Walt Disney World Resort will have Spanish Restaurant at Disney Springs

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla: José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup Prepares to open Jaleo, a Spanish Restaurant at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort.


The Dynamic Design of Jaleo at Disney Springs is the creation of renowned Spanish design firm Capella Garcia Arquitectura.

Opening this winter, the 22 thousand square foot restaurant will be Chef José Andrés largest to date and will serve the spirit and flavors of Spain.

Inspired by the colorful iconography of Spain, the architectural form of the building is motivated by an artichoke, a vegetable native to the homeland of José. The artichoke structure opens and invites guests to enter and taste the best of Spanish cuisine. The petals themselves form pergolas, which extend outwards. The freestanding, two-story building lacks solid walls and is completely open to the outside. Large windows offer views of the lake while protecting the guests 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 includes a central double-height courtyard that visually connects the two floors of the restaurant. The idea of Jaleo, a Spanish word for “revelry “, inspires the large, family-style gathering space. Guest can 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 boardwalk and the other on the lake.

The typical citrus colors of Spain, namely orange and lemon, offer a welcoming atmosphere alongside predominant touches of wood and ceramic materials.

The front-corner of Jaleo will be a quick-service concept serving Spanish street-food-inspired sandwiches and salads.

Information Source: Walt Disney World News
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