Disney Springs Bridge, lights; Crab House Boat
  • On Apr 14, 2024
    Kathy from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning a trip next year to celebrate 40 year anniversary of our engagement in Disney. 36 yrs married. We had dinner and took a photo on the paddle boat in what is now Disney Springs. Is there still a restaurant in the paddle boat?

    Hi Kathy!

    Welcome to planDisney!  I'm so happy you stopped by with this question.  How wonderful to be planning a return trip 40 years later to the very spot where your "happily ever after" began!

    Kathy, I fondly remember visiting the Empress Lilly back in 1989.  It was the very first place I met Mickey and Minnie during a character breakfast on my first trip to Walt Disney World Resort.  Originally named after Walt Disney's wife, the Empress Lilly has been home to several different dining experiences over the years.  You'll be delighted to know the boat is still located in Disney Springs and is now home to Paddlefish.  This restaurant menu highlights some yummy seafood selections and is open for both lunch and dinner.  Advanced dining reservations are recommended and can be made online or through your My Disney Experience Mobile App.  If you're staying in a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, you can start making dining reservations 60 days before your arrival for your entire length of stay while guests at other properties can make reservations 60 days before their desired dining reservation.

    If you're looking for ways to add a little something "extra" to your visit to Disney Springs, I have a few suggestions!  Located right around the corner from Paddlefish are Vintage Amphicar Tours.  These 20-minute tours offer a unique and fun way to cruise around Disney Springs!  Advanced reservations are not available online and must be made at the dock podium or inside the nearby BOATHOUSE BOATIQUE store.  This is a very popular experience, so I'd encourage you to stop by early in your visit to Disney Springs to check availability.  Another option may be taking in a show at Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque du Soleil and Disney.  Just a short walk from the theater is a great ice cream stop, Salt & Straw, where you can grab a sweet treat before or after the performance.  Personally, my favorite flavor there is the Honey Lavender!  

    Kathy, congratulations on your special milestone celebration and I'm sending buckets of pixie dust that you continue to create magical memories at Walt Disney World Resort for many years to come!  If you have any other questions that we can help answer while you're planning your special trip, please don't hesitate to ask me or any of my panelist pals here at planDisney - we're all ears!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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