At least it’s not a problem! Words that will live in infamy are carrying forward with Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant. Since its announcement, we’ve been excited to sit down for a meal at Patina Group’s next Disney restaurant. Known for great dining experiences like Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs and Via Napoli in Epcot’s Italian Pavilion, we have high hopes for Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant. We’re ready to launch into it if you are. Let’s see what’s causing our delay!

The Overview

Sandwiched in between Mission Space and Test Track, Epcot’s Space 220 is expected to be one of the new anchors of the World Discovery neighborhood. Featuring a wine list that would take a day a or so to review, there is no way you can’t find a wine to pair with the eclectic menu options. Challenge accepted! We know, Barney or should we NPH?

Any delays to the restaurant were assumed to be associated it with massive window “video” screens that will simulate traveling through space. It looks like the windows are in good order and the delays are elsewhere. Let’s take a look in the kitchen!

Passholder Insights: One of the best single rider queues is next door to Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant in Test Track.

To The Kitchen!

Over the summer we saw the job listing for hiring wait staff for the restaurant. Everything was definitely on track for the Winter 2019 opening. That was until the first week of November. On the first week of November, a new job posting appeared on the Patina Group’s website. The listing was for an executive chef for Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant.

Peeling back the layers of the onion we find out what happened. According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, the previous executive chef for Epcot’s Space 220 restaurants was recruited away from the restaurant to oversee a new Las Vegas kitchen. Not just any restaurant, but the brand restaurant opening at the Wynn.

For a Disney executive chef to be recruited away to Las Vegas speaks to the level of restaurant Walt Disney World is going for. The competition for high end (non-celebrity) chefs is extremely competitive with the majority of top chefs going to the high-end resort locations like Las Vegas.

Passholder Insights: Certain restaurants offer reservations through both My Disney Experience and Open Table. It is always good to check both.

What’s This Mean?

The backbone of every restaurant is the menu. Most menus are a reflection of the executive chef. From what we’ve heard is the Patina Group is expediting the search for a new executive for Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant.

With the late change in the kitchen, the opening of the restaurant has been pushed to winter 2020. In Walt Disney World terms that means the restaurant could open any time from January 1, 2020, to March 21, 2020 (first day of spring).

Passholder Insights: For a wide range of South African wine you’ll want to head to Jiko.

Our Thoughts

Let’s get it right. Any time there’s a shift in the kitchen it has a direct impact on the menu. We’re ok with the delay if it results in a superb menu when Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant opens. It’s rumored that Disney World would like to have the restaurant running on all cylinders heading in the summer. For now, we’re kicking up feet and enjoying a glass of wine. Our table will be ready soon!

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