It seems only sensible that Disney is planning for a massive influx of visitors to the Orlando parks for their 50th Anniversary in 2021, and all those guests are going to need somewhere to eat.
Much to our surprise in the midst of all the Rise of the Resistance hoopla the company leaked a surprising amount of news regarding multiple new eateries.Hungry for more information on some tasty developments? There are several great new Disney restaurants in the pipeline!
New Disney Restaurants
Disney confirmed that over in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios the upcoming sit-down BBQ restaurant, Roundup Rodeo BBQ, will open next year.
Newly released concept art confirms that the previous Western Town design of this area has been scrapped. Instead, Disney has opted for a simpler cardboard-box theme on the outside of the newly constructed building. The entrance to the new eatery will be nestled between two Tinker-toy lights, just behind the Woody figurine near the main entrance.
If Roundup Rodeo BBQ is chock-a block, you can simply hop on the Skyliner aerial tramway and head over to Epcot, where another BBQ restaurant is opening. At The American Adventure – typically not known for quality food, Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will replace The Liberty Inn. The menu will celebrate various BBQ styles from across the nation, while the craft beer list will allow guests to try craft beers from various American breweries. Sounds very promising indeed!
A large, centrally located outdoor meat smoker will be surrounded by picnic table seating with a walk-up ordering window. In the concept art, there appears to be an indoor seating area, as well. Regal Eagle is listed as opening this month.
Guests will enter via a simulated space elevator that has screens on the floor reminiscent of Tomorrowland’s long-closed Flight to the Moon attraction. Once diners ‘arrive’ to the space restaurant, supposedly located 220 miles above Epcot, they will enter the main dining room walking past a spinning garden, the grow zone, that demonstrates a space greenhouse concept. The dining room will have massive video screens that simulate views of earth and space. Disney is expected to release more details on Space 220 in the coming weeks.
Not all the new dining will be inside the theme parks. At Disney’s brand new Riviera Resort, also on the Skyliner route, the soon to open rooftop restaurant, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera, will provide some of the best views yet of Epcot and Hollywood Studios’ nighttime shows. Topolino’s, Mickey Mouse’s name in Italian, will offer breakfast and dinner with various Disney characters joining for breakfast and brunch. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy will keep with the French and Italian theme of the restaurant with unique artist-inspired outfits. A pool side bar, a quick-service café, and a French bakery inspired lounge will also open with the DVC resort. All are expected to open by the end of the year.
Over at Disney Springs, the NBA Experience has yet to announce the opening date for its upcoming City Works Eatery & Pour House. The sports bar-style restaurant City Works is the final element of the new NBA Experience attraction. City Works is expected to open sometime in 2020.
The West Side will be getting a second new restaurant in 2020, when Beatrix opens in the space where Bongo’s was previously found. The new health-focused, vegetarian-friendly Beatrix is the first restaurant in Florida by Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, which also has restaurants in L.A. and Las Vegas. This will be the first Beatrix outside the Chicago area. Beatrix told us their Disney Springs space will be more of a full-service restaurant, and not one of their food hall-style markets.
Disney Springs has seen incredible success with many of its restaurants. Three of the restaurants within the complex rank among the top 100 independent restaurants in the nation in sales last year with The Boathouse coming in third in the nation. The other two to make the list are Paddlefish, coming in at number 25, and Morimoto Asia, at number 57.
The Boathouse also ranked fourth in the nation on the list for the number of meals served, with an estimated 831,375 served last year. These impressive numbers are why so many restauranteurs want to open up shop at Disney Springs, but for now, rumors point to Disney instead looking to fill the few remaining empty spaces left with new attractions and retail offerings.