Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Boathouse: Back On Course, Smooth Sailing Ahead!

Available in The Boathouse gift shop.

After hitting some rough waters on my previous visit to The Boathouse at Disney Springs (reviewed back in December, 2015, on The Princess Papers), I was graciously invited back by the management. I took my father for a "birthday redo" and am happy to report that the Boathouse Cast created a magical experience for us in true Disney spirit!

A special thank you to Jacob, Gillian, Beau, Bob, our delightful server Shawn, and our boat Captain* and his Skipper, Adrian, for all the pixie dust!
For more details, listen to my review on The Disney Dream Girls Podcast Episode 96. The review starts just past Min. 48.

The Food 
A wonderful start to the meal, delicious rolls. Soft, warm, buttery, and sweet. They are very similar to a Hawaiian roll.

Wild Caught Baja Shrimp ($4.00, each) with Gibsons Bombay Cocktail Sauce from the Raw Bar.
These are HUGE and surprisingly delicate, not tough at all. I believe that I prefer them to the chilled lobster cocktail. The cost per shrimp may seem high, but five of these vs. the half lobster...I think the shrimp win. Did I mention how HUGE they are??

Dock Side Bucket of Today's Crispy Fish ($16.00) with Fresh Cut Fries.

Thick, flaky pieces of fish (approximately 7 oz. portion total) sealed in a crispy panko breading. Proper frying kept the fish from becoming greasy. The fries were also done well (this time). The manager, Beau, informed us that they have recently adjusted their frying method for the fries. I'm happy to see this improvement. Not a drop of grease on the bottom of the bucket!

Original Lobster Bake ($60.00, for two people). 1 1/4 lb. Whole Maine Lobster, Clams, Mussels, Andouille Sausage, Red Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Boathouse Lobster Broth.

This is definitely a show stopper. If you would like a nice variety of seafood to share, this is the entree to choose. All the seafood was cooked well, nothing chewy or tough. The lobster was melt-in-your-mouth and very possibly the best lobster that I've ever tasted. I highly recommend dipping each bite into the broth. It has a rich oyster-like flavor that is even better than a dunk into melted butter.

Filet Mignon Sliders ($14.00, two sliders) with Maitre D' Butter and Fresh Cut Fries. Fries substituted for Maple Roasted Acorn Squash ($10.00) with Spiced Pecans.

I do not eat beef, so I couldn't taste the sliders, but I was told that they were delicious and tender, even when ordered medium-well. The bread was also toasted making this the perfect bite. It is worth noting that the beef served is Certified Gibsons USDA Blue Star Heritage Angus.
The acorn squash was tender (think mashed sweet potatoes flavor) with a heavy dose of pumpkin pie spices. I didn't notice much maple flavor and didn't get any spiced pecans, but it was still delicious.

"Yacht Club Club" Sandwich ($17.50). Roasted Turkey Breast, Cucumber, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Chipotle Honey Mayo, Swiss Cheese, Multigrain Bread.
There's no way to describe this other than a true Dagwood! I have plans to return some time and share this for lunch. It looked delicious and I was told that the avocado really makes it. Bring your appetite for this one! Our server stressed that the sandwich can be customized to your liking.

Gibsons S'mores Baked Alaska ($40.00, serves four).

The Birthday Boy for perspective.

Well, there's not much to say beyond GET THIS! It's a massive tower of rich chocolate ice cream with nuts, fluffy meringue, marshmallows that have been toasted to give them that PERFECT campfire flavor, a thick graham cracker bottom, dotted with little squares of a Hershey chocolate bar, all resting in a lake of decadent fudge sauce. You may be thinking, HOW do you eat that?  There is a secret method to it. Our server expertly carved it like a turkey so that each person received some of every part of the dessert. Please don't be put off by the price tag.  It EASILY serves four adults or more and is thus, on par with the price of a few ice cream sundae desserts at Disney. It is simply scrumptious!

Our wonderful server, Shawn, one of the top servers I've encountered in Walt Disney World Resort. Request him on your visit.

The Boathouse is obviously very nautical themed in decor. It has several rooms, the coveted boat table in the middle of the main entrance room, several bars (including outside), and a lovely deck that wraps all around the back of the restaurant. As beautiful as the interior is, if it's a nice day, I highly recommend sitting outside. 

There are even a few couches on the lower level of the boat dock behind the restaurant. This is my planned spot for splitting that Yacht Club Club Sandwich on my next trip over for lunch! 

...And More
And if the luxurious dinner and desserts don't fulfill all of your relaxing, indulging, vacationing needs, The Boathouse has...BOATS!  Choose from a fun, sporty Amphicar or a luxury Italian Water Taxi. See The Boathouse Orlando website for more information and pricing. 
We indulged on a sunset cruise on the Italian Water Taxi, The Venezia ($75.00, per person for 30 minutes). This also included chocolate covered strawberries with a delightful little nautical anchor design, as well as a bottle of Chandon bubbly! It really does not get any more relaxing than this. I highly recommend the splurge for a quiet evening out on the water.

Thank you again to all of the Boathouse Cast for making a magical evening for my family. My only suggestions still are 1. Get sturdy cake boxes for the Sunshine Cake, because it is delicious and I think many Guests would enjoy it (but you need 20 people to finish it). 2. A better ECV area that is covered (notice the openings in the overhang). Given the sudden, random Florida rain storms, this could be damaging to the electronics if left in this area.

*My apologies to our Captain for not catching his name. I believe it was Drew. He was wonderful and I didn't even get sea sick!! You and your Skipper are definitely welcome members of the Princess Protection Agency!
*The Boathouse is handicapped accessible. There are a variety of different seating options:booths, bar, high tables, and low tables. Ramps are available on the outside docks for access to boats. Boats require the ability to transfer. The Water Taxi has handrails on both sides of the stairs. A companion restroom is also available inside the restaurant.
*Follow Jeanie on Twitter @PrincessPapers, Facebook @ThePrincessPapers, and on the Disney Dream Girls Podcast on Twitter @ DisDreamGirls, Facebook @DisneyDreamGirlsPodcast. For your Next Vacation and for dining reservations to The Boathouse at Disney Springs, Contact Katherine at

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