I happened to be at Disney Springs / Downtown Disney yesterday for a media lunch, and as I was walking back to the parking garage, spotted that Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar was now open.
This new watering hole is themed around Jock Lindsey, the pilot in the Indiana Jones movies. According to the lore, after his work with Jones, Jock settled down in a waterfront community in Florida and set up this hangar bar for members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers to drink at when they came through town on their travels.
As Downtown Disney transitions into Disney Springs, new eateries are opening. One of the newest is Vivoli Geletaria, which sells authentic Italian gelato.
How authentic? The company was founded in 1932 in Florence, Italy, where today they are well known for their gelato. The location at Walt Disney World is their first storefront outside of Italy, with the exception of a counter located at Macy’s in New York City .
As Walt Disney World transitions Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, more new vendors are being announced. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is one of them.
If there’s one thing that area has been needing is a pizza joint, and Blaze Pizza sounds like it’ll fill that spot nicely.
Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” known for its artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. It currently operates 72 stores nationwide. The Disney Springs location will occupy a new 5,000-sq-ft building with seating for approximately 200 guests.
Hot on the heels of announcing the closing of Magic of Disney Animiation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World announced this morning they will also be closing DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney.
As part of its Disney Springs renovations, Walt Disney World signed a contract to bring the NBA Experience to the resort. It appears the NBA Experience will be going in the building that now houses DisneyQuest.
Bringing a taste of Italy to Orlando, Vivoli Gelateria will be opening soon at Downtown Disney, soon to be Disney Springs.
Vivoli is a family-run gelato shop in Florence, Italy, that appears on many “must-do” lists for the city. It was founded in 1932 as a dairy, but technological advances post-WWII enabled the family to produce gelato every day.
Word comes from Disney that several of their Downtown Disney food trucks will be getting new menu items for guests to enjoy.
Superstar Catering, inspired by the food at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be getting a whole new trio of items. There will be a pork shank with a side of Gruyere mac & cheese, a sausage and carmalized onion flatbread, and the “Taste of Hollywood Studios” sampler featuring the BLT Soup from Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant and the Famous Cobb Salad and mini grapefruit cake from The Hollywood Brown Derby.