Goodbye, Fulton’s Crab House; Coming soon: Paddlefish

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

The ship is sailing on one of Disney’s iconic restaurants, but don’t worry, it will be dropping anchor again soon.

Paddlefish  is the name of the  new dining experience at Walt Disney World Resort, which will open this fall in Disney Springs aboard the vessel formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House.

If you have been to Disney Springs lately, you may have noticed that the old favorite is closed.

The seafood restaurant will get extensive renovations  as it enters a new phase of dining.

According to the press release. the cuisine of Paddlefish will celebrate the freshest seafood while featuring steaks and chops for an elevated meal by land or sea. Paddlefish’s menu will showcase an array of composed and contemporary seafood dishes such as Lobster Risotto with poached Maine lobster, saffron and Meyer lemon oil; Redfish with coconut milk, crab broth, tomato, peppers, and ginger; as well as a rotating Catch of the Day. Guests can look forward to more interactive dining experiences including tableside service with items such as the Tableside Lobster Guacamole with Maine Lobster, chilies, cilantro, lime, and tortilla chips. Fan favorites and classic dishes including Florida Stone Crab, Alaskan King and Queen Crab, and Lobster Corn Dogs will remain from the previous menu.

Fulton’s was always a fun place to eat, but this definitely sounds like it will be an upgrade.

In addition to the menu changes, the release says the restaurant will have a sleek and modern design  that will offer entirely new areas for guests to embark, including a rooftop lounge overlooking the sights and sounds of Disney Springs. The lounge, which will remain open until 2 a.m., will feature its own menu offering  eclectic dishes.

A new do-it-yourself option should also prove to be interesting. The build-your-own boil option lets guests pick and choose their seafood, seasonings, and additions. Paddlefish will also offer private dining and event spaces for all those special events from weddings to graduations. “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.”

Paddlefish will open in fall 2016, serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch beginning at 11:30 a.m.