Big River Grille & Brewing Works Closing This Weekend at Disney’s BoardWalk in Walt Disney World

Brit Tuttle

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Big River Grille & Brewing Works Closing This Weekend at Disney’s BoardWalk in Walt Disney World

Big River Grille & Brewing Works is closing at Disney’s BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort, following an internal announcement.

Big River Grille & Brewing Works Closing

The interior of Big River Grille & Brewing Works at Disney's BoardWalk

In a notice shared with employees, Big River Grille announced that it will be closed effective this Sunday, January 21, 2024. No reasoning for the closure was shared.

In addition, the Walt Disney World website page for Big River no longer lists operating hours starting Monday, January 22. Per the internal announcement, the “clean-up process” following the restaurant’s closure will begin on that day.

Employees have the option to stay on through the completion of clean-up to receive $20 per hour plus a $500 stay-on bonus, or can begin their termination process immediately.

Disney’s BoardWalk has been undergoing changes and refurbishments for the past few years. In early 2023, the resort’s lobby was remodeled, and we stayed in a remodeled room this past summer. In November 2023, the DVC showroom closed for ongoing work on the Villas. In that update, work on the boardwalk in front of Big River Grille was completed.

As for the actual BoardWalk, the Cake Bake Shop is still under construction, with its opening delayed to this year. The upcoming Blue Ribbon Corn Dogs location is also still under construction, set to open sometime this year.

Will you be sad to see this restaurant go? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Brit Tuttle

    Brit didn't grow up going to the Disney Parks, but had basically the next best thing: the Phantom Manor ride operations simulator flash game and the Disney Sing-Along Songs Beach Party at Walt Disney World VHS. You can email them at

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