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crazy4wdw
02-28-2007, 05:01 AM
Winners say 'no thanks' sometimes

Beth Kassab | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted February 28, 2007

For some visitors, Walt Disney World's "Year of a Million Dreams" giveaway is a reason for a million excuses.

The yearlong campaign bestows randomly selected guests at the resort with prizes such as a night in Cinderella Castle, but some folks say "no thanks."

"Sometimes, believe it or not, which I can't understand, people say, 'Nah, I'm leaving tomorrow or I don't want to move my stuff . . .' " said Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo. "We have had some guests for whatever reason say that they couldn't do it, so we go to the next person."

Rasulo said he doesn't know exactly how many people have turned down the prizes that range from a stay fit for a princess in the castle to much smaller giveaways such as free popcorn or a pass to the front of thrill ride lines, but "it does happen."

While giving up a night in the castle may be unfathomable to parents of young princess wannabes, Disney has a backup plan for when it happens.

Another winner is simply selected at random.

"It's the most complicated, complex mathematical system you can imagine," Rasulo said of the process developed for Disney by an outside firm.

Each day the system pinpoints an exact location -- such as the seventh person to exit a specific show at the Magic Kingdom -- and whoever is at the right place at the right time wins the prize.

The campaign started last year with more than 1 million prizes, some worth tens of thousands of dollars apiece, such as time-share contracts and trips halfway around the world.

On average, 1,700 to 3,000 prizes big and small are given out on a daily basis, said Disney spokesman Jacob DiPietre.

Beth Kassab can be reached at bkassab@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5448.

ameraumi
02-28-2007, 11:56 AM
Can you imagine?!?!?!?!?

MassJester
02-28-2007, 11:59 AM
Nope -- I'd want to stay in the castle -- even if I had to go out and rent a family.

caitty13
02-28-2007, 12:41 PM
Wow! I would stay to no matter what.

Another Voice
02-28-2007, 01:04 PM
As I've heard how it works, winning the castle stay essentially takes your entire day. You're thrown into the parade, there's another stage appear, there's a planned dinner, than an appearance at the fireworks show, then you're locked into castle that night and can't leave. From the moment you win, the rest of your day is out of your control.

If I was traveling with a group and had already made arrangements, I too might think about saying "no". I have better things to do at WDW than become a prop.

MassJester
02-28-2007, 01:10 PM
As I've heard how it works, winning the castle stay essentially takes your entire day. You're thrown into the parade, there's another stage appear, there's a planned dinner, than an appearance at the fireworks show, then you're locked into castle that night and can't leave. From the moment you win, the rest of your day is out of your control.

If I was traveling with a group and had already made arrangements, I too might think about saying "no". I have better things to do at WDW than become a prop.

Not me--I'll take castle stay and "prop" status :banana:

raidermatt
02-28-2007, 01:49 PM
We travel with friends, so it would be tough to bail on our plans with them for the whole day, but they would understand and we would probably still do it. I know we'd encourage them to do so if they won.

It could also happen where somebody won but was leaving that day.

I heard one couple that turned it down were elderly and didn't want to move their stuff.

Peter Pirate 2
02-28-2007, 01:56 PM
I can't say I'd be jumping for joy with the Castle either. Now the free FP's I'd accept.:thumbsup2 But of course we haven't been picked for anything (not even popcorn) ... Only visit every month a couple of times so I guess it's no surprise.;)
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GreyStr0ke
02-28-2007, 02:48 PM
If you win the stay in the castle do you still have to pay for your hotel room for that night if you are stayng on Disney property?

Mickmse2002
02-28-2007, 04:55 PM
I could very easily turn down a castle stay. I enjoy an evening stroll around the Beach Club/Boardwalk area with a cocktail and the wife and given that Magic Kingdom is alcohol free it would be difficult to do this down Mainstreet USA.

kjkcool
02-28-2007, 06:58 PM
I would not turn down a stay in Cinderella's Castle for anything,no matter what I have schedualed,no matter if I was offered a million dollars to refuse, even :guilty: *gulp* a chance to meet Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom and use their plastic to go shopping with them all day if I didn't stay.

THAT'S HOW MUCH I WANT TO STAY THERE!:rotfl:

All you people who want to give up a once in a lifetime opportunity,are nutters!:goodvibes ;)
Cindy's Castle=Awesome:thumbsup2

doubletrouble_vb
02-28-2007, 07:08 PM
There are lots of things that are once in a lifetime opportunities that I'd be happy to turn down. A castle stay could easily be one of them.

YoHo
02-28-2007, 07:17 PM
I'd gladly turn down the Once in a Lifetime opportunity to be shot dead.


Also, turning down a million dollars and instead spending a night as a prisoner in an oversized castle is Wrong-Sick.

momto6
02-28-2007, 07:46 PM
If we were lucky enough to be chosen for any of the free gifts, you bet we would take them.

DisMN
03-01-2007, 03:19 AM
I don't have any desire to stay in the Castle, free or not, so if they let me I'd absolutely love to give my "prize" away to someone. I think giving it to someone would be much more fun than keeping it for myself! :banana:

Alicnwondrln
03-01-2007, 07:25 AM
no way i if i won i would make sure i was there to stay in teh castle

MrsJackSparrow
03-01-2007, 11:45 AM
I would not turn down a stay in Cinderella's Castle for anything,no matter what I have schedualed,no matter if I was offered a million dollars to refuse, even :guilty: *gulp* a chance to meet Johnny Depp

I could never say no to Mr. Depp!

kjkcool
03-01-2007, 04:41 PM
I could never say no to Mr. Depp!
It'd be the toughest decision I'd ever have to make.
I thought about it long and hard before I even posted that.
Cinderella was in my loving affections long before my (hott,amazing exquisite!!!!:cloud9: :woohoo: :dance3: ) Johnny or Orlando.
Dang,why must I be so loyal?!:rotfl: :lmao:

Pixie Tales
03-01-2007, 07:46 PM
Nope -- I'd want to stay in the castle -- even if I had to go out and rent a family.

There was a Post about a young tattooed guy on the CB that did this.. He is single and was in the parks alone.. He invited a family with 2 young girls 5 and 2 to stay with him in the castle!!!

:love:


ETA: oopsss it is on THIS board... sorry

surferhick
03-10-2007, 02:30 PM
My kids would be very upset if I turned down the stay. I would just have to make it work. Can you imagine the stories my kids would have to tell all their friends when they got home. IN THE DISNEY PARADE, STAYED AT THE CASTLE, WOW!!!

dunnhorn
03-10-2007, 05:03 PM
I can't say I'd be jumping for joy with the Castle either. Now the free FP's I'd accept.:thumbsup2 :

My sister went last week and was selected for all day FP to MGM. Too bad she had tix to Pirates and Princesses that night!

photo_chick
03-10-2007, 09:39 PM
MY DD simply would not let me say no to the castle. I, on th eother hand could live without it. If Disney added another day to my plans I would not hesitate!

lynn71092
03-13-2007, 02:47 PM
I could very easily turn down a castle stay. I enjoy an evening stroll around the Beach Club/Boardwalk area with a cocktail and the wife and given that Magic Kingdom is alcohol free it would be difficult to do this down Mainstreet USA.


I am so with you on this one!!!!:drinking1 :drinking1

suzimar57
03-13-2007, 07:46 PM
i would be calling the airlines to change our flight as the words "you won a night in the castle!" was leaving the CM's lips!

shawn68
03-14-2007, 08:42 AM
So If Anyone Wins And They Dont Want To Stay, Could You Call Me, I Will Gladly Take It

rstamm
03-15-2007, 07:39 AM
I won a Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue I didn't really want it but I took it.
I should have turned it down, I really don't like cupcakes but I was just happy to win something.

YoHo
03-15-2007, 11:12 AM
Eh, There were cramming cupcakes in our faces at DL on it's actual 50th. I think they force feed you cupcakes every July 17th. That's not so special and they really aren't very good cupcakes.

raidermatt
03-15-2007, 11:30 AM
cup·cake Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[kuhp-keyk] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
1. a small cake, the size of an individual portion, baked in a cup-shaped mold.
2. Older Slang. A sexually attractive young woman.



Please specify which type of "cupcake" you guys are talking about. This is critical to my ongoing evaluation of the YoaMD promotion.

YoHo
03-15-2007, 12:04 PM
I think Item 2 is used in reference to Princesses.

Greenfield1984
03-16-2007, 01:43 AM
I'll be spending a week in disney for my honeymoon and if offered the sweet i may just decline. With all the things i have planned i dont think i could accept using up a whole day just so i can spend an evening in the castle.

DancingBear
03-16-2007, 07:18 AM
You know, you could come back next year and do all those other things. You'd never have a chance to be in the parade and sleep in the castle ever again.

jfap
03-16-2007, 09:25 AM
If you win the stay in the castle do you still have to pay for your hotel room for that night if you are stayng on Disney property?


Hey I never thought about that. I wonder???????? :confused3

Greenfield1984
03-16-2007, 10:54 AM
You know, you could come back next year and do all those other things. You'd never have a chance to be in the parade and sleep in the castle ever again.

Thats easy to say for some. I'm in montreal so i have to worry about getting there which in of it self is expensive. Furthermore I got a baby on the way so my finances arn't nearly disney feasible for now. When i do finally come back the attractions that are there may no longer be there. I'm already upset that time keeper is gone :(

disneyfanUSA
05-03-2007, 03:40 PM
i WOULD NEVER TURN DOWN A STAY AT THE CASTLE!! I WOULD BE HAPPY TO CANCLE ALL MY PLANS TO GOO! I WOULD WAT I HAD PLANED NEXT YEAR!!

YoHo
05-03-2007, 06:07 PM
Tats Good Too Now Omg Rofl!!!!!!!!!!111

thefirebuilds
05-03-2007, 06:17 PM
LAWLSZ!!!1111 FTW.

Yikes.

thefirebuilds
05-03-2007, 06:19 PM
Please specify which type of "cupcake" you guys are talking about. This is critical to my ongoing evaluation of the YoaMD promotion.

Wow. Comic genius sir.

G8r4evr
05-03-2007, 07:51 PM
I won a Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue I didn't really want it but I took it.
I should have turned it down, I really don't like cupcakes but I was just happy to win something.

Wow, seems like Disney could have at least sprung for a whole cake. :rolleyes1

Mermaid2sea
05-04-2007, 04:27 AM
I've just come across this thread. It's nice to hear that some people have actually been selected for a gift.

cindyfan
05-05-2007, 08:50 AM
This is a very interesting thread!!:laughing:
When I think about it........ there are circumstances that I might turn down the castle night! :confused3

I've always dreamed of "living" in the castle.... I used to tell people that!!:rotfl:
I adore Cinderella...... hence my DIS name! :love:
But I am not sure how this all works..... so, would they pay for me to keep my night at my resort so I wouldn't have to "pack up and move"?? And then leave most of my stuff there and just pack for the one night.
When is "check out" ??
Could I have breakfast there the next morning?

I'd be asking a lot of questions. :rotfl: