I received a complimentary dining experience to facilitate this article. All opinions are my own.
We are the typical Florida family who likes to frequent the theme parks at least once a year. But we have requirements for ourselves too. It’s not all about the kids as this trip is an escape from our busy lives also.
We always stay close to Disney Springs™ to have access to it whenever we want. In the last year, they have made some major renovations which gives us even more reason to visit! One of the things we enjoy the most when visiting Disney Springs™ is discovering restaurants.
We found one that blew us away and have made it our number one priority to visit every time we go to Disney Springs.™ There are four reasons for this:
Location is everything to us and we absolutely love Disney Springs™. There are many reasons we enjoy it, but the main reason is that it offers a variety of places to eat.
We hadn’t been to Disney Springs™ in a year and what a transformation! A few new restaurants, but more notable are the many new shops like Anthropologie and Sephora. Lipstick is always a reason for me to go back, ha ha.
The Disney theme without the madness of a regular mall is perfect for families who want something different after the theme parks. We also want a little luxury for ourselves.
That’s why we loved The Boathouse Orlando. It was like going on vacation from Disney and indulging in another mini getaway, where dining takes on a whole new meaning. It’s the best waterfront dining in Disney Springs.
2. Experience and Atmosphere
I recommend sitting outside. This was our view and it is a scene that one doesn’t often get to experience. Sure, anyone can sit outside and look at vintage boats, but this is an escape to the 1950’s surrounded by shiny vintage luxury boats of all kinds, each one being unique with its different mounts and colors.
The beautiful display of boats will have you getting up from your table and walking around. The view from the restaurant is stunning, enhancing the dining experience in a way that can’t be duplicated. It’s a one of a kind opportunity.
Nothing says fancy and refreshing like a Strawberry Gin Fizz, especially at The BOATHOUSE®. They know how to make their drinks! It is Hendrick’s Gin, Strawberries, Mint, Lime Juice and soda water.
The menu has such a wide range of items on it from the Raw Bar to a Filet Mignon Oscar Style.
Our appetizer was decadent…perfect for two.
Maine Lobster Mac N’ Cheese
The picture says it all! Delish!
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
I don’t share my desserts. I might even order two but the Apple Crisp and Vanilla Ice Cream was amazing! However, I ordered whipped cream on the side just to send me over the edge. That might be a British thing. We like cream on everything! I recommend a side of cream with the Apple Crisp. The brown sugar crumble just melts in your mouth. It was delicious and perfect for the season.
Whiskey Caramel Cornbread Cake
For the kids…Oreo Chocolate Fudge Sundae
They loved it!
After dinner, we took an Amphicar Tour.
4. Vintage Amphicar Tours of Disney Springs™
We had so much fun as a family on the Amphicar Tour. This is truly one of a kind experience that shouldn’t be missed. Imagine driving into the water and then sailing off around Disney Springs™ for twenty minutes and then driving back on land!
Tours are from 10am to 10pm and cost $125. You can save $25 off by bringing your receipt from lunch to the ships store before 3pm.
Don’t forget to check out the upscale Ship’s Store.
You can find lake themed merchandise, cards, fun gifts, and souvenir photo packages all while feeling like your shopping in the art deco period and stepping back into time again.
Dining at The BOATHOUSE® in Disney Springs™ is a “must see” if you are visiting Disney Springs™ whether your dining outside next to the beautiful vintage boats, listening to live music or inside where there’s a hustle and bustle and a chance you could be dining inside a vintage boat! Whichever way you decide to dine, the fantastic service stays the same. They are on their toes, always making recommendations so that your dining experience is memorable. There is also private dining available.
1620 East Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Sun – Thurs 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Fri & Sat 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.