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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival beginning August 31st

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by Kylo Ken, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. Kylo Ken

    Kylo Ken Local Idiot Premium Member

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    Just read this on Twitter. I'm not sure if one of the insiders already picked up on this. The festival is going to run from August 31st to November 13th in 2017. 75 days!

    Hooray for DrunCot!
     
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  2. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    Keeps getting longer and longer.

    Here is the full lineup for the festivals in 2017
    http://www.wdwmagic.com/events.htm
     
  3. JustInTime

    JustInTime Well-Known Member

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    Wow. That's sad. A third of the year.
     
  4. MansionButler84

    MansionButler84 Premium Member

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    What is a third of the year?
     
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  5. TheDude23

    TheDude23 Well-Known Member

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    It's fairly obvious all of the Festivals are serving as a patch until some major changes at Epcot can take place.
     
  6. Matt in the Hatt

    Matt in the Hatt Well-Known Member

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    Why is it sad, not trying to start a fight just curious? It's obviously popular, and personally i think its alot of fun with some great tastes
     
  7. wdwfan4ver

    wdwfan4ver Well-Known Member

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    I had a fear that this could happen someday. This tells me 3 things.

    1.) Disney is seeing dollar signs.
    2.) Guests are so desperate for things to do at Epcot that Disney decided to make the festival longer.
    3.) Disney has to be to be closing something for Epcot next year and is trying make it up.
     
  8. MansionButler84

    MansionButler84 Premium Member

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    I don't understand the whining. Shouldn't they give us what we want?
     
  9. sshindel

    sshindel The Epcot Manifesto Premium Member

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    Let me express my surprise at this appropriately

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  10. sshindel

    sshindel The Epcot Manifesto Premium Member

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    Let's see.

    2017 Festival of the Arts - 24 days
    2017 Flower and Garden - 90 days
    2017 Food and Wine - 75 days
    2017 Holidays around the World - 34 days

    223 days of special events.
    61% of the year

    It's now more of an "event" to be in the park on a non-event day.

    Gotta click those turnstiles and ring those registers. Disney knows they've let Epcot rot for so long nobody would show up if they didn't have Special Events.
     
  11. IDInstitute

    IDInstitute Well-Known Member

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    Any change or update to the park whatsoever that doesn't completely fall in line with classic EPCOT Center is going to be met with the same complaining it seems.
     
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  12. 21stamps

    21stamps Well-Known Member

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    I have heard nothing but reports of wayyy too many people at Epcot during F&W this year. Both online and from friends.

    One said it was her worst trip ever crowd wise. The others were fine, but they went sans children.

    Maybe this will alleviate the crowds?
     
  13. 21stamps

    21stamps Well-Known Member

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    Aren't these times always packed though? It seems that people love them. I know that Holiday around the World is going to be one of the highlights of our trip!
     
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  14. sshindel

    sshindel The Epcot Manifesto Premium Member

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    Of course the festivals are fun.

    It's just that Disney has used them as a cheap way of hiding the problems with Epcot for so long that the park could not succeed without them. They bring in money and people, which is a lever Disney has continued to use instead of investing in the park.

    Go, eat, drink, spend. Disney needs you to do that so they don't have to explain why their park attendance or revenue is terrible in their once-revolutionary park.
     
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    AJH219 Well-Known Member

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    Ugh, it's way too hot to enjoy food and wine at the end of August and for most of September :oops:
     
  16. JenniferS

    JenniferS Selectively Phobic Premium Member

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    I could not be less impressed. We have already booked for 9/6-9/16, and were counting on a week at Epcot before the hordes descended.
    *sigh*
     
  17. marni1971

    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Good grief.

    Even less time to spend in Epcot. So sad.
     
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  18. Animaniac93-98

    Animaniac93-98 Well-Known Member

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    I've found out what Epcot will look like in the future:

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  19. monothingie

    monothingie CAAAANNN DO! Premium Member

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    So sad, and the problem is the more people that experience it thinking how great it is the worse it winds up being. When we went it was very high expectations only to be severely disappointed. It really takes away from the park.
     
  20. Luxe

    Luxe Well-Known Member

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    At this point they should just bulldoze UoE and build a shopping mall food court in it's place. Have 10-12 different food spots with rotating menu's every quarter. That way I don't have to walk all the way around the world to get food anymore. Same idea right?
     

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