With two major new rides confirmed for Epcot and dozens of other changes
in the works, it comes as no surprise that Disney is looking to freshen up dining options in the park.
We already have confirmation on one new dining spot, a space-themed sit-down
restaurant that will be located in Future World East and the first full-service restaurant in that section of the park. But now we have rumors of a yet another signature dining option that might be coming.
Multiple Disney news sites are reporting that internal documents point to a new seafood and steakhouse restaurant in the works for the Japan pavilion, possibly even including
locally raised Wagyu beef.
The area near the former sake bar is now blocked off, indicating that some type of work is happening in that area.
According to details shared by both Kenny the Pirate
and WDW News Today
, the new restaurant will take over part of the Mitsukoshi Store and some back-of-house storage space. It will feature six small dining rooms, each with a different theme. You’ll check in via the Material Room then dine in a room themed to Earth, Stone, Wa (harmony), Water, Washi (a form of paper) or Wood.
The three current restaurants in the Japan Pavilion are expected to remain open, though some are speculating
that we might see a decrease in size
of at least one of those restaurants once this one opens. No timeline on when the new restaurant will be announced or open, but numerous sources note that construction should begin within the next few weeks.