Several hotels across the Walt Disney World Resort have been undergoing refurbishments lately, but a major transformation of one iconic Resort has actually been in the works for years.
With another closure just announced earlier today, and several refurbishments already in the works (including a total redesign of one of Disney’s most beloved lobbies), we have to wonder if some of the restaurants nearby are permanently closed or if they will reopen at a later date to be determined.
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At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, we have already seen one dining location undergo a transformation when Mizner’s Lounge closed permanently and reopened as The Enchanted Rose, inspired by the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast (2017).
The Resort’s AAA Five Diamond dining experience, Victoria & Albert’s reopened last year with a new menu and a new look, and nearby Citricos, another Disney signature restaurant was reimagined with light theming inspired by Mary Poppins Returns (2018).
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On the first floor of the Resort’s main building, both 1900 Park Fare and the Garden View Tea Room have remained closed since the pandemic forced the closure of Walt Disney World in 2020. And outside, the Resort’s waterfront restaurant, Narcoossee’s has been undergoing a refurbishment with no reopening date in sight.
1900 Park Fare, the Resort’s character restaurant, and Garden View Tea Room have simply been listed as “temporarily unavailable” on Disney’s official website since 2020, however Narcoossee’s page has been updated with vague details regarding the refurbishment which read:
Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is currently unavailable due to refurbishment. We expect to return next year with an enhanced table-service experience. During this time, we invite you to join us at Cítricos for a newly re-imagined signature dining experience.
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Of course, the “last year” referenced on Disney’s website is actually this year at this point, 2023, and we have not heard an additional update on Narcoossee’s for some time. Now that we have confirmation of a major reimagining of the Grand Floridian’s lobby, and now that we know three out of the four currently open restaurants at the Resort have been renovated, with one reopening as a new restaurant altogether (The Enchanted Rose), it does not seem impossible to think that the remaining closed restaurants could reopen as something new.
While we cannot confirm that these locations are being replaced until Disney shares an official announcement, we do have to wonder if our last outing for afternoon tea or waterfront dinner at Narcoossee’s was indeed our last.
We will continue to monitor updates as work continues at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and will be back with additional information as we have it here on Disney Tips.