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The Big Debate: Should theme park restaurants be attractions in themselves?Submitted by Natalie Sim on Saturday, July 14, 2012 10:22
In this week's poll, we ask whether you think theme park restaurants should be attractions in their own right.
Further images were published last week of the Be Our Guest restaurant that is due to open at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in late 2012. This time we have been treated to photographs of the mosaics that will line the inside of the dining outlet, and they certainly look suitably impressive.
The restaurant will be housed inside a large-scale recreation of the Beast's castle, as seen in Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast (my personal favorite!). Diners will be seated in the castle's ballroom, gallery and "west wing", all of which will be designed to resemble locations seen in the movie.
Whether you choose quick service dining at lunch time or a full table service in the evening, Be Our Guest looks set to be an immersive experience that complements the attractions in the surrounding Belle's Village area. Disney will even go so far as to serve up meals and snacks on real china - a brave move in a park packed full of kids.
Disney prides itself on heavily themed restaurants in its theme parks, with Epcot's World Showcase being home to dozens of them. Universal also hosts numerous themed restaurants at its parks, such as the Hog's Head Pub at Islands of Adventure's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
There are, however, many theme parks that rely heavily on chain restaurants such as Burger King and Pizza Hut alongside other uninspiring dining locations which are no different to your usual high street locations. UK theme parks are particularly reliant on generic fast food outlets - perhaps because their shorter opening hours leave guests in too much of a hurry to linger over their food.
Are you happy to grab a bite and run? Are you bothered whether restaurants are themed or not? Or do you think of restaurants as attractions? Let us know your thoughts on theme park dining outlets by voting in our poll below.
Should theme park restaurants be attractions in themselves?
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