Union Says Disney Buffets Will Be Family Style Instead

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We just reported that the Orlando chapter of Unite Here — Local 737 — recently shared a list of locations in which Walt Disney World Resort workers will began being called back to work.

Within that list several different buffet style restaurants were included but what was interesting is next to these restaurants, the word ‘family style’ was listed in parenthesis.

For example, “*Biergarten (Family Style)” and “Chef Mickey’s (Family Style)” were listed as such. Both of these restaurants typically serve guests buffet style so for the union to state these restaurants will now be served family style means guests can expect to see some changes around Walt Disney World dining locations.

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What this means is that instead of Guests getting up to get their own food and self serve their meals, Cast Members will be bringing the food to their tables on a platter, much like restaurants such as Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground or at Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

This would make sense as Disney has already shared that self serve changes would be implemented saying that beverages and other items that were previously self-serve will instead be served by Cast Members.

Please keep in mind at this time Disney has not yet released a statement regarding Chef Mickey’s or Biergarten switching from buffet style to family style, but Inside the Magic will continue to update you as we learn new information.

Donald Duck at Chef Mickey
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More on Disney World Reopening

Guests are looking forward to the reopening of Walt Disney World Resort — Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11 while EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios plan to reopen on July 15. But when Disney World reopens to guests come mid-July, things at the theme park will look a lot different.

Social distancing measures will be put in place, excessive cleanliness, encouragement of mobile orders, plexiglass, the elimination of character meet and greets, parades, fireworks and other similar entertainment that draws a crowd, and much more.

We also recently reported that Disney World has updated its annual passholder calendar to reflect the new reservations required requirements. Disney World also made an announcement highly encouraging guests to link their theme park tickets to the My Disney Experience app prior to the new reservation system being launched.

Stitch dancing at Ohana
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Inside the Magic recently reported that guests can now make dining reservations for locations outside of Disney Springs — In fact, they can now make an an advanced dining reservation at select Disney World Resorts including Disney’s Boardwalk and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

It is also important to keep in mind that Disney World has stated that the Disney Dining Plan will temporarily be suspended so it will not be available to use at select dining locations once they reopen.

Do you have an upcoming Disney World vacation? Let us know when you plan on visiting in the comments below. 

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