This Beloved Disney Restaurant Seems to Have Pushed Back Its Closing Date

Trail's End
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Earlier this year, the Walt Disney World Resort revealed that one of its most beloved table-service dining experiences would close for renovations and reopen as a new quick-service concept. With the latest update from the Resort, however, it looks like Guests may have more time to experience the current menu than was originally thought.

The dining scene at Walt Disney World has already undergone several changes so far this year. From the opening of the first table-service restaurant in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to the reopening of the newly reimagined Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, there have been plenty of new eats for Guests to try at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

In the Magic Kingdom, characters have returned to Cinderella’s Royal Table, and a new snack kiosk opened up offering “digital-inspired eats” to coincide with the opening of the Park’s newest attraction, TRON Lightcycle / Run. The scheduled dining update for one Magic Kingdom area Resort, though, has not been met with the best reactions from fans…

Trail's End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness Walt Disney World (1)

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To check out the latest update on the Magic Kingdom area Resort restaurant in question, we’ll need to head over to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The cabins and campsites along with dining and recreational offerings of Fort Wilderness are just a short bus or boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom. And chances are even if you have not stayed onsite, you may have made the trip over to experience the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dinner show or for a meal at Trail’s End Restaurant.

Unfortunately, Trail’s End Restaurant, despite its status as a fan-favorite location, is set to close for refurbishment and reopen as a new quick-service marketplace concept. We originally reported that the location would soon close following Disney’s initial announcement, and later, we shared that the closing date for Trail’s End seemed to be April 17, 2023, where Disney’s official website no longer listed hours or reservation availability beyond this date.

Trail's End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness Walt Disney World

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With the latest update to Disney’s official website, it seems that the closing date has been pushed back. Hours are currently listed for Trail’s End Restaurant through May 7, 2023, which may give Guests extra time to stop by for breakfast or dinner before the permanent changes begin.

Trail’s End is popular for a reason, as in addition to some seriously delicious menu items it is one of the most affordable all-you-care-to-enjoy dining experiences at Walt Disney World. Breakfast, which includes all the staples like Mickey waffles, pastries, cheesy potato casserole, plus specialties like smoked brisket and eggs only costs $22.99 for adults and $12.99 for children (a steal by Disney’s pricing standards….)

Dinner, which offers a somewhat similar menu to Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge or Roundup Rodeo Barbecue in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, features a family-style player with pecan-smoked brisket, smoked chicken, pulled pork, sausage, roasted potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and green beans, plus a dessert trio. As of this writing, dinner is priced at $31.99 for adults and $18.99 for children.


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If you are hoping to visit Trail’s End one more time before it changes forever, we recommend making reservations now on Disney’s official website or the My Disney Experience app. It is always possible that we’ll see the closing date pushed back again, but for now it looks like May 7 will be the final day of operation for the current version of Trail’s End.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."