A new rendition of the iconic steamboat restaurant docked on the shores of Lake Buena Vista debuts February 4th after a multimillion-dollar transformation.
Paddlefish, formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, has rebranded with a new look, name and menu. The bow to stern renovation includes a more contemporary yacht feel, replacing the turn of the century riverboat ambiance.
The steamboat was originally called the Empress Lily. The re-creation of the 19th century paddle-wheeler was named after Walt Disney’s wife Lillian, who christened the ship in 1977.
The redesign includes windows that open along the lakefront for an open-air feel and bar areas decorated with brass accents that resemble fish gills.
“We’re excited to embark upon Paddlefish’s next voyage, and can’t wait for guests to share this new experience with us,” said Andy Lansing, president and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “As Disney Springs evolves and grows, we’re looking forward to sharing this newly reimagined restaurant with both vacationers and Florida locals.”
The restaurant specializes in seafood and has added new dishes such as table-side lobster guacamole and a build your own lobster boil. It will still serve popular dishes from its past like Florida stone crab and lobster corn dogs.
A weekend brunch at 11:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday will feature classic brunch favorites like Crab and Asparagus Benedict and Monte Cristo French Toast.
Paddlefish is the only restaurant in Disney Springs to offer rooftop-level, waterfront seating. A new lounge will provide a unique vantage point to view Disney Springs’ activities.
Executive Chef Mark Boor held the same position at Fulton’s Crab House. He has worked at restaurants across the country including Trio Bistro in Cincinnati and the Colombia Restaurant in Sarasota.