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Disney Village closes New York Style Sandwiches… but only for refurbishment

Thursday, 6th October 2011 at 23:28

Is Disney Village seeing the first effects of Disney recently taking back control of some restaurants previously run by an outside company? The small New York Style Sandwiches shop, positioned between the Sports Bar and The Disney Gallery, closed on Monday 3rd for a refurbishment that will last until Friday 21st October. The windows have been completely covered over during the works. It’s currently unclear how big the changes will be: whether this is simply a freshen-up to get things back to Disney standards, or if changes could be on the way to the rather tired venue, previously operated by Groupe Flo along with Café Mickey, The Steakhouse and Annette’s Diner.

Opened in 1992 as Carnegie’s Deli with full table service, it was renamed after just a few years. In May this year, it gained some hefty competition from the new-build Earl of Sandwich just across the way and subsequently altered the focus of its menu away from sandwiches to pizza slices and other Italian-American snacks. Curiously, the signage notifying of the current closure (captured here by Mouetto on Disney Central Plaza) uses the New York Style Sandwiches logo but in its text calls the location by a new name: “New York Deli”. With the Earl now having the Village’s hot sandwich market wrapped up, will Disney further reposition the shop to offer greater variety?

This follows a major refurbishment of the Disney Fashion store nearby in June, which saw the formerly dull outlet gain a more quirky “boutique” feel. Of the retail units in Disney Village — notably Disney Store, Hollywood Pictures and World of Toys — that store was the least likely to effectively be made redundant by the opening of World of Disney next year, perhaps calling for an even bigger rethink of the offer along this side of the street, which has long been somewhat uninspiring.

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  • To bring the restaurnat back to Disney standards? The Disney standard is pretty bad at DLRP compared to other parks, especially to other Disney parks, when it comes to food.

    Nearly all Group Flo restaurants have better service and better quality of food than most of the Disney restaurants.

  • I think it should just be scrapped all together and used as space for a new shop or a new restaurant. The Village is so underwhelming and considering it’s the first glance of the resort (besides the hotels) the guests see it definitely needs a lot of work and an injection of energy, it’s so dull. I’m looking forward to see the new additions / what they do to the current stores after WOD opens.

  • Im always interested to hear of refurbs etc and i think along the lines of a New York Deli instead of just sandwiches is a good idea. Im also really looking forward to the ne world of disney store opening but whats going to happen to the other stores in the village? Have to think of something quick……

  • New York Style Sandwiches has the worst reviews in resort on Trip Advisor, so hopefully a refurb will improve things.

  • i liked it to be honest this is where we tended to eat

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