RUMOR: Complimentary Bread to be Discontinued at Multiple Table Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World

You’d be surprised, but at certain table service restaurants across property, what really stands out is the complimentary bread service, be it the doughy pull-apart bread from Coral Reef in EPCOT or the rolls from The Hollywood Brown Derby, served with butter that’s delicately speckled with pink Himalayan salt.

With price increases affecting everything from Annual Passes, to park tickets, and of course, dining at the parks and resorts, guests are having to reanalyze their vacation plans in anticipation of higher costs. Now there’s one rumored change coming that, while small, marks a big shift in Disney Dining: the possible removal of complimentary bread at table-service restaurants.

A lovely basket of warm, soft, complimentary bread rolls.

The first reports of the discontinued bread service came from Coral Reef, in fact, where Cast Members were informing guests today that the lack of bread was due to it being slowly phased out from restaurants. The General Manager at the restaurant later informed us that all table service restaurants in EPCOT were no longer serving bread with your meal as of Sunday, which was their last day offering it.

At first, we believed it had to be tied to a shortage of some kind, until Cast Members at Mama Melrose’s (in Disney’s Hollywood Studios) also confirmed that there have been talks amongst management to pull complimentary bread service from select restaurants. As of today, certain restaurants, like Mama Melrose’s, still has bread on offer, but it’s still unknown how long complimentary bread service would remain at restaurants, if at all. The situation might also be different when it comes to Signature Dining restaurants, as Cast Members at The Hollywood Brown Derby hadn’t even heard of the recent changes.

A plate of deliciously moist and (formerly) complimentary bread from Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.

Complimentary bread will still be served at Magic Kingdom table-service restaurants that currently offer it, and the change is not meant to affect resort restaurants––yet. (Update: Cast Members from Tony’s Town Square Restaurant have also confirmed that complimentary bread and olive oil is no longer offered there and has since been replaced with a basket of Garlic Knots that cost $9.)

If true, the removal of the traditional complimentary bread service from restaurants would lower the value of already high-priced table-service meals even further at the parks and resorts, and while bread isn’t going to make or break a meal necessarily, it’s basically a staple at most restaurants, even basic chain restaurants off-property. One would expect better at a premier vacation destination such as Walt Disney World, but in a timeline packed with budget cuts, this is just another one. At least there’s still cornbread at Boatwright’s.

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Jane
Jane
4 months ago

It has hit Magic Kingdom also. Last week Tonys no longer offered their breadsticks. Very sad about this.

Anthony
Anthony
4 months ago
Reply to  Jane

Maybe the microwave was broken

Kelly Tremper
Kelly Tremper
4 months ago

This is ridiculous! It better stay an unconfirmed rumor. 😁 Sometimes the bread is the best part of the meal.

Eddie
Eddie
4 months ago

This is unreal. Disney has hit an all time low with this move! You mean you won’t even get some bread at restaurants costing big bucks already? Who are the kidding, nothing was “complimentary”. You paid dearly for it already. We were Passholders for years until recently. With all the price increases and less service, Disney is no longer a destination we will be visiting. Greed has hit a new high. Walt never imagined a park like this. Sad.

Mason
Mason
4 months ago
Reply to  Eddie

“Disney has hit an all time low with this move!”

“Disney is no longer a destination we will be visiting. Greed has hit a new high. Walt never imagined a park like this.”

And all because they removed bread.

Robert Maloney
Robert Maloney
4 months ago
Reply to  Mason

No because you are already nicked and dimed by the resort. It’s like a slap in the face to people who spend $10 to $12k to go there. They are like the government, squeezing ever dollar they can from you. It’s sad. Nothing wrong with making a buck, but it looks bad.

Walt
Walt
4 months ago
Reply to  Mason

The ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ is now ‘the bread roll that takes away annual passholders’

Bob from Toledo
Bob from Toledo
4 months ago
Reply to  Mason

See what happens when the garden grocery delivery is delayed by a wreck on I-94 and the Pillsbury crescent rolls don’t get to the restaurant on time

Squid16
Squid16
4 months ago
Reply to  Mason

Are you serious? It’s not just bc of the removal of bread it is so much more, so misinformed. Price increases across the board, bad customer service, ride closures, entertainment cuts and a general feeling that people are not getting what they pay for is what people are upset about. Maybe the next budget cut will remove silverware or maybe plates….but that wouldn’t be a problem. It would be just as magical eating with your hands right? Actually, forget it you will prob keep spreading pixie dust with all the other fanboys/girls while waiting 120 mins to ride Peter Pan… Read more »

Heidi
Heidi
4 months ago

Free bread really isnt free they work in the cost of the bread with the pricing of the rest of the menu so to keep food costs reasonable u either start charging for the bread or 86 all together.

Highway Robbery
Highway Robbery
4 months ago
Reply to  Heidi

Except that Disney already charges a 50%-75% premium for the same meal you could get for much less…INCLUDING BREAD elsewhere.

Unsinkable Mongala Millie
Unsinkable Mongala Millie
4 months ago

Wait, this means no pretzel bread at Le Cellier?! How do you expect me to eat the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup?! Thanks Chapek.

Sam
Sam
4 months ago

That was my thought too 😂😂😂

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

Bread was not offered at Tony’s this week – I always loved the bread there. When I asked I was told they stopped serving it two weeks ago and it would not be coming back. Unfortunate

King
King
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Hiw do you go to an Italian restaurant and not get bread. Feaking bad. Someone needs to be fired. Bad bad press

Bob from Toledo
Bob from Toledo
4 months ago
Reply to  King

Free bread sticks killed Olive Garden Tony doesn’t want to end up the same way

Than
Than
4 months ago

More than free breadsticks killed Olive Garden

Anthony
Anthony
4 months ago

Disney can take what they want but if they touch my Boathouse honey butter rolls I will start a riot.

Chelsea
Chelsea
4 months ago
Reply to  Anthony

I came here and searched the page for the keyword “boat” to make sure The Boathouse wasn’t included. Phew!

Amanda
Amanda
4 months ago
Reply to  Anthony

Good news is The Boathouse isn’t owned by Disney so the bread is safe!

Abdul
Abdul
4 months ago
Reply to  Anthony

I recommend going there now before boathouse gets the “chapek” touch, maybe he is reading these comments? Who knows

Jim Williams
Jim Williams
4 months ago

Disney is a struggling mom and pop company. I support this move as long as we can keep the under-attended parks afloat.

Scott
Scott
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim Williams

Really?

Amanda
Amanda
4 months ago

Can the bread be purchased from the menu, or are they totally and completely not making it anymore?

Adiel Alfonso
Adiel Alfonso
4 months ago

That’s just great. They expect people to pay more for less. Hmm, wonder how that’s gonna work out.

Wendy Mealing
Wendy Mealing
4 months ago
Reply to  Adiel Alfonso

Were gonna keep doing it like we always have…

Andy
Andy
4 months ago

If Chefs de France stops serving baguettes, it should be forced to drop “France” from its name

King
King
4 months ago

This is just bad. You go olivgarden and get feaking breadsticks. So I can get some bread in what supose to be the best vacation destination. Well In wonder if universal studios would do this. This is low class. Not a good look.

Brian
Brian
4 months ago

Let the cost cutting begin

Column z
Column z
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian

“Begin”?

Steven S in NJ
Steven S in NJ
4 months ago

This news is the dumbest thing Disney could do — except forcing paying customers to wake up at 5 am to be somewhere for a new space ride that breaks down almost every day!

Vanessa
Vanessa
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven S in NJ

Wow — I had no idea they were going into guest rooms and dragging people out of bed at 5 AM, attaching them to a chain gang, and dragging them to Hollywood Studios! That sure is dedication.

You’re paying for access to the park, not access to a specific ride, not access to whatever you want, not to have the world handed to you. Get over yourself.

Bob from Toledo
Bob from Toledo
4 months ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Stay in your lane Karen

Wendy Mealing
Wendy Mealing
4 months ago

I’ve eaten at all the places mentioned and never noticed I had complimentary bread so I’m guessing I’ll survive this.

Andrew
Andrew
4 months ago
Reply to  Wendy Mealing

Same here. I guess the Disney will be losing 15 customers based on the comments here.

SJames
SJames
4 months ago

Cheap move and low class…

Mason
Mason
4 months ago

Unfortunate.

Tatiana
Tatiana
4 months ago

I noticed it was missing at Be Our Guest 2 weeks ago.

DVC Member
DVC Member
4 months ago

That is kind of cruddy. It’s not like bread is that expensive either.

David Blackwell
David Blackwell
4 months ago

All about the $, as if the admission cost and the cost of the meal isn’t enough….now you take a small freebie away. Getting shameful and greedy.

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