Disney Immediately Shuts Down Location, Cancels Thousands of Guest Reservations

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When guests visit Walt Disney World, dining is typically one of the most important aspects of the trip. So, having the one location you were excited to visit shut down entirely without a real reopening date and with little to no warning can be a big downfall. Sadly, that is what is currently happening at one of the more popular dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Guests can choose between a variety of dining locations when they visit Disney, from quick service to table service options. If you are looking to spend less, get your food quicker, and speed up the overall dining experience, quick service would be a good option as it allows you to take your food and leave.

Table service is where the full dining experience comes in. From dining with all of the Disney princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom to seeing Lilo and Stitch for breakfast at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or dining with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the gang at Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort — dining at a table service restaurant not only means delicious food, but it means you will have an epic experience.

Stitch dancing with a family at 'Ohana dining at Polynesian Resort
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As we alluded to earlier, sometimes closures may occur.

Over the course of a year, many Disney World attractions close down for days– sometimes weeks and months– at a time for needed refurbishments. Depending on what time of year you go, any Disney World attraction could be closed for refurbishment or even for maintenance, even without being scheduled ahead of time.

Just recently, we announced that on Avengers Campus location over at Disneyland shut down for good. 

Rogers: The Musical made its debut on June 30, 2023 at the Hyperion Theater. It presented a theatrical reimagining of the life of the Star-Spangled Man with a Plan, Steve Rogers. Audiences witnessed his journey from bony to beefy during WWII, then his eventual team-up with the legendary Avengers. Lastly, features his time-travelling mission to save the world but, more importantly, find love.

Related: Disney Kicks Guests Out of Park Location, Shut Down Indefinite

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With the show’s arrival at Disney California Adventure also came the Avengers Superstore.

That being said, the show is still tragically shut down, and with that closure comes the closure of Avengers Superstore. The store was a pop up show and was being used in a space that Disney seemed to not know what to do with. The space has been used as other stores in the past, and even a banquet hall. When guests discussed the closure of the location, many were hoping that Disney would decide to do something permanent and make an addition to the Avengers Campus space.

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Luckily, the new Avengers Vault store will be opening on September 18.

In Disney World, the most recent shutdown will affect many more guests than this previous store closure on the West Coast.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is the flagship resort of Walt Disney World. It is located just minutes from the Magic Kingdom. Guests can choose to either walk their way over or to the theme park, or ride the monorail there. One thing they can no longer do, however, is dining at Narcoossee’s.

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Narcoossee’s is a popular dining location as it faces Magic Kingdom and provides firework viewing of Happily Ever After in the evening time. It is a signature dining location and was just recently renovated. On April 1 of this year, the dining location finally reopened, following a massive closure and huge renovation.

Now, the dining location has somewhat unexpectedly shut down for an indefinite period of time, giving guests only a couple of days to alter their dining plans. If you have ever tried to book a Disney dining reservation, you know that booking that last minute will significantly reduce your options.

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Disney stated, “We recently introduced an enhanced interior and menu offerings at Narcoossee’s and will be making a few more equipment updates. Beginning September 17, 2023, Narcoossee’s will be unavailable. We expect to reopen by mid-October. During this time, we welcome Guests to consider other dining locations at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa—including the signature dining favorite, Cítricos.”

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In this, we can see that Disney has given no explanation as to why the location shut down and has been unable to provide guests with a solid reopening date, canceling hundreds of reservations. Not only is this now affecting guests staying at the Grand Floridian, but also many who may choose to take a midday break from Magic Kingdom and dine there, or others traveling in to celebrate a special occasion.

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The location is now officially shut down as of today. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is currently refurbishing its lobby, and its rooms have recently been redone to reflect a light Mary Poppins theme in both the regular rooms and DVC rooms.

Are you a fan of Narcoossee’s? What dining location would you never want to see close?

Are you looking to visit Magic Kingdom on your next Disney World vacation? There is no better feeling than riding the monorail after parking at the Ticket and Transportation Center (or riding it from a monorail Resort such as Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa) and walking down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. U.S.A. with Cinderella Castle greeting you in the distance! Indulging in churros and Mickey Premium Bars while waiting in line for attractions like Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion, or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is always a great way to enjoy the lines, and a midday break to watch Festival of Fantasy doesn’t hurt either. Nothing tops ending the night with their Happily Ever After fireworks spectacle. For more Disney information, information on Disney Genie+, and to look at booking a vacation, the Walt Disney World website is a perfect one-stop shop for all things Mickey Mouse. Plus, it has all the information you need on Disney Genie+, so you will be ready to go on your My Disney Experience app once you download it! Click here to check it out today.

 

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