Tortuga Tavern Closed Indefinitely at the Magic Kingdom


If you’ve strolled through Adventureland at Magic Kingdom recently, you might have noticed a change: Tortuga Tavern is closed indefinitely. This quick-service restaurant, situated conveniently across from Pirates of the Caribbean, has been shuttered since at least Friday, June 7, with no reopening date in sight.

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Despite the closure, guests are still welcome to walk into the dining area of Tortuga Tavern to escape the Florida sun and relax in the shade. However, signs of transformation are everywhere. The restaurant’s menus are now hidden behind panels that direct guests to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe for food, the cash registers are covered in tarps, and black fabric has been installed on the windows to prevent guests from looking into the kitchen area.

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At Destination D23 last year, Disney announced plans to bring a new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed tavern to Magic Kingdom. While we have not heard much about the tavern since that announcement, many are speculating that Tortuga Tavern is closed to allow it to be transformed into this new eatery.

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