The Disney Company has announced that Masaharu Morimoto of the Food Network’s Iron Chef America fame will be opening Morimoto Asia in the Landing Section (formerly Pleasure Island) of Disney Springs. The pan-Asian restaurant is scheduled to open in summer 2015.

Disney Springs is will be the name of the newly re-imagined Downtown Disney. It is an extensive multi-year transformation into a high-energy destination that will double the retail space and offer many new innovative dining options.

Morimoto Asia’s will including open terraces, a grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more within the extraordinary, 36-foot tall, two-story layout. This Disney Springs dining destination will include unique exhibition kitchens showcase the continent’s traditions like street food stalls, Peking duck carving, and dim sum.

Chef Morimoto will partner with Patina Restaurant Group in this new venture. “We are delighted to work with Morimoto to create this one of a kind restaurant, which will be a spectacular dining destination at the new Disney Springs,” said Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group which properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at the Epcot World Showcase.

Artist rendering of the interior of Morimoto Asia

Artist rendering of the interior of Morimoto Asia

“I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Chef Morimoto. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”

“We’re thrilled to bring Chef Morimoto’s renowned culinary style to Disney Springs as we expand the range of dining experiences for our resort guests as well as local Florida residents,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.

For dining reservations and more information about Morimoto Asia, guests will be able to visit Disneyworld.com in the future.


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Paul Little is the founder and president of the DVC Rental Store

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