Space 220 Restaurant at EPCOT Delayed, Now Opening February 2020

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Mission Control, our launch has been delayed.

Turns out this year’s most highly-anticipated restaurant… isn’t opening this year after all. When we last checked in on the status of Space 220, we found out that the planned Executive Chef, Theo Schoenegger, had abandoned ship. With just weeks before the restaurant’s expected Winter opening date, it appeared that Disney was scrambling to have the restaurant fully staffed. A slew of new job openings have gone up this week, but one of the latest ones indicates a delayed opening for the intergalactic bistro.

Here’s a look at some of the more recent job listings added for the upcoming restaurant:

With the absence of the “Executive Chef” position listing, we can only assume that the position has once again been filled. That means they can now focus on hiring for other key roles, like Sous Chef, Restaurant Manager, and Front of House, plus support and specialty roles like cashiers and bartenders.

Here’s the fun blurb used in each listing to describe the restaurant’s overall concept and mission:

Mission Control invites you to join the crew at Space 220 for an expedition like no other. The planets have aligned for you to be a part of the latest cutting-edge and out-of-this-world restaurant. Help ensure a smooth departure as guests blast off to enter the International Space Station suspended 220 miles above the Earth’s surface and assist in delivering an unmatched intergalactic dining experience. With stellar views and gourmet menu offerings, Space 220 is truly “The Height of Dining.”

However, a new blurb indicates an opening date that contradicts the “Winter 2019” opening announced at this year’s D23 Expo and in all official announcements regarding the new restaurant:

Space 220 plans to launch in February 2020 and we’re looking for [job position] to join our crew and start training in January.

Patina Restaurant Group will still operate the new restaurant, and they’ve developed a menu that features internationally-inspired cuisine, more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines, and a wide selection of craft beer to be housed in their very own “Space Cellar”. Much like the International Space Station (ISS), the restaurant will also be manned by an international crew.

So there you have it. Space 220 will be opening in 2020. As always, we’ll be on the lookout for when reservations open up for the restaurant, so stay tuned to be among the first to know. See you in Space!

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Big Mike
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Big Mike

Winter 2019 is Sunday, December 22, 2019 to Friday, March 20, 2020

Tom Corless
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Tom Corless

They also specifically said before the end of the calendar year.

Moq
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Moq

We all know big projects like this tend to get pushed back a little. Still winter, and still before the 50th.

Tom Morrowless
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Tom Morrowless

I’m sure they are just waiting for a viable US space program and Buzzy to be found before it opens. I cannot wait to hydrate my dinner and wait for a video elevator

Andre
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Andre

I find it fitting that Space 220 will be opening in 2/20.

Ed Vaira
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Ed Vaira

Wouldn’t surprise me if it opens 2/20/2020!!

Steven in NJ
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Steven in NJ

Going to EPCOT in April 2020. I’m sure a ADR is out. Would be nice to visit without dining reservations.