This list of open & closed restaurants at Walt Disney World as of Summer 2022 covers what’s operating in Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and resort hotels. We update this regularly, with info on what’s coming soon, newly returning, and more. (Updated May 12, 2022.)
The good news is that the vast majority of noteworthy dining options at Walt Disney World have now reopened. Last year, restaurants reopened on a near-weekly basis. This included several Signature Restaurants, hidden gem counter service spots, and even some buffets. On top of that, table service restaurants started filling more tables, improving their efficiency, and seating more guests per day.
The biggest recent development is that normal character dining has returned to Walt Disney World. This means hugs, autographs, five highs, and applies to both fur and face characters are back at those restaurants. Presumably, this also means the reopenings of Akershus Royal Dining Hall and 1900 Park Fare are on the horizon, plus the return of missing meals at Crystal Palace, Cape May Cafe, and many other restaurants.
On another positive note, Walt Disney World’s culinary teams aren’t quite as understaffed as they were last year. This is one of the big reasons why restaurants are able to fill more tables and increase their capacity. (The same will also soon be true at character dining experiences, where tables were removed to allow more clearance between characters and guests.) That’s good news for those trying to score Advance Dining Reservations or walk-up availability.
To be sure, most Advance Dining Reservations are still much more competitive than pre-closure. Many restaurants have ADRs so elusive that you won’t have much luck scoring them unless you book bright and early 60 days beforehand–and even that might not be good enough. These include Space 220 Restaurant, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, California Grill, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and many more locations.
With that out of the way, let’s start with some other updates. First, the bad news. Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is gone for good. This fun-filled luau featuring traditional Polynesian dances, live music, and an all-you-care-to-enjoy tropical feast is being replaced by a New DVC Tower at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It’s highly unlikely that resort will offer a luau once it opens, as the space simply will not exist for it.
Next, Walt Disney World has shared that Victoria & Albert’s will be opening its doors once again at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa “later this year.” For what it’s worth, the reimagined Citricos restaurant pulled all or most of the Cast Members from Victoria & Albert’s when that reopened in order to fully staff that location. One of our servers told us that the plan is to reopen Victoria & Albert’s sometime this summer.
More bad news, depending upon your perspective, is that the ESPN Club is permanently closed. Walt Disney World announced this along with news that the BoardWalk is receiving a reimagining and new restaurant. Speaking of which, that’s the Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, a new table service restaurant and bakery that’s hugely popular in the Midwest.
The only other news in terms of reopening dates comes from Fort Wilderness, where Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue will return this summer with some script and scenery changes to the popular dinner show. That should make a lot of longtime Walt Disney World fans happy, as we received tons of questions about Hoop Dee Doo!
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Connections Cafe & Eatery – Epcot
Flying Fish – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Jiko: The Cooking Place – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Spyglass Grill – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Turf Club Bar & Grill – Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Cake Bake Shop – Sometime in 2023
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue – June 23, 2022
Top of the World Lounge – Summer 2022
Victoria & Albert’s – Summer 2022
Nothing else has specific dates or even seasons, but the implication from Walt Disney World’s character announcement is that Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot and 1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian will both reopen by Summer 2022. However, with the vagueness of the press release, that’s not a foregone conclusion.
Beyond that, our expectation is that we won’t see much movement again until around Memorial Day. Between now and then, Walt Disney World might restore more ‘missing meals’ (see below) than closed restaurants.
Magic Kingdom Open Restaurants List
Adventureland Spring Roll Cart
Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
Be Our Guest Restaurant
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Columbia Harbour House
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Frontierland Churro Cart
Golden Oak Outpost
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
Liberty Square Market
Liberty Tree Tavern
Main Street Bakery
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
Pinocchio Village Haus
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Prince Eric’s Village Market
Sunshine Tree Terrace
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Note that even though Be Our Guest Restaurant has returned, it’s using an ‘all-day’ table service menu previously reserved for dinner. That means breakfast is discontinued, as is the counter service lunch.
Both of these are seasonal anyway, so not big losses. Normally, these would open for the weeks around peak season dates. That’s probably possible again for Summer 2022
Animal Kingdom Open Restaurants List
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
Eight Spoon Cafe
Flame Tree Barbecue
Harambe Fruit Market
Isle of Java
Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Tamu Tamu Refreshments
Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks
Tusker House Restaurant
Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Animal Kingdom NOT Open List:
Not much commentary to offer here, as most of Animal Kingdom’s most popular dining options are returning. Animal Kingdom is probably the park most unscathed on the dining front. Everything still closed is a snack spot, many of which were not open regularly, anyway.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Open List
50’s Prime Time Café
BaseLine Tap House
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
The Hollywood Brown Derby
The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
Hollywood Scoops (Seasonal)
Hollywood & Vine
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Kat Saka’s Kettle
KRNR Rock Station Food Truck
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
Rosie’s All-American Café
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Sunshine Day Bar
The Trolley Car Café
Woody’s Lunch Box
It’s a similar story at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Almost every single noteworthy restaurant has now returned. Many have scaled back menus or show elements (in the case of 50’s Prime Time Cafe), but everything “important” is available.
Hollywood Studios Closed Restaurants List
Municiberg Neighborhood Bakery
Basically, everything is open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Municiberg Neighborhood Bakery is part of the temporary Incredibles area set up in Pixar Place, and it very well may never return.
EPCOT Open Restaurants List
Block & Hans Fine American Ale
Choza de Margarita
Coral Reef Restaurant
Crepes des Chefs de France
Epcot Festival Marketplaces
Fife & Drum Tavern
Garden Grill Restaurant
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Joy of Tea
Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
L’Artisan des Glaces
La Cantina de San Angel
La Cava de Tequila
La Hacienda de San Angel
The Land Cart
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie
Lotus Blossom Cafe
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Pizza al Taglio – Via Napoli Pizza Window
Popcorn in Canada
Regal Eagle’s Distinctly Patriotic Smokehouse: A Salute to All Foods, But Mostly Barbecued Meats ~ A Sam Eagle Craft Drafts & BBQ Joint
Rose & Crown Dining Room
Rose & Crown Pub
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Spice Road Table
Tangierine Cafe (festival location)
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
UK Beer Cart
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Yorkshire County Fish Shop
EPCOT NOT Open List:
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
When Walt Disney World first reopened, EPCOT was the park hit hardest on the dining front. That was due to it being the least busy park initially, having the most restaurants to begin with, and many not being operated by Disney.
The good news is that many restaurants have already returned at EPCOT–more than all of the other Walt Disney World parks combined. The bad news is that some of the park’s culinary all stars–like Takumi Tei and Monsieur Paul–still have not announced reopening dates. On a positive note, Takumi Tei has started doing private events on select weekends, like whiskey tastings.
There are a couple of explanations for the ongoing closures. First, without Cultural Representatives, World Showcase’s restaurants are short-staffed. Even though non-International Program Cast Members are being allowed to work in World Showcase temporarily, that’s obviously not as simple as flipping a switch.
Second, most of these restaurants are operated by third parties, some of which were hit hard by the closure. These operating participants lack Disney’s resources and getting back up and running may be more difficult.
Now let’s turn to resorts. For these, it’s easier for us to simply list what’s still closed at the operational hotels, as most restaurants have reopened…
Closed Resort Restaurants
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Top of the World Lounge
1900 Park Fare
Garden View Tea Room
Victoria & Albert’s
Cape Town Lounge & Wine Bar
Be Our Guest Restaurant – Breakfast
Be Our Guest Restaurant – Counter Service Lunch
Cape May Cafe – Character Breakfast
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Fairytale Princess Dining
Trattoria al Forno – Bon Voyage Character Breakfast
This last list encapsulates why many Walt Disney World guests still find dining to be lacking, especially at Magic Kingdom. There’s no pre-park opening breakfast, many character meals are missing, and Be Our Guest Restaurant is still doing its prix fixe dinner rather than 3 distinct meals.
On top of that, throughout Walt Disney World, character dining is still modified. There are also several Signature Restaurants still closed, and dinner shows are likewise unavailable. So even though the overwhelming majority of restaurants have reopened, it doesn’t always “feel” that way–especially to those who enjoy the unique dining experiences. Here’s hoping more normalcy to restaurants returns in Summer 2022. We’ll keep you posted with regular updates here!
What do you think about this list of restaurants that are reopening and remaining closed at Walt Disney World? Any closures that disappoint you? What about pleasant surprises? Will you be attempting to visit Walt Disney World in early 2022, or are you waiting until after that when things (presumably) get back to normal? Do you agree or disagree with our commentary? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!