Disney Springs robust culinary experience appeals to millennials


Disney Springs has pixie dust unlike other Disney memories. This robust culinary experience appeals to millennials who seek the experience, not just the souvenir.

Disney Springs has a different type of magical memories for both vacation guests and locals. The dining and shopping destination isn’t about the fireworks in the sky. Instead, this Disney destination is about the fireworks on the plate. If you are looking for the ultimate culinary experience in Orlando, Disney Springs is the place to visit.

According to Disney representatives, the area was created to be a “true culinary destination with a diverse mix of signature restaurants and dining options.” From casual dining to elevated cuisine, there is a food option for every like, palate, age and gender. If you can’t find something that you like at this Disney property, you are definitely too picky of an eater.

Terralina Crafted Italian at Disney Springs, photo by Cristine Struble

Restaurant and food trends have shown the foodies and millennials expect “creative menu concepts with locally sourced ingredients.” From the acclaimed chef driven restaurants to the Disney chef dining experiences, all the food options strive to achieve that expectation. From the cocktails to the food, everyone is impressed with all the food options.

For the foodie, the dining destination has incorporated many high profile chefs and brands. Currently home to home to six James Beard Award winning chefs, eating here is like taking a tour through the kitchens of your favorite celebrity chefs. From Tony Mantuano’s recently opened Terralina Crafted Italian to Masaharo Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, there is a food option for every craving.

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With so many choices, a fun way to experience all of the restaurants is to appetizer hop. For people visiting, eating small plates at the various restaurants can be a great way to experience all the food choices. While the experience might take a better part of a day, you will be able to say that you tried all these amazing food and drink pairings.

Recently, I started a Saturday afternoon at Terralina Crafted Italian for happy hour. With a glass of wine and the antipasto tower, we enjoyed a couple of hours gazing at the lake and relaxing. Afterwards, we headed over to Wine Bar by George for some small plates and more wine. Finally, we ended the evening on the Paddlefish’s rooftop patio, where we enjoyed live music, a few more bites and an after dinner drink. Overall, it was quite a lovely way to spend a day.

Rooftop at night, Paddlefish at Disney Springs, photo by Cristine Struble

While some of the awarding winning chefs appeal to the ultimate foodie, the local Florida food scene is also represented. The Polite Pig features the Winter Park local favorite. With its selection of smoked meats, bourbons and craft beers, this spot gives visitors a sample of what the local Orlando food scene has to offer.

Of course, Disney Springs does highlight Disney chefs and the magical culinary creations from the Disney team. Just gazing at the visually impressive confections at Amorette’s Patisserie will make your mouth water. If you haven’t tried one of their treats, you are definitely missing out.

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Next time you think that a visit to Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, is filled with just churros, ice cream and quick service food, think again. Disney Springs is the robust culinary experience that everyone will leave feeling satisfied.