Disney Fans Are THRILLED About Big Change to Contemporary Resort

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Yesterday, August 20, 2021, Walt Disney World Resort confirmed what will replace The Wave restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort — a brand new steakhouse concept known as Steakhouse 71!

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Disney Parks Blog described Disney World’s newest dining establishment as:

We’re cooking up new experiences at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration!” Steakhouse 71 will be a casual dining concept that gets its name from the resort’s opening year, plus, a new dining experience is coming to California Grill.

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Although many Disney Park fans were initially disappointed that The Wave was being reimagined, they seem to have come around to the idea following the reveal of its replacement. Social media couldn’t get enough of Steakhouse 71 and Disney World Guests seemingly can’t wait to snag dining reservations for this new experience.

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Nick Cucerzan is impressed by Disney’s commitment to history with the Steakhouse 71 logo:

Can we just talk about how the Steakhouse 71 logo is a throwback to the original resort logo?!

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Drew agreed, sharing his excitement about the restaurant’s logo design:

The logo design for Steakhouse 71 is PERFECT. A brilliant use of 71 and the Contemporary Resort architecture at the same time.

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Hastin pointed out that Steakhouse 55 — a Disneyland Resort restaurant that did not reopen following the Park’s pandemic closure — might have paved the way for Steakhouse 71 to open. Both restaurants, of course, got their names from the years their respective Disney Resorts opened:

Steakhouse 55 walked so Steakhouse 71 could run

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Victoria Rose Tweeted simply:

But very excited for Steakhouse 71 THANK GOD

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This exciting new steakhouse is just one of many changes happening as Disney’s Contemporary Resort undergoes a major refurbishment, including lobby updates and brand new room designs featuring themes from Pixar’s The Incredibles franchise.

An opening date for Steakhouse 71 has not been confirmed at this time.

More on Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Disney World officially describes this Disney Deluxe Resort as:

Retreat to this ultra-modern Disney Resort hotel and discover award-winning dining, spectacular views and dazzling pools. Whether you’re staying in the iconic A-frame Contemporary tower or the nearby Garden Wing, you can walk to Magic Kingdom main gate or catch the Resort Monorail as it breezes through the tower. Inside, a 90-foot-tall mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair—responsible for the distinct look and feel of the “it’s a small world” attraction—celebrates the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest.

Are you looking forward to eating at Steakhouse 71? 

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