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Disney restaurants announce three reopening dates and two service changes

by Susan and Simon Veness

Disney restaurants have been slowly reopening since the start of the pandemic, and now Walt Disney World has announced three more dining locations — Flying Fish, Jiko – The Cooking Place, and The Turf Club Bar & Grill — are accepting Advance Dining Reservations again.

Disney restaurants Jiko The Cooking Place
Photos by Walt Disney World

Signature restaurant Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort will begin serving up its sustainable seafood and succulent steaks, starting on Jan. 27.  Long-time favorites, including the Seafood Pearl Pasta and Plancha-seared Scallops will return, along with the dramatic Cocoa Breach dessert, made with vanilla custard, chocolate bavarois, and feuillentine crunch.

Disney restaurants Cocoa Breach

It’s “back to the races” as The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa throws open its doors on Feb. 3, bringing American cuisine to the table with offerings such as New York Cider-braised Mussels, Braised Lamb Tagliatelle, and creamy New York Cheesecake.

Disney's Turf Club Bar and Grill

Jiko – The Cooking Place will begin service again on Feb. 17, featuring the savory flavors of Africa, India, and the Mediterranean. Along with an exceptional wine menu, dishes include the Injera Basket’s seasonal plant-based stews, slow-cooked Botswanan Seswaa Short Rib, and saffron-scented Seafood Tagine.

Additionally, the intimate Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and New England style Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort will return to less limited menus, starting on Jan. 31 and Feb. 15, respectively.

Ale & Compass has added a buffet selection of side dishes to their breakfast offerings, including yoghurt parfaits and house-made cheddar biscuits with country gravy. New lunch items will also hit the menu, and the popular Mickey Waffles remain a popular item.

Disney restaurants Mickey Waffles

Cape May Café’s signature Seafood Boil is still on the menu, with mussels, shrimp, clams, fish, and accompaniments, but minus the all-you-care-to-eat snow crab legs, which are now a by-the-pound add-on choice.

Cape May Cafe Seafood Boil

The Turf Platter and the Seafood Boil, have been served family-style since the restaurant’s reopening. On Feb. 15, buffet service for breakfast and dinner will return.

A handful of dining locations have not yet announced reopening dates, including the long-running Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, Monsieur Paul and Takumi-Tei at Epcot, Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and the fun Spirit of Aloha dinner show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

For more information about Disney restaurants, visit DisneyWorld.com.

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