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Madi100
12-11-2006, 12:30 PM
My husband and I just returned from Walt Disney World. We spent 8 WONDERFUL days together. This trip we left our two girls at home and enjoyed a trip for just Mom and Dad. They will be going in January of 2008, so they are both fine and won't need any type of therapy because they were not taken. We are DVC members and stayed at our DVC resort for the first time. We loved it.

Every experience we had was wonderful except for YOAMD. I knew this promotion was going on. I had read about it before we went. Therefore, as I was walking around WDW and I saw people with lanyards, ears, and fastpasses I knew exactly what they were from. And, I never got any of them. I'm not big on the ears, so I would have been fine without those. We had no problems waiting in line for things, because there wasn't much of a wait. But, my girls love to trade pins, and I would have loved to have been able to take one of those lanyards home to them. And, I think a lot of the people who won those lanyards could care less about them. Most of them dont' really know that they are limited things that will only be available for a short time.

We've been to WDW several times. We will be going back in December of 2007. But, I really felt like there was a party, and I wasn't invited to it. We had a magical time and no where in my scrapbook am I going to put that we were bummed that we didn't get anything, but while we were there, I knew it.

We had some friends that planned a once in a lifetime trip. They have five kids, three are foster kids that they adopted. I helped her plan her trip, and when we last saw them they were having a magical time. They arrived two days before we left, and when we met up with them for the first time, they had on the lanyards that they had gotten their first day. They also got to wake up Crush. They were also asked to be in the parade. Every time I talked to her something new had happened. I was so happy for them. How magical for them. If I had to chose between something happening to me and something happening to them, I'd pick them.

I can't wait until they go back to the way it was when they did the magical things just because and not because it was good advertising.

AJKMOM
12-11-2006, 12:39 PM
The way I see it, Disney is always going to "celebrate" something. Most times, if they can't tie it into some date like an anniversary, or Mickey's birthday, or Walt's birthday, they make up something. It seems like they have to have some special promotion, and I am at the point- being DVC members, too, and this was my 11th trip in the last 16 years- I sort of ignore the whole thing.

At home, we have a local store that has "the best sale ever" at least 6 times a year, and we laugh at the commercials. That's the way I feel about the way Disney promotes it's events. I just wait to see what they will do next. I am glad your friends got some magical memories, sorry you didn't. Maybe next time.

kelleigh1
12-11-2006, 12:41 PM
I was wondering if childless couples were receiving any of the extra magic from YOAMD or if they were bring overlooked for the kids. I get the feeling that because you left the kids at home, you didn't receive the extra magic.

Hubby and I don't have kids and I can't tell you how often we are overlooked for things like this because of that fact. At the ballpark where we have season tickets (and where I've had those season tickets for almost 20 years now), we are always passed over for any special events because we are not a "family".

I'm not trying to take anything away from kids, but why should we be made to feel less special because we don't have kids. There are a million reasons why we may not have children, and that is strictly our business, but being overlooked at events such as this because we don't (or can't) just makes us feel like we don't count.

Madi100
12-11-2006, 12:55 PM
I was wondering if childless couples were receiving any of the extra magic from YOAMD or if they were bring overlooked for the kids. I get the feeling that because you left the kids at home, you didn't receive the extra magic.

Hubby and I don't have kids and I can't tell you how often we are overlooked for things like this because of that fact. At the ballpark where we have season tickets (and where I've had those season tickets for almost 20 years now), we are always passed over for any special events because we are not a "family".

I'm not trying to take anything away from kids, but why should we be made to feel less special because we don't have kids. There are a million reasons why we may not have children, and that is strictly our business, but being overlooked at events such as this because we don't (or can't) just makes us feel like we don't count.


In their defense, we did talk to a couple that was chosen to be in the parade, and it was just a couple. They had no kids with them. We had so much happen to us the last time when we did have our kids. But, I felt left out of this celebration. I don't know if it hurt our "chances" that we didn't bring the kids or not. We still had a wonderful time and that won't be ruined.

makinorlando
12-11-2006, 12:57 PM
For the most part what I can figure out about the lanyards and ears is that they are given to a whole group of people at a time, they are not just choosing random families etc from the crowds.

DD and I got lanyards on Saturday in Innoventions while she was playing the robot game. She was also in line for Test Track later that day, and was just behind a group of folks that got them.

Someone in another post mentioned that the locations for these give aways is done by the computer and the "dream team" (or dream catchers as Tara calls them) do not know where they are headed for the next give away until 15 min before.

We felt very fortunate to get the lanyards, and I would LOVE to have a set of ears, but it really is just about being in the right place at the right time for these things.

Other dreams like Grand Marshalls of the parades etc, that is done on a family basis, and as DD says she never gets picked for anything and we are in the parks almost every weekend!

AJKMOM
12-11-2006, 01:02 PM
I was wondering if childless couples were receiving any of the extra magic from YOAMD or if they were bring overlooked for the kids. I get the feeling that because you left the kids at home, you didn't receive the extra magic.

Hubby and I don't have kids and I can't tell you how often we are overlooked for things like this because of that fact. At the ballpark where we have season tickets (and where I've had those season tickets for almost 20 years now), we are always passed over for any special events because we are not a "family".

I'm not trying to take anything away from kids, but why should we be made to feel less special because we don't have kids. There are a million reasons why we may not have children, and that is strictly our business, but being overlooked at events such as this because we don't (or can't) just makes us feel like we don't count.


We have 3 kids, have been 11 times, many during the "celebrations" and not ever been given anything. Of course, we rarely win anything, but still, it would be nice to be chosen once for something.

kelleigh1
12-11-2006, 02:12 PM
Glad to hear that Disney doesn't seem to be following the "for kids only" route. I wouldn't stop going there, but at least from these responses it seems that they get that kids of all ages visit the parks and love to participate.

Hubby and I had a great time last year and can't wait to go next year. We are definitely "kids" when we are there.

jessyj1977
12-12-2006, 01:30 PM
My boyfriend and I got a wish. We got the pin and lanyards, and it wasn't just her and I, they basically came into the pre-show room in tower, and gave it to everyone in it. I am actually not sure if there were any families there at all...

upon-a-star
12-13-2006, 06:15 PM
I do sympathize with the "not invited to the party" feeling. We had a decidedly un-magical time on our trip in November. My dh (who is the major Disney freak in our family) ended up sitting outside the park one day because he left his ticket in guest relations the previous day after he was sent there to retrieve a hat that came off during Primeval Whirl. Yes, his name was on the ticket, but they couldn't find it (and they never found the hat, either).

It was our last day, thank goodness, but we only had enough money on us to buy him a one park ticket, not a hopper. So he bought a ticktet for Studios because our dinner ressies were there. I was already in the MK with the kids (while he was at GS trying to work everything out) but they wouldn't even let him in to retrieve me. He sat outside until I came out looking for him. In fact, two CM even hassled him about waiting for a cab elsewhere (he wanted to be where we could see him).

Anyway, it broke my heart that this dear man and huge Disney fanatic didn't get a bit of the magic. In fact, he was treated badly - even though he had found and turned in a total of five tickets during our trip (two found in a fast pass machine, three on a counter).

But he's a trooper. We're going away for a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary, and guess where he wants to go?

Vemnox
12-14-2006, 10:13 PM
Too many people are going in with high expectations for something and they are so high that they inevitably crash down when their expectations are not met. For most guests, there is no expectation and they are twice as excited as the people who did expect something.

jaurban
12-15-2006, 02:24 PM
All the people we saw selected for the parades were not familes, all couples.

sticker231
12-16-2006, 09:38 AM
Too many people are going in with high expectations for something and they are so high that they inevitably crash down when their expectations are not met. For most guests, there is no expectation and they are twice as excited as the people who did expect something.

I agree. We went not expecting anything and were lucky to get the lanyards. We were "chosen" getting off Rio del Tiempo along with some others for about a ten minute time frame. The"selection process" was getting on the ride and being given a "dream" when you got off, not very selective in my opinion. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the location. It was quite comical to see people following individual members of the dream team walking around the parks. If you go expecting something you are sure to be upset.

Madi100
12-16-2006, 11:43 AM
I agree. We went not expecting anything and were lucky to get the lanyards. We were "chosen" getting off Rio del Tiempo along with some others for about a ten minute time frame. The"selection process" was getting on the ride and being given a "dream" when you got off, not very selective in my opinion. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the location. It was quite comical to see people following individual members of the dream team walking around the parks. If you go expecting something you are sure to be upset.

I wasn't expecting anything. I really truly wasn't. It was just the fact that I knew it was there and that bothered me more than I thought it would. Maybe we should never go without our kids again, but it seemed like all of the magic Disney sent our way didn't happen on this trip - it was reserved for the attention of Year of A Million Dreams. I was thinking that with this celebration that we would be exposed to all sorts of "magical happenings". Not that I'd win, but that I'd at least see them. I saw NOTHING.

Vemnox
12-18-2006, 11:53 AM
I wasn't expecting anything. I really truly wasn't. It was just the fact that I knew it was there and that bothered me more than I thought it would. Maybe we should never go without our kids again, but it seemed like all of the magic Disney sent our way didn't happen on this trip - it was reserved for the attention of Year of A Million Dreams. I was thinking that with this celebration that we would be exposed to all sorts of "magical happenings". Not that I'd win, but that I'd at least see them. I saw NOTHING.

See, but by what you're saying, you inadvertently formed expectations without you knowing.

JaneH
12-18-2006, 12:39 PM
I just returned on Saturday, we spent a week at the WDW w/ ds10 and ds13, THEY were the ones who were disapointed, not me. Did we really need fastpasses, no, the lines were really short last week. Would they have worn the hat if they even received it? probably not after an hour or so. But they are children and they did see others receiving things.

We did have great vacation. I purposely took them out of school so they could have a nice uncrowded week at WDW.

BrerMom
01-06-2007, 11:48 PM
the "dream team" (or dream catchers as Tara calls them) I like that! :yay: It reminds me of the Tapestry of Dreams Parade.

Vemnox
01-07-2007, 12:34 AM
I just returned on Saturday, we spent a week at the WDW w/ ds10 and ds13, THEY were the ones who were disapointed, not me. Did we really need fastpasses, no, the lines were really short last week. Would they have worn the hat if they even received it? probably not after an hour or so. But they are children and they did see others receiving things.

We did have great vacation. I purposely took them out of school so they could have a nice uncrowded week at WDW.

But would they have known about it before or did you tell them it was going on and they had a chance to win?

NotAmused
01-07-2007, 12:44 AM
I didn't even know about YOAMD until I discovered these boards a few days ago. I'm glad these prizes are given out randomly and not by personal selection by looking at people since there are no small children in my group. I (20) am going in February with my Grandma and brother (16) so it's nice to know we still have a chance at getting something even though we aren't cute little five year olds :laughing: Everyone deserves some "magic", no matter what age.


I really am not expecting to get a prize or anything just cause I never have that kind of luck:) but I am just going to have fun visting Disney again and going to Mardi Gras at Universal.....so excited!!

grandma jan
01-07-2007, 11:28 AM
We have decided to not tell the grandkids about yomd and if it happens it happens and if not no disappointments. We are going in June.

OhMari
01-07-2007, 02:05 PM
You can win prizes by sending in post cards. It seems almost all of us who sent in post cards on the DIS, received the ears or the laynard with 2 pins. I only sent in about 10 post cards since October, so maybe invest $5.00 and go buy some post cards at the post office. Maybe you can win the laynard yet for your next trip or maybe even something bigger.

calypso*a*go-go
01-07-2007, 02:54 PM
You can win prizes by sending in post cards. It seems almost all of us who sent in post cards on the DIS, received the ears or the laynard with 2 pins.

Actually it's only a few people that have reported winning lanyards or ears...but the promotion still runs a long time so it's definitely worth buying some postcards to drop in the mail.

I'll have to admit that I'm getting a bit annoyed at the fact that the same people have won three or four times while others have gotten nothing at all. So unfortunately...the mail in entries can be just as disappointing as spending a week at WDW and leaving empty handed. I'm happy for the people that have already received prizes in the mail (so don't get me wrong), just wish things we spread out a bit more evenly.

java
01-07-2007, 09:50 PM
My kids were not paying attention to this at all - until DH saw the ad. He said at dinner" Hey we are sure to win something we have Mommy with us" Talk about PRESSURE!! Now he says this because I have had wonderful things happen to me in the past. And a disney day for me is always one full of surprises. But now that he said this I am sure he put the big WHAMMIE KABBOSH on me. But win or not- we will have a magical day!:wizard:

Madi100
01-07-2007, 10:59 PM
You can win prizes by sending in post cards. It seems almost all of us who sent in post cards on the DIS, received the ears or the laynard with 2 pins. I only sent in about 10 post cards since October, so maybe invest $5.00 and go buy some post cards at the post office. Maybe you can win the laynard yet for your next trip or maybe even something bigger.


What is the address for mailing the postcards to?

WaltD4Me
01-08-2007, 10:14 AM
My sister and I are taking my nieces (11 and 7) to WDW in May. I told my sister not to even tell them about YOMD, but they have seen commercials and the Disney Christmas parade (where they talked about it alot) and the 7 year old got really excited, my sister explained to her that not everyone gets picked, but she is convinced that she will and I worry about her being disappointed, no matter how much we tell her she is lucky just be going to Disney, she's only 7 and LOVES anything and everything Disney so of course she thinks she's going to win something. I'm sort hoping we don't see any Dream Teams at all, I think it'll be worse if someone right in front of us "wins."

willoughbyclan
01-08-2007, 01:20 PM
We are leaving Thursday for (5) days in the parks. My husband and I have NOT told the girls about YOAMD. I am not expecting anything either. I still just get sooooo excited about going to Disney, that is magical enough for me. My husband nor I were able to go as a child. I am already blessed with just being able to go to Disney, if we win something so be it.:goodvibes

T-i-double-g-err
01-08-2007, 07:39 PM
What is the address for mailing the postcards to?

Here's a quote with the address from the YOMD rules for mail-in entry.

Also, starting on September 18, 2006, eligible participants can enter without being present in a Disney Property by writing their full name, complete mailing address (including postal code), daytime telephone number (including area code), and date of birth on a 3.5"x5" postcard and sending it with proper postage affixed to: (i) if a legal resident of the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada or Mexico: P.O. Box 8629, Elmhurst, IL 60126; or (ii) if a legal resident of the United Kingdom: Disney Dream Giveaway, 483 Green Lanes, London N13 4BS. Participants may enter once per day during the Giveaway Period. All mail-in entries must be mailed separately, postmarked by December 31, 2007 and received by January 14, 2008 or they will be void.

Good luck! :thumbsup2

T-i-double-g-err
01-08-2007, 07:43 PM
We are leaving Thursday for (5) days in the parks. My husband and I have NOT told the girls about YOAMD. I am not expecting anything either. I still just get sooooo excited about going to Disney, that is magical enough for me. My husband nor I were able to go as a child. I am already blessed with just being able to go to Disney, if we win something so be it.:goodvibes

This is my attitude as well! I'm just looking forward to going with my family in July for a fun and restful vacation at WDW! Congratulation on winning the Cinderella DVD Sweepstakes! :goodvibes

umbluegray
01-14-2007, 03:29 PM
During our last trip, May 2005, my 5 year old DD was "crushed" because she didn't get called upon to ask a question during Turtle Talk.

We explained to her that we don't always get to do everything every single time. Sometimes it's other people's turns and that, instead of feeling sad for ourselves, we should feel happy for them.

The very next day we went to AK and she was picked out of the audience to participate in Festival of the Lion King.

It was a great way to confirm the lesson we tried to teach her.

It's really fun when you get to do something, so remember to be excited for others when it's their turn.

dimoe
01-14-2007, 04:19 PM
I agree with you about being disappointed about not receiving anything. Thankfully I mentioned nothing to my family just me they didnt even notice just me. We did have some magical things happen though which I learnt about
from this board like waking tink, participating in the lion king.
I say dont say a word to your kids becasue they will be expecting it.
It is sad to see ppl chasing the dream team down or just interacting with them hoping to get something. A few times I noticed ppl saying we want to trade pins and they continued and then the dream team gave them the two tinkerbell pins too.
I say try to make your own special moments lots of ideas on the disboards.

LilyWDW
01-15-2007, 10:03 AM
I think of it this way...

This is already the year of a million dreams for me because I actually get to go to Disney. It will be my second trip (the last trip was 11-12 years ago and I don't remember much of it) and it will celebrate my graduation from college. Would I like to win something while there? Yea, who wouldn't? Do I expect it? Heck no, the odds are horrible lol.

Just be happy you get to go to Disney...

JFlo
01-15-2007, 10:12 AM
Please forgive me for copying and pasting my post from a different thread, but I felt strongly that these thoughts accurately apply to this threat as well. I am just so happy for so many reasons, I want to share it with as many people as possible!

Just had to share, my DD3 woke up this morning smiling and hugging her mommy and her daddy, because she had just had a beautiful dream that she was at WDW! She told us she met Mickey and Minnie, Daisy and Donald, Goofy and "Mickey's little dog, named Pluto". She also met the princesses and the 100 acre wood. She was elated, and I realized that we have already "won" all we could ever wish for, just to get the amazing opportunity to take her to this magical world. And she will experience it all. She has reservations to all of the best character meals and a hair appointment at the BBB before attending the PPP! She's a brilliant child with an unbelievable imagination and beautiful soul, and to bring her to WDW is a dream come true.

Our upcoming trip is so special on so many levels. This will be my DH and DD's first experience, and as for me, I have not been to WDW since 1991, on a limited 3 day trip, never been to AK or even MGM. My parents will be joining us as well, and I realize that I have not been on a REAL vacation with them since 1995! They live many many miles away from us, and do not get to enjoy their only grandchild nearly as much as they wish they could. So their dreams are coming true, to see the World through her eyes.

As for my husband, this trip respresents so much more to him than just a family vacation. This is the start of a major change in his life. For reasons that are too complicated to go into, for the past 10 years, my beautiful, creative and intelligent DH has been "stuck" in retail management. I won't mince words, he has been miserable. The birth of our little girl has given him the courage to fulfill his dream, to be a chef. He wants to be an example to her, that if you have a dream, you have to work to make it come true. So after 10 years of stifling his mind, body and soul, the end of this month he is leaving his management job, and the middle of February he starts culinary school. Between leaving his job and starting school we are going to WDW. As my DH said himself, it could not be a more perfect time to go. After all of these years of stifled imagination and creativity, he will be traveling to a place where imagination knows no boundaries and dreams come true. We are breaking the bank to do the Chef's Table at V&A's, which I predict will be an inspiring and quite emotional evening for us. This trip will rejuvenate his soul, which is my wish beyond all others.

The icing on the cake: Our best friends in the whole world and their son of the same age as our daughter, will be joining us as well, to make it a true magical gathering!

Of course it would be an incredible blessing to win a prize as part of the Year of a Million Dreams, but in all honesty, this trip has been my dream, long before we even had our beautiful little girl. My dream has been to take my family to WDW and experience the magic, and God willing, in 17 days this dream will come true.

BrerMom
01-15-2007, 11:43 AM
Awesome post, JFlo! I predict you'll have a lot of magic on your trip! :wizard:

ndgqmiller
01-15-2007, 12:39 PM
MY family went on our first trip to disney this past Oct. It was a dream come true for all of us. Dh, me, ds9, dd6, and dd2. I was so worried after all the planning, that it would be a let down. Suprising to all my friends that I was this excited about a disney trip. I was like a 29 year old kid. Anyway back to the YOAMD story.
We were at disney for 9 days. here is what happened:
First day MK first ride for my dh and ds. They were getting off Space Mtn. and got two landyards and pins what a surprise!

Day 3 MK dinner at Liberty Tree got picked to open the restuarant and meet with the characters by ourselves. How Awesome!

DAY 4 asked to sit in the front of monorail. The monorail operator stop the monorail on the way to MK, perfect view of Castle and let daughter and I enjoy the beautiful view.

Day 8 MGM dh, ds, and dd were getting on Tower of Terror and recieved 3 dream passes My husband was thrilled
Went to Little Mermaid and my dd6 was pick to introduce the show and they gave her a special certificate signed by Areil and Prince Eric My daughter thought people were going to ask for her autograph!
Also while we were at MGM the kids got to take part in a hat parade. Lots of great picture. The CM also promised my son a chip and Dale pin if he helped him with the parade.

All these things really made our first trip to Disney special. We felt like magic was all around us. The one thing I worry about is will everybody be disappointed on out next trip if we don't recieve the royal treatment. I'm not sure, but we really did feel special!

krismom
01-15-2007, 03:42 PM
You can win prizes by sending in post cards. It seems almost all of us who sent in post cards on the DIS, received the ears or the laynard with 2 pins. I only sent in about 10 post cards since October, so maybe invest $5.00 and go buy some post cards at the post office. Maybe you can win the laynard yet for your next trip or maybe even something bigger.

Not me! I've sent 200 so far...