Open & Closed Restaurants at Disney World (February 2023)
This list of open & closed restaurants at Walt Disney World 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 reopened, and more.
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.
Notable recent developments include the resumption of buffet service, expanded operations, and restoration of many ‘missing meals’ at many character dining experiences. In addition to this, a handful of niche Signature Dining establishments have returned or are reopening soon, albeit with massive price increases and prix fixe menus. (Presumably, these are ‘star-chasers’ now that there’s a Florida Michelin Guide.)
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 is also 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. (See What’s Up With ADR Availability? for more details about that.) 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.
If you don’t make ADRs that far in advance, check out our Top 10 Tips for Difficult ADRs at Walt Disney World. With the exception of new or newly-reopened restaurants, we make the vast majority of our ADRs only a few days in advance (or even the same-day). This covers some of our hacks for reserving restaurants on shorter notice.
With that out of the way, let’s start with some other updates…
- ESPN Club
- Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
- Dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Buffet Service at Disney Junior Play n’ Dine at Hollywood & Vine
- Buffet Service at Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine
- Buffet Service at Tusker House
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Crystal Palace: A Buffet with Characters featuring Winnie the Pooh and Friends
- Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Café
- Monsieur Paul
- ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch
- Top of the World Lounge
- Victoria & Albert’s
- Buffet Service at Chef Mickey’s – March 1, 2023
- Characters at Cinderella’s Royal Table – February 28, 2023
- Cake Bake Shop – 2023
- Summer House on the Lake – 2023
- Rosa Mexicano Restaurant – 2023
- Toy Story Land Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant – March 23, 2023
The newest developments on this list are the return of princesses in the dining room at Cinderella’s Royal Table and the buffet service at Chef Mickey’s. The latter had been a family-style meal, which was well-regarded among guests and an upgrade over the previous buffet; here’s hoping upgrades are made to elevate the cuisine quality. As for Cinderella’s Royal Table, the roaming princesses will return to the dining room, joining Cinderella, who already appears in the lobby.
With almost all restaurants having reopened at this point, the biggest changes on the horizon for 2023 will be like those occurring at Cinderella’s Royal Table and Chef Mickey’s. There are still several restaurants that need to restore “missing meals” and going from regular restaurants to character dining experiences, as was the case pre-closure. Expect this to happen largely by Spring 2023.
The implication from Walt Disney World is that more character meals will return in the months to come. The major impediment to this is staffing shortages, which remain an ongoing issue and probably will throughout 2023. Fortunately, Cast Member morale is starting to improve and turnover is decreasing, so Walt Disney World should finally be able to hire and retain enough Cast Members to restore operational normalcy.
This is why, for example, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall has reopened but is only serving dinner and not breakfast. There’s more than enough demand to sell out of ADRs for all three meals well in advance–Disney is not voluntarily leaving money on the table; they don’t have enough Cast Members to work the shifts necessary to open for breakfast and lunch.
With all of that out of the way, here’s what’s open & closed at Walt Disney World as of February 2023…
Magic Kingdom Open Restaurants List
- Adventureland Spring Roll Cart
- Aloha Isle
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Casey’s Corner
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
- Cheshire Cafe
- Columbia Harbour House
- Cool Ship
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Crystal Palace
- Diamond Horseshoe
- Frontierland Churro Cart
- Gaston’s Tavern
- Golden Oak Outpost
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
- Liberty Square Market
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- Lunching Pad
- Main Street Bakery
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
- Plaza Restaurant
- Prince Eric’s Village Market
- Sleepy Hollow
- Storybook Treats
- Sunshine Tree Terrace
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
- Tortuga Tavern
- Westward Ho
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.
This 3-course dining experience is $67 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $39 for children (ages 3 to 9). Tax and gratuity are not included. You can read more about this experience in our Be Our Guest Restaurant Prix Fixe Dinner Review.
Magic Kingdom Closed Restaurants List
- Aunt Polly’s Dockside Inn
- Tomorrowland Terrace
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 Easter 2023, but unlikely before then.
Animal Kingdom Open Restaurants List
- Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
- Creature Comforts
- Dawa Bar
- Dino-Bite Snacks
- Dino Diner
- Eight Spoon Cafe
- Flame Tree Barbecue
- Harambe Fruit Market
- Harambe Market
- Isle of Java
- Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Mr. Kamal’s
- Nomad Lounge
- Pongu Pongu
- Rainforest Cafe
- Satu’li Canteen
- Smiling Crocodile
- Tamu Tamu Refreshments
- Terra Treats
- Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks
- Tiffins Restaurant
- Tusker House Restaurant
- Warung Outpost
- Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
- Yak & Yeti Restaurant
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
- ABC Commissary
- Anaheim Produce
- Backlot Express
- BaseLine Tap House
- Catalina Eddie’s
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- Dockside Diner
- Epic Eats
- Fairfax Fare
- 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
- Milk Stand
- Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
- 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
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
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Block & Hans Fine American Ale
- Choza de Margarita
- Cool Wash
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- Crepes des Chefs de France
- Epcot Festival Marketplaces
- Fife & Drum Tavern
- Funnel Cake
- Garden Grill Restaurant
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
- Joy of Tea
- Kabuki Café
- Katsura Grill
- 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
- Monsieur Paul
- Nine Dragons Restaurant
- Pizza al Taglio – Via Napoli Pizza Window
- Popcorn in Canada
- Refreshment Outpost
- Refreshment Port
- 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
- Sunshine Seasons
- Tangierine Cafe (festival location)
- Teppan Edo
- Tokyo Dining
- Traveler’s Café
- Tutto Italia Ristorante
- Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
- UK Beer Cart
- Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
- Yorkshire County Fish Shop
EPCOT NOT Open List:
- Restaurant Marrakesh
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. This now includes Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Monsieur Paul, and Takumi-Tei. The bad news is that all three–and other restaurants–remain short-staffed and have limited hours as a result.
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
- 1900 Park Fare
- Garden View Tea Room
- Cape Town Lounge & Wine Bar
- Be Our Guest Restaurant – Breakfast
- Be Our Guest Restaurant – Counter Service Lunch
- Cinderella’s Royal Table – Fairytale Princess Dining
- Garden Grill – Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast Breakfast
- 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 2023. We’ll keep you posted with regular updates here!
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It appears that Ohana is only open Weekends from March – June. Can you confirm?
I’m hoping 1900 park fare reopens before July. It was always my favorite dinner spot
Akershus breakfast has been one of our absolute favorite meals. Really hoping they will once again offer breakfast sooner rather than later.
What about Space 220 at Epcot? I didn’t see that one mentioned.
it’s been open. we went this past September. pricey so definitely a one time thing for us. didn’t help our kids barely ate
I thought so. Wanted to make sure. Thanks for the info!
I need the Trails End buffets to come back please
So sad about the price increase at Takumi Tei. The restaurant is so lovely, and the staff was extremely friendly as we practiced our Japanese. One of the best Disney meals we’ve had. We’ll likely just do Morimoto Asia instead (although I wish they’d shake up their menu more often).
$250 per person for a meal at Disneyworld? Congratulations, Disney, you have finally found the limit of what I will pay. Thank goodness there are more than enough other excellent dining options. And I’d love to hang out at the walk-up waitlist stand and see people’s reactions to the price. Bring on the Figment popcorn bucket!
Finally. Takumi-Tei Is returning. My favorite EPCOT restaurant.
I was there a few weeks ago and spoke with a Hoop de do manager about the return of Trails End buffet. He said it is never coming back and the family style is permanent.
What are they doing to Narcoossee’s?
Garden Grill breakfast is a fave of ours. I hope it’s back soon!
Just going by complexity reverse order, Takumi-Tei seems to be hiring, this may return in time for the holidays. Chef Mickeys and Trails End will convert back to buffets seem like low hanging fruit.
Bon Voyage breakfast will return before 1900 Park Fare and Akershus returns. Restaurant Marrakesh is a giant question mark, maybe it gets reimagined, especially owned now by Disney.
And finally the Dining plan returns in 2023.
Solid assessments, all around.
I’m skeptical about Takumi-Tei, but hope you’re right. Mitsukoshi has been hiring and having job fairs for over a year and hasn’t had much success. With borders finally reopening properly and the international programs returning, maybe there’s still a chance this holiday season.
Personally, I kind of hope 1900 Park Fare stays closed until whatever is planned for the Grand Floridian overhaul makes its way to the lobby. That space feels very much like a converted convention center and could really use a refresh. We’ve waited this long–what’s another ~8 months?
When will they restore Trail’s End to its former glory?
Your guess is as good as mine at this point. I really figured it would’ve happened when Hoop-Dee-Doo returned. No clue what the holdup is.