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Dining in Walt Disney World During Reopening Phase | Restaurants Guide

Dining in Walt Disney World is definitely one of our favorite activities when we are on vacation, but the entire experience has changed during the parks and resorts reopening. Even if you’ve been to Disney World 100 times, dining here now is going to be a whole lot different!

Walt Disney World Dining Restaurants after reopening

Knowing all the changes coming to the Disney World restaurants will be vital so you can enjoy dining in this reopening phase. Right now, just figuring out which restaurants are open would be a big help!

(Updated 4/19/22) – Disney has announced that normal character dining is back in Disney World including hugs and autographs. Also, more Disney World restaurants have reopened in recent months, and Disney has announced that Victoria & Alberts is reopening and Spirit of Aloha is closing permanently.

Read more about these in the NEWS section of this post…

In this post, we are going to answer all your questions about Disney World restaurants during the initial reopening phase. We’ll cover all the new changes to the dining experience in general, including new safety measures for the restaurants that you will need to follow.

We’ll also go over how all types of restaurants are changing in Disney World, from character dining to quick service to private dining. It’s exciting to see all the new technology Disney is putting to good use to make these experiences possible right now.

Some of the restaurants are going to be closed and most have significantly reduced capacity during the reopening phase. We’ll tell you all the Disney World restaurants currently open or when they are reopening.

Dining in Disney World Restaurants after reopening

We’re shocked at all the dining-related perks that haven’t been available for a while like the Disney Dining Plan and the Free Dining promotion. Never before have we seen Disney take actions so drastic.

Try to remember that since the reopening, Disney has implemented these new guidelines for dining in cooperation with the CDC and other health authorities. Thankfully, many of the guidelines they originally set in place have now gone away and things are returning to normal once again.

During this time, Disney has also suspended quite a few dining experiences and not all restaurants will be available right away. Even the ones that are open and the restaurants will be limited in guest capacity and some of the popular menu items and dining features might not be there.

Before we get started, make sure to read our Guide to Walt Disney World Reopening for the latest updates and a look at how the rest of the resort is going to be different.

Here are some other posts about the reopening you should read before your vacation:

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(NEWS) Normal Character Dining Back at Walt Disney World

For fans of character dining, the reopening phase at Walt Disney World has been a difficult time. However, things are about to get a lot better as normal character dining is now back at Walt Disney World!

Goofy at Chef Mickey's

Now that traditional character meet and greets are back in the parks, there is no reason to keep the physical distancing measures in place at the character dining experiences either.

As of this writing, some of your favorite character dining locations have already returned to normal operations and running the way they were before the park closure in 2020. That means you can get up close to the characters and hug them, get autographs and give high-fives just like before.

Here is the list of normal character meals currently running in Walt Disney World so far:

  • Artist Point – Story Book Dining with Snow White at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Snow White, the Evil Queen, Dopey, and Grumpy)
  • Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck)
  • Garden Grill at The Land Pavilion in EPCOT (Mickey, Pluto, and Chip ‘n Dale)
  • Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and Roadster Goofy at breakfast and Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Pluto at other meals)
  • Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy Duck)
  • Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy)

All 6 of these restaurants have traditional character experiences as they did in the past, before the closures in 2020.

Buffets return to Walt Disney World

Other dining locations with characters but that don’t have the full character experience include:

  • Be Our Guest in Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom (The Beast)
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table in Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom (Cinderella)

There are also still many character dining experiences that have not yet returned to operations. These include:

  • 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (Closed)
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in EPCOT (Closed)
  • Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (Open without characters)
  • The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom (Open without Characters)
  • ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (open without characters)
  • Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort (open without characters)

During the initial reopening phase of the character dining locations, instead of having the characters go around and greet guests as they normally did, they still made an appearance by greeting guests while keeping physically distanced. That meant no hugs or autographs.

Now, that has all changed and it finally feels like they are getting back to normal once again.

Minnie Mouse at Chef Mickey's

Our feeling is that this is a good move for guests. The CDC is no longer requiring face masks to be worn indoors, and Disney has already dropped the face mask mandate in Walt Disney World. They obviously feel that there is a low enough risk at this point in time to make that happen.

So if Disney is ok with not wearing face masks, there wasn’t a reason anymore to keep the character interactions at these dining locations reduced from their original format.

Guests will feel like they are getting more value for their money, and it gives them more options for dining during their visit. For guests who are not ok with character dining at this time, the option is simple…don’t go. Guests who feel uncomfortable can just continue eating at traditional quick service or table service restaurants with no harm done.

We’ll keep you updated as more info comes out. Stay tuned for more character dining locations returning to Walt Disney World soon!

(UPDATE) – Victoria & Albert’s Reopening in 2022 and Spirit of Aloha Closed Permanently

We’ve come a long way in the last couple of years and now almost all of the restaurants in Walt Disney World are now reopened, with only a handful remaining closed. Now, Disney has just made a couple of big announcements about two of the biggest ones that are still left, with some bittersweet news.

Victoria & Albert's Disney World

The good news is that Victoria & Albert’s is reopening sometime in 2022. This doesn’t come as a shock as it is arguably the best restaurant in Central Florida year after year. Its presence has been severely missed, though with limited seating, we understand why Disney didn’t make this a priority early on.

Now that it’s back though, we are ecstatic. It is without a doubt the best restaurant in Walt Disney World, and frankly, it’s not even close.

Disney hasn’t given an official date for the reopening of Victoria & Albert’s, just that it will be later in 2022. I don’t know when, but I do know that we’ll be first in line when it finally opens!

Spirit of Aloha Show

The sad news on the other hand is that the popular dinner show, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is closing permanently. That’s right, it’s never coming back.

Instead, the land where the show once took place will be used for the new Disney Vacation Club Tower coming to Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Disney’s Spirit of Aloha dinner show was an all-you-can-eat feast, with traditional Polynesian dancers, entertainers, and live music. It’s been a family favorite for decades and one of the most unique dining experiences in Disney World.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort DVC Expansion concept art

Honestly, however much we hate the decision, we can’t say it was a surprise. The Spirit of Aloha show took up a valuable piece of real estate at the Polynesian Resort, and Disney is going to make a ton of money selling those DVC rentals with a resort there instead.

We’re sad about this change and anytime we lose a Disney World classic it’s never an easy thing. We wish Spirit of Aloha was sticking around, and would much prefer it over the plain-looking tower being built in its place.

The last really big restaurant yet to open is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue over at the Fort Wilderness Campground. Let’s hope it doesn’t share the same fate as Spirit of Aloha!

We’ll update you about this and any other restaurant reopenings as soon as we have more info.

(NEWS) 3 More Dining Experiences Reopening in Disney World

Since last year many of the restaurants in Walt Disney World have been closed, with some opening up one at a time. Now Disney has just released some news about 3 more restaurants and dining experiences in Disney World that are returning in January and February.

3 Disney World Restaurants returning

The 3 returning are:

  • Flying Fish – (Disney’s Boardwalk Inn)
  • Jiko – (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill – (Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa)

This means there are 3 table service restaurants coming back, two of which are some of our all-time favorite Disney restaurants! Each of them has some changes from before, and adjustments have been made to allow guests to enjoy them with the same normal experience.

There have also been some new changes to 2 other dining locations, Cape May Café and Ale & Compass Restaurant.

Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn (Opening January 27, 2022)

Flying Fish reopening at Boardwalk

Flying Fish which is conveniently located on the promenade of Disney’s Boardwalk is reopening on January 27, 2022. This is by far one of the best places for seafood at Disney World and its quality is second-to-none.

There are a ton of great entree choices like the Seafood Pearl Pasta which is full of shrimp, lobster, scallops, clams, and mussels. Another option from the sea is the Plancha-seared Scallops accompanied with savory grits, sweet corn, and Peppadew emulsion.

Finish your night at Flying Fish with dessert and enjoy the Cocoa Breach accompanied with delicious vanilla custard. It’s perfect for any chocolate lover!

The Turf Club Bar & Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (Opening February 3, 2022)

The Turf Club Bar and Grill reopening

The Turf Club Bar and Grill, one of the most underrated dining experiences at Walt Disney World is coming back starting February 3 at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.

This restaurant serves delicious American dishes like the New York Cider-braised Mussels appetizer flavored with garlic, chorizo, fennel, Fresno chili, and apple cider topped with a grilled baguette.

The Grilled Pork Chop or Braised Lamb Tagliatelle are both excellent options for dinner. For dessert, enjoy a classic New York Cheesecake.

Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Reopening February 17, 2022)

Jiko returning to Animal Kingdom Lodge

Jiko – The Cooking Place is returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge starting February 17. This is an incredible dining location and if you haven’t been before, there is never a better time than now to give it a try!

Some returning items include the Seafood Tagine which is filled with prawns, scallops, squid, and Littleneck clams, and perfect seafood lovers!

For dessert make sure to try the Kilimanjaro made from decadent dark chocolate mousse, pistachio financier, pink peppercorn meringue, cacao nib crunch, and ras el hanout pineapples. It looks awesome and tastes even better dessert is not just gorgeous, but delicious too.

Advanced Dining Reservations for all 3 restaurants open up starting January 20, 2022. Reservations are hard to come by right now at Disney World so make them as quickly as you can.

Changes at Cape May Café and Ale & Compass Restaurant

Ale and Compass Breakfast

Over at Disney’s Yacht Club, Ale & Compass Restaurant is making some changes to breakfast starting January 31. Some exciting breakfast options are returning such as the Blueberry Bacon Pancakes.

You can also order the tasty buffet filled with additions to your entrée, including pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits, overnight oats, and house-made cheddar biscuits with country gravy.

Cape May Cafe changes

Starting on February 15 at Cape May Café over at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, the all-you-can-eat buffets for both breakfast and dinner are coming back!

At breakfast look to eat some of the signature items like the pull-apart bread with vanilla sauce, beef hash, and an omelet station. And don’t forget the Mickey and Minnie waffles!

At dinner, you will find options like cornbread, seasonal harvest salad, seafood boil, and a daily carving station, just to name a few. The snow crab legs are back too, as well as a whole lobster, but they will be an upcharge and purchased by the pound.

We are disappointed to see the crab legs not included with the normal buffet as it appears to be another one of Disney’s cost-cutting measures to guests.

We are excited to see these restaurants making a return as they are some of the only remaining signature dining restaurants yet to open. We are still missing Victoria & Albert’s, as well as Takumi Tei, so we’ll keep an eye out for those hopefully soon.

What to Know Before You Go

Disney World Restaurants in Disney Springs

While there are a ton of things we are going to go over in this post, here are the most important things to know about how dining and Disney World restaurants are changing during the reopening phase.

Safety Guidelines in Place – New safety requirements for guests are being included in all Disney World restaurants. These include increased cleaning and sanitation, contactless menus, and more.

Using New Technology – In order to help with safety, Disney is using new technology in its restaurants including contactless menus, Mobile Ordering, Mobile Dine Check-In, and cashless payment.

Limited Dining Offerings – Not all restaurants are open during the Disney World reopening phase. Restaurants will also have limited capacity with fewer reservations available.

Lunch Box Tarts Woody's Lunch Box Hollywood Studios

Limited Experiences – Are you a big fan of character meals and dinner shows? Those are not currently running, for the most part). Other experiences like private and in-room dining are limited or not available.

Reservations Changed – New dining reservations are now available to all guests but are only available for booking 60 days before your vacation date. Read more about dining reservations below.

Big Changes to Disney World Restaurants

City Works Eatery & Pour House Beer Flights

Let’s break down some of the biggest changes to dining in Disney World you need to know about. These include reservations, decrease restaurant capacity and eliminating popular add-ons like the Disney Dining Plan.

Lower Capacity

When the parks first opened, to comply with guest distancing, Disney could not keep normal restaurant capacity as it was before. Tables were spaced out a minimum of 6 feet from each other to give dining guests enough room.

While the distancing isn’t the issue anymore, there is a shortage of staff right now at Disney World, and restaurants are only able to fill up as much as the staff can handle them.

All this results in fewer guests being able to dine in a given restaurant at one time. This at times has lead to reservations being more difficult to get. We hope the staffing problem gets better soon and that brings more capacity back to the restaurants again.

Reservations Needed

It was already important to make reservations for table service restaurants in Walt Disney World before the reopening period, and it has become even more important now.

Limited capacity and helping Disney understand how to staff the restaurants means making Disney Advanced Dining Reservations is now more important than ever and you won’t get to make as many decisions at the last minute.

In-Park Dining Reservations

Outside Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom Restaurants

Because of Disney’s new park reservation system, this creates some new problems for dining at Disney World restaurants. If you want to eat at one of the table service restaurants in the theme parks, you will need a reservation, but a reservation to a restaurant doesn’t mean you automatically get access to the theme parks.

WHAT?? How does that work?

Entrance to the Disney theme parks are only given to guests with a theme park reservation. Having only a dining reservation at a restaurant there will not get you in. You need both.

That means booking your theme parks is going to be first priority for each day, and then from there, you can decide which restaurants you want to eat at.

Disney Dining Plan

Lights in Tiffins Restaurant Animal Kingdom

For the foreseeable future, the popular Disney Dining Plan has been suspended. This came as a surprise since so many guests use the pre-paid dining plan when going to Disney World.

The decision to get rid of the dining plan is a consequence of limiting capacity in the restaurants and in the parks. Disney cannot guarantee guests will be able to use up all their purchased dining points if some restaurants are closed and others are hard to get reservations to due to the lack of staff. For those reasons, they decided to temporarily suspend the meal plans.

Disney has confirmed that the Disney Dining Plan is coming back, but it appears that it won’t be until later in 2022.

Free Dining

white plate of pork belly at Walt Disney World

Disney’s extremely popular Free Dining promotion has also been suspended until further notice. Free Dining is essentially the same thing as the Disney Dining Plan, only it’s worked into the price of your room and you aren’t paying anything additional to add it on to your room.

So without the Disney Dining Plan running, Free Dining can’t happen either. No word yet on when it’s coming back, but rumors are that it too won’t be back until late 2022 at the earliest.

Even though there are a lot of upset Disney fans because of this move, there are other ways of saving money at Disney World and oftentimes waiting for a room only discount saves even more than Free Dining does.

Menus May Vary

Walt Disney World Dining menus

As a result of having fewer people, it’s natural that menus don’t have to be quite as big as they normally are. During the opening period, Disney has warned that menus may vary from normal. There may be a reduced number of options with some regular choices missing from the list.

If you are hoping to eat your favorite dish when eating at a given restaurant, prepare for the possibility that it might not be there.

We hope this isn’t widespread because many restaurants in Disney World have dishes they are well-known for, and we come back time and time again for.

Safety Guidelines for Dining

Guests sitting at tables with face masks in Disney World

Besides organizational changes to the Disney World restaurants, Disney has implemented new safety measures that are put in place to protect both guests and Cast Members. Get familiar with these, and the other guidelines for the theme parks as you’ll need to follow them on your trip.

Face Masks

It’s true that face masks are no longer required at The Walt Disney World Resort and are completely optional. This includes in restaurants.

There was much confusion during the reopening and in some places in restaurants face coverings were required and in others they weren’t.

To further confuse the matter, Disney has updated its face mask policy what seems like a thousand times, with varying rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. Thankfully, that is over now and face masks are optional in all indoor and outdoor areas, including restaurants.

Restaurant staff including waiters and chefs will always be wearing a face covering so as to not contaminate the food or guests.

To learn more, read our Guide to Face Masks at Disney World.

Cleaning/Sanitization 

Disney is increasing the cleaning throughout the resort, restaurants included. All areas that are considered “high traffic” will get extra cleaning and sanitization including: tables, chairs, benches, doors, handles, restrooms, buttons, dining pagers, etc.

Expect to see sparkling clean tables like you’ve never seen before!

Self-Service

Self Service Beverage Station Disney World Dining Restaurants

Disney originally was limiting what guests could touch to keep them from potentially contaminating others. Instead, they set up Disney Cast Members to serve you instead, including at self-serve drinking fountains.

However, now this has gone away and you can get your own drinks.

Temperature Screening

Temperature screening was required at Walt Disney World for the first year or so of the reopening phase. Now they have discontinued temperature screenings and they are non longer set up.

Dining Experience Types

Glass and bottle of wine in Walt Disney World Restaurants

We know not all restaurants have reopened yet in Disney World, and there are also restrictions on some types of dining experiences too. Here is the rundown:

Table Service Dining

The majority of Table Service restaurants have reopened but not all of them. Some of them are still not open, but the vast majority are. At times though it’s hard to find a reservation due to the shortage of workers currently in Walt Disney World.

The ones that are open will have limited seating and fewer tables than normal because of the shortage.

Quick Service Dining

From what we have seen so far, the great majority of quick service restaurants have reopened reopening during the initial phase. Capacity is limited here too and guests encouraged to use the Mobile Ordering system.

Bars and Lounges

The lounges and bars at Disney World ran into a speed bump at the beginning of the reopening phase but they are back to normal now and serving guests.

Jock Lindsey's Hanger Bar Disney Springs

Various bars such as Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar, Dockside Margaritas and other are now reopened and serving alcohol.

The most popular bar in Walt Disney World, Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge also went back and forth between open and closed at times but it is also open once again.

Character Dining

Character Dining Disney World after reopening

Disney has recently reopened character dining in Walt Disney World at multiple locations. There were character meals during the reopening phase, but they were physically-distanced. Now the traditional character meets are back including hugs, autographs, and photos right next to the characters.

We’re super happy about this as the best part of a character meal is when they come around and take pictures with you at your table, and not distanced selfies but real photos while you are hugging them.

There are a few character dining meals that are running during the first phase of the reopening. Some of them include:

  • Chef Mickey’s – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Hollywood & Vine – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Garden Grill – The Land Pavilion, EPCOT
  • Storybook Dining at Artist’s Point – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Topolino’s Character Breakfast – Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Tusker House Restaurant – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant – Disney’s Magic Kingdom (see characters without full character experience)
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table – Disney’s Magic Kingdom (see characters without full character experience)

These character meals are modified experiences where the characters pass by but don’t hug, sign autographs or take pictures with the guests. The spaces are large enough where the characters will be able to walk by and greet guests from a distance.

No word yet when the character dining meals will get back to normal.

Dinner Shows

Dinner shows like the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue not running at this time, though Disney has confirmed it is coming back. The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show however at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is being torn down and replaced by a new DVC Tower.

Buffets

Germany buffet EPCOT

For over a year since the Walt Disney World parks reopened, buffet restaurants were temporarily suspended. That has now changed and buffets are back at Disney World!

During the reopening phase restaurants that were normally buffet-style were transitioned into family-style restaurants similar to Ohana’.

This change was recently reversed and we are now seeing buffets come back with 4 of them announced so far.

Buffets currently operating in Walt Disney World include:

  • Biergarten at EPCOT
  • Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Crystal Palace at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
  • Cape May Café

Walt Disney World buffets are going to be the same all-you-can-eat affairs as they were before the closure. Some changes include limiting the number of people that gather at the buffet at one time and pre-preparing some dishes in some areas such as at the omlette stations.

Family Style Meal Ohana

We expect this change to move slowly across Walt Disney World until most buffets are brought back. Restaurants that were previously family-style such as Ohana’ will remain that way for now.

Stay tuned for more updates on this one as more buffets return to Disney World.

Private Dining / In-Room Dining

(Update): In-Room Dining is now available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, so this may start to be available at other Disney World hotels shortly.

Which Disney World Restaurants Are Open?

Disney World Dining table service restaurants

One of the hardest part of dining in Disney World now is figuring out which restaurants are open and that you can actually go to.

Disney is reopening the restaurants in phases and doing it group by group. Disney has warned guests already that they’ll have to be patient and that some dining experiences will not be open during their next trip.

Which restaurants are open? Here are some lists, broken down by location at Disney Springs, the Resorts and Theme Parks.

Theme Parks

EPCOT Dining Walt Disney World

Disney has released a full list of all the restaurants currently open in the theme parks during the reopening period.

Restaurants are reopening in phases, and a good number of quick service and table service restaurants will be open with the parks. As the crowds come back so will more restaurants.

Can I Eat in a Park Restaurant Without a Theme Park Reservation?

No, you can’t. Just having a dining reservation to a restaurant in one of the theme parks, does not give you access to that theme park. If you want to eat in one of those restaurants you will need to have both a Park Reservation AND a Dining Reservation.

Magic Kingdom

  • Aloha Isle
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Casey’s Corner
  • Cheshire Cafe
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Cool Ship
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • The Crystal Palace
  • The Friar’s Nook
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Prince Eric’s Village Market
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Storybook Treats
  • Sunshine Tree Terrace
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Westward Ho

Not Open:

  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Animal Kingdom

  • Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
  • Caravan Road
  • Creature Comforts
  • Dawa Bar
  • Dino-Bite Snacks
  • Dino Diner
  • Drinkwallah
  • Eight Spoon Cafe
  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Harambe Fruit Market
  • Harmabe Market
  • Isle of Java
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Kusafiri Coffe Shop & Bakery
  • Mahindi
  • Mr. Kamal’s
  • Nomad Lounge
  • Pizzafari
  • Pongu Pongu
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments
  • Terra Treats
  • The Smiling Crocodile
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks
  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Trilo-Bites
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Warung Outpost
  • Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Not Currently Open:

  • Pizzafari Family-Style Dining
  • Restaurantasaurus Burger & Sundaes

EPCOT

Not Currently Open:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Cool Wash
  • Monsieur Paul
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Takumi-Tei

Hollywood Studios

  • 50’s Prime Time Café
  • ABC Commissary
  • Anaheim Produce
  • Backlot Express
  • BaseLine Tap House
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  • Dockside Diner
  • Epic Eats
  • Fairfax Fare
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
  • Hollywood Scoops
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • KRNR The Rock Station
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Market
  • Milk Stand
  • Oga’s Cantina
  • Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Rosie’s All-American Café
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
  • Sunshine Day Bar
  • The Trolley Car Café
  • Tune-In Lounge
  • Woody’s Lunch Box

Not Currently Open:

  • Neighborhood Bakery

Once we have confirmation of more restaurants in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom reopening, we’ll post them here.

Disney Springs

Disney Springs Dining reopening

Disney Springs was the very first part of Walt Disney World to reopen and therefore got a head start on dining. Most of the restaurants have reopened already with only a couple still missing.

List of Disney Springs Restaurants currently open:

  • 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  • AMC Disney Springs Dine-In Theaters
  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • AristoCrepes
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
  • The Basket at Wine Bar George
  • Blaze Fast-Fired Pizza
  • The BOATHOUSE
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
  • Chicken Guy!
  • City Works Eatery & Pour House
  • Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar
  • Cookes of Dublin
  • D-Luxe Burger (Mobile Order Only)
  • The Daily Poutine
  • Disney Food Trucks
  • Dockside Margaritas
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • The Edison
  • Enzo’s Hideaway
  • Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  • Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew
  • The Front Porch
  • Frontera Cocina
  • The Ganachery
  • Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Soda Shop
  • Gideon’s Bakehouse
  • Häagen-Dazs®
  • House of Blues
  • Jaleo by José Andrés
  • Jock Linsey’s Hanger Bar
  • Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company
  • Joffrey’s Handcrafted Smoothies Kiosk
  • Lava Lounge at Rainforest Cafe
  • MacGUFFINS
  • Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante
  • Marketplace Snacks
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Morimoto Asia Street Food
  • Paddlefish
  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
  • Pizza Ponte
  • Planet Hollywood
  • The Polite Pig
  • Raglan Road
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Starbucks (Marketplace)
  • Starbucks (West Side – Outdoor seating only)
  • Sunshine Churros (Both Marketplace and West Side locations)
  • STK Orlando
  • Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side
  • T-REX
  • Terralina Crafted Italian
  • Vivoli il Gelato
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels (Both Marketplace and West Side locations)
  • Wine Bar George
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
  • Yesake

Get a full tour and the latest updates in our post on Disney Springs Reopening.

Resorts

Grand Floridian Cafe Disney World

Just because some of the Disney World resorts are reopening, doesn’t mean all the restaurants in those resorts are reopening too. So far the list is pretty limited and pretty much eliminates all signature dining and character dining locations (Topolino’s being the lone exception for both).

Here is the current list of resort restaurants Currently Open:

Bay Lake Tower and Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • California Grill
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Contempo Cafe
  • Contemporary Grounds
  • Cove Bar
  • Outer Rim
  • The Sand Bar

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

  • Silver Screen Spirits Pool Bar
  • World Premiere Food Court

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas – Kidani Village

  • Boma
  • Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar
  • Jiko
  • Maji Pool Bar
  • The Mara
  • Sanaa
  • Sanaa Lounge
  • Uzima Springs Pool Bar

Disney’s Beach Club & Villas

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort & Villas

  • AbracadaBar
  • Belle Vue Lounge
  • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
  • BoardWalk Bakery
  • Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas
  • Flying Fish
  • Leaping Horse Libations
  • Pizza Window
  • Trattoria al Forno

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Banana Cabana
  • Centertown Market
  • Sebastian’s Bistro

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Barcelona Lounge
  • Cafe Rio
  • Dahlia Lounge
  • El Mercado de Coronado
  • Rix Sports Bar & Grill
  • Siestas Cantina
  • Three Bridges Bar & Grill at Villa del Lago
  • Toledo: Tapas, Steak & Seafood

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

  • The Chuck Wagon
  • Crocket’s Tavern
  • Meadow Snack Bar
  • P&J’s Southern Takeout

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Villas

  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill
  • Courtyard Pool Bar
  • Enchanted Rose
  • Gasparilla Island Grill
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Narcoossee’s
  • Victoria & Albert’s (Reopening Soon)

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

  • Good’s Food to Go
  • Gurgling Suitcase
  • Olivia’s Cafe
  • Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks

Disney’s Polynesian Polynesian Village Resort

  • Barefoot Pool Bar
  • Capt. Cook’s
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Deli
  • Kona Cafe
  • ‘Ohana
  • Pineapple Lanai
  • Tambu Lounge
  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
  • Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Everything POP Shopping & Dining
  • Petals Pool Bar

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

  • Mardi Grogs
  • Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
  • Scat Cat’s Club

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • Muddy Rivers
  • River Roost
  • Riverside Mill Food Court

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • Backstretch Pool Bar
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Cafe
  • On the Rocks Pool Bar
  • The Paddock Grill
  • The Turf Club Lounge
  • The Turb Club Bar & Grill

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill
  • Roaring Fork
  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point
  • Territory Lounge
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Ale & Compass Restaurant
  • Ale & Compass Lounge
  • The Market at Ale & Compass
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels

  • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
  • Chill
  • The Fountain
  • Fresh Mediterranean Market
  • Fuel
  • Garden Grove
  • Il Mulino
  • Il Mulino Lounge
  • Java
  • Kimonos
  • Kimonos Lounge
  • Phins
  • Picabu
  • Shula’s Lounge
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Splash Pool Bar and Grill
  • Todd English’s bluezoo
  • Todd English’s bluezoo Lounge

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

As more dining locations open in the resorts we’ll add them to the list.

Find out how the entire hotel experience is changing now in our post on Staying at a Disney World Hotel During Reopening.

Technology

Technology is playing a big part in keeping guests safe in Disney World right now and has made reopening possible. Here are some of the most important ways Disney is using technology right now during the reopening phase:

My Disney Experience

Make sure you have the My Disney Experience app installed and updated on your mobile phone before you head to Walt Disney World. You’re going to need this app more now than ever with all the virtual queues, online check-in, and other digital services which will be vital to having a wonderful experience on your trip.

Mobile Ordering

Mobile Order sign at the pick-up counter

If you want to eat at a quick service restaurant in Disney World when it reopens, Disney’s Mobile Ordering service is the best way to do that.

It allows you to order your food ahead of time from your mobile device at the quick service dining location of choice. Choose all your food options, make substitutions, and place your order. Then when you are in the area, pick up your food without having to wait at all in line!

With Disney concentrating on enforcing distancing between guests, it’s a great solution to the normal lines for food. For a more detailed look, read our post on Disney’s Mobile Ordering – The Complete Guide.

Mobile Dine Check-In

host stand Morimoto Asia Disney Springs

Normally, before being seated at a Disney World restaurant, you check-in at the host stand at the entrance to the restaurant. Instead, now guests have the opportunity to get sent directly to their tables.

How does that happen? Disney’s Mobile Dine Check-In app.

When you arrive at the restaurant you will scan a QR code that will check-in you and your party to your reservation. When your table is ready, you will be notified and directed where to go.

Learn more about how this new technology works and in which restaurants it will be available in our post on Disney’s Mobile Dine Check-In app.

Contactless Menus

One of the cooler uses of technology in Disney restaurants are the contactless menus. This eliminates the need for a traditional paper menu.

At quick service restaurants, the menus are displayed for guests to easily see on signage. At table service restaurants a QR code is on the table that guests can scan with their mobile phones. Once scanned the full restaurant menu comes right onto your phone.

Cashless Payment

contactless payment Walt Disney World Dining

Cashless forms of payment have been accepted in Walt Disney World for a while, but now Disney is going to be strongly recommending guests use them during their stay instead of cash.

Some of the contactless payment types include:

  • Credit Cards
  • Debit Cards
  • Disney Gift Cards
  • MagicBands
  • E-Wallets (Apple Pay, Android Pay, etc)

These minimize contact with the cashiers and help avoid the spreading of germs.

Reservations

My Disney Experience dining reservation dates

Figuring out your dining reservations is always one of the biggest things to do when visiting Walt Disney World and that doesn’t change after the reopening. Here are the biggest things to know about restaurant reservations:

  • New Disney World restaurant reservations are now available to book for all guests.
  • Guests can now make new reservations starting 60 days from their hotel arrival date or desired dining date.
  • Reservations are available Online, on the My Disney Experience app or by Phone.
  • Dining reservations are necessary for anyone wanting to dine at a table service restaurant (In the parks or resorts).
  • The booking window has been changed from 180 Days to 60 Days before the dining date. 60+10 rule applies to Walt Disney World Resort guests.

When Can I Make New Dining Reservations and How?

New Disney World dining reservations are available for all guests starting 60 days from their hotel arrival date or dining date. They are no longer limited to just Walt Disney World Resort guests but available to everyone.

  • Restaurant reservations can be made Online on the Computer or using My Disney Experience (Starts at 6 am daily).
  • Phone reservations start daily at 7 am.

TIP: Remember the booking window has changed to 60 Days before your desired dining date (60+10 for WDW Resort guests). This might result in some restaurants becoming harder to book so make sure to be online at 6:00 am sharp to make reservations.

You Need Reservations for Table Service Restaurants

Ribeye Steak Disney World Dining

Whether going to a table service restaurant in a resort hotel or in the theme parks, dining reservations are highly recommended and in some locations required. Some walk-ins are accepted but it’s much safer to book a table.

Remember, a Dining Reservation in a theme park restaurant, however, doesn’t give you automatic access to the theme park. You need a separate park reservation and a dining reservation in that case.

For a better look at how dining reservations work during the reopening phase, read our Guide to Restaurant Reservations in Disney World.

Disney Dining Plan Cancellations & Refunds

Disney World Buffets return

Even though the Disney Dining Plans is not running at this time, you are probably wondering about refunds for booked experiences and packages.

  • There are still cancellation fees or no-show fees for reservations not canceled within 24 hours of the reservation time.
  • Pre-paid dining experiences and reservations are fully refunded if canceled within 24 hours of the reservation time.

Canceled Dining Events

special dining events Garden Tea Room Grand Floridian

For the moment, Disney has also canceled most special dining events and experiences. Here is the current list of canceled dining events:

  • Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room
  • Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie
  • Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night
  • Dine with an Animal Specialist
  • Dining with an Imagineer – Cítricos
  • Dining with an Imagineer – The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland
  • Epcot Forever Dining Package
  • Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience
  • Fantasmic! Dining Package
  • Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Package
  • Frozen Ever After Dessert Party
  • Highway in the Sky Dine Around
  • Jiko Wine Tasting
  • Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage
  • Rivers of Light Dessert Party
  • Rivers of Light Dining Package
  • Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience
  • Sense of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Signature Celebration at Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour
  • Tiffins Talks
  • Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table Dinner
  • Wanyama Safari
  • Wonderland Tea Party at 1900 Park Fare

“We understand how much excitement, thought and time goes into planning your visits to Walt Disney World Resort and realize some of these changes may be disappointing. Please know we will be here to help you, as our Cast remains focused on delivering magical experiences and incredible storytelling for everyone who visits.”

No reopening dates have been given for these canceled events and tours. Disney will continue to monitor the situation and reopen them when possible.

How Long Will These Changes Last?

Bowl of Gelato Disney World Il Mulino

Unfortunately, at this time we don’t know how long these changes to dining in Disney World will go on for. At this point, if you want to go to Disney World, you are going to have to follow these new policies and procedures.

These changes will last through the “reopening phase” in Walt Disney World. Just how long of a period the reopening phase is, we still don’t know. It will be however long is necessary according to government and health officials to protect the guests and safely run the parks.

Though we don’t have an exact date when dining in Walt Disney World will go back to normal again, we are already seeing a big change. There are way fewer restrictions on dining and across the parks in general and every month things feel more and more normal. Our guess is some things will continue in the coming months, but that by the end of 2022 most of the restrictions will be gone.

If that doesn’t fit with your idea of a Disney vacation, you will probably want to push your trip off until some of these guidelines are not needed anymore. Check out our post on Visiting Disney World in 2022 vs. 2023 for more information on which is the right decision for you.

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about the changes to dining in Disney World…

  • Which change affects you the most?
  • What has been your experience so far since restaurants reopened?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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kamir bouchareb st

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

goooooooooooooooooood

Lawrence Horn

Friday 27th of August 2021

I enjoy your informative emails and post. I would like to suggest you put a note as to where the photos were taken. Like the Gilled cheese sandwich pictured above was in which restaurant. Thank you.

JRiley

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Thank you for all the time and effort that went into putting this information together. It is the best and most comprehensive reference I have seen. A pity things have changed so drastically from the visits to which we are accustomed. I believe I will be cancelling our stay at Jambo House for January. Such a disappointment. Thanks again for the terrific job you have done with this post.

Ziggy

Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Thanks for the comment JRiley. Hopefully, all the info helps, keep checking back as I update it regularly. Sorry for your trip but I totally get not wanting to go right now. Honestly, I wouldn't be either if was coming from out of town or it wasn't my job. Especially for those who come every few years it just makes more sense to save your money and wait

Steve

Friday 21st of August 2020

I don’t see any reference, at the Polynesian is the luau in operation?

scott roberts

Sunday 9th of August 2020

I am a good Disney guest. I postponed my April trip due to closure. I accepted the loss of my park hoppers and my dining plans. I even waited again to re-book my sit down meals. 60 days out I made all my reservations for the second time, with some give and take between myself and Disney. Then bam no notice...park hour changes for September. Bad enough less hours in the park for the cost of "a regular park day", but now no reservations for food. My reservations are obsolete because the park now is close when I should be eating my meal. Calling to make new reservations for a third time now, no help. Online dining reservations are all full. Well, unless I want to eat dinner mid day and kill 2 hours of limited park time. So, I have to ask myself. Why even bother going to Disney World now? 1 reason to see the joy on a young ones face, It is a shame she will starve.