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Tinker74
01-09-2007, 04:11 PM
this is starting to bother me? Are we the only family to get nothing from the tour guide?

i knew nothing of this at the time (August) so it didn't bother me ...but since reading here it seems everyone else gets fastpasses or vouchers.:wizard:

Did the guide not like us or something:confused3 ..We were very interested and were there for a couple of hours...the guide seemed very nice and chatted away to us...so why no gifts?

I contacted this guide a couple of days ago to purchase...he said he remembered us...I don't know why its just bothereing me a bit. I'll feel better if we are not the only ones left out..:)

ebenmax
01-09-2007, 04:15 PM
As far as I remember, we only got some ice cream in the little parlor. For sure no fast passes or "souvneir" type items. We were not upset because we had no idea they give gifts. Oh well. :confused3

Tinker74
01-09-2007, 04:21 PM
Yes we got the iceream too at the end...we didn't know about the fastpasses either. Its not not getting them to use that bothers me IFYKWIM.
Its just the thought that our guide spent 2 hours chatting to us but decided to keep them in his back pocket or something because he didn't like us.:confused3

This could be totally off base ...but this man is going to be our guide for a long time as we are buying in this week..and I can't shake the feeling.

Tinker74
01-09-2007, 04:23 PM
Iam probably being too sensitive...silly I know.:)

mrsschlep
01-09-2007, 04:25 PM
We just took the tour on Friday afternoon and we didn't get anything either...

greenban
01-09-2007, 04:28 PM
Yes.

My family did not get gifts when we toured back in 2000.

In fact we were asked to leave!

We *DID* leave before they had to call Tigger, thou.

-Tony

Tinker74
01-09-2007, 04:30 PM
Yes.

My family did not get gifts when we toured back in 2000.

In fact we were asked to leave!

We *DID* leave before they had to call Tigger, thou.

-Tony

Asked to leave...now that sounds like a great story please tell..:eek:

castleri
01-09-2007, 08:11 PM
Asked to leave...now that sounds like a great story please tell..:eek:

It probably ties in with the disclaimer at the bottom of all his posts.

We didn't get anything either back in 1997 except a paper fan that had something about DVC on it. As for a relationship with your "guide" - mine has been great when I purchased two additional contracts over the phone but that is the only contact I have had with her. Should I be expecting her to do other things for me?

Chuck S
01-09-2007, 08:27 PM
All we got in 1992 was the ice cream and they had a green screen, where we took a photo, where they told us to look down and wave. When the picture came a hot air bloon had been superimposed. :)

kiingor
01-09-2007, 08:39 PM
I was at downtown disney with my friend december 06, took my friend to the booth and they offered to drive my friend and I to check out the SSR and offered to drive us back to whereever we want after the tour. I'm a member and my friend is not.. they offered both of us $50 gift certificate each just to have my friend check out SSR. And I got a "share the secret pin" and my friend got the "know the secret pin".
Oh, we also got ice cream.
Not sure if maybe it was just a xmas thing. My other friend was at seaworld at that time. So they told me that if I bring my other friend the next day also, he will give both of us another $50 gift certificate, and more ice cream.

Starr W.
01-09-2007, 08:51 PM
We did the tour at 8am on Thanksgiving day. Didn't get ice cream, though were asked if we wanted some. We were given VIP FP's for the whole family and a ride to AK. Those passes were very handy on EE and the Safari.

Eventer98
01-09-2007, 08:59 PM
I'll be taking the tour in June and plan to purchase in October. I wonder if they'll give me anything?? I will be without DH, and I look about 18 years old..I doubt they will even take me seriously! :lmao: I'm excited to do the tour though..what can they possibly talk about for that long??

LisaS
01-09-2007, 09:12 PM
this is starting to bother me? Are we the only family to get nothing from the tour guide?

i knew nothing of this at the time (August) so it didn't bother me ...but since reading here it seems everyone else gets fastpasses or vouchers.:wizard:

Did the guide not like us or something:confused3 ..We were very interested and were there for a couple of hours...the guide seemed very nice and chatted away to us...so why no gifts?

I contacted this guide a couple of days ago to purchase...he said he remembered us...I don't know why its just bothereing me a bit. I'll feel better if we are not the only ones left out..:)The freebies (I wouldn't go so far as to call them "gifts") that the guides give out change over time. Until recently, people were only reporting getting some ice cream. As best I can recall, reports of fastpasses and especially vouchers are fairly recent. So I'm guessing that all you missed out on was some free ice cream.

Deb & Bill
01-09-2007, 09:38 PM
We got cookies and lemonade.

Muushka
01-09-2007, 10:27 PM
I got a lump of coal :sad1:

Luckymommyx2
01-10-2007, 10:13 AM
We got vouchers for the entire family's dinner. We really appreciated that!

3DisneyKids
01-10-2007, 10:58 AM
Wow--that is the most generous gift I have heard of to date.

Since we bought without taking the tour, we didn't get anything :rotfl:

Ksp
01-10-2007, 12:28 PM
So does anyone have a reason why some families get dinner vouchers/fast passes, versus the cookies/lemonaid (which I thought was complementary and out at the DVC tour building no matter what) or ice cream.???:confused3

tjkraz
01-10-2007, 12:44 PM
We never took a tour so I can't speak from experience. However, based upon what I've read, the larger-value items (gift cards, meal vouchers) seem to most often be offered in advance as an enticement--particularly if you agree to tour during what are probably peak theme park hours. In other words, if you walk up to a booth and show some interest but don't immediately jump at the opportunity to tour, the CM might offer a little more to push you over the edge.

Aside from that, things change greatly over time. One day it's a FastPass...the next day it's a pin. It's probably one of those things that's left to the DVC Guide's discretion and if they forget to offer something or just don't feel like it, it doesn't happen.

greenban
01-10-2007, 12:59 PM
The Short Version of why the greenbans were asked to leave.......

In July of 2000, down with 14 assorted family members, we saw these DVC booths everywhere, and so we scheduled a tour.

A nice young man with this long DVC van comes and picks us up for our 1PM tour. After talking to JIm for a bit, he agreed to take us for a quick stop at Publix. 45 minutes later and $467.00+ dollars later, we arrive at the tour center. It took about 20 minutes to get the 8 kids into the 'children's center'. But there were only four game systems and cousin Zeke started a fist-fight with my son Jebadiah. My wife and her GrandMa were storing the perisable groceries in the icecream palor place. (Apparently they 'moved' some icecream containers out to put our food in......

My Ma was asking to see a room with a working Laundry machine (She had brought the warsh to do.)

So mes and Billy Joe Bob was drinking the lemonade and eating them there Partridge Farm Cookies (ayup) and this guide lady keeps wanting us to tour. But wes all sitting in this nice big area with all them free soft-drinks (pop) and cookies, and then Billy Jo Jr. starts trying to get the game come on in on them big old plasmy TV sets......

About 9 PM, theys all runned out of Pop and cookies and such, and the ice cream place done be colsed down on account of all that melted icee creammie every which way, and we tell our Guide, we'd all be a ready to be talking the tour now.........

And then they'd asked us to leave!

So we took that big ole DVC van back to the GF where we was staying on concierge level.

Never was invited back though.....

-Tony

T.E. Yeary
01-10-2007, 03:48 PM
Tony,

"Larry, The Cable Guy" has obviously been taking lessons from you and your family!

Tom:lmao:

n2mm
01-10-2007, 03:51 PM
Never took the tour so obviously never got any gifts.

DVC Grammy
01-10-2007, 04:40 PM
Bought 2 times ('98 and '05); got nothing the first time, got nothing plus a small ice cream the second time.:sad2: We didn't even know that there were "gifts"!
However, with our first buy, we got a nice canvas carryall (with the DVC logo) in the mail, along with our official papers.:thumbsup2

Fellowship9798
01-10-2007, 06:47 PM
We never took a tour so I can't speak from experience. However, based upon what I've read, the larger-value items (gift cards, meal vouchers) seem to most often be offered in advance as an enticement--particularly if you agree to tour during what are probably peak theme park hours. In other words, if you walk up to a booth and show some interest but don't immediately jump at the opportunity to tour, the CM might offer a little more to push you over the edge.


I would agree with that. I only got ice cream, but I walked up to the DVC booth in DTD and asked for a tour, so no extra enticement needed. If I had wanted to play games I could have just showed a little interest and waited to see what would have been offered to keep me around, but 1) it was my last day at WDW and I didn't want to waste a lot of time, 2) I knew I wanted to take the tour and 3) it's not really my personality to play games like that.

Of course there's nothng wrong with those that do want to wring out every freebie that they can if they want to put the effort in.

TammyAlphabet
01-10-2007, 11:38 PM
Remember the old lunch vouchers? We got three of those and the kids had ice cream.

Ksp
01-11-2007, 12:09 AM
I had forgotten, but on our first tour (over at BW office) we did get cotton candy, choice of cookies and drink (I only remember coffee and lemonaid).
We were also given a small wrapped container of candies as we left (sort of like m&ms, as I recall).
We only happened to stop in at the DCV office at BW; we had declined a tour a few years before that since we didn't want to lose time in the parks that visit. (!) What a mistake that was -- delayed becoming members by 3 or 4 years. :upsidedow

cgcruz
01-11-2007, 12:23 AM
When we were at WDW last March we were given Ice Cream, 2 free CS meal vouchers, and ride to the magic kingdom. One thing that was nice though is the ride we got from Epcot to SSR sales room. We got to see Epcot's backstage area. I swear it was bigger than the actual guest area!

Muushka
01-11-2007, 08:34 AM
Did they give any of these meal vouchers back in 2001?

The reason I ask is because we were doing an add-on and had made an appointment with our guide to do the paperwork. We showed up at the correct time and he was with another client and I guess they bought right then. He said he would be tied up for about 2 hours (not sure why it was that long). We offered to come back and he didn't offer us anything for our trouble. I just thought that was kind of tacky.

Let it go Muushka!!!:sad2:

dianeschlicht
01-11-2007, 08:45 AM
So does anyone have a reason why some families get dinner vouchers/fast passes, versus the cookies/lemonaid (which I thought was complementary and out at the DVC tour building no matter what) or ice cream.???:confused3

I think it depends on what's available to them at the time. We didn't get anything other than a ride in the van and some ice cream afterwards either. Did I care? Nope, I got the best part, which was the information.

junglejoy
01-11-2007, 12:46 PM
We went in Sept 06 and just got the ice cream. And the van ride, of course! Our kids had a great time playing video games, coloring, being read to - they didn't want to leave!

We also went on the tour at Disneyland and got pins when I talked to the guy at the booth. At the tour we didn't even get a drink. I think they were brand new then, it was pretty nuts and bolts (Jan 05). We're going back to DL this month and will probably do another tour to find out what we can about the Grand Calif Villas. We're West Coasters, so a DL resort is what we've been waiting for to purchase. It just doesn't make sense for our home resort to be 3000 miles away.

I'm getting on that waiting list if there is one. We will buy. I can't wait!!!

kimberh
01-13-2007, 01:31 AM
We took ourselves over to SSR and they told us to take us a self guided tour. We didn't get a drink or anything but we did see the rooms, that's it! We bought a resale from the Timeshare Store when we returned home.

burnsoc
01-13-2007, 12:00 PM
We originally did the tour on our honeymoon in 1999 and received nothing. When we returned in 2001 and bought points my DW asked if they had any "freebies". We were given meal vouchers which we used at Beaches and Cream.

RHall
01-24-2007, 11:10 AM
In 1997 we planned a week's stay at a resort on either the Gulf or Atlantic coast before we spent a week at WDW. My beautiful and inteliigent wife suggested that we stop at the old Disney Center in Ocala on the way down to ask if Disney recommended any places to stay. What a great stroke of luck! They mentioned the new Disney Resort at Vero and since we knew Disney meant quality we booked immediately. Once we arrived we fell in love with it and found out that this was a DVC resort. We had heard about DVC on our 2 previous tripss to WDW but did not know much about it. Once again my brilliant wife suggested that we check it out and right after the tour we bought 265 points. We received 2 Vero Beach Grand Opening beach towels, a large beach carry bag, 2 DVC frisbees and a couple of DVC thermos jugs. That night (I don't know if this was connected or not but our daughter was given a stuffed manatee as we ate dinner at Sonya's). In retrospect the "gifts" may have been because we purchased at VB during the early stages of it's sales.

We purchased at VB because we knew that there were only 6 Beach Cottages and we would need the 11 months reservation window to reserve them. We absolutely love Vero Beach (except for the "no-seeums"). We added another 100 points in 1998 and another 100 at HH in 1999. We have been able to take our extended family (22 people) on vacations 3 times since 1999 on two week vacations (Beach Cottage and 4 inn rooms at VB for 1 week and 7 rooms at the BCV for another week). Plus we have enjoyed introducing friends to WDW and DVC (some have since joined DVC themselves).

Our daughter has had a wonderfull family vacation with cousins, friends and family and now is presently an intern at Disney World (Vacation Planner) under their College Program. The DVC is one of the best things our family has done.

Hollymom1229
01-24-2007, 12:45 PM
When we first toured the BCV in September 2002, we were given a bunch of cotton candy as we were the last tour of the day, and they were trying to get rid of it. We didn't buy that time.

Next trip in September 2004, there was a sign at the DVC desk in WL that said tour DVC and get $100 in dining. So DH and I went for a morning tour of SSR on our down day and fell in love. So we left with both $100 towards dining, but also our own piece of the magic.

KristinBelle
01-24-2007, 03:33 PM
We got meal vouchers both times we took the tour.

Mule2007
01-24-2007, 03:57 PM
We took the DVC tour about two weeks ago -- I quizzed the rep at the theme park pretty good -- he told us about the VIP Fast pass cards -- so we were looking for those when we went in -- got em too - plus ice cream and a family picture

bought last week at SSR thanks to the referral program -- good deal

Mule

Pooh Girl 71
01-24-2007, 04:45 PM
I stayed at Wilderness Lodge in Aug 2004 and they had an advertisement in the room that I would get $100 in Disney dollars for taking the tour. They also offered us lemonade and cookies at the beginning and ice cream at the end of the tour. The Disney dollars were actually 2 $50 gift checks.

Zane_Anthony
01-24-2007, 06:00 PM
I did the tour in November and we got the ice cream at the end and a free family picture. I just bought in this past Saturday ! Now I am trying to plan my first trip home ! :cool1:

Cruelladeville
01-24-2007, 08:48 PM
Now I feel bad.:sad1: I have only gotten ice cream and had my picture taken, yet I have purchased 900 pts in several smaller contracts, and gotten 3 people to join. Man, I feel like I have been gypped--not even a lunch voucher!:eek:

disneynutz
01-24-2007, 09:01 PM
I stayed at Wilderness Lodge in Aug 2004 and they had an advertisement in the room that I would get $100 in Disney dollars for taking the tour. They also offered us lemonade and cookies at the beginning and ice cream at the end of the tour. The Disney dollars were actually 2 $50 gift checks.

We also stayed at Wilderness Lodge but in Feb 2005 and they had the same advertisement, $100 in Disney dollars for taking the tour. We took the tour and the $100. In Dec 2006 we took the tour again and pocketed $45. They also offered us drinks at the beginning and ice cream and cookies at the end of the tour. I told them "cookies, I don't need no stinken cookies". I ate the ice cream though. :banana: :banana: :banana:

profdsny
01-24-2007, 10:59 PM
All we got in 1992 was the ice cream and they had a green screen, where we took a photo, where they told us to look down and wave. When the picture came a hot air bloon had been superimposed. :)

Hey, I forgot about the picture. I wonder where ours went? Love to see it again. And we did get ice cream. And, since we bought then, passes to the park until 2000.

JudyTL
01-25-2007, 05:17 AM
I would talk to your guide and ask for the gifts when you go again. My guide gave my family both sets of gifts. We did not get the ice cream. We did not want it, too early in the morning.princess: :rotfl:

tink2020
01-26-2007, 04:08 PM
We were only a tad bit disappointed (just excited to be buying at the time ;)) but we got just the ice cream, in June 2006. It is strange to me that there is such a variation on "perks", but we all know from these boards that EVERYTHING seems to vary from guide to guide! :rotfl:

Simba's Mom
01-26-2007, 10:12 PM
this is starting to bother me? Are we the only family to get nothing from the tour guide?

i knew nothing of this at the time (August) so it didn't bother me ...but since reading here it seems everyone else gets fastpasses or vouchers.:wizard:

Did the guide not like us or something:confused3 ..We were very interested and were there for a couple of hours...the guide seemed very nice and chatted away to us...so why no gifts?

I contacted this guide a couple of days ago to purchase...he said he remembered us...I don't know why its just bothereing me a bit. I'll feel better if we are not the only ones left out..:)
Not only did we not get anything, but it was after we were told we would get four FPs if we took the tour. I admit that I forgot, but when I later told our guide that he'd forgotten the FPs, he promised to have them waiting for us on our first trip home. ALthough we notified him of the date, he forgot again!