It is official, the White Castle (11595 Daryl Carter Parkway) in Orlando will make its long-awaited debut on Monday, May 3rd. This restaurant will be the World’s Largest White Castle.
White Castle Orlando will be open for take-out, dine-in, and drive-thru service from 8 AM till 1 AM on grand opening day. The regular store hours will be 9 AM till 1 AM, every day of the week. Eventually, this castle will become a 24-hour-a-day joint.
Just a reminder, there is a maximum order of 60 White Castle Sliders per visit, so don’t make promises you can’t keep to your friends and family.
White Castle in Orlando is now, and I have some pictures for you!
Official White Castle in Orlando Announcement
November 26th, 2019 – I woke up, showered, and jumped in my car by 5:15 AM. Why? I’m heading to Orlando for White Castle’s official statement regarding its future in Central Florida.
A few years back, White Castle’s food truck, the Cravemobile, made a few appearances with long lines and hungry crowds in Orlando. It followed that up with a couple of appearances in South Florida, One of which I helped organize in Miami.
White Castle Expansion
After considering all the facts, White Castle was likely announcing an expansion into Florida. However, since their opening in Wichita, Kansas, almost 100 years ago (1921), White Castle has stuck to the Midwest. Well, except for 2 Miami locations in the late 50s and mid-1960s.
Then, out of the blue, they opened in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2015, most recently in Scottsdale, Arizona.
So after the 3 & 1/2 hour drive, I try to find the future castle’s location. All I know is everything is going down at Daryl Carter Parkway and Palm Parkway. As I approach the stoplight at that intersection, I see the Cravemobile in the distance. I’m so distracted I miss the turn and end up having to down the block to make a u-turn.
Talking to the VP
I’m greeted by White Castle VP Jamie Richardson when I arrive, who I’ve met on two previous occasions. Just earlier this year, I was able to do a signing for my book All About the Burger at their flagship store in Columbus, Ohio.
Jamie is like a steel trap and will not divulge any info yet. However, I see a few signs with the hashtag #WhiteCastleFL. I’m early, but we can discuss the Scottsdale location’s recent success and whether a Miami spot is in the books.
Just kidding, we didn’t discuss that ::: wink wink :::
White Castle in Orlando Announcement Event
He starts the event by mentioning that they just announced on the Bring White Castle to Florida Facebook page that White Castle is opening in Orlando. Jamie also thanks their cravers for their devotion and loyalty to returning White Castle to Florida.
Then, the White Castle Royal Town Crier shows up in a whole period outfit with a hat and reads the official proclamation from parchment to us.
The town crier was a nice touch.
Here’s what we know about White Castle’s Orlando location:
- This will be the largest White Castle in the chain at 4500 square feet.
- The castle will be at the Village at O-Town West.
- There will be 145 employees at this location.
- Florida makes the 14th state where White Castles exist.
- It will be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
- In 2 months, the ground will be broken.
- They hope to be open by late 2021.
While Jamie didn’t answer my Miami question, he did mention that their 1921 slider will be on the menu at the Orlando castle, which should be music for everyone’s burger lovin’ ears.
White Castle in Orlando Event Pictures
I didn’t mention that everyone in attendance was given two cheese White Castle sliders worth the drive to Orlando alone.