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, temporarily closing, and more. (Updated October 13, 2023.)
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 most buffets. On top of that, table service restaurants started filling more tables, improving their efficiency, and seating more guests per day.
On another positive note, Walt Disney World’s culinary teams aren’t quite as understaffed as they were the last two years. 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.
Most Advance Dining Reservations are still more competitive than pre-closure, but many ADRs are getting easier to book. Some are still elusive, especially for larger parties. As such, it’s recommended that you book bright and early 60 days beforehand–and even that might not be good enough. These include Story Book Dining at Artist Point, Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ, Space 220 Restaurant, California Grill, and a handful of other 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.
In more “mixed” news, the Disney Dining Plan will return in 2024. This is great for Walt Disney World fans who love that pre-paid meal plan, but it’ll also increase demand for table service restaurants. The positive of this is that it could be another catalyst for Walt Disney World to restore missing meal services or bring back some of the remaining restaurants that are still closed. The negative of it is that ADRs could once again become more competitive.
With that out of the way, let’s start with some other updates…
Technically not ‘coming soon’ as it reopened on the date of this update, but Narcoossee’s is back as of October 13, 2023. This was a brief closure to make kitchen upgrades that couldn’t be accomplished during the reimagining that was completed earlier this year. Either way Narcoossee’s is back (again).
The only other update is that Summer House on the Lake is still slated for a Late 2023 opening, allegedly. We had this pegged as slipping into Early 2024…and still think there’s a very good possibility of that…but the restaurant group contends that it’s on schedule to open this holiday season!
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Aunt Polly’s Dockside Inn
Both of these have been seasonal for the last decade-plus, but neither have operated at all in the last 3 years. Normally, these would open for the weeks around peak season dates. That’s possible again for Thanksgiving or Christmas 2023, but unlikely before then. Even if it does return, Tomorrowland Terrace would only be open for lunch due to fireworks dessert parties in the evening.
Located deep in World Showcase’s Morocco pavilion, Restaurant Marrakesh is used as a free lounge during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. So it definitely won’t reopen until December 2023 at the absolute earliest. More realistically, it probably won’t open until mid-2024 and maybe not even then.
Our expectation is that, whenever it does return, it’ll be a different concept. Disney took ownership of the Morocco pavilion a few years ago, and has quietly changed a lot since then. Turning this into Aladdin character dining to increase its popularity makes too much sense for Walt Disney World not to do it.
1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian)
Garden View Tea Room (Grand Floridian)
Cape Town Lounge & Wine Bar (Animal Kingdom Lodge)
Grand Floridian is currently in the midst of a large-scale reimagining, and this is expected to encompass 1900 Park Fare and the Garden View Tea Room. That project has now moved into the main building, with work being done on the lobby. However, it will not conclude in 2023 as previously anticipated, instead pausing for the popular holiday season and resuming in early 2024. As such, we do not expect either 1900 Park Fare or Garden View Tea Room to return until at least Spring 2024. (And again, that’s at the earliest.)
Be Our Guest Restaurant – Breakfast
Be Our Guest Restaurant – Counter Service Lunch
Brunch at California Grill
Plaza Restaurant – Breakfast
Trattoria al Forno – Bon Voyage Character Breakfast
Be Our Guest Restaurant is still doing its prix fixe dinner rather than 3 distinct meals. However, its popularity has decreased dramatically over the course of 2023, so we’re optimistic that it might return to normal at some point in 2024.
While open, Trattoria al Forno is doing a standard breakfast rather than its Bon Voyage Character Dining Experience. The major impediment to this returning and other character meals extending their hours is (still) staffing shortages. 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 also why, for example, breakfast has been so slow to return to restaurants all around Walt Disney World. 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 are the restaurants that are open at Walt Disney World as of Late 2023…
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
Again, Be Our Guest Restaurant is offering an ‘all-day’ table service menu previously reserved for dinner. That means breakfast is discontinued, as is the counter service lunch. You can read more about this experience in our Be Our Guest Restaurant Prix Fixe Dinner Review.
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
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
Municiberg Neighborhood Bakery
Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
Rosie’s All-American Café
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Sunshine Day Bar
Toy Story Roundup Rodeo BBQ
The Trolley Car Café
Woody’s Lunch Box
EPCOT Open Restaurants List
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
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
Shiki-Sai: Sushi Izakaya
Space 220 Restaurant
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
Even though the overwhelming majority of restaurants have reopened, it doesn’t always “feel” that way at Walt Disney World–especially to those who enjoy the unique dining experiences. Here’s hoping more normalcy to restaurants returns in 2024. We’ll keep you posted with regular updates here!
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