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Old 06-12-2013, 03:48 PM   #181
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PFTS is our FAV thing at the festival!! The last time DH and I went to PFTS was in 2009 prior to the mid-level price that included reserved seats and we did the Wine View Lounge so we'd have a table. Can anyone that's been there more recently tell me what you're getting additionally in the WVL now? Last time we were there it was a cheese display and a premium bar - but after all that wine we weren't really looking for premium cocktails :-) Just trying to figure out whether the additional $100 / pp would be worth it to move up from reserved seating to WVL...
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:49 PM   #182
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I am thinking no special events for us this trip. Being it will be our first time at F&W I do think just trying to squeeze in all the Food Booths on our 3 Epcot days will keep us quite busy.

I hope everyone is able to book what you want on 8/13. Going to be a long 2 months of waiting.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #183
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I'm happy to see that the Grand Mariner tasting is back. I hope its in France and not the Festival Center. We're staying at the Beach Club so that will be much easier to stumble back to the room!
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:10 PM   #184
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PFTS is our FAV thing at the festival!! The last time DH and I went to PFTS was in 2009 prior to the mid-level price that included reserved seats and we did the Wine View Lounge so we'd have a table. Can anyone that's been there more recently tell me what you're getting additionally in the WVL now? Last time we were there it was a cheese display and a premium bar - but after all that wine we weren't really looking for premium cocktails :-) Just trying to figure out whether the additional $100 / pp would be worth it to move up from reserved seating to WVL...
We did WVL the first year they started it and then last year. Last year the bar had a couple wines not out in the regular areas but they were nothing special and a few more cocktail items. You also get a appetizer and they had a dessert that was special to WVL. If your not drinking cocktails, I personally would skip it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:57 AM   #185
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Still patiently waiting to find out the details of our Blissful Bites. The menus should be available sometime, right?
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:19 AM   #186
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Still patiently waiting to find out the details of our Blissful Bites. The menus should be available sometime, right?
Nope!

Generally they give some "vague" details, but you don't get detailed menus in advance.

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Old 06-13-2013, 12:18 PM   #187
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We did WVL the first year they started it and then last year. Last year the bar had a couple wines not out in the regular areas but they were nothing special and a few more cocktail items. You also get a appetizer and they had a dessert that was special to WVL. If your not drinking cocktails, I personally would skip it.
We also figured out we didn't try as many items from the different areas while sitting in the WVL. We were comfortable with the seating and the service so we didn't get up and sample things as much as previous years.

Cheese table, cocktail bar, wines, water, service (dirty plates and flatware removed), WVL wine glasses, goody bag with minor items, dessert. I seem to remember a table of chocolates but can't be positive.

Also, you receive early entrance, about 15 minutes, to try items, with no lines and no stampede.

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Old 06-13-2013, 04:18 PM   #188
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We were going to do 4 of the special events but opted out and decided to do just one. The Marketplace VIP Chef's tour....didn't see it.

No Chef VIP tour, did I miss it and it doesn't get listed here?
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:19 PM   #189
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The list released by the Disney Blog is doubtless not the complete list of events. Will probably have to wait for the complete list to confirm whether or not the Chef's Tour will be returning.
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The list released by the Disney Blog is doubtless not the complete list of events. Will probably have to wait for the complete list to confirm whether or not the Chef's Tour will be returning.
good to know, thanks! will keep watching....
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:10 PM   #191
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First time for Food & Wine

This will be our first time attending F&W. We will be at WDW from Nov 10-15. I know this is the marathon weekend plus Monday is Veteran's Day and these are the last days of F&W. We were planning for Sunday afternoon/evening for F&W. Do you think we can do it all in one day? Should I plan for Monday also? Trying to also pick the best day for MVMCP.

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:40 PM   #192
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This is when we attended last year. When the crowds picked up on Sunday, by about 1 or 2pm,they really picked up!! If you can add a day do it! I was so glad we did most of our booth experimenting on friday am and early pm because the waiting in line really takes a bite out of your day. I also didn't think it would matter so much to me to have a seat or a table while i was eating, but it did. Trying to share a 4 inch plate with DH while having strangers standing at my elbows and back (esp at Ireland!!) was not fun or relaxing! I would suspect Monday crowds may be similar, so 2 days is better than 1. It's also helpful to review menus in advance so you can head to those booths before the crowds roll in.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:51 AM   #193
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I'm happy to see that the Grand Mariner tasting is back. I hope its in France and not the Festival Center. We're staying at the Beach Club so that will be much easier to stumble back to the room!
One of thr best reasons to stay at an Epcot resort!
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:47 AM   #194
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This will be our first time attending F&W. We will be at WDW from Nov 10-15. I know this is the marathon weekend plus Monday is Veteran's Day and these are the last days of F&W. We were planning for Sunday afternoon/evening for F&W. Do you think we can do it all in one day? Should I plan for Monday also? Trying to also pick the best day for MVMCP.

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guess it depends on what you mean by "do it all in one day" ... do you mean try every single booth? Attend a concert? do demonstrations, special meals/events?

I'd say it is hard to do it all in one day no matter the crowds, but given that there likely will be solid crowds I think it will be hard - and if you try to do a lot with the crowds it might not be as enjoyable.

If you can add Monday - maybe even just the afternoon of Monday and do another park in the morning if you don't have time for another full day at EPCOT you will be better off
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This will be our first time at F&W. I have a question about Canada. If they have the cheese soup, does it include any pretzel bread? If not, is there anywhere to get some without making a reservation for Le Cellier?
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