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supersuperwendy
07-10-2009, 06:05 PM
We are about to take our first trip as DVC members and I can't wait to hear the words welcome home! Does this always happen at check in? Even if you're not at your home resort? Also..if you use online check in will you not get a welcome home?

wdwnut
07-10-2009, 06:30 PM
Hi: When we rented a car and drove in, the Welcome Homes started at the resort gates for BWV, OKW, and VWL. With Magical Express, you may only get a welcome home upon check in.

oakmanner
07-10-2009, 06:55 PM
More often than not you will get it at check in at all DVC resorts.

ont/ohana
07-10-2009, 07:57 PM
We have always got a welcome home at all of our checkin's. This is still the best feeling and really makes us feel like we have arrived:goodvibes

NYmickey
07-10-2009, 09:20 PM
I have been DREAMING about this magical moment for many years now. And as it comes closer to actually happening (our contract is currently in ROFR) I think I will cry tears of joy when it actually happens. Has anyone ever done this (cry) so I don't feel so foolish when I do end up filling up with tears. We are actually planning a celebration party for ourselves when or if our contract gets passed. I guess you could say we are just a little excited.

Meriweather
07-10-2009, 09:23 PM
DH wears a DVC hat when we are there and we get that "Welcome Home" from all the kiosks too ;)

dizneyfan23
07-10-2009, 09:31 PM
From what we've seen, the security guards at the DVC resorts also say "Welcome Home". It really makes our day.:thumbsup2

kikiq
07-10-2009, 10:15 PM
Couple of weeks ago when I got off the ME at Jambo, I got a Welcome Home from several of the parking attendants BUT I also had my DVC tote with me. The CM that checked me in said Welcome Home.

When we've stayed at the GCH the first time on points, we got a Welcome Home from the parking valet BUT my DVC tote was again with me.

And yes I do sort of get weepy when someone says it, just reminds me why we bought DVC. Some will say that CMs say Welcome Home to everyone but I don't care. Just as long as they're saying it to me

DabsandTroy
07-10-2009, 11:03 PM
When we've stayed at the GCH the first time on points, we got a Welcome Home from the parking valet BUT my DVC tote was again with me.

DH and I just stayed there last week. We got our "Welcome Home!" from the gal at the Security Gate as well as at check in. We had nothing but our reservation on points that would have indicated we were members ... however we *loved* hearing it!:lovestruc

Deb & Bill
07-10-2009, 11:06 PM
Our minivan has the dark blue DVC Member license plate on the front of the car, so we usually get the "Welcome Home" from the guard at the gate. But you will hear it even if you aren't a DVC member at non-DVC resorts. They even say it on the bus.

Tara
07-10-2009, 11:48 PM
Has gotten "welcome home" greetings at pretty much every resort, DVC or not, long before I was a member.

DizDays
07-10-2009, 11:54 PM
My DH and I were at AKL in January (not yet DVC members) and were given a big "Welcome Home." "How odd," we thought, "what was that all about?" Well, we quickly found out. We are now two months away from our first offical Welcome Home. It will be great!!

Cee
07-11-2009, 07:40 AM
We usually hear it for the first time from the security guard at the gate. It always makes me feel like weeping.:love:

toniosmom
07-11-2009, 08:37 AM
I remember hearing many Welcome Homes during my DVC tour before I purchased. I didn't realize exactly what it meant until I made my first DVC trip this past spring to SSR. The Welcome Homes continued from the second I stepped off the ME bus and throughout our trip. It was a nice feeling.

wulfekamp
07-11-2009, 09:13 AM
AKL last year no welcome home and yes I was disapointed. I know its stupid but I like my welcome home. BCV this year 3 welcome homes in 30 minutes.

rowbear
07-11-2009, 09:27 AM
I don't like to anticipate it. It seems nicer when you forget they are going to do it and you get your first one on arrival.

What I hate is that member services does it when you are booking reservations. Stop welcoming me home when I am not there! Makes it seem more like a company slogan (which I know it is) than a true welcome. It is not nearly as special as a slogan.

WolfpackFan
07-11-2009, 09:50 AM
You do realize that they are saying this to everyone at every resort these days. Last two times we checked in at Pop Century we got "Welcome Homes". It is nothing special anymore.

WilsonFlyer
07-11-2009, 11:06 AM
You do realize that they are saying this to everyone person at every resort these days. Last two times we checked in at Pop Century we got "Welcome Homes". It is nothing special anymore.

And that is sad. :(

Goofy's apprentice
07-11-2009, 11:29 AM
It does seem to be the generic greeting given at WDW these days. However, that doesn't mean that it can't make me happy anymore.

The security guards are pretty good at saying it each time we drive in. Check in staff as well. Occasionally they forget, they are human. Try not to let it ruin your vacation. You will likely here it quite often during the course of your vacation.

DenLo
07-11-2009, 04:46 PM
We stayed at three resorts this year--all three without being DVC members. No one said Welcome until we decided to go see the Models at SSR. We showed the guard at the gate our DVC temporary cards and received our first Welcome Home. We received several during our walk around at SSR post the tour. It does make you feel special.

supersuperwendy
07-11-2009, 06:44 PM
Thanks everyone!

I'm crossing my fingers!

eeyoresmom
07-11-2009, 07:59 PM
We take 2-5 DVC trips per year and don't ALWAYS get the Welcome Home. The only resort I can specifically remember not getting it was AKL :confused:

abk96
07-11-2009, 08:29 PM
I'm hoping we get a Welcome Home this trip. We've been members since 06 and have not gotten one Welcome Home. Very disappointed. I was waiting for it the first time we checked in after becoming DVC members but it didn't happen.:sad1:

Last year when we were on the bus the message said "Welcome Home" when we pulled into the Swan/Dolphin:confused3. Not sure what that's all about. My dh and I just looked at each other.

Anyway, I hope you get your Welcome Home.

tbjam01
07-11-2009, 10:30 PM
I have only had 2 DVC vacations so , joined 2006 and let me tell you I jumped up and down when they said "Welcome home". It gives me goose bumps:tinker:

MinnieLee
07-12-2009, 03:50 PM
We always get a "Welcome Home" when checking in and then there are times when we get back to the resort after a day at the parks, we are greeted with it also. My response is "it's good to be "home"!"

Tiger926
07-12-2009, 04:03 PM
We just arrived yesterday, and just received our first Welcome Home today from a DVC CM @ Epcot today. Didn't receive at check-in, concierge desk, guard or bell services, despite having our DVC hats on and tote bag in plain view.

Not sure that it's that special anymore, and this is sad to us, as it is a big deal to us.

Tiger

ShuisFan584
07-12-2009, 05:31 PM
I love hearing "Welcome home" upon first arriving. Our last trip, we got a "welcome home" as soon as we stepped off ME at AKV. Of course I always have my DVC tote with me so I'm easy to spot as a DVC member.

lkenyon
07-12-2009, 07:31 PM
I refuse to leave the security gate until I hear Welcome Home! It is a family joke00...everyone waits with bated breath to see if the security guard satisfies mom or suffers the wrath...I figure that with all of the points that we own, I deserve to hear it every single time. I bought into the "MAGIC" and I expect magic!

DVCGeek
07-12-2009, 07:46 PM
I refuse to leave the security gate until I hear Welcome Home! It is a family joke00...everyone waits with bated breath to see if the security guard satisfies mom or suffers the wrath...I figure that with all of the points that we own, I deserve to hear it every single time. I bought into the "MAGIC" and I expect magic!

So what do you do if they don't at first? BTW, I am very amused every time someone at DL's DVC staff said it to me after I told them I was a member so I can definitely understand! ::cool2: It was great when they said it when I checked in the the Grand Cal. Hotel- I stayed on points but wasn't expecting them to say it. Huge grin from it!!! :goodvibes

I can NOT wait to hear it for my first stay in a DVC property - SSR on Oct. 23rd. I so hope they remember! :upsidedow