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.
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.