Planned Disney Springs Restaurants Won’t Open at Walt Disney World Before Christmas

Disney Springs has been under a massive renovation for a while now, which includes the renovation of restaurants that were already there and the complete addition of new buildings and restaurants.  There were restaurants planned to make their debut before Christmas in order to capitalize on the popularity and increased volume of guests for the opening, but it looks like a couple of the planned restaurants won’t make it in time.


Fulton’s Crabhouse was a huge favorite at Disney Springs.  It closed in order to be refurbished as Paddlefish.  The restaurant would include a new menu with similar theming and some continued favorites.  It is a restaurant that actually resides within a large boat on the water in Disney Springs.  The opening has officially been delayed and will not be able to open by Christmas.  Disney is hoping that the restaurant will be open by January 2017, but there is a possibility that it will be longer.

The Planet Hollywood Observatory is experiencing similar difficulties.  Planet Hollywood closed in order to be completely renovated and re-branded as the Planet Hollywood Observatory.  The menu will be completely new and feature entrees that have been developed by celebrity chefs.  We haven’t heard confirmation on when they hope to have this one opened, but hopefully it will be very soon.

As always, we will keep you posted as we learn more about the exciting changes at Disney Springs and when we expect these new additions.


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!