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Connections Café and Eatery Coming to EPCOT | Details & Info

There are many new experiences coming to Walt Disney World in the coming months and one of the most anticipated is the Connections Café and Eatery restaurant coming to EPCOT.

Connections Cafe and Eatery EPCOT Concept Art

In this post, we are going to explain everything you need to know about Connections Café and Eatery. We are going to share with you all the details we have so far including when the opening could be, menu possibilities, and much more!

Connections Café and Eatery Overview

  • Location: EPCOT Park, World Celebration
  • Status: Under Construction
  • ETA: 2022?
  • Type: Quick Service Dining
  • Price: $-$$
  • Cuisine Type: Unknown
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Dress Code: Theme Park Attire

We’ve got a bunch of new info from the latest Destination D23 event, and nothing makes us more excited than hearing more new restaurants are coming to Walt Disney World!

And it just so happens that a brand new quick service restaurant is coming to EPCOT called: “Connections Café and Eatery.”

We don’t know much about Connections Café and Eatery at this time, but we do know it will be located in the new World Celebration after the rearranging of EPCOT which is split into 4 different neighborhoods.

The restaurant will be located where the old Electric Umbrella called home for many years, but obviously with a bunch of changes to the building.

We aren’t sure yet what type of cuisine Connections Café and Eatery will be serving. Electric Umbrella served classic theme park food like hot dogs and burgers, and this new location will probably stick to something similar.

I don’t know how high it will land on our list of the best quick service restaurants in EPCOT, but the potential is there if done right.

Opening Date

Construction at EPCOT around Spaceship Earth

Right now the big question is: “When will Connections Café and Eatery open in EPCOT?”

At this time, Disney has not revealed when the opening date is going to be, and anything at this point is just a guess.

The front half of EPCOT is lacking in quick service options at the moment, and the sooner it can open, the better it will be for guests. Right now we are in the middle of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration, and Disney would like to open this restaurant before it’s over. Seeing that it ends in 2023, we still have plenty of time.

Our guess is that Connections Café and Eatery will open sometime in 2022, but we have no insider information and it’s only a guess. It will be a centerpiece of the EPCOT transformation project, especially in World Celebration.

Whenever this new location opens, it will be a welcome addition to the park and we can’t wait to try it out! We’ll let you know when we get an opening date.

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Price

Since Connections Café and Eatery is a quick service restaurant, it will be one of the cheaper places to eat in EPCOT and affordable for everyone. It will be listed in the $-$$ range which means $10-$20 per person depending on what you order.

We’ll update you when we know the exact price.

Dining Plan

As of right now, we do not know whether the Disney Dining Plan will be accepted at Connections Café and Eatery, Disney hasn’t announced that yet.

When the Disney Dining Plan comes back, Connections Café and Eatery will likely accept the Disney Dining Plan and be a Quick Service Dining Credit restaurant.

Discounts

  • Tables in Wonderland – TBD
  • WDW Annual Passholder – TBD
  • Disney Vacation Club – TBD
  • Disney Rewards VISA – TBD

Disney has not yet announced what kind of discounts will be available at the new Connections Café and Eatery restaurant. Most quick service restaurants in Disney World don’t have any discounts and we expect that to be the same here so don’t count on the standard 10% Annual Passholder Discount or a 20% Tables in Wonderland Discount.

Location/Directions

Creations Shop Entrance

Connections Café and Eatery is located in World Celebration, in the front half of EPCOT. It’s in the old Electric Umbrella location and right next door to the new Creations Shop and near Club Cool.

It’s rumored that a new Starbucks is going to share space with Connections Café and Eatery, we just don’t know if it will be in the same interior space, or located next door.

Hours of Operation

Disney has not yet announced the hours of operation for Connections Café and Eatery. However, it’s likely that it will be open for all 3 meals per day, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. As long as EPCOT starts opening up in time for breakfast, it makes sense they would serve it here.

An estimate of Connections Café and Eatery’s hours:

  • Breakfast: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Lunch: 10:30 am – 4:25 pm
  • Dinner: 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Mobile Order

Like all quick service restaurants, Disney’s Mobile Order service will be a big part of how guests get food at Connections Café and Eatery. It allows you to order your food ahead of time and skip the line.

You won’t have to worry about getting an Advanced Dining Reservation in Disney World, that isn’t necessary for a quick-service restaurant.

It’s always a good idea to book your trip around one of the least crowded times of the year in Disney World to minimize wait times for restaurants or attractions.

Must-Try Food/Drinks at Connections Café & Eatery

The new Connections Café and Eatery is not open yet. Once it opens we will let you know what the must-try food items and drinks are.

Connections Café & Eatery Menu:

*(Last Updated 11/20/21) – If you have any Menu updates or corrections please let us know!

Lunch/Dinner Menu:

Disney hasn’t yet shared any details about the menu for the Connections Café & Eatery restaurant. As soon as some of the menu items are announced we will have them here for you, including prices and photos of the food and drinks.

Connections Café & Eatery FAQ’s

Is Connections Café & Eatery open?

No, not at this time. Connections Café & Eatery will likely open sometime in 2022 but Disney has not yet announced a date at this time.

What Kind of Food Does it Serve?

We don’t have any menu info at this time but it is a quick service restaurant and it will likely serve American theme park fare.

Review:

The Connections Café & Eatery restaurant is not yet open in EPCOT. When it opens we will bring you a full review of all the food and drinks, plus a detailed look at the restaurant’s atmosphere and theming.

We hope you enjoyed this look at the new Connections Café & Eatery restaurant. Keep checking back here at Ziggy Knows Disney as we will be adding any new info as it comes out.

In the meantime, check out our Disney World Restaurant Review page for a closer look at all the restaurants. Be sure to read our list of the Best Disney World Restaurants for our full rankings of all the top places to eat on your trip.

If you are going to Disney World soon, make sure to read our Disney World Planning Guide for all the tips and info you will need to cover everything! Also, check out our Disney World Crowd Calendar so you know when the best time to visit is!

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about the new Connections Café & Eatery restaurant coming to EPCOT…

  • Are you looking forward to this new restaurant?
  • What type of food would you like to be served?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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