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BirdsOfPreyDave
07-02-2007, 07:14 PM
I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but maybe I'm wrong. One can only hope...

Are Grand Gatherings events only available with Magic You Way packages, or is it possible to designate a stay on points as a Grand Gathering? I'm planning to get a Grand Villa or two 2-bedrooms with my extended family next year.

wildernessDad
07-02-2007, 07:44 PM
You can set one up as a DVC member using points. Below is a procedure, however old it may be.

How DVC Members Can Set Up Grand Gatherings (GG's)
Hi, all! I thought that I'd post a procedure, that I basically discovered by trial and error (mostly error), on how DVC members can set up grand gatherings. I will list it as steps.

1. Think about who you want to invite and what DVC resort you want to stay in. I will assume in this procedure that your party will all be staying at your home resort. I assume this because that was the case for me. If you have a different plan, please post here with how my procedure should change.

2. Assuming that you are the 'group leader,' make sure that you get all of the names AND addresses of everybody in your party AND also get their ages. Disney needs their ages so they can put in whom in the party can officially check in. Nobody under age may do so.

3. Plan out what GG special products (GG events), if any, your group wants to experience. This step can be quite
significant if you are informing others about these events. You may be dealing with people who have never been to WDW before or have not been there 'like this.' So, you may have to do a lot of explaining to them on what it's all about. You are the expert! They are not! Tell them what it's all about!

4. AS SOON AS YOU CAN, call DVC Member services (MS) at 1-800-xxx-xxxx to make your room reservations AND tell them
that you have a GG. Give MS all of the information about your party. DVCMS will then contact the GG folks and
inform them of the upcoming GG. DVCMS will get a magical gathering (MG) number back to you in a few days. It was only
a day wait for me. Remember that number. It will be very important.

5. Call the GG people at 1-407-939-7526 to make reservations for your GG 'events' using your MG number. The Safari
Celebration dinner, the International Dinner and Fireworks show, and the Good Morning Gathering can be placed on the
dining plan (DP). If the DP is not available yet for when you are going, my recommendation is to call the GG people and make the reservation BEFORE the DP becomes available. If the DP IS available when you want to make the GG event
ressy's, then skip this step ONLY for all ressys for which you want to use the dining plan and see step 7 below.

6. After the DP becomes available, and assuming that you want to use the DP, call DVCMS to add the DP and also to tell
them that you will be placing one or more GG events under the DP. At that time, DVCMS will call the GG people and
transfer you over to them. They will have to rebook the ressy, if you had one, under a new number and cancel the
original ressy. If you had to go to step 6, then the original ressy was a placeholder until you could get the ressy
with the meal plan. If by now you are wondering if this is all a big runaround, then my answer is yes. The GG people, like the Disney dining people, do not have access to the DVC room reservation numbers, which makes all of his a
necessity.

7. Now that you are done, sit back, relax, and let Disney magic take you where you need to be

BirdsOfPreyDave
07-03-2007, 04:13 PM
Wow, thanks! I'm glad I asked.