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 the Walt Disney World parks and resorts, there are some big changes taking effect right now and very soon that you should know about.
For June's Walt Disney World dining update, three restaurants across the resort open up for guests to make advance dining reservations, a fan favorite World Showcase drinking location closes (but hopefully not forever), plus a big rumor surrounding the former Pizza Planet location is making the rounds. But first, we've got some interesting and unexpected news out of the Magic Kingdom...
1. The Tomorrowland Terrace quick service restaurant is open!
Though the Tomorrowland Terrace at the Magic Kingdom is almost never open, this week guests visiting the park got a surprise when they were able to stop by this Tomorrowland dining location during lunchtime for a quick bite to eat. Though the menu isn't exactly something to write home about (the location features the same old cheeseburger, chicken sandwich and chicken strips you can find pretty much everywhere at the Magic Kingdom), it's great to have another option available for guests as the park gets ready to head into the busy summer season.
We have no idea whether this quick service dining location will stay open all summer or just for a few weeks (like it did last year), but for now, if you're feeling nostalgic you can stop by this classic Tomorrowland eatery for a quick fill-up before continuing with your day at the Magic Kingdom.
2. Frozen Margarita kiosk in Mexico closed...at least for now
It was confirmed earlier this week by the official social media accounts of Mexico's La Cava Del Tequila (which is not run directly by Disney) that the Frozen Margarita kiosk found in the front of Epcot’s Mexico pavilion has closed up shop for the foreseeable future. However, insiders suggest that this beverage station's closing might only be temporary, and the Frozen Margarita kiosk may be moved elsewhere in the park in the near future. Hopefully these whispers are true, as these frozen beverages were definitely a guest favorite, and a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.
3. Skipper Canteen finally begins accepting Advance Dining Reservations
When the Magic Kingdom's Skipper Canteen opened last year, this table service dining location curiousy didn't accept advance dining reservations, instead only taking walk-up guests for its first few months of operation. Fast forward to last February, and this dining location began taking reservations...but only for same-day diners.
However, effective immediately, this table service dining location has finally begun taking standard advance dining reservations via the My Disney Experience service. Only time will tell if the ability to make reservations will solve this flagging restaurant's guest traffic issues (Skipper Canteen has struggled in recent weeks to keep its dining rooms more than half full, even when other dining locations are packed and overwhelmed), but the ability to book advance dining reservations certainly seems like it will be a step in the right direction for this fun dining location.