ESPN Club permanently closes at Walt Disney World's BoardWalk to be replaced with The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers

Mar 11, 2022 in "ESPN Club"

Posted: Friday March 11, 2022 3:34pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World's ESPN Club on Disney's BoardWalk is now permanently closed.

Disney has announced that a new table service restaurant and bakery, The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, will be joining the BoardWalk and sources indicate that the ESPN Club will be the location.

ESPN Club opened at Walt Disney World in July 1996 and offered classic American pub cuisine, sports entertainment and shopping, along with live tv coverage of sporting events. The club closed along with the rest of Walt Disney World during the pandemic and has not reopened since.

The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers has two existing locations in Indianapolis, and you can see those menus for an idea of what to expect at the Walt Disney World location.

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ToTBellHop1 day ago

Still arguing with the insurance company after all these years. Poor bastards.

monothingie2 days ago

The poor corn dog stand was just an innocent victim of circumstance.

ToTBellHop2 days ago

9 out of 10 guests actually enjoy the authentic “we are rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy” story we are seeing play out on the BoardWalk. They’ll finish rebuilding on time no matter how long it takes!

Bocabear2 days ago

As the construction is happening on a Disney owned resort building, you would think that Disney would handle all of the build-out... so if the tenant is having cash flow issues, the project doesn't sit in an unfinished state for years awaiting the Tenant to win the lotto to complete the construction... There really is no good reason they do not at least get this structure closed up and completed on the exterior.... Then they can spend another 3 to 5 years to complete the Marriott inspired thematic interior.

headintheclouds2 days ago

Makes sense.

monothingie2 days ago

This is likely being paid for by the Restaurant entity using Disney selected or approved contractors. I’d wager it’s a combination of cash flow issues and materials shortages. I also can’t imagine that the rent payments are being waived by Disney, as well as some sort of additional compensation to Disney for hurting the brand of the resort.

monothingie2 days ago

Which ‘25? 2125?

Disney Analyst2 days ago

Looks about ready, opens tomorrow?

ToTBellHop2 days ago

It will take a long time to interview all 7 billion humans to find the best bakers. This isn’t any old Cake Bake Shop.

headintheclouds2 days ago

I’m so confused on why they decided to hire people for a project not opening until at least summer of ‘25. 🙄

SplashJacket3 days ago

For all the criticism people throw at Disney for slow construction. This is it. This is the one project where no one can say anything 😂 It’s legitimately wild, and I think most cries of slow construction are overblown

monothingie3 days ago

And cake fondant.

mattpeto3 days ago

Not sure why but maybe they are waiting for Cake Bake Shop to open. It would make their parks blog post more plentiful?

MisterPenguin3 days ago

See, the world hasn't recovered from the shortage supplies from the pandemic. There's a world wide shortage of faux wood!