So in one fell swoop, they have taken away part of the uniqueness of the different restaurants and just created a new generic uniform, all to save a buck I assume. Pretty soon, we should probably expect all the attractions people to be wearing the same garbs.
@Chris: Coordinators are second to managers (which are also found around the kitchen, but mostly regulate the back-of-the-house stuff) and are readily available at any time to solve Guest situations, to makes sure that food safety is observed by other Cast Members, to move around Cast (if needed) and - in general - to make sure that the service runs smoothly.
I'm being cynical, but sounds to me like these second-line managers didn't like wearing the same costumes as "their" staff, and wanted to be special.
As Trent said, this seems totally out of the norm for Disney standards
As one of those affected, I can tell you that we have no say in our costumes. We dont wear the same costumes as our Cast now.
Correct. As the last Anonymous said, even now costumes are different. Also, it is essential to distinguish them from the regular Cast, as angry Guests always ask to speak to a manager or coordinator, so they need to see a Cast Member in a different costumes, otherwise they may think it is just another front-of-the-line employee.