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Torontogal
01-08-2007, 11:22 AM
I am just curious what others thought. I was there in Oct. and did not win a thing. My friend just came back and did not get anything either. I did not even seen people being approached.
I wonder how many people have won anything.
I guess I was under the impression that you would see people being approached for items alittle more.
I am going in March again so I will keep my fingers crossed.;)

blessedby3
01-08-2007, 11:57 AM
We went in December and only saw YOMD CM's twice. The first time was when we were exiting BTMR. We were coming off the left side track and the people who were on the right track got dream fastpasses. I couldnt believe it because we should have been on that train. The loading CM pulled us to the other train at the last minute!! I only saw them one other time and that was when they were just walking in the park, not handing out anything. Sure wish we could have gotten something, but we will be back in July for a few days and are hoping for some Disney Magic then. I did see a few people with lanyards, Mickey YOMD ears hats and the fastpasses.

goofy4tink
01-08-2007, 12:06 PM
I was there in Oct and to be perfectly honest, I was having so much fun celebrating my dd's 13th birthday that I forgot all about the Dream Squads!! But, when I was there in early Dec, my friend and I had severe 'dream envy'...we saw a ton of Dream Squad people out, just wandering around. Saw a lot of people getting dreams also. It seemed that most of the dreams seemed to be going to those traveling as 'families'...I know a lot of the dream giving is pre-ordained so to speak....i.e....go to Dumbo and at 10:18, give the fourth family getting off prize such and such. But, it just seemed that families were getting a ton of stuff. I'm going again in three weeks and then again in August...wonder if any magic will happen then? Who knows...I'm just going to have a good time with my family on those two trips and not worry about any prizes.

bellelinus
01-08-2007, 12:08 PM
We just got back from WDW -- we won the dream fastpasses on Soarin about 10:30 AM on Friday, 1/5. It was very exciting! I didn't see anyone else win anything, though, while there for 10 days.

Robo
01-08-2007, 12:13 PM
Well, yes!

Sitting in the middle of the 8th official day of the program, and having not having won anything yet.

And even though the "Castle Guest Room" is not even completed... I think we can all agree that this program is a total washout.

Call the coroner.

Heck, call Gil Grissom!

(And before anyone chimes in with info that it started in October...
those numbers will look just as silly as mine.)

;)

horseshowmom
01-08-2007, 12:14 PM
We were there the week before Christmas (16th-23rd) and didn't see anybody giving out anything in any park... :confused3

Chuck S
01-08-2007, 12:19 PM
I never saw the Dream CMs, but did see some people with the dream fast passes, so there are some winners. You just have to be at the right place at the right time.

hello kitty
01-08-2007, 12:23 PM
My family and I won Dream Fast Passes at MGM. It was a pleasant surprise and a nice addition to our scrapbooks. :goodvibes

HomeSweetDisney
01-08-2007, 12:23 PM
I'm not too worried about whether I'll get anything or not. I'm always happy just to be there. But maybe since I'm going for my birthday I'll get picked for something. That would really neat. But either way I plan on having a really great vacation :)

mickaholic4077
01-08-2007, 12:25 PM
Yes,I think it is highly over-rated,but at the same time,every time that I go from now until the end of the promotion there will be in my car a one-night change of clothes just in case I get picked to do the one-night castle stay.

bleeps
01-08-2007, 12:35 PM
We did not "get" anything, but were given several wonderful, wonderful experiences. At Philharmagic, we (DH, DS, 8, and i) were approached by a CM who had this little story about how the orchestra was delayed and would we perform a song instead. DS thought he was kidding, but we were led over to a set of stairs, given some instruments (cymbals, bongos, stuff like that) to choose from and lead the whole waiting crowd in "Jingle Bells" (it was last month). We got a certificate and had a total blast. DS was asked to be Chef of the Day (I know this isn't new) at breakfast at YC Galley, and again got a special certificate after painting waffle with edible paints that was put on display.

Yes, we saw people getting "stuff," but to be honest, we were delighted with our special experiences.

orljustin
01-08-2007, 12:40 PM
Over-rated and over-hyped.

bntlyclg89
01-08-2007, 12:44 PM
Over-rated and over-hyped.

ITA!!! :thumbsup2

Robo
01-08-2007, 12:48 PM
Over-rated and over-hyped.

Yes. ENOUGH with the hype.

I think Disney should just post copy-machined signs on phone poles with a catchy phrase like, "Disney World in Florida, See It."

Spending money promoting silly events and theme-park attractions like the over-hyped "Soarin'" obviously hasn't paid off up to now.

We need to write a letter to the ad agency responsible for these miserable failures of using expensive network TV spots like "Happiest Celebration on Earth" and save them a lot of money.

cxcelica
01-08-2007, 12:53 PM
Was down there in December and here are my thoughts:

1. Did not receive anything nor did I see anyone receive anything, and I dont think I even saw any YOAMD CM's

2. I did see people with the fastpasses, and some other goodies who had won, so obviously they are giving out the prizes. Also, several times I saw people give away their dream fastpasses to others because they could not use them. Nice to see that.

3. Finally, I was having so much fun that I actually completely forgot about it while I was down there. I also found that it is not really in your face down in the parks, so that its not constantly reminding you, or your kids that you are not winning anything, which I think is good(that is just my opinion).

Zip-a-dee-doo-Dad
01-08-2007, 12:54 PM
My family won Dream F.P.'s at MGM in December. I believe that the program is a little overated because people expect to win something. You have to be in the right place at the right time. However, I wish that I could have captured the look on DS,DD, and DW's faces when we won. It was priceless. I hope that whoever goes before the promotion ends wins something to make it magical for their family too.

:woohoo:

Tink3Belle
01-08-2007, 12:55 PM
Its all about the marketing. A new year a new hype.
I think they should have awards for loyal and frequent visitors and they should be first in line. Maybe through the mail or something - a discount incentive depending on how many visits you made. :thumbsup2

SlightlyGoofy
01-08-2007, 01:49 PM
I think the Dream thing is just an extended version of all the small wonderful things that they usually do. I hope they keep up with some of the Dreams after the promotion is all over.:thumbsup2

I saw a few people get a free meal at a special table when we were there. I am sure that they are giving out a lot of Wishes but keeping it somewhat low key as the people around the winners might not be as happy that they were not the ones chosen. :confused3

IMO, that is why we all love Disney so much, they go that extra step.:cloud9:

Slightly Goofy (who is very happy she does not have to think up a 'special' occasion for the park every year) :flower3:

"thegirls"
01-08-2007, 02:03 PM
Here are my observations. After 3 trips so far during YOAMD I have only witness the 'in-park' dreams being granted in the a.m. My feelings are that while Disney is giving the guest something extra, they are more accurately giving themselves more control over crowd flow. IE: a guest on a popular ride early in the a.m. will most probably ride all the popular rides. The fast passes that Disney distributes to these guest will now allow the receiver to more leisurely visit the popular rides and spent more money and time in that particular park. Or, if the guest chooses to use all the fast passes immediately, they will vacate the park sooner and move onto other things. The way I see it, for the minimal cost of producing lanyards and staffing extra cm's, Disney will accomplish great strides in crowd control and make huge points in costumer relations. I do feel Disney is a business and this is truly a marketing campaign, with the goal of raising market share. The average Disney guest arrives after 11a.m. and will generally only see a change in slightly lower crowds because of this campaign.I'm not downing the YOAMD, just giving my observations. I think Disney will only realize the true word-of-mouth advertising it needs to sustain this campaign if they scatter the daily promotions over the entire park operating hours. But I'm sure Disney will make up for any lack of enthusiasm when the larger prizes are awarded through the national media stage and excite participation again!! __________________Debbie

Vemnox
01-08-2007, 02:20 PM
You're not going to see them either. They travel exclusively through backstage areas then magically appear on stage then disappear off all in less than 60 seconds. They are literally timed by the manager with them.

crisrn2003
01-08-2007, 02:26 PM
Hi! Just returned. Received a dream to the family of the day at Epcot (posted a full blog about that seperately). Did talk to a family who received the dream fast passes. Saw a group at Magic Kingdom in the afternoon receiving some hand written vouchers for something--don't know what, but saw the "dream squad" name tags and knew that's what was going on. Don't feel it was an "in your face" sort of promotion. Just have to keep in mind "it's great if it happens, and okay if it doesn't." Disney does have so much magic that happens on a daily basis, even before the promotion. Just be open and receptive to it.

mareed
01-08-2007, 05:03 PM
I am sure that they are giving out a lot of Wishes but keeping it somewhat low key as the people around the winners might not be as happy that they were not the ones chosen. :confused3

Slightly Goofy (who is very happy she does not have to think up a 'special' occasion for the park every year) :flower3:

I agree that we may not see lots of Dreams being given out because they keep it a bit low key so those who are not recipients don't feel bad. We received Dreams lanyards at Test Track on Jan. 1, and they sent a group of us into the first pre-show room (usually for single riders) and closed the door behind us and then presented everyone in there with the lanyards. People who were just behind us in line and did not make the cut-off into that pre-show room would not have had any idea what was going on and that they just barely missed out on receiving anything. That "just missed out" feeling would definitely not be magical.

SlightlyGoofy
01-08-2007, 06:07 PM
I was right Mareed? Could I please have it in writing? My kids would never believe it. My grandkids think I am perfect though. :rotfl2:

I read an article when we were down in FL just before the promotion started and it stated how they planned to deal with the big prizes, quietly, and I am assuming that they have found the same technique to be good for the smaller prizes also.

The article said that many of the prizes were predetermined as who was going to win them i.e. 15th person out of ToT on such and such a date on the right side of the entrance wearing purple. lol

I am guessing that the smaller prizes are a bit more random and at the whim of the Dream Team members. I would love to have that job. :cloud9:

I did enjoy seeing others with their prizes but, even though I hate to admit it, I might feel a bit differently if I had been just before or after them in line. I am human after all. :confused3

Slightly Goofy

Lilo'sMom
01-08-2007, 08:58 PM
Before we went for our late Nov/early December visit we were excited about the YOAMD campaign. My husband and daughter were making their first visit to WDW and that would have been magical enough. After 6 days and 5 nights we received Fast Passes at MK; our daughter won a "Princess Trivia Contest" and received a Magic Moment Certificate; daughter was able to answer questions about PoTC and received a certificate and a treasure from a treasure box (she selected a huge purple gem); daughter was enrolled in Capt. Jack Sparrow's crew and has a certificate to prove it; daughter was selected to learn how to ride a horse at Woody's Roundup; daughter selected to participate in shinanigans at the High School Musical Pep Rally; Queen of Hearts came into a teacup with us for the Teacup ride and then took our family to a dance party with Alice, Lilo & Stitch (BTW - our daughter's favorite characters of ALL TIME) at MVMCP; husband received a pair of Tinkerbell pins... one to keep and one to share. Were each of these moments official YOAMD prizes? No. Was it magical? Absolutely!!!
And what is the result? We are going back in August and staying at POLY for our 10th anniversary! So THAT is my Year of A Million Dream come true.
I love the campaign and feel that it has put a little extra pixie dust on everyone who walks through the entrance.
AND, just today my hubbie signed up with his own user name. The magic continues! :yay:

Tinkerbell10403
01-08-2007, 10:24 PM
Just returned home on the 6th from a 6 night stay. Our family did not win anything, either. However, we knew not to expect anything and had a wonderful time just being in the world. We did see numerous people with the dream ears, and tons more with the dream fastpasses. We only saw a few with lanyards. One curious story...While eating at the ABC Commisary, a woman came in the restroom with a dream fastpass around her neck. Another lady in line asked her where she had gotten it. She replied that it came in her vacation package, and that they could be purchased from the giftshop. (?!) I am very sure she was just confused. Perhaps she won it with her package, but why would Disney allow people to purchase fastpasses from a giftshop...I mean, that would totally mess up the whole system. Besides that, we did witness a member of the Dream Squad give a family on Small World a small prize and certificate. I think the way that they are giving out prizes is fine, but it is not very well advertised besides a few mentions on the monorail and such.

starbox
01-09-2007, 05:52 AM
After 6 days and 5 nights we received Fast Passes at MK; our daughter won a "Princess Trivia Contest" and received a Magic Moment Certificate; daughter was able to answer questions about PoTC and received a certificate and a treasure from a treasure box (she selected a huge purple gem); daughter was enrolled in Capt. Jack Sparrow's crew and has a certificate to prove it; daughter was selected to learn how to ride a horse at Woody's Roundup; daughter selected to participate in shinanigans at the High School Musical Pep Rally; Queen of Hearts came into a teacup with us for the Teacup ride and then took our family to a dance party with Alice, Lilo & Stitch (BTW - our daughter's favorite characters of ALL TIME) at MVMCP; husband received a pair of Tinkerbell pins... one to keep and one to share. Were each of these moments official YOAMD prizes? No. Was it magical? Absolutely!!!


Pre-YOMD our family has experienced the following special moments on various trips (and many more):

Had cast members give extra trading pins to the kids - too many times to mention.

A CM arranged a special visit from Chip and Dale for my sick daughter.

Had another CM close the Chip and Dale room at Mickey's toon-town, call in a special photographer, and do an extended photo-session with my daughter.

Ridden in the front of the monorail.

Recieved "boat captain" buttons on a ferry boat.

Had a bus driver let my kids sit in the driver's seat and had DH and I take hotos from outside the bus of them "driving".

Been given Mickey cupcakes for participating in entertainment at O'Hana.

Both kids got chances to "steer" a jungle cruise boat on a jungle cruise at different times.

Son was selected to participate in the pirate show, both kids got pirate certificates.

Son was given a bunch of extra VMK cards on his birthday.

Been given special "good anywhere" fastpasses by a CM for no reason.

My point is that most of these hyped up "YOMD Dream Moments" are magical moments that Disney already did, they are just re-labeling them as "prizes".

calypso*a*go-go
01-09-2007, 12:47 PM
I don't think I'd be going out on a limb to make the statement that anyone that hasn't won probably feels the promo is over-rated. :rolleyes1

But, it sure is effective: my family wants to take a break from WDW and do something different and I'll I can think is: "No...not until the YOAMD's is over!" Some how, some way I'm gettin' back to the world! :thumbsup2

dianeschlicht
01-09-2007, 02:29 PM
We were there 10 days in December. We saw a LOT of Dream team members. Their shoulder bags made them hard to miss, and they have neat blue name tags. Our 12 year old guest and I were awarded dream "head of the line" passes to EE, and a tour of the control tower. Then another head of the line ride. We rode front car and back car in quick successon while the line was 50 minuts long! Pretty fun, and they even gave us a certificate when we came out of the control tower.

I also got a small surprise when chosen as one of the folks to come onstage at the bird show. They are considering these YOAMD experiences too.