Walt Disney World switching up dining options at the Yacht Club Resort

July 7, 2017, 9:54 AM · Captain's Grille will be closing and two new restaurant concepts are on the way, as the Walt Disney World Resort today announced changes to its dining line-up at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.

A new quick-service location, The Market at Ale & Compass, will open later this month, replacing the lobby lounge and serving grab-and-go and made-to-order sandwiches, pastries, and wraps. But the big change will debut in October, when Ale & Compass Restaurant replaces Captain's Grille.

The new restaurant will have a "gastropub ambience with New England-inspired comfort food, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner," and will feature an on-stage hearth oven. No word yet on specific menu items or prices.

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July 8, 2017 at 3:57 AM · Is the Bob Chapek era going to be known as the time Disney decided to turn it's once-charming hotels into generic Hiltons? There's nothing wrong with a Hilton. Yet I'm booking a Disney vacation--and I'm expecting theming, including period fixtures and details. This concept art here is on trend--it's more "up-to-date" and it's nice. It's also boring. Other recent examples: the Y&B room updates, Flying Fish (food is still good, room is soulless when it used to be whimsical and charming), Grand Californian rooms...

All that said, having stayed at most of the resorts around the lake,there was a lack of quick service food, especially at breakfast. The market will help solve it. The idea of a gastropub is nice too, but the concept art is pretty plain--painted walls, not-of-the-period light fixtures (I know it's not a true period hotel, but it's themed as one), no artwork. Just like I want truly immersive lands in theme parks (e.g. Harry Potter, Tom Sawyer's Island), I want Disney's hotels to stick to use their themes throughout.

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