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Old 09-29-2012, 08:55 PM   #76
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Was in the lounge today. It was nice but very small and it was loud. They let a lot of people in at a time. The soda machine was not working so all they had to drink at the time was lemonade and water.

They had wristbands for both Eat to the Beat and Illuminations. The Illuminations viewing area is at the front of World Showcase between the gift shops. It opens half an hour before the show starts.

Waiting for it to open right now.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:42 PM   #77
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Was in the lounge today. It was nice but very small and it was loud. They let a lot of people in at a time. The soda machine was not working so all they had to drink at the time was lemonade and water.

They had wristbands for both Eat to the Beat and Illuminations. The Illuminations viewing area is at the front of World Showcase between the gift shops. It opens half an hour before the show starts.

Waiting for it to open right now.
Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:44 PM   #78
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Was in the lounge today. It was nice but very small and it was loud. They let a lot of people in at a time. The soda machine was not working so all they had to drink at the time was lemonade and water.

They had wristbands for both Eat to the Beat and Illuminations. The Illuminations viewing area is at the front of World Showcase between the gift shops. It opens half an hour before the show starts.

Waiting for it to open right now.
Yippee! I'm very happy to hear about the wristbands for the IllumiNations viewing area.



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Old 09-30-2012, 12:20 AM   #79
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I am interested in the wristbands too. Can someone let us know where the seats were and if during Illuminations there was enough seating?
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:04 PM   #80
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I am interested in the wristbands too. Can someone let us know where the seats were and if during Illuminations there was enough seating?
It is in the area between the two giftshops at the entrance to Wirld Showcase. There was plenty of room last night. Though there are no actual seats, standing room only.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:20 PM   #81
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You need a Disney Visa card to gain access. I would take the Festival food up there, since there is little seating at F&W.

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As a Disney’s Visa® Cardmember, you’ll receive access to the Chase Lounge during the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase. The Festival runs from September 28 to November 12, 2012.

This private location gives you and your Guests a chance to
rest and relax and enjoy a refreshing beverage during the Festival. Be sure to visit the Lounge to find out about special benefits you can receive throughout the Festival.

Experience a world of fine cuisine at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase.

See the World Showcase transform into a food-lover’s paradise, with over 25 regional marketplaces, offering a sumptuous selection of ethnic and regional dishes. Explore the cuisine, culture and entertainment from more than two-dozen countries and six continents. You may also experience culinary demonstrations, nightly musical
performances and so much more.

To learn more about this year’s Epcot® International
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I got an email inviting us to this and I only have a normal Chase card -- not Disney. I did use said Chase card to book the trip, so perhaps this is why I got the email?
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:24 PM   #82
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Were they handing out wristbands all day or just at certain times? I would love to take advantage. Also did they just ask to see your credit card/debit card? I have been with Chase for 26 years, so hopefully that's all the want to see!
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:35 PM   #83
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Was in the lounge today. It was nice but very small and it was loud. They let a lot of people in at a time. The soda machine was not working so all they had to drink at the time was lemonade and water.

They had wristbands for both Eat to the Beat and Illuminations. The Illuminations viewing area is at the front of World Showcase between the gift shops. It opens half an hour before the show starts.

Waiting for it to open right now.
I was there yesterday too, in the morning......pretty small room....coffee, juice, tea, pastries and fruit were offered.....soda machine not working.

To get in, had to show Chase credit card.

We walked right in, but by the time we left, there was a line to get in. Obviously there is an occupancy limit, because they would only allow people to enter as people left.

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Old 10-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #84
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Was in the lounge today. It was nice but very small and it was loud. They let a lot of people in at a time. The soda machine was not working so all they had to drink at the time was lemonade and water.

They had wristbands for both Eat to the Beat and Illuminations. The Illuminations viewing area is at the front of World Showcase between the gift shops. It opens half an hour before the show starts.

Waiting for it to open right now.
I am interested in the wristbands and will try to arrive early that day. I am sure they will have limited numbers of them to hand out due to space limitations. Sounds like all Chase cards, not just Disney, can get into the lounge, so there could be thousands of invites out there (obviously not all will respond). Plus the guests (up to 9 per cardholder) so bands will go fast.

I will be watching for updates - please post details if you arrive at the lounge and the bands are gone ---- what time?
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:17 PM   #85
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We will be there at the end of Oct and will check it out too.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:30 PM   #86
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For those of you who have actually gone, I have a couple of questions. Where exactly is the lounge located? Does it open at 8 on early morning hours? What is the regular time that it opens? We are coming to WDW next week particularly to see Boyz II Men and I would love to have a guaranteed seat! Tried to buy a dinner package but it was not offered. Thanks for any info. (Well, Boyz II Men is not the only reason!!)
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:45 PM   #87
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Chase is a sponsor for F&W this year. I don't believe they were in prior years.
Chase has set up a lunge like this at the US Open (tennis) over the last two Opens, where they have been a sponsor for years. Similar to what I read here; admission required, capacity controls, comfortable air conditioned place to get out of the weather, light refreshments.
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The lounge is SMALL. There are not a lot of seats. You can stay as long as you want -but there may be a line waiting outside to get in. When I was there, the soda machine worked, but the coffee/hot water machine was broken. There is a small, two or three stall bathroom. Food was not offered with the exception of Werthers hard candies. WiFi worked well.

It is located at the back of the former Wonders pavilion, which is functioning as the Festival center. The entrance is to the right of the culinary demo area, next to the chocolate section.

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Can someone let us know where the seats were and if during Illuminations there was enough seating?
There are no seats for Illuminations, that is a standing area that is roped off.
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I don't get it...

I have no desire to go based on the posts on here and the "preferred viewing" so? I never have that much trouble getting a spot for Illuminations...
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I will go back, they have free Diet Coke.
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