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For those familiar with the Boston Lobster Feast in Orlando, they now have a food truck (Claw Daddy's) that has been mostly at Disney (although it stops at major events in the area). [Their parent company, Bar Harbor Seafood, also has a take-out restaurant at their seafood warehouse that my wife and I patronize. My wife, a native of Maine, loves the lobster roll. I prefer the clams with bellies.]

If you go to this link, you can see the food truck. Priced are right and according to a local TV news station report, the food is excellent. Sorry, the video of the food and truck was removed when the new Web site appear last week.

The reason for this post is that Disney appears to be getting into the food truck business at WDW. Plus there is a lot more information about Disney Springs.

There are now numerous reports that on Tuesday, March 12 an internal meeting between Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and cast members of Downtown Disney did confirm many of the details but some new details were also shared.

Among the new details shared at the meeting:

Two parking garages will be included in the new plans, both the one already rumored for the area near World of Disney and a second one near Cirque.

Pollo Campero will be closing, which Save Pleasure Island has been reporting for weeks now, but now we know this will allow for a major expansion to the World of Disney store. Save Pleasure Island is reporting that this should begin by the end of Summer 2013.

Pin Traders in the Marketplace area will be demolished.
Earl of Sandwich will be remodeled and expanded.

The entire project will take between 16-19 months, though I’ve heard that with store build outs and remodel expect up to 24 months before all the construction is finished. The project will break ground by mid-Summer 2013.

While we wait for more details I wanted to focus on another aspect of the new Disney Springs. In the slide shared in the former posts along with all the restaurants was a brand that might point to something unique. While Downtown Disney has had gift trucks and food trucks on property for a while now this has mostly been low scale offerings that fill empty spots within the complex. Disney has also allowed some local food trucks onto the property for events at the Wide World of Sports and some of the conventions around the property. On the slide of restaurants was a brand called ‘Food Truck Row’ with a logo featuring three food trucks.

On the local food truck front there has been a major backlog for truck build-outs as one of the main food truck builders has a supposed mystery client who has rush ordered 10 highly themed food trucks. The new trucks will be ready by mid-summer, a timeline that lines up directly with the one that Staggs shared in the CM meeting on Tuesday. So with the evidence mounting do you think that Disney is about to get into the food truck scene on their own? Would you go to a Disney branded food truck or would you rather have local food trucks at Downtown Disney?

Disney in the food truck business. I guess that would help keep quality under control so I like that. If Disney gets inventive, this could be a fun way to have vastly different food offerings circulating around Disney resorts (assuming Disney takes the food truck idea of different and new). with 10 trucks, four could be at Pleasure Island while the others rotate between resorts. Just a thought...

I am also glad to see the build-out of the Disney Store. There are days during the Christmas season when it is hard to move around in that store. This store needs to be an icon in size and content. The parking ideas do not impress...

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