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  1. 4theloveofdisney

    4theloveofdisney Faith, Hope, Kindness, Patience, Mercy, Love...and

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    ...the new dining surcharge. :scared: Anyone else feel like this is a rip off? I don't mind paying high prices for a hotel that is not up to the 4* quality of other hotels. I don't mind paying high prices for food - after all you are on vacation and that goes with the territory. I bite the bullet and continue to buy tickets each year though the prices keep rising. But this surcharge on top of the higher cost for sit down meals (and for food that is usually only so-so) is just over the top in my book and I'm a little bit ticked off. How does everyone else feel? :confused3
     
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  3. disneynewman

    disneynewman DIS Veteran

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    I haven't heard about this! Details please!
     
  4. Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy We are family.

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    Have heard of no surcharge as of yet, only mandatory tipping. That is fine with me.
     
  5. 4theloveofdisney

    4theloveofdisney Faith, Hope, Kindness, Patience, Mercy, Love...and

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    Holiday Dining Surcharges that were in effect for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday seasons will also be in effect from March 16-30, 2008. Prices will be higher at the following restaurants: Boma Breakfast and Dinner, Cape May Breakfast and Dinner Buffet, Chef Mickey's Breakfast and Dinner, Trails End Buffet, 1900 Park Fare Breakfast and Dinner, 'Ohana Breakfast and Dinner, Captain's Grille Breakfast Buffet, Tusker House, Garden Grill, Princess Storybook Dining, Crystal Palace, Liberty Tree Tavern Character Dinner, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Play 'n' Dine at Hollywood and Vine.

    On another board, a very reliable source also stated that this "peak/holiday/surcharge dining period" will also run from Memorial day to July 5th.
     
  6. 4theloveofdisney

    4theloveofdisney Faith, Hope, Kindness, Patience, Mercy, Love...and

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    I think it's ridiculous except for maybe on the actual holiday when you have better/nicer food selections.

    Just my .02.

    I'm reading that people are unaware but when they get their bill they see a $4or $5 surcharge per person.
     
  7. boomhauer

    boomhauer When the world gets in my face, I say - Have A Nic

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    It's absurd. Meals at Disney are expensive enough as it is. Won't affect me as I don't go during holiday periods, but I think people that do have a right to be upset.
     
  8. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Do they simply raise the prices on the menu items?

    Or do they add a separate charge on the check?

    Or is this all just a rumor to stir things up?

    EDIT:
    It is the former.
    New Menu PRICE and NOT a separate charge on the check.

    As long as I know the cost stated on the menu is correct, I have no problems with it.
     
  9. wild4dis

    wild4dis Mouseketeer

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    So I'm still a little confused......certain restaurants menu prices will stay the same, but during certain time periods there will be an added surcharge!! what for? is there any different service or quantity or selection provided? If the volume of customer increase cause an increase in service staff, you still should have an increase in revenue to cover that expense.
    I dont get it:confused3
     
  10. TisBit

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    I understand the surcharges on "holiday" meals (ie Christmas Eve, Christmas), but I do think that the long time period in March might be a little much. On the Holidays, when parks are crowded, employees are being forced to work for max attendance, the surcharge discourages some families from eating out on that particular day, freeing up space at restaurants, etc. I see why this might occur, but a two week period is a little too much. Now you are just taking advantage of an entire vacation period!

    For the record I am going Thanksgiving 2008, we decided to skip the parks and restaurants on the Holiday (part for the surcharge, part for the crowds), but if we were charged higher the whole week, I think that is a little much.
     
  11. kabbie

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    I thought they just increased the prices of the buffets during the holidays...I didn't think they had a separate line charge on the bill.
     
  12. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    ...or is this all just a rumor to stir things up?

    :stir:


    EDIT:

    It is a new Menu PRICE and NOT a separate charge on the check.

    Stating that there would be an additional $4-$5 item charged on the ticket is a rumor.

    As long as I know the actual cost of an item stated on the menu is correct, I have no problems with it.
     
  13. jberry5

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    When you look at the prices on this website it states the following (I only looked at Chef Mickey's):

    Breakfast

    Adult (l0+) - $22.99
    Child (3-9) - $12.99

    Dinner

    Adult (l0+) - $29.99
    Child (3-9) - $14.99

    Holiday Prices for all reservations on the following dates:

    November 18, 2007 - November 24, 2007
    December 16, 2007 - Janurary 5, 2008

    Breakfast/Brunch

    Adult (l0+) - $26.99
    Child (3-9) - $14.99

    Dinner

    Adult (l0+) - $33.99
    Child (3-9) - $16.99
     
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  15. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    I have no problem changing menu prices for whatever reason.

    I can choose an item and know the price.

    A "surcharge" is an added expense on the ticket.
    That would not be welcome, and I would likely find a way not to be paying it.
     
  16. 4theloveofdisney

    4theloveofdisney Faith, Hope, Kindness, Patience, Mercy, Love...and

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    I don't think it's a rumor. I guess we are not allowed to post links anymore but do a search - it's published on a few respected Disney websites. Also, people are reporting seeing it on their bills.
     
  17. 4theloveofdisney

    4theloveofdisney Faith, Hope, Kindness, Patience, Mercy, Love...and

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  18. CanadianGuy

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    This is not a rumor.. and this was discussed extensively over on the restaurant board..

    Personally, I am traveling during one of these 'holiday' periods.. one of which extends (as noted previously) from Memorial day to July 5th. I think that's ridiculous.. but I simply will not eat at those restaurants charging this 'fee' while I'm there in June.

    If people pay it -- even grudgingly -- then Disney will just keep doing more of the same.

    I can't speak for everyone else.. but I won't elect to pay it... and I'll do that by eating elsewhere.

    There is a thread over on the Restaurants board..

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1678239
     
  19. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    You can post links.
    Just not to certain specific websites.

    http://www.allearsnet.com/din/restnews.htm
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    Holiday Dining Surcharges that were in effect for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday seasons will also be in effect from March 16-30, 2008.

    Prices will be higher at the following restaurants: Boma Breakfast and Dinner, Cape May Breakfast and Dinner Buffet, Chef Mickey's Breakfast and Dinner, Trails End Buffet, 1900 Park Fare Breakfast and Dinner, 'Ohana Breakfast and Dinner, Captain's Grille Breakfast Buffet, Tusker House, Garden Grill, Princess Storybook Dining, Crystal Palace, Liberty Tree Tavern Character Dinner, Cinderella's Royal Table, and Play 'n' Dine at Hollywood and Vine.
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    OK, that's not an extra SURCHARGE ITEM placed on a check.

    If they want to raise menu prices, its fine with me.
    I can choose a menu item I want, and know the price up-front.

    That's cool.



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  20. 4theloveofdisney

    4theloveofdisney Faith, Hope, Kindness, Patience, Mercy, Love...and

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    For your information, I am not trying to stir up anything. This is published information and if would take the time to research it you would see what I am talking about. ;)

    Thanks! :goodvibes
     
  21. jberry5

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    I guess in the scheme of things, I'm not seeing a difference. In one case they've added a $4/adult surcharge to the menu price. While the other case would be to keep the menu price the same, and have a separate line-item for the $4/adult surcharge. If they keep the same menu price and don't tell you or list the additional $4 charge, then in that case, I completely agree with you.
     

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