Changes appear to be on the horizon for the signature dining venue at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.
Something is happening at Artist Point. We just aren't quite sure what.
Back in May, the 180 day dining window opened for November 2018 at Walt Disney World restaurants. However, those hoping to book a meal at Artist Point discovered that nothing was available. In fact, October 28, 2018 is the final day for which Advance Dining Reservations can currently be made.
Two more months have passed and there is still no availability for November or December. Disney has not commented on the sitaution but signs point to a closure of some unknown duration.
However, rumors suggest this may be something different. One story making the rounds claims that Artist Point will shed its Disney "signature" status and be converted to a character dining venue. But consider that stricty a rumor at this time.
Disney recently took steps to reduce the rowdy atmosphere at neighboring Whispering Canyon Cafe. Time will tell if this policy change has any relation to future plans for Artist Point.
I have heard that the restaurant will reopen as a character meal. We used to go character meals, then Disney dumbed down the food and raised the prices so now we only do these meals when we take the young children of our family. And it is only once during their trip. They can see lots of characters around the parks.