Disney lists the official dates for the 2009 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival as September 25th through November 8th. But…did you know that you can actually experience the festival on September 24th!!?? But HOW???….You may ask….
September 24th is the Cast Preview Day for the Food and Wine Festival! It was announced in a recent issue of the Disney Tell-a-Cast. Don’t know what the Tell-a-Cast is? The Tell-a-Cast is a small pocket sized flyer that is handed out solely to working cast members at the parks. It contains a myriad of information that cast members can access right at their fingertips and it is small enough to fit inside of a pocket.
The most recent Tell-a-Cast announced that Cast Preview Day will be September 24th from 1 to 8 p.m. I am not a cast member but have been to many Cast Preview Days for past Food and Wine Festivals and let me tell you…you don’t want to miss it!
First of all…you don’t have to be a cast member to experience Cast Preview Day! That’s right, anyone can start sampling what the Festival has to offer on Preview Day. You will not be asked for any kind of Cast Member ID when making your purchases. Second, it is on a Thursday. Unlike the Official kick-off which is on a Friday and is always completely mobbed!
The only drawbacks to visiting on Cast Preview Day is that not all experiences and booths will necessarily be open that day. This is also a trial run for all of the Cast Members working the Event. They are testing things such as remote credit card POS Systems, queue lines, portion size, etc. And although the lines will be thin you might have to deal with some glitch-working-out here and there.
If you want to experience the Festival with fewer crowds like I do…make sure to make your way over to World Showcase on September 24th. When you see me, please come over and say Hi!
Until Next Time,
P.S. Did you hear about the recent changes to the World Showcase? You might want to check it out while there for the Food & Wine Festival!