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Phased Reopening of Beloved Disney Restaurant Coming Soon!

It’s hard to keep up nowadays with what is open and what is closed at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

From the continued closure of the beloved nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to the upcoming reopening of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue show, Guests have a lot of changes coming to their next Disney vacation.

And another one is on the horizon, with the phased reopening of a beloved Disney dining location.

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The New Orleans Square area of Disneyland Park has been pretty empty lately after both an iconic attraction and a Disney restaurant have been closed to Disney Park Guests.

Disneyland’s famous ride Pirates of the Caribbean has been closed for refurbishment since March 14, and fans won’t be seeing Captain Jack Sparrow again until June 30, 2022. The popular Blue Bayou restaurant followed the classic attraction by closing indefinitely for its own refurbishment.

Now, we have learned the great news that the New Orleans-themed restaurant will begin a phased reopening on Saturday, May 28, before fully reopening in June!

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According to the Orange County Register, the Blue Bayou restaurant – which features a spectacular overlook onto the Pirates of the Caribbean ride boats – will resume accepting advanced dining reservations when it returns to full operations. During the soft reopening, the restaurant will also be serving a dinner menu only.

Disneyland’s Blue Bayou closed for refurbishment back on April 21. Famous for its gumbo, jambalaya, fireflies, and ambiance, the restaurant has become a fan-favorite dining location in Disney Parks, despite its hefty price tag.

It is not known why the unique full-service restaurant needed a refurbishment, but it may be to do with the closure of the adjoining Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Guests at the theme park shared photos of the romantic venue modified with construction walls from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride update, making the dining experience a very different Disney Dining scene to what Guests are used to at the Disney Park.

When the Disneyland restaurant does reopen in June, be aware that advanced dining reservations will be gone very quickly, so ensure you’re on the My Disney Experience App early to secure those bookings!

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More on Disneyland’s Blue Bayou Restaurant

Disneyland’s official description of the popular dining location reads:

Dine Down on the Bayou

Step into perpetual twilight as the nighttime ambiance of the watery setting surrounds you. Spot Guests embarking on a Pirates of the Caribbean adventure, as you enjoy an authentic New Orleans-inspired lunch or dinner. It’s a truly unique setting where the bayou is, literally, by you!

A New Orleans Square Classic

Blue Bayou has been a must-visit destination for many Disneyland Resort Guests since its opening in 1967. Its mystical setting takes you into the heart of the South—overhead strings of colorful balloon lanterns cast an enchanting glow, dotting the darkness while crickets chirp, frogs croak and fireflies wink in the dark.

Big Tastes from the Big Easy

Kick off your memorable meal with Southern-inspired starters. Next, choose from a selection of authentic entrées—including signature dishes such as Jambalaya and Plant-based Cajun Cauliflower.

Favorite dishes include a surf & turf combo of split lobster tail and petite filet mignon with all the fixin’s… and don’t forget the nonalcoholic mint juleps.

New additions to the restaurant’s menu include a New Orleans-inspired signature Hurricane cocktail, along with select wines and beers. And Guests commemorating a special occasion may enhance their experience with a Celebration Finale complete with sparkling wine and a unique shareable dessert. Kids can also take part in the Bayou spirit by creating their own meals, including delicious entrees and sides that cater to every taste.

Be sure to save some room for dessert—and don’t miss the best crème brûlée in New Orleans Square!

About Melissa Cannioto

Melissa is an author, adventurer, and chatterbox, who loves to enjoy Disney's theme parks with a Mickey Premium Bar in hand! A British native, she has traveled the world seeking new experiences, and now resides in Florida with her Air Force pilot husband. Find her children's book at @thebearandthehug_book