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Old 05-26-2013, 08:51 PM   #91
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We're seriously considering booking the 3D dessert party, so I'll be stalking this thread too. The jury is out on whether or not we'll try to book anything else.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:59 PM   #92
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Sorry for my iPhone spelling errors! One of the statements I was trying to make was to plan so as to NOT fill up on the foods you don't really want to try.
That's ok! I understood what you were saying! So when do they usually post the special events?
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Thank you so much! That was very helpful. We actually have 1 1/2 - 2 days devoted to just Epcot. I hope that gives us enough time to do the regular attractions as well as the Food & Wine Festival. About how far in advance do the special events get posted before they go on sale? Thanks!!
Booking opened up mid August last year, but as it gets closer disney will announce it, and people on this board will be discussing it too. I think 2 days is good if its weekdays, and you do future world before world showcase opens up. I can't remember how many booths there were, but we needed 3 days, planned for only 2, but my DH stopped for beer a lot!
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:08 AM   #94
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Us too.. we haven't done one in a couple years and it would be fun to see one!
We can't wait either! Only thing is I'm pregnant and they paired wine with everything! I guess I'll just smell it and let DH decide if we should buy a bottle for post preggers time!
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You'll get lots of opinions on when to go. We go when it works in our schedule, and don't worry about overplanning the dates. The lines move quickly, generally. If a line is too long, I walk on to another booth, and catch the busy one later. Bring some cash, I usually bring plenty of 5's, just in case. If the registers go down and they can only take cash, you'll be waved to the head of the line.
You will have a lovely time as a solo at F&W. It's so nice to wander around, stop, enjoy a snack and then be off to explore some more. Enjoy!!
Excellent tip about bringing along some cash in the event that the registers go down, I can just see that happening with my luck.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #96
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For those who have attended the 3D Dessert Party....

Are the desserts typical WDW bakery pies/cakes/pastries that almost always look better than they taste or are they really good? We often feel the bakery offerings lack in flavor, but the TS desserts are much better. Which are the dessert party offerings more similar to? TIA
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #97
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Was at Narcoossees's about a week and a half ago and was talking to one of the managers about the new very impressive beer list (three of the managers now have cicerone certification) - they will be having a beer pairing event during F&W (most likely a lunch)...was just approved that week.

Lot's of Belgian's on the list and some craft american brews such as Bear Republic. Prices were reasonable for disney standards...had a Petrus Oud Bruin for only 7.25 a bottle...St Bernardus ABT 12 (one of my favorites) for 9.50.
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Booking opened up mid August last year, but as it gets closer disney will announce it, and people on this board will be discussing it too. I think 2 days is good if its weekdays, and you do future world before world showcase opens up. I can't remember how many booths there were, but we needed 3 days, planned for only 2, but my DH stopped for beer a lot!
Great! Thanks so much for the tips! Yes, we are planning to visit Epcot on Monday and then again on Thursday. Everything that I've read thus far says that weekdays are much less crowded than weekends.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:57 PM   #99
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Great! Thanks so much for the tips! Yes, we are planning to visit Epcot on Monday and then again on Thursday. Everything that I've read thus far says that weekdays are much less crowded than weekends.
It's amazing what a difference weekdays are!
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We're doing our first Food and Wine visit this year. Since I'm a teacher, I have to deal with the weekend crowds. We'll be there Veteran's Day weekend. Still trying to decide if I want yo stick with Pop or rent points for a DVC studio.

Can the wrist bands be purchsed in advanced or at the resorts?

When bookings open this summer, so you pay at that time? Do you have tickets or a reservation numbers like ADRs?

Sorry for all the questions.
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It's amazing what a difference weekdays are!
Oh good! Glad to hear that!
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Old 05-27-2013, 11:50 PM   #102
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Are the desserts typical WDW bakery pies/cakes/pastries that almost always look better than they taste or are they really good? We often feel the bakery offerings lack in flavor, but the TS desserts are much better. Which are the dessert party offerings more similar to? TIA
We did the dessert party in Oct 2012. I thought the desserts were definitely better than the typical bakery case offerings, and probably better than most disney table service desserts, too. There is also a huge variety, so if you find something lacking, you can get something else. They had fresh donuts which were delicious (and I'm not usually a donut fan at all) - even with all of the fancier desserts, the donuts are what i remember most . We've done the tomorrowland terrace dessert party twice and the 3d dessert party beats the pants off of it - thought the tomorrowland terrace desserts were good for quantity but not necessarily quality, while the 3d dessert party desserts had excellent quality, too.

we're hoping to go again this year, but will only be at the f&w fest one weekend (oct 18-20), and don't know if it will be offered that weekend. keeping our fingers crossed.

a couple other things to keep in mind, while i'm writing about it - last year they had a station with cheese and sliced meats, so if you're going with someone who prefers savory, or if you don't want to eat a full dinner beforehand but want some non-sweet food, there's plenty. also, if it's windy and they cancel illuminations, they'll keep the party going an extra half hour or so.
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Emh?

We will be visiting WDW the first week of November. Current plans are to visit F&W on Monday and Thursday. I am also considering Wednesday evening as it is EMH until 11pm. I have read that the food kiosks close down early and are not open during EMH so I am wondering if the booths are extremely busy in the early evening, say 5-9 or should I just visit Mon and Thurs. and not bother with the EMH on Wed? We never do EMH and are planning a resort day but thinking it might be a good way to squeeze in a bit more of the F&W Festival.
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We will be visiting WDW the first week of November. Current plans are to visit F&W on Monday and Thursday. I am also considering Wednesday evening as it is EMH until 11pm. I have read that the food kiosks close down early and are not open during EMH so I am wondering if the booths are extremely busy in the early evening, say 5-9 or should I just visit Mon and Thurs. and not bother with the EMH on Wed? We never do EMH and are planning a resort day but thinking it might be a good way to squeeze in a bit more of the F&W Festival.
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Won't it be super crowded due to EMH?
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We're doing our first Food and Wine visit this year. Since I'm a teacher, I have to deal with the weekend crowds. We'll be there Veteran's Day weekend. Still trying to decide if I want yo stick with Pop or rent points for a DVC studio.

Can the wrist bands be purchsed in advanced or at the resorts?

When bookings open this summer, so you pay at that time? Do you have tickets or a reservation numbers like ADRs?

Sorry for all the questions.
Yes, you do pay for each seminar, wine tasting, or special event at the time of booking. Just a note, Disney does not offer a refund for cancelled F&W special events. You will be provided a reservation number for each event that is reserved. I know for the events which take place at the F&W Welcome Center (old Wonder of Life Pavilion), there is a kiosk where you pick up tickets for the events you have reserved there.
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