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Old 08-13-2013, 10:24 AM   #1396
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Well, it has been a fun morning.

Disconnected 45 minutes into holding, disconnected 16 minutes into holding, circuits are busy message ever since. Finally booked 3D Dessert Party online just to have something booked but sad to miss out on the sweet seats. GA isn't too bad, right?
General Admission isn't that bad. Just try to get on line as soon as you can. Last year we got in line about an hour to an hour and a half before door open. (Bring an umbrella just in case.)

If you have a small party, then someone can place hold so that the other person can sit down for a bit or stretch their legs.

When you get inside, by pass the first couple of tables. There will be a mad dash for the first tables people see. Just keep going and there are plenty of additional tables in front of the stage and down around the corner.

My wife and I had a table on the far side of the room well before that whole area filled up. We had empty chairs that we were more than happy to share. When I spotted one of the couples that had been waiting in line with us, I happily invited them to make use of the empty chairs instead of standing. (They weren't so lucky as to nab a table. There were too many distractions I guess. And they didn't realize just how much of a madhouse it can be.)

Same thing happened at the Party for the Senses the next night. In this case a family with a bunch of young children had no luck finding a table. We didn't mind sharing then either.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:26 AM   #1397
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Started phone bombing at 6:58AM. Took about 200 tries to get through, and then told I would be on hold for 30 minutes. More like an hour. Anyway, there's only a few events that interested me on during the time we're there (10/13 to 10/16), and luckily my Cast Member was fantastically quick. I was able to lock up the Italian Regional Wine Lunch on 10/14, and a Bacardi Mixology Seminar on 10/15. If I hadn't gotten the Italian lunch, I'd have been very bummed.

Considering this is pretty much the premiere special event at Epcot, I'm really amazed at how disorganized it always is. I have no idea why they can't lock up the schedule a month or so earlier, so that we could at least pick the days we wanted to plan a trip for rather than just book a trip and pray something we want is happening that weekend.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:27 AM   #1398
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Just finished booking a couple of seminars online. Booked a wine class yesterday. Everything is linked. Finally working correctly.

We made some ADRs at WDW last February when we were there using MDE (or whatever it was then). That worked fine too. It was easier to do that than call or even walk up to the desk at the restaurant.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:31 AM   #1399
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Argh! I only wanted to book 1 thing, Parisian Breakfast for 11/2. After finally getting thru, CM said it was booked. Even double checked in different ways. Granted I'm in California right now and called at 7:00 local time, with 25 minute hold but still I would have thought this would not be a high demand event. Is it worth calling back? I forgot to ask for a supervisor just because the CM seemed competent.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:31 AM   #1400
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Thank you for that great advice! Sounds a little crazy and stressful, just like booking it was! DH agreed to take over phone duties to see if we can switch to sweet seats after I pointed your post out to him, LOL.

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General Admission isn't that bad. Just try to get on line as soon as you can. Last year we got in line about an hour to an hour and a half before door open. (Bring an umbrella just in case.)

If you have a small party, then someone can place hold so that the other person can sit down for a bit or stretch their legs.

When you get inside, by pass the first couple of tables. There will be a mad dash for the first tables people see. Just keep going and there are plenty of additional tables in front of the stage and down around the corner.

My wife and I had a table on the far side of the room well before that whole area filled up. We had empty chairs that we were more than happy to share. When I spotted one of the couples that had been waiting in line with us, I happily invited them to make use of the empty chairs instead of standing. (They weren't so lucky as to nab a table. There were too many distractions I guess. And they didn't realize just how much of a madhouse it can be.)

Same thing happened at the Party for the Senses the next night. In this case a family with a bunch of young children had no luck finding a table. We didn't mind sharing then either.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #1401
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General Admission isn't that bad. Just try to get on line as soon as you can. Last year we got in line about an hour to an hour and a half before door open. (Bring an umbrella just in case.)

If you have a small party, then someone can place hold so that the other person can sit down for a bit or stretch their legs.

When you get inside, by pass the first couple of tables. There will be a mad dash for the first tables people see. Just keep going and there are plenty of additional tables in front of the stage and down around the corner.

My wife and I had a table on the far side of the room well before that whole area filled up. We had empty chairs that we were more than happy to share. When I spotted one of the couples that had been waiting in line with us, I happily invited them to make use of the empty chairs instead of standing. (They weren't so lucky as to nab a table. There were too many distractions I guess. And they didn't realize just how much of a madhouse it can be.)

Same thing happened at the Party for the Senses the next night. In this case a family with a bunch of young children had no luck finding a table. We didn't mind sharing then either.
Great advice! So if you don't get a table... you stand and eat?

We're new to these events, obviously.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:39 AM   #1402
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This is the first time I've had to make 4 phone calls and spend the equivalent of 1 hour 20 minutes cumulatively on hold over 2 separate days to get everything I was interested in. And that's with getting through on the phone line the second it opened up on the official booking day. I had to make three phone calls just today.

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Argh! I only wanted to book 1 thing, Parisian Breakfast for 11/2. After finally getting thru, CM said it was booked. Even double checked in different ways. Granted I'm in California right now and called at 7:00 local time, with 25 minute hold but still I would have thought this would not be a high demand event. Is it worth calling back? I forgot to ask for a supervisor just because the CM seemed competent.
You should try. Some events apparently did not load into the system until closer to 8 AM. I think some of the CMs didn't understand why they weren't showing up and decided they must be sold out. Mine didn't say that, she said she didn't understand why they weren't showing up either.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:42 AM   #1403
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This is the first time I've had to make 4 phone calls and spend the equivalent of 1 hour 20 minutes cumulatively on hold over 2 separate days to get everything I was interested in. And that's with getting through on the phone line the second it opened up on the official booking day. I had to make three phone calls just today.



You should try. Some events apparently did not load into the system until closer to 8 AM.
Were you able to get that last ressie?
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:44 AM   #1404
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I was on hold for 30 min but I got a great CM and I was able to book all 8 events that we wanted, 5 signature diners, the hibachi experience, 3D dessert party with sweet seats and sweet sunday breakfast with Buddy Valastro !!!

Youhou! only have to wait 55 days now![/QUOTE

Good for you! Just curious as to what time you got through to book the Sweet Sundays. I was told at 7:01am today that it was sold out
I got the line at exactly 7:30, so sorry for you ...the CM told me the same thing for the Jiko diner and at the end of our conversation it was available !!!
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:48 AM   #1405
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Got my Parisian breakfast. I explained there were two adults and 1 infant (10 months). They charged me for 3. Is this right? I didn't want to miss out on the reservation and was happy to get it but I didn't know it was a full ticket for a baby. Thoughts?
Yes, that is correct. For food and wine events, there is no exception for any age - everyone pays full price, even infants.
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Great advice! So if you don't get a table... you stand and eat?

We're new to these events, obviously.
This will be the third year we've done 3D. We did the Party for the first time last year.

If it is the same way as I have experienced, then the floor layout is about the same between both events. The floorplan is like a giant, angular U, with almost 45 degree turns I would guess.

The middle area on the far wall is where the stage is usually set. In front of that is a number of seating tables. Probably about two dozen of these with four or five chairs each. Then a walking space, followed by the Sweet Seats (for 3D) in a cordoned off area. There are probably two dozen of these tables too.

I believe that there were special seats in this same area for the Party, but I don't recall the details of those.

Around the periphery (the arms of the U, you could say) were clusters of additional tables. Usually four or five chairs per table. You enter at the far end of one of these "arms" from a holding room where they drop a curtain. (If you get in line early, try to get as close to the curtain as you can. Position in line is usually lost in the holding room. Placement is everything.)

Now around the periphery of the tables are the tall standing tables. Like bar tops. No chairs, just a lot of leaning.

For the 3D event, the food kiosks are scattered in clusters. I believe with each cluster serving the same items. Usually four or five unique tables, with two or three clusters. The end cap of each table also hands out plenty of wine and scotch.

Make sure you go in hungry and thirsty. Skip dinner. Forget your diet.

But, by all means, don't panic. There is usually plenty of seats. And, if you are in doubt, be nice to the people in line with you. They might just score a good table if you get unlucky.

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I got the line at exactly 7:30, so sorry for you ...the CM told me the same thing for the Jiko diner and at the end of our conversation it was available !!!
Thanks! The systems were definitely messed up this year!
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This will be the third year we've done 3D. We did the Party for the first time last year.

If it is the same way as I have experienced, then the floor layout is about the same between both events. The floorplan is like a giant, angular U, with almost 45 degree turns I would guess.

The middle area on the far wall is where the stage is usually set. In front of that is a number of seating tables. Probably about two dozen of these with four or five chairs each. Then a walking space, followed by the Sweet Seats (for 3D) in a cordoned off area. There are probably two dozen of these tables too.

I believe that there were special seats in this same area for the Party, but I don't recall the details of those.

Around the periphery (the arms of the U, you could say) were clusters of additional tables. Usually four or five chairs per table. You enter at the far end of one of these "arms" from a holding room where they drop a curtain. (If you get in line early, try to get as close to the curtain as you can. Position in line is usually lost in the holding room. Placement is everything.)

Now around the periphery of the tables are the tall standing tables. Like bar tops. No chairs, just a lot of leaning.

For the 3D event, the food kiosks are scattered in clusters. I believe with each cluster serving the same items. Usually four or five unique tables, with two or three clusters. The end cap of each table also hands out plenty of wine and scotch.

Make sure you go in hungry and thirsty. Skip dinner. Forget your diet.
Are the Sweet Seats reserved for you by name? Or is that still first dibs too?
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