Which Walt Disney World Restaurants Have Reopened?
Thanks to MickeyBlog, you know that Cinderella’s Royal Table and Hollywood & Vine have reopened.
One of them even features a character interaction of sorts!
Yes, normalcy has started to return in the wide world of Disney. However, plenty of places have yet to come back.
As someone visiting in less than a month, I know how confusing the situation is.
So, I’ve compiled this list of every major restaurant that has reopened at Walt Disney World.
My family found it quite useful in planning our meals, and I hope you do as well.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Dawa Bar (Currently closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
- Flame Tree Barbecue
- Rainforest Cafe
- Satu’li Canteen
- Tamu Tamu Refreshments (Just mentioning this for the Dole Whip enthusiasts)
- Tiffins Restaurant
- Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
- Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Please understand that this list is far from comprehensive. Other places that sell snacks and shareables have returned at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
For example, the Harambe Fruit Market has reopened. It’s the best place at Walt Disney World to buy…corn. I’m serious.
So, I recommend places like that for snacks, but this group serves a different purpose. It shows you where you know you can eat a meal.
Places like Rainforest Café and Tiffins have plenty of availability, depending on your budget.
Thanks to Mobile Ordering, you should have no trouble grabbing an order at Satu’li Canteen, Flame Tree Barbecue, or Restaurantosaurus, either.
You may have more trouble getting a table at places like Yak & Yeti, at least the Table Service side.
Remember that you can sign up for Landry’s Select Club for $25. You’ll receive a $25 account credit immediately for doing so, making it a wash.
Then, you’re guaranteed a table at any Landry’s restaurant. This group includes Yak & Yeti and Rainforest Café (plus T-REX at Disney Springs).
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe
- Backlot Express
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- The Hollywood Brown Derby
- Hollywood & Vine
- Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
- Oga’s Cantina
- Ronto Roasters
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
- Rosie’s All-American Café
I didn’t list them all, but everything at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has reopened. You can drink all the Green and Blue Milk that you desire.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has received more consistent attendance than the other three parks lately.
I presume that it’s a combination of satisfied Star Wars fans but some first-time visitors to the themed land.
Also, the arrival of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has spiked demand.
So, you should expect favorites like 50’s Prime Time Café and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant to sell out throughout the day.
I’ll mention a tip in the final section that may help you with this.
The other options at Hollywood Studios won’t come with heavy demand. You should have no trouble ordering or finding a table most of the time.
I haven’t included ABC Commissary here. However, since it’s so popular, I’ll add that it returns on October 8th.
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- Fife & Drum Tavern (For turkey leg enthusiasts)
- Garden Grill Restaurant
- Katsura Grill
- La Hacienda de San Angel
- La Cantina de San Angel
- Le Cellier Steakhouse
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse
- Rose & Crown Dining Room and Pub
- San Angel Inn Restaurante
- Spice Road Table
- Sunshine Seasons
- Teppan Edo
- Tutto Italia Ristorante
- Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
- Yorkshire County Fish Shop
You’ll have fewer issues finding food at EPCOT, and that’s before I factor in that the park hosts a festival right now.
Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will continue throughout the fall, effectively doubling your dining options.
Overall, the sheer volume of open eateries combined with the capacity limits guarantees that you can dine somewhere whenever you want.
Odds are decent that you’ll get your top choice, too. Few places have availability issues at the moment.
Also, I haven’t mentioned the various bakeries and other dessert places at EPCOT.
Virtually all your favorites have retired if you have a craving to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- Aloha Isle / Sunshine Tree Terrace (Just mentioning this for the Dole Whip enthusiasts)
- Be Our Guest Restaurant
- Cinderella’s Royal Table (No character interactions)
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
- Liberty Square Market (For turkey leg enthusiasts)
- Liberty Tree Tavern
- Main Street Bakery (Doesn’t serve meals, but I didn’t want to scare you)
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- The Plaza Restaurant
- Sleepy Hollow
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Let’s start by discussing character meals. As I type this, Garden Grill, Hollywood & Vine, and Topolino’s Terrace host the only interactive greetings.
I suspect that Disney will add more in the coming weeks, as the current structure has proven quite successful.
Guests stay an appropriate distance away from costumed characters but still receive a show. Given everything going on, it feels like a best-case scenario.
However, Cinderella’s Royal Table would require Disney Princesses to wear face coverings, which isn’t optimal. So, it’s just a place to eat right now.
Having said that, you’ll still dine inside the castle at Magic Kingdom, a phenomenal opportunity.
The other options at Magic Kingdom primarily involve Quick Service/Mobile Ordering. You’ll never go hungry, but it’s the park that least interests foodies.
Alas, since there’s no Park Hopping during the pandemic, you’ll probably spend more time here.
I describe Skipper Canteen as the hidden gem at the park. Both the food and the spiel justify the meal price.
Still, the most satisfying meal probably involves a giant turkey leg at Liberty Square Market, at least until Casey’s Corner returns.
Don’t underestimate the enjoyment of dining outside at The Plaza, though.
Overall, Disney has reopened many of its best restaurants. You’ll eat happily most of the time.
My traveling party had no trouble picking our dining locations.
In fact, we had to make some hard cuts, just as we usually do on a Walt Disney World trip.