Disney Springs is well know as a place to shop, play, and dine at Walt Disney World, but many guests don't realize that it's morphed into a foodie paradise. The area, once know as Downtown Disney, has doubled its footprint of store and restaurant space and become a Florida mecca for a parade of celebrity chefs. It still has plenty of quick serve options, and even a food truck court, for those who just want a quick bite, but those who appreciate gourmet dining can catch a meal approved by some of the biggest names in fine dining.

Art Smith at Homecoming

Celebrity chef Art Smith has worked for Florida governors and big names like Oprah Winfrey. He recently turned his talents to Homecoming, a Disney Springs restaurant specializing in comfort food prepared in fresh and healthy ways. Smith was a culinary intern at Walt Disney World in his college days, so the name of this new venture is appropriate. Smith talks about his early Disney experience and his restaurant in the video below:

Rick Bayless at Frontera Cocina

Celebrity chef Rick Bayless is a TV veteran, known for his show 'Mexico: One Plate at a Time' on PBS.

You don't have to travel south of the border to try his cuisine. It's right in Florida at Frontera Cocina, another Disney Springs dining option. Bayless brought some of the most popular dishes from his Chicago restaurant to Walt Disney World, where his eatery is run in partnership with the group who runs the restaurants at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot. He talks more about the restaurant in the video below:

Masaharu Morimoto at Morimoto Asia

Celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto is well known for his Iron Chef fame.

His Disney Springs restaurant opened in late 2015 and is a hot spot for those who love Asian cuisine with the twist that only an Iron Chef can give it. The chef showed his playful side at the restaurant's grand opening when he joined Chef Mickey Mouse in creating a 60 foot sushi roll. Moriomoto Asia offers plenty of sushi options, as well as heartier dishes:

Kevin Dundon at Raglan Road

Raglan Road is a Disney Springs institution.

It opened back in the Downtown Disney days in the now-defunct Pleasure Island area and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The restaurant and its cuisine are authentically Irish, and celebrity chef Kevin Dundon makes sure to keep things fresh and appealing. Dundon has appeared on countless TV shows and had his own eight part series, 'Kevin Dundon's Modern Irish Food' on PBS. His talents are showcased at Raglan Road in dishes like Kevin's Heavenly Ham, Sod the Stew (beef stew), Keen Eye for the Shepherd's Pie, and traditional fish & chips. He talks about his career and the restaurant in this 2014 interview:

Disney chef Bill Brown at D-Luxe Burger

In addition to big-name celebrity chefs, Walt Disney World has its own chefs creating and implementing concepts at Disney Springs.

D-Luxe Burger isn't a gourmet restaurant. It's a good old American burger joint serving up hot, juicy burgers, fresh cut french fries, and decadent shakes. Disney chef Bill Brown recently talked about this new eatery that offers counter service and a quick hearty meal:

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