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News! Closing Date Announced for Pollo Campero and Babycakes NYC at Disney World’s Downtown Disney

News on the Disney Springs front!

The mega food outlet occupied by Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and Babycakes NYC has an official closing date now. The Downtown Disney Marketplace spot will shutter its doors on Wednesday, March 19.

Pollo Campero at Downtown Disney Orlando

Pollo Campero at Downtown Disney Orlando

The combo restaurant will close to make way for the continued re-imagining of the Downtown Disney area as it morphs into Disney Springs.

Speculation has abounded regarding what businesses and restaurants will survive and make it through to Disney Springs. Already we have seen the rollout of four food trucks — portending the closure of some restaurants while capitalizing on a hot trend at the same time.

Fantasy Fare Food Truck

Fantasy Fare Food Truck

Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All-American, and Babycakes NYC join the casualty list that also includes Cap’n Jack’s, which closed for good in 2013. The waterside seafood restaurant had been around nearly since the dawn of Disney World time, having opened in 1975.

Captain Jacks Will Be Closing to Make Room for New Disney Springs Development

Capt,n Jack’s Closed in 2013 to Make Room for New Disney Springs Development

Opinions have been mixed about Pollo Campero (see our review here), a chain offering Latin American flavors, and Bodie’s, which features burgers and other American fare.

The closure of Babycakes NYC is likely to be more impactful.

Babycakes NYC in Downtown Disney

Babycakes NYC in Downtown Disney

The New York-based bakery specializes in gluten-free and vegan baked goods, which also do not contain refined sugar. As the number of Disney guests following special diets continues to increase, we’ll be interested to see how Disney answers the demand for specialty items if the closure of Babycakes NYC is permanent.

We’re watching, and we’ll keep you posted.

Bakery Items at Babycakes NYC

Bakery Items at Babycakes NYC

Select shops and food courts at various Disney resorts will continue to carry BabyCakes NYC products for the immediate future.

Will you miss Pollo Campero, Bodie’s All American, or Babycakes NYC? Leave a comment and let us know how the closure will impact you.

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66 Comments

  1. Nicole says:

    Well, that stinks! We visit Babycakes every year we come in from Tulsa and it is a favorite of our now 7yo with life threatening food allergies. In a place that is about kids and families and seeing that 1 in 4 children have food allergies, I think this is a big fail to be without. Especially when you have other dessert type shops that we can only look at and never get to enjoy. This let us be like everyone else, and allow our son to have an amazing treat like all the other kids.

  2. Brooke says:

    We continue to see Babycakes products offered at various places throughout the resort, like the Gardens Kiosk at Animal Kingdom and some Disney Resorts.

  3. Kay Jay says:

    We are coming over for a conference next week & Babycakes was to be a daily highlight of our trip. I. Am. Bereft. My daughter & I both have many allergies, yet have found their items to be delicious & such treats for us. To not have them will severely impact our trip. Not sure what I’ll be getting us for breakfast daily. :*(

  4. Denise Steinberg says:

    Very disappointed to see baby cakes closing. I was especially looking forward to bringing my son here, as he has a severe allergy to dairy. This would have been a wonderful treat for him. We are very limited to what he can eat, and this was one safe place for him. : (

  5. Wini thompson says:

    We are Disney annual pass holders. Dropped in for a cupcake at Baby Cakes and was very dissappointed to see them gone. I hope you will bring them back there are not enough delicious gluten free dairy free fresh baked deserts in Disney World . This is going to be sought after by many , Big market Baby boomers are coming with special needs. Disney do your homework!

  6. Cory says:

    So sad, we will no longer go to downtown Disney…

  7. Sara says:

    Ate at Pollo Campero in September 2013 and was surprised they hadn’t shut it down sooner. It was filthy. The booth seats were old and ripped, and there was old, caked-on food on the window dividers. Couldn’t even eat the food, as the seating area was so disgusting.

  8. Andrea says:

    We had disney passes and would travel from daytona twice a month to get Babycakes. I have major food allergies and this was the only place I could go to a store and buy sweets….

  9. Daisy says:

    We are crying over here about Baby Cakes closing down! :( We just can’t tell our daughter this!. She loves Baby Cakes doughnuts and cakes every time we visit Orlando’s Downtown Dysney. She has celiac Disease.

  10. Judy says:

    That stinks. We always visit Baby Cakes when we visit Downtown Disney. Love their Vegan goodies. Can’t believe that they’re closing…..bummer !!!!!!!

  11. Krystal says:

    Very sad about Baby Cakes!! This was a need for us and so many others that has so many food allergies!! So much for me as a mom getting a break from cooking treats and breakfast on vaca. It’s hard enough to find food!!! Thankfully chick fil a has grilled nuggets. So Disney, what are you going to do about this?

  12. Arwen says:

    I’m a Disney passholder and a vegan. I used to go to Babycakes everytime I was at Downtown Disney! They have THE BEST vegan goodies. I knew they had closed at DT Disney, but I thought I could still get Babycakes at the Boardwalk bakery. I called today to ask if I could order cupcakes and I was told the only item they have there is the Babycakes brownie bites. I am very sad about losing my favorite place for cupcakes and cookie sandwiches!! :(

  13. Colette says:

    Arwen -They have BabyCakes at the Beach Club Marketplace, my fact they had about 3 or 4 varieties when I was there in June. I hope your able to find some more on Disney property :)

  14. Arwen says:

    Thank you, Colette! I will need to check it out sometime and see what they have.

  15. Meg says:

    Oh no! We loved Pollo Campero and we especially loved BabyCakes!!! I hope Disney brings back both but ESPECIALLY BabyCakes. Their doughnuts are *the*best! My son is going to be so disappointed.

  16. Kathie says:

    SERIOUSLY! We are coming to Disney in Dec.2014– JUST FOR BABYCAKES! We are vacationing in Sarasota and decided to stop for a few days (since I have crazy food allergies)– was going to get my “fix.” Additionally, All I bragged about was the delicious cupcakes to my sis-in-law’s sister, who is there RIGHT NOW! UGH! What a huge let down! :(

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