Kevin, thanks for the info on Cafe Orleans. I've always liked that location but rarely eat there for two reasons:
1) It is almost always closed - French Market is always open, they seem to close Cafe Orleans first - it is often closed even during the busy time before the start of Fantasmic.
2) It has terrible food. For the price, you get a much better selection at French Market or River Belle. There just isn't much variety and for the type of food they offer, the price is far too high.
I hope that the return to table service (something that you have oodles of at WDW) we will also get an expanded and improved menu.
I don't particularly care if Cafe Orleans is table service or not. I rather like the slide service. But anything that would make it have a decent menu would be great with me. It was one of the places that we ate at on a regular basis. Since they changed the menu a few years ago, we haven't been back. There is absolutely nothing on the menu that appeals to me at all. I like eclectic things, but I find their combinations to be just weird and unappetizing. I love sitting at the Cafe Orleans patio, so having a reason to do that (and not just as a seating for food we get from French Market) would be great.
I can say that I've been to Disneyland somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 times and I didn't even know the Cafe Orleans existed...it looked like a cool place to eat...let's just hope they can shine it back up again and make it something to be proud of...
Many Bothans died to bring MiceChat this information.
I would love to see more table service in the park! I like to dine-- I like to drink too, but I imagine that will never happen inside DL-- and, I might add, I think that is for the best.
I can identify with your feeling of loss. I was a foods CM at the original Port Orleans resort (Before Dixie Landings stole part of the name! ) and worked in the table service restaurant called "Bonfamile's." It was awesome food and a good alternative to the foodcourt. The breakfasts inparticular, we're outstanding...ANYWAY, they closed it a while ago (5 years??) and I'll miss being able to return to Orlando and see it.
I'm glad to hear that Cafe Orleans is undergoing drastic changes.
I vowed several years ago not to eat there until they had a change in management. Perhaps the change to table service will be enough of a shakeup to prevent the conditions leading to my horrible experiences in the buffeteria line.
I'm willing to give the new table service a chance!
I'm really excited to hear this news about Cafe Orleans. It has been pointed out many times the lack of table service inside DL and this is just another sign of (hopefully) more good things to come. And I think you hit the nail on the head, Kevin concerning CO's lack of identity. It sort of just blends in and you don't really notice it's exsistence. I've always thought that about all of NOS restaurants. I hope the new design will give it a big boost and let it stand out. It really is a lovely place.
Interesting news pertaining to Cafe Orleans. I don't get to visit the park on a regular basis as many AP's do since I live in Arizona, so when I do finally get to go, I (and my family) go all out a couple of nights with some nice dining time. I prefer to stay on property since this is what I came to do and our in park dining seems slim. I'm heading over in a couple of days for which my wife and I will celebrate our anniversary. We are going to do the Bayou with our entire party, but for our special day, we couldn't decide on another real good location. With this news we'll have a more robust selection in the future.