Though it may not initially seem like it, Walt Disney World has truly come into its own in recent years as a real food lover’s paradise. If you count yourself as one of the many who love eating their way around its parks and resorts, there are some big changes taking effect very soon that you should know about. From important dining reservation policy changes to new menu items at some of the most popular eateries, if you are planning on having a meal at Walt Disney World in the near future, here are 6 changes coming this fall and continuing early into next year that all guests need to know about!
1. Crackdown on unauthorized reservation scalping websites
Though we’ve taken a critical look in the past at the bizarre practice of dining reservation scalping at Walt Disney World, it looks like the parks have finally acknowledged the magnitude of this problem and are beginning to put together a policy that should help the resort get rid of this troublesome issue once and for all.
The first part of this plan has already gone into effect and involves cracking down on third party websites who are were previously selling dining reservations. The largest of these reservation scalping sites was shut down by Disney last week, and many other, smaller reservation scalping websites have voluntarily stopped selling reservations in the wake of this action. Though there are still a few holdouts, it looks like almost all of the most prominent reservation re-sellers are no longer in business, which is great news for Disney dining fans who haven't been able to make reservations because of this massive problem.
2. Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn & Cafe gets a new menu
Though the Pecos Bill's Tall Tales Inn & Café has been around for quite a long time, this quick service restaurant isn’t exactly well known for offering interesting or unique cuisine, instead offering the same ol’ burgers and fries that can be found nearby at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in nearby Tomorrowland
However, this week Pecos Bill’s will close for a short refurbishment and will then begin offering brand new Mexican-inspired dishes including rice bowls, fajitas, burritos and more. Guests who want to check out this all-new menu won’t have to wait long, as the change is expected to take effect this Thursday, October 1st. Here's hoping they keep the topping bar!
3. The last days of the current Flying Fish Café
Though the Flying Fish Café isn’t located inside a Walt Disney World park, it is still one of the most popular restaurants at the resort, serving some of the freshest and most unique seafood dishes on property. However, this February, the Flying Fish café will be closing down for a lengthy ten month refurbishment that will bring massive updates to both the dining area as well as the kitchens at this popular table service restaurant. .
Fortunately, even though the Flying Fish Cafe will be going through some physical changes (the dining room is said to be getting a complete overhaul), the overall concept of the restaurant (as well as the menu) are not expected to change, and should be exactly as you remember them when this location reopens late next year. As with other recent restaurant refurbishments, dates are of course subject to some adjustment, but if you were hoping to visit this dining location at any point in 2016, we'd suggest you make other plans, as this restaurant will be largely unavailable until at least December of 2016.