Can’t wait for this to open! We’ve been to the Morimoto’s in Napa and it was amazing! Time to plan a 2015 trip!

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