Understood. After all, it's not like Al to make something into more of a negative than it really is!
I don't go to any of the events - I just take advantage of the booths around the World Showcase. And I thought they were every bit as good as last year's, with one exception. When I went to the America booth to purchase a lobster roll, I saw that they didn't have any wine there. No problem, I thought - I'll just get some at the next booth (going clockwise around the lagoon). But I was shocked to find that there was NO WINE at all until you hit France! There was beer, there was saki in Japan, but no wine. How did they let such a large swath of turf go without wine? Very bad planning, and something they really need to fix. I really enjoy munching and drinking my way around the world, and this was a pretty big section to NOT be drinking in!
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Re: October 9, 2009: Wine and Dine for '09
Having finally gotten a chance to walk around, it really feels empty without those extra areas (Oklahoma/Louisiana/Spain/Australia Walkabout). Such little things, but they do seem to make a difference between the festival seeming exciting, and it seeming a bit quick/cheap.
While the menus seem almost unchanged from last year (little changes here and there) I think I still miss the 4+ options at each cart from 2007.
But what I don't like is the new weekly festival guides. I miss the big thick full festival guide. In my visit today I couldn't get an answer on the times of the Sam Adams tastings...and the festival guide doesn't even list them either. I like being able to plan ahead future visits, not have a guide that ends today.
Question: When did they change the Sam Adam's cart from offering 3 size choices to just two? I thought I remembered the 3 sizes still last year. I don't know why it hurt them to offer small sample sizes...makes me more likely to try more.