Disney Scraps Guest-Favorite Freebie, Begins Charging High Fee

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As vaccine rates have increased and COVID-19 restrictions nationwide have been reduced, Walt Disney World Resort has resumed many of its pre-pandemic operations, including buffet dining, in select restaurants.

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After almost a year of family-style dining, the Guest-favorite buffet at Cape May Cafe is back, for example, but it is missing one of its most popular items — Cape May’s endless crab legs are officially no more.

Although the crab legs had cost extra while the restaurant at Disney’s Beach Club Resort was serving meals family-style, most Guests presumed they would eventually return to the buffet as normal.

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According to Disney World’s customer service phone line, however, endless crab legs are no longer an option. Instead, Guests have the option to “upgrade” their meals for an additional $29.99 per pound of crab legs. Furthermore, Maine lobster now costs an extra $42 per pound.

It is worth noting that both of these fees are added onto the flat $42 adult rate for the dinner buffet.

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If you intend to order crab legs for multiple Guests during your meal at Cape May Cafe, keep in mind that each pound will cost an extra $29.99 on your final bill.

This is the latest in a series of price hikes at Disney Parks and Resorts in recent months.

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From getting rid of free FastPasses in favor of paid Lightning Lanes to the controversial Genie+ platform to reducing food portion sizes throughout Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to seemingly cutting corners in regard to theme park merchandise quality to charging $6,000 for a two-night stay on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel, Disney is overcharging and lowering quality in many fans’ minds.

More on Cape May Cafe

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The official description of Cape May Cafe reads:

Join us for an all-you-care-to-enjoy, breakfast buffet! Fuel up for a day of fun and adventure at Walt Disney World Resort. Indulge in popular items like Assorted House-Made Pastries, Omelets, Beef Hash, and of course, Mickey and Minnie Waffles

Or enjoy the feeling of escaping to an oceanside town in New England while you savor a delectable dinner. Buffet offerings include Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Cape May Clams, Oven Roasted Lemon Chicken and Slow-roasted Strip Loin. Available for an additional fee are Snow Crab Legs (per pound) and Whole Lobster.

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