Fulton's Crab House to Become 'Paddlefish' This Fall at Disney Springs

This fall, one of the icons of Disney's shopping and dining district is getting a facelift and a new name. Fulton's Crab House is currently closed for a refurbishment and is expected to open later this year with a completely new decor, outdoor bar and rooftop lounge.

What wasn't expected was a name change. When the riverboat restaurant re-opens it will be called 'Paddlefish'. The name is somewhat ironic because the paddlewheel over 20 years ago when the restaurant had its original name 'The Empress Lilly'.

Amorette’s Patisserie Opens May 15th at Disney Springs - See Some of the Treats Now

We first heard about Amorette's Patisserie back in February when Disney announced a bunch of new locations coming to Disney Springs this year. The little bake shop should be a big hit among fans when it opens May 15th.

The latest trends in food are mainly in presentation and Amorette's looks like they will excel there. The cakes shaped like character ear hats look great and they will be packaged in boutique style boxes that are modeled after classic hot boxes.

There is more on the menu as well including hot chocolate ganache, macaroons, champagne and gluten free cakes. Amorette's Patisserie could be the go-to place for those celebrating an occasion on property. Will you be checking it out opening day?

'Toothsome Chocolate Factory' Coming to Universal CityWalk

Universal has revealed what will replace the NBA City restaurant which closed last year. The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium will bring Steampunk culinary opulence and excess to CityWalk later this year.

The restaurant will try to distract you with their gourmet burgers, steaks, pasta and seafood but the real stars here will be the desserts. You won't be using words like "restrained" or "refined" to describe these overindulgent creations. The pictures below should speak for themselves but let's take a look at the 'Bacon Brittle' milkshake option: "A fun twist on a breakfast favorite with bacon ice cream, bacon brittle, chocolate covered bacon and bacon caramel." and their Red Velvet option is equally superfluous: "A milkshake topped with a Red Velvet cupcake… enough said."

The location will include a retail shop where you can watch chocolate creations be created if you wanted to just stop in and avoid the temptation of a full meal. Toothsome opens later this year at Universal CityWalk.

Review: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

Review: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a vaudeville style comedy show located in Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. It is considered the longest running musical in the country. Performing three times a day, seven days a week. The entire experience lasts 2 hours and features a rollicking interactive show and copious amounts of fried foods.

The Show
The show itself features the Pioneer Hall Players, an archetypal group of characters who are in town to perform a special show for you. The comedy in the show is very much in the Disney style. If you aren't a fan of corny jokes then this will not be for you. Most of Disney isn't really for you in that case. I loved every bit of it especially the comedic foil to the group, Six Bits Slocum. There is a large amount of audience participation during the show, including inviting guests up on the main stage. If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special event this would be a fun way to be in the spotlight and to make it a little more special.

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Disney Springs to Add a Slew of New Offerings

Disney has announced a bunch of new shopping and dining options coming to Disney Springs. Including a Coca-Cola Store, D-Luxe Burger, Under Armour, Vera Bradley, an updated Fulton's Crab House and more. Here is a list of the newly announced offerings.

  • Anthropologie
  • kate spade new york
  • LACOSTE
  • Under Armour
  • M·A·C Cosmetics
  • Vince Camuto
  • Vera Bradley
  • Lucky Brand
  • Oakley
  • Coca-Cola Store
  • TROPHY ROOM
  • ALEX AND ANI®
  • Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924
  • Shore
  • American Threads
  • Volcom
  • Kipling
  • francesca’s
  • Melissa Shoes
  • UNOde50
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Everything But Water
  • Free People
  • JOHNNY WAS
  • Columbia
  • Sperry
  • Luxury of Time by Diamonds
  • International
  • Sephora
  • D-Luxe Burger
  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • Tablas Frontera
  • Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar

 

If you aren't familiar with some of those stores you can get a brief introduction here. No shop in particular sounds all that interesting. I was really hoping the Coca-Cola Store would be a lot more interesting than they made it sound. The venue will include a "Coca-Cola Polar Bear experience", your guess is as good as mine as to what that is. It will also include a rooftop beverage bar which could have some potential.

The dining establishments have the more interesting details. Not one but two new Disney owned and operated eateries are coming to the Town Center. First is D-Luxe Burger which sounds very much like Shake Shack for those familiar. The boutique burger spot will have gourmet burgers, hand-cut fries, freshly baked buns, All-natural chicken and vegetarian burgers and you can wash it all down with artisanal gelato shakes and floats which come non-alcoholic and alcoholic. As well as hard sodas, draft beer and cider.

Amorette’s Patisserie will also be Disney owned and operated. This unique high-end pastry shop will offer custom cakes, champagne selections by the glass and handcrafted hot chocolates. Definitely sounds like a place I will be stopping by on my next visit.

Tablas Frontera will be a contemporary Mexican-themed restaurant from Chef by Rick Bayless. Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar (worst name ever?) will feature local Florida favorites by Chef Art Smith.

Fulton’s Crab House will receive a full makeover that will add a rooftop lounge overlooking Disney Springs and a outdoor waterfront bar. This reimagining will infuse a lot of luxury into the space, with menu prices to rival the Boat House I'm sure.

What do you think of the new Disney Springs additions?