Stargate Restaurant at EPCOT Center

Andy at Make the Magic posted about a character breakfast that she had loved and lamented the lack of information available on the Stargate Restaurant at EPCOT Center.

I quickly turned to my trusty Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia (Third Edition) by Dave Smith.

Fast-Food facility in Communicore East at Epcot, from October 1, 1982 to April 10, 1994. It later became the  Electric Umbrella.

Photo from Making the Magic

Andy had posted this information, already, so I needed to find another resource.

I pulled out my 1984 Birnbaum’s Official Guide and found a lengthier description.

Stargate Restaurant: This large fast-tood establishment, located in CommuniCore East, is handsomely decorated in shades of blue, mauve, and magenta. It’s a particularly good bet when the weather is temperate enough to allow dining on the tables on the terrace outside—or when bound for World Showcase with finicky eaters in tow. It’s also one of the few Epcot Center restaurants open for breaktast. Cold cereals, Danish pastries, fruit cups. blueberry muffins, and cheese omelets served with creditable home-fried potatoes are available then. But the real specialty is the extremely satisfying. if extravagantly named. “Stellar Scramble.” Made of cheese, tomatoes, ham, onions, green pepper, and scrambled eggs, this “breakfast pizza“ might not win any prizes among connoisseurs of haute cuisine, but it’s unquestionably tasty. At lunch and dinner, offerings include pepperoni or cheese pizzas, hamburgers, and chefs salads. The peanut butter cookies are good, too. The Stargate Restaurant stays open until the park closes. B, L, D. S.

Image from the 1984 Official Guide to Walt Disney World

Andy also talked about eating a character breakfast at the Stargate Restaurant. I have an odd fascination with the history of dining at Walt Disney World. The earliest character breakfasts were always centered around the hotels and campgrounds. I wondered what Andy had experience. I wasn’t doubting her memories or her photographs, but I needed to do some more research.

The Official Guide from 1991 still states that there were only a handful of character breakfasts at Walt Disney World at the time, with none at EPCOT Center. We see the usual: Empress Lilly, Contemporary, Ft. Wilderness, the Contemporary and the Polynesian. It is the same information for the 1993 Official Guide. We don’;t see a major change until later; the 1997 Official Guide mentions a few other character locations, but it is still not the experience we know today (in 1984 and 1989, reservation were not needed for the character buffets at the Contemporary or the Polynesian).

Once again, we run into the wall for people researching the history of Walt Disney World. Relying on official resources can be tenuous, at best, and it makes it difficult to confirm or deny certain facts. Relevancy is important and we still need access to primary documents.

Does anyone have more information about the Stargate Restaurant? Email me at [email protected]  with any photos, receipts or tales of eating there.


2 thoughts on “Stargate Restaurant at EPCOT Center

  1. I was sent to work in Stargate or “The Gates of Hell” as it was known to cast members whilst a J-1 Employee at the Rose & Crown.

    I have memories of it being one of the most dated costumes on site in 1992. Flared polyester trousers and a white turtle neck zip up top with a burgundy and blue “V” shape on the front. Truly hideous.
    Entry to the restaurant back of house was though the small utilidor at Epcot. The selection of food was no where near as sophisticated as the counter service offerings these days at WDW.
    I don’t recall a character breakfast there, in fact I think it only opened lunch and dinner, with breakfast being served at the nearby Odyssey restaurant, which also doubled out the back as the castmember dining place of choice, it was only if you had a very short break that you went to American Adventure cast services..and you had to be despearate to have anything frm the Wometco vending machines in the break trailers

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