It seems that they are slowley starting to delete all the good resaurants from the list. Just about every sit down restaurant at epcot has been removed from the meal plan.
Higher ticket prices to boot.
The strangest thing to me is the lack of Downtown Disney options. I have to assume this has something to do with most DD establishments being vendors and not Disney owned.
If you look carefully, you will discover that the restaurants dropped are all non-Disney owned, and all non-Disney restaurants were dropped.
Two theories are floating around out there: one, WDW is putting the squeeze on the outside vendors. Unlikely, as they just signed a contract with an outside vendor to open AK's only in-park table service restaurant. Two: they're still trying to negotate terms for reimbursement between the Mouse and the vendors.
I'm figuring option 2. For example, it is really unlikely that WDW is going to want NO DDP restaurants in Coronado Springs with its thousands of hotel rooms.
*** Edited 8/15/2006 12:46:57 PM UTC by Brian Noble***
They have announced another one (to open in '08 sometime), this time *in* the park, but also run by an outside vendor as a combination quick service/sit-down place. I think it's Landry's but don't quote me---the same vendor is also building a place in DTD.
A lot of the changes in the Dining Plan were put in to curb the abuses to the plan, especially when it came to sharing. While the list of restaurants being cut seems drastic, there are still many restaurants left, including some of the best on the Disney campus.
Overall, the Disney Dining Plan is still the way to go, I feel. Even with the slight price increase, it is still much more economical than dining at each place individually and paying for your meals. You also tend to eat at much nicer places if you are on the Dining Plan vs. if you arent. In my upcoming trip in a couple weeks I have reservations to some of the best restaurants at Disney, places I would have never dreamed of going to had I had to open my wallet to dine there.
get yourself a subscription at www.tourguidemike.com.
The best $20 you'll spend. He's a former Plaid Vest (VIP guide) at WDW, and now owns a private business that plans and provides personal tours of the parks. This site is a side business for him---If I remember correctly, Walt has used it happily as well.
As for AK, there's still not quite enough there to keep the average guest captured for a whole day. It still needs a bit more to be a "two meal" park.
*** Edited 8/15/2006 8:05:39 PM UTC by Brian Noble***
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