Yeah, I’ve noticed that CRT seems to be having much more availability, lately. I was trying to book Chef Mickey’s for January 1, and CRT popped up as an alternative option. I was shocked. I also noticed alot of availability for Disney’s signature restaurants.
Of course, the park was still crowded that week (it was the week after Christmas, what do you expect?). I think that park-goers aren’t spending as much money on the “extras” like meals, nowadays. However, I’m sure that Disney’s spring savings deals (gift cards with stays 5 nights or more, and up to 40% discounts on rooms for stays 4 nights or less) will keep people coming.