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Old 07-30-2019, 12:52 PM   #21
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In the late 80ís and 90ís you would go into a sit down restaurant with the feeling of a nice meal experience. Tables were not crammed next to your dining neighbours, no feeling of being rushed, seemingly better menu options and YES, food quality was that much better. Case in point is Oíhanas. Remember going there in 96 and 98 and the dining experience with Salmon on the menu along with a nice atmosphere was so enjoyable. Now, it is rush, rush, rush as the food is plunked on your plate as you sit down and many complaints of tough meat and non existent service. But then again there were probably half the park goers as there are now and they have to eat somewhere.
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:37 PM   #22
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RetroWDW did an entire episode on dining at Disney.

Food quality at Disney has definitely gone in waves over the years, but one of the interesting things that I learned in that episode was that in the early days of WDW, there were no corporate foodservice distributors in central Florida. So Disney created their own called Central Foods to supply food to the parks and resorts. By the time Epcot opened, companies like Sisco, Aramark, etc were in place and most of the work from Central Foods was outsourced to them.

It is a good listen if you want to hear over 2 hours worth of history about food at WDW.
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:52 PM   #23
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What I have noticed is the lack of variety in snacks. It's cupcakes everywhere and most are not edible. If it's not a cupcake, it's a Rice Krispy treat covered with chocolate, M&Ms, whatever. You used to be able to go to the Confectionary at the MK and actually purchase chocolates of all sorts or different varieties of fudge. Now it's mostly cookies and cupcakes and RK Treats. Or it's all prebagged. We used to head home with two buckets of Caramel Corn from Sleepy Hollow, a bag of salt water taffy (specific flavors that we liked) and chocolate/pecan/caramel Mickey heads.

Now we seldom buy anything snack wise, except maybe a bag of popcorn (not the souvenir buckets) or a drink.

But I have noticed that buffet lines have way fewer items. It used to be two sides and both sides were not the same. Now there is lots of space between items and they are the same on both sides.
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