Disney Extends Hours at Epcot's Garden Grill

July 28, 2015, 8:27 AM · Disney World visitors soon will be able to enjoy breakfast and lunch at the popular Garden Grill restaurant in Epcot's Land pavilion.

Garden Grill

Starting today, Disney is taking reservations for all three meals at the Garden Grill, with the breakfast and lunch seatings beginning November 8. Reservations will be available via +1-407-WDW-DINE or Disney's website. From today's press release:

The new Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Breakfast Harvest Feast will have all the fixin’s served in an all-you-care-to-enjoy family style. What’s on the menu? Look for breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles, and their signature item, Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake.

At lunch, look for your all-you-care-to-enjoy favorites from the dinner menu, like “Living with the Land” Harvest-inspired Farmer’s Salad (which utilizes greens from the attraction), char-grilled sliced filet of beef, roasted all-natural sliced turkey breast with freshly-harvested vegetables and scrumptious side dishes.

The change at the Garden Grill represents Disney World's latest move to extend dining hours at more of its popular restaurants. When you think about it, the move is consistent with the recent MyMagic+-inspired changes at the resort. If Disney's original Fastpass was about moving guests out of the queues, Fastpass+ was about moving them back in. Disney recognized that it had significant unused capacity at its Florida parks, and devised MyMagic+ in part as a way to better distribute guests throughout the park, leading them to book reservations at a wider range of attractions and restaurants, while limiting the number of daily reservations in attempt to move "power users" of the old Fastpass system into more standby queues.

Disney defeats this purpose, however, if it leaves dining rooms empty while it tries to fill attraction queues. That's why Be Our Guest has gone to three-meal operation and now Garden Grill has followed. Eventually, one should expect more popular Walt Disney World restaurants to do the same.

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July 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM · Anyone know why they ended the BOG breakfast reservations. The last day they were available was Oct. 3rd, then they discontinued them.
July 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM · This makes so much sense. I never understood why so many restaurants are closed seasonally or for specific meals when the reservations are always booked. Seems they were leaving money on the table.
July 28, 2015 at 10:50 AM · Is lunch still a character meal? I'd love to eat there but would prefer it just be a normal set-up and not with characters.
July 28, 2015 at 11:12 AM · Let's also keep in mind that the Norway princess character breakfast might go down at some point as that pavilion transitions to Arendelle. While I expect that meal to remain long term, having an additional character breakfast in Epcot will help handle demand should the Norway breakfast be unavailable at some point.
July 28, 2015 at 2:10 PM · Restaurants don't substitute for rides and attractions, but it is nice to have more options. Epcot restaurants are in high demand, but the Garden Grill seems like a bland offering. I hope the Akersus restaurant remains and they finally add Elsa and Anna to the mix.

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