More details on the new flagship Blaze Pizza restaurant coming to Disney Springs

Jul 06, 2015 in "Blaze Pizza"

Blaze Pizza has today announced more details about its upcoming Disney Springs location that was originally announced by Disney back in May.


Set to open in May 2016, Blaze Pizza will be a flagship location, and will occupy 5000 square ft. of space, with seating for 200 guests.

"We are excited to be part of the new Disney Springs expansion where we get the chance to introduce our super-fast artisanal pizza to guests from around the world," said Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. "True to Disney's high standards, we are building an amazing flagship restaurant that will include interesting architectural elements, great service and fantastic meals."

Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint" known for its artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies. Each restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize one of the menu's signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients -- all for one low price. The generously-sized 11-inch pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven -- the centerpiece of the restaurant -- where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire'd and ready to eat in just 180 seconds. Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the "pizza whisperer"), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.

The first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes and "build-your-own pizza" assembly-line format. Now ranked as the overall #2 brand in Fast Casual's annual Top 100 list, Blaze Pizza is building momentum and developing a cult following as it expands across the country. The company currently operates 72 restaurants in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and Washington D.C. Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel's Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis.

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Article Posted: Jul 06, 2015 / 11:00am EDT
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*Q*Oct 12, 2016

I would not call Via Napoli "theme park pizza" by any stretch of the imagination.

Jon81ukOct 10, 2016

Blaze is different, it's less Italian than Via Napoli, but thinner and crispier than Disney pizza. I don't remember WPE pizza well enough but that was more Italian in style as well I think. Blaze is excellent though, nice and very crisp, little bit of char on the base and all the toppings you want.

YourHumbleServantOct 10, 2016

I will admit: I did not read every post in this thread. Hopefully this wasn't already discussed, BUT... We have enjoyed the pizzas at Wolfgang Puck Express in the past (I love the BBQ chicken pizza). How would you guys compare the WP pizza to Blaze? Also, We ate at Via Napoli on our most recent trip. My family enjoyed the pizzas there. Is that the sort of "theme park pizza" that you guys are talking about, or pizza at some counter service? Just wondering how Blaze compares to Napoli...

roj2323Aug 27, 2016

Just re-enforces my point even more.

JUFL2019Aug 27, 2016

A burger, large fry, and drink at dlux is $21 before tax.

roj2323Aug 26, 2016

She likely got fries or another side which explains the price difference. Also with the Blaze build your own pizza you can pile on enough meat to feed an army if you want. The ingredients are fairly high quality in general so it's simply a preference. Besides $17 for one person (burger, fries&drink) verses $18 for 2 people (pizza & 2 drinks) is really not a fair comparison.

Jon81ukAug 26, 2016

I'm assuming she didn't get soda then at D-Luxe? Soda are pretty much the same price at Blaze and D-Luxe, about $3 and the burgers at D-Luxe are $10-13 so $17 sounds high. I agree the burgers seem a little expensive but considering the "Disney tax" it isn't too bad. Yes a pizza is easier to split than a burger, but the burger has more meat (and likely better quality) compared to a pizza which has more bread.

djkidkazAug 26, 2016

Yep it's a fantastic deal. It's making it hard for me to shell out cash for some of the other places. My wife got a dluxe burger and drink the other day and it was $17. As you said for $15 I can get a meal for two people to share or a meal for one that I can save half and make a second meal out of it later.

roj2323Aug 26, 2016

I tried Blaze today and I have to say they make a darn good pizza. The pizza is plenty large enough for 2 people btw so save some bucks and share. I also tried their key lime lemonade and a fountain root beer which I had never seen the brand before and both were great. Total out the door for a build your own pizza and a drink was $15.

DisneyDreamer08Aug 25, 2016

Thank you!!

Jon81ukAug 25, 2016

As far as i know the only snack options are desserts and drinks so you might be able to sub the dessert for a second drink but there are no savoury sides.

DisneyDreamer08Aug 25, 2016

Does anyone know what is included here for the QS dining plan? Pizza, drink & dessert? And can you sub the dessert for anything? Thanks!

bhg469Aug 12, 2016

No problem! I hope you enjoy it.

JenniferSAug 12, 2016

Thank you for the intell, I'll mention it to Hubby. 4.7 stars/77 reviews. That's pretty impressive.