EPCOT is pretty much the restaurant epicenter of the Walt Disney World Resort. It is a foodie’s dream with options from all over the world. You can dine on bratwurst in Germany or fish and chips in England all without leaving Disney World property. The World Showcase is your oyster!
There are over 50 locations to grab food or a drink in EPCOT, but not all of them are currently open. The Park opened back up in July after a months-long closure due to the global pandemic. There are several restaurants that did not open with it. There is currently no opening dates available for the dining experiences listed in this guide.
Here, we will let you know which restaurants and dining experiences are closed and how that may impact your Disney World vacation.
Dining Currently Unavailable at EPCOT
There are a handful of dining experiences that are currently unavailable at EPCOT.
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Monsieur Paul
- Nine Dragons Restaurant
- Restaurant Marrakesh
- Tangierine Café
- Tokyo Dining
- Rose and Crown Tea Experience
- Nighttime Dessert Parties
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
There are only two character dining experiences available at EPCOT and, unfortunately, this popular Disney Princess-themed dining location is one of them. Character dining is currently only available at a couple of locations in Disney World and Akershus is not among them.
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is one of the more popular locations in the World Showcase due to its Princess Storybook Dining. Princess fans of all ages can dine on a delicious, and Norwegian-inspired, buffet while being able to interact with some of their favorite Disney Princesses, including Ariel, Snow White, and Belle.
Monsieur Paul is one of two sit-down restaurants in the France Pavilion. The other sit-down is Chefs de France, located right below Monsieur Paul. Monsieur Paul is also the more expensive of the two France dining locations.
Monsieur Paul’s only offers a dinner dining experience where Guests can indulge in high-end French dishes, including oxtail broth, bacon-wrapped Tilefish, and roasted duck magret.
There is also a prix fixe menu that Guests can get for $89 USD. This menu includes a set first course, a second course where Guests can choose their appetizer from a list, a third course where the entrée can be chosen, and their choice of dessert.
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Nine Dragons is a popular restaurant located in the China pavilion of the World Showcase.
It is described by Disney as:
Greeted by a stunning glass etching of 2 dragons chasing a glowing pearl, diners can feast on such favorites as honey-sesame chicken, peppery shrimp and fried rice. Request a table by one of the windows for a sweeping view of the World Showcase Lagoon promenade.
Pair your meal with such refreshments as blackberry-jasmine iced tea, fruit smoothies, iced coffee and iced chai tea. Guests ages 21 and over can enjoy frozen daiquiris, wine, beer and such specialty cocktails as the fruity Shanghai Fusion and South Sea Breeze.
Restaurant Marrakesh is the sit-down dining location found in the Morocco pavilion. It offers Guests an array of Mediterranean specialties, including beef brewat rolls, lemon chicken tagine, roasted lamb, as well as beef and chicken kabobs.
According to Disney:
Stained-glass chandeliers bathe diners in a warm, dim glow, all while intricate tile mosaics evoke timeless majesty. Select an à la carte favorite—or partake in a culinary adventure with a feast featuring hearty meats, Moroccan pastries and more. Children can also choose from kid-friendly fare like chicken tenders, pasta and hamburgers.
There are also a variety of unique specialty drinks that the adults in the party can enjoy. Some of these are Casablanca Sunset, with apricot brandy and peach schnapps, the Marrakesh Express, with rum and fruit juice, and the Tangier’s Breeze, with vodka, Midori, and pineapple juice.
Takumi-Tei is one of the two restaurants in the Japan pavilion. It is what Disney calls a “Signature Dining” experience, meaning the prices will be higher, but the food will be top of the line and extravagant. Takumi-Tei translates into English as “House of the Artisan” and artisan food is what you will receive here.
At Takumi-Tei, Guests can dine on traditional Japanese dishes with a modern twist, such as, Teien, which is a compressed watermelon salad. They can eat delicious Wagyu beef, and there is a variety of fresh sushi to choose from.
Also located in the Morocco pavilion, Tangierine Café is the pavilion’s quick-service dining location. Here, Guests can dine on scrumptious schwarma platters, tabouleh, and hummus.
According to Disney:
Step into this charming Mediterranean eatery known for its authentic shawarma platters, tempting pastries and specialty coffee drinks. Kids can delight in American classics like chicken tenders or a hamburger.
The Japan World Showcase pavilion has taken a bit of a hit upon reopening, not only is their signature dining location, Takumi-Tei closed, but so is the popular spot, Tokyo Dining.
Tokyo Dining offers Guests a more traditional meal when it comes to Japanese food. Their menu includes a variety of fresh sushi, as well as appetizers like miso soup and edamame.
Rose and Crown Tea Experience
It is described by Disney as:
Settle down in the Rose & Crown Dining Room as a Twinings-trained Cast Member takes you through the history of the brand and its flavors.
- Begins at 9:45 AM Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
- Includes tea tasting, sandwiches and scones
- $35 per person
Nighttime Dessert Parties
As with nighttime dessert parties at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, EPCOT is not currently showing nighttime shows, so there are no dessert parties. Previous dessert parties include the Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party and the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party.
These parties are hard-ticketed events that give Guests a dessert buffet, drinks, and a special viewing for the nighttime shows. Hopefully, these will return once nighttime entertainment comes back to the parks.
What these closures mean for your Disney World vacation
While it is disappointing to see some popular restaurants with their doors shuttered for now, there are still a ton of great places to eat at EPCOT. Guests can visit the Canada pavilion for the incredibly popular Le Cellier restaurant.
While two restaurants in the Japan pavilion may be closed, there is still Teppan Edo, which is absolutely delicious.
For sit-down restaurants, it is highly suggested that you make reservations in advance, or seating availability is not guaranteed. With all the selections available, you can definitely find something for everyone in the EPCOT World Showcase!
What are your favorite places to eat at EPCOT? Let us know in the comments!
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