Today, I stopped by the Electric Unbrella for a quick meal... In the past, my usual favorite items here are the Chicken strips, Medium size soda and toll house cookie for dessert.
Today, I ordered the same exact items... but.. wait! Things don't look the same... The chicken strip basket looks a bit smaller that I recall... with a slightly lesser amount of fries than I am normally used to getting here... but maybe I am just imagining this.. My medium size soda? Hmmm... looked like the medium size cup has shrunk to what may be concidered a "small" size cup... And those tasty tollhouse nestle cookies that were chewy and fresh (as if baked on property) and placed in a big Disney paper container, have now become a pre-packaged food item from some generic company somewhere in the midwest, and the 2 cookies in the package are conciderably smaller as well.
However, not all is lost in this predicament... we now have the self service soda fountains across from the food delivery counters, so guests can help themselves to free refills at will. Of course, with smaller cups, guests are forced to make more trips to the soda dispensers, effectively increasing traffic in those "work for it you guests!!!" areas. The former salad toppings bars are GONE! ...and replaced by the equally traffic heavy condiment tables.
Ok. Fine. But I have to ask... Is Disney so affraid that free refills will kill their budget to change the size of the soda cups they use, and to change the amount/quality of food they serve here to maintain their earning quota?
Gee.. if McDonald's can charge slightly less for a combo meal with bigger free-refill cups, and slightly larger fries containers.... what stops Disney from doing the same? After all, isn't the Electric Umbrella a Disney-operated knock off of McDonalds' type of business? Furthermore.. why is Disney charging $6++ for a single item meal (#6 is a chicken strip platter, NO bev included), and asking for a further $2++ for a now refillable soda cup... which totals almost $9, when at McDonald's I can get nuggets, fries, and drink (medium size) for less than $6???
Is the Electric Umbrella a deal? You be the judge. I am only presenting facts here. Thankfully for me, I stopped by the Pizzafari and had a more satisfying meal just 3 hrs later since my lunch at Electric umbrella, which felt more like a light afternoon snack than a regular meal.
But to end this post on a happy and positive note... Yes, I do enjoy the chance to refill my own cup as often as I can and better yet, I *LOVED* the type of ice being dispensed by those self-service soda fountains. So to you all I say... REFILL ALL YOU CAN MATES!!! REFILL LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW!! (a land BTW..that is simply deplorable at this MK park... but that's a different topic altogether...)