List of Open & Closed Restaurants at Disney World (December 2021)

This list of open & closed restaurants at Walt Disney World as of Christmas 2021 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 December 1, 2021.)

The good news is that the vast majority of noteworthy dining options at Walt Disney World have now reopened. Throughout this past summer, 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 bad news is that this pace of positive news has slowed down since Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary started. While a couple more restaurants will return in December 2021, that’s likely it until 2022. Several fine dining options remain closed, as do meals with face characters, plus the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Spirit of Aloha Dinner Shows (see When Will Hoop-Dee-Doo Return? for the latest developments in that saga). It’s likely that most restaurants that haven’t returned yet will not be back until Spring 2022…

Turning back to positive news, Walt Disney World’s culinary teams aren’t nearly as understaffed, as they were this summer. This is one of the big reasons why restaurants are able to fill more tables and increase their capacity. That’s good news for those trying to score Advance Dining Reservations or walk-up availability.

To be sure, some Advance Dining Reservations are more competitive than pre-closure. Several restaurants have ADRs so elusive that you won’t have much luck scoring them unless you book bright and early 60 days beforehand. These include Space 220 Restaurant, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, California Grill, Be Our Guest Restaurant, and many more locations. We recommend booking early, but if you can’t, check back for cancellations as they’re also increasingly common now.

It’s also worth noting that despite many restaurants returning, many do not have full menus. Gradually, restaurants–especially sit-down ones–are expanding their offerings. However, many counter service restaurants still have scaled back menus, and it’s often the more ambitious and labor or ingredient intensive items that have been removed.

In other words, if you want standard theme park fare like burgers or pizza, you’re fine. The more interesting stuff–along with many unique snacks–remain temporarily unavailable. Check individual restaurant pages on DisneyWorld.com for exact menus and operating schedules.

With that out of the way, let’s start with the latest updates for December 2021…

Coming Soon…

  • Story Book Dining at Artist Point – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside

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 $62 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $37 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 Christmas and New Year’s Eve. That’s probably possible again later in December 2021.

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
  • Mahindi
  • Mr. Kamal’s
  • Nomad Lounge
  • Pizzafari
  • Pongu Pongu
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Smiling Crocodile
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments
  • Terra Treats
  • Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks
  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Trilo-Bites
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Warung Outpost
  • Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Animal Kingdom NOT Open List:

  • Caravan Road

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
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • Gelati
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sommerfest (Seasonal)
  • Spice Road Table
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Tangierine Cafe
  • 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:

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

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…

Animal Kingdom Lodge Closed Restaurants

  • Cape Town Lounge & Wine Bar
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place

Boardwalk Inn Closed Restaurants

  • ESPN Club
  • Flying Fish
  • Funnel Cake Cart

Grand Floridian Resort Closed Restaurants

  • 1900 Park Fare
  • Garden View Tea Room
  • Victoria & Albert’s

Other Closed Resort Restaurants

  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue – Fort Wilderness
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show – Polynesian Village Resort
  • Spyglass Grill – Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Top of the World Lounge – Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort
  • Turf Club Bar & Grill – Saratoga Springs Resort

Planning a Walt Disney World trip? Learn about hotels on our Walt Disney World Hotels Reviews page. For where to eat, read our Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews. To save money on tickets or determine which type to buy, read our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post. Our What to Pack for Disney Trips post takes a unique look at clever items to take. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Ride Guides will help. For comprehensive advice, the best place to start is our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide for everything you need to know!

YOUR THOUGHTS

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!

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