When the resort’s sole night club “Hurricanes” closed in 2010 (only to reopen as event space on rare occasion since then) rumors were rampant among fans what management plans to do with the huge indoor space and the outdoor terrace located above the Rainforest Cafe. Two years later rumors have died down as management seemed to have no clue how to use the real estate and in fact repainted the Hurricanes decoration outside the building and the entrance structure during regular rehabs.
But now finally the space will be re-dedicated to a new use as a trusted source informed us – unfortunately not for the resort’s guests. Instead the former Hurricane’s will house an additional cafeteria / sandwich counter shortly for cast members working in the Disney Village. The need for this additional cast member dining location arises in connection with the upcoming opening of the new World of Disney Store at the entrance to the Disney Village. With the opening of the new shop on July 12 (resp. its exclusive soft opening for Annual Passholders and Shareholders’ Club Members on July 6th) an additional 200 cast members will be added to the cast members already working in the Disney Village.
However, even that use as cafeteria will not last forever. Instead current plans of the Disney Village management call for the construction of a new cast member cafeteria in the backstage area of the Disney Village. Once that one is open the temporary cafeteria in the Hurricanes is supposed to be closed down to allow for the space to be transformed into a restaurant for the resort’s guests. Current plans call for an opening of this new restaurant sometime in 2014 – but as usual these plans might change … also there is no word yet on what type of restaurant or concerning the restaurant’s themeing.