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 you should know about.
For February's Walt Disney World dining update, we take a look at some character dining updates, new menu items at the Magic Kingdom, plus two restaurant openings at Disney Springs! But first, we have some sad news to report out of Disney's Hollywood Studios...
1. Starring Rolls Cafe now closed at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Though it has been relatively easy to predict closures at Disney's Hollywood Studios, we were surprised earlier this month when it was announced that the Starring Rolls Cafe, which sits on the corner of Sunset and Hollywood Blvd., closed forever on February 5, 2017. This quick service eatery, known for its wide array of pastries and sandwiches, is not sitting in any construction zones, enjoys a healthy amount of traffic, and is conveniently located near the front of the park, which is why we were baffled when this closure seemingly came out of nowhere.
We have no idea whether Disney is planning on refurbishing this location, tearing it down, or just leaving the building vacant, but hopefully we'll know soon, as the Starring Rolls Cafe was certainly a fan favorite dining location, and will definitely be missed.
In the meantime, guests can find many of the sweets and goodies that were available at this shop at the nearby Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks location.
2. Two new restaurants now open at Disney Springs
Two of the most long-awaited new arrivals at Disney Springs are now open: Paddlefish and Planet Hollywood Observatory. Though technically both of these restaurants are reinventions of old concepts, both locations feature an overhauled menu and a new visutal aesthetic that is more in line with the Disney Springs look. You can make reservations at both of these restaurants now. You can read more about these two new locations here.