Compare Orlando Blog \ Weekly Focus

Weekly Focus: Additions to Disney’s Entertainment District in 2017

Walt Disney World Resort’s Entertainment Disctrict

It feels as though the expansion and redevelopment of Disney Springs (previously Downtown Disney) has been going on forever. But we think there is light at the end of the tunnel this year! With the Town Centre district now open as well as the new parking garages, most of the construction walls are down. We are now entering the final phase of redevelopment which will see some exciting new and re-imagined restaurants and entertainment offerings arrive this year. Check out the video below to see the progress so far.

Planet Hollywood Observatory

Although Planet Hollywood has been a 'Downtown Disney' staple for years, it is in the process of being re-imagined to fit in with the new theme of Disney's entertainment district. The Planet Hollywood Observatory is set to open in the next month or so with a new design and menu.

US chef Guy Fieri has designed a new menu for the restaurant which can be found on the Disney Springs website.


Situated within a giant paddleboat, Paddlefish will take the place of the previous 'Fulton's Crabhouse'. Still focusing on seafood and American cuisine, Paddlefish is due to open later this year. As well as the new menu offerings, fans have also been assured that some firm favourites will be back as well. The menu will also feature a “build-your-own boil” so you can pick your own ingredients and seasonings.

As well as the restaurant offerings, the location will feature a rooftop lounge. This will be open until 2am with spectaular views of Disney Springs and the surrounding water.

The Polite Pig

A favourite with Florida locals, The Polite Pig will be a sister restaurant to The Ravenous Pig situated in Winter Park. The restaurant will serve wood-fired smoked and grilled items as well as local craft beer as well as wine and cocktails.

As well as an open kitchen and dining area inside, the location will feature an outdoor patio area. The restaurant will operate a fast-casual service for both lunch and dinner.

The Edison

Perhaps the most hotly anticipated new restaurant, The Edison is due to open this year. The Disney Parks Blog have described the location as - "The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic”-style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination that will feature exceptional classic American food, artisanal craft cocktails and unparalleled live entertainment."

The location will be themed to a 1920s electric company. As well as offering lavish dining options, the location is also slated to offer unusual and dynamic entertainment to guests. These are set to include contortionists, palm readers, DJs and more.

Leave a comment