Disney Springs, the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex located at the Walt Disney World Resort, continues to evolve and change. And with a colorful backstory that befits its beautiful surroundings, it’s easy to believe that you’ve stumbled upon a revitalized corner of old Florida, complete with repurposed buildings and beautiful natural springs. Even so, guests who remember the area’s former life as Pleasure Island sometimes lament the adult-only playground that once was. At least, until now.
Recently removed construction walls have disappeared to reveal a newly “restored” corner of Disney Springs that includes the long-anticipated new tenants, including The Edison, Maria and Enzo’s, Pizza Ponte and Enzo’s Hideaway. The four venues take up residence in two separate buildings: the town’s former airport and its power plant.
Maria and Enzo's Ristorante
First, plan a visit to Maria and Enzo’s Ristorante. Housed in the old Disney Springs Airport, the restaurant celebrates the golden age of aviation.
But the stunning decor is only the starting point. Diners enjoy authentic Southern Italian fare with an emphasis on Sicilian specialties. Regional pasta dishes such as n’casciata al forno, delight guests with fresh flavors.
And be sure to save room for dessert: you won’t want to miss the freshly-made cannoli.
Guests who are looking for something a little out of the ordinary have options. Enjoy the speakeasy vibe of Enzo’s Hideaway, tucked neatly below the main restaurant in what are purported to be old rum runner tunnels, which served the town well during Prohibition.
While Maria’s native Sicilian dishes are served upstairs, the menu is distinctly Roman at Enzo’s, with an emphasis on rich, meaty dishes. Don’t miss the selection of craft cocktails as well.
We’re especially intrigued by Italian twists on classics, such as the Limoncello Gimlet. Sangria is also a refreshing choice.
Or venture next door to The Edison. By day, the restaurant is a family-friendly establishment, serving up over the top American fare and craft cocktails for grown ups.
But the real fun happens after 10 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, the restaurant transforms into a cabaret, complete with flapper-style dancing, music, and aerial artists.
Guests should come dressed to impress: No ball caps, sleeveless shirts or flip-flops are permitted, and 21-and-over-only crowd is charged a cover of $10 per person.
Visitors who are looking for a quick bite done right anytime day or night can also visit Pizza Ponte. Earlybirds can enjoy breakfast items, made fresh daily.
The service arm of the complex offers pizza for sure—pillowy, Sicilian-style, by the slice. But there's so much more! Look for a variety of made to order sandwiches as well, ranging from Prosciutto di Parma to tonno (tuna), with other meat-full and meatless options in between.
The cafeteria-style venue also boasts a wide selection of Sicilian-style sweets, including torta di arancia (orange cake), limoncello parfait, Sicilian cookie assortments, zeppole con panna and more. Pair your treat with an espresso-based coffee drink (there are lots to choose from), or imbibe with a selection of beer and wine.