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Old 07-07-2014, 02:51 PM   #61
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According to Disney's own website - https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/di...cape-may-cafe/ - the top price for dinner is $59.99, so I'm not sure why it would matter what some thread said it is.
That isn't Cape May's actual price. The Disney site just lists a range for all dinner buffets, all of the them are between $30 and $59.99. See Akershus lists it the same way https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/di...-banquet-hall/ and Boma https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/di...-banquet-hall/ and Tusker House https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/di...se-restaurant/ Even CRT says it, although its price is actually above that. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/di...a-royal-table/

Most buffets, includng Cape May, fall in the middle of that range.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:54 PM   #62
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For many many years, Cape May Cafe operated without crab legs on the menu. Steamed clams and peel and eat shrimp were the highlights. Then they had a period where the crab legs were an add-on (additional money) to the buffet price. Then they added them to the menu full time and now they might be gone again.

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Old 07-07-2014, 03:02 PM   #63
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Wow. Apparently you either love it (crab legs/CM buffet)...or you hate it...
We have never been, and I only picked it bcuz of the crab legs. DH likes them, I can handle a couple but after that...

Anyway, disappointed, but, there are other buffets I was debating on so we'll move on to another.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:13 PM   #64
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For many many years, Cape May Cafe operated without crab legs on the menu. Steamed clams and peel and eat shrimp were the highlights. Then they had a period where the crab legs were an add-on (additional money) to the buffet price. Then they added them to the menu full time and now they might be gone again.

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Just out of curiosity, when the crab legs were an add-on, were they higher quality/more meat?
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:15 PM   #65
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What they should have done is have the server bring you 'refills' of crab legs like they drinks. When they came to take away a plate, they could simple ask if you'd like more. No limit, but even though I never saw it, would stop the gluttons that others have observed from piling their plates to the point they were kicking the ones that fell off their plates back to the table.
Exactly they should have tried that first!
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:37 PM   #66
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Just out of curiosity, when the crab legs were an add-on, were they higher quality/more meat?
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:51 PM   #67
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According to Disney's own website - https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/di...cape-may-cafe/ - the top price for dinner is $59.99, so I'm not sure why it would matter what some thread said it is.

Even if you assume that people are getting the highest value ticket (or least expensive per-day ticket), the point is that Disney is still making record profits. Record profits. At the same time, they are cheapening the experience by scaling back on guest favorites.

By the way, I might be wrong, but I sincerely doubt that Disney's profits are that of an average restaurant. Most restaurants can't make money and fold. Disney rakes in the cash year after year.
Yes, I see several places that the top price is $59.99 (with a starting range of just $30, interesting how that gets ignored) which is why I included how much the restaurant makes on a meal these despite not being able to find a date that price is actually charged. I'm disputing the misinformation that Disney makes $60 on that meal. Given that park tickets aren't even necessary to dine at Cape May, any profit on park admission has no effect on what Disney makes aon any meal in or out of a park.

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Take that $1.08 and add it to what a comparable meal would cost at non-Disney restaurant if you want to know their true profit.

How dramatically? A 4 day Magic Your Way ticket with park hopping works out to about $94 per day. Not that dramatic, is it?
Huh? How would adding Disney's profit on a single meal to what a comparable meal would cost at non-Disney restaurant show Disney's true profit? If a similar meal is $24.99 somewhere else, that restaurant is getting $.62 gross profit (different range). How does adding Disney's $1.08 profit to the $24.99 do anything except obfuscate?

As for the ticket prices, mea culpa. I was thinking of the multi (5/6/7) day tickets where the price per day is nowhere near $94 or the previously-stated $100.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:59 PM   #69
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Welp, we won't be returning if this is true. And please, let's not blame the customer, cape may has been raising prices and cutting offerings for years now.
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Actually, the real Cape May is barely above the Mason-Dixon line on the South Jersey shore, not New England, but your point is taken that almost nothing there was either New England or New Jersey seafood. It was low-end fare not even up to par for a Red Lobster restaurant.
The food was terrible when we were there. The fried food was mostly batter and the shellfish was overly salted. Nothing like Mid-Atlantic coast or New England.

BTW, Cape May, NJ is well south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:32 PM   #70
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I've been there many times and that's just BS to blame the guests. Never saw anyone 'not leave any for anyone else'. Any kind of buffet has to factor in that some will eat more than others, but it's extremely rare...and virtually impossible in Disney's case for someone to eat so much that the buffet takes a loss.
I totally disagree. The entitlement and resultant behaviors are unbelievable at Disney
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:27 PM   #71
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I totally disagree. The entitlement and resultant behaviors are unbelievable at Disney
I so agree with this statement!!!!
On a lighter note, the buffet at the Trails End is awesome!!!!
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:29 PM   #72
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The food was terrible when we were there. The fried food was mostly batter and the shellfish was overly salted. Nothing like Mid-Atlantic coast or New England.

BTW, Cape May, NJ is well south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
None of NJ is South of the Mason-Dixon line. The line starts mid-coast Delaware, runs inland then North, turning to the west along the southern border of Pennsylvania. It was in fact created to establish a border between Pa & MD.
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My cousin just had a 5:00 ADR there... She said they had crab legs. Not sure if it's a future change, but they were there as of dinner tonight.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:58 PM   #74
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None of NJ is South of the Mason-Dixon line. The line starts mid-coast Delaware, runs inland then North, turning to the west along the southern border of Pennsylvania. It was in fact created to establish a border between Pa & MD.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:06 PM   #75
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We were there about a week ago. They still had the crab legs, but we liked enough other things to still eat there even if the crab legs are gone. I agree that it would be a good idea for the server to bring the crab legs to the table rather than have them out on the buffet. We sat close to the buffet, and it really amazed us how there was a stampede to the buffet every time they put out a new tray. I'm sure they're tired of people trampling one another.
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