Programming note: Though we’ve already posted a dining update for the month of March, there have been so many more changes this month that it seemed appropriate to do a follow up to cover everything that didn't make it into the first post at the beginning of the month:
For March's second dining update we get our first glance at some confirmed new menu items headed for the newest restaurant coming to Disney Springs later this year, go over an interesting new late night dining test happening at Epcot, and get some good news regarding a quick service location in the former Streets of America section of Disney's Hollywood Studios that will be sticking around a little longer than we originally thought...
1. Fulton's Crab House refurbishment kicks off on April 4th
Fulton's Crab House has long been one of the most iconic restaurants at Disney Springs, and in order to help this dining location blend in a little better with the changing landscape of this shopping and dining district, it will close on April 4th for a several-month long refurbishment. When the reimagined restaurant reopens this fall it will feature a refreshed interior design, a new rooftop lounge, an outdoor waterfront bar, and more private dining areas.
In addition to the aesthetic changes, Fulton's Crab House will also have a new menu, which will primarily feature seafood and steaks. Though no official menu items have been released yet, we'd guess that more will be revealed this summer as this restaurant prepares for its grand re-opening later this year.
2. Coral Reef Restaurant tests late night reservations
The Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot will be testing a new reservation system this week that will allow late-night guests to book dinner reservations for up to 30 minutes after the park closes for the day. This test is currently limited in nature, and is scheduled to end on April 3rd. However, if this test proves to be successful, it is possible that it could be extended or perhaps even expanded to other dining locations in an effort to cater to guests who aren't quite ready to leave the park at the end of the day.
3. New bar opens at the Polynesian Village Resort
Fresh off the extended refurbishment of the Polynesian Village Resort's Oasis pool, the new Oasis Bar and Grill welcomed its firsts guests just last week. This quick service eatery features plenty of unique drink options, as well as a number of entrees including fish tacos, kalua pork sliders and Polynesian-themed burgers. Of course, as this is in the pool area, this restaurant is only acessible to guests of the hotel and those who want to eat here will need to use their MagicBand to access the pool area before walking up to get a quick sip or bite.
4. Writer’s Stop to be temporarily reinvented
While it is unfortunately the end of the road for the Streets of America, the Writer's Stop quick service snack and drink location is getting a temporary stay of execution. Begining April 3rd (the day after the larger Streets of America closure), the Writer's Stop will begin opening at 11:30am, and will serve as a lounge of sorts for the nearby Sci-Fi Dine-In restaurant. This location will continue offering the usual coffee and pastries for guests, but will also add more substantial snacks to the lineup, including pretzels, charcuterie, and in a first for this location, alcoholic beverages.
This is expected to be a temporary measure, and while we're not quite sure how long the Writer's Stop will last with its new purpose, it is nice for fans who were sad to see this spot close with the rest of the Streets of America to continue to be able to stop in at this location.