Month: March 2016

Live Blog: Morimoto Asia’s Grand Opening in Disney Springs


Image via Twitter / @chef_morimoto

We attended the grand opening ceremony of Morimoto Asia, Disneys Springs’ new Pan-Asian experience, and a live blog covering the event is below:

September 29, 2015 @ 4:59pm: Traditional Matsuriza Japanese Taiko drummers, and a Wah Lum Kung Fu Temple Chinese Lion Dance welcome guests in before the official ceremony begins.

September 29, 2015 @ 5:16pm: Maribeth Bisienere, Disney Springs’ senior vice president, begins the ceremony, she thanks all those in attending and states that Morimoto Asia is the first ever Pan-Asian restaurant from Iron Chef Morimoto.

September 29, 2015 @ 5:29pm: Chef Masahuru Morimoto welcomes guests to his new restaurant with a short speech acknowledging what an exciting night it is for him. He thanks all those that helped create his dream. He concludes his speech with a traditional Japanese song.

September 29, 2015 @ 5:45pm: The speaking portion of the evening, concludes with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Walt Disney World president George Kalogridis,  Mickey Mouse, and other Disney World officials, toasting to success, with a traditional Sake breaking ceremony.

September 29, 2015 @ 6:29pm: Morimoto fillets a 100lb tuna then turns it into a 60-foot long sushi roll with the help of  press and VIPs, including  Mickey Mouse.

September 29, 2015 @ 7:04pm: Throughout the night, guests can experience demonstrations such as Chinese Calligraphy, Japanese Origami.

September 29, 2015 @ 7:15pm: Guests are invited to sit and try a sampling of some of the items on the pan-Asian fusion menu. Notable entrees include Peking duck and Black cod.

September 29, 2015 @ 8:49pm: As the evening begins to conclude, the server brings out a sampling of desserts ranging from churro fondue to mochi-mochi with edible flowers.

Morimoto Asia grand opening at Walt Disney World
  Image via Flickr / Ricky Brigante

September 29, 2015 @ 10:00pm: The opening night event comes to a close and guests are invited to return when the restaurant reopens; from 11:30am to 10:00 p.m., 7 days a week.