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Pennykay
03-03-2007, 06:56 PM
Has anyone done this? Are tickets difficult to obtain? Do you get a table to eat at? Can you sample as many things as much as you want? Thanks!

TDC Nala
03-03-2007, 07:05 PM
1. They are not that difficult to obtain because they sell at least 350 of them per party. But I personally would not wait until the last minute to get them, some of them sell out before the day of the party.

2. You don't get a table. To keep one, you'd have to stake one out and take turns going for food. It's supposed to be a wander and sample thing.

3. It's all you can sample of both food and beverages.

ebenmax
03-03-2007, 07:11 PM
Is it worth going to if you are not alcohol drinkers? I mean, I know we are paying for it in the admission, but we were wondering if the food, atmosphere, etc. would be worth the ticket w/out alcohol.

Thanks

TDC Nala
03-03-2007, 07:12 PM
Yes, there is plenty of food, and you can get water. I don't know about the availability of other nonalcoholic beverages.

Pennykay
03-03-2007, 09:53 PM
Isn't it difficult to walk around and eat off of you're plate while holding a drink? Are there many tables?

ImprovGal
03-03-2007, 10:02 PM
Isn't it difficult to walk around and eat off of you're plate while holding a drink? Are there many tables?

When you enter the pavillion, you're given a souvenir wine glass and a plate to carry around that has a little cutout where you set the wine glass as you carry it around. In addition to the tables with seats, there are also standing tables scattered around so you can just momentarily park to eat/drink before going to the next station.

Pennykay
03-03-2007, 10:08 PM
Oh, ok! Thanks for explaining. :)

nbodyhome
03-03-2007, 11:03 PM
There aren't really enough standing tables, since a lot of people camp out at them (especially earlier on). Later in the evening, it wasn't a big deal.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did this past year. I think it is great! It was a gift to us, and I plan to go again this year.

leanan
03-04-2007, 02:23 AM
There is a main part of it that is open to all guests who enter Epcot. This part is ok. Mostly no where to sit. You wander eating food getting in one line and then another.

I was disappointed in the variety of food available. A lot of the stuff I saw was nothing new to me. The average price was $3.50 for an item and portions were small.

On the upside that means you can try a bunch of stuff. The stuff I had was good quality. Definately restaurant quality with fresh tasting ingrediants. Some stuff was actually spicy for me. A rare thing treat for me on Disney property.

Tons of wines and even beers to taste. If you do like to drink get there earlier and get a room at one of the hotels that night so no one has to pull the unlucky designated driver straw.

One related non Disney event in the area is Universal's Beer fest where for $25 flat rate you get to try a bunch of different beers. For an additional $25 you get access to a VIP room which has free food and extra beers which I would encourage you to get. My dad and I really felt the VIP ticket was worth the extra money for us. A cool quiet place to hide and free food when everyone else had to pay for food. We were totally loving that.

webray
03-04-2007, 06:34 AM
There is a main part of it that is open to all guests who enter Epcot. This part is ok. Mostly no where to sit. You wander eating food getting in one line and then another.

I was disappointed in the variety of food available. A lot of the stuff I saw was nothing new to me. The average price was $3.50 for an item and portions were small.

On the upside that means you can try a bunch of stuff. The stuff I had was good quality. Definately restaurant quality with fresh tasting ingrediants. Some stuff was actually spicy for me. A rare thing treat for me on Disney property.

Tons of wines and even beers to taste. If you do like to drink get there earlier and get a room at one of the hotels that night so no one has to pull the unlucky designated driver straw.

One related non Disney event in the area is Universal's Beer fest where for $25 flat rate you get to try a bunch of different beers. For an additional $25 you get access to a VIP room which has free food and extra beers which I would encourage you to get. My dad and I really felt the VIP ticket was worth the extra money for us. A cool quiet place to hide and free food when everyone else had to pay for food. We were totally loving that.

Party for the senses is a ticketed event...you are describing the regular food/wine fest. Once you pay for ticket for the party, you do not pay again for food/wine/beer, etc.

newholidayx2
03-04-2007, 07:27 AM
how much are the tickets?

BoosGram
03-04-2007, 09:13 AM
how much are the tickets?

We're going at the end of Sept. I'd be interested in the cost, too. TIA.

wildernesslodgelover
03-04-2007, 09:15 AM
Last year they went up in price...to $125 per person. Because of the cost, I personally would not go if I was not planning on sampling a lot of wine.

We have gone 2 years in a row and plan to make it an "annual" event for us! The first year, DH was skeptical...but we were really blown away by the food selections and yummy wine. I LOVE my souvenir glass and drink wine out of it often...makes me smile(the glass, not the wine. Well, ok, the wine makes me smile, too!):goodvibes

The first year I got a picture taken with Ming Tsai, and last year I had my picture taken with Cat Cora.

This past year we made a point to snag a table, and we had different people join us throughout the night and that made it fun.

We are already tossing around dates for our trip next year.

If you do a search (not sure if the search function is working) you can find lots of reviews, or if you do a search on Deb's site allearsnet.com

BoosGram
03-04-2007, 10:26 AM
Last year they went up in price...to $125 per person. Because of the cost, I personally would not go if I was not planning on sampling a lot of wine.

We have gone 2 years in a row and plan to make it an "annual" event for us! The first year, DH was skeptical...but we were really blown away by the food selections and yummy wine. I LOVE my souvenir glass and drink wine out of it often...makes me smile(the glass, not the wine. Well, ok, the wine makes me smile, too!):goodvibes

The first year I got a picture taken with Ming Tsai, and last year I had my picture taken with Cat Cora.

This past year we made a point to snag a table, and we had different people join us throughout the night and that made it fun.

We are already tossing around dates for our trip next year.

If you do a search (not sure if the search function is working) you can find lots of reviews, or if you do a search on Deb's site allearsnet.com

Thanks for the info. That sounds like a lot of fun. From what you said, I gather the food isn't like what they serve on the kiosks and was made specially for the party. What kind of stuff did they have?

disneyfav4ever
03-04-2007, 10:33 AM
I love Party for the Senses, and it is the must-do event for me during the Food and Wine Festival.

I don't drink a lot, I'm pretty picky when it comes to wine. The last time I went, in 2005, I found a few I liked, and stuck to them all night.

The food is wonderful. There were so many things I had that I enjoyed. I can't remember exactly what they were called, (I'll try and find a link to the thread,) but there was some kind of pumpkin cream cake, kobe beef, and a pork dish that I loved.

Definatly look at the reviews on All Ears since they have some full menus there, though the menu changes at each Party, that should give you a good idea of what to expect.

disneyfav4ever
03-04-2007, 10:39 AM
Here's a link to the thread with the review of the Party I attended. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=933933 My opinion is on post #21. The thread was not started by me, it was started by Forever42, who attended the same night as me, and I just added my food reviews to the thread instead of starting my own. Also, the thread is more then a year old, but it seems from reading 2006 reviews that nothing much has changed, except for the price. :rolleyes:

BoosGram
03-04-2007, 10:44 AM
Here's a link to the thread with the review of the Party I attended. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=933933 My opinion is on post #21. The thread was not started by me, it was started by Forever42, who attended the same night as me, and I just added my food reviews to the thread instead of starting my own. Also, the thread is more then a year old, but it seems from reading 2006 reviews that nothing much has changed, except for the price. :rolleyes:

Thanks so much!! Sounds so good :woohoo: !

TDC Nala
03-04-2007, 10:47 AM
The food is not equivalent to the mass produced items that are served at the kiosks outside. The chefs are present and they cook and assemble their dishes at their tables.

Due to the quality of the food, I believe the price is worth it even if you don't drink wine.

oybolshoi
03-04-2007, 10:55 AM
Thank you for providing that link, disneyfav4ever! The hubby and I have been aching for a chance to try Party for the Senses and we're finally going to get our chance this fall. It sounds wonderful!

parrotheadlois
03-26-2007, 03:33 PM
The food is not equivalent to the mass produced items that are served at the kiosks outside. The chefs are present and they cook and assemble their dishes at their tables.

Due to the quality of the food, I believe the price is worth it even if you don't drink wine.

Me too!!!

I didn't realize people were already "talking" about the festival!! We've been there every year for a number of years now and love it every time! Last year we went with my sister and her husband (their first time). We did the Illuminations Cruise (with Sharon and her Mom - Hi Sharon!) and Dabney and Troy (Hey Dabs!!!) This year we're going with my daughter and her dh.

Now it's only March and I'm getting psyched already!!!:cool1:

MikMin6554
03-26-2007, 03:56 PM
I would love to do this in October. When and where do you get the tickets?
I am a DVC member and an AP holder.

shovan
03-26-2007, 04:01 PM
We did it for the 1st time last year '06. It was just DH & myself. My DH is in a WC so this meant I was the one running around for the F&W. That was a bit annoying.

The was a huge assortment of dishes! The food was fabulous! We also ended up sitting with one of the chef's wife, child & friends. He kept bringing over food over to us & sat down at the end of the evening to chat. They also knew Pierre Sparr who brought over wine & chatted with us. So that was really cool!

We're going back to the F&W this year. Not sure if we'll do PFS again or not. It will depend on what other great events they have.

TDC Nala
03-26-2007, 04:04 PM
The food & wine events are usually released for bookings in July. You book them through Disney Dining. They have a specific phone number for festival bookings.

No early bookings or discounts have been available for AP or DVC.

kabuki
03-26-2007, 04:13 PM
MY DH and I did two PFS last year and each was amazing. I still have the "menu books" I can email or list menus for anyone who wants to see that hasn't been. You can get a good idea of the food and wine they serve.

madcoco
03-26-2007, 05:08 PM
Wow. It's not even summer yet and we're talking F&W Festival.:thumbsup2

The food is not equivalent to the mass produced items that are served at the kiosks outside. The chefs are present and they cook and assemble their dishes at their tables.

Due to the quality of the food, I believe the price is worth it even if you don't drink wine. Agree. After going solo DW who drinks wine rarely and would rather have an Ice Tea decided to join me and she ended up enjoying it very much even though she didn't have a drop of wine. Great event to mingle and enjoy others company.
While other events sell out real early, have never had a problem getting a ticket to one of the parties a few days before. Just don't wait until the last minute if you want to attend. Things may change with how popular the F&W festival has become. Who could have guessed from the very first F&W event at Disney, that it would have grown into a 45 day "attraction" Have fun.pirate:

Leota
03-27-2007, 09:35 AM
We have gone 2 years in a row and plan to make it an "annual" event for us! The first year, DH was skeptical...but we were really blown away by the food selections and yummy wine. I LOVE my souvenir glass and drink wine out of it often...makes me smile(the glass, not the wine. Well, ok, the wine makes me smile, too!):goodvibes



I love my PftS wine glass. I use it almost every night & it makes me smile too. :goodvibes

DH & I also have decided that this is a must do yearly event.

christinou
03-27-2007, 10:22 AM
We went in 2005 for the first time, and loved it. The food was outstanding, and the wine very interesting, they also had beer, champagne and I believe some bourbon and cognac. The food ranged from cheese to scallops to foie gras, it was very varied in terms of preparation and ingredients. We would love to go again, but can't seem to fit in our schedule.

gismo1554
03-27-2007, 10:34 AM
I've been for the last 2 years and although I loved 2005s last year wasn't as good I thought.

The food selections are only good if you like a lot of different things for example I can't eat fish and this year alot of the food was fish or seafood. The food portions however are nice as it gives you enough just to sample it all.

Drink wise I actually think if you aren't drinking alcohol you loose out. There aren't that many choices for soft drink just coffee and water from what I could find last year. However if its just wine you don't like they had a good range of beers and they had Remy Martin whiskey (also had some flavoured vodkas last year as well which were nice).

I found last year that there wasn't as many free things (although the Tony's Town Square stand had dog bowls and goblets which I did manage to wangle off one of the nice chefs). The first year there were loads of free little things like vineyard wine keys, glasses, wine tasting books etc.

I don't think I would say that last years was worth the money. The year befores was reasonable but last years was a little disappointing as alot of the things were the same but this was more a personal thing. The Cirque De Solie things were nice too.

Anyway that's my opinions.

wildernesslodgelover
03-28-2007, 08:53 AM
I love my PftS wine glass. I use it almost every night & it makes me smile too. :goodvibes

DH & I also have decided that this is a must do yearly event.

We have a pair of glasses from 2005, and also 2006.

Well, I knocked one of my 2005 glasses over and BROKE IT! I was devastated! My DH actually ran into the kitchen and wrapped his arms around me cuz he knew I needed consoling.

We had a good laugh, because I told him, if *HE* had broken it...he would have been in BIG TROUBLE!:sad2:

We are considering doing either the Sept 29 or Oct 27 PftS. Let me know if you go to either of those, we will raise a glass and toast the DISboards!

Brer Brett
03-28-2007, 09:13 AM
Switching gears - or at least, switching to beers!, does anyone know the scoop on something I've only heard about once known as the "Beers Around The World" - where you get a beer from every country around world showcase?

I've been to Epcot numerous times, but I've never heard of this before yesterday when I was reading another forum and someone mentioned it. If this does exist, is it only during a certain time of year or is it available whenever?

Still want to experience the vino festival but I never manage to get to the world in the fall.

6 weeks and 5 days till I'm in the world!!

budbeerlady
03-28-2007, 09:43 AM
MY DH and I did two PFS last year and each was amazing. I still have the "menu books" I can email or list menus for anyone who wants to see that hasn't been. You can get a good idea of the food and wine they serve.

Oh, could you please list or pm me for my email. Dh is on the fence about this one. I want to really do it for our adult night out for our October vacation. (Good thing DD loves the neverland club and begs to go, makes me feel less guilty about wanting adult time on a family vacation! :banana: )

shovan
03-28-2007, 10:58 AM
We have a pair of glasses from 2005, and also 2006.

Well, I knocked one of my 2005 glasses over and BROKE IT! I was devastated! My DH actually ran into the kitchen and wrapped his arms around me cuz he knew I needed consoling.

We had a good laugh, because I told him, if *HE* had broken it...he would have been in BIG TROUBLE!:sad2:

We are considering doing either the Sept 29 or Oct 27 PftS. Let me know if you go to either of those, we will raise a glass and toast the DISboards!

So sorry about your glass! I know I would be very upset if we broke one! Especially if DH did it!;)

I don't think you'll break your '06 glasses those are that new Tritan glass, almost indestructible!

MikMin6554
03-28-2007, 10:58 AM
MY DH and I did two PFS last year and each was amazing. I still have the "menu books" I can email or list menus for anyone who wants to see that hasn't been. You can get a good idea of the food and wine they serve.

Hi kabuki
I would love to see the menu books you have. If you could pm or e-mail them to me it would be greatly appreciated:thumbsup2

wildernesslodgelover
03-28-2007, 11:12 AM
So sorry about your glass! I know I would be very upset if we broke one! Especially if DH did it!;)

I don't think you'll break your '06 glasses those are that new Tritan glass, almost indestructible!

Really? Are you serious???? That makes me very happy, thanks for letting me know. I will use my 2006 glasses more often and save my lone 2005 glass for decoration or special occasions!

kabuki
03-28-2007, 11:51 AM
Switching gears - or at least, switching to beers!, does anyone know the scoop on something I've only heard about once known as the "Beers Around The World" - where you get a beer from every country around world showcase?

I've been to Epcot numerous times, but I've never heard of this before yesterday when I was reading another forum and someone mentioned it. If this does exist, is it only during a certain time of year or is it available whenever?

Still want to experience the vino festival but I never manage to get to the world in the fall.

6 weeks and 5 days till I'm in the world!!



Hi Brer Brett!
The beers around the world are at the food booths. Most of the booths have a beer selection from that country. They also have an International Beers of the World seminars daily, They also have German Keg tapping ceremony every day on the weekend.

Leota
03-28-2007, 12:02 PM
We have a pair of glasses from 2005, and also 2006.

Well, I knocked one of my 2005 glasses over and BROKE IT! I was devastated! My DH actually ran into the kitchen and wrapped his arms around me cuz he knew I needed consoling.

We had a good laugh, because I told him, if *HE* had broken it...he would have been in BIG TROUBLE!:sad2:

We are considering doing either the Sept 29 or Oct 27 PftS. Let me know if you go to either of those, we will raise a glass and toast the DISboards!


Argh! Can't you make it Oct. 20th??? That's the only one we'll be there for this year. I would love to meet you & raise a glass with you!

If not at PftS, maybe other dates will coincide & we can toast in WS somewhere.....

I'd be heartsick if my precious PftS wineglasses broke.... :sad1:

wildernesslodgelover
03-28-2007, 02:21 PM
It is a possibility, Leota! I will let you know. Problem is, DD has a day off of school Fri Oct 26 so we are trying to build a trip around that.....

We'll "get it togther" eventually...if not at F&W this trip then perhaps a cocktail at blue zoo on another trip?????:thumbsup2

MikMin6554
05-21-2007, 01:50 PM
:sad1:
I just checked the dates for this year and I will miss it by 1 day in either direction.
We will be there 10-29 to 11-03 the party is on the 28th and the 4th.
:sad2:

Oops thought the dates on WDWInfo were for 2007 not 2006.