So I go to Disneyland for the first time since October something. Friend and I were up in Orange County for something else so we figured we'd stop by Disneyland for breakfast at the newly remodeled River Belle Terrace on the way, which is one of our favorite places to eat.
Yeah, we were a little disappointed. Okay, more like angry.
We're fine with the re-deco. That big wall was kinda in the way and everything. But turning it into a Buffeteria style is a crime. River Belle was one of the nicest places to eat. Especially for breakfast.
When I got the Steamboat before, I got it served on two plates. Two real plates. The pancakes on one, the eggs and bacon/sausage on the other. Now I get the pancakes (in suspiciously smaller sizes), eggs (also in suspicously smaller quantities) and bacon all on one cheap plastic platter.
And of course it's not made to order like it used to be. Now they've got the pancakes sitting under heat lamps for up to 10 minutes depending on how long the line is. So the pancakes weren't as good as they used to be. Though that might not have been because of the heat lamps.
Not to mention, the eating utensils used to be silverware, now we get cheap plastic utensils.
You can now also only get orange juice in a packaged bottle or apple juice in a child-sized squeeze box. What the heck, man?
And that's not all, they also raised the prices! woo yay
Disneyland is supposed to be about experiences you can't get at any other theme park. River Belle was a perfect example of this. And now I get the same experience I can at any other park. If I wanted my food served to me on plastic, I'd go to Tomorrowland Terrace for breakfast instead.
Now my only choice is to go to Carnation Cafe or Cafe Orleans for breakfast. Both are fine places and are now clearly superior to River Belle Terrace. However they are slightly less convenient and slightly more expensive than River Belle. Small price to pay for a decent dining experience I guess. *shrug*
Disney/Jay Rasulo/Ed Grier/whoever should be ashamed of themselves for letting the bean counters ruin one of the best dining experiences in the park.
I would think that all the record crowds they keep attracting would mean they'd want to spend more money on the park and its unique experiences and keeping their customers happy instead of going cheap to make more money. But Disney is like any other giant corporate conglomerate I guess. Only interested in maximizing their bottom line no matter who they piss off.
Way to fleece your customers, Disney. Bravo.