If you enjoy toe-tapping tunes as much as tasty treats, you will love this: starting today, you can make FastPass+ reservations for the Eat to the Beat concert series. These nightly shows during the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival span the decades of pop music.
Normal FastPass+ booking guidelines apply. Log onto My Disney Experience to secure a spot for your favorite performers up to 60 days in advance (plus your length of stay) for resort guests, and up to 30 days in advance for Annual Passholders.
Catch season seven American Idol winner David Cook, who just released a new album. Swoon to Air Supply, which is celebrating 40 years as a duo. And can you believe, Wilson Phillips hit their first #1 single “Hold On” 25 years ago?
The shows are at 5:30, 6:45, and 8 p.m. each night of the Festival. Look for the FastPass+ line at the American Garden Theatre at least 20 minutes before each show, and from there you’ll be led to your special seating area.
Here’s a complete lineup of bands. Which performer are you most excited to see?
It might be helpful to post a seating chart next to the American Gardens Theatre and online, so that concert-goers have an idea of where they CAN sit. Something that shows color-coded rows (one color for Fastpass, another for stand-by, another for Dining Packages, another Chase/Visa holders, another for handicap seating, and another color for friends/family of bands) would be nice. We’ve been to a couple of the concerts this year and it’s very confusing. A color-coded chart would clear up a lot of questions here AND at the concerts!
So if I have a fast pass for the concert and my friends have the seating for the Sampler Package, will we be able to sit together?
Went to see Starship last evening. As a FL Passholder we had no idea the FP option was available. So glad we stood in the LONG standby line or we may not have had a seat. This is absurd that people can get a FP 74 days in advance and maybe NOT use it. Disney, you e-mail everything else to the passholders, but why weren’t we informed when this message was announced??
So far it has been easy getting the ones I want. I have no idea when I am going so just keep adding to my max and moving them around. I am sure it will be different once people go there and find out about this especially the front of the line people that wait hours to get front row. Should be interesting to see their reaction. The ones that do know will be lined up in the fastpass line early and then save rows for people coming in later so I don’t see much difference in this anyway.
The consensus on other blogs is that there will still be plenty of seating for everyone. Most said they have never had a problem with finding a seat. This will just be a chance for those who don’t want to arrive early to get really good seats. I actually think it will be the biggest benefit for passholders. Most people on vacation will want to use their Tier 1 choice on Soarin’ or TT. Locals who are coming for the Food and Wine Festival can use it for the concert. I agree with a previous writer that giving people a chance to get great seats without buying the meal package is really nice.
Most of these concerts are supported by locals and the only reason most of us buy annual passes. It just keeps getting more difficult to enjoy ourselves. We will end up sitting in the back because we didn’t know 30 days ago we wanted to attend a show – rediculous
So is this seating for FP+ different than if you purchased a lunch/dinner package or the sampler package?
Hi Erin, Yes, FastPass+ seating is different than the seating for the dining packages. The dining package seating is in the middle of the middle section (hope that makes sense!), while FastPass+ seating will be in the right side of the theatre.
I love this new FastPass+ option! As was/is the intent with FastPass, I’d rather not stand in line for a seat on/at an attraction when I could be spending that time doing something more entertaining. This is also a free alternative to booking a dinner package. How nice is that?! I also think it works well for both local and distant guests. As a tier one option, you make a decision as to whether the concert overrides a top tier ride. If it does, that opens the top tier ride to another guest. If it doesn’t, it keeps the concert open to someone who values that.
Why change something if it’s not broke?
In general, I love FP+. It has freed up mornings so that I am not running to the parks to make sure we get on certain attractions. This is one “addition” I am not pleased with. Why did you have to make it a Tier 1 FP? I find it difficult to use all (or want to use all) of our FPs in Epcot since I can only do Soarin’ or Test Track and then have a bunch of attractions to pick from that really don’t need FP to begin with. Now, if I want to make sure I get a seat without wasting hours in hine, I am supposed to give up the only big attraction of the day? I don’t think so.
Would love to see David Cook perform at one of favorite places… Disneyland. I won’t be in Florida anytime soon. But I will be driving 5 hours to see him perform in CA.
One more reason I hate FP+
Once again the locals who support WDW and the concerts are discriminated against with this ridiculous 30 day rule.
The way they word it is confusing. It is still the 60 days out to start booking, but you can book it for the length of your stay up to 14 days, which would be 74 days out total. So if your checking in Nov. 1st you still have to wait until Sep 2nd to start choosing your fast pass, but you can book it up until Nov. 15th. Which ends up being 74 days in advance. 😉
I hate this idea. For those of us with passes who like to show up day of, now we’ll get worse seats. *sigh* Disney is taking the spontaneity out of everything. =(
FYI it’s a “tier 1” attraction so i had to dump my Test Track FP for this.
Where would this FP location be at in regards to the stadium? And like many others I’m hoping that standby will still be available
Hi Pamela, FastPass+ seating is in the middle section on the right hand side (closer to Italy). Standby seating will be available.
Like others here, I can’t get in past 30 days out. I am therefore extremely interested in the answer to Christie’s question – will admission be FP+ only or will there still be standby available?
Nope nothing here either.
I love just showing up after a day of work and grab a set or 2.
Kinda unfair actually.
It is not 74 days in advance. Rather, they indicated “up to” 74 days in advance (which is the regular requirement for FP+).
For regular FP+, if you are staying offsite, you can book the usual 30 days in advance. If you are staying onsite at a Disney hotel you can book the usual 60 days in advance (+ up to 14 days into your vacation for a total of 74 days).
Hi wondering about the 74 days in advance? New rule just for Eat to the Beat? Resort guests are A 60 DAY window. I arrive (staying at resort) Nov 2 and since not in the 60 day window cannot book this. Are they going to change it to 74?
Can passholders not get them up to 74 days in advance? I wanted to get one but I can only go up to 30 days.
Uh, not for cast members, is it?
“up to 74 days in advance” I just tried and can only get 30 days out?!?!
Sorry for the confusion. Resort guests can make a FastPass+ selection for concerts up to 74 days in advance. That’s 60 days—plus the number of days of your stay — prior to your check-in date. Guests with a regular ticket or annual pass can make FastPass+ selections up to 30 days advance. You can always check for FastPass+ availability for this, or any other selection, on the day of your resort visit on My Disney Experience or at the theme parks.
If you don’t get a Fastpass for whatever reason, will you still be able to get in?
Absolutely! Standby entrance will be available. Rock on!