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Old 06-13-2012, 12:24 AM   #121
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Glad to see you around Lulubelle! it's been a while! We're going earlier in the month, I hope you have a great time! We'll be there from the 12-17th and if our waitlist comes through the 18th.
Hello Alison! I really hope the third time is the charm for you too. I remember your trays well and they were a big hit, envied by many. Do you think we will be getting the F&W back in DCA for 2013? If so, it's time to start thinking about reserving a villa at DCA. I actually may reserve April 26-28 just in case it comes though. Long enough after Spring Break to thin the crowds a bit. In the meantime, Florida's offerings will have to tide us over. HA! And very intrigued by the 5 sample kiosks for a set price. That would be uber fun and save time in lines if the price is right. I look forward to getting more detials on that one. And the regional french lunch will be a must if it's on the right day.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:09 AM   #122
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Hope the Unibroue cart at Canada returns as an oasis in a Disney beer wasteland (hey this is pretty poetic for me...must be second Heady Topper I'm on right now...only the beer guy would have made the 550 mile round trip drive to Vermont last Friday to buy a couple of cases).
I was disappointed to find out the cart wasn't a year-round addition. I was a regular at the cart last year during my F&W visit. It didn't seem too popular when I was there but others must have been hitting it, as the Ephemere keg was kicked by my Dad and I during our 2nd day (we didn't drink that much on our own!)

I too hope the cart was popular enough to make a return
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:33 AM   #123
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Hope the Unibroue cart at Canada returns as an oasis in a Disney beer wasteland (hey this is pretty poetic for me...must be second Heady Topper I'm on right now...only the beer guy would have made the 550 mile round trip drive to Vermont last Friday to buy a couple of cases).
I want it back too...it's too difficult to get a reservation at Le Cellier just to get a beer.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:53 AM   #124
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So excited for F&W!! My boyfriend and I will be going to WDW 10/3-10/9. I have F&W planned for Friday and Sunday.

I highly recommend the PFTS ...its amazing! Unfortunately, we can't afford it this year. We have 6 weddings to attend before our Disney trip so all our extra spending cash is going towards wedding gifts, plus we wanted to check out MNSSHP & HHN @ Universal.

In regards to seating for PFTS, I had done my research and arrived at the gates to the event about 30 minutes before the party started. It is a mad dash to find seating. We met another couple and sat with them the entire evening. It was a ton of fun, the Cirque de Soleil show was really cool and the food was delish!

We only did one culinary demo, and hopefully we can do more this year if I can fit them into our schedule. I had no idea you could reserve them in advance. I thought it was first come first serve once you were in the festival tent. Maybe I will be lucky to attend a demo by one of my fav Food Network personalities. Looking forward to hearing more!
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:54 AM   #125
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Found this on Facebook (Epcot Food & Wine Fans page) Not sure what to think

"Party for the Senses will have THREE separate ticket levels this year: expensive, more expensive, and MOST expensive! MUCH more to come..."

I was planning to go IF I could get the WineVue lounge. (See the report above about "RUNNING" for the table. Last time I went it was the "attack of the rude" They staked out ALL the tables and REFUSED to allow "strangers" at thier "tables" Even the Disney CMs said "this is the rudest crowd ever") But... there is a price limit.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:55 AM   #126
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Found this on Facebook (Epcot Food & Wine Fans page) Not sure what to think

"Party for the Senses will have THREE separate ticket levels this year: expensive, more expensive, and MOST expensive! MUCH more to come..."

I was planning to go IF I could get the WineVue lounge. (See the report above about "RUNNING" for the table. Last time I went it was the "attack of the rude" They staked out ALL the tables and REFUSED to allow "strangers" at thier "tables" Even the Disney CMs said "this is the rudest crowd ever") But... there is a price limit.
This is one of the reasons I can't wait to check out the Swan/Dolphin Classic. I've heard from others that it's a great alternative to PFTS. I'm sure as the Swolphin event gets more popular over the years that it will also morph into a mess though
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:08 PM   #127
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I don't know what to make of the three levels. I will have to see if all the food is available to all the levels. If it just has to do with seating or beverages I will stay at the lowest price level. I have done it before without worrying about a table at all, or just using the tall standing tables, and I don't mind that.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:57 PM   #128
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I don't know what to make of the three levels. I will have to see if all the food is available to all the levels. If it just has to do with seating or beverages I will stay at the lowest price level. I have done it before without worrying about a table at all, or just using the tall standing tables, and I don't mind that.
The rude year you weren't allowed to use the 'standing tables' either.. Seriously, if you didn't get there at opening, scope a table and make sure it was NEVER unattended you were not allowed to use tables. I was solo and went up to two standing tables only to be told "WE ARE USING THIS TABLE" (and there were one or two people standing at them.. but NO it was thier private table LOL! They were also apparently stockpiling food that they liked that they were afraid might run out One table had about 10 plates of ONE dish on it because "my husband really likes this" HUH??) A Disney CM actually started walking around to the standing tables and telling the table hogs the rules LOL! And some of them gave him a really hard time.


As a solo person I was out of luck for the most part and decided to take a few years off. I have never heard of another party quite like that one (other reviews on boards said it was a strange party too.. appeared to be lots of large local groups there that night)
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:02 PM   #129
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A few years ago WDW gave out a lot of comps to PFTS, to convention groups or as "dreams" during that Year of a Million Dreams thing. That was the year they had whole families sitting on the floor. Lots and lots of very young children.

I think it's better now, but I'm not really concerned with whether I get a seat or not. My usual procedure at this point is to walk in AFTER the running of the bulls, and start with desserts.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:48 PM   #130
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Has anyone tried the "3D" Disney Dessert Discovery? I had read a bit about it and thought it would be something different to try. Is it different from the one you are talking about?

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/1...ert-discovery/
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:05 AM   #131
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This is one of the reasons I can't wait to check out the Swan/Dolphin Classic. I've heard from others that it's a great alternative to PFTS. I'm sure as the Swolphin event gets more popular over the years that it will also morph into a mess though
The Swan/Dolphin Classic is excellent. We went down to FL the first year on a whim just based on the early reviews we heard on the podcast, and it indeed turned out to be terrific. Last year we were there it began pouring down rain part of the way through, and we still had a good time. Unfortunately we won't be able to attend this year but hope to make it back next year.

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:33 AM   #132
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Is the Florida booth really new? I thought they've had Florida booths before? I'm really excited for the vegan one though, and think it's great that Disney is adding more special diet options.
This is FANTASTIC news!!!! I'm sure it's not that big of a deal to most people, but it's hard to find even food without meat at F&W and I'm SO excited they are adding a vegan booth!!!

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We picked up one of the booklets last year. The Festival Welcome Center and most of the Festival Marketplace Booths have them. They're just a free collectible "passport" that lists all the booths in the Festival Marketplace and the items they sell. The booths you visit will stamp your passport and you can check off the menu items you tasted. It's a cute little keepsake.
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Has anyone tried the "3D" Disney Dessert Discovery? I had read a bit about it and thought it would be something different to try. Is it different from the one you are talking about?

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/1...ert-discovery/

I've done that twice now. It is a lot of dessert. Last year they did have a cheese station to help balance out the amount of sweetness there. I would also not advise eating a full dinner before hand. It is a nice event but the menus for the past 2 years have been similar for some of the main draws.
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Third year in a row for us at F&W! Looking forward to seeing the culinary demonstration schedule.
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http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/1...ert-discovery/
Yes, I tried it last year and it was enjoyable but I filled up fast! It's a lot of sugar. There were some fresh fruit options and many "spirits" to choose from. I paid extra for the "sweet seats" which got you into the event 15 minutes early and guaranteed a table for you. It's typically held on Friday nights and Epcot is packed (at least on the night I went). I don't know if I'll do it again this year. Another nice addition is there is a reserved area for Illuminations for people who attend the event.

If you do decide to go, don't miss the flambeed doughnuts! They were just out of this world!
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