Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza is one of what will soon be more than 200 locations worldwide, mostly located in California and along the east coast of the United States. The lack of a line 30 people out the door is an uncommon sight. I’d suggest going at on off-peak time for an easier experience. Sometime between 2pm and 5pm is best, with this picture taken on March 31st at 3pm. If you visit during a peak time, expect to wait about 15 minutes to order.
Established back in 2011, the chain is one of the fastest growing in the world. And for good reason. Everyone likes pizza. Everyone likes friendly service. Everyone likes getting exactly what they want. And everyone likes to “feel” like they paid a good price for it. And that’s exactly what Blaze offers. To start, there are a few options. Those that just want cheese pay $7.25. Add just one topping and it’s $1.20 more or $8.45. Or add as many of the 40+ sauces, toppings, and finishes for $9.65. Blaze also offers a high-rise, thicker crust for $2 more or you can go with gluten-free dough for the same upcharge. Being at Disney Springs, the pizzas do cost a bit more than neighboring eateries. At their location near the University of Central Florida, Simple Pies are $5, 1-Top Pizzas are $6.75, and the Build Your Own would run you $8.25. So on the top line, you’re just paying an extra $1.40 compared to the Blaze down the road, which doesn’t seem to be that significant.
Pizzas are incredibly customizable:
The signature pies offer some popular options that you can also add or subtract from, making the process a little easier.
Blaze also offers salads, drinks, beer, wine, and desserts.
Pricing on that. A Kids’ pizza is also available with choice of cheese or one-topping, in addition to a choice between milk or apple juice and choice of s’more pie, brownie, cookie, or fruit pack (gross).
A variety of bottled beverages are available, in addition to a seasonal Funky Buddha and Yuengling beers on draft.
The four salads available as a side or entree portion.
Of the many things Blaze does well, offering fresh ingredients is an important one. Order as many as you want.
The drink selection is another high point.
Three excellent Blue Sky Sodas, each made wtih 100% cane sugar, are available.
A variety of Agua Frescas are available.
In addition to an Original Lemonade and Sweetened Iced Tea.
The “Fast Fire’d” in the name comes from the fact that your pizza is cooked to your specifications in 180 seconds and served immediately. A buzzer handed to you at checkout will alert you to its readiness. Blaze does offer a 10% Annual Passholder discount, which is also nice.
Service is among the friendliest that I’ve encountered at a quick service establishment. Everyone seems authentically happy that you’re there, almost like Costco, where it seems like the employees are treated well and they pass that on to the customers.
The $9.65 Meat Eater with Pepperoni, Meatballs, Red Onion, Mozzarella and Red Sauce with Italian Sausage and Bacon added.
And a Build Your Own with Grilled Chicken, Mushrooms, Pepperoni, Banana Peppers, Red Onion, and a Barbecue Sauce finish. Even as Android phone pictures, these look more than pretty good I think.
The regular crust is on the thin side – it does enough to hold up any amount of toppings, but it’s much more like a crispy flatbread than a dough-y pillow.
I like the high-rise crust, pictured on this pizza with the spicy red sauce, and think it’s worth the additional two dollars. The extra 190 calories worth of bread also make the pizzas all the more shareable. A regular crust pizza should satisfy just about any appetite. I can barely polish one off myself. With the high rise crust, they’re easily shareable among two people and you should come out full without regretting your entire life (unless you’re in Disney blogging and continue to harbor many, many regrets). The Springs’ bus stop is convenient as we’re in between Planet Hollywood and STK so you can get back to All-Star Sports quickly if you need to.
Reviews for Blaze are overwhelmingly positive and I’ve enjoyed each of my experiences, but I’m not sure it’s the affordable Second Coming that many have led on.
This pizza, which is far more food with a thicker crust and more cheese, runs $13.50 at Wolfgang Puck Express.
This picture is horrific and I apologize for that, but Splitsville offers even bigger pizzas for $16. This Firehouse Chicken is way more food than two Blaze Pizzas that would cost you $19.30, or $3.30 more than the bowling alley pie.
A $14.50 Barbecue Chicken Pizza also at Wolfgang. And yes, $14 is more than $9.65, but if the $14 pizza is over twice the size of the $9.65 pizza, then it seems like paying more to get more isn’t such a bad deal. I find it moderately amusing that a $40 pizza that easily serves four adults at Via Napoli is SO EXPENSIVE FOR PIZZA, while a $10 pizza that serves one is SUCH AN AMAZING DEAL.
But Blaze offers a reliably fresh, tasty pizza to your exact specifications time and time again, in filling portions for less money than you’d pay for individual quick service entrees at most other locations. When I’m visiting Disney Springs, I’m usually looking for a more unique experience, but Blaze’s success is second to virtually none. It’s a crowd pleaser and one of the safest bets on property. You’ll leave satisfied.