According to an interesting article from Debra Peterson a writer for the Examiner it seems that Disney might be changing over the way we dine at Le Cellier Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Resort:
Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse, one of Walt Disney World’s most popular table-service restaurants may be undergoing significant changes in its operation, transitioning to a Signature Dining sometime in fall 2010 or early 2011.
According to a rumor circulating on the discussion forums of The DIS, one of the largest and longest-running of the Disney fan websites, Le Cellier staff has been informed that the restaurant will be upgraded to Signature Restaurant status as early as September 2010. This information and its source were treated as credible enough for The DIS to send a Twitter link to the discussion on May 14, 2010.
If Le Cellier does indeed shift to a Disney Signature Dining experience, the restaurant will likely undergo several changes that may affect Disney guests’ dining plans. The most obvious change would be increased prices. Signature Dining restaurants are, on average, more expensive than other table-service restaurants, a change which would affect both guests paying “out of pocket” (for each meal individually) and those participating in the pre-paid Disney Dining Plan (DDP); Signature Dining experiences on the DDP require two table-service credits rather than one.
If Le Cellier Steakhouse did upgrade to a Signature Dining experience, there would likely be other changes to align it with other restaurants with the same designation. A menu redesign would take place, with new dishes reflecting the price increases mentioned above. Also, Le Cellier might shift to accommodate fewer tables; Disney’s Signature Dining restaurants tend to offer guests an intimate, exclusive dining experience – though Le Cellier is already a relatively small restaurant.
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Stay tuned for more information as well as the Official Word from Disney.