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Old 09-03-2013, 11:37 AM   #1711
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:39 AM   #1712
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The Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pockets are different. They are not sloppy. Even if you are not a fan of the dish, try the pocket. I agree with ryansstitch, it's very tasty.
Thanks so much for this info! I was looking forward to trying this but my friend ordered the sloppy spinach and paneer dish the other day when we were out at dinner, and after seeing it, I was having second thoughts. Good to know its tasty!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #1713
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We have been to F&W several times and love seeing all the Eat to the Beat shows but never really taken adv. of all the foods. We have stopped at maybe 3 food areas in past yrs.

Well that is about to change Here is our deal...we have our fav WDW restaurants that we are going to be eating at, and leaving at least 2 days open for F&W eats. Give me any and all advice for pacing oneself, so we can try all those places. There will be 3 of us, so we can get 2 or 3 diff. items and share at each place. Some, no matter what dont appeal to any of us, so maybe 2 places we will skip.
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I don't know jimmytammy's situation, but we plan trips for a particular time of year crowd-wise, and to coincide with work, etc. We don't specifically plan to go BECAUSE OF any particular event. And the first time we were there during F&W, our kids were very young and made spending much time at booths a little difficult.

All that said, we've been in WDW during MNSSHP, MVMCP, F&W, F&G, SWW... what else? For each of those trips we've taken advantage of some of the special fare - but not all. It's not THE reason we're vacationing at WDW.

This year will be the first time we've booked a F&W event ahead, and have a specific game plan to "attack" those booths. Looking forward to it!
We (DH & I) do go to Disney a lot of the time because of special events. Our annual Oct. trip is our F&W trip and MNSSHP. We only do Epcot during the day taking 3-4 days to try one of each food item at each booth. We divide the WS into 3-4 sections doing one section a day. We stop at each booth and order one of each food item and the specialty drink or wine and share. That usually fills us up and we head back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation. For dinner, we usually end up getting counter service and even then we end up splitting it because we are so full. If we are up to it, we might hit another park in the evening or else just go to DTD or maybe get in a game of mini golf. We used to spend our Wed-Sat evenings at POFQ Scat Cat Club when Elliot Dyson was performing there - however since he is no longer with Disney, I guess we will get be able to get some early night's rest and not be so tired the next day.
In the spring we do a trip to Disney for Flower and Garden. Again our main emphasis is Epcot.
We try to get in a trip in Dec for MVMCP and the Candlelight Processional as well as see all the decorations.
We get to Disney an average of 3-4 times a year- last year we were there 7 times.

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Old 09-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #1714
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We've been to Disney during the food and wine festival twice but have never actually tried anything from it! I really want to do it this year! I was hoping someone could give me some tips for beginners. Also, I've heard that there are wristbands you can buy. Could someone tell me about them? (how they work, how much, are they worth it, etc) P.S. We just want to eat at the booths, no seminars or anything like that
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #1715
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We've been to Disney during the food and wine festival twice but have never actually tried anything from it! I really want to do it this year! I was hoping someone could give me some tips for beginners. Also, I've heard that there are wristbands you can buy. Could someone tell me about them? (how they work, how much, are they worth it, etc) P.S. We just want to eat at the booths, no seminars or anything like that
The "wristbands" are basically Disney Gift cards. You just tell the cashier how much you want to put on the gift card and he/she loads it on the "wrist band" card. No extra charge for the cards.

There's no "one size eats all" wristband (I wish there was LOL!)

The best place to get good info is the Disney Food Blog's festival page If this link works it should take you directly to the booth page which will give you all the info but pricing (which we probably won't know until 9/28 or so...)

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013-e...d-food-photos/
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:16 PM   #1716
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We've been to Disney during the food and wine festival twice but have never actually tried anything from it! I really want to do it this year! I was hoping someone could give me some tips for beginners. Also, I've heard that there are wristbands you can buy. Could someone tell me about them? (how they work, how much, are they worth it, etc) P.S. We just want to eat at the booths, no seminars or anything like that
The wrist band pre paid cards are nice. We got a couple of those long elastic cords (frequently seen on key rings or casino player cards) to replace the wrist thing so we could attach it to our shirts or belt loops instead; we thought the wrist portion was uncomfortable. If you have a budget, this is the way to go. And paying is super fast with them.

My biggest beginner tip is to try one of everything, and share it! Too much food if everyone gets their own. And spend several days. Trying to do every booth in one day is 'unhealthy.' And take your time. Sit (or stand at a flat surface) and enjoy the food and drink. I love getting the passport and rating each tasting. We buy a special unique pen each year to do this.

We usually start by heading toward Canada. A majority of the traffic seems to go to Mexico first. Early is always less crowded than late. And if it rains, don't go inside! The lines get shorter during storms!

And most important of all, DO NOT ride Mission Space orange after a full day of tasting/drinking. Not a good scene.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:43 PM   #1717
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And most important of all, DO NOT ride Mission Space orange after a full day of tasting/drinking. Not a good scene.
That is some good advice!
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:46 PM   #1718
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Traditionally, on Preview Day, the day before the festival opens, the Festival Center is not open, correct?

What I'm really asking, though, is whether or not the passport is available on Preview Day, or if you really have to get these from the Festival Center.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:09 PM   #1719
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Traditionally, on Preview Day, the day before the festival opens, the Festival Center is not open, correct?

What I'm really asking, though, is whether or not the passport is available on Preview Day, or if you really have to get these from the Festival Center.
We have always gotten ours from the gift booths or gift shops. The Festival Center had them too, but they were not the only place.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:55 PM   #1720
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In the DFB mini guide there is a map of all the locations of the booths. If anyone has seen this, do you know where the International Gateway comes in? Last year I was able to figure it out (or someone posted it....I don't remember which). Last year it help me decide where to start and end.

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Old 09-03-2013, 10:55 PM   #1721
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In the DFB mini guide there is a map of all the locations of the booths. If anyone has seen this, do you know where the International Gateway comes in? Last year I was able to figure it out (or someone posted it....I don't remember which). Last year it help me decide where to start and end.

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I didn't see the Disney Food Blog's map, but as far as I know nothing has been published for this year's kiosk locations. However, the International Gateway is between the UK and France pavilions. After entering the park at the IG if you continue on the path you will reach the UK pavillion and the first food booth last year was Ireland (it was past the Rose & Crown). Since Scotland is being added this year, I would guess this kiosk will be in the same general area.

Or...after entering at the IG if you turned right and walked over the bridge (just opposite the Agent P Adventure sign up station) you would be in France. The France food booth was close to the bridge.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:20 AM   #1722
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Sounds like you have a good game plan already. Share everything, take your time, and review the tasting options ahead to get an idea of what you want to avoid (and it helps build the anticipation as well). Don't forget to pick up a 'Passport' to log your likes and dislikes too!
Are the passports free or do you have to buy them and how much do they cost?
I know the Kid passports for Epcot were somewhere between $5-10

Not to sound like a cheapskate but if they are too much I will just be making my own version.


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The "wristbands" are basically Disney Gift cards. You just tell the cashier how much you want to put on the gift card and he/she loads it on the "wrist band" card. No extra charge for the cards.

There's no "one size eats all" wristband (I wish there was LOL!)

The best place to get good info is the Disney Food Blog's festival page If this link works it should take you directly to the booth page which will give you all the info but pricing (which we probably won't know until 9/28 or so...)

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013-e...d-food-photos/
Can't wait for the price info!
I also cannot wait for the first reports to start coming back from early festival goers!


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Are the passports free or do you have to buy them and how much do they cost?
I know the Kid passports for Epcot were somewhere between $5-10

Not to sound like a cheapskate but if they are too much I will just be making my own version.
Yes, they are free! They make a really nice souvenir to remember your trip! You can pick them up at the booths, the Festival gift shops (around the World Showcase), and the Festival Center.
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I didn't see the Disney Food Blog's map, but as far as I know nothing has been published for this year's kiosk locations. However, the International Gateway is between the UK and France pavilions. After entering the park at the IG if you continue on the path you will reach the UK pavillion and the first food booth last year was Ireland (it was past the Rose & Crown). Since Scotland is being added this year, I would guess this kiosk will be in the same general area.

Or...after entering at the IG if you turned right and walked over the bridge (just opposite the Agent P Adventure sign up station) you would be in France. The France food booth was close to the bridge.
Thanks for the information I appreciate it! I know where the IG is however from the map in the DFB guide the countries are not clear so it was hard to determine where the IG is located. However now that I look at it again, I would assume it was the "open space" is between the booths.

I also have not seen anything published with the location of the booths. I was looking through the mini guide the other day and came across the map. Hopefully it is accurate. It has Scotland located near the Craft Beers close to the Future World entrance.

Thanks again!
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Yes, they are free! They make a really nice souvenir to remember your trip! You can pick them up at the booths, the Festival gift shops (around the World Showcase), and the Festival Center.
Agree these are a great souvenir and the fact that they are free makes them even better. I just found ours from last year, it was fun to look through.
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