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Old 10-17-2013, 08:12 AM   #2236
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Again, to be clear, we have loved PFTS every year but this one. We always do general admission and have never had an issue with crowds or finding a hi-top to lean at for a minute to cut a piece of meat. It was more crowded than usual this year. Far fewer hi tops and far more rude people who think they can hunker down and command a table or hi top all night. Offerings weren't, IMO, knock your socks off great like they usually are. And Cirque was reduced Ónd disappointing. We had a so-so time. If we feel the same way after this Saturday's party, we will probably skip it ( and maybe F&W all together) next year after attending for 6 or 7 consecutive years.

There is usually an attended table right at the far left entrance to EtTB concert where you can check in for PFTS.
Thanks for the info about the check-in. Hoping that since the last time we went was in 2004, we will enjoy the party for what it is. I can certainly understand getting burned out if doing the whole F&W thing every year for 6 or 7 years...
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Again, to be clear, we have loved PFTS every year but this one. We always do general admission and have never had an issue with crowds or finding a hi-top to lean at for a minute to cut a piece of meat. It was more crowded than usual this year. Far fewer hi tops and far more rude people who think they can hunker down and command a table or hi top all night. Offerings weren't, IMO, knock your socks off great like they usually are. And Cirque was reduced Ónd disappointing. We had a so-so time. If we feel the same way after this Saturday's party, we will probably skip it ( and maybe F&W all together) next year after attending for 6 or 7 consecutive years.

There is usually an attended table right at the far left entrance to EtTB concert where you can check in for PFTS.
That's what happened to me a few years ago and that was hwy I said "no mas" to the party until I moved to reserved seating. People were almost coming to blows over tables.

And honestly that year I thought the same thing "food and wine weren't very good"

Looking back I really think that my table issue soured me on the rest of the event. Being around jerks tends to make my food taste bad LOL!

I am concerned with the reviews this year since last year when I walked around it seemed to me there were lots more tables and not near the "crowding" I had seen the last time I gave it try (I probably took 3 years off?)
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:19 PM   #2238
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Can anyone tell me if the souvenir steins are sold in the Festival Center? My son plans to buy one with a 22oz beer, but would like another one to have a set.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:39 PM   #2239
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Can anyone tell me if the souvenir steins are sold in the Festival Center? My son plans to buy one with a 22oz beer, but would like another one to have a set.

There are beer glasses sold in the Center but they do not match the steins sold with the beer
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:43 PM   #2240
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Anyone know if you can order wine sampled at the festival after you get home? We figured we could buy the ice wine from the Canadian pavilion at home and not have to worry about shipping. Got home and can't find it anywhere around us!
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:46 PM   #2241
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Anyone know if you can order wine sampled at the festival after you get home? We figured we could buy the ice wine from the Canadian pavilion at home and not have to worry about shipping. Got home and can't find it anywhere around us!
Depends on where you live and if you can find an online store. Many states won't allow alcoholic beverages being shipped in...as in Utah.
This site, run by the place that makes le Neige can help you find distributors that might ship: http://www.boissetfamilyestates.com/buy/index.aspx

This site can help you determine if you can have it shipped to you:
http://freethegrapes.org/

This is what I found for Minneapolis, MN:
Southern Wine & spirits
701 Industrial Blvd NE
Minneapolis MN 55413-2905
Ships to: MN

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Old 10-18-2013, 06:57 AM   #2242
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Can anyone tell me if the souvenir steins are sold in the Festival Center? My son plans to buy one with a 22oz beer, but would like another one to have a set.
At any of the booths with beer you can buy an empty souvenir 22oz stein for $5
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:02 AM   #2243
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Agreed. I think we are done with F&W for a bit, too. part of the problem this year was that we went on a holiday weekend. the crowds were crazy-train. When I have to wait about 20 minutes at any of the popular booths to get a bite, there is a problem.

I had way better food at some of the signature dining restaurants this time then waiting on line at the booths. Unless the quality returns, then I will just go some other time of year and pass on this event.

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We were there this past Saturday and agree about the crazy-train crowds - and wary too. Seemed like the whole afternoon lines were conservatively 40-60 people deep and we couldn't justify that kind of wait so after our events we hoped over to MK.

BUT we went back yesterday (Thurs) afternoon and it was great. Most booths had no more than 4-5 people in front of us and some even had no line. Longest we saw was for Canada and was maybe 10-12 people.

Think in the future we will only do weekdays and if that means less options for special events, oh well
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:27 AM   #2244
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After being here for 3 weeks I finally got something from every kiosk last night. Actually more than one thing from each. Germany was the last which surprises me because I love German food/beer. I always had a full beer when I walked by, so.....

One week left.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:53 AM   #2245
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We were there this past Saturday and agree about the crazy-train crowds - and wary too. Seemed like the whole afternoon lines were conservatively 40-60 people deep and we couldn't justify that kind of wait so after our events we hoped over to MK.

BUT we went back yesterday (Thurs) afternoon and it was great. Most booths had no more than 4-5 people in front of us and some even had no line. Longest we saw was for Canada and was maybe 10-12 people.

Think in the future we will only do weekdays and if that means less options for special events, oh well
Planning on spending a lot of time at Epcot next Thursday and the following Monday and Tuesday. Going to try to avoid the weekend except we will have to go on Saturday, but only for the PFTS.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:27 AM   #2246
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At any of the booths with beer you can buy an empty souvenir 22oz stein for $5
THANK YOU!!!
I've been asking about what to do with the beer for a while.
This makes it all so much easier to get souvenirs!!
So excited, ONLY 6 DAYS TO GO!!
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OMG, we leave in the morning, packing up today, gonna hit DTD and Old Town tomorrow, then on Sunday F&W here we come!!! So excited, DD was ancy this morning saying she hopes school goes quick today,lol
I have loved all the reviews, pics and the answered questions, all together have helped with our planning and I just know we're going to have a awesome time!!
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Agreed. I think we are done with F&W for a bit, too. part of the problem this year was that we went on a holiday weekend. the crowds were crazy-train. When I have to wait about 20 minutes at any of the popular booths to get a bite, there is a problem.

I had way better food at some of the signature dining restaurants this time then waiting on line at the booths. Unless the quality returns, then I will just go some other time of year and pass on this event.

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We were there last weekend too. It was super crowded. It does help to get there when WS opens at 11 & head out early afternoon. Crowds were not bad on Thu. & Tue. We're also done with F&W for awhile. I've been now 6 years in a row & it's just getting too expensive while the portions get smaller. No trip for sure in 2014. We'll see how I feel in 2015.

I am back there on 10/26 for a conference & since I'm solo (no kids) I booked the Taste, Shake & Indulge event. Can anyone tell me if I need to pick up a ticket for that at the festival center or just go directly to Monsieur Paul? The confirmation # is showing up in MDE. I would think that's enough but want to be sure. Thanks.
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We were there last weekend too. It was super crowded. It does help to get there when WS opens at 11 & head out early afternoon. Crowds were not bad on Thu. & Tue. We're also done with F&W for awhile. I've been now 6 years in a row & it's just getting too expensive while the portions get smaller. No trip for sure in 2014. We'll see how I feel in 2015.

I am back there on 10/26 for a conference & since I'm solo (no kids) I booked the Taste, Shake & Indulge event. Can anyone tell me if I need to pick up a ticket for that at the festival center or just go directly to Monsieur Paul? The confirmation # is showing up in MDE. I would think that's enough but want to be sure. Thanks.
Go directly to the restaurant. It's a great event!
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We were there last weekend too. It was super crowded. It does help to get there when WS opens at 11 & head out early afternoon. Crowds were not bad on Thu. & Tue. We're also done with F&W for awhile. I've been now 6 years in a row & it's just getting too expensive while the portions get smaller. No trip for sure in 2014. We'll see how I feel in 2015.

I am back there on 10/26 for a conference & since I'm solo (no kids) I booked the Taste, Shake & Indulge event. Can anyone tell me if I need to pick up a ticket for that at the festival center or just go directly to Monsieur Paul? The confirmation # is showing up in MDE. I would think that's enough but want to be sure. Thanks.
Y'all are starting to worry me, this will be our first time. This Sunday was the only day we could fit it in, though I have heard the warnings about weekends. I'm praying we can get enough in before the crowds get to bad.
I'm also hoping that maybe because MNSSHP is that night and also EMH at HS that maybe just maybe the crowds will be tolerable, fingers crossed!
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