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Old 10-15-2012, 12:32 PM   #1696
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And it is my lucky day. Went to Chase Lounge to get a firework wristband and since I had a Disney Visa a rep gave me a free ticket to one beverage and one culinary seminar today. .
How nice! Enjoy.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:37 PM   #1697
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We returned last night from our 14th trip to the F&W Festival. We both felt that the crowds were much heavier all week. We normally try to stay out of the WS area on the weekends, but did scoot in last Sunday to grab a few favorites from Greece, Canada and Ireland. I am happy we had not intended to stay in there longer than that. It was wall-to-wall (not totally unexpected).

However, the rest of the week we found to also be pretty crowded unless we got there at 11:00 and got out around 1:30-2:00. That was a big change from years past.

As for the over drinking that has been reported: Yes, it was there. But it was also there at the resorts. So I think it is not an issue of the F&W Festival but possibly a change in people's drinking habits. Or, just possibly, all the heavy drinkers in the world showed up at WDW last week.
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I am moving my trip to a later in Oct next year. I think the holiday weekend had a big increase in crowds. I know several school districts in GA and TN were off all or part of last week
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:38 PM   #1699
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And it is my lucky day. Went to Chase Lounge to get a firework wristband and since I had a Disney Visa a rep gave me a free ticket to one beverage and one culinary seminar today. .
oooh, lucky!! what a great surprise! i hope i have the same luck!
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:40 PM   #1700
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I am moving my trip to a later in Oct next year. I think the holiday weekend had a big increase in crowds. I know several school districts in GA and TN were off all or part of last week
We have decided to go later next year also.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:54 PM   #1701
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We have decided to go later next year also.
we decided the same...so looks like the later part is now going to get crowded too! For us it was the heat...we figure we'll have a better chance of it being cooler towards the end of October rather than the very beginning...although the last few years during the same week it was not as hot and humid as it was this year. We didn't have too many crowd issues but we took the festival nice and slow, breaking it up into lunch & dinner time over several days so we didn't have to rush.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:00 PM   #1702
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:13 PM   #1703
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:28 AM   #1704
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We took our 5 kids to the festival this past Friday. We had fun! Everything we sampled was good. I will say, though, that it is not cheap to eat your way around the world! We spent over $150 that night. I took tons of pics. Check it out. http://thefloridafamily.com/2012/10/...l-2012-review/
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:08 PM   #1706
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Rumor has it some VIPs were being filmed last nt at WS and during AirSupplyShow
If anyone was there please post up pix It's important. Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:57 PM   #1707
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Swan and Dolphin event

Did anyone attend any of the Food & Wine events at the Swan & Dolphin Oct 12th and 13th?? Looked interesting but we had to go home the 11th.

We thoght the kiosk offerings were better this year!!!
Loved Canada (so glad they got rid of that stinky salmon),New Zealand, Belgum, Italy, France, and the second flight of beers in Germany was our absolute favorite!!!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #1708
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OMG!!! We are going later next year too!!! But this was very early for us... Oct 1-10... we have been the first week in November and I believe that New Jersey has a school holiday that week very CROWDED then also!!! . Last year we went during Halloween, not too bad and lots of fun at Downtown Disney.
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We will be there today!!!!!!
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