I have the advantage of being within 20 miles of EPCOT, so I get to drive down to see the bands at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series at my leisure. The Traffic on I4 around the constructions sites can get pretty hairy, but it’s worth the stress. I just have to walk through security, flash my Magic Band at the turnstile, maybe take a photo with some Disney Magic using my Photo Pass and then choosing either Mexico or Canada as my route to the American Gardens Theatre By The Shore! I made sure to take a photo in front of the sign sporting the name of the band I’m about to enjoy.
Seats are hard to come by and standing on line in the hot sun is not my favorite thing to do. So I’ve taken advantage of what Disney has to offer this year to get myself way up close that has “guaranteed” me a great seat every time so far. I either book a lunch at one of the various EPCOT restaurants listed in the Eat to the Beat Dining Package. We’ve eaten at Chefs de France, Rose & Crown, Tokyo Dining and Restaurant Marrakesh so far. Most lunches are a little pricey and run around $65 dollars a person and include an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage With the lunch package you get a sticker for your shirt that lists the show you have access to.
I’ve also signed up for a Chase Disney Credit card that get’s me an arm band for one of the 3 shows which also get me up close and personal with the band. This is a good thing for the bands that are very popular where seats are hard to get. I’ve found that if you get there early in the morning and get to the Chase Lounge when it first opens you most likely will be wearing the band of you choice. You are only allowed one per day so choose wisely.
There’s also a Disney Character Experience at private Card member location where you can take photos with one of the
characters and download them at your leisure. So far, I’ve been to see 15 shows this season with the best seats in the house and some great photos with the members of some of the bands. I’ve seen one of my favorite bands, Toad the Wet Sprocket 6 times for a total of 42 songs! That’s like going to a 4 hour concert. I love it and can’t wait to see the rest of the bands before the Food and Wine Festival is over for 2016.