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News 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

TeriofTerror

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So interesting to read everyone's perspectives, I too didn't realize this festival was so controversial... I've only been to Food and Wine once last year and all I saw were obnoxious shirts, no drunks...but I wasn't there on a weekend.

The worst person I saw was during the Flower & Garden festival last year - a middle-aged lady who was shouting VERY LOUDLY about how much she looooved wine to her group of friends. That was pretty early in the afternoon, too...should have followed her around for a few more hours, then I would have had a great story to contribute.
I'm sorry. I'll try to be a little quieter. ;)
 

larryz

Can't 'Member Anything
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Thank god I'm not going this year. Food and wine is the devil and deserves to rot in hell.

Perhaps I should be clearer?
Epcot being renamed to Hellcot, CONFIRMED!
 

DISR

Active Member
My 5 year old had a protein spill at EP during F&W (too much Disney excitement and junk food). While my wife was getting him cleaned up in the bathroom, I was still in the area of the spill. It was funny to hear all the people railing about drunks and saying no alcohol should be served after noticing the mess on the sidewalk. He can be a stinker, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't hitting the booze while we weren't looking. Sometimes a spill is just a spill.

I noticed lots of tee-shirts and people having a good time, but nothing too over the top (we went on weekdays or earlier in the day). The food and drink offerings are really amazing. My biggest gripe with F&W are the extra crowds it brings to an otherwise more relaxing park. There is also so much to see/eat/drink there without F&W, that I never get to do everything on my EP revisit list when F&W is in session.
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
My 5 year old had a protein spill at EP during F&W (too much Disney excitement and junk food). While my wife was getting him cleaned up in the bathroom, I was still in the area of the spill. It was funny to hear all the people railing about drunks and saying no alcohol should be served after noticing the mess on the sidewalk. He can be a stinker, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't hitting the booze while we weren't looking. Sometimes a spill is just a spill.
Are you sure he didn't use a hypodermic needle to put vodka in his juice boxes?
 

splash327

New Member
I saw a good amount of fall over drunks for F&W last year. I usually go in October when there is a big master's swim meet in Orlando. Given that I'm swimming most of the weekend, I usually get to Epcot late in the day. Last year there was one very drunk man in the bathroom in Innovations. He was plastered, couldn't stand up, and yelling rude comments to everyone. When he came out to his group, they were all laughing. The next night I saw several again (Saturday night). Sunday night was the calmest of the nights that weekend I was there.
 

CJR

Well-Known Member
I really dislike how they ruin Future World with a DJ by the FoN. It was so loud last year, it was pretty much impossible to not hear it anywhere in the park. We even heard it over by American Adventure.

Outside of a couple concerts, we will sit this one out - no F&B purchases this year as protest. Might park at DHS and walk over just avoid Future World as much as possible.
 

JohnD

Well-Known Member
Agree, the week I'll be there, not interested in any of the acts. At least it'll be nice to not have to worry about being over there by a certain time...
The acts at the F&G and F&W festivals have never been a draw for me. When you have to be told “Best known for”, they’re reaching the bottom of the barrel. You don’t really have to know the acts at the FOTA as they sing Disney broadway favorites. Sure you could be a fan of the singer but not required.
 

Gillyanne

Active Member
The acts at the F&G and F&W festivals have never been a draw for me. When you have to be told “Best known for”, they’re reaching the bottom of the barrel. You don’t really have to know the acts at the FOTA as they sing Disney broadway favorites. Sure you could be a fan of the singer but not required.
As a 90's/early aughts kid I didn't mind seeing Sugar Ray which was the act that was usually there at the same time as my trip, Tiffany, Wilson Philips and Rick Springfield were also ones I've seen that was pleasant to catch for "free" instead of the cost of tour. Definitely wouldn't mind seeing Boyz II Men again either, but I never seem to be in Epcot the first week of Nov when they play (since they've started, seems to always be that same period it's my mom's birthday so I remember). Wouldn't mind Hanson, but don't think I could handle Hanson crowds....
 

HauntedMansionFLA

Well-Known Member
  1. F&W got expanded by 13 days.
  2. Holidays Festival got shortened by 11 days.
That's just two more festival days than the previous year.

For 2019, there will be 245 festival days (67% of the time) and 120 non-festival days (33% of the time).
Add two or three weeks to Festival Of the Arts and bump back Flower & Garden and the non festival days shrink down even more
 

seascape

Well-Known Member
Add two or three weeks to Festival Of the Arts and bump back Flower & Garden and the non festival days shrink down even more
Last year Thanksgiving was early and this year it's late. For the first time I can remember extending my Thanksgiving Florida trip to the Wednesday after Thanksgiving allows me to see the Christmas Lights Boat Parade in Punta Gorda.
 

Gillyanne

Active Member
Made my first ADR this morning. Got up at 6 to book my mom a surprise "Sunday Brunch with a Chef" for Carla Hall. Carla is her favorite. Back when the Chew used to tape at F&W we tried to get tickets to see a taping but it didn't happen. Last year she only had a Weekday pass, so Sunday brunch was out. This year she has a Gold pass so I got up early to make sure she could get in (though still available to book now, but didn't want to take chances! and hey maybe it's like concert tickets, first booked gets better seats) Now to go add a bunch of random stuff to my "plans" on MDE to push it down the line. JIC she decides to actually look in there ;)
 

jaklgreen

Well-Known Member
Made my first ADR this morning. Got up at 6 to book my mom a surprise "Sunday Brunch with a Chef" for Carla Hall. Carla is her favorite. Back when the Chew used to tape at F&W we tried to get tickets to see a taping but it didn't happen. Last year she only had a Weekday pass, so Sunday brunch was out. This year she has a Gold pass so I got up early to make sure she could get in (though still available to book now, but didn't want to take chances! and hey maybe it's like concert tickets, first booked gets better seats) Now to go add a bunch of random stuff to my "plans" on MDE to push it down the line. JIC she decides to actually look in there ;)
I have been to many of these event. It is whoever is first in line gets the best seats. You will want to get in line pretty darn early if you want to sit close.
 

Gillyanne

Active Member
I have been to many of these event. It is whoever is first in line gets the best seats. You will want to get in line pretty darn early if you want to sit close.
Thanks for the heads up. We've done the cheapy ones (the $15 ones) but never one this big. If she doesn't spoil it, I'll be sure to know she has notice to plan on timing. The rest of the family checks out the same day, but we may end up leaving the night before anyway (not that we need her to leave)
 
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