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'.

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
  • Under Armour
  • M·A·C Cosmetics
  • Vince Camuto
  • Vera Bradley
  • Lucky Brand
  • Oakley
  • Coca-Cola Store
  • 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
  • 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?