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p. 113 - New info on Festival of the Arts 2021!

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After all, we took the time to write this report, the least you could do is say something nice about it!

 

Nice report!

 

But seriously, that food looks delicious! Big mistake looking at these pictures while being hungry lol!

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I spent today at the first F&W Saturday. Probably in combination with the first weekend of college football and some poor weather made the crowds quite reasonable (for a F&W Saturday).

 

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Welcome to EPCOT!

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Gutenberg is reading the Food and Wine Menu

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First stop is the Festival Center

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It was pretty busy

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The chocolate dioramas are back. Here is Moana.

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Pandora

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Beauty and the Best

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Wreck it Ralph

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ANOTHER Moana

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If you want to attend one of these seminars make sure to get a reservation ahead of time

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Next over to Mission Space to try the new Earth Mission

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Why didn't they make it a Moon mission?

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Green and Orange trim on the spaceship

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It's still not busy, even with an HD upgrade

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The new Earth Mission is Ok. I'm still not a big fan of this ride and while I may find some time to try the new HD Mars Mission at some point this still isn't a must do attraction for me. Quick Space Nerd Complaint: Your flight path for the Earth orbit is INCREDIBLY unrealistic.

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UoE is closed but there are no walls up yet. Only this sign.

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Here is one of the new marketplaces. It features spicy dishes.

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On to the Food!

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Like this Spicy Chicken Pancake. It was good!

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Next door, NextEats in Future World is now three marketplaces. Sustainable seafood is one of them.

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Another Remy sighting

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Test Track broke right as my Fastpass came up and did not reopen :(

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Inside Odyssey they have craft beer and an Epcot 35 tribute area.

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The artwork displays and merchandise are not much. Maybe it will improve after October 1?

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They have a film loop featuring historic photos of Epcot construction and it's early years.

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Another new marketplace

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A classic

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A classical

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The repainting of Mexico is finished and it looks great

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Really nice

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Storms start to roll in

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Norway

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China

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The new Indian marketplace was quite busy. The line appeared to be filled with UK tourists looking for a good curry. I had the chicken and it was tasty.

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Africa got a new look

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An idea of the crowds near Germany. Surprisingly this isn't that bad for a Saturday. They were not even using the extended queues for the beer pavilion.

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Spain returns this year too. Lots of seafood.

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Italy is redesigned too.

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Japan

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Morocco

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Bonjour!

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Behind Germany you can see the construction cranes for the new Disney Riviera Resort

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Canada

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Finally I want to highlight the most unique new marketplace: Light Lab. It is inside the Innoventions space between Starbucks and Club Cool. It is limited capacity so there was a line to get in but inside the whole place is in blacklight and there is color changing effects everywhere.

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They have several different color-effect drinks including a Cotton Candy Tonic, Apple Slushy, and a Champagne with glowing boba balls. Don't miss this room!

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Am I the only one who doesn't really like this whole Food & Wine thing? My friends and I have been to WDW during Food & Wine 4 or 5 times (for a completely unrelated event that happens to fall in that time period) and after wandering around EPCOT for a little while and deciding it would cost us $60 to get enough bites of mediocre food to make it worthwhile, we end up leaving and going someplace else. About the only thing we DO get is a beer, but even then we'll usually just go to Rose & Crown.

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Am I the only one who doesn't really like this whole Food & Wine thing?

 

Probably.

 

I love it, and I go nearly every year.

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^ I agree with you Chuck, although I wish that I could go every year like you, Robb/Elissa and others. The trip reports that you all do helps a little with the sting of that though.

 

I seem to recall having only one or two things at F&W that I may have considered mediocre, but the majority of the samples that I have had have been either really good or just downright delicious. I have had nothing that I would say is nasty or uneatable.

 

As a person that has been to his share of food festivals, my advice for the poster that stated the food at F&W mediocre, you might just want to stay away from your hometown's food festivals - now some of THOSE can be great, to mediocre, to downright terrible!

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My strategy for Food and Wine is to eat at least one real meal at one of the Quick Service locations in addition to some of the smaller bites. Especially since each plate seems to go up by 1 dollar+ every year now in addition to shrinking. It's a surprisingly expensive experience otherwise, at least 50 per person before alcohol. And I can eat at the Japanese or Moroccan pavilion anytime.

 

The food is definitely very very good on average.

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Am I the only one who doesn't really like this whole Food & Wine thing?

Yes. Now please go away and take your negativity to some other forum. Thanks.

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I think that Michael and I blew through about $250 on food and booze when we went...but I wanted to make sure that I had a sample of alcohol from every country so I could say that I drank my way around the world - we had a freaking blast.

 

Now do the alcohol samples in each country during F&W count, or do you unofficially have to have a full alcoholic beverage at every permanent country for it to qualify? Given that there are a lot of other countries represented at the food festivals, I know that I had a really good buzz going on by the time Illumigaytions started.

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I think that Michael and I blew through about $250 on food and booze when we went...but I wanted to make sure that I had a sample of alcohol from every country so I could say that I drank my way around the world - we had a freaking blast.

 

Now do the alcohol samples in each country during F&W count, or do you unofficially have to have a full alcoholic beverage at every permanent country for it to qualify? Given that there are a lot of other countries represented at the food festivals, I know that I had a really good buzz going on by the time Illumigaytions started.

 

 

I'm not THAT much of a drinker, but hell yes, I'd be trying "one of everything" from every booth.

 

so I expect our cost the one time we went to a similar festival was close, if not as much as yours.

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Two things.

 

Do they have that combo plate and beverage cup holder available, again? I think they had one for sale last year,

and it looked perfect for carrying food and beverages with one hand, from the various kiosks at The Festival.

 

And, do they have a (let's say) 4 oz. Festival Beverage Cup (for reuse when sampling different wines and beers, etc.) in the Festival?

 

I ask this, because having experienced using such a cup at two Brew Fests (Cedar Point and PNE's) this past year. it seemed like a good

way to "go green" without using more plastic containers, etc. At each beer booth there were water jugs to rinse the previous tasting, out

of it. Then the cup could be refilled, etc.

 

If not, why not? If several wine pairings are going to be (suggested) with various kiosks' food offerings,

why not make it 4 oz and then have this type of cup? Or is it that the event is so big, if might not be possible

to have this available?

 

Thought I would ask.

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My 4oz. reusable cups, from B&B in CP, and the Beer Fest at The PNE in vancouver.

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Do they have that combo plate and beverage cup holder available, again? I think they had one for sale last year,

and it looked perfect for carrying food and beverages with one hand, from the various kiosks at The Festival.

They do! They've had it for a number of years now and I'm pretty sure it's become a staple of the event.

 

And, do they have a (let's say) 4 oz. Festival Beverage Cup (for reuse when sampling different wines and beers, etc.) in the Festival?

They don't because it's not like an equal amount at each place. And it's less like a "sample" and more like a "small drink" and those drink cups can come in all different shapes and sizes depending on what you get. So I think it makes more sense that way.

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I'm finally making to this event in November! Only going to Disney for 4 days during a long weekend. Not having enough vacation time sucks but short trips are better than no trips .

 

I haven't been to Disney since 2008 so really excited about heading back. I'm mainly going for Food and Wine @ Epct but can't wait to see the big changes in Magic Kingdom also.

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Not sure if this has been discussed yet, but as part of the Epcot 35th Anniversary celebration, Disney announced that the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride taking over Universe of Energy will indeed be a launched coaster with elements "unique" to all other WDW coasters. This link includes a rendition of what may be the footprint. They also announced that the show building will be 11 stories tall - so this ride is going to be massive. Looking forward to seeing construction progress over the next couple of years. Any speculation as to the ride system, and themed elements?

 

http://blogmickey.com/2017/10/guardians-galaxy-attraction-epcot-roller-coaster/

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Not sure if this has been discussed yet, but as part of the Epcot 35th Anniversary celebration, Disney announced that the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride taking over Universe of Energy will indeed be a launched coaster with elements "unique" to all other WDW coasters. This link includes a rendition of what may be the footprint. They also announced that the show building will be 11 stories tall - so this ride is going to be massive.

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Not sure if this has been discussed yet, but as part of the Epcot 35th Anniversary celebration, Disney announced that the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride taking over Universe of Energy will indeed be a launched coaster with elements "unique" to all other WDW coasters. This link includes a rendition of what may be the footprint. They also announced that the show building will be 11 stories tall - so this ride is going to be massive. Looking forward to seeing construction progress over the next couple of years. Any speculation as to the ride system, and themed elements?

 

http://blogmickey.com/2017/10/guardians-galaxy-attraction-epcot-roller-coaster/

Two of the insiders over on wdwmagic (marni and wdw1974) have said (as it currently stands!) to not expect a dark ride portion. Essentially get in, launch, fly by/pass through objects like RnRC and Tron, and that's it. They haven't pegged a time but it's apparently comparable to RnRC. There'll be multiple pre-show areas though since the UoE building will only house load, unload, and queue. There hasn't been any hints on the ride system yet. They haven't said much else on it because they aren't too enthused with it.

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^ Two people (out of how many people who do know about it) haven't said much about it?

 

Not enthused with it? Sorry to hear that they aren't.

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^ Two people (out of how many people who do know about it) haven't said much about it?

 

Not enthused with it? Sorry to hear that they aren't.

They're interested in the other more unique things going to WDW. This isn't the topic for it, but the Star Wars land rides will be packing some interesting tech that they are pretty excited about. The replacement for Stitch was a Wreck it Ralph AR attraction, then VR, then 3d, then stalled and now it kinda unfroze since the pre-show is becoming a meet and greet but apparently it's a new project. So hopefully no more Stitch by the 50th. Apparently The Seas pavilion might have a cool thing happening if the proposal goes through but that is apparently a few years away and is heavily subject to change. A new ride in the UK pavilion is greenlit, Coco to the Mexico pavilion in about 2-3 years, and Brazil getting closer to locked in are other things happening too. But on top of that, demo'ing a chunk of Innoventions and turning it into more flat space as it stands right now doesn't sound good.

 

So I can get why "just another" coaster isn't exactly thrilling to them. I'm somewhat looking forward to it but it would've been nice if they expanded Epcot instead of replacing (On topic of replacing, a proposed spot for Tron was Fantasmic! A couple other insiders confirmed it as well). The "big bang" conversion for UoE would've been very cool. I'm pretty trusting of these 2 specific people as well of the others on that forum. They've been right with just about everything over the last 10+ years.

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I honestly hope it's a Vekoma flyer. Disney's had concepts for flyers before and they have a long-standing relationship with Vekoma who're introducing a launched flyer with FLY at Phantasialand next year(?) so it'd make sense. You can theme the trains to the Milano and have riders fly through space.

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A new ride in the UK pavilion is greenlit, Coco to the Mexico pavilion in about 2-3 years, and Brazil getting closer to locked in are other things happening too.

Wait, huh? Maybe I missed something, can I get a source on all this?

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