Bongo’s Cuban Cafe at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs Expected to Close This Year

Bongo’s Cuban Cafe has been a part of Disney Springs since 1997.  The location was around before Disney Springs was created and the area used to be known as Downtown Disney.  The restaurant features amazing Cuban food and is owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  If you venture over to the West Side area of Disney Springs you will find the multi-story location.  At night there will be lively music and fun happenings, too.  We have hears that the restaurant made announcements to the employees that the location will be closing later this year.  The current plan is to move the restaurant off of Walt Disney World property and move it to the Margaritaville Resort.  These are still grumblings and rumors at this point as at the time of this posting, we haven’t seen an official announcement.


It will be sad to see the restaurant go since it is one of the restaurants that has been in the area the longest, but we are sure that Disney will fill the spot with another fabulous location or experience for guests to enjoy.  There have been a lot of new restaurant additions to Disney Springs, so it is possible that Bongos didn’t get the attention that it used to.  As always, we will keep you all posted on any new information and details that we learn about the closing and what is expected to take over the location.

What do you all think about the possibility of Bongo’s Cuban Cafe closing?  Was this a must-visit dining location for your family?


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!