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News 2018 Epcot Festival of the Arts dates revealed

larryz

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Is there going to be an up-charge, VIP, hard-ticket offered with this?
 

Gomer

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I'm glad they are keeping the kiosks open 7 days a week this year. Maybe it will thin out some of the lines a bit. Last year, kiosks were frequently running out of the most popular food items when I was there. Spreading out some of the demand may help them keep up with crowds a bit more.
 

larryz

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And this is how you derail a thread with negativity out of the gate.
What's negative? Some people like up-charge, VIP, hard ticket opportunities. If they didn't, WDW wouldn't offer them.
 

Cmdr_Crimson

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Hmm, interesting for them to move it as a full week...I sure hope it won't be too conjested during the week when the pro bowl rolls back into Orlando..
 

wendysue

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I think this would be a fun festival to attend. On the other hand, it does add into the idea of EPCOT living basically off festivals (and food and drink stands) over adding a lot of new attractions. I'm sure that will change in a few years, but it's been slow going.
And don't forget that since there is a festival in the Jan.-Feb. period, the rooms rates will reflect such. There used to be value times of the year, but no more.
 

Kevin_W

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And don't forget that since there is a festival in the Jan.-Feb. period, the rooms rates will reflect such. There used to be value times of the year, but no more.
My daughter has a competition at ESPN Wide World of Sports in mid-January. I checked rates yesterday and they are showing $136+ tax for Pop Century. Maybe some type of discount will be released later, but that seems pretty steep for a value in January.
 

Cmdr_Crimson

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Oh boy, this is the week we'll be in town as well. Just out of curiosity, how did the Pro Bowl affect the parks last year?
I'm curious to know myself as I'm arriving the day after Pro Bowl on Jan 29th...Also there's a few more Cheerleading Competitons and the Tour Groups are in full swing around that time too...
 

Gomer

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Oh boy, this is the week we'll be in town as well. Just out of curiosity, how did the Pro Bowl affect the parks last year?
I was there during the Pro Bowl last year. I wasn't tracking wait times or anything like that, but I didn't see a noticeable difference over previous years. Definitely less of an impact than when the Superbowl was in Florida when I was there back in 2009.

World Showcase was obviously a bit more crowded than usual, but I assume that was due to the festival more than the pro bowl.
 
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