Epcot – Listener Questions

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Flower and Garden Festival

1415 21:22 Jean Phillip from Canada asks why the Eat to the Beat and Flower Power concert series continually utilize the same performers

0662 12’00″: 14-year-old Evan from TX asks about entry to the Flower and Garden Festival.

LS32 16’50″: Virgiana from FL asks about and comments on the Flower Power concerts.

0537 6’50″: Jamie from NY asks about the Flower Power concerts.

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Jeff of TX wants to know how quickly Flower & Garden decorations are taken down.
Mike Scopa says the topiaries will still be around but the events will not be running.

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The Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot will be running around the beginning of April as well.

Food and Wine Festival

Generally

1415 21:22 Jean Phillip from Canada asks why the Eat to the Beat and Flower Power concert series continually utilize the same performers

1322 5:48 SRK from California shares his experience with the Food and Wine Festival

1237 23:35 Brandon from Tennessee asks about Concierge resorts for an anniversary during Food and Wine

1234 8:37 Jim from New York asks for a Columbus Day weekend touring plan that incorporates both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Food and Wine

1207 16:29 Vicky asks about doing Food and Wine on a budget

1207 8:06 Suzanne from the UK asks if her party should do Food and Wine on Saturday departure day

1192 18:50 Brian asks whether the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic is better than Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

1154 9:01 Norm asks about alcoholic Dole Whips at Epcot’s festivals

0671 15’55″: Daniel from Arizona asks what day of the week is best for Food and Wine Festival.

0662 9’55″: Chris from Illinois asks about Food and Wine Festival on the Dining Plan.

0660 10’30″: Kevin from Indiana asks if the Dining Plans work at the Food and Wine Festival.

LS37 19’45″: Caroline asks for must-sees at the Food and Wine Festival.

LS36 34’30″: Elizabeth from OK whether she can use her counter service credits in the Food and Wine festival.

0609 21’35″: Becky from Ohio asks about sit-down dining during the Food and Wine Festival. Scopa wants to do a Sip and Snack during the Food and Wine Festival (see also Episode 480 between 5’35″: and 17’00″:).

LS35 22’25″: Lorie reminds the Panel about the Food and Wine Festival information.

LS07 Part 2, 25’45″: Tim from FL asks about free seminars in the Food and Wine Festival.

0600 19’50″: Becka and Jay from NY asks whether the Food and Wine Festival is as good at the end of the festival.

LS34 97’35″: Someone asks about the lower Epcot hours at the start of Food and Wine.

LS033 44’00″: Jonathan from FL asks about the least crowded day for the Food and Wine Festival.

66’40″: James asks whether he can get Sam Adams in the Food and Wine Festival.

0507 14’25″: Shawn wants to know if he can mix Free Dining and Food and Wine.

0463 Kelly of GA wants to know if Len has come up with a touring plan for Food & Wine Festival.

0457 Dianne wants to know if all the parks get busier because of the Food & Wine festival.

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Cheryl of MA wants to know if the food booths during Food & Wine festival are open during evening Extra Magic Hours.

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Hans of IN wants to know if there are any rumors of celebrity chefs who will be at Food & Wine Festival.
Matt mentions the All Ears page about Food & Wine.

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Laura wants to know the policy for bringing food and water into the parks.

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Linda of CA wants to know if it’s necessary to stay at an Epcot resort during Food & Wine Festival.
Len thinks it’s a fabulous idea to stay at an Epcot resort so you can always eat at Epcot during the Festival.
Len would stay at the Swan and Dolphin or a cheap studio at the Beach & Yacht Club.
Annette says being able to walk between World Showcase and your room is great.

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Darcy wants to know if the cheddar cheese soup would be available at Epcot during the winter months following the Food and Wine festival.
Matt says if they had it all year round, it wouldn’t be as special.
Len says it sounds good and makes noises.

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Alex also wants to know how Food & Wine Festival affects the number of Dining reservations.
Len thinks there will still be a lot of folks trying to eat at the restaurants in Epcot.
Mike Scopa thinks the weekend with the Funai Classic and the Food & Wine Festival is the busiest of all the weekends that the Food & Wine Festival occurs.

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Will of FL wants to know any food or adult beverages at Food & Wine Festival he should not pass up.
Len says the desserts at Mexico and Norway were good.
Matt has heard great things about the wines from Australia.
Mike Scopa says there is good beer also in Australia.
Mike Scopa also likes the food on the “left side” of World Showcase.

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Beth wants to know what happened to the gravlax at the Food & Wine Festival this year?.
Len claims he saw the gravlax on the list but says it may have been at the Scandanavian booth and not the Norway pavilion.
Upon further investigation, Len discovers that they replaced gravlax with peppered mackeral.

Cookbook

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Erica says there is a book of recipes at the Food & Wine Festival.

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Julia of MD wants to know if there is a Food & Wine Festival cookbook is available.
Mike Scopa hasn’t heard of any cookbook but mentions there are these kiosks at the Festival that might sell a cookbook.
Len thinks it’s a great idea to have a cookbook.

Dates

0215
Norman wants to know if the dates for Food & Wine Festival are the same every year.
Mike Scopa says the dates are September 28 – November 11.

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Josh from the Greater New York City area wants to know the dates for the Food & Wine Festival.
Len says the dates for 2006 are September 29 through November 12.
Len says the food samplings around World Showcase are the best part of the Food & Wine Festival.
Len says tea will be big at the Food & Wine Festival this year.

Party for the Senses

1322 5:48 SRK from California shares his experience with the Food and Wine Festival

1310 2:54 SRK from California shares his experience with the Food and Wine Festival, especially Party for the Senses

1254 5:44 SK asks about Food and Wine Festival’s Party for the Senses

Future World

Club Cool

1403 6:01 Gerald from Pennsylvania asks why Club Cool is in Future World instead of World Showcase

1124 ‎2:24 Joe Pardo discusses Beverly drinking

Ellen’s Energy Adventure

0561 1’50″: Frank asks how the older rides are holding up at Epcot, such as Ellen’s Energy Adventure. The Panel also talk about The Seas with Nemo.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

0190
Robert enjoyed It’s Tough To Be A Bug and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Mike Scopa says Philharmagic and Muppetvision are kid-friendly whereas he finds the other two not to be.

Innoventions West

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Len didn’t think Innoventions West was that bad this time around.

Innoventions East

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Mike mentions you can’t cut through Innoventions in Epcot to get to Soarin’ any more.

Journey into Imagination

1325 15:56 Jules from Pennsylvania asks about the upcoming Imagination Pavilion refurb

1082 22:12 Brian from Ohio asks about future Magic Eye Theatre 3D shows at Epcot.

0585 24’30″: Sue refers to Episode 516, and thought that Kodak wanted the changes to Dream Finder.

0516 26’05″: Megan from NJ asks about the different versions of Figment.

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Kristin also shares how she thinks an effect in Journey into Imagination works.

Layout

1171 26:26 Thomas from Texas comments on the layout of Epcot’s Future World

Mission: Space

1100 12:28 Dave from New Jersey discusses Mission: Space’s intensity.

0597 11’30″: Megan from NJ asks about the Test Track VIP room. Scopa talks about the VIP room in Mission: SPACE.

LS033 99’40″: Kim from Maryland asks whether her party can get FastPasses when members of her party are doing both orange and green.

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Christine wants to know if she should go on Mission:Space Green.

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Dave of NY wants to know how intense Mission Space is.

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Frank also wants to know about a lounge at Mission: Space.

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Melissa of GA writes in with a witty comment about Mission:SPACE.

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Sharon wants to know if you can ride Mission:Space in a similar fashion to the version of Star Tours that doesn’t move.
Len says you can ride Mission:Space on the “orange team” where the ride doesn’t spin. There is some movement but no where near as intense as the full ride of Mission:Space.

LS02 Jay of Henderson, NV wants to know if the non-spinning version of Mission:SPACE is any good

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Richard Mercer of Ohio wants to know if Test Track and Mission: Space are the only attractions with single rider lines.
Len says the single rider line is gone at Mission:Space now to accomodate the no-spin version.

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Mark’s big story this week is that the non-spinning profile at Mission:Space has recently debuted.
Mark explains how one chooses between the normal version and non-spinning version.
The rest of Mark’s update can be found at [1]MousePlanet.com.

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Robert of MA wants to know which attractions have corporate lounges and how does a guest get in.
Mike says only employees of the sponsor may get into the lob.
There’s the General Motors lounge at Test Track and HP at Mission:Space.
Mike says there used to be Annual Passholder lounges as well.
You have to show ID to get into the lounge.
Mike says there are some refreshments available, games and you can get to the front of the line.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

1412 5:57 Jacqueline from Maine wonders if the dolphins will remain in Epcot

1412 3:32 Jacqueline from Maine asks about the Dolphin in Depth experience at Epcot. Len mentions a Touring Plans post

0561 1’50″: Frank asks how the older rides are holding up at Epcot, such as Ellen’s Energy Adventure. The Panel also talk about The Seas with Nemo.

LS06 Amy asks if there is any news on the opening of the Nemo ride in Epcot. Mike says expect a November opening. There are some pictures of it at touringplans.com. Len says that expecting the ride open in September is “pushing it.”

LS05 Amy also wants to know about ride updates for the Nemo ride at Epcot.

Soarin’

1240 13:42 Kevin from Indiana ponders the future of Soarin’

11625:12 Irene and Kendra from Massachusetts comments on Soarin’

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Zach of MN wants to know if the Soarin’ video is going to get updated soon.

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[2]Chris informs us that Battlestar Galactica was the track in the Soarin’ queue that is produced by Universal

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[3]Chris wants to know if we know what song in Soarin’ has a connection to Universal

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Dave also wants to know if Soarin is ok for expectant mothers.

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Jim has used old fastpasses except for one time at Soarin’.
Matt says the one time it didn’t work for him was Soarin’.
Len says a lot of people report problems using old fastpasses at Soarin’ and explains why.

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Krista of Sweden wants to know how high the third row of Soarin’ is off the floor.
Len says the top row is about 40 feet up and the bottom row about 10-15 feet up.
Mike Scopa thinks the third row is higher up and about 30 feet high.
Mike Scopa recommends closing your eyes just before takeoff and open them up once the film has started.

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Brian writes agrees with Matt saying that he wasn’t that impressed with Soarin’.
Len wonders where Matt keeps is soul.

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Mike mentions you can’t cut through Innoventions in Epcot to get to Soarin’ any more.

Spaceship Earth

LS39 47’25″: Kim from Maryland got stuck in Spaceship Earth during the Reunion.

0597 7’45″: Geoff from Louisiana listened to the Jeremy Irons narrative on Spaceship Earth.

0522 Mike from Minniapolis asks about the missing animated chariot in Spaceship Earth.

0502 25’35″: Geoff from Louisiana refers to <a href=”:http://www.wdwtoday.com/article.php?story=20060913152211853“:>Episode 153: Urban Theme Park Planning</a>, and misses the old Spaceship Earth.

0287
Joe of MA complains about the uncomfortable seats on Spaceship Earth.

0068
Steve H from St. Louis, MO wants to know if Spaceship Earth or Space Mountain are in danger of changing since they recently lost their sponsors.
Len says Siemen’s is the sponsor of Spaceship Earth.
Mike Scopa says Spaceship Earth will not be gutted out because there’s no guarantee that gutting it out would not compromise the integrity of the geosphere..
Len says to see how serious Disney was about the Time Racer attraction idea, Disney actually patened the trademark for it at one time.

The Sum of All Thrills

0710 6’55″: Becky from Ohio saved time using the Touring Plan for the “:Sum of All Thrills”:.

LS41 14’25″: Greg from Massachuettes asks about getting the high score in the Sum of All Thrills.

LS40 97’50″: Bad from Indiana asks about the “:Sum of All Thrills”:.

0668 2’40″: Len mentions a tip for Sum of all Thrills, and compares it against Cyber Mountain.

LS37 28’30″: Laurie did the Sum of All Thrills in Epcot.

Test Track

1243 17:58 Jeff from Georgia asks about the new Test Track

1237 6:05 Todd from Michigan comments on the new Test Track, etc.

1183 5:33 Jamie from New York asks about the purpose of a Test Track feature

1137 16:25 Nathan from Ohio comments on the old Test Track

0671 14’25″: Brian from FL asks whether GM will continue to sponsor Test Track.

0654 15’20″: Kathy from FL asks whether GM will still be sponsoring Test Track.

LS37 9’20″: Jack asks if Test Track closes if it rains.

0597 11’30″: Megan from NJ asks about the Test Track VIP room. Scopa talks about the VIP room in Mission: SPACE.

0457 Brian of PA wants to know the wait time for Test Track for the single rider line when we tried to ride all four parks in one day.

0329
Dr. Don comments on the best seat on Expedition Everest and Test Track.

0086
Sarah in PB Gardens finds Test Track to broken down alot and heard that the computers in the vehicles are as good as the computers in the space shuttle.
Len says the space shuttle or test track computers aren’t that advanced but the ride system is quite complex.
Len says if one of the car senses something go wrong, it will stop the entire ride.
Len says the break downs aren’t as bad as it used to be.

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Robert of MA wants to know which attractions have corporate lounges and how does a guest get in.
Mike says only employees of the sponsor may get into the lob.
There’s the General Motors lounge at Test Track and HP at Mission:Space.
Mike says there used to be Annual Passholder lounges as well.
You have to show ID to get into the lounge.
Mike says there are some refreshments available, games and you can get to the front of the line.

Turtle Talk with Crush

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Christine of VA wants to know if Turtle Talk with Crush will ever be a FASTPASS attraction and in the meantime, how to best see this attraction.
Mike Scopa says to go see it before 10am.
Len doesn’t think it’ll be a FASTPASS attraction because the capacity is so low.
Mike Scopa shares a secret for figuring out if you’ll make the next show or not.
Len says they are cramming people into that theater.

Wonders of Life

See Historic

Generally

1325 22:30 TJ from Illinois asks about scheduling FastPass Plus reservations at Epcot

1289 3:52 Tom from New Jersey asks if he can access the Epcot parking lot through the park proper after closing. His party wants to eat at the Beach Club’s Beaches and Cream restaurant and would rather walk through International Gateway. Mike Newell mentions Beaches and Cream’s new ADR policy.

1272 1:36 Liza from Louisiana asks for good breakfast ADR times for both Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall such as not to negatively impact park touring at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, respectively

1266 15:48 Jeff asks about entering Epcot through International Gateway at park opening

1254 4:29 SK asks for good accommodations for large parties near Epcot

0639 15’25″: Mark from NJ asks if there are Epcot FutureWorld attractions open after 7pm into EMHs.

LS033 45’45″: Jonathan from FL reports about staying in Epcot beyond 8 p.m. on Fridays.

0537 21’45″: Kabe wants to tour Animal Kingdom and Epcot in the same day.

0493 15’35″: Ted from NY talks about the wondering Walk about the World bricks.

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Mike of FL wants to know about new playgrounds in Epcot.

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Ryan wants to know about recent Epcot changes.

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Bill of PA corrects us on utilidoors at Epcot.

0176
Steve of FL wants us to help convince his wife to go to Epcot instead of going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Len says he would much rather spend a night at Epcot than go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Jared of NY wants to know if Disney is going to do anything for Epcot’s 25th Anniversary.
Len doesn’t think a Year of a Million Dreams ending a few days before Epcot’s 25th is no coincidence and would be very surprised if Disney doesn’t do something.
Len thinks maybe a parade or tweaking of Illuminations is in order.

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Gary Hasty wants to know what about the empty building behind Test Track.
Len says that a long time ago it was a counter-service restaurant that wasn’t very popular and has been closed for close to a decade.
It’s also used for some special events during the year but it’s general closed to the public.

Holiday

1268 17:31 Diane from Illinois shares her experience at Epcot on New Year’s Eve

1246 15:54 Joe from New Jersey ponders ways to exit Epcot on New Years Eve

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Sarah of WI wants to know if you can do all of the holiday events in Epcot in one night.

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Laurie of MO wants to know of a touring plan for the Storytellers in Epcot.

Leave a Legacy

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Len is surprised how bad the Leave a Legacy tiles at Epcot are doing.

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Jeff from Deltona, FL asks are there any leave a legacy monuments active besides the one available at Epcot to buy?.
Many bricks are up for renewal and the Leave a Legacy in Epcot, Mike isn’t aware of any other options.
Len has heard of rumors of doing more bricks but nothing specific yet.

Original Vision

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John wants to know of books to read about Walt’s original vision for Epcot.
Mike Scopa recommends [4]Waltopia.

Sponsorships

1183 23:24 Patrick from Tennessee presents Epcot sponsorship ideas

Tours (including Segway Tours)

See Parks Generally – Tours.

World Showcase

Generally

1352 20:21 Rob from Kentucky asks for ways to get his party interested in World Showcase

1266 17:39 Alicia from Minnesota questions the order of the World Showcase countries

1109 Kris from Indiana asks for good places to have an anniversary dinner and watch Illuminations

1103 10:30 Paul from New Jersey’s son asks why World Showcase opens later than Future World

0692 1’40″: Hale from Connecticut asks if there is any special Olympics events in the World Showcase.

0677 25’10″: Sharon from Ohio asks how long the internal Epcot boats run.

0630 33’35″: Craig from Canada asks about international government involvement in the World Showcase.

0615 11’10″: Geoff asks about the Walk Around the World bricks.

LS07 Part 2, 3’00″: William from Virginia asks why the Africa pavilion closed in World Showcase.

Part 2, 5’20″: William from Virginia asks how the pavilions other than Morocco was funded.

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Jeff wants to know if we’ve spoken foreign languages in World Showcase at Epcot.

American Adventure

1156 20:15 Colm from England comments on The American Adventure and asks if Lance Armstrong is still in the show

Canada

1121 18:14 Rob from Maryland asks O’ Canada and “Disney t-shirts”

1100 6:30 Dave asks about where he can buy music from Epcot’s old O’ Canada film.

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Saundra corrects us on which hotel the Canada Pavilion is based on in Ottawa, Canada.
Bob of Ottawa, Canada corrects us about the Canada Pavilion.

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Michelle mentions what famous building is in Quebec.
Derek writes in to mention a building in the Canada pavilion.

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Mary Beth corrects us on who sings in the new Oh, Canada film.

Candlelight Processional

1334 4:44 Tim asks for the hosts’ opinions on changes to the Candlelight Processional

1322 22:35 Cassie discusses Candlelight Processional

1301 16:09 Ehmann asks if the Candlelight Processional dinner package is worth it. He also asks which showing of Candlelight Processional is least crowded

1268 2:17 Jeremy asks what time he should line up for the Candlelight Processional if he is not on the dinner package

1112 10:28 Holly asks about performing in the Candlelight Processional orchestra

1103 13:50 Connor asks for the best restaurant to complement Candlelight Processional

1079 15:34 Channing from Georgia thinks the Candlelight Processional dinner package is worth it.

LS37 90’30″: Katie from TX asks whether she can see the Candlelight Processional with a popular celebrity.

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Mario of TX wants to know if he should use the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package.

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Beth of FL wants to know about when to book a Candlelight Dinner Package.
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Shane also wants to know what to do before he has to sing in Candlelight Processional.

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Derek of NE wants to know if the Disney Dining Experience can be applied towards the Candlelight Dinner Package.

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Ray Kastner of WI mentions that Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages should be available to book.

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Deb of MA wants to know if the Candlelight Dinner Package is worth getting.
Matt thinks the Candlelight Dinner Package is worth it.
Mike Scopa values his time and thinks it’s worth it to get the Candlelight Dinner Package.
Mike Newell has only heard the [5]Mike Scopa Candlelight Processional.

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Ray wants to know if thee any changes being made to the Candlelight Processional dinner package because he’s found the in the past the times to be difficult if you have kids.
Mike Scopa suggests writing to Disney and complaining regarding the arrangement Disney had last year.

Drinking around the World

0579 4’35″: Liam from UK refers to the Sip and Snack episodes, and thinks about combining Drinking around the World and Eating around the World.

0525 11’45″: Sharna from RI asks about pacing herself whilst Drinking Around the World.

0507 Steve from FL wants to know the Panel’s official Drinking Around the World drink.

0457 Sarah wants to know about drinking around the world at Epcot without drinking beer.

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Stuart wants to know if we’ve considered drinking around the world.

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Pat also wants to know how much to drink around Epcot.

0278 [6]Jana tells us about the Drinking Around the World meet
Mike Newell says we weren’t talking about their event, just what we’ve done when we’ve drinked around the world.

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Todd Pushman of Southgate, MI wants to know advice for “Drinking around the World”.
Len recommends starting slow and eating lots of food as you can easily get drunk and subsequently tipsy.
Len mentions you don’t have to stick with beer but with other drinks, the alcohol content is higher.
Len recommends starting at Mexico because the food goes great with drinking.
Len calls it the “Tara Reid Touring Plan of World Showcase”.
Matt says it can be quite expensive when it’s done and could cost about $100 per person.

Eating around the World

1251 5:23 James discusses his experience in dining around World Showcase

0594 15’25″: Mike from Tennessee wants to enjoy his birthday by eating and drinking.

0579 4’35″: Liam from UK refers to the Sip and Snack episodes, and thinks about combining Drinking around the World and Eating around the World.

0576 23’30″: Kirby from NJ wants suggestions for a Junior Sip and Snack. The Panel give their favorite items.

0510 21’55″: Barb comments on Eat around the World and Maple Syrup.

Germany

0513 2’30″: Dennis from Massachusetts asked about the miniature trains between Italy and Germany.

Italy

0513 2’30″: Dennis from Massachusetts asked about the miniature trains between Italy and Germany.

Kim Possible

See Historic

Norway

0639 2’35″: Scott from UK refers to Episode 631, and says that Norway does have a character link.

0290
Melanie debunks a rumor of being the first on Maelstrom.

Souvenirs

See Shopping

United Kingdom

1118 21:08 Ken from Indiana talks about UK pavilion entertainment in Epcot

1085 13:28 Jason from Massachusetts asks about viewing Illuminations from Rose and Crown.

LSE1 25’10″: Rod from UK calls to say hi, and says that he doesn’t go into the Rose & Crown pub, as he has one near his house.

29’05″: Andre from UK says that the food in the Rose & Crown pub is more fancy than in British pubs, and compares traditional food to a presentation of Thanksgiving dinner.

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Len likes the gazebo area at the United Kingdom in Epcot.

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