PHOTOS - New renderings and details for the upcoming Jaleo at Disney Springs

Jan 08, 2019 in "Jaleo"

Jaleo concept art

Today, José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, in collaboration with renowned Spanish design firm Capella Garcia Arquitectura, revealed details of the Jaleo brand’s newest location at Disney Springs.

Opening this winter, the 22 thousand square foot restaurant will be Andrés’ largest to date and will bring the spirit and flavors of Spain to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Based on the colorful iconography of Spain, the architectural form of the building is inspired by an artichoke, a vegetable native to José’s homeland. The artichoke structure opens up, inviting guests to enter and experience the very best of Spanish cuisine. The petals themselves form pergolas, which extend toward the outdoors. The freestanding, two-story building lacks solid walls and is completely open to the outside, with large windows offering views of the lake while protecting diners from the sun. “There are no cubic forms, no opaque walls, no straight lines: here reigns a plant-like organic structure with its dynamic forms. An avant-garde, expressionist and welcoming architecture,” remarks Juli Capella, principal at Capella Garcia Arquitectura, on Jaleo’s design.

The interior features a double height central courtyard that visually connects the restaurant’s two floors. The idea of Jaleo, the Spanish word for “revelry,” inspires the large, family-style gathering space, inviting guests to share tapas and sangria, gather with family at the foosball tables, or enjoy the more elegant central seating for paellas and grilled meats, anchored by the restaurant’s open kitchen and wood fire grill. Private dining options include two terraces, one overlooking the Disney Springs promenade and another overlooking the lake.

Typical Spanish colors of citrus, namely orange and lemon, offer a welcoming ambience alongside predominant touches of wood and ceramic materials. Stunning artwork includes the “Suit of Lights,” an iconic photo of a bullfighter’s suit from Spanish photographer Rafael Vargas, as well a collage of San Sebastian’s popular Concha beach by photographer Ciuco Gutiérrez, bringing the Spanish landscape closer to Walt Disney World Resort.

Occupying the front-corner of Jaleo and overlooking the main promenade of Disney Springs will be a quick-service concept serving Spanish street-food-inspired sandwiches and salads. The design of the casual restaurant features natural materials and a luminous, open feel, inviting visitors into the friendly space, which is centered around a large mural from Marc Jesús, a famous painter from Menorca. With dynamic visual elements drawn from the culinary delights and landscapes of Spain, Andrés and Capella aim to surround visitors in the culture of their native country and all its creativity.

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Article Posted: Jan 08, 2019 / 10:20am ET
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nicb88Apr 18, 2019

You can now make reservations for Jaleo through the Disney website, too. I’m pretty sure that’s very recent.

Ariel1986Apr 18, 2019

This looks great. I wonder if any Dining Plan would cover it. I know that you can have 2 tapas/1 plated dish/paella for two and a dessert on the regular plan.

rezzykApr 01, 2019

My wife and I went there with some friends last week. No wait at 7pm on a Monday night (at least not yet!) We ended up staying there until after 10. For 5 people we spent $300, and $70 of that was alcohol! So $230 for 5 people wasn't too bad, and we got 4 quesos, 1 paella, 10 small dishes, and 3 desserts. We had a great time and the food was good. I do think this so somewhere you should go as a group, as the small plates make it more of a sharing experience, where you just order a lot of different things and everyone tries it out. My wife and I talked after and we both agreed we would have been lost and ended up not ordering things we enjoyed if it was just the two of us.

Ariel1986Mar 27, 2019

Anyone seen any updates yet on how the dining plan will work- how many dishes you can have etc.?

Andrew CMar 27, 2019

Lol. DW and I literally just watched this.

MisterPenguinMar 27, 2019

the.dreamfinderMar 26, 2019

Like a spice indicator system? Then no. I LOVE spicy foods and didn’t think anything was particularly spicy. The orange cheese, whose name escapes me, and it’s accompanied jam had an intense flavor, but not necessarily spicy. The wait staff know the menu very well and will offer comments and suggestions if asked.

MisterPenguinMar 26, 2019

I don't like spicy-hot foods. Are the spicy and mild menu items clearly labeled. Is everything hot. Are there items you wouldn't think would be spicy but in actuality are?

the.dreamfinderMar 25, 2019

I went to Jaleo last week, AMA. Not pictured:Tortilla de patatas clássica

wdwmagicMar 22, 2019

Yeah Jaleo has 3 onstage kitchens where most of it is done, but there must be some backstage prep kitchens. Pepe has a kitchen visible, but it may well share some of the Jaleo prep areas, I’m not sure about that.

MisterPenguinMar 22, 2019

Oh, thanks for the clarification. I thought Pepe's was just their counter service. I stand corrected!