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courtneylauren
05-18-2010, 06:30 PM
Disney Dining: Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse restaurant rumored to upgrade
to Signature Dining

Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse, one of Walt Disney World’s most popular
table-service restaurants may be undergoing significant changes in its
operation, transitioning to a Signature Dining sometime in fall 2010 or
early 2011.

The restaurant, which is located at below the Chateau at the Canada
pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, specializes in Canadian regional cuisine.
It addition to its famed Cheddar Cheer Soup made with Moosehead Beer,
the menu focus on omnivore fare geared toward meat-lovers, especially
prime rib and filet mignon as well as fish and seafood. Appropriately given
the restaurant’s design as a wine cellar, Le Cellier also offers a range of wine
selections and Canadian beer. (See AllEars.net for a representative Le
Cellier menu.)

If Le Cellier does indeed shift to a Disney Signature Dining experience, the
restaurant will likely undergo several changes that may affect Disney
guests’ dining plans. The most obvious change would be increased prices.
Signature Dining restaurants are, on average, more expensive than other
table-service restaurants, a change which would affect both guests paying
"out of pocket" (for each meal individually) and those participating in the
pre-paid Disney Dining Plan (DDP); Signature Dining experiences on the DDP
require two table-service credits rather than one.

And if Le Cellier Steakhouse upgrades to a Signature Dining experience,
there would likely be other changes to align it with restaurants with the
same designation. A menu redesign would take place, with new dishes
reflecting the price increases mentioned above. Also, Le Cellier might shift
to accommodate fewer tables; Disney’s Signature Dining restaurants tend to
offer guests an intimate, exclusive dining experience – though Le Cellier is
already a relatively small restaurant.

In addition, a “Resort casual” dress code would probably be adopted (e.g. no
tank tops, cut-offs, swimsuits or cover-ups, hats for men, or torn clothing;
business casual is recommended – khakis or dress slacks for men, dresses or
dress slacks and capris for women – although nice shorts and dressy t-shirts
are allowed).

As of this writing, the following Walt Disney World Resort area restaurants
are designated Signature Dining experiences. (Note: not every restaurant
participates in the DDP.)

Artist Point, Wilderness Lodge
Bistro de Paris, France, Epcot’s World Showcase
California Grill, Contemporary Resort
Citricos, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Flying Fish Café, Disney's BoardWalk Resort
Fulton’s Crab House, Downtown Disney Marketplace
The Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney's Hollywood Studios
Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
Jiko, The Cooking Place, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Narcoossee's, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Shula’s Steak House, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Todd English’s bluezoo, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Victoria and Albert's, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Yachtsman Steakhouse, Yacht and Beach Club Resort

Considered in the context of Epcot’s announced dining changes to take place
fall 2010, Le Cellier’s potential shift to Signature Dining status makes
sense. The highly anticipated new dining options for the World Showcase –
the expansion of Mexico’s Cantina de San Angel for more al fresco dining and
the addition of Via Napoli, a Neopolitan pizzeria in Italy – will both offer
additional casual dining. Le Cellier’s transformation to Signature Dining
might be considered a way to add balance to the area’s dining options.

As of this writing, Walt Disney World has not released information
confirming the possible shift of Le Cellier Steakhouse becoming a Signature
Restaurant. More updates on this story will be posted when available.

DizDaD7
05-18-2010, 07:55 PM
Here's a question 4 ya? I'm heading down Oct. 29 to the 6th of Nov. I have a lunch ressie for 1:45 requiring only 1 TS credit at my time of booking( Last week) if this changes in the next few months or so, will I have to get charged for 2 or the original 1???:confused3

Tricia1972
05-18-2010, 10:45 PM
Thanks for posting that article.

There is an active discussion about the rumored changes at LeCellier over on the News and Rumor board (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2467192). Closing this thread and referring all active conversation about the potential change over there. :goodvibes