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Disney stops serving all-beef hot dogs

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Published: September 22, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Yesterday, I retweeted a post from Scott Joseph which broke the news that Walt Disney World is no longer serving all-beef hot dogs in its parks, in favor of a beef-and-chicken mix instead.

Reaction from readers on Twitter has been swift... and negative. "So long, Casey's," one Twitterer wrote.

Casey's Corner at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Let's throw open that discussion here, too. What do you think of Disney's switch? Any Disney CMs care to comment? (Log out to post anonymously.)

Readers' Opinions

From 90.196.55.77 on September 22, 2009 at 1:29 PM
re prossessed crap to cut back on costs? no thanks i wont be eating them
From Anthony Murphy on September 22, 2009 at 1:30 PM
I never thought Caseys was THAT fantastic.

Give me Superdawg!

From David Graham on September 22, 2009 at 1:39 PM
Not an issue for me, but there are some people that can only eat all beef. My nephew was one or he would get sick. Don't understand it, but not a Dr. either. This might cause an issue for people like him and others rethinking eating in the park?
From 74.165.193.80 on September 22, 2009 at 1:47 PM
No problem for me. And I bet if Disney switched them and never said a word guests would never know the difference.
From 70.118.204.247 on September 22, 2009 at 1:55 PM
Sadly, not gonna be eating there anymore. I and my family never eat the mixed up hot dogs. Think of how many Jewish people Disney will frustrate as well with this... They would lose a large chunk of tourism =/
From Robert Niles on September 22, 2009 at 1:58 PM
I'm not a huge hot dog fan, but if they're lower in fat this way, I might be persuaded to give 'em a try.

Personally, I'd rather see a choice: All-beef, mix and veggie. Heck, they could charge a few cents extra for the all-beef. (I'd buy the veggie.)

I wonder if this little "controversy" might be a way to set that up - bringing back all-beef as a premium option: the "new Coke/Classic Coke" strategy.

From Robert Niles on September 22, 2009 at 2:18 PM
They're switching to beef and chicken, not beef and pork. FWIW, I don't recall seeing that the all-beef dogs were designated Kosher. Anyone remember?
From 174.48.7.127 on September 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM
I like hot dogs once in a while, but will only eat all-beef hot dogs or turkey dogs. I think WDW is making a huge mistake with this.
From 98.21.178.34 on September 22, 2009 at 2:48 PM
They already ruined them with those yucky buns. May as well take it all the way.
From Stephen Landsman on September 22, 2009 at 3:04 PM
Knowing how chicken is processed, I woulldn't eat them. The beef hot dogs are bad enough!
From 70.183.111.75 on September 22, 2009 at 3:13 PM
It frustrates me that they are forcing their will on what they say is healthy upon us. When I go to a theme park, I'm not concerned with eating healthy. I just want to have a good time and eat the stuff that I can't eat every day. Give me back my Chicken Strips, McDonald's Fries and Beef Hot Dogs.

Not to mention, the all beef just tastes better.

From James Rao on September 22, 2009 at 3:53 PM
I think this change is just further evidence that the Magic Kingdom is, as Kevin Yee puts it, declining by degrees.
From Ryan Sanford on September 22, 2009 at 5:30 PM
I wouldn't mind eliminating the HUGE turkey legs from the menu at WDW.
From TH Creative on September 22, 2009 at 5:37 PM
Are they still serving beer?
From Vincent S on September 22, 2009 at 8:03 PM
What Disney should do is revamp that horrible Noodle Place (if you can catch it open) in Tomorrowland.
From Derek Potter on September 22, 2009 at 8:08 PM
So the Oscar Mayer wiener...or a reasonable facsimile thereof, is being served at Disney now.

Cost cutting here, cost cutting there. It's classic restaurant practice to try and reduce overhead by ordering cheaper food. I'm sure that this isn't the only Disney restaurant that is cutting cost. Most people won't notice such a thing because they simply don't eat at the Disney restaurants all the time to be able to tell the difference. Hey they have to do something to stop the financial bleeding. Universal should counter with a heavily themed Nathan's Hot Dog restaurant.

From James Rao on September 22, 2009 at 8:38 PM
Don't know about highly themed, but in the Amity section of Universal Studios Orlando, near Jaws, there is a place called the Midway Grill that serves Nathan's Famous (All Beef) Hot Dogs. It is just a walk up counter, and Richter's Burger Company is just too close to pass up IMHO, but Derek is right, if you want a decent theme park hot dog you're better off going to Universal.
From Anthony Murphy on September 22, 2009 at 9:01 PM
They should fix the noodle place stat! Good idea, really bad food.

Are the new hot dogs healthier? Personally, I doubt I could taste the difference.

Also, from my Jewish friends they said that chicken is OK to eat (not pork). BTW, its the same for some Muslims. Being from Chicago, we do not have pork Hot Dogs so its pretty much a wash for me. I prefer the Chili at Casey's anyway!

From Robert Niles on September 22, 2009 at 9:41 PM
Now that we're on the topic of chicken, the best chicken in the world is a good plate of Halal (Muslim version of Kosher) chicken. Street vendors in NYC excel (though not all of them, of course), and there are a few good places around SoCal, too.
From 198.99.32.5 on September 22, 2009 at 10:15 PM
I must respectfully disagree. Pollo ala brasa is the best chicken in the world. Toss some yucca frita and fried plaintains in with that, and you've got one hell of a meal.
From James Rao on September 23, 2009 at 2:06 AM
Try an experiment. Go to the store and buy the following items:

Johnsonville Stadium Style All Beef Franks (beef, water, salt, and chemicals - perfection!)

Oscar Mayer Turkey Franks (tapioca starch - what the H---???)

Oscar Mayer Wieners (chicken parts & saw dust)

(I honestly could not find a national brand that mixed beef and chicken and did not also have pork - so I just picked three common, readily available franks)

At any rate grill up one of each dog above and perform your own taste test.

If you cannot tell the difference, then you either need to quit smoking (cigarettes - all kinds - kill your taste buds), or quit lying.

If you like hot dogs, the all beef Johnsonville dogs should blow you away. There is no substitute for quality.

Let me know.

PS There is no such thing as a good-tasting, healthy hot dog. ;)

From Derek Potter on September 23, 2009 at 3:35 AM
I'll stick with the Nathans. They are available at my local grocery store.
From 4.36.109.30 on September 23, 2009 at 5:54 AM
I have a FL Resident annual pass, so I'm there a lot. I noticed several months ago that the quality of the hot dogs had already declined - and this was way back in JUNE. My last visit I ate at Pecos Bill's and the "burger" I had was a) not hot and b) not entirely meat. I could tell that the patty had some textured vegetable protein blended in. I absolutely dread having to eat inside the park, and only do so if I have no other choice. I have to agree with Kevin Yee, with a slight ammending: It's declining, but not by small degrees...
From Anthony Murphy on September 23, 2009 at 6:25 AM
I always stick with Columbia Harbor House. Does the trick for me!
From 97.102.79.27 on September 23, 2009 at 6:52 AM
Disney offers Kosher offerings at most if not all of their eateries, so whether or not the hot dogs have changed, there is still an option. Most likely the hot dogs have been chosen because they are lower in fat, and they cost less to produce. As for a taste test, you cannot grill your hot dogs, Disney boils/steams them. Much faster. Which means the taste of all the hot dogs will me much milder, producing a much more negligible difference.
From 96.254.43.140 on September 23, 2009 at 6:59 AM
Yeah, that's definitely not a good idea. USFlorida is still serving Nathan's hotdogs...so I guess you have to go there for that too.
From 72.205.228.135 on September 23, 2009 at 7:26 AM
IF this is a try on Disneys part to economize as a frequest visitor I"d much rather pay higher prices and have a better hotdog after all it's vacation and it's time for splurging. Keep the beef hotdog Disney please!!!!!!!!!
From David Renteria on September 23, 2009 at 7:52 AM
As a local, I go to WDW quite often. We used to eat at the parks most every visit but we have noticed that starting a couple of years ago, the quality of the food and the choices has been declining dramatically. It has gotten to the point that we now eat before or after our visits.

I doubt that Disney minds, most people at the parks are visiting from out of town so they are a captive audience.

Little by little Disney is destroying itself from the inside.

From Rod Whitenack on September 23, 2009 at 8:15 AM
I took my niece to WDW a few years ago. Sadly, we didn't plan our meals in advance on that particular day, and the park was filled to capacity in mid June. We both got hungry and went looking for a place to eat, only to find the wait times EVERYWHERE to be 3 to 4 hours (or the place was booked up through next week!). Even the walk up snack stands had waits of up to 30 minutes. We ended up at Casey's with a couple of hotdogs and cheese frieds. Not the healthiest meal we've ever had, but I still enjoyed it and thank God they were there or we would have been out of luck!
From Anthony Murphy on September 23, 2009 at 8:34 AM
I do not think that the food is getting any worse. i mean EPCOT and DHS has some great places to eat along with AK which, in my opinon, has the best counter service food!


But the bigger problem has always been the downside to Magic Kingdom: their food isn't the best! You gotta plan and know where to go. Pretty much, we just eat at Columbia Harbor House and Liberty Tree Tavern. Hopefully with the expansion in a few years, the food will get better.

Fix the noodle station PLEASE!

From 71.53.145.117 on September 23, 2009 at 9:02 AM
why not go all the way to soy
From 66.192.104.10 on September 23, 2009 at 9:45 AM
Caseys was the only place I would eat when I went to WDW. I LOVE all beef hotdogs. Guess I'll have to eat somewhere else. Mixed meat dogs are aweful.
From Rob P on September 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM
It's a mix of beef and chicken but a mix of what parts ?

I'd rather eat an identifiable piece of meat anyway but if I'm going to have a hotdog it doesn't much matter what the blend is.
I know it's cr*p......but I hate to admit that it's often tasty cr*p

From 209.162.33.114 on September 23, 2009 at 9:55 AM
UGH!! I LOVE all beef hot dogs and recommend Casey's for that reason VERY DISAPPOINTED!!
From 209.203.77.11 on September 23, 2009 at 12:52 PM
I think this is awesome that there are over 30 comments for news about hot dogs. Due to medical reasons, I can't eat more than a hot dog a week. =( Loved these things as a kid!
From 173.171.53.228 on September 23, 2009 at 7:12 PM
You people are being ridiculous. Any hot dog is essentially processed meat by-product. "All beef" is never an indication of any kind of quality.

Besides, if you're visiting Walt Disney World and just eating hot dogs and burgers, you are missing out on some of the best food options around. What's wonderful about Disney Parks is that so much variety is available, and the options can be really good. It's not like going to Six Flags where burgers, dogs, chicken strips and funnel cakes represent the full extent of the menu. Those things are offered at Disney for the lowest common denominator, since they demand it.

I say, open your mind to what else is available, and you'll no longer care about this silly hot dog "controversy."

From 149.32.192.34 on September 24, 2009 at 5:54 AM
Not a good idea Mr. Disney. Disney is noted for their detail!!!
Their direction for good health!!! Some people can only eat beef hot dogs.
Someone dropped the ball on this one. Give people the choice!!! "Where's the BEEF"
From Rob P on September 25, 2009 at 5:12 AM
I've just read that Doctors are treating children suffering from Epilepsy with a diet of cream cakes and hotdogs.It's called the Ketogenic Diet and has resulted in 50% fewer seizures.

Strange but absolutely true :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketogenic_diet

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