I’ve been hearing rumors over the past couple of months about an immense revamp to one of the most popular restaurants in Walt Disney World. Le Cellier which is in the Canada pavilion at EPCOT is thought to be switching to Signature status for the Disney Dining Plan. It is true! I called the Disney Dining line tonight and the castmember I spoke with confirmed starting March 1, 2011 Le Cellier will become a signature dining restaurant for dinner only. Lunch will remain 1 table credit. This means you will have to use two table service credits instead of one in order to use the dining plan at this restaurant. I also hear that there will changes to the menu and more tables will be taken out to make the atmosphere more intimate.
Everyone knows that getting a reservation to this restaurant is an event in itself. You call the reservation center 180 days in advance with fingers crossed that you can get one of the coveted slots. I am still puzzled as to why it’s one of the hardest reservations to obtain. I am guessing that this will mean that it will be easier to get a reservation since most people will not want to use two credits for this restaurant. I would still suggest that you book early to ensure a reservation.
Le Cellier is best known for its cheddar cheese soup, filet with mushroom risotto and Canadian chocolate moose dessert. I am hoping that Disney will have to make the food a superior quality like the other Signature restaurants on property such as Cali Grill, Narcoossee’s and Jiko’s to justify the change.
Although I agree that Le Cellier is a great example of fine dining, it does not currently hold rankings to its equivalents. Le Cellier is a step above the usual “burger-joint” in Disney, but a far cry from Cali Grill. Sadly, there should be a middle category for table and a half credit for this restaurant to fit into. We will see what delights are brought out in 2011 and await a new and possibly improved Le Cellier.
Contributed by: Ashley R. (NDW#43). Ashley is our resident Disney food expert.