Two Restaurants Near Disney World Shut Down Due to Health Violations

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When Guests visit Walt Disney World, they typically tend to stay on property when it comes to dining as there are so many different options on property that are not only fun to explore but convenient.

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That being said, if you are someone who comes to Disney World often, you may want to start thinking about traveling elsewhere in Central Florida to get your meal in as there are thousands of delicious eateries in the surrounding area that will not only leave you satisfied, but you will have had a new experience during your stay.

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Of course, it is always essential to make sure that if you are going to eat somewhere new on vacation, that you look at the menu and look up some reviews to ensure that you have a positive experience on your visit. Recently, the Orlando Sentinel had reported that two Central Florida restaurants that are not far off from Walt Disney World property shut down due to health code violations.

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The closures happened in surrounding counties to Disney World, one which is around 30 minutes away, and another around one hour away. Below is a complete description of which locations shut down, why, and if they were given the all-clear to reopen.

Flying Fish Cafe

Flying Fish Cafe at 780 E. Merritt Island Causeway in Merritt Island shut down on Oct. 18.

Officials found 18 violations, six of which were a high priority.

Those violations included the dishwashing sanitizer not being at the appropriate strength, food placed in a soiled container, nonfood-grade bags used to store food, rodent activity and inappropriate temperature control for food.

Inspectors found nine violations when they revisited on Oct. 19. Three of the violations for nonfood-grade bags, inappropriate temperature control, and food in a soiled container received time extensions to be fixed.

El Taco Loco

El Taco Loco at 110 E. Broad St. in Groveland shut down on Oct. 20.

Officials found eight violations, four of which were a high priority. Those violations included a stop sale due to food not being wholesome, inappropriate temperature control for food, and rodent/roach activity.

Inspectors found three violations when they revisited on Oct. 22. The only high priority violation found was for rodent/roach activity, but inspectors noted the restaurant did not comply with their callback order.

As of Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m., the facility is still closed.

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Knowing this, it is important always to ensure that you are looking into where you want to eat while on vacation. Central Florida is a huge area that Disney World Guests can choose to explore, but knowing that is it vast and unchartered territory for most, looking at a few reviews before dining will likely be your best bet, especially if you are heading out of the Orlando area.

What restaurants do you like to eat at when you visit Disney World that are off-property?

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