Readers' Opinions

From Tony Duda on March 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM
But, you are paying 5 times too much for all the other food you have purchased, a comp-ed cupcake is not "free".
Now, if you can tell me how to constantly get free cupcakes without having to buy anything, I will be surprised...and grateful.
From Russell Meyer on March 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I wouldn't say that...The food prices at most of the table service restaurants are not more than 20-30% more than you would pay for similar dishes at comperable restaurants. The "Comp" Cakes are a little known perk of eating at WDW table service restaurants. However, I think some people take advantage of it to the point that WDW might discontinue the perk---I've been in restaurants where literally every table around me is having a birthday...Not that it's not possible, but I doubt 10 people celebrating a birthday are all in the same place at the same time.
From Gabriel Schroll on March 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM
My wife and I just celebrated our 5 year anniversary, which is also my birthday (yes, on purpose). We had lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern (so no, not family-style), but the waiter was really awesome. He not only gave us a free dessert, which was the cran-apple sweetbread and vanilla ice cream dish they have at dinner, but he also brought out a bowl of stew, at no extra charge. He'd recommended we order it because it's his favorite, but we ordered something else. He decided we were going to try it anyway, even if he didn't add it to the bill.

Other than that, we celebrated our honeymoon at Disney World and were chosen to be the Grand Marshalls in the parade! No food included in this treat, but it will always be a cherished memory.

From James Rao on March 28, 2013 at 5:25 AM
Yummy stuff, Amanda, thanks for sharing the article even if you can't share the actual cupcakes.

As for Tony's remarks, all theme and amusement parks overcharge for food. At least Disney tries to offer something tasty and experiential for that "captive audience" upcharge.