Thursday, March 19, 2009

Goofy's Appetite Coming Back?

Sorry for the delay, it's been one busy week!!!

As you may have read on my blog last week, the characters may be coming may be coming back to Liberty Tree Tavern in Goofy's Liberate You Appetite Character Meal.

Months ago, Disney decided to take the characters out of this establishment, due to the fact that they were trying to cut costs. This decision caused much uproar by Disney fans. To many, the characters are what makes this meal so great. For those who had never been and didn't know, the restaurant featured the main Disney characters, who were dressed in their patriotic finest. It was a great place to get pictures and autographs with Pluto, Minnie, Chip & Dale, and of course, the man of the hour, Goofy.

I have been to this restaurant both with the characters and without. I really did enjoy it when the characters were present. It was nice enjoying a good meal (I think the food here is quite delish) and getting up close and personal with the gang. Plus, some of the best character interaction happened at this restaurant.

When I went when the Mouse's posse was present, the restaurant was packed. We had to wait a while to get seated. Although, I had wondered if this was partly due to free dining being offered. But there was at least a 10-15 minute wait that time.

When I went a month or so ago though, the place couldn't have been any more different. First of all, we got a walk up dining ressie for that day...something I thought would be impossible. Especially since the park was really busy that day. And then when we walked into the restaurant, there was no one waiting to be seated. Matter of fact, they had to wait on us because my husband went up to use the bathroom.

We both still really enjoyed our time at the restaurant, especially because characters aren't as important in our meal selection at this stage in our life. However, it was definitely clear that the place had taken a hit since the characters were no longer present.

So, all in all, I think if Disney does decide to go for it and bring the characters back, I'm thinking it would be a good idea. Because from what I witnessed, the restaurant either needs the characters back or they'll need to reduce the price of the menu to get the guests back in at the force they were coming in before. And I don't see Disney reducing any prices anytime soon. Hopefully that means they will be appeasing the guests and bringing the gang back.

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