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Old 10-29-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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The official Free Dining ruins everything thread.

It's become very obvious that since FD was rolled out, the parks quality of food has gone down, level of service has suffered (non tippers abound), and crowds are out of control year round.

FP+ and Magicbands are not the problem-free dining is!
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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I was unaware of "Free Dining Promotions" on my last trip to WDW and made very few ADRs. I "knew" that at the slow time I was going, walk-ups would not be a problem. I was so wrong! Ate at a lot of Counter Service and resort restaurants. If there would have been more than the two of us, I don't think we would have fared well at all. So, this time I'll be making my 180+10 reservations. A prospect I loathe.
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It's become very obvious that since FD was rolled out, the parks quality of food has gone down, level of service has suffered (non tippers abound), and crowds are out of control year round.
It also caused male-pattern baldness, global warming, longer and more frequent commercials on TV, and more frequent solar coronal ejections.
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Going to Disney World is starting to sound more like a prison sentence that people have to serve rather than a vacation lately on this board...


Seriously, the level of gloom and doom on here is excessive. It's really not that fun to come here and plan for an upcoming trip anymore!

Besides, you can eat fire, so you should be alright.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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Going to Disney World is starting to sound more like a prison sentence that people have to serve rather than a vacation lately on this board...


Seriously, the level of gloom and doom on here is excessive. It's really not that fun to come here and plan for an upcoming trip anymore!

Besides, you can eat fire, so you should be alright.
Unfortunately, the amount of complaints confirms there is a problem.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:35 PM   #6
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Here are my personal observations and experiences and opinions from our trip this summer...(OOP no FD or DDP)

Disney food is bad. There is no reason to eat at most of the regular TS retaurants. The QS tastes the same, for better or for worse, so might as well pay less.

The Signatures were good.

From now on, we are going to eat either QS or Signature.

JMHO YMMV
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:41 PM   #7
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Here are my personal observations and experiences and opinions from our trip this summer...(OOP no FD or DDP)

Disney food is bad. There is no reason to eat at most of the regular TS retaurants. The QS tastes the same, for better or for worse, so might as well pay less.

The Signatures were good.

From now on, we are going to eat either QS or Signature.

JMHO YMMV
We enjoyed Via Napoli, Kona Cafe, Tutto Italia, La Hacienda De San Angel, The Wave, Grand Floridian Cafe, Captains Grille and those are all regular table service restaurants, not signatures.

Another perspective.
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Unfortunately, the amount of complaints confirms there is a problem.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:21 PM   #9
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I agree with a PP that most of the TS at Disney is just not that good. Usually when we do TS it's for an experience rather than the food, like CRT or BOG or Prime Time. We do like Raglan Road. Maybe that doesn't count though since it's not in a park.

A couple places we like with great CS are Columbia Harbour House and Tangierine Cafe.

I do think the Dining Plan has watered down the choices, but we just roll with it and go to the few places we know are good. Hopefully sometime in the future, they will change or eliminate the dining plan, and meal quality will rise again. I'm sure the economy isn't helping.
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Going to Disney World is starting to sound more like a prison sentence that people have to serve rather than a vacation lately on this board...


Seriously, the level of gloom and doom on here is excessive. It's really not that fun to come here and plan for an upcoming trip anymore!

Besides, you can eat fire, so you should be alright.
LOL, this.
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It's become very obvious that since FD was rolled out, the parks quality of food has gone down, level of service has suffered . . .

Duh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:53 PM   #12
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last week was the first time ever we had free dining for 4 adults. Loved it!!! This saved me alot of money. I saw no problems at all.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:53 PM   #13
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It's become very obvious that since FD was rolled out, the parks quality of food has gone down, level of service has suffered (non tippers abound), and crowds are out of control year round.

FP+ and Magicbands are not the problem-free dining is!
Agreed. It's turned the food into mass-produced slop. And has anyone but me noticed that every CS location will soon only be serving the bacon angus burger?
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The folks that do the podcasts here have said for some time that food quality has noticeably dropped since free dining has started. How could it not? Especially since people still eat it. Disney may as well save a few bucks. I am not condoning it just stating the obvious.


But looking forward to WDW dining, IMHO, is sort of missing the point of going. I can find any number of restaurants better in the MD/DC area better than every place at WDW so dining is never a priority for us.

The point of free dining is to sell tickets and hotel roms and it looks,like it is working very well.
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The folks that do the podcasts here have said for some time that food quality has noticeably dropped since free dining has started. How could it not? Especially since people still eat it. Disney may as well save a few bucks. I am not condoning it just stating the obvious.


But looking forward to WDW dining, IMHO, is sort of missing the point of going. I can find any number of restaurants better in the MD/DC area better than every place at WDW so dining is never a priority for us.

The point of free dining is to sell tickets and hotel roms and it looks,like it is working very well.
Exactly. Thats why we decided to only eat QS or Signature from now on when we are paying OOP. The QS food is not any better, still hit or miss, but at least it is cheaper!
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