People like to write about the "decline" of Disney's restaurants. The truth is the restaurants had a lot of empty tables. I suspect more Disney guests are comfortable paying for an Outback dining experience then paying for a place like the Palm. More guests willing to pay for an Olive Garden experience then Bice. Guests who want that kind of dining experience need can still get it at hotels like S/D and the Universal hotels. It's a shame Disney didn't think they could appeal to both groups of guests. Disney could have positioned one or two restaurants below V&A but above DDP standards. One of the few restaurants in this category was Bistro in EPCOT. Disney found they could charge 5* (Four Seasons) pricing for the GF without having to provide (pay for) 5* service. Instead of being a 5* resort the GF is themed to resemble such a resort. I guess the policy is why give guests what they're paying for if they're willing a accept less.