ESPN Club removal begins at Disney's BoardWalk

Jul 14, 2022 in "ESPN Club"

ESPN Club demolition - July 14 2022
Posted: Thursday July 14, 2022 10:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Demolition crews have moved into the ESPN Club on Disney's BoardWalk to remove the theming elements from the former ESPN building.

Crews are using high-reach lifts and saws to cut through the steel supports of the large decorative pieces.

The BoardWalk remains open to guests during the work.

Disney has announced that a new table service restaurant and bakery, The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, will be taking over the space. Learn more about the BoardWalk updates.

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 did not reopen.

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mastromjm2 days ago

Opening day Magic Kingdom began construction in May 1969 and opened October 1971. Cake Bake Shop began construction December 2022 and had to delete the "early" from its already multiple-times-delayed 2024 date. Wow. Anybody wanna ask Gwendolyn what's up?

UNCgolf3 days ago

ESPN Club and Big River Grille were both significantly cheaper (burgers between $15-20 and kid's menu items for less than $10) -- Cake Bake Shop is basically on par with Trattoria al Forno. The biggest benefit will be that it's open for lunch, since Trattoria and Flying Fish aren't, but I don't think it will fill the niche the original poster was looking for.

TrainsOfDisney3 days ago

I’m not sure any sit down place at the boardwalk would have better prices than that.

UNCgolf3 days ago

Items, potentially yes, but prices, not so much. Their burger costs $25. A side order of fries is $11. Even a grilled cheese off the kid's menu is $14. And that's assuming they don't increase the prices because it's at Disney.

TrainsOfDisney3 days ago

It might - the menus look like they could fit the bill.

LSLS3 days ago

LOL, this has to be trolling at this point.

KDM310913 days ago

I feel like Boardwalk needs a good middle of the road priced restaurant or a true quick service. Trattoria is nice, but not exactly inexpensive and a small menu. Flying Fish is pricey. The Boardwalk Deli is pretty limited. They need an accessible, moderate option. Cake Bake doesn't seem like it's going to fill that.

bpiper3 days ago

They should have saved some later effort and just put "Late 2024" in now.

MisterPenguin3 days ago

I'm looking forward to when it says "Fall 2024."

DCBaker3 days ago

The Cake Bake Shop website has been recently updated and has removed the word "early" from the target opening timeframe in 2024 Here's a before and after screenshot.

ToTBellHop5 days ago

It will be.

NeedMoreMickey5 days ago

runDisney 10k is set to race the Boardwalk next Saturday so it will be nice if isn’t full of construction walls

Smiley/OCD5 days ago

I think it needs a Tiana mural on the wall..and while they’re at it, put Splash’s weathervane up there too…

TheEPCOTHistorian5 days ago

Funny enough there’s motivation for the longer timelines too. Ratatouille sat completed and ready to go for months, and TRON gave them financial breaks during COVID. I don’t think motivation is the issue. Intention is.