We made it out to Paddlefish for brunch on Sunday (review coming up), and took some time to explore the new restaurant. Featuring three floors of dining spaces in addition to some outdoor areas, Paddlefish has a capacity of 760 guests. Let’s take a look, floor by floor.

Entrance and first floor

Walking to the bow of the boat, we have a large dining space with a bar and kitchen.

Making our way to the stern, we see a mix of 6, 4, and 2 top tables with a view towards Rainforest Cafe.

At the stern of the boat there is a nice seating area wrapped around a staircase with a view of the paddle wheel.

Second floor

Near the check-in area midship, there is a staircase leading to the second floor.

Like the first floor, there are tables with views of Rainforest Cafe in between two seating areas at the bow and stern.

Making our way to the stern, we see a comparable seating area as the one looking at the paddle wheel. However, the lack of a paddle wheel on the second floor means that this space gets some better light.

At the bow is another nice space with plenty of light.

Third floor

Interior hallways on the first two floors give way to outdoor walking areas with a mixture of seating (and standing) options along with nice views of the greater Disney Springs area.

There are two indoor seating areas on the third floor. Here’s the one area we were able to see.

And what would this overview be if we didn’t show the awesomely themed bathroom?

Thoughts

Overall, it’s a nice space. There is a seating setup for everyone. From a darker, more intimate feeling space near the paddle wheel, to a casual, outdoor lounging area on the third deck. The use of wood, tiling, and lighting fixtures give the restaurant a premium feel. While the exterior is maybe a little plain, stepping inside is where Paddlefish shines. If nothing else, it’s a fun space to explore and walk around.

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