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Old 08-12-2013, 07:18 AM   #991
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Good question. I wish I had a good answer!

Everyone on the DIS is complaining about MDE, FP+. Magicbands, RFID and complaining about how they'll NEVER go back to WDW because of this. Guess what. The response Disney is getting for reservations to F&W events tells them that more people than ever will be going. They are getting more popular by the minute!
No, this is exactly the same thing that happens every year. Doesn't tell them anything about "increased" response. Just reminds them that there's a subculture of Food and Wine event fans LOL!


And FP + may mean I come a LOT less. I am seriously thinking that Food & Wine may be my only visit in 2014 after 10 plus years with an AP and multiple visits. (May be a sale on some DVC points if FP + long term turns out as bad as I expect for those of us who book last minute trips)
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:18 AM   #992
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BTW - has anyone that was able to book received a confirmation e-mail yet? I wrote down the confirmation #'s the CM gave me, so not that worried. Just would feel a little better if I got the e-mail
I immediately checked my Disney Visa online and saw the "pending charges". That's always my reassurance!
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:19 AM   #993
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Tried for 10/4 tequila lunch. Sold out. Tried for 11/10 tequila lunch, sold out. What a waste
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:20 AM   #994
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BTW - has anyone that was able to book received a confirmation e-mail yet? I wrote down the confirmation #'s the CM gave me, so not that worried. Just would feel a little better if I got the e-mail
Not in email but the reservation numbers show up in MDE
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:21 AM   #995
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Well no luck for me. Wanted to book the Italian Food and Wine Pairing at Via Napoli on 10/10. I was told sold out for what was available to Chase holders, call back tomorrow. Not looking forward to doing it again. It was an hour wait on the phone.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:22 AM   #996
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After a little more than an hour wait, I got the two events I wanted:

- Discovery of Chocolate on 9/29
- Italian Regional Lunch on 9/30

The CM was aware of being able to book for Disney chase cardholders. She didn't ask me for my number up front to prove that I had the card, but I did pay with the card. She said she had problems finding the Italian Regional Lunch for someone that she spoke with earlier, but then was able to find it for me. They really don't make it easy on these CMs. I also had my room ressie number ready so that I could zip through that part of the call.

Phew. Glad that is over with.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:23 AM   #997
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Just got off the phone.


Sweet Seats are sold out on 10/4. I guess the people who were able to book on Friday were able to get them all. Boo! This just seems really unfair, but at least I was able to get General admission.
I was able to book the Tequila Lunch on 10/5

ETA: I was eligible to book seminars on Friday, but these were the only two things we wanted this year. I tried booking the dessert party on Saturday, but at this point, everything was pulled down.
We couldn't get Sweet Seats last year but it wasn't really necessary for our night so glad I didn't spend the extra money. There was plenty of seating in the back of the room. Lots of tables of varying sizes so it was fine. It was a really fun evening but this year's dates didn't coincide with the times we had available. Hope to go again next year. Enjoy.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:24 AM   #998
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Feeling sorry for everyone still on hold. I was very lucky; got right in at 7:00 and got everything I wanted. This was the easiest time I've ever had making F&W reservations in the 8 or 10 years we've been going. (Sorry, I don't mean to rub it in.)

FYI, the CM asked for my hotel reservation number up front and after the call I asked her why. She said it was so she could pull up my personal info that was attached to the reservation, but she still had me verify my name, address, etc. Seems like a waste of time...
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:24 AM   #999
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I just booked PFTS RESERVED seating for 10.26 and Sweet Sundays for 10.27. CM said I could book anything I wanted. Game on! Good Luck!
See you on 10/26!!!!
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:29 AM   #1000
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Our reservations already listed out on My Disney Experience - I'm shocked!
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:30 AM   #1001
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Made it through finally after 1 hour 8 minutes on hold, none of the 4 events I asked about (1 French Regional, 1 Italian regional, reserved PFTS 10/26, 1 Kitchen Memories) were available. Was also told that only limited spots were released for Visa cardholders today.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:30 AM   #1002
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62 minutes on hold.....and she wanted all my info verified.....but I got what I wanted so I can sleep in tomorrow
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:32 AM   #1003
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For those of you shut out from events you wanted to book, try again later. I waited 90 minutes on hold last year only to be told the two events I wanted to book were sold out. I called back later in the day to ask a question and was able to book one of the meals that had been sold out earlier.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:34 AM   #1004
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Standard vs. Reserved Seating

Well, thanks to reports here, and despite a first CM saying they were NOT booking all events for Disney VISA cardholders, I persevered and booked "Scotland, Land of Food & Drink". Now... if that FIRST CM had JUST BOOKED ME, I might have gotten RESERVED seating which this CM said was now fully booked.

But at least I got it!

Thanks again, DISers, for sharing your experiences here to arm us all with real info!!

So... now... what's the deal with "standard" vs. "reserved" seating? The latter is closer to the action?? Anything else??
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:34 AM   #1005
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Yes, I think I am going to call again at lunch break.

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what's the deal with "standard" vs. "reserved" seating?
You have a chair and table that is reserved for you.

In general admission, none of the tables and chairs are supposed to be reserved, although guests often do go out of their way to "hold" them - it means they just can't all get up from the table at once; if they do, that table is fair game for anyone else.
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