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Old 12-11-2011, 06:43 PM   #16
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I really hope this is a rumor!! The CG has been our family's last night dinner for 4 years now. We all look forward to it and can't imagine our vacation without it
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:55 PM   #17
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From the internal FAQs is the Guest segment of The Hub

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When will the 14th floor close for the refurbishment?
The refurbishment will coincide with renovations already planned for early 2013. We expect the new suites to be open to Guests later in the year.

Will the California Grill restaurant also be undergoing a renovation during this time?

As part of our ongoing maintenance plan, we routinely renovate and refurbish locations within our theme parks and resort hotels. At this time, no details have been finalized about a renovation for the California Grill restaurant.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:39 PM   #18
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Our server on Friday night also told us they were closing in 2012, so I was glad we were able to eat there on this trip since we may not be back until the end of 2012. This was one of the best meals we had the entire trip.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:45 PM   #19
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California Grill was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had, and easily my favorite at WDW. I'd be sad to hear about it closing, but I hope something equally worthy of the spectacular view takes its place if it is indeed nearing its end.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:17 PM   #20
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For what it's worth...

I've searched high and low for a reliable source to confirm this "rumor" and have been unable to find anything.

Yes, why would they kill something so good, so popular.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:21 PM   #21
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I would be very sad CG is my favorite restaurant in all of WDW. Very glad we scheduled our 10th anniversary dinner there later this month.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:30 PM   #22
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I've searched high and low for a reliable source to confirm this "rumor" and have been unable to find anything.

Yes, why would they kill something so good, so popular.
Because it's a dated concept and could be even better. Hoping this rumor is true!
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:54 PM   #23
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1. I've searched high and low for a reliable source to confirm this "rumor" and have been unable to find anything.
Post 17, a couple above yours, is the best you could get for right now.

CF re-posted it directly from the internal cast member website.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:42 AM   #24
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A big change might get us back in the restaurant. Our last couple of meals there were extreamily disappointing and caused CG to drop drastically on our list of Signatures. The only thing it really had going for it anymore was the view. A brand new menu may be just what CG needs.
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:18 AM   #25
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I have mixed feelings over this one.
our meal there last year was not a resounding success, 3 of us dining there, and only 1 of us had a good meal. the other 2 diners said they would not return....

So a change of style/theme etc may reopen this as an option for our family, but i do understand why a lot of people will be upset on hearing this .
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:02 AM   #26
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That was the first "signature" restaurant that my wife (then girlfriend) and I ate at. It is also where we had our wedding reception. I have been disappointed with the place for the last several years. Between the dumbing down of the menu, people pushing and shoving for the fireworks, and lack of enforcement of the dress code (which may not even exist anymore), it is time for a change.

However, I do not hold much hope as dining across the board seems to have gone downhill.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:09 AM   #27
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I am adding the word "rumor" to the thread title as a cast member has posted Disney's official word to its cast members - which is that at this time there are no details regarding any planned renovation to the California Grill restaurant.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:43 PM   #28
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I am adding the word "rumor" to the thread title as a cast member has posted Disney's official word to its cast members - which is that at this time there are no details regarding any planned renovation to the California Grill restaurant.
It is interesting that Disney's own internal announcement chooses its words extremely carefully. Most importantly, it does NOT deny that the California Grill is being renovated, it simply says that there are "no details" regarding any planned renovation, which is consistent with what I had also heard from our CM friend (i.e. CG will be renovated but would reopen as a different themed and purposed restaurant of some kind). In addition, it also states affirmatively that Disney "routinely renovates AND refurbishes" its locations (i.e. a refurbishment of the present location resulting in a new concept).

This silence reinforces what we have been hearing, IMHO.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:46 PM   #29
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I'm sure something will happen change-wise. But again--why tamper with a good thing??
Unless, considering the location, they feel they can put any old thing there and folks will come anyway.

Hope that's not what they're thinking--
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:51 PM   #30
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However, I do not hold much hope as dining across the board seems to have gone downhill.
That's why I'd hate to see CG go... Because given the way things have been going, they'd probably take a page out of the character dining playbook and figure people will book for the view so they don't have to put together a menu and concept that "wows", much less incur the extra expenses that are no doubt involved in things like flatbread ovens, a sushi chef, and seasonal menu changes. As much as I'd like to think otherwise, I believe a re-themed Cali Grill would be the next CRT - high prices/two DDP credits for mediocre food in a memorable location.
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