Me too! Loved the ambiance and also had some good meals there too. Way back when it was buffet all the time DH had his best meal ever - changed from breakfast to lunch. Will never forget that gleam in his eyes! lol
That plus not having the resort boats running. I'd have gone over there at least once, maybe twice during our last trip while staying at BLT if the boats were running. Did still take the boat once from MK but it was in the evening and Trails End not even open.
I really wish they'd get the walking path AND the boats back. Both still gone is ridiculous.
I hadn't heard that. We eat at Trails End at least once per trip. Is it already shut down?
I really am bummed that the footpath and boats are still not running. The cynical part of me thinks that since WL is now more than half DVC and with a strong DVC presence at Contemporary, they figure that there is no need to offer additional amenities to encourage resort bookings. Based on previous comments on this thread, CR management may not see much benefit in the boats. I was hoping these services would return whenever Reflections DVC resort started to sell but it seems that Reflections may be going the way of Eagle Pines.
I, too, used to go to TE routinely when staying at the Lodge--walk over via the nature trail, or once that closed (grrrr), take the bike path. It wasn't a long walk, and after eating one of the better breakfast buffets on property, then the walk back helped work off some of the calories. They had a great pulled pork eggs benedict, and it was never crowded. And, yes, now that the boats aren't running, either, then it makes it way too difficult to get to TE anymore.
I believe the article said it would close during the spring of 2023, Granny
As I've mentioned before (like a stuck record--HA! that's a reference most of us on here get but likely not many younger than 40), Disney's goal is to maximize profits. While they used to do that by offering the best, most immersive experience and letting that do the "talking," the past couple of decades has seen a shift to modern day mega-conglomerate thinking--offer just enough new experiences to keep people buying the product, but cut costs at every possible place: services, CMs, performers. . .anything that doesn't pay a direct dividend back to the company. That's why we've seen a huge increase in paid events--they fit the paradigm amazingly well: offer more so that it makes people feel special but charge you for it.
Oh, well. So, if you have a team playing in the conference championship games today, I have a few bourbons I can recommend to sit back with and enjoy the action!