Your dog will now have some cluck with the moo
Effective immediately -- though apparently not with any official announcement -- Walt Disney World restaurants no longer offer all-beef hot dogs. Instead they are serving weenies made with a mixture of beef and chicken.
I don't have an official comment yet, but one has to believe this is another cost-cutting measure. Remember when prime rib was removed from all buffet-service restaurants last year? The reason given at the time was that the small servings doled out on a buffet line were not conducive to total enjoyment of prime rib, which is meant to be eaten by the slab. I don't think this change can be spun that way, but we'll see.
In another WDW food and wine related note, master sommelier Michael Jordan is no longer with the company. Based in California but manager of wine sales and standards and wineeducator for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide, Jordan was the last remaining master sommelier with the company, which at one time had an aggressive program to educate its servers in all things wine. Walt Disney World laid off its master sommelier, John Blazon, earlier this year.
I don't have details of the separation, but I'm told there will be an attempt to replace Jordan with another master certified wine educator. Master sommelier is the pinnacle of certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. There are currently only 100 people in North America with that designation.