Disney Springs has gone through an incredible transformation over the last few years, but the shopping and entertainment district shows no signs of stopping its evolution any time soon. Starting as soon as next month, more than 5 new attractions, shops and restaurants are scheduled for grand openings well into 2019. Get a glimpse at some of the most exciting new experiences coming soon to Disney’s Marketplace.
VOID Experience Center
The newest addition coming to the attractions line-up at Disney Springs is the VOID Experience Center, located inside Once Upon A Toy Shop. Based on a collaboration between Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and the VOID, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a hyper reality experience that totally immerses guests into the Star Wars universe. Teams of four can walk freely throughout the multi-sensory experience as undercover Stormtroopers to gather vital intelligence to help the rebellion. The VOID Center is made up of physical sets and interactive effects that combines advanced technology, illusion and virtual reality to take guests to a whole other world. You must be at least 10 years old to try the hyper reality adventure and guests under 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian. The cutting edge attraction officially opens on December 16, but tickets are available now on thevoid.com.
Terralina Crafted Italian
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria has been closed for several months as it undergoes a complete transformation and it will reopen this year as Terralina Crafted Italian. The makeover was inspired by Italy’s Lake District with eclectic decor made up of found art pieces, and the restaurant’s new concept and menu is being masterminded by Top Chef Master Tony Mantuano. The revamped menu features new items including mussels, pork chops and artisanal wood-fired pizzas as well fan favorites and signature pastas from Portobello. Each authentic dish is prepared with olive oil directly imported from Italy. Another addition to the new and improved Italian spot is a veranda bar that serves craft cocktails muddled with herbs from outside of the restaurant. Terralina is expected to open for lunch and dinner sometime this winter.
The Edison is an industrial Gothic nightlife complex that depicts the origin story of Disney Springs. .The re-imagined 1920s electrical company power plant will serve American food and craft cocktails accompanied by live cabaret music and other entertainment. An abandoned airline terminal from the 1930s now serves as Maria & Enzo’s Italian trattoria, decorated with artifacts that reference air travel during that time period. The Sicily-inspired menu features arancini de carne (rice balls stuffed with meat), melanzane parmigiana (eggplants parmesan), and handmade pasta dishes like busiate con granchio (spiral pasta with crab). Located in the rum runner tunnels leading to Maria & Enzo’s is a Roman aperitivo speakeasy called Enzo’s Hideaway. In addition to The Tunnel Bar’s prohibition-era cocktails, guests can order hearty Roman dishes like bucatini alla carbonara (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta) or tonnarelli cacio e pepe (square cut spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper). The complex also features a quick service pizza restaurant, Pizza Ponte, which offers Italian sandwiches, pizza, and authentic pastries like bombolini (Italian donuts), sfoglia di riso (pastries with rice cream) and tiramisu. The venue will open January 1, 2018.
Wine Bar George
Coming to The Landing in early 2018 is Wine Bar George, a two-story bar brought to Disney Springs by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. In addition to more than 100 selections on the wine list, guests can enjoy shareable plates like cheese and charcuterie dishes all made with the best seasonal ingredients. Wines can be bought by the glass or the bottle and range in price, age and varietals. Miliotes hopes that “guests will experience a feel reminiscent of the Old World as if they are on the bottom floor of a gravity-flow winery surrounded by their best friends.” For those looking to expand their knowledge of wine, the location will also serve as a venue for educational events and visits from renowned winemakers.
Chef Jose Andres is “bringing the spirit and flavors of Spain” to Disney Springs with Jaleo. The multi-story restaurant is opening at the former Wolfgang Puck location on the West Side of Disney Springs sometime in 2018. The first floor will be a quick service area with Spanish style grab and go sandwiches, while the other level will feature an extensive tapas menu with dishes that merge traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Guests can expect items like paella cooked over a wood fire, hand carved Jamon Iberico de Bellota, wood grilled Iberico pork, and more.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grille
Wolfgang Puck’s newest venture at Disney Springs puts a modern twist on the traditional bar and grill concept. Inspired by farmhouses with a touch of elegance, the ambiance is said to capture the laid back vibe of California dining that was made popular by Puck’s flagship restaurant Spago in Los Angeles. The menu, featuring a new take on classic comfort foods, highlights some of Puck’s signature dishes with Mediterranean influences. Guests will also be bale to enjoy hand crafted specialty cocktails, beer and wine. The new restaurant is set to open sometime in 2018 in Town Center, between the Coca-Cola Store and Planet Hollywood.
The latest announcements about Disney Springs came with the release of the concept art for the new NBA Experience. Taking over the former home of Disney Quest on the Springs’ West Side, the building’s design is inspired by the modern architecture of NBA arenas around the country. The new attraction will feature interactive games, competitions and other immersive experiences in addition to a retail store and restaurant. Current expected opening date is Summer 2019.
These new business join more than 150 restaurants, shops and attractions located at the recently remodeled Disney Springs.