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Old 04-03-2013, 08:33 AM   #16
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I think Disney is missing it! I think the Fort needs a great big food court! LOL! Just think how much money they could make! LOL!
I'm not sure DH and I would ever use a food court at the Fort. The kids might when they went to the pool, but one of the reasons we pack our lunch when we go to the park is the food court type food is horrible IMO. And, when you can find something that is somewhat appetizing, you're running for a restroom shortly thereafter.

Now....if they could put a Rose and Crown somewhere in the Fort, I'm in!
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:47 PM   #17
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LOL!

Guess I should forget that thought! LOL!

But Yes, Rose & Crown would be nice!

I know a food court wouldn't be very practical! LOL! But I do think it would be nice if the Fort offered just a few more choices!
What I don't know! LOL!

But I guess I can't expect it to be the Grand Floridian! LOL!

It is camping!

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Old 04-04-2013, 06:37 AM   #18
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While we were riding around last week, DH and I were thinking that it would be nice to have another restaurant at the Fort. We enjoyed the buffet, but $150 for two adults and 3 kids is crazy. My 3-year old didn't even eat even though we did try and give him a plate.

When my girls were young, we were at the Fort for Halloween and the afternoon before trick or treating, we popped into Crockett's and had drinks and heavy appetizers for dinner and we all loved it! That was 10 years ago when trick or treating at the Fort lasted an hour or so and we only had @ 20 tot'ers at best. Anyway, I guess even if they had another restaurant, you'd have to reserve several years in advance and we'd never be able to get in.

Oh.....and 10 years ago???? We could go to F&W in October and walk in and wait 15 minutes to be seated at Le Cellier without a reservation. Ah....I miss the old days.....
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:05 AM   #19
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I do believe that when they first started the dining program they offered it free to the campground. However, that was only the one time.

However, I can't say that I miss it. I can't stand the forced structure of the meal plans. Plus the extra cost per night at rack rate makes it a questionable savings anyway. I would rather it was all done away with and maybe we wouldn't need to reserve a place at meals six months in advance.
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I would rather it was all done away with and maybe we wouldn't need to reserve a place at meals six months in advance.
Amen to that.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:24 PM   #21
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I do believe that when they first started the dining program they offered it free to the campground. However, that was only the one time.

However, I can't say that I miss it. I can't stand the forced structure of the meal plans. Plus the extra cost per night at rack rate makes it a questionable savings anyway. I would rather it was all done away with and maybe we wouldn't need to reserve a place at meals six months in advance.
I strongly disagree that ever happened. We are much too frequent campers there for that to have slipped past us.

With as many as 10 people allowed per site, can you imagine the *hole* Disney would be in for free food?

The campsites would never have free dining as it stands now.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:47 PM   #22
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(Ed's rant is starting)

I want to chip in and say that, having never bought the Dining Plan, I hate what it has done to the meals and restaurant choices.

I'm sure there is a business case that dictates, for one Table Service credit, the average maximum wholesale cost of the meal which has to be met. So the 12 ounce steak becomes a 9 ounce, the tip which was once included is no longer, and the seafood options are smaller and fewer. More food is probably pre-cooked and kept warm rather than being prepared on demand.

I think more of the restaurants should go off the DP and go high-end and get creative with ingrediants, prep methods, etc. Develop a quality dining experience that justifies the higher cost. It would blow away eating at Tony's on Main Street <my candidate for the tv show Restaurant Impossible with Robert Irvine.>

As far as the Fort is concerned, I wish there was a LITTLE more variety/selection/hours for Counter Service. But I tend to cook at my site to save $$$ for souvenirs.

(okay I'm done with my rant now)

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Old 04-09-2013, 01:11 AM   #23
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. . . I hate what it has done to the meals and restaurant choices . . . So the 12 ounce steak becomes a 9 ounce, the tip which was once included is no longer, and the seafood options are smaller and fewer. More food is probably pre-cooked and kept warm rather than being prepared on demand . . .

1) Yep.
2) As a CM, I can attest to your suspicions.
3) Not only what you say about serving size, but quality.
4) In SEVERAL places, the steaks are downgraded.
5) Then, they are sodium-spikes at the packer.
6) The extra sodium increases the taste (do a Google, if in doubt).
7) In some cases, the meat went to 1/2-price with the sodium addition.

NOTE: We own interests in two eateries; a breakfast-and-lunch-only and
a dinner-only-fine-dining. For the luncheonette, the cheaper meats are
spiked and some taste like a steak at a fine steakhouse. There is no
underhandedness, as the menu says it is "brined". (Doesn't anyone wonder
why the steaks at Le Cellier have almost two-days' worth of sodium for an
adult male?)
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:57 PM   #24
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I stayed in the campground in my camper October 2011 and I enjoyed Free Dining Plan so I know they did offer it. I still have my receipt if you need evidence It was only offered for 4 members with full ticket package.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:18 PM   #25
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What dates was it they did free dining at Ft Wilderness campsites?
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I stayed in the campground in my camper October 2011 and I enjoyed Free Dining Plan so I know they did offer it. I still have my receipt if you need evidence It was only offered for 4 members with full ticket package.
There has never been a general public free dining offer that included the Ft. Wilderness campsites. In fact, in 9 years of blogging about Disney discounts and free dining I have never even heard of a PIN code for free dining at the Ft. Wilderness campsites.
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[QUOTE=North of Mouse;48049261

With as many as 10 people allowed per site, can you imagine the *hole* Disney would be in for free food?

The campsites would never have free dining as it stands now.[/QUOTE]


LOL! I can only imagine!

I guess it would be like watching the large groups of families I see at the beach eating all you can eat of crab legs and they have big piles on their table! LOL! My husband always just watches and always says "Boy they got their moneys worth!" LOL!
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If I'm at the Fort and you come by being neighborly, then I'll treat ya to some free dining.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:27 PM   #29
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LOL! I can only imagine!

I guess it would be like watching the large groups of families I see at the beach eating all you can eat of crab legs and they have big piles on their table! LOL! My husband always just watches and always says "Boy they got their moneys worth!" LOL!
Not really the same since all of those people would be paying.

But one other major issue is that before QS dining all free dining was 1 TS, 1 CS, plus snacks (which could be things like boxes of donuts) and for some years the tip. During free dining times the values would be sold out with a lot of empty rooms. It was posted that locals were booking rooms just to get the Free dining for a staycation. Or even off site guest getting a value room just for the free credits.

If the campground offered free dining they would kind of have to offer regular dining since the Campground for marketing reasons is a Mod.

So if there was free dining at the campsites it possible that sites would be hard to get but you would find the sites empty. I have also heard of people posting that off site or locals will reserve a site just for EMH.
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Although we have never considered a dining plan (other than planning what we eat at the MH that night), we have never heard of a free dining plan for the campsites. But we have only been going to the Fort on a regular basis for 15 or so years, so we might have missed something.
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