View Full Version : Advice--forget about YOMD-no disappointment

01-13-2007, 12:25 PM
We just got back from a week at Disney, and I wish my family and I did not even know about the dreams giveaways. We were at a park or two every day and covered a lot of ground--just not the right ground, I guess.:confused: I don't want to complain. We had a wonderful family vacation. We are AP holders for a few more days and DVC members, so we are bombarded with Disney info in the mail and e-mail. We knew all about the dream team and giveaways. I sent in 20 postcards--nothing. We saw LOTS of dream team people--big groups and individuals. We even walked into the Land right in front of them and watched them pop into the Soarin' exit. We stayed there for a while--did Soarin' and Living with the Land. I have to say it was a little disappointing even though we knew in our heads that our chances of randomly winning anything were small. We walked into Tusker House right as ears were awarded to a certain room. We walked into Dino Land only to see lots and lots of people putting on dream fast passes. A couple inches away from us were asked to be in the parade, etc., etc. The whole thing was a let down for our family. Oh well. If we would have won anything, I probably would be singing a different tune.;) My best advice would be to forget about the whole thing. I've seen posts where people actually are creating strategies to try to win things. That seems like a big set-up for disappointment.

01-13-2007, 01:28 PM
You are voicing the experience of many! During our last visit we were also a few steps behind the Dream Squad and it did get a little frustrating. Whenever I start getting annoyed about not winning anything I remind myself that I'm a winner on a daily basis (in spite of my "Losers Check In Here" thread!) because I am able to travel to WDW whenever I want, have a roof over my head, food in the cupboards, a car that springs to life everytime I turn the key, and a family that loves me...it the big scheme of things, the mouse ears don't really matter to me. I'll admit, I wouldn't turn them down -- but it's not like it would be a life changing event whether I did or didn't get them.

01-13-2007, 01:43 PM
I imagine it's got to be frustrating and upsetting to see people all around you winning something (dream fastpasses, pins, etc). :grouphug: to you and all that is frustrated about not getting a Dream at the parks and the mail-in entries.

01-13-2007, 04:48 PM
Yep, you just gotta forget that the Dream Squads are even in the parks. We were in WDW for 5 days in October, and we happened to win MK Dream FastPasses. We were just in the right place at the right time. We also just got back from a 2 week WDW vacation and didn't win a thing! Go figure. We even talked with several Dream Squad CM's and nothing...nada...zip...

You can't count on winning anything, and if you do, then just be pleasantly surprised!


01-13-2007, 05:02 PM
I am sorry...I know how this feels. I had this happen to me a few times before the YOAMD even happened...as far as people being chosen right in front or right behind us....I got my feelings hurt a bit because I am emotional but then I remembered all the magic that happened to us and felt better. :grouphug:

I won't go in March thinking I will be held up in the castle suite...thanks for reminding me to have no expectations!! :wizard:

01-13-2007, 05:16 PM
We just returned today from five days at WDW and we didn't get anything either. We were walking into The Land headed for Soarin' right behind a YOMD crew. They headed toward the exit. I'm sure some folks got lucky, but not us.

We knew it was a long shot, but I admit I was a little disappointed.

However, we had a fabulous time:cool1:

01-13-2007, 06:19 PM
Yep, I agree. You can't go there expecting to win something or talk about it your entire trip otherwise you are setting yourself up to be let down. I am going in a few weeks and I am honestly not expecting to win anything...just because I never win anything. :rotfl: But seriously, I have no expectations. I'm just gonna enjoy my vacation. And if I should win mouseears or something, then I shall dance around like this: :banana:

But I can definitely understand how it can be disappointing, especially if you are always *so close* to being selected.

01-13-2007, 07:24 PM
we went for 5 days in december and did not win any dreams either.. my little girl did get the tinkerbell pin that says one to have and one to share... she was very thrilled with that!

01-13-2007, 08:35 PM
I went in Dec for a 8 days and didnt get anything. It is a little disappointing because we know about it. The one thing I noticed is that a lot of ppl are stopping and talking to them and some I noticed received pins.
It is hard seeing others with the passes or hats and knowing you would have loved them and was really secretly hoping for them. Best to forget!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Luckily I didnt say anything to my family so they didnt know any better so just mom a little upset.

01-13-2007, 11:26 PM
I figure I am a winner of a 'YOMD' because I get to take my 4 yr old granddaughter to WDW in Feb for a week. THAT makes me a super BIG winner in my book. Yes, I too have an AP and am also a DVC owner. But ya know - just to be in WDW with a little girl is all the hoopla I need - I am so happy to be afforded this opportunity I feel like a winner all over! If I don't get a FP, nite in the Cinderella Suite, cruise, DVC points, Micky ears, - so what! I will STILL be living the dream I worked so many years to achieve. So we have to wait in lines, so we don't have 'ears', so we aren't Grand Marshalls - I just don't care! This whole trip makes me a bigger winner than any 'dream team' could offer to me.

01-14-2007, 01:09 AM
Just got back from a wonderful 6 day trip to WDW. After day 1, I remembered the YOAMD. I was so caught up in the "dream" of being there, I actually forgot! Then we saw people with the ears, and dream fp.... I just tried to let it go and remember that my dream was to be there. On our final morning in the park.... whamo! Dream FP's!!!!! We were so exicited! And we have to laugh as the park was so slow, they never even turned on the FP option in MK for Space Mtn... and more! We actually only really used it on BTM RR! It was fun to be a winner, but the trip and the magic of it all was our real dream come true. So... think of it as a what if... and if it happens, great... but you would have gone to WDW even if YOAMD wasn't going on.

01-14-2007, 08:04 AM
Our family just had this discussion last night. We leave on Saturday!! I reminded them NOT to expect to win anything and if we do it is just icing on the cake. DS really wants to win a resort upgrade (we are staying budget this trip) but I reminded him that EVERYONE else at POP has the same idea and few will win.

We have had a lot of "drearms" on past trip that we did not expect so we will face this trip with the same attitude. We have opened the park, opened toon town, gotten an upgrade at the WL, free fast passes, ice cream etc, just from the WDW magic. I hope a lot of people are not letting their looking for the magic, take away from the real magic.

Ms Sandra

Brise Nannie
01-14-2007, 08:27 AM
I couldn't agree more with the idea of "forgetting about YOAMD." We visited the World in December and before arriving I mentioned to our "Gathering" group the YOAMD concept. I wish I hadn't said anything to them at all. I think some members were disappointed thinking the Dream Team would be everywhere waiting to shower people with surprises every minute. We were lucky enough to win Epcot FPs and I was thrilled to win something but I could tell some family members were expecting a bit more. I was just happy to be making the trip at all! :yay: For me it was my best trip yet!

01-14-2007, 11:04 AM
I'm just excited about going, and if we do win something I will just consider that an added bonus!

01-14-2007, 04:22 PM
I was excited to go too but after seeing the hats, fastpasses or anything else special you wonder when it will happen to you or why didnt it happen to you .

01-14-2007, 08:40 PM
I was really disappointed too. We saw the YOAMD crews several times but they were never giving anything away. I asked one of them how it worked and she said they did not carry product and were told with no notice to award items when their bosses showed up to their location. I actually saw the same woman several times in MGM throughout the park.

I guess we got something....We ordered food at the Tusker house at AK and our tray was different color and we were given 1 cupcake for our family of 3.

Overall, I guess it would have been better if I didn't know the promotion was going on. I wonder if there is someplace we can voice our disappointment with the promotion to WDW.

We still had a good time at the world but it would have been nice to get a lanyard or ears. -- they really are cute!!

01-14-2007, 09:56 PM
I pretty much forgot about the promotion, and bought all of our dreams paraphernalia. But it's so pretty! I have a soft spot for baby blue ;)

But just being at WDW and on the cruise was magic enough for us. And how special we were made to feel, each and every day!

01-15-2007, 09:15 AM
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.

01-15-2007, 10:41 AM
JFlo: with your attitude you have already won the TOP prize! There are sure to be a few 'bumps' in the road on the trip, but there is no doubt you will sail thru and have the time of your lives! We have been to V&A's and the Chefs Table (once) and it is a truly inspiring evening. What a great opportunity for your husband! So heartening to hear about people that are so optimistic about life. Go for it!!!!

01-15-2007, 01:13 PM
Wow! JFlo, my husband's still "stuck" in retail management. That's why we take Jan. trips--just to reconnect after the grueling Christmas season. I hope you have a wonderful vacation. I didn't mean to compain. I feel very lucky to have been in Disney in the winter instead of work/school. After watching the Christmas parade on tv, our kids all decided we were going to win a trip. My husband and I assured them that there was NO WAY we would win a big prize--probably not even a small prize. We tried to forget, but it was a little hard when we saw so many people with the hats/fast passes--and lots of just misses. The dream team awarded prizes to people on the very next train to Rafiki's planet watch, etc. A friend of mine is taking her family to Disney for the first time next month. It sure would be nice for them to win a dream.:wizard:

01-15-2007, 01:49 PM
Wow! JFlo, my husband's still "stuck" in retail management. That's why we take Jan. trips--just to reconnect after the grueling Christmas season. I hope you have a wonderful vacation. I didn't mean to compain. I feel very lucky to have been in Disney in the winter instead of work/school. After watching the Christmas parade on tv, our kids all decided we were going to win a trip. My husband and I assured them that there was NO WAY we would win a big prize--probably not even a small prize. We tried to forget, but it was a little hard when we saw so many people with the hats/fast passes--and lots of just misses. The dream team awarded prizes to people on the very next train to Rafiki's planet watch, etc. A friend of mine is taking her family to Disney for the first time next month. It sure would be nice for them to win a dream.:wizard:

Oh, please don't think that I was accusing you or anyone of complaining. My story was just something that I wanted to share in agreement with you that you shouldn't expect anything, but instead just be happy to be together at WDW! In light of the many wishes people have expressed on these boards, I think you have offered good advice to people, and I totally understand where you are coming from, because who wouldn't want to win one of those awesome prizes?! This is just me at my absolute most positive, and my thoughts were truly realized this morning when my DD told us about her dream.

As the wife of a retail manager I especially sympathize with you. Christmastime always makes me craziest, not being able to spend as much time as you would like with your family. We have always taken our vacation within the first three months of the New Year. This of course will not change when my husband enters the food industry, BUT at least he will be happier. Both my husband and I know that we are extremely lucky and blessed to be financially and logistically capable to make this life change, (We could never be doing this without the help of our family) and I hope that you did not take offense to my "stuck in retail management" comment. I have tremendous respect for the people in these positions, because they are some of the hardest workers you will ever encounter, in truly thankless jobs. They see people come and go and trudge through each day making money for somebody they probably will never know. I sincerely hope I did not make you feel bad.

And ppiew: Thank you so much for your good wishes. It makes me more excited than ever!

01-16-2007, 04:27 PM
JFlo, I didn't take offense at all. I think my husband does feel "stuck" in retail management sometimes. After 20 years, I think he'd like to break free and start a new career. Only problem is we have three kids, and I work in education=not a great salary. Good luck to your husband in his/your new life, and have a great vacation.:) We just got our pictures back and can't believe our good fortune with the weather--blue sky and sun. Everything's gray here.pixiedust: to you.

Chim Chiminy
01-19-2007, 04:45 PM
We had a seven day trip in December, extended family and some friends for a total of 11 people.
Our friends, family of three, won several small dreams, but they didn't even know the YOAMD was going on. They just thought, wow Disney sure is nice, they give you stuff. Their daughter got to drive a Jungle Cruise boat and got a certificate, their daughter was awarded the Tink pins and they were given freebie drinks and snacks several times.
The hardest one for me is that a CM gave their daughter three pins for being polite and saying Thank You, my daughter had just said and done the same to the same CM and nothing. (We had been in line to pay for snacks at our resort) It was very confusing for DD and honestly for me too. Just totally random I guess.

My family, the other nine of us didn't win anything. So it was kind of bittersweet for us to see these fun things happening to them.

But I remind myself that we are DVC members, which is a real blessing.

01-19-2007, 07:50 PM
I won the Mickey Ears and Lanyard through the mail. I was thinking of taking them along on my trip and giving them to some children. But then I remember reading, it is confusing for guests to give other guest the prizes, so I thought I would give it to a mom and let her give it to her children.

01-20-2007, 07:56 PM
We are leaving in 10 days and my family really does not know of YOMD prizes. I think it will be better that way. I also think my family and I know I will be excited just to see prizes awarded. We always seem to be awarded with some cm special magic each trip that I do not think it will be disappointing to us if we don't win something. We are just excited to be going.

01-28-2007, 02:07 AM
Honestly? I never win anything, so believe me, I won't be expecting anything for YOMD for our May trip...and really I am SO happy to be at Disney, I can't see being disappointed either....BUT I am a little worried about my nieces 9 and 6. I wasn't planning on telling them a thing about YOMD, but they have seen the commercials and things and I know my younger niece is very excited to win something. Her mom and I have told her NOT to be excited because she probably won't win, but you know, she's SIX and it's Disney and it's magic and it's her favorite place in the world and she's a kid, so of course she thinks she's going to win, no matter what we say or how we try to prepare her. I really hope we don't run into as many Dream Squads as some have said on this thread, I know the girls will be really disappointed if we see them all over and they don't get anything. I mean, really, they know how lucky they are to go to Disney, but still.........

01-28-2007, 02:23 AM
It's sort of random and sort of not. An example:the 656th person to exit Soarin' or the group with the 534th person entering BTMR.Or at 3:54 whoever is wherever.There's no way anyone can plan a scenario because the awarding of the prizes is too random. You can talk to the CMs and even if you're at the right place, if you're not the right number you won't win. This was posted on the DIS by a woman who's husband is on the prize patrol.
We were awarded Dream fastpasses after Maelstrom and I have to say that I had completely forgotten about the whole YOMD and was totally and very pleasantly surprised.

01-28-2007, 02:38 AM
Overall, I guess it would have been better if I didn't know the promotion was going on. I wonder if there is someplace we can voice our disappointment with the promotion to WDW. Well, while you probably could just use any of the normal WDW contact information, keep in mind the sweepstakes is administered by an entirely independent company. Yes, I realize CMs actually hand out the prizes, but what and when and where is NOT determined by Disney in any way.

Also, if Guests actually look from a different perspective - instead of noticing the number of Guests wearing Dream Ears or Dream FastPasses, try noting all the Guests WITHOUT these items. It's hard to "see" what's not there, but given the number of prizes available, spread out over fifteen months, and six parks plus Downtown Disney, plus the mail-in entries, and well, I used to have the actual number of YOAMD prizes available but really it works out to about 300 prizes per park per day.

01-28-2007, 01:25 PM
I am just curious - don't people know this is a random drawing? Why do they think they can win something? It's like buying a lottery ticket and getting upset not winning. You should go in knowing you will not win. And if you do, it's a bonus.

01-28-2007, 01:56 PM
You took the words right out of my mouth! I have been fuming about the sense of 'entitlement' so many people have plus the sad stories that their 'kids won't receive anything'. I think the YOMD is a wonderful promotion of large and small things. The promotion really addresses the clientele that Disney receives - everyone of all ages and classes.
Another thing I noticed on a recent trip to WDW is that so many CM's get into it too - they go out of their way to just do small things to make people feel special. It is no different than the lottery, putting your name into a hat, or any type of 'prize.' When a store has a promotion and you put you name in a jar and someone else wins - so what!!
I am so happy when the winners post their stories here and I can read about how pleased they were with whatever 'extra' Disney offered. I am so thrilled to read about their stories. I am sure that if too many complaints occur these people will be reluctant to share there good will with us!
I say congratulations to all winners of this promotion!

01-28-2007, 02:54 PM
Wouldn't bother me to not get a YoaMD gift.

And if I saw someone else get one, I'd be happy as heck for them.

I know some families struggle to even afford a trip of a few days at Disney whereas I'm in a position to where I could go 3-4 times per year if I wanted to (or maybe more).

So, for me, just being in the parks and experience the magic that is Disney is enough for me. I know most of the good tips as far as touring the parks, using Fastpasses, best spots for parades/fireworks, etc. so anything above and beyond all that would be pure gravy and, heck, I'd be tempted to give it to some other family there (esp. if it was a Dream FP...I'd probably keep a Disney pin or even the night in Cinderella's Castle! :) )