Fulton's Crab House at Disney Springs closing for major remodel later this year

Feb 03, 2016 in "Fulton's Crab House"

Fulton's Crab House overview
Posted: Wednesday February 3, 2016 4:36pm EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Fulton's Crab House will be closing in early April 2016 to begin a major remodel.

Documents filed with the state of Florida indicate that the closure will result in the lay off of 214 workers. The restaurant is expected to reopen later in the year.

Like most of the eateries at Disney Springs, Fulton's is operated by a third party, in this case Levy Restaurants.

Many of the original Downtown Disney restaurants are upgrading their offerings with the arrival of brand new additions to Disney Springs. The BOATHOUSE, Morimoto Asia, and the upcoming STK Orlando are all bringing high-end dining to the area, forcing the older locations to up their game to remain competitive. 

Planet Hollywood is currently closed for its 6 month remodel, which will see a complete makeover of the restaurant inside and out.

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itsy bitsy spiderFeb 18, 2022

What a colossal mistake it was to replace Fulton. I've gotten used to seeing that crap in Disney though.

BocabearJul 06, 2021

It is a shame they could not have refreshed the boat without having to strip it down to looking like a freight barge. The original boat was beautiful and placemaking... This defurbishment just blends into the background... There are many other places at Disney Springs for a hundred dollar meal, this one is less engaging than others...Just a modern interior you can find anywhere...and kinda sad.

RambozoJul 06, 2021

I miss Fulton, this new version is very forgettable looking. It looks like a houseboat that Cary Grant would have lived in. I'm not that old, I just like old movies.

danlb_2000Feb 08, 2021

Looks like Paddledish had a leaky roof... Paddlefish - Install new interior drywall celling on 3rd level Paddlefish - Remove & re-install wood deck & repair waterproofing 2nd/3rd exterior levels

Marlins1Aug 17, 2017

I was there Saturday and loved it. Had the Cracker boil and it was one of the best meals I've had in years. Service and view from our table were great too.

eeyore_isno1May 16, 2017

Well, this is sad to hear. My wife and I got married on the deck of Fulton's back in 1998. Fulton's was the great loophole, to get married anywhere on Disney property started at obscene numbers like $10,000 and up. So we rented the deck from Fulton's for a few hundred, hired a justice of the peace over the internet, and had flowers done up by Goodings supermarket (who did an amazing job).

TDogg76Apr 18, 2017

It is not, which is why I do not blame Disney for this one!!

WDWBigEdApr 18, 2017

Correct Paddlefish, Portobello, & Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe are all owned by Levy Restaurants

Figment2005Apr 18, 2017

Sad to hear you had a bad experience, but I'm pretty sure Paddlefish is not Disney owned.

TDogg76Apr 17, 2017

Looking at the reviews I was hoping for great! I am here to give you a review that was not! My wife and I went in late March! We were greeted by a not so friendly host! We had reservations and he told us to wait for the table! While we waited, another couple came to the desk to let them know that "they were sat for 25 minutes before anyone came to them! Once someone did, the person said let me see if I can find someone!" Apparately no one came and they left! When it was time for us to be seated, a gentleman with ZERO personality walked us to our table! He then proceeded to just drop the menus on the table and walk away! My wife, who is a vegan, told the server and he stayed " there is not much on the menu"! Yes, being a vegan is challenging! However, every Disney owned restaurant always goes above and beyond for her! This was not the experience she had! I ordered the chicken salad sanwhich( which was good but way to much bread)! My wife had a salad with wilted ice burg! This restaurant was my pick and I hoped for so much more! Luckily this is not a Disney owned restaurant! Would I go back? Not a chance!

Walter YensidFeb 18, 2017

I went here last week for dinner with some family and was very impressed. Some people may miss the more 'traditional' feel of Fulton's as it is very modern, but honestly, I thought it all looked great and feels so much cleaner and open. They do some cool things where you feel you are on a modern cruise liner. Food was also great, serving size was not too large, but richness makes it very filling. Highly recommend the seats on the first floor near the water. With the floor to ceiling windows, you almost feel you are sitting outside on the water edge. Upstairs is great for the views. Only surprise was their limited bar selections. Going with an old-style bar menu is fine, but they did not have some staple liquors. But again, great visit.

LukeS7Feb 06, 2017

Thanks for actually knowing how to take a photo (unlike some other sites which shall not be named). A lot of these photos make me actually want to go there

flyerjabFeb 06, 2017

We have ours for the 15th of March! Can't wait!

wdwmagicFeb 06, 2017

Reservations now available for Paddlefish at Disney Springs