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Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Planning' started by SulleyanBoo, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. wdwmagic

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    lostpro9het Well-Known Member

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    Food has been great and beer had been great. The biggest complaint that I've heard, and I heard a lot of folks walking around grumbling about it, is the thimble of wine you get when you order it from a kiosk. I'm not a big wine drinker myself so I didn't experience it but it seems others didn't like it.
     
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    Yeah, we've been to about six of them now, as recently as last year, and I can't recall ever waiting longer than 10 minutes at a kiosk for anything. We usually start at 11 AM when the booths open and leave some time between 1 and 3 PM, and in that time frame, even on a Sunday last year, we didn't run into any issues with inordinately long waits.

    Now, finding a good place to sit after getting your food is a different situation...
     
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    SulleyanBoo Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    So it typically gets more crowded from 5 pm and on?
     
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    I'd say it gets more crowded from around 2 or 3 PM on, really. Depending on the day, those crowds can start getting pretty prohibitive to having a good time. The waits at the booths might not be that bad, but getting from booth to booth and then finding a comfortable place to stop and sample your buys gets a bit tough.

    I'd recommend to anyone who'd ask to do the festival for lunch and not dinner. Get there as it opens, browse til your stomach is content and then jet the hell out of there before it gets overrun.
     
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    SulleyanBoo Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    lol good advice. Thank you!
     
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    It will definitely pick up as people venture over for dinner. Be if AK/DHS people bailing due to lack of good in park restaurants, or locals coming out to eat after work.
     
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    SulleyanBoo Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    :) Thanks! Still planning on going around 5:30 I am expecting large crowds but we are going for my birthday and just want to have a good time. We aren't in a rush or anything like that, and I'm glad I know what to expect.
     
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    SulleyanBoo Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Just wanted to UPDATE on this in case anyone is going today, this week or in the near future.
    We went Friday, October 26th at 5 pm until about 9pm and it was incredible. The weather (a little windy) but mostly perfect! The crowds were not as bad as I imagined. Plenty of walking/breathing room and I did not wait more than a few minutes in the lines. I thought it was supposed to be extremely packed but maybe everything was just spread out well. I had an absolute amazing time and it was my birthday so it was so much fun. The longest lines were in Germany and Italy.

    Here are some pics too!
    I highly reccommend doing the food and wine festival. By far, one of my most fun Disney expereinces I have ever had! :)

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    [​IMG](you can see the crowd activity here a little bit)

    [​IMG][​IMG]Mexico! One of our last stops of the night lol (mango margarita= to die for)
     

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