As the transformation of Disney Springs, Orlando (formerly Downtown Disney) continues, there is an exciting array of new experiences just waiting for you. For those of you who have already visited the new and improved Disney shopping area, I’m sure you will agree the two brand new multi-storey car parks have dramatically improved the parking situation! Let’s face it, it couldn’t have been any worse.
Once into the, now thronging, centre of Disney Springs, it’s hard to not be amazed by the facelift it has undergone. No more Pleasure Island with it’s drab, deserted night clubs and crowds of youngsters hanging about, no more sad lake front and boring eateries. Instead, there are vibrant restaurants with cuisines from all over the world, swanky shops selling everything from jewellery to swimwear and even amphibious vehicles so you can enjoy the sights from a water perspective.
Already open is the brand new Edison restaurant, sister restaurant to the one in Los Angeles, designed to resemble a 1920’s electric power plant and featuring classic American food, live entertainment, cocktails and cabaret. They even have distinct areas, such as the Performance Lab, the Tesla Room and a Waterfront Patio.
Wine Bar George
Set to open in Orlando early 2018 is the intimate Wine Bar George. Designed to look like a winemaker’s home estate it will be the only wine bar in Florida led by a Master Sommelier, George Miliotes. George takes a personal hand in the process of wine production to introduce new blends and lends his professionalism, enthusiasm and passion for educating people in wine from around the world. Alongside more than 130 varieties of wine there will be a selection of small plates, artisanal cheeses and shareable plates to choose from.
Maria & Enzo’s
Next door to The Edison is Maria and Enzo’s, an Italian trattoria set in a 1930’s airline terminal. Front image of Maria & Enzo’s, OrlandoThe stunning dining room has 50 foot ceilings and beautiful views of Lake Buena Vista. As with all airport lounges, there is a first class area for those wishing a more quiet, adult dining experience. The menu is Sicilian based and features delights such as handmade pasta, fresh fish, steaks, desserts and a selection of fine Italian wines.
Coming soon in 2018 is Jaleo, a contemporary, multi-level, Spanish restaurant, by Chef José Andrés, bringing all the flavours and spirit of Spain directly to Walt Disney World, Orlando. Menu specialities will include paella cooked over a wood fire, an extensive selection of traditional tapas, hand carved Jamón Ibérico de Bellota and wood grilled Ibérico pork. Alongside all this there is traditional Spanish cheese and a superb choice of Spanish wines and sherries, all served with an individual flare that is sure to please and amaze.
There is so much happening in Orlando, make sure you book a rental villa now to come and experience it for yourself.