The Final Curtain Call for BoardWalk’s Big River Grille

Big River Grille Sign

Disney’s BoardWalk, a cherished hotspot for Disney aficionados, is set to undergo yet another transformation. The long-standing Big River Grille & Brewing Works is slated to shut its doors for good on January 21st, 2024. This permanent closure paints a new picture in the ever-evolving canvas of the BoardWalk, particularly in its culinary landscape. Let’s delve into the details of this closure and its implications for the BoardWalk.

Turning the Page at Disney’s BoardWalk

Disney’s BoardWalk has witnessed a considerable reshuffle in its dining roster over recent years. Big River Grille & Brewing Works, celebrated for its traditional American cuisine within a cozy bar setting, is the latest establishment to bid farewell.

Following in the footsteps of ESPN Club’s closure and subsequent metamorphosis into The Cake Bake Shop, Big River Grille’s departure marks another significant change. Other recent shifts include the transformation of Ample Hills Creamery into the BoardWalk Ice Cream and the rebranding of BoardWalk Bakery into the BoardWalk Deli. Additionally, guests can look forward to the upcoming opening of Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs, which will replace the former BoardWalk To Go kiosk.

Behind the Curtain: Factors Leading to the Closure

While the exact reasons behind Big River Grille’s closure remain undisclosed, the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dining scene at Disney’s BoardWalk cannot be overlooked. The convention business, once a major contributor to the area, has not bounced back to its pre-pandemic vigor. Consequently, adaptations are underway to navigate through these changing tides.

What Lies Ahead?

Big River Grille map

Currently, there is no official word on what will fill the void left by Big River Grille. However, Disney has revealed plans to roll out food trucks during peak dining hours to offer alternate dining choices for guests. This interim measure is designed to cater to the culinary needs of visitors as the BoardWalk braces for additional transformations.

The Dawn of a New Era

The story of Disney’s BoardWalk continues to unfold, and Big River Grille & Brewing Works’ closure marks yet another turning point in its dynamic gastronomic journey. As the pandemic continues to reshape the hospitality industry, Disney is navigating through uncharted waters and exploring new dining avenues for its guests.

While Big River Grille’s closure may be a bittersweet moment for some, it also paves the way for novel and exciting experiences on the BoardWalk. Visitors can anticipate the future with excitement and curiosity for the unique culinary delights that are soon to adorn this iconic Disney destination.

Stay tuned to the DVC Shop blog for all the latest developments for Disney fans, whether that’s what’s happening in the Disney theme parks or around Disney Vacation Club resorts!

Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

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