Though we already knew that 2018 would probably be a little bit slow at Walt Disney World, it looks like Disney is wasting no time making adjustments to operations in an effort to help the resort run in a more cost-effective way.
Late last week we reported that a number of budget-minded cuts were coming to Walt Disney World, including the removal of several hotel amenities and the controversial move to discontinue the talking Mickey Mouse meet and greet on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom. However, while we’re going to have to wait and see if Disney follows through on this still-unconfirmed cut, a number of additional cuts have taken effect in recent days that are very surprising and may prove to be rather contentious themselves, and will affect both resort and theme park guests...
1. Paper plates now being used at Be Our Guest for lunch service
Though the Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom has historically used ceramic plates and silverware all day, it looks like this in-demand restaurant has made a quick cut in recent days, as several socail media reports seem to indicate this upscale eatery is currently using paper plates and plastic cutlery for their quick service lunch.
This is almost certainly a cost-cutting measure, and while reports indicate that some Cast Members are saying that this is a limited-time test, we wouldn’t be surprised if the paper plates became permanent as Disney continues to look for easy ways to trim the budget around the resort. Though Be Our Guest has always been a “fancier” choice for a quick service lunch, the addition of disposable plates and cutlery would bring it in line with other quick service restaurants around the Magic Kingdom. As of right now, dinner service is not expected to be affected by this change.
2. Another hotel gets refillable toiletries
One tradition that many Walt Disney World resort guests enjoy is the ability to take some of their disposable unused H2O toiletries home with them after their stay. However, last year Walt Disney World started cracking down on guests who abuse this practice by installing giant H20 soap dispensers in a locked caddy that guests do not have access to. This change first started at Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside resort, and then later expanded to select rooms at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
And though this looked like it could have been a limited test, it looks like Disney could be moving towards using refillable dispensers across the resort, as these locked toiletry caddies have been spotted this week at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Interestingly, it looks like this change has only been rolled out to value and moderate-level resorts, so at least for now, it looks like guests staying at Disney’s most expensive resorts may be immune to this change. But if you are a fan of H2O individual toiletries, you may be disappointed if you are staying at a value or moderate resort in the near future.