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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:50 pm    Post subject: Disney Backtracking on Character Dining Reply with quote

Disney has realized their mistake and are in the process of returning characters to the Liberty Tree Tavern: http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hill/archive/2009/03/12/disney-food.aspx
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic! This was one of my favourite Character Dining restaurants!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kati24 wrote:
Fantastic! This was one of my favourite Character Dining restaurants!


Ours too! I'm glad to hear this. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We always loved this meal. And are very glad they are bringing back the
characters. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not So Fast!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have done the character dining a few times in various Disney restaurants, but only on special ocassions. I find them over priced. We haven't done a character meal in the last 3 trips, and cancelled the one we had scheduled this past January at Liberty Tree because they had pulled the characters.

Other than taking my grandson, there is no reason I would consider a character meal.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are so expensive... I' love to take my kids to one, but to take family is major hit to vacation budget.

Not sure why they can not have a win win and have the meals from Sept to Feb, and not have them Mar - Sept. seems to me like this is a no brainer.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are exspensive but most have real good food. Smile

We always do a couple character meals each trip. My DW and DD
would be heart broken if they didn't get their characters with their meals. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya know, the restaurants are full because there is no place to eat. What Disney seems to be saying is "We don't care about the satisfaction of our guests, just so long as we're making money". They've been down this road before and it hurt them.

It almost sounds like they'd rather do away with all character meals, and make the place no better than a traveling carnival.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

daveypoo wrote:
Ya know, the restaurants are full because there is no place to eat. What Disney seems to be saying is "We don't care about the satisfaction of our guests, just so long as we're making money". They've been down this road before and it hurt them.

It almost sounds like they'd rather do away with all character meals, and make the place no better than a traveling carnival.



It dose seem like that is where they are headed. Rolling Eyes
But it also seems very short sighted on their part?????
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the last few years, they had incresed the number of Character dining options because they were so popular. However, I think they are just now realizing how much it is really cutting into profits (which is what it seems that they really only care about the last 1-2 years)....

We never really went for charactes meals. We have actually one done and that was the Minnie breakfast one at DLR, mainly because it was only place in the park we could get a sit down breakfast...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing is that they are not thinking about the profits.

In a 5 or 6 day WDW vacation we will do 4 or 5 character meals
The food is good but having a young child she loves the entertainment
and the pictures with said characters and authographs with them. Very Happy

And I'm sure there are lots of families that are the same.

But without the characters many families, and mine, could be just as happy
at some food court where we would spend less han half of what we spend
at the character meals.

So like I said before, " They are very short sighted" !
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