Published: April 21, 2010 at 12:28 AM
I've submitted mine
. Sorry for the delay - I'll be on time for the next one. I didn't get your e-mail warning message until recently. If I'm still out, I'll continue to post, anyway. It's a good place to throw ideas around.
Speaking of which, there are some mighty fine ideas in this first round. I had a hard time voting. And, in the style of The Apprentice, it's time to strategically compliment and attack my fellow contestants.
I liked your theme the best, namely because I love Cajun food and soul/gospel/jazz music. However, why you put it in Disney's Hollywood Studios and not New Orleans Square in Disneyland was confusing to me.
I liked your strategy the best. The American Adventure serves the old cheeseburger and fries crowd, furthering a stereotype that it could do without. Meanwhile, nearby resorts serve some of the best American food in the country (Victoria and Albert's and California Grill, among others). However, your dinner seems to lack any live entertainment, a staple for many Epcot restaurants.
I liked your entertainment the best. Broadway-style shows provide a nice retreat from the hot sun and busy crowds. However, the idea of gorging on a meal while people try to perform a musical doesn't seem to mash right. The serving staff and noisy customers (eating, talking) could ruin the ambiance.
I liked your presentation the best. Visuals always work better than words, and I wish I had enough time to accompany my submission with some pictures. However, I am not a fan of those dinners where you are forced to take a picture with your family/friends before you eat, then later get harassed by someone trying to sell you the photo. I always find it brings down the mood.
I like your setting the best. The Tower could be a great location for a period restaurant. I also appreciated your detailed menu, and almost voted for you just for that. Problem? Disney's Hollywood Studios already has a restaurant from that period - the Hollywood Brown Derby. Also, as someone who has parents that own a murder mystery dinner theatre, we have debated the possibility of a Disney murder mystery endlessly and have decided it wouldn't work. Improvisational comedy tends to get dirty, even when you try to keep it clean, and a murder mystery requires a small crowd for various reasons, making it unfeasible for a theme park of that magnitude.
I like your benefits the best. Having a table with only friends/family and a private chef is always a great time. Also, the exceptional fireworks view after the meal is a plus. However, the challenge was to build a theme park restaurant, not a resort one, and inclement weather could spoil the fun.
I liked your idea the best, and I voted for it. I think it had some truly inspired theming, cleverly named dishes, and creative interactive elements. I wasn't a fan of the dessert finale, but I do like the token families can take away.
Good work, everyone. I just blew two hours reading these and making my own, but didn't get bored.