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paslea_pooh
03-15-2006, 11:37 PM
Which board or thread would be the best to post about the Food and Wine Festival ?.... DH and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary soon and we are seriously considering going to the F&W festival.. (Oct 15-20th ) .. what is the appropriate board to post on.... we would be going on points and hopefully staying somewhere within walking distance to Epcot....No Kids this time, Oh Yeah !!!!, LOL... Boardwalk Villas would be ideal... Or Beach Club villas......


I have a ton of ?'s but will hold off until I find the appropriate board... OMG, we are so excited, thanks.



Another ?,,,, should we forego the DVC dining plan and wing it with the Food and Wine festival ..... it'll just be dh and I, did I say it way a Kids free holiday..., lol.... I don't know if we should pay for the dining plan and then do the food and wine festival activities....they are a bit expensive, some of them anyways.... I'm not sure if it's going to be too much food.


TIA, again





TIA
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debbiepump
03-16-2006, 12:02 AM
If you're going to go to the F&W festival and want to stay at the BWV or BCV, better get ressies as soon as possible! We went for the first time last year not knowing what to expect and had a great time. It was very crowded (and humid, for us, at least), but none the less, loved it. Be sure and go to the Taste for the Senses, had to of been the highlight. In fact,my husband, an nonWDW lover, requested to go again this year! We don't do the DDE, don't know why, but don't. Sort of wing it for the dinners. Again, if you're going, better get a room now!

paslea_pooh
03-16-2006, 12:06 AM
:banana: If you're going to go to the F&W festival and want to stay at the BWV or BCV, better get ressies as soon as possible! We went for the first time last year not knowing what to expect and had a great time. It was very crowded (and humid, for us, at least), but none the less, loved it. Be sure and go to the Taste for the Senses, had to of been the highlight. In fact,my husband, an nonWDW lover, requested to go again this year! We don't do the DDE, don't know why, but don't. Sort of wing it for the dinners. Again, if you're going, better get a room now!


Thank You, I have an ap, so I have the DDE, which will expire about a month after F&W, so I will look into Taste for the Senses, Thank you so much!!!

GAN
03-16-2006, 06:24 AM
Party for the Senses is not to be missed in my opinion -especially if you're a Food/Wine junkie. I'm not all that adventurous but found alot of things I liked but wouldn't normally try. The selection of wines is amazing ...beers were fine as well. We had a DDE during the week and used it every where, I don't think I would even consider the Dining Plan since there is such a great selection at the kiosks -we did lunch 2-days and dinner 2-days ... and had a blast. We didn't find it particularly pricey, especially compared to lunch at a counter service -in fact, it was less or almost the same when we looked at the numbers and we got to try several different things along with beer and wine. We found it quite amusing to see all this different food from all over the world, yet the longest line was at McDonalds -- sad, I know. Have a great time!

magicmommy
03-16-2006, 08:41 AM
I agree that Party for the Senses is not to be missed. DH and I had our first F&W festival experience last year and loved it. Party for the Senses was the icing on the cake for us!

paslea_pooh
03-16-2006, 08:59 AM
I agree that Party for the Senses is not to be missed. DH and I had our first F&W festival experience last year and loved it. Party for the Senses was the icing on the cake for us!

Is this a seperate thing from walking around and trying foods and drinks? Do you need a ticket for this, and when did you get your tickets or did you just go to Epcot that day and wing it?

tia

debbiepump
03-16-2006, 09:22 AM
Is this a seperate thing from walking around and trying foods and drinks? Do you need a ticket for this, and when did you get your tickets or did you just go to Epcot that day and wing it?

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Yes, it's (or last year was) $95, expensive, but well worth it in our opinion. We just ate a late big breakfast and pigged out at the Taste. Wish we would of brought a pen and paper to write down the good wines for future purchase though. Entertainment by Cirque was great. You get your own wine (nonbreakable) glass and little plate for the food. There were tables all over, seemed like folks were fighting over the sit down tables, we were at one of the stand up tables and folks would stop by and share our spot and we had some wonderful conversations. The staff were the best we've ever seen as far as picking up leftover plates on the tables, etc. Hubby would stay at the table and I'd go find what I want and then he'd go and do the same. Part of the ticket is the concert series first, which we didn't do. The dress was from super fancy to street tramp jeans and tops. This year, hubby will wear nice docker type shorts and decent shirt , I'll again wear nice capris and nicer top than I'd wear in the parks during the day. When you make ressies WDW tries to tell you it's dress up, but no one is really doing that. After the 'party' is over, fill up your wine glass one last time and there are folks there to pour it in a plastic drinking cup and give you a plastic bag for your wine glass, then you walk out and watch the fireworks. Fun, fun, fun.
Oh, last year, the tickets went on sale on July 25.

cobbler
03-16-2006, 09:42 AM
Ok, I totally don't remember from last year but where and when can we find out what events are going on and how much they cost??

Figment2
03-16-2006, 11:11 AM
POS is a hard ticket event on Sat. nights. It's 99.00 (little over 100 after tax). In previous years there was a DDE discount but not last year. You get PS at the early Eat to the Beat concert and then the actual "dinner" is held in the old Millenium village (between England & Canada).

They will probably start to announce the different dinners in May or June. Tickets go on sale in July or Aug. Most dinners sell out quicky so it's not something you can walk up to.

Can't wait!

Cyn

snowbunny
03-16-2006, 11:51 AM
We had a DDE during the week and used it every where, I don't think I would even consider the Dining Plan since there is such a great selection at the kiosks

Did they take your DDE card at the kiosks?

Carneymom
03-16-2006, 01:11 PM
I wonder if it is considered a signature meal (or whatever they call it) where you exchange two table service meals on the dining plan? Just like for one of the dinner shows. We are planning a trip for novemeber for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary and that would be a great idea my father would love it.

CarolA
03-16-2006, 01:18 PM
Did they take your DDE card at the kiosks?

No, there is no DDE discount. They will take meal plan snack vouchers.

I don't think you can use your meal credits on the dining plan for any of the special event meals.

And that wine glass I got at Party for the Senses is breakable! It's very nice, but mine is glass!

debbiepump
03-16-2006, 02:03 PM
And that wine glass I got at Party for the Senses is breakable! It's very nice, but mine is glass!
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You sure????? Ours is that cool plexiglass or whatever it is. Even the gals who exchanged our wine glass for the plastic cup was telling us about it. Hmmmmm.

Figment2
03-16-2006, 06:00 PM
Debbie - didn't you get a program which listed what was at each table? It was great to look at before they opened the doors so we could plan our attack and then talk about our favorites later.

And, our wine glasses were glass too.

Cyn

debbiedoo
03-16-2006, 06:55 PM
I agree that Party for the Senses is not to be missed. DH and I had our first F&W festival experience last year and loved it. Party for the Senses was the icing on the cake for us!

another vote for Party for the Senses :thumbsup2

I might be going back to food and wine this year -- one of my favorite events

debbiedoo
03-16-2006, 06:57 PM
Is this a seperate thing from walking around and trying foods and drinks? Do you need a ticket for this, and when did you get your tickets or did you just go to Epcot that day and wing it?

tia


yes this is a separate ticket which sells out very quickly -- I do not recall the price though -- if I am thinking on the right brain length tonite -- July is when they go on sale

this link from last year:

http://allearsnet.com/tp/ep/fw05/fw05_ps.htm

CarolA
03-16-2006, 09:08 PM
And that wine glass I got at Party for the Senses is breakable! It's very nice, but mine is glass!
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You sure????? Ours is that cool plexiglass or whatever it is. Even the gals who exchanged our wine glass for the plastic cup was telling us about it. Hmmmmm.


I am sure. I am drinking out of it now and it's glass. It makes a nice ringing noise when I hit it against something. What i really like is that it has the 10th Anniversary Logo on it!

dsneygirl
03-16-2006, 09:11 PM
We did POS last year and loved it. Maybe had a little too much wine since this Oct we'll have our 3 month old at WDW ;) We won't do the party this year but really looking forward to all the F&W booths.

DisneyHumbug
03-16-2006, 09:37 PM
For those of you who have been to Party of the Senses - is it all couples? Would my 24 yo DD and I feel out of place?

Figment2
03-16-2006, 10:30 PM
You'll be just fine. Last year we met the wife of one of the chefs who as there by herself! We met her just before we went in and invited her to join us. Then we met a couple from Miami who were there because of the hurricane. Now there were 15 friends and family before we met up with these people so it's an easy place to strike up a conversation (and make new friends).

Cyn

paslea_pooh
03-17-2006, 08:52 AM
Does the POS only take place 1 Saturday in October? We might have to rethink our plans, we were hoping to go Sun-Thurs (best use of our DVC pts.), we might have to go a day early.

The kiosks that are around the world, are they pay as you go or is there some type of ticket book/wristband that you can buy so you don't have to be constantly taking out your wallet?

Coty's Dads
03-17-2006, 09:27 AM
We went to the big party last year and loved it. Well worth the price of the ticket. We will be there again this year...Oct 7. We are staying with our points at the BWV, which we have already booked a two bedroom, since we own there. In actuality, the F&W is one of the major reasons we bought BWV.

I believe the Party for the Senses is every Saturday during F&W.

As for the booths around Epcot, you pay as you go. But you can swipe your room card and it gets charged to your bill....but don't drink too much, or your bill might be a bit higher than you had planned :)

Not knowing the intricacies of the dining plan, I do know they would always ask if you were part of the plan because the food could count for an appetizer or something like that.

I would suggest that if you are planning to do any of the hard ticket events, that you get them as soon as you can. Some of the more popular ones sell out very quickly.

Hope that helps.

Tim

Figment2
03-17-2006, 11:03 AM
When I travel I always carry a supply of $2 bills for tips. I bring along about $100 extra during the F&W then stick about $20 in my pocket when we graze around the world at all the kiosks. I find it easier than dragging my wallet out everytime.

Cyn

Antonia
04-25-2006, 07:03 PM
Is Party for the Senses an indoor or outdoor event? Sounds like fun. How many Cirque perfomers do they have - just a couple or a few? Where is it held? We'll be there the first weekend of the F&W festival! By mistake - we didn't even plan it that way and we are accidentally staying at BWV!!

CarolA
04-25-2006, 09:26 PM
It's an indoor event (at the building between UK and Cnada.

The whole Cirque cast was not there just selected performers and a band. The entertaniment is subject to change.

I went solo last year and was fine, but if I get to go this year I am going to try to hook up with someone just so I have a way to set stuff down at the table. Hauling it all around every time got old quick!

parrotheadlois
04-25-2006, 10:08 PM
:banana: That's the way we do it. We go with another couple, but another person would do the same. First we snag a table, then two of us "hunt" while two of us eat, then the other two "hunt" while the first two eat. We're going this year with my sister and her dh. It's their first time. I can't wait!!

DonnaL
04-26-2006, 10:02 AM
paslea pooh,

If you haven't made ressies at BWV or BCV yet, I don't think you'll get them.
We own at VWL and SSR. I made ressies for two studios at SSR for DH and I and our friends shortly after 11 month window for 10/14 thr 10/20 with the intention of switching ato BWV at 7 month window. No such luck. I called at 7 month window and no availability for studios at either BWV or BCV. I've been waitlisted since 3/20 and haven't heard anything yet........

married@wdw
04-27-2006, 12:13 PM
My waitlist to a BWV studio came through last week for (oops! editted to change the dates) 11/6-11/9. So don't give up. People are always changing their plans and F&W is still a long way off.

Now, do they offer special dinners and events on weekdays? We won't be able to do the weekends events due to unchangeable plans with family who live locally (they're out excuse to be there at all!), but would love to try out one or two special things, aside from just grazing (which I'm very much looking forward to!).

DonnaL
04-27-2006, 01:45 PM
I believe most of the hard ticket events are on the weekends. I checked last years F & W information on the DIS website and that's what it appears anyway. The Eat to the Beat concerts at American Pavilion do take take place during the week, though. I'm looking forward to grazing around World Showcase and catching a couple of concerts. I don't think we'll make any hard ticket events either because we won't get into MCO until late afternoon on Sat. 10/14 and we're leaving late afternoon Fri. 10/20, so about the only thing we could comfortably manage would be something on Sunday.

byoung
04-29-2006, 08:19 PM
I'm going to use my snack credits at the F&W. I'll be on the dining plan.

sweetinmaine
04-30-2006, 08:01 AM
paslea pooh,

If you haven't made ressies at BWV or BCV yet, I don't think you'll get them.
We own at VWL and SSR. I made ressies for two studios at SSR for DH and I and our friends shortly after 11 month window for 10/14 thr 10/20 with the intention of switching ato BWV at 7 month window. No such luck. I called at 7 month window and no availability for studios at either BWV or BCV. I've been waitlisted since 3/20 and haven't heard anything yet........


We're waitlisted too for BWV, BCV and VWL! We're looking for a studio. We've got ressies at SSR so in any case we're there! This will be our first time at the F/W Festival. Looking forward to a wonderful time!

dsneygirl
04-30-2006, 08:49 PM
paslea pooh,

If you haven't made ressies at BWV or BCV yet, I don't think you'll get them.
We own at VWL and SSR. I made ressies for two studios at SSR for DH and I and our friends shortly after 11 month window for 10/14 thr 10/20 with the intention of switching ato BWV at 7 month window. No such luck. I called at 7 month window and no availability for studios at either BWV or BCV. I've been waitlisted since 3/20 and haven't heard anything yet........

We must have gotten lucky or maybe early Oct is not as busy. Was able to get a studio at BCV 10/1-10/3 by calling day by day. Good luck with your waitlist.

eeyore45
04-30-2006, 10:04 PM
:banana: That's the way we do it. We go with another couple, but another person would do the same. First we snag a table, then two of us "hunt" while two of us eat, then the other two "hunt" while the first two eat. We're going this year with my sister and her dh. It's their first time. I can't wait!!

We're going, staying at BWV - we're hoping there is a party on the last Sat in Sept!!! :banana:

We went last year, you could buy the tickets "Early" but they cost more - the extra money included 2 more glasses (glass glasses, and I'm enjoying an apertif right now with my 10th anniversary wine glass!! :thumbsup2 ) and a bottle of Chardonnay - dh is saving the wine for a "special" occassion, I dont know what special occassion, but the bottle does say Disney on it!!

oh, and last year ( drat that wine, almosts forgot my point!! :rotfl: ) there were plenty of tables we went Oct 8th - and after reading on the Dis, I ran to claim a table, or a table with chairs, and it turned out Disney added more tables than in previous years... will they do the same this year? One can only hope!!

Altho I will say if it wasnt for my sprained ankle, I would've moved around a lot more!!

bobbiwoz
05-01-2006, 07:19 AM
This is good to know, I hope DH is interested, we'll be down on Oct. 21st, so maybe we can get to a PoS!

Bobbi :goodvibes

m4travel
05-01-2006, 04:42 PM
We're going, staying at BWV - we're hoping there is a party on the last Sat in Sept!!!

There should be a chance of it. The F&W dates for 2006 are September 29 through November 12, 2006.