Published: May 26, 2014 at 12:06 PMGood article and its too bad you didn't like it, but I am still a little lost what you were expecting.
Then again, you (and I :)) probably have too high of expectations.
I will write a bigger article, but I think you would have enjoyed the EPCOT after dark. The problem is that you would have to ditch the kiddies!
Published: May 26, 2014 at 12:14 PMThe first weekend of the Epcot ISDP, it was held outside between the two gift shops. I didn't know it moved inside the Odyssey. However, the early reviews I read described the underwhelming nature of the refreshments just as you described. The early reviewers didn't think it was worth it and you didn't think it was worth it. Also, being inside totally removes the "I'm special" feeling one gets when looked at by passers-by. And isn't that the real reason everyone gladly over pays for a Disney experience?
Published: May 26, 2014 at 1:42 PMI was thinking that this would be event where you could enjoy the desserts as you were watching the show, in a reserved viewing/dining area next to the World Showcase Lagoon. Yeah, the see-and-be-seen element is part of this, as is connecting the dessert experience to the show. Holding it in that tired old Odyssey space really diminishes the value.
Published: May 26, 2014 at 2:58 PMFrom all the sites I've seen, the epcot dessert party was making people stand the whole time without seats. They would have tall tables and not even enough for everyone. They couldnt put chairs down because the floors were sloped. I did read a couple post on disboards that said when it was going to rain they moved it to odyssey center. Is it always going to be held in the odyssey now? That was one of the major drawbacks to why we were not going to get a reservation and stick with tomorrowland terrace because of having no chairs.
Thanks for the review, its another bad review im afraid of and we will not do this party with my family. I really hope disney listens and changes this up because they have another great idea its just the implementation is just not disney level. I think Amanda said it right when they should include all the countries from the showcase and it would be worth the value. Id rather drop the alcohol and get better desserts but they want to differentiate it from wishes.
Published: May 26, 2014 at 4:19 PMAnthony, I can't wait to see your article about the after hours! I was expecting it to be a miniature version of Food and Wine, dessert style. We do have high expectations ;).
I also thought it would be outside. It was nice to have a seat, yet I would have preferred looking out over the water. I'm hoping that it is just going through a trial and error stage and will be what we have come to expect from Epcot's reputation concerning food.
Published: May 26, 2014 at 4:29 PMI really enjoy reading Amanda's articles about Disney's dining events. In the recent series of articles, I've noticed none of the places featured had an affordable menu for a normal family. They are all "splurges," meaning that Disney is charging premium prices for these events. And, yet, none of the food offerings look like a great value for the prices paid. The food featured in this article, for example, is ho-hum ordinary fare you'd find at a million different places. If Disney wants to charge $49 per adult for a fancy dessert event, why aren't they offering spectacular creations we simply can't find anywhere else?
On another site, a fine blogger/journalist has noted Disney has "declined by degrees," offering subtly lesser experiences each year to its patrons. Because most patrons don't visit Disney frequently, most don't notice the chipped paint here, or the burned out light bulb there. And they certainly don't care that Disney hasn't refreshed its attraction line-up in many moons -- enough to justify the steady rise in admission prices each year. I consider Disney a premium product. And I feel cheated when Disney charges big prices and fails to deliver a quality experience.
Published: May 26, 2014 at 4:33 PMI'm a bit mistrustful of all-you-can-consume deals that involve alcohol. I assume that the establishment has factored in "x" value of drinking and "y" value of eating into its price. But if I, as a non-drinker, am drinking zero, I need some pretty valuable "y" in the food to get my money's worth. Yet whenever "free" booze is on the table, the quality and value of the food always seems to lag, in my experience. This seems like another example of that.
Published: May 26, 2014 at 7:37 PMMaybe this article title should start with Where Not to Eat instead.
Published: May 27, 2014 at 5:21 AMEh, Robert, I don't even think this meets the criteria of a decent "all you can drink" event either. A table full of sparkling wine does not a good open bar make. Now, if it was a table full of the awesome crushed grape/vodka concoction I tried at a special event at the Land once, that would be another story :-).
And I think that ties back to exactly what Amanda and others have said -- there is such a great wealth of different foods available throughout Epcot, and so many nice places for a special fireworks viewing location, that this whole event sounds like just a hastily assembled, bilk the tourist event. Disney can do much better for that amount of money. Though, I will say, the freshly made doughnuts is pure genius :-)