Paddlefish Opens in Fall 2016 at Disney Springs

Fulton’s Crab House, the steamboat currently under refurbishment at Disney Springs™, will reopen this fall as Paddlefish after a bow-to-stern transformation.


Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Paddlefish will serve fresh seafood, steaks and chops, a catch of the day and composed seafood entrees such as lobster risotto with poached Maine lobster, saffron and Meyer lemon oil and redfish with coconut milk, crab broth, tomato, peppers, and ginger. Fan favorites, including Florida stone crab, Alaskan King and Queen crab, and lobster corn dogs will return.

Plus, a fun new addition is lobster guacamole made tableside with Maine Lobster, chilies, cilantro, lime and tortilla chips. And, there’s a “build-your-own-boil” allowing Guests to pick their own ingredients and seasonings

The sleek modern design of Paddlefish includes a new rooftop lounge, open until 2 a.m., with spectacular views of Disney Springs and the water. The lounge will have a separate menu of eclectic dishes perfect for sharing.

Restaurant Spotlight – Garden Grill

Do you enjoy farm fresh produce? Have you ever taken the boat ride Living with the Land? Did you know you that you can partake is some delightfully delicious farm fresh produce you see on this attraction? That’s right!! You can!!
In the Land Pavilion in Epcot, you can not only see how Disney is working with farmers to help in the production of food, but you can taste of their fruits of labor at the Garden Grill restaurant. The Garden Grill is located on the top floor of the Land Pavilion straight across from the entrance. Your meal is an all-you-care-to eat, family style meal, served while slowly revolving around the restaurant. Start you meal with a Basket of Warm Bread with Orange Blossom Honey Butter and a “Living with the Land” Harvest Farmers Salad. Your entries are Filet of Beef, Turkey Breast an a Fish of the day all complimented with Garden Fresh Vegetables and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. YUM!!
Oh, did I mention that Chip n Dale and Mickey Mouse all dressed out in their farmer wear to make sure you are enjoying your meal.
If you haven’t tried this restaurant, it is a treat and reservations are recommended!

Quote for the Day

“I take great pride in the artistic development of cartoons.  Our characters are made to go through emotions which a few short years ago would have seemed impossible to secure with a cartoon character. Some of the action produced in the finished cartoon of today is more graceful than anything possible for a human to do. ”

~ Walt Disney


Quote to end your week with

walt Walt on Mickey Mouse ~ ” Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence.  He was a means to and end.  He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad twenty years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.  Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry.  He provided Walt Disney, Mickey Mousethe means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium of cartoon animation toward new entertainment levels.  He spelled prpartnersoduction liberation for us.”

To Aquaduck or NOT to Aquaduck?

That is the fate of Donald Duck when his nephew’s Huey, Dewey and Louey get up to their old tricks when it comes to their Uncle Donald Duck.  The Aquaduck on the Disney Cruise ships Dream and Fantasy starts out on Deck 16 and is 765 feet long and ends on Deck 12? This water roller coaster is the first of its kind on anyaqua cruise ship and the clear tunnel loops you out over the side of the ship some 105 feet above the oceans surface! The ride itself is about 45 seconds long and over 10,000 gallons of water move you along at a rate of almost 20 feet per second.
H ave you rode the Aquaduck? Tell aqua2us about your ride?

Windows of Main Street, USA

Did you know that windows on Main Street, USA in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom are dedicated to someone or something?  This first window that we all see OR don’t see if you are not really looking, is the Railroad Office.  This window is in the Main Street Railway Station and faces you as you walk through the ticket entrances.  The window reads Walt Disney World Railroad Office.  Keeping Dreams on Track  Walter E. Disney Chief Engineer.WoMS Rail road

Walter Elias Disney did not live long enough to see his dream of Walt Disney World become a reality. (boy, that line is familiar)  Originally, the Florida resort was going to be called Disney World, but Walt’s brother Roy was insistent that it be changed to Walt Disney World in honor of his brother and his dreams.  Walt was a dreamer and what better way to pay tribute to him than to put his name on the first window you see.  As for the Chief Engineer part this pays tribute to Walt and his lifelong love of trains.  But I think Chief EnginEAR is a more fitting title!

The era we are living in today is a dream coming true.”                                                                                                                        ~Walter E Disney




Trivia Tuesday – The Land Pavilion in Epcot

The Land Pavilion The-Land-Pavilion-Sign opened in Epcot on October 1, 1982.  Since that time this pavilion  has gone through 3 major refurbishments or changes with the latest in 2005 andthe land living with the land the new attraction Soarin’.  The other current attractions feature a boat ride – Living with the Land and a theatre show Circle of Life featuring characters from the Lion King.

QUESTION:                                      A popular character dining choice, the Garden Grill, features a rotating floor with a view of the darker sections of the Living with the Land attraction.  The Garden Grille was not the original name of this restaurant.  garden-grill-restaurant-00                                                                                                                                              What was the name of the restaurant when it first opened?

Please enter your answer in the comments.  The answer next week!