Ohana, Space 220, and Other Restaurants Are Coming Soon
Some of your favorite Disney restaurants are reopening soon. Also, a highly anticipated one will finally arrive this year, too.
Your 2021 Disney trip just got a lot better, my friends! Let me explain why.
‘Ohana Is Back!
Quick, what’s the Disney resort restaurant we all miss the most? I know that Boma – Flavors of Africa and 1900 Park Fare will get some votes.
However, the people’s choice is probably ‘Ohana, the pride of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
As you know, the hotel lobby has undergone recent renovations to modernize the facility for its 50th birthday on October 1st.
Disney expects an influx of traffic for this date and has shut down integral parts of the Great Ceremonial House to wow the crowds.
The monorail station and roof have been razed and rebuilt anew. With so much construction underway, Disney discouraged guests from visiting.
The shops have remained open, along with Capt. Cook’s and Kona Café. The two most popular places, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and ‘Ohana, have remained closed, though.
Well, that changes soon, at least for one of them. Disney will start taking reservations tomorrow, June 10th, for breakfast and dinner at ‘Ohana.
The restaurant will officially reopen on Friday, July 9th, one month from today. The breakfast won’t include Lilo & Stitch for the time being.
Disney has recently brought back some character meals, and Tusker House announced that it will have one when it reopens.
‘Ohana won’t follow suit in the short term. The dinner will include something new, though. A strolling minstrel will entertain the audience with music.
So, your next ‘Ohana visit will be unique, as it’s unclear whether a live performer will turn into a permanent offering.
Space 220 Will Open This Fall!
I don’t have an exact date for you here, but an ongoing saga at Walt Disney World will resolve itself soon.
DVC members are acutely aware of the strange story of Space 220, which should have opened in 2019. Alas, something odd happened.
The chef that the Patina Restaurant Group hired for Space 220 returned to an old job in Las Vegas. This delayed the opening by several months.
Next, the pandemic occurred, preventing the completion of construction on this immaculately themed restaurant. It’ll mirror the view of Earth from outer space.
That’s the concept here. You’re eating at Space 220, looking down on Earth, which you’re currently orbiting. Basically, you’re doing what Jeff Bezos is paying millions of dollars to do.
Well, you would if the place would ever open. We’re nearly two years past the expected debut, yet there’s no word about a grand opening.
Thankfully, Disney insider Scott Gustin has confirmed with Patina that the restaurant will open this fall.
NEW: Space 220 is set to open at Epcot this fall, according to Patina Restaurant Group.
The restaurant is currently in the process of hiring team members — several job listings were posted earlier this week including host, bartender, cook, and more. pic.twitter.com/sCun4UNoQI
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) June 9, 2021
Yes, we’ve heard that before. Still, I don’t think Patina would comment unless it were sure this time.
Also, FWIW, Patina suffered the same delays with The Edison, which has since become one of the best restaurants at Disney Springs.
Hopefully, history repeats itself here. The Future World area of EPCOT could use another high-quality Table Service offering.
Other Disney Restaurant Reopenings
Disney has opened the floodgates here. Several previously closed places will reopen soon at Disneyland Resort.
List of coming reopenings at Disney Parks:
- Alien Pizza Planet – Disneyland Park
- Docking Bay Food & Cargo – Disneyland Park
- Lamplight Lounge – Disney California Adventure
- Oga’s Cantina – Disneyland Park
- Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – Downtown Disney
- Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante – Disneyland Park
- Wine Country Trattoria – Disney California Adventure
Several park food kiosks will also open later this month. Virtually everything I’ve listed here will reopen on June 17th. Reservation windows open on June 14th where applicable.
The two exceptions are Lamplight Lounge, which will return on July 9th, and Wine Country Trattoria, which comes back on July 17th.
However, you can start booking reservations for these places on June 14th as well. Disneyland Resort will be near full strength a week from now. That’s when out-of-state residents may return.
More: Including Sebastian’s Bistro
Walt Disney World will reopen several places as well. The most important one for DVC members is Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.
That one’s a Disney Skyliner hop away from Disney’s Riviera Resort. It’s also not that popular, a trait that DVC owners love when we need a quick dinner reservation.
Sebastian’s Bistro reopens on June 24th to walk-up traffic only. That process will continue until July 4th.
You can go and ahead and book reservations right now for any date after July 4th, though, as long as it’s in your booking window.
Other Disney’s Animal Kingdom Returners
In addition to Tusker House, several other places at Disney’s Animal Kingdom just returned. Here’s the list:
- Drinkwallah Snacks & Frozen Beverages
- Isle of Java
- Terra Treats
Tusker House comes back on June 20th. Also, please remember that the BoardWalk Ice Cream Shop has opened at the former Ample Hills Creamery.
All signs point to a fantastic (read: normal) summer at Disney theme parks!