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Old 02-21-2013, 05:17 PM   #76
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I just found out that the F&W festival will be going on while I am at Disney for the Tower of Terror 10 miler!
Anyone have any tips/advice for combining both of these events in one long weekend trip?
With the TOT 10 miler at HS, plus now knowing about this at Epcot, I would REALLY like to stay at one of the Epcot resorts---but I'm leaning towards POFQ. It will be like 1/2 the price and it's one of the host resorts for the race.

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Old 02-21-2013, 07:41 PM   #77
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Going Oct 10-13 staying at the BW Was excited until reading this thread about the weekend crowds and I picked Columbus Day weekend too.

No really, thanks for the info, It will be fun and if the crowds are really bad I'll just come back next year and plan it a little better.

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Old 02-21-2013, 10:30 PM   #78
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F & W is my main motivation these days!

We are going to be there from Oct 30 - Nov 10, first at AoA and then a move to YC to be even closer to all that great food/ wine. Caramel Flan from Mexico, Cheddar Soup from Canada , Argentina, South Korea, Hawaii ....can't wait. On these ridiculously cold days in Pennsylvania, just the thought of a warm sunny day with a glass of wine on a bench in France.....heaven!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:39 PM   #79
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We did Epcot on Columbus Day last year and crowds were very light. We did Food and Wine for lunch and had no waits at the booths.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:58 AM   #80
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My mom and I will be there 10/3-10/7 for a long weekend. I'll be celebrating my 21st birthday! It'll be our first Food and Wine Festival. Can't wait!!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:00 AM   #81
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We are staying at BCV from 10/31 to 11/10. Favorite time of year to go!

The "greeting center" is where they hold some cooking demonstrations, sell cook books with some book signings and sell festival merchandise plus a huge assortment of wines for sale.

For any first timers, avoid the F&W on the weekends. It is packed. Concerts are great, love eating and drinking around the world! As pp, don't miss the lobster pie in Ireland! Fantastic.

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Old 02-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #82
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First time FW question:

Family of me, wife, ds (18mo) and dd (4y)

Best time to visit? First week of Nov to double dip Christmas decorations (will that even be likely?) ... or...sometime in October to increase probability of swimming weather since kiddos love the pools?

Or some other advice?

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Old 02-22-2013, 01:43 PM   #83
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We are staying at AKL Oct 27-31 woo hoo! So I have a question and a funny story...

Question first. Last year we were at the F&W fest on a Monday to avoid the crowds. In your past experience is a Sunday a bad day to go? I am starting to plan out my days and the touring plan site says Sunday isn't going to be a busy day. However I think they only account for the ride lines and not F&W.

Funny story. I think having a F&W day without kids would be a blast (with kids is fun too ), however just a friendly reminder for those adults going alone to remember that kids from other families are still there. Last Oct we enjoyed the F&W fest with our boys ages 12 and 8 at the time. On the bus ride back to the AKL there was this couple in their 40s having a total makeout session standing up in the middle of the bus! This was def PG-13 and was racing to rated R status. The "gentlemen" had his hands pulling up the "lady's" shirt and everything. After the Kidani stop seats opened up and so the drunken couple went and sat down next to my 12 year old! At this point I was a highly annoyed and that was the final straw. I said (loud enough for the other riders to hear apparently) "oh NO WAY... c'mon Tyler" and proceeded to take my son by the hand and move him which elicited an eruption of laughter, clapping, and comments from the other guests. They had of course witnessed the entire makeout session as well. Tyler had apparently missed the whole thing (you know that after park zombie state the kids get) and was puzzled why I pulled him from his cozy seat. Let us all partake of the F&W delights.....but in enough moderation as not not offend others enjoying the parks as a family.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:53 PM   #84
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:47 PM   #85
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We are heading down there from Nov 10th to the 18th for our honeymoon. I was so excited to see that we will be there for the last day . We have gone 2 times before and can not wait to go back. Luckily we get in early and are staying at the BC so we are just going to drop our bags off and eat around the world (first stop Canada )
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:18 PM   #86
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We are staying at AKL Oct 27-31 woo hoo! So I have a question and a funny story...

Question first. Last year we were at the F&W fest on a Monday to avoid the crowds. In your past experience is a Sunday a bad day to go? I am starting to plan out my days and the touring plan site says Sunday isn't going to be a busy day. However I think they only account for the ride lines and not F&W.
Sunday is packed with locals, especially from mid afternoon. I'd suggest during the week.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #87
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Sunday is packed with locals, especially from mid afternoon. I'd suggest during the week.
^ last year me & my sister went Sunday twice & never ran into a crowd. Of course it was right at the beginning. The best day I found was Wednesday or Tuesday. No lines & the tables always available..don't try Friday nights or Saturday it gets crazy crowded there.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:44 AM   #88
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We are taking a girls weekend Oct 4-6! This will be our first time at Food and Wine...sooo excited!

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Old 02-24-2013, 09:45 AM   #89
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We are going from Oct 11th to Oct 18th - staying offsite/timeshare

We go every other year and found that the most crowded time is Friday and Saturday later afternoon/evening. While certainly more crowded than a Tuesday or Wed, if you go earlish on Fri/Sat/Sunday you will be ok for the most part
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:34 AM   #90
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We've been there almost every year for the past few years, and it seems like it's gotten more and more crowded every year. By far, the weekends are the worst, with the majority of crowds being there on Friday night, and Saturday afternoon/night. Mornings and Sundays are going to be your best bet for sure, along with anytime during the week.

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