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alisonarod
04-07-2007, 05:20 PM
Hi Guys. My spouse and I are staying at the Polynesian this summer for our 5 year anniversary. I understand that Disney tries to add a few perks to there visitors for such occasions. Is it possible that we could receive a free room upgrade? Do I need to ask for it? What can we expect disney to do for us since we chose disney to celebrate our 5 year anniversary? When making my reservations over the phone, I told the CM of our anniversary. I'm not sure if they will do anything for us, but anything would be nice. I feel funny asking for a free upgrade, but what should I do? Has anyone celebrated an important occasion with disney before? What did they do for you? Would love to hear about it:)

Cmdbuddy
04-07-2007, 05:23 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I think a free room upgrade is a pretty big expectation for the occassion. You never know though.

4mcbjCtr
04-07-2007, 05:36 PM
I would expect and ask for nothing and be totally ecstatic about anything they did offer. From what I have heard in the past, they are more likely to give perks for people having special celebrations like yours. Just make sure you have it marked down on your reservation. When you show up to check in, be extra nice and make sure they know it is your anniversary. If they have it available, they will probably offer you the upgrade. Congratulations to you on your 5th. My husband and I are planning our 10th at DW for this summer. I can't wait.

alisonarod
04-07-2007, 05:41 PM
I'd be very happy with anything they could offer us. As I said, I'd feel funny asking for anything. It would mean more if they offered something without having to ask. I'll definitely be polite as I always am and will perhaps mention it to the cast member when we get there that it is our 5 year anniversary but I don't feel comfortable asking for anything. I was just wondering if historically disney offered a free room upgrade for occasions such as this. What other perks have others received for such occasions? And thank you. Congrats to you and yours as well.:)

taximomfor4
04-07-2007, 06:03 PM
I have heard of people getting room upgrades for free at WDW...and have had this happen myself. HOWEVER this is not as common as it seems on this board. Also, for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Whatever, I think OCCASIONALLY they surprise you with something. MOST OF THE TIME, I think they do nothing. Just my household alone has done 5 different birthday trips and 2 anniversary trips. We have gotten exactly 2 surprises for the occasion. 1: DD got balloons and signed card on her actual birthday. 2: my sister got a signed card and one balloon on her actual birthday. The other 5 occasions got NOTHING that we didn't buy and pay for.

The magic is sporadic, as it should be -- otherwise it becomes an expectation. Expectations can cause all kinds of problems when they aren't met.

So go, expecting nothing. I wouldn't, personally, ask for anything. Note it on your reservation like you did, and leave it at that. I would say a high number of guests on any given day are celebrating SOMETHING. They can't all get gifts or surprises, which makes when surprises DO happen that much more special!

BTW, Happy Anniversary!! DH and I want to go to WDW for our 10th, COMING UP!!!!!

Beth

alisonarod
04-07-2007, 06:04 PM
thank you:)

Dicecatt
04-07-2007, 06:08 PM
We got upgraded at the Poly, it was our anniversary trip, however, I have no idea if that had anything to do with our upgrade. We did get a picture slid under our door, of Cinderella and Prince Charming, with their autographs, and it said "Happy Anniversary". It was such a cute touch. But the day before we got a picture of some Disney characters and it said "welcome back to Disney world" with our family's name. We were upgraded to concierge, so maybe that is why we got those things, but it was pretty nice!

ducklite
04-07-2007, 06:17 PM
You can get a free anniversary button at guest services, but other than that, do nto expect anything. It *might* happen, but a lot more people get nothing than get something. Keep in mind that there are thousands of people celebrating something at WDW at any given time, and it would be almost impossible to give something to everyone.

This summer is looking to be very busy, so the chances of getting an upgrade aren't big as the resort will possibly be sold out.

You might want to order something from www.disneyflorist.com or Gifts of a Lifetime to ensure you'll have something to make your trip special.

Anne

Wafflestoo
04-07-2007, 06:38 PM
hi there,

My Dh and I celebrated our 13th anniversary at the Poly last year. They gave us a signed picture of Beauty and the Beast, a chocolate Poly post card and when we went to Le'Cellier that night for dinner, we received a complimentary anniversary dessert.

Meg

DiznEeyore
04-07-2007, 07:13 PM
When dh and I celebrated our 15th at the Poly last October, we were given a balloon bouquet, an autographed photo and card from Beauty and the Beast, and some kind of chocolate confection shaped in a Mickey head. :goodvibes

We were staying concierge, so we rec'd the chocolate postcard on arrival. *Still* can't bring myself to do anything with that but look at it, LOL!!

tifandjim
04-07-2007, 07:20 PM
We stayed at POP for our 10th, and when we checked in, there was a large envelope for us. When we got to the room and opened it, it contained a Certificate of Congratulations, a letter from the hotel staff telling us Happy Anniversary, free room upgrade to a room right by the pool and food court, and a free round of mini golf for each of us. The entire week, the mousekeeping left us really cute towel animals, and gave us extra soaps and shampoos, also little notes to us telling us congratulations, hope we are enjoying the week, etc. We had an awesome experience.

SeaSpray
04-07-2007, 07:25 PM
When dh and I celebrated our 15th at the Poly last October, we were given a balloon bouquet, an autographed photo and card from Beauty and the Beast, and some kind of chocolate confection shaped in a Mickey head. :goodvibes

We were staying concierge, so we rec'd the chocolate postcard on arrival. *Still* can't bring myself to do anything with that but look at it, LOL!!


In 2005 DH and I were at the Polynesian (concierge) on our anniversary and we got a personalized, autographed picture of Jasmine and Alladin. It was a very nice touch :)

http://www.brownfamilyvacations.com/images/wdw2005/P1010287.JPG

And eat that chocolate postcard, it's actually pretty good! LOL The paper part of it is edible too. I took a couple of pictures of our postcard before we ate it, so at least I still can look at it when I want to! LOL

http://www.brownfamilyvacations.com/images/wdw2005/P1010188.JPG

heatherlynn444
04-07-2007, 07:52 PM
i honeymooned at teh GF in jauary in a honeymon suite, which is VERY expensive...so you would think a nice card or osmething extra, but we got NOTHING from the hotel at all besides some congratulations. so dont expect anything or you will be let down, go in paying for the room you will be happy with regardless. sometimes it happens, more likely if going at a slow time of teh year (which the summer really is not) and they have a lot of empty rooms. likeother have said, make sure you note it on your reservation and ADR's and they may notice and do soething special

tink&donald
04-07-2007, 09:19 PM
We booked a reservation at the Land at Epoct, which is one of our favorite places to eat. We told them in advance it was our anniversary, and they performed a "re-hitching" ceremony for free. Pluto oversaw the event, and they gave us a marriage certificate and a cake. It was a lot of fun. The characters really made over us. That was several years ago, so I am not sure if they still do it or not.

Also, we stayed a AKL concierge and they left in our room a beautiful wicker type gift box with a bottle of African cologne and perfume. It had a letter with it that told of the story behind the gift. I don't remember the details, but I do remember thinking it was really nice of them to do it.

Disney Kim
04-07-2007, 09:25 PM
We went last year for our anniversary, I don't think I told the resort but I did mention it while making dining ressies..
At Liberty Tree Tavern they make a heart out of Confetti for us.. It wasn't a lot but it was still very sweet I thought, I kept the confetti.. It was Mickey heads..

mama36
04-07-2007, 10:23 PM
You can get a free anniversary button at guest services, but other than that, do nto expect anything. It *might* happen, but a lot more people get nothing than get something. Keep in mind that there are thousands of people celebrating something at WDW at any given time, and it would be almost impossible to give something to everyone.

This summer is looking to be very busy, so the chances of getting an upgrade aren't big as the resort will possibly be sold out.

You might want to order something from www.disneyflorist.com or Gifts of a Lifetime to ensure you'll have something to make your trip special.

Anne

Anne, what is the "Gifts of a Lifetime"?
Thanks, Julie

edcrbnsoul
04-07-2007, 10:25 PM
Note it on every ADR you make and when you make your hotel reservation.
Like the others have said expect nothing and be thrilled with anything you get. I made an ADR at the California Grill about an hour before the scheduled MK park closing and we were seated next to the window so we got a great view of wishes on our 10th Anniversary.

twinboysmommy
04-07-2007, 11:17 PM
We celebrated our 15th last July. :love: We had noted it on our reservations and when we checked in at the BC my stepmom (who was getting a room also) mentioned it to the CM as we were jabbering with "just-arrived at Disney" excitment. The CM told us to wait a minute and then put us in side-by-side 3rd floor rooms with direct views of Illuminations! :wizard:

Later that day there was a knock on the door and a CM delivered a bouquet of balloons along with an adorable autographed picture of "Captain Mickey & Minnie".

At Chef Mickey's we had noted it again and we received cute placemats autographed by all of the characters. Our server also brought us a little cake after dinner (which we didn't have room for but ate some anyway because we thought it was so kind!). ;)

At Hoop Dee Doo Review my stepmom had noted it when making our reservations and we were called on to stand up and dance during part of the show (they have anyone celebrating an anniversary do this).

We weren't expecting a thing so each of these were fun little surprises that added to our magical vacation!

Kristie :)

Vickie46
04-07-2007, 11:55 PM
wow.. we are celebrating our 8th anniversary.. it actually falls on a Tuesday of our trip.. I just can't wait!:banana:

DNSDisney
04-08-2007, 01:36 AM
Every year we have gone to the Poly it has been our annv. , we have only received something twice. The first time it was a choc. post card and a card/pic from Mickey and Minnie. The second time we received champagne and choc covered strawberries. Neither time did we expect anything seeing that most times we did not receive anything. When we did though it was a nice surprise!:goodvibes

IWISHFORDISNEY
04-08-2007, 05:48 AM
On our 5th Anniversary we stayed at CSR and recieved a ballon arrangement and a card signed by the characters with confetti all over the bed. Very sweet * swoon * Disney magic!!!!

On our 10th anniversary we splurged for the BC and got nothing at all. We booked the exact room we wanted so we were in heaven staying in a deluxe for the first time with out other family members.

Our 15th at AKL was over the top. We booked CL for the first time and the day of our sunrise safari we woke up and went to the lounge to catch the bus. The CM guide gave us the anniversary buttons. We had a card waiting for us at breakfast after the safari. Then when we got back to the room they had it all decorated with a cake and towel animals and confetti. Our son (23 mo) was jumping up and down yelling Mickey Happy ( he thought it was for his birthday) which was actually a week away. This was the best anniversary of all, very special and I didnt ask for any of it, expected nothing and the magic just kept coming our way that day. Even at dinner they gave us a little cupcake sized cake that day.

Have fun and enjoy.

alisonarod
04-08-2007, 06:54 AM
i guess the moral of the story is, don't ask for anything and perhaps you'll get something. even a signed post card from mickey symbolizing a little acknowledgement is nice. It sounds like most of you who have received something asked for nothing. Just tell the CM when making reservations and hope for the best! It's more magical if something is offered without expecting anything. Thanks guys for sharing your experiences:)

mom2of2
04-08-2007, 07:14 AM
Anne, what is the "Gifts of a Lifetime"?
Thanks, Julie


www.giftsofalifetime.com

Jane does vow renewals, romantic room decorating, personal shopping and gift baskets.

DiznEeyore
04-08-2007, 08:03 AM
At Liberty Tree Tavern they make a heart out of Confetti for us.. It wasn't a lot but it was still very sweet I thought, I kept the confetti.. It was Mickey heads..

I forgot -- they did that for us at Crystal Palace when we had our anniversary dinner there. :) They also gave us anniversary cupcakes for dessert. It was such a fun way to celebrate!

Feralpeg
04-08-2007, 09:35 AM
Since message boards like the DIS have become so popular, more and more guests note special occasions in the hope of receiving a little extra "magic". Unfortunately, that seems to have made the possibilities of any one set of guests receiving it much slimmer. It is the same way with the pins. I used to see the once in awhile while at the parks or DTD. Yesterday, I stopped by DTD and then Epcot. I'd say one out of ten people were wearing either a birthday, anniversary, just married or first time pin. There are just too many people who know about this now for the CMs to acknowledge everyone...especially with something special.

I agree with the previous posters. Go expecting nothing and be thrilled if you get something. Or, arrange your own surprise. Ask someone to put something together for you and let them use their imagination. People tend to want to control exactly what they order. Sometimes a surprise is nice!

Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

alisonarod
04-08-2007, 09:51 AM
thank you:)

jamounger
04-08-2007, 10:42 AM
:) We were at CSR last year for our anniversary. We had been at WDW the month before and had some service issues so I had emailed guest services. The day before we left I got a phone call in response to my e-mail. I told the rep my story but said it hadn't spoiled WDW for me because we were leaving the next day for a long weekend. I told her I was sure the magic would be back for me this stay. She told me to look out for a surprise. On our second night there we came back to our room and there was a HUGE gift basket and balloons on the bed. Luckily we had packed our smaller suitcase inside of a big one in case I did some shopping at DTD, the stuff from the basket filled the suitcase.:)

bluwater
04-08-2007, 10:47 AM
I just celebrated my BDay at Coronado Springs. I had it noted on my ressie and received nothing special......not even a mention of it. On my BDay, I left a note for mousekeeping that it was my BDay and that I love towel animals (really, I wanted them for my DD9)......nothing. It is easier not to hope for anything. It is a bummer when you are hopeful and let them know...and they don't even leave a birthday note for you.

mt mommy
04-08-2007, 11:26 PM
We were just at the Poly in Feb. celebrating our 10th anniversary. We did not expect anything either. They did however upgrade us and brought a huge basket of treats with an autographed pic of Chip and Dale. It was a nice surprise!! :)

We were also treated at CRT with complimentary fluted champagne glasses only b/c our great waitress saw my anniversary button.:)

We specified on our actual anniversary date at Le Crellier on our reservations and NO special treatment whatsoever.:confused3

So, Just as others have mentioned don't expect anything and you'll be surprised.:love:

Definitely wear your anniversary buttons. It's always great to hear a CM as you walk into the park say to you, "Happy Anniversary".

Summer-Caitlin
04-09-2007, 04:50 AM
I'm hoping for a little extra Disney magic when we go for our wedding and honeymoon in August. Neither of us have been to WDW before, but even if we receive nothing I would be happy regardless. We are booked to stay 3 nights CBR, 4 nights POFQ, 7 nights AKL and 3 nights DCL. I have noted it on all of my reservations but I may plan something anyway.;)

disneyfanfamily
04-09-2007, 06:28 AM
We are going 11 days this summer. Celebrating our 15th anniversary and DD 7th B-day. Not expecting anything. Our TA put in on our ressie, but we probably won't say anything when we arrive at POR. If we get something that would be fantastic! But, we are going with NO expectation. We are just happy to be at WDW for the occasion!!!
Angela