Disneyland is madly monkeying with all the variables to keep the profits flowing in, and it's making the park consistently more crowded than ever before. The monthly payment AP's, the ticket pricing and multi-day passes, the prepaid Dining Plans, are all conspiring to make the place more crowded.
Then they are shaving the CM labor hours to the minimum to control costs- the lower staffing and closed attractions (legacy problem from both the recent and distant past) increase the problem.
And with the Dining Plan increasing the restaurant traffic, they really could use the capacity of all the now shuttered dining locations (Plaza Pavillion, Tahitian Terrace, Big Thunder BBQ, Carnation Plaza Gardens, Town Square Egg House, etc.) but... they're all closed. That puts more pressure on the remaining locations.
Yes, the Egg House has been gone for years, but it wouldn't be difficult to reopen - they would just have to evict the Shops that took over the space. (The vent hood is still there and intact for the Show Grille, they just put a piece of Plexi in it to hide the exhaust - why else do they need an Ansul fire system [with current tags, no less!] for a cash register?)
Same thing for Plaza Pavillion and Tahitian Terrace - Rebuild the currently gutted Main Kitchen between them and you can easily reopen both dining venues, put the AP Processing Center somewhere else more suited to office work.
And if they bring back Big Thunder BBQ as a strictly Character Dining location with higher pricing to match, it isn't going to help reduce the demands for general dining.
They increase the people coming through the gates and have less places to put the people once they get inside - and think we won't notice?
--<< Bruce >>--