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Is It Time To Say Goodbye to Pecos Bill?

Nighttime view of pecos bill tall tale inn and cafe in a theme park, lit up against a dark sky, with people visible in the foreground.
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When Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park opened on October 1, 1971, it completely changed the way families experienced a theme park. The park was full of amazing rides and attractions throughout six lands — Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Liberty Square, and Main Street, U.S.A. Riding all those attractions can work up quite an appetite, so Disney also filled the parks with some great dining options.

Magic Kingdom opening day in 1971

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One of the Magic Kingdom’s original eateries was Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & CafĂ©, located in Frontierland. The old-time saloon was a hit and remains a magic Kingdom staple to this day. Guests can pop into Pecos Bill’s to dine on mouthwatering options like the Chicken Nachos, the Angus Bacon Cheeseburger, a Pork Carnitas Rice Bowl, churros, and so much more.

Despite its longstanding popularity, Pecos Bill has become somewhat of a point of debate among Disney fans. Some love the nostalgia the restaurant gives, while others never step foot inside because they don’t think the food quality is very good and would rather eat elsewhere.

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe Fajita Platter

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Now, with all the changes happening in Frontierland, many are wondering if it is time to say goodbye to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café once and for all.

In June 2020, Disney announced that Splash Mountain would be closing and reopening with a new theme based on the 2009 film, The Princess and the Frog. The move was a very controversial one, and fans of Splash Mountain are still incredibly upset about the move. There are even petitions trying to get Disney to reverse course. Disney is standing by their decision, and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is scheduled to open at the Magic Kingdom this summer.

An enchanting nighttime scene of a whimsical village with a glowing waterfall, vibrant plants, and illuminated windows of cozy cottages nestled among trees in the Magic Kingdom.

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Related:  Your Ultimate Guide to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure!

The Princess and the Frog takes place in New Orleans, so it would make a lot of sense to potentially turn Pecos Bill CafĂ© into something like Tiana’s Palace. The menu could be full of Southern staples like gumbo, catfish, red beans and rice, beignets, and more. A lot of guests would likely be thrilled to see a new, revamped Walt Disney World dining spot. They would also probably love to get their hands on some beignets, which are typically only available at Port Orleans – French Quarter.

Port Orleans Halloween Beignets

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Related: Did Disney Secretly Reveal the Opening Date For Tiana’s Bayou Adventure?!

Should Disney decide to transform Pecos Bill into Tiana’s Palace, it would not be the first time a Tiana’s Palace opened in a Disney Park. Tiana’s Palace opened in Disneyland Park in September 2023. Unlike the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland does not have Liberty Square; it has New Orleans Square. New Orleans Square is located next to Critter Country, which is where Splash Mountain is located.

View of Tiana's palace, seen from under a canopy with strings of lights. The palace features colorful, ornate architecture with a balcony and turrets in Disneyland Park New Orleans Square.

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Disneyland’s Splash Mountain is also being transformed into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which will open later this year. So, the transformation of the French Market into Tiana’s Palace was a natural move. The Disney restaurant’s menu is full of delectable options like the Muffuletta Sandwich, Shrimp & Grits, Cajun Spiced Half Chicken, and the House-filled Beignet, which tastes like lemon ice box pie.

Would you like to see Disney retheme Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café? Let us know in the comments!

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

3 comments

  1. Karen Westcott

    No don’t close Pecos Bills

  2. Patrick Benson

    Please quit changing Disney because of stupid people its fine the way it is if they like a ride or cafe they can go elsewhere
    why make the ones who like suffer with the changes

  3. Suzanne Hepler

    No dont get rid of Pecos we look forward to eating there every time we go. Its always busy so they must be doing something right. Many families arent into spicy foods maybe they could find another spot to put a small eatery for things that would be more themed for Tianas Bayou. Would love to at least be able to get Beignets. Or find a way to combine the 2.

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