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Old 10-01-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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Just wanted to share my experience at the festival this past Saturday. We arrived around 11:15am and parked at the Main Entrance. The Yacht and Beach clubs were on tight security as well as the Boardwalk so our plan to enter through the international gateway was foiled. parking wasn't too bad. We parked in the Discovery lot and walked to the entrance instead if taking the tram. We made a right at the entrance to world showcase and headed in the direction of Canada. Despite being the first Saturday of the festival, the lines were not long at all! The park was also not as crowded as we had anticipated. I had my gift card from last year that I keep on a lanyard and reloaded it with money to use at the kiosks. Overall I spent around $60. Here is what I had. If anyone has any questions just let me know!!

BELGIUM
Steamed Mussels in Hoegaarden Beer Broth and Baguette
Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream

CANADA
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup

CHEESE
Cheese Fondue with Sourdough Bread

DESSERTS & CHAMPAGNE
Dessert Trio:
Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange Cake, Raspberries and Pomegranate
Lemon Custard Verrine with Blueberry Compote
Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chili and Salted Caramel
Nesquik Frozen Strawberry Foam

GERMANY:
Apple Strudel with Karamel-Vanilla Sauce

GREECE
Greek Salad with Pita Bread
Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki
Spanakopita

HOPS & BARLEY
Linda Bean's® Lobster Claw Cuddler® Chilled with Herb Mayonnaise
Linda Bean's® Perfect Maine Lobster Roll®
Linda Bean's® Maine Home Style Clam Chowder
Pumpkin Mousse with Craisins and Orange Sauce

ITALY
Ravioli di Formaggio All'emiliana (Baked Cheese Ravioli, Creamy Beef Bolognese, Parmesan, Mozzarella)

MOROCCO
Baklava

POLAND
Kielbasa & Potato Pierogie with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
Zapiekanki-Toasted Mushroom, Caramelized Onion and Cheese Bread with House Made Ketchup
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:28 PM   #2
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Just wanted to share my experience at the festival this past Saturday. We arrived around 11:15am and parked at the Main Entrance. The Yacht and Beach clubs were on tight security as well as the Boardwalk so our plan to enter through the international gateway was foiled.
I was just wondering what you meant by that. Did they ask for your room key if entering at the IG? Or was it the parking that was the security issue?
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #3
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Oh, and I forgot to ask how the size of the pumpkin mousse was? Last year it was so tiny and I really liked it, so I got a second one. Is it any larger this year?
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:35 PM   #4
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What is a lobster claw cuddler?
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:58 PM   #5
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What is a lobster claw cuddler?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/94393434@N00/6197622793/

May I add: MMMMMMMMMM!!

I love lobster so much my husband gets me a whole lobster from the supermarket every week.... And he feels so guilty cooking it although it's pre-cooked, he can't look at it when he cooks it. He feels like it's staring at him, haha

Anyway, this lobster claw is on the top of my list!!
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:11 PM   #6
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May I add: MMMMMMMMMM!!

I love lobster so much my husband gets me a whole lobster from the supermarket every week.... And he feels so guilty cooking it although it's pre-cooked, he can't look at it when he cooks it. He feels like it's staring at him, haha

Anyway, this lobster claw is on the top of my list!!
Oh, ok, I had that last year. I didn't recall it being called a cuddler. Yum! I will be having that on my trip in 18 days! And you are so lucky, I wish my DH would buy me a lobster every week! I love lobster too!
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:15 PM   #7
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May I add: MMMMMMMMMM!!

I love lobster so much my husband gets me a whole lobster from the supermarket every week.... And he feels so guilty cooking it although it's pre-cooked, he can't look at it when he cooks it. He feels like it's staring at him, haha

Anyway, this lobster claw is on the top of my list!!
Every WEEK!? You wanna share your husband? lol... j/k!

DH went to Maine for work this past summer and was able to bring home 3 live lobsters.. it was AWESOME!

The cuddler is fantastic & so is the roll... love them both and can't wait to have them on Friday!

To the OP, how was the Nesquick foam? I want to get this for DD... hoping she likes it.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/94393434@N00/6197622793/

May I add: MMMMMMMMMM!!

I love lobster so much my husband gets me a whole lobster from the supermarket every week.... And he feels so guilty cooking it although it's pre-cooked, he can't look at it when he cooks it. He feels like it's staring at him, haha

Anyway, this lobster claw is on the top of my list!!
Silly question (I have never had lobster, its not really a big thing here) but how do you eat something like that?
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Perhaps a crazy question but, is the lobster roll served cold/chilled or warm?
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:34 PM   #10
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Want to make sure I answer everyone:

Parking was the actual issue. My father told the security guard that he was going to ESPN and the guard told him that he only had three hours. They had a security guard monitoring the parking across the street behind the Hess station.

The lobster roll was chilled. It was amazing!!! My niece went back for seconds!

The cuddler was just ok. It didn't have much taste.

The pumpkin mousse was small, however we felt it was the perfect size to allow us not to over indulge! It was delicious! The size actually didn't bother us. My sister and I shared it.

The nesquick foam wasn't so great. It tasted watered down. I was disappointed.
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That is not good news for DH about the three hour parking. He always has two friends who live in the area drive over on Sunday and meet him at ESPN Zone. They stay there watching football allll dayyy, from like 11 am to 6 pm, if not longer. Not sure how that is going to work if they are only going to be allowed to park for three hours.
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That is not good news for DH about the three hour parking. He always has two friends who live in the area drive over on Sunday and meet him at ESPN Zone. They stay there watching football allll dayyy, from like 11 am to 6 pm, if not longer. Not sure how that is going to work if they are only going to be allowed to park for three hours.

I wonder if we could valet park at the Swan or Dolphin and walk or take the boat over?
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That is not good news for DH about the three hour parking. He always has two friends who live in the area drive over on Sunday and meet him at ESPN Zone. They stay there watching football allll dayyy, from like 11 am to 6 pm, if not longer. Not sure how that is going to work if they are only going to be allowed to park for three hours.
They can pay for valet parking or park in the DHS lot and take the Friendship boat or walk to the Boardwalk.

I'm also glad they are restricting the parking lots at the Epcot resorts.
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So if people use valet parking at Boardwalk they can park longer than three hours? I mean, DH's friends aren't trying to get free parking to go to one of the parks. They would be Boardwalk resort guests in that they are paying customers at a restaurant at the resort. ESPN Zone should validate parking for their customers so they can show the parking attendants that they really were there eating/watching football for x amount of hours, and not getting free parking for the food and wine festival. Just curious, how does Disney even enforce the parking? If the resort says, ok you are dining at ESPN Zone so you can park for three hours max, what happens if they didn't go back in three hours? Do they get towed? How much grace period do they get, assuming there is one? 15 minutes? It's sad because as far as I know, it's never been an issue any other year. DH's friends have always just explained they were going to ESPN Zone and have stayed there all day watching football and eating and drinking. Have never heard them say they got in trouble for parking there too many hours. Guess I will suggest Downtown Disney parking and taking the bus to Boardwalk from there.
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That is not good news for DH about the three hour parking. He always has two friends who live in the area drive over on Sunday and meet him at ESPN Zone. They stay there watching football allll dayyy, from like 11 am to 6 pm, if not longer. Not sure how that is going to work if they are only going to be allowed to park for three hours.
Park downtown Disney and hop the bus over .
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