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Old 09-05-2013, 09:29 AM   #1726
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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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At the bridge between England and France.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:52 AM   #1727
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Traditionally, on Preview Day, the day before the festival opens, the Festival Center is not open, correct?
It will be open, but only to cast members, not to the public. You can get the passport at the booths or the gift stands in WS though.

Unfortunately I am not staying at the right resort to get a magic band...those will make the wristband gift cards obsolete.

A lot of the booths are now up. I saw several on Monday and more went up yesterday. Of course there is no official signage, no menus and no prices yet.

Be very careful with those sites that predict crowd levels. Many of them are based on average wait times for attractions. The crowds you will find on F&W weekends in the World Showcase are not there to wait in line for attractions. You may go in for the Festival thinking you will see low crowds and it will actually be slammed, especially if you are there on a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon/evening.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:56 AM   #1728
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For you who have been to the F&W before, are there any affordably priced wines at the Festival Wine Shop? Or should I shop for my own wine outside of EPCOT for consumption in the room?
Some of them are not badly priced for being sold on Disney property. Of course if you have the time or opportunity to purchase wine off-property, or to bring it with you from home, that will be ideal for pricing.

Remember that if you buy a bottle of wine at Epcot, you cannot have it sent back to your resort. They will not allow alcohol purchases to leave the park unless you are carrying them.

You may be able to send a bottle to whichever entrance you are using and you pick it up before you leave.

Once you have exited Epcot, you won't be allowed to enter another park carrying a bottle of wine.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:38 AM   #1729
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How will magic bands make wrist band gift cards obsolete? I won't do a room charge so it would seem I will still need a gift card or cash
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:41 AM   #1730
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Well, if you're determined not to use a magic band or you don't do room charge then they won't be obsolete for you, but once I get a band there will be no more gift card. Considering how much faster it was to tap and pay with a room key during Flower and Garden (yes, faster than using the gift card - I did both). However, you can't wear the room key on your wrist.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:29 PM   #1731
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Well, if you're determined not to use a magic band or you don't do room charge then they won't be obsolete for you, but once I get a band there will be no more gift card. Considering how much faster it was to tap and pay with a room key during Flower and Garden (yes, faster than using the gift card - I did both). However, you can't wear the room key on your wrist.
Oh I thought they might link the gift card to your magic band. I won't do room charging. While it might speed it up during pay it's going to slow way down during reconciliation of the charges to the bill (and I don't trust Disney's IT at all! )
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:30 PM   #1732
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This year my DH and I along with another couple are going to do F&W for the first time. We are so excited. I am anxiously waiting for the festival to open so we can see some pictures and reviews.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:43 PM   #1733
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Oh I thought they might link the gift card to your magic band. I won't do room charging. While it might speed it up during pay it's going to slow way down during reconciliation of the charges to the bill (and I don't trust Disney's IT at all! )

I believe you can pay your room charges off with a giftcard. Just go to the desk a s pay that way instead of the card on file!
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I don't think that works unless you actually have a card on file. If you don't wish to put a credit card on file at all, I think you can't charge back to the room.
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I don't think that works unless you actually have a card on file. If you don't wish to put a credit card on file at all, I think you can't charge back to the room.
Oops! That's what I meant, thanks for the correction. While off topic - do you know if putting a debit card down instead of a credit card puts a hold on the account? I remember hotels used to do this (larger hold for debit)
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I believe you can pay your room charges off with a giftcard. Just go to the desk a s pay that way instead of the card on file!
The problem is not really room charging. I don't mind doing that normally but since I am convicted Disney's IT is incompetent I reconcile my charges to the receipts. I don't want to have to do that for all the little food purchases
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The problem is not really room charging. I don't mind doing that normally but since I am convicted Disney's IT is incompetent I reconcile my charges to the receipts. I don't want to have to do that for all the little food purchases
I rarely find any problems with the room folio. The only time I found something odd, it was a parking fee. I didn't have a car, so I told the cast member that someone at valet at another resort charged my room in error. It was quickly fixed.
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The problem is not really room charging. I don't mind doing that normally but since I am convicted Disney's IT is incompetent I reconcile my charges to the receipts. I don't want to have to do that for all the little food purchases
I've never had an issue either, after 13 years of charging all our souvenir shopping to the room. I like charging to the room because it groups all my Disney purchases in one place. In the past we have always used the gift card for F&W tastings because I can put our allotted food budget on the cards. If we get MB, I will do the room charge thing. In this day and age (unfortunately or not) I can get up to the minute CC statements!
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:30 PM   #1740
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At the bridge between England and France.
Thanks, although I do know where the IG is, the DFB map only states the booths names, none of the actual countries are shown so it was difficult to tell where England and France fit in exactly. There is big space left open on the map, so I am going to guess it is in that area. I should have looked closer before.
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