I know it was very popular. So with all respect and just my two bits, I love good food and wine, neither of which I found at the Food and Wine Festival, save for the private winery dinners at Napa Rose, which are incredibly good. And for Sir Didymus, who's turning 21, if you want a truly great food and wine experience, just go to Napa Rose and let them work their magic for you.
I agree on that last part. You cannot beat Napa Rose. So if you want to treat yourself for your birthday, have a nice dinner there with family/friends and if you really want to go all out, do the Vinters Menu with the paired flight of wines. Delicious!
Common misconception. WDW's F&W makes a killing. California's has LOST money for the last 3 years. The money made off the food and wine doesn't cover the money for the showcases, sets and decor. This doesn't surprise me at all.
I was thinking the same thing. If they were making that much off of it they would find a place to host it.
Do they also pay the "celebrity chefs" to appear? That would be costly too.
Is there more to the quote because technically it says that they're not hosting it in DCA, not that it is not being hosted at all.
I thought the same thing, but they went back and clarified themselves on the blog. The festival won't happen in 2011 and 2012 anywhere at the Disneyland Resort.
I am hopeful that it will be back in 2013, but I do know it has been unprofitable and they've been considering canceling it for years. The funny thing is, it might be the one thing Disney undercharges for. They only charge a token $1 fee for wine tastings, and pretty much every hard ticket event sells out nearly immediately. I'm hoping larger crowds combined with higher park capacity will make the event profitable in the future, so it comes back.
What a bummer. I'm all kinds of sad with this news. I understand that they want an aesthetically pleasing environment for the event and that construction makes that nearly impossible...but I wish they could continue at the Grand Cal or something. Heck, make it a hard-ticketed D23 event so they could make moolah.
I'll let the optimist in me come out and present some hope. Perhaps in 2013:
- DCA will no longer simply be the AP lounge and the free part of the 2fer deal. People should actually be paying to get in, and increased paid attendance, especially if the festival includes some AP blockout dates, and hotel bookings should help.
- With greater crowds and capacity, economies of scale improve. I assume the chefs, winemakers, and celebrities are paid for their time and not by the size of the audience, so a larger audience should allow those costs to be spread over larger revenue. Also, the unique food items at the marketplace and merchandise can sell in greater numbers to offset their development costs.
-Sponsors should be easier to attract. Not only will DCA hopefully lose its stigma, but the economy had better improve by then as well.
My hope is that these factors would make F&W profitable without raising prices. I said earlier that Disney doesn't charge as much as they could, but of course I sincerely hope they don't raise prices. The $1 wine seminars/tastings represent one of the very few moments where I feel like I get uncommonly good value for my money at Disney.
well i guess i should have purchased a few more bottle of the $20/bottle Magicale when it was at the festival!!! :/
also, what my boyfriend and i fell in love with at the 2009 food & wine festival was at the second floor terrace at the golden vine winery. there were multiple flights to choose from that were very tasty and some amazing food. the terrace reopened during this years festival but sadly it now just serves the same menu as the cove bar. they need to bring it back. there doesn't need to be two cove bars. i want unique and different experiences.
I have been every year since it started. Look forward to it every year, this bummed me out. I hope it returns in 2013.On that note i'm looking to see if any one went to taste the first year, there was a winery there that had a late harvest chardonnay that was yummy, and i was lloking for the name of that winery. Any help would be welcomed.