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NewJerseyDVCMembers
03-16-2010, 04:11 PM
We haven't posted in some time, but we wanted to share our story. It helped us recover some of the value that we thought we lost with our DVC membership.

We had taken a trip in December, Sunday thru Friday, staying at VWL. It was a wonderful time with another couple, and we were glad to have them along. The couple had a 3 year old daughter, who unfortunately was a handful at times. We still enjoyed ourselves, but it wasn't the 100% relaxing trip we are used to.

We flew home late friday night, arriving around midnight. We were on vacation for three weeks and had plans for a one night trip the following Monday. We were heading to Myrtle Beach for the night to see Dolly Parton's Dixieland Stampede show.

After a "long" WDW trip the previous week and a late flight Friday, we gave the Monday trip a long thought. We flew out Monday morning around 7am. The flight from Atlantic City to Myrtle Beach is about an hour. As we were preparing for the initial decent the pilot announced that there was fog and we would be circling the airport. After nearly an hour he announced we couldn't land and would be returning to Atlantic City.

We returned to AC and de-planed. We sat around the terminal for a few minutes and decided that if the flight didn't resume in 30 minutes we would just forget the whole thing. The reservations we made could be cancelled until 3pm (Marriott & Dollar). After 10 minutes the gate agent announced that the flight would not leave until mid-afternoon. We decided to go home. As we gathered our carry-on's we heard a second boarding call for Orlando... we just smiled at each other.

We returned to the Myrtle Beach gate and asked the gate agent if there was any way we could get on the Orlando flight. The women said she thought so and began processing the tickets. She looked at our Myrtle Beach reservation and asked if we wanted the same return, the next day. We said yes, she chuckled and asked "You want to fly to Orlando for the night?". As the agent was completing the request, my wife was on her cell with member services. By now the Orlando flight was having a final boarding call, the gate agent finished the ticketing, and we were heading down the jetway onto the Orlando flight. As we stepped onto the plane my wife completed the 1 night reservation at the BWV and had ME set up. It was at that moment that I really felt like there was an added value to our membership. The castmember couldn't have been more helpful.

We arrived at the resort by mid-afternoon and enjoyed the pool, EPCOT and the Osbourne Family Christmas Lights. We then spent the entire next day wandering the parks and enjoying a dinner before flying home on the late flight again. What an absolutely wonderful time for just the two of us, it helped us recharge our Disney batteries which had drained a little the week before.

It was just incredible to have the ability to make a reservation for an arrival within 2-3 hours. We couldn't say enough about the gate agent for Spirit Airlines and the Member Sevices castmember as well.

Mickey'sApprentice
03-16-2010, 04:22 PM
I love your story.

:love::love::love:

edk35
03-16-2010, 04:39 PM
WOW that is awesome. :) :) Just awesome. :love:

thepops
03-16-2010, 04:40 PM
Very Cool ! Gald it worked out for you

DenLo
03-16-2010, 05:58 PM
Wow, how cool and in December too. Glad you were able to recoup the magic.

jekjones1558
03-16-2010, 06:00 PM
What a delightful story! I have always dreamed about being able to do something spur-of-the-moment like that. Thanks for sharing. You brightened my day. :goodvibes

cpdwiz
03-16-2010, 06:24 PM
We haven't posted in some time, but we wanted to share our story. It helped us recover some of the value that we thought we lost with our DVC membership.

We had taken a trip in December, Sunday thru Friday, staying at VWL. It was a wonderful time with another couple, and we were glad to have them along. The couple had a 3 year old daughter, who unfortunately was a handful at times. We still enjoyed ourselves, but it wasn't the 100% relaxing trip we are used to.

We flew home late friday night, arriving around midnight. We were on vacation for three weeks and had plans for a one night trip the following Monday. We were heading to Myrtle Beach for the night to see Dolly Parton's Dixieland Stampede show.

After a "long" WDW trip the previous week and a late flight Friday, we gave the Monday trip a long thought. We flew out Monday morning around 7am. The flight from Atlantic City to Myrtle Beach is about an hour. As we were preparing for the initial decent the pilot announced that there was fog and we would be circling the airport. After nearly an hour he announced we couldn't land and would be returning to Atlantic City.

We returned to AC and de-planed. We sat around the terminal for a few minutes and decided that if the flight didn't resume in 30 minutes we would just forget the whole thing. The reservations we made could be cancelled until 3pm (Marriott & Dollar). After 10 minutes the gate agent announced that the flight would not leave until mid-afternoon. We decided to go home. As we gathered our carry-on's we heard a second boarding call for Orlando... we just smiled at each other.

We returned to the Myrtle Beach gate and asked the gate agent if there was any way we could get on the Orlando flight. The women said she thought so and began processing the tickets. She looked at our Myrtle Beach reservation and asked if we wanted the same return, the next day. We said yes, she chuckled and asked "You want to fly to Orlando for the night?". As the agent was completing the request, my wife was on her cell with member services. By now the Orlando flight was having a final boarding call, the gate agent finished the ticketing, and we were heading down the jetway onto the Orlando flight. As we stepped onto the plane my wife completed the 1 night reservation at the BWV and had ME set up. It was at that moment that I really felt like there was an added value to our membership. The castmember couldn't have been more helpful.

We arrived at the resort by mid-afternoon and enjoyed the pool, EPCOT and the Osbourne Family Christmas Lights. We then spent the entire next day wandering the parks and enjoying a dinner before flying home on the late flight again. What an absolutely wonderful time for just the two of us, it helped us recharge our Disney batteries which had drained a little the week before.

It was just incredible to have the ability to make a reservation for an arrival within 2-3 hours. We couldn't say enough about the gate agent for Spirit Airlines and the Member Sevices castmember as well.

WONDERFUL STORY!!! I wish those that continually bash DVC because they do not get a free pencil and paper read this!!!!

dizneefamily5
03-16-2010, 06:25 PM
What an awesome story! This is exactly the type of think I look forward to as DVC members with my husband once the kids are grown! Fun!! Thanks for sharing.

DizGirl20
03-16-2010, 06:31 PM
Fun story, thanks for sharing. We just bought into DVC and I very much enjoy hearing stories like yours to reaffirm that we made the right decision! :goodvibes

Micca
03-16-2010, 06:39 PM
Terrific story! Thanks for sharing:earsboy:

speakupjc
03-16-2010, 07:01 PM
Awesome story. I got goose bumps reading it!

delauzons
03-16-2010, 07:16 PM
Thanks for putting a smile on my face! I wish I could do more spur of the moment trips. They are so much fun! One year for our anniversary a week before my husband said,"How about going to DW next week?" I was on the phone a minute later and it all just fell into place!

Tara
03-16-2010, 07:17 PM
Awesome story. I got goose bumps reading it!

This exactly! Literally, goose bumps!! :) Thanks for sharing your story!

chanken3
03-16-2010, 07:23 PM
awwwwww what a great story:hug:

VrBchJ
03-16-2010, 07:24 PM
What a great story. Did the CM know your what you were doing? I bet he/she got a big kick out of helping you.

Disney_Mama
03-16-2010, 07:25 PM
Great story.:goodvibes

kikiq
03-16-2010, 07:28 PM
Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful adventure.

tinkerfan1
03-16-2010, 07:57 PM
Great story. Thanks for sharing.

bobbiwoz
03-16-2010, 07:57 PM
Wow!:goodvibes

dddisrunner
03-16-2010, 08:14 PM
What a GREAT story, I LOVED it! Thanks so much for sharing, it put a huge smile on my face!:goodvibes

Disney Princess
03-16-2010, 09:07 PM
Brought a smile to my face! :thumbsup2

Brave teacher
03-16-2010, 09:17 PM
What a lovely story!

marynvince
03-16-2010, 09:45 PM
loved that the two of you could be so spontaneous.

arthur06
03-16-2010, 09:46 PM
Good for you two!

AnnaS
03-17-2010, 05:56 AM
I love it!!!!!!! Good for you both. Definitely an exciting adventure :)

Cee
03-17-2010, 06:57 AM
That's the best thing I've ever heard.:thumbsup2

Harlemgirl720
03-17-2010, 11:49 AM
Love, Love, Love it.:lovestruc

Crystal_27
03-17-2010, 12:08 PM
What an awesome story...thanks so much for taking the time to post it! :grouphug:

holcomb-mania
03-17-2010, 01:13 PM
I love my kids, but I can't wait to be able to "wing it" like you guys!

JasonDVC
03-17-2010, 02:48 PM
Just the kind of story DVC'rs and WDW fans like to hear!

Thanks! :thumbsup2

iwrbnd
03-17-2010, 02:53 PM
I love my kids, but I can't wait to be able to "wing it" like you guys!

My thoughts exactly!:thumbsup2

GoofItUp
03-17-2010, 03:00 PM
This is exactly what's wrong with DVC. I had waitlisted BWV for that same time and it didn't come through, but a last minute person gets the room. It's just completely unfair.








TOTALLY JUST KIDDING! (I just couldn't help myself.) What a fun story and something that...someday....maybe will happen to me! :cloud9:

toniosmom
03-17-2010, 03:09 PM
MS can really come through when you want them to, can't they. Last Saturday, we were sitting in Orlando airport facing the possibility of a cancelled flight due to storms in NJ. We contemplated changing our flight to the next day or Monday and I called to MS to see if they could accomodate us. She had a 2 BR unit in both OKW and SSR and advised that I should go to the welcome center and arrange for them to get our luggage from the airline and take ME right over to the resort. We decided to wait it out at the airport and wound up taking off 7 hours late, but it was nice to know that there was an option for us without me having to put out any cash.

6mouselovers
03-17-2010, 07:50 PM
LOVE your story, we have a similar one. had just been to wdw in jan. last year for a long weekend for mlk, were in miami for 5 days with our 4 kids for our feb. vacation and were planning on relaxing the last 4 days of the vacation back at home. (we were returning for a 4 day weekend in march as the kids' school had teacher days). as our flight was delayed the first two times, i kept commenting we could just rent a car, drive up to orlando and have 4 days of fun.........3rd delay checked and ssr had 2 separate rooms (not connecting) and we usually have a 2 bedroom, but why not....... as my husband was checking to see how bad it would be to change our return flight to leaving orlando on sunday night, and i was making sure there was a car large enough for all 6 of us, they cancelled the flight!!!!!!!! we were in our rooms by 8:30, john delivered our lockers for us by 8:00 the next morning, before heading out for the day, and we had a total bonus for 4 days!!!!! the kicker is that we were able to use the incentive points at ssr that we were given with our blt purchase................sometimes the pixie dust is a flyin'.

sooo happy for you that it flew your way too!:yay: