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Empress Lilly / Fulton's Crab House restaurant

(May 1, 1976 - April 22, 1995)

(March 19, 1996 - present)

 

Photos of the Fulton's Crab House restaurant in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World.

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On May 1, 1976, the Empress Lilly seafood restaurant opened at the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village.  Set on Village Lake, Empress Lilly was modeled after and reconstructed as a full-size paddle steamer riverboat.  Of course, Empress Lilly technically is not a riverboat, or an actual boat, it was just built to look like one.  Nevertheless, the 220-foot long, 62-foot wide structure impressed the public with its incredible size, attention to detail, and nautical theming as a whole.

Downtown Disney - Fulton's Crab House - 1995 - 01 Downtown Disney - Fulton's Crab House - 1995 - 02

The Empress Lilly, named in honor of Lillian Disney, Walt Disney's wife, was constructed with four separate dining and entertainment areas:  Baton Rouge Lounge, Steerman's Quarters, Fisherman's Deck, and the Empress Room.

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On April 22, 1995, the Empress Lilly closed for refurbishment.  The interior was changed, the smokestacks and paddle wheel were removed, and the restaurant changed ownership.  It reopened on March 19, 1996, as Fulton's Crab House under the control of Levy Restaurants.

Downtown Disney - Fulton's Crab House - 2012 - 01

Fulton's Crab House continues to serve a wide variety of fresh seafood in the Marketplace at Downtown Disney.

 

TRIVIA Throughout the years, Fulton's Crab House has been classified as both a Marketplace and a Pleasure Island restaurant.

 

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