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Old 08-13-2013, 08:37 PM   #1501
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I heard about the Disney Visa discount here before I even got their email! If it wasn't for this thread I wouldn't have gotten the one event I was interested in. So, yes -- immensely helpful!!!!! Thx again.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:38 PM   #1502
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Thanks. I will have everything perfectly clear in my mind and still be completely disoriented when i actually get there. But this is my 4th WDW visit so i'm starting to know my way around.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:02 PM   #1503
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Ditto re: thanks to the thread originator/organizer/F&W fest guru - very helpful The morning dial in was somewhat successful - got some of what we wanted...cast member initially clueless and apologetic - but helpful. I work for a big company and the lack of preparedness doesn't surprise me - feel bad for the phone folks...hope their day wasn't too horrific...

I feel bad for the people answering the phone as well. I'm sure not everybody was kind to them. I even felt like being mean to someone in my frustration, and I'm never mean to people in service jobs (I know what its like).
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:31 PM   #1504
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We're going on the 26th but I booked reserved seating. Just curious if it was sold out by the time you booked, if you checked? Might make me feel better about getting up so early! Thanks!
We have done so many of these things, we have the seating worked out. In addition to attending 3D Dessert party, we also attend the United Way Chef's Gala almost every May. That is extraordinarily like Party for the Senses! If you have never been, and aren't sure about how you'll navigate--reserved seating is the way to go. If they'd had it the first time we went, I would have done the exact same thing. So, I didn't ask about either tier of reserved seating, just booked the event. You'll have a great time! Make sure you get there early. That's one of the biggest advantages of the premium seating!

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:37 PM   #1505
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Now I believe if you go to the PFTS they don't give you the glasses, but they do give you a plate and wine glasses. But I could be mixing up the two.

This is also where those 3-D glasses come into use. But I won't ruin the surprise of what they are for.
Great post!!! This is a very good explanation and preview of events held in the World Showplace. You are also correct about the PTFS. But, if you are a real DIS Geek, you'll keep your 3D glasses in your "Disney Bag" so you always have them with you, even after the PFTS. I have a small collection now, and just keep them in my backpack. They are a lot of fun!
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:42 PM   #1506
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When I called on Aug 9 to book deminars, I had to end the call pretty quickly and did not get a chance to get my confirmation numbers. If I call back now, (well not NOW, but maybe tomorrow) can a CM find them for me based on my name and DVC number? Or can I find them online without the confirmation numbers?
If your email address or phone number you gave the CM during the reservation process is associated with a "My Disney Experience" account, they might just show up there. Mine all did. It would be worth a look. Just go to: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com and login after clicking on the "My Disney Experience" graphic in the upper right hand side of the page.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:21 PM   #1507
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I would love to book something. However, I would want to know what is on the menu. How do you find out what will be served at each event?
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:37 PM   #1508
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Yay!!! Now THAT is more like the customer service we expect from Disney.

We'll see you in the reserved seating on the 26th! I had considered booking Jiko on the 24th, too, but it was so expensive. And we eat there every single trip to WDW. We've done the afternoon safari at AKL several times with the group Jiko dinner afterwards. I'm guessing this Signature dinner might be quite similar? In any case, our plan is to eat our way around the F&W booths on the 24th. Last year I had to cancel our dinner reservations for that Thurs night because we were so stuffed from the festival. Definitely no room for dinner after that so I've learned my lesson in not scheduling dinner on days we are at F&W.
It was definitely good customer service. They didn't argue with me. They knew they had given the wrong info and said they'd cancel the first reservation for general admission with no problem. So I'm happy with the the way things turned out but it would have been better with a little less drama

I would encourage anyone who was given the wrong info to call and speak to someone in guest services and they should do their best to make it right.

Definitely see you on the 26th for reserved seating. This is my second time doing the reserved seating and I really liked having the table.

I have always wanted to do the Jiko signature dinner and it's never lined up with my dates. I've done the Wanyama safari before too which I loved. I'm guessing this will be a little different since that was done family style. I'm sure it will be great whatever they do. And trust me, I won't be eating anything from the booths that day!
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:06 PM   #1509
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It was definitely good customer service. They didn't argue with me. They knew they had given the wrong info and said they'd cancel the first reservation for general admission with no problem. So I'm happy with the the way things turned out but it would have been better with a little less drama

I would encourage anyone who was given the wrong info to call and speak to someone in guest services and they should do their best to make it right.

Definitely see you on the 26th for reserved seating. This is my second time doing the reserved seating and I really liked having the table.

I have always wanted to do the Jiko signature dinner and it's never lined up with my dates. I've done the Wanyama safari before too which I loved. I'm guessing this will be a little different since that was done family style. I'm sure it will be great whatever they do. And trust me, I won't be eating anything from the booths that day!
I'm curious as to what number you used to contact guest services? Was it the dining number or something else? We've talked to the dining supervisors twice today and they couldn't do anything for us.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:25 PM   #1510
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I would love to book something. However, I would want to know what is on the menu. How do you find out what will be served at each event?
You really don't find out until you get to the event

For some of the events that repeat you might get a idea from the posters who goto the first ones.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:11 AM   #1511
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The "pavilion" is where the old Millenium Village use to be. The gateway is right between Canada and England. Not sure if this link will work, but here goes:
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=epcot...&hq=epcot&z=20

The blue roofed arc shaped building is where 3D is held, as well as the Party for the Senses. It looks small from this angle, but its actually pretty big. There is a big wooden gate close to the walkway. That will be closed before the event.

A little before the Sweet Seats are opened, the little door in the gate will open and there will be a flurry of activity. That's when and where you check in if you have reserved seats. Then you walk up the pathway to the entrance of the building.

Inside there they give you the menu and color codes for the tables. You can spot what each table is giving out by matching the color above it to the color in the menu. They also give you a pair of glasses for the "3-D" later.

Now I believe if you go to the PFTS they don't give you the glasses, but they do give you a plate and wine glasses. But I could be mixing up the two.

This all happens in the "holding room" where you wait your turn to be shown to your reserved table. You get about a half hour of free reign in the room, grabbing what ever food you want, before GA is left in. (Which is well worth the extra price.)

The GA people fill up the holding room in the meantime. And then there is a "rope drop" where the curtain seperating the holding room is dropped. That's when the mad rush begins.

I don't care what anyone else says... There is always the initial mad rush of people that come in. Between waiting all that time and the spectre of no where to sit, some people can get pretty animated. Plus there is always someone (or someones) that haven't had a good day and are intent on getting their money's worth.

My wife and I have done GA a couple of times before. And we've always offered our empty seats to anyone who politely asks. One time I spotted line mates that had gotten stuck with one of the bartops. And invited them over to the table as well. It's always turned out well. (So be nice to the people waiting in line with you if you are GA. )

Advice... Go hungry. Don't eat dinner. Eat an early lunch. There is *a lot* of food to have. Mostly desert stuff, but a little bit of real food that could make up a dinner.

When the event is over, they ferry everyone out of the event hall. If it's raining, they usually hand out ponchos. They also usually hand out a goodie bag of chocolates and such.

The event includes a special viewing area for the fireworks. The last two years its been the area between the two Gateway shops near the ferries. Which usually results in really annoying the families that were waiting there hoping the ropes would drop for them.

It doesn't help that half the event goers are half crocked from all the free Scotch and wine that are handed out at the event.

This is also where those 3-D glasses come into use. But I won't ruin the surprise of what they are for.
Thanks for all this great info!

I was told a 7.45pm timeslot, is that the early Sweet Seats time, or do we need to arrive before this?

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I was told a 7.45pm timeslot, is that the early Sweet Seats time, or do we need to arrive before this?

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Again, you're very welcome. I remember the first time we did any of this and we were totally baffled about where things were too. The descriptions on the websites and paperwork make it seem easy to find... But once you are in the thick of it, none of that seems to matter.

Most of the time it is barely controlled chaos right before the event, so asking most Cast Members doesn't really help. Sometimes you get someone who knows what is going on and other times you get someone who thinks they know. And that can ruin a night.

I believe that GA is let in to the main room around 8PM or 8:30. Sweet Seats provides early access. I would say to try and be there between 7:00 and 7:30. Odds are you won't be inside until between 7:30 and 8:00, but you never know what unforeseen problems might occur.

(If you are way too early, start doing some circuits around the Showcase. You will appreciate doing the exercise at around 10:00, when people start rolling out of the hall.)
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I would love to book something. However, I would want to know what is on the menu. How do you find out what will be served at each event?
You have to take a leap of faith. For the $14 deminars, they will give you a general idea of what is being served, but the menus are not set yet. As a pescatarian, I've found the deminar staff to be very accommodating if I let them know the day-of if there are any issues with the menu. I can only assume the more elaborate events are the same (though if you are, for instance, lactose intolerant, I wouldn't book the cheese pairings).
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Yay!!! Now THAT is more like the customer service we expect from Disney.

We'll see you in the reserved seating on the 26th! I had considered booking Jiko on the 24th, too, but it was so expensive. And we eat there every single trip to WDW. We've done the afternoon safari at AKL several times with the group Jiko dinner afterwards. I'm guessing this Signature dinner might be quite similar? In any case, our plan is to eat our way around the F&W booths on the 24th. Last year I had to cancel our dinner reservations for that Thurs night because we were so stuffed from the festival. Definitely no room for dinner after that so I've learned my lesson in not scheduling dinner on days we are at F&W.
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I'm curious as to what number you used to contact guest services? Was it the dining number or something else? We've talked to the dining supervisors twice today and they couldn't do anything for us.
When I called on Monday I had called the dining line and explained the situation and asked for a supervisor. They transferred me to someone in guest services. Then yesterday when I was done booking my event again I asked to be transferred to someone in guest services and the person who booked my event transferred me. So I just called the dining line. But I don't think I was talking to dining supervisors.

You could try calling back dining and tell them you want to speak to someone in guest services. Good luck! I hope you get you situation resolved
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You don't know until you get there.

In the case of the culinary deminars you can usually find the full menu for the day's events posted outside the culinary venue in the Festival Center - but not until the day of the events. Before that, you only see the basic ingredient info that is posted on the schedule. And even then they change it up sometimes. I remember going to a culinary demo not long ago where the posted ingredient was "shrimp," the menu posted outside the venue the day of noted the chef would be making a soup with shrimp, but when we were seated at the event the chef said she had decided to make it vegan just to show that it was easy to make tasty vegan food. (Maybe she really didn't get any shrimp, or she had some bad shrimp, don't know.)

There are a couple of events I've been to (Taste Shake and Indulge like the French, La Hacienda Tequila Lunch) that served the same items at each session, but until the first session (assuming someone reports on the menu) nobody out here knows what the offerings will be.

Party for the Senses and the Regional Lunches will be different at each session. The tastings and pairings used to be that way but I don't do them every year anymore. The Signature events will have a special menu devised by the hosting chef/restaurant.
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