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. (Updated January 1, 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 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 ADRAvailability? 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…
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
‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch
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 January 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
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 Easter 2023, but unlikely before then.
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
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
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
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:
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
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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