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Old 08-24-2012, 07:21 AM   #1336
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Can the gift cards be reloaded at the booths?
Yes. Also the gift shops and Guest Services. Pretty much anywhere you can do a transaction, you can load a gift card.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:30 AM   #1337
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Can the gift cards be reloaded at the booths?
Although the gift cards can be reloaded at the booths, we have met with some resistance depending on the CM and depending on how busy they are when you attempt the transaction. We have been told in the past by CMs at the booths that a) they didn't have the right kind of cash register/equipment to complete the reloading and/or b) they simply did not know how to reload the cards.

Given that it can be a bit hit or miss at the booths (especially when there is also a language barrier), we have found that the most helpful CMs, who are more than happy to reload your gift card, are in the Festival Welcome Center (former WoL pavilion). We have never had a problem there or, for that matter, at Guest Services or any one of the festival merchandise stores.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:17 AM   #1338
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I have tried it at a booth only once and they weren't busy, and it was done. But I do hear that sometimes the CMs at the booths will refuse.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:23 PM   #1339
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Although the gift cards can be reloaded at the booths, we have met with some resistance depending on the CM and depending on how busy they are when you attempt the transaction. We have been told in the past by CMs at the booths that a) they didn't have the right kind of cash register/equipment to complete the reloading and/or b) they simply did not know how to reload the cards.

Given that it can be a bit hit or miss at the booths (especially when there is also a language barrier), we have found that the most helpful CMs, who are more than happy to reload your gift card, are in the Festival Welcome Center (former WoL pavilion). We have never had a problem there or, for that matter, at Guest Services or any one of the festival merchandise stores.
Keep in mind most of these kiosks seem to be staffed by temp cast members who seem to receive MINIMAL training. Asking them to do something like this is probably going to drive you, them and everyone behind you crazy LOL! But if you enjoy standing in the heat dealing with "Let's try this" while folks behind you mutter go for it
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:00 PM   #1340
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Oct 20 PFTS - only general admission available at the moment. The other options all went on Aug 14 (that was fast!)
All the PFTS only have general admission now!
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:34 PM   #1341
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I couldn't get what I wanted for Oct 20, my IPO folk at the Boardwalk weren't quick enough. Have got general admission, so I think we might saunter in a bit late to avoid the mad dash.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:41 PM   #1342
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Can food items order from the festival booths be special ordered, such as "hold the sauce please"?

Are the regular Epcot food and alcohol stands open during the festival?

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Old 08-25-2012, 11:19 PM   #1343
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Can food items order from the festival booths be special ordered, such as "hold the sauce please"?

Are the regular Epcot food and alcohol stands open during the festival?

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For the most part, everything is pre-cooked and the items are just plated at the stations. Consequently, something like "hold the sauce" or "extra sauce" is only possible if the sauce is something they're adding when they plate. It also helps if they're not too busy.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:22 PM   #1344
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Can food items order from the festival booths be special ordered, such as "hold the sauce please"?

Are the regular Epcot food and alcohol stands open during the festival?

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And to add to ImprovGirl's answer: Yes, the regular food and alcohol stands remain open during the Festival.
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Does anyone have any experience with the wine bottle packing items -I've seen these advertised, and they are supposed to keep bottles from breaking in a checked bag.
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Does anyone have any experience with the wine bottle packing items -I've seen these advertised, and they are supposed to keep bottles from breaking in a checked bag.
We purchased the bubble-wrap sealable wine bottle packers at the F&W Festival Welcome Center about three years ago and have reused them several times. They work perfectly for checked luggage.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:15 PM   #1347
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Does anyone have any experience with the wine bottle packing items -I've seen these advertised, and they are supposed to keep bottles from breaking in a checked bag.
I bought some wine "diapers" through Amazon. They have a lining in them, so if your bottle does break, it is absorbed into a gel, just like diapers, so it doesn't ruin your other stuff.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:47 PM   #1348
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I have tried it at a booth only once and they weren't busy, and it was done. But I do hear that sometimes the CMs at the booths will refuse.
I have been able to reload my card at the booths, but mostly by full time cast members working there. When I tried to reload at the France kiosk, the cast member working there was one of the International Program cast members. She flat out refused by telling me I couldn't reload my card. Because I knew I could (having done it before), I didn't argue with her or ask her to find someone who could. I went to another kiosk with a regular cast member to do it for me.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:19 PM   #1349
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Just an FYI. I received a call from Disney this morning saying because of extended Epcot hours on October 12th the 3D Dessert Discovery Party will be an hour later.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:07 PM   #1350
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(maybe) current status

I hadn't checked the festival site in a while - here is what's now listed as sold out:
PftS WVL = all dates
PftS reserved = all dates
Chef VIP tours = all dates
Kitchen Memories = 10/26 Robert Irvine, 11/2 Art Smith
Wine School = 9/30 Andrea Robinson
Tequila Lunch = 9/29, 9/30, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 10/27
Signature Dining = 10/1 HBD, 10/4 Raglan Rd, 10/12 Jiko, 10/18 CA Grill, 10/25 HBD, 10/28 V&A, 11/1 Flying Fish
Italian Regional lunch = all dates
Italian wine pairings = all dates
Italian white truffle lunch
3D Dessert sweet seats = all dates
Sweet Sundays = 10/14 Matt Lewis

Also, a few more events were added at some point to the Signature dining section:
10/2 8pm Kouzzina ($170 w/ Cat Cora)
10/4 8pm Kouzzina ($170 w/ Cat Cora)
10/19 12:30pm Citricos ($130)
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