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Old 10-06-2012, 09:26 AM   #1636
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Thanks for all your responses. My DH wants to use KTTW and charge to the room, and I didn't want to be the one slowing the line down to sign. So I wanted to use gift cards, but he'd rather just have the one KTTW and put the GS on our room charges later. I guess it won't matter much.
I like getting our room bill with a "history" of all the kiosk visits we made. And I don't like the gift cards because you either have to keep reloading them or you end up with an odd balance at the end.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:08 PM   #1637
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Does the Festival merchandise go on sale on line on Monday? I think i remember reading this, but I don't know which web site to go to.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:13 PM   #1638
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I like getting our room bill with a "history" of all the kiosk visits we made. And I don't like the gift cards because you either have to keep reloading them or you end up with an odd balance at the end.
DH said the same with the GC balance thing.
I think our "history" could be many pages long this trip!!
We got some GC for gifts this summer, so we have about 5 cards, plus a VISA rewards card, so this way we'll only have to carry around the KTTW card and not try to keep them all straight.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:52 PM   #1639
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I like getting our room bill with a "history" of all the kiosk visits we made. And I don't like the gift cards because you either have to keep reloading them or you end up with an odd balance at the end.
Can you apply that odd balance to your room bill? I was thinking that is how I would use up anything that might be left on the little wrist card.

I do that with Disney VISA rewards. I get the reward dollars transferred to the rewards card, then go to the front desk during our stay and have the whole lot applied to our room charges. That way I don't have to keep track of what's left on the card -- it gets used up all at once. I figured that if I can do that with a rewards card, I could do the same with the little wrist card if I end up with a balance left on the card.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:47 PM   #1640
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Can you apply that odd balance to your room bill? I was thinking that is how I would use up anything that might be left on the little wrist card.

I do that with Disney VISA rewards. I get the reward dollars transferred to the rewards card, then go to the front desk during our stay and have the whole lot applied to our room charges. That way I don't have to keep track of what's left on the card -- it gets used up all at once. I figured that if I can do that with a rewards card, I could do the same with the little wrist card if I end up with a balance left on the card.
We're DVC members so unless we charge to the room there is no room bill. Of course there are other things that we.would charge to the room but I prefer not to make the extra trip to the front desk at the end of the trip.

I'm not dissing the cards, I think they're cute and they are a good way to. Limit your spending if you wild tend to overspend otherwise. They just don't work out for us.

I actually used a gift card today to pay for mini golf. DH was sick yesterday and I wanted to get rid of his ticket for a seminar I found the couple that bought the last ticket ...so they were short a ticket...and offered it to them. They didn't have any cash but said their gift card had ten dollars and change on it, which was close enough for me so we traded.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:45 PM   #1641
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I will be there in 7 days!! We can't wait!

Does anyone know if there are still Tony vinylmations left? How about the makeup bags made from last years signs? I'm really hoping to get one of each

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Old 10-07-2012, 01:37 PM   #1642
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Did anyone attend the PFTS last night? Review, please
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #1643
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I'm guessing the new trays are either somehow "environmentally conscious" or are a reaction to complaints about the difficulty of eating from a plate on the move (they don't provide a lot of tables)

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There were tons of both last weekend, I don't see them selling out.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:17 PM   #1644
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Did anyone attend the PFTS last night? Review, please
We were at PFTS last night. It was busy. It started to pour at about 6:30 when we were checking in. They turned the "lobby" area of MilVil into a waiting area. Reserved and WVL lounge were off to the side and the main seating was in the middle. They let WVL in about 6:40 and reserved seating in shortly after. We were allowed to hit the booths about 6:50 (not sure about the exact time). The main seating was still not allowed in until 7:30. That was really nice. The reserved seating was around the walls of WVL and directly in front of the stage.
There was not alot of open seating. I saw a lot of people standing and eating. There were regular tables for the open seating as well as high tops. I would expect that for future PFTS, they'll put more tables in the "lobby" after they open the seating. The walkway between the reserved seating and the WVL in front of the stage wasn't very large. It was fine as long as there wasn't a Cirque show going on. Once people stopped and watched, it got tight in there.
The food was good. Great variety. A lot of non wine options this year. There were three beer vendors plus two or three liquor options (a margarita and a rum drink.)
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:26 PM   #1645
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Got a call from Disney yesterday confirming my PFTS WVL reservation for next Saturday! They actually called earlier in the day and did not leave a message, but I was suspicious. They called back in the afternoon. They confirmed the check in details, asked about mobility issues, asked if we were attending with anyone else, and whether there were food allergies. They also asked if we are celebrating any special events. It is in fact my birthday so I'm curious...

Thank you to the previous poster about the details from the first PFTS. Good to know that we should probably arrive fairly early for check in.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:21 AM   #1646
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There was not alot of open seating. I saw a lot of people standing and eating. There were regular tables for the open seating as well as high tops. I would expect that for future PFTS, they'll put more tables in the "lobby" after they open the seating.
We also attended this past Saturday and were unable to get reserved seating. We arrived around 6:30, after checking in at the 5:30 show, and watching the show. They did allow us in the lobby area around 6:40 when it began to rain. We were at the front of the lobby area and had no trouble getting a table when they let us in at 7:25. They did add tables in the lobby area after the masses were in. In hindsight, I am glad we did not spend the extra money for the reserved table. When the show was going on you could not move in the area of the stage and that is where the reserved seating was. We just followed the same strategy we always have and had a decent table without spending the extra money. I am sure for some the insurance of a table is comforting, but after discussing it, we will not even attempt to get a reserved table next year and spend the money on other things. Just our opinion.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:52 AM   #1647
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For those of you who were at the PFTS how was the "tempature"? I have two sweaters set out to pack. One long sleeve, one short sleeve... Decisions!

For me, as a solo traveler, I decided that if I couldn't reserve a table I would quit going. I was tired of not having anyplace to eat because of the "reserve my own table" program going on.

I think Disney tried to call me Saturday twice on my WVL seating. No biggie since I am solo.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:28 AM   #1648
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My wife and I just returned from a long weekend (Oct 4 - Oct 7) at the F&W Festival and here are some thoughts for those who are attending events:

- PFTS was delicious and the food and wine variety better than in previous years. WVL area has been re-designed with very elegant and contemporary tables and chairs. Reserved seating took up almost the remainder of the room. General seating was only as you walked in and there was hardly a view of the Cirque performances from that area. Only disappointment was that the engraved WVL wine glasses this year do not include a year -- we always like a keepsake showing the year of the event -- more generic looking.

- Kitchen Memories was well worth the cost. Great chef presentation and excellent food combined with wine pairings that were repeatedly re-filled. No one was thirsty or hungry.

- Cheese seminar was very good; however, it was only paired with two wines (I believe that it was three last year) and the wines were not refilled. We were told to try the wines without the cheeses and then with the cheeses but were warned not to drink too much as that was all the wine we were getting for the four cheese courses. Last year, the wines were re-filled and more plentiful. That seemed a bit stingy for the price.

- Tequila Lunch. We really liked the food and the presentation. It may be a bit awkward and forced to pair tequila with various dishes, but the hosts were gracious and the four course "lunch" was light(er) but worked with the presentation. We still ate at food booths afterwards.

- We both thought that the execution at the food booths was excellent. Ended up eating at about half of the booths over the course of the weekend. Crowds were big but not unmanageable. Extremely hot, so maybe that kept things a bit more quiet on Saturday and Sunday.
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As far as I know there is no passholder preview of the New Fantasyland scheduled for October 8.

The days for the previews are November 3, November 10 and November 11.

The SIGN-UP for the previews on the passholder website takes place October 8.

It is a preview, not a soft opening. The passholders (who must sign up in advance) will be taken in groups on a "tour." They will ride Little Mermaid and it says there will be a tour of Be Our Guest, but not that anyone will actually be eating there.
I just got an email postponing the sign-up until next week Oct 15th instead of today. Typical Disney system problems I believe.
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I just got an email postponing the sign-up until next week Oct 15th instead of today. Typical Disney system problems I believe.
Yes it has been postponed. I am in WDW next week. Apparently you are required to print the confirmation, so I can't figure out a way to sign up on an Ipad with no immediate access to a printer. From what I can tell, the confirmation is not emailed, it is a webpage that needs to be printed.
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