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PhantomBlot
11-20-2011, 12:47 PM
At woodfield now, line was ENORMOUS. Guessing 2 hours. Did anyone here wait?

Ggatorgirl
11-20-2011, 01:11 PM
DH got there about 11:45 and also estimated at least 2 - 3 hours. D2D was giving a 'presentation' in the main area to about 20 people at a time.

He didn't stick around long enough to see how long the presentation was or what was being offered in way of special pricing, but they would have to be offering 50% off to get him to stand in line that long.

quirty30
11-20-2011, 01:11 PM
I had some things to return at Nordstrom, and got to the mall around 11:30. I spied the line at DtD as I was on the escalator. When I finished with my returns around 11:50, I walked down past DtD, and walked and walked and walked. When I saw the line stretched down to Lord & Taylor, I left. My kids are with their dad this weekend and all I wanted was the ornament...but I sure don't need one that badly. Good luck!

PoohsFan1
11-20-2011, 01:52 PM
I was contemplating whether going or not since we live 3 hours away (some of you may of seen my thread from earlier this week)....glad that we didn't end up going since DH forgot he was scheduled to work today and I ended up being scheduled myself. I got another email from DTD saying if we come in anywhere between 11/25 and 12/4 we can get special holiday discounts on things (it wasn't being specific). Both DH and I are off on 11/26 so we are thinking of heading over then....hoping they can give the ornament to us then too.

mwmuntz
11-20-2011, 03:30 PM
Just got back, had a GREAT time! All of the cast members were super nice, especially Karen, who was at the popcorn station. She was soooo sweet and she really showed the Disney spirit. My kids just loved her!

carlbarry
11-20-2011, 04:30 PM
Same response here on Long Island!

Friendofpluto
11-20-2011, 05:24 PM
2 hour wait and we did get in line before 11.

DisneyDreams4
11-20-2011, 05:45 PM
Just got back, had a GREAT time! All of the cast members were super nice, especially Karen, who was at the popcorn station. She was soooo sweet and she really showed the Disney spirit. My kids just loved her!

we did not wait my little dd was getting antsy in her stroller. We just got the
ornament. what type of food were they giving out?? last year was the chocolate fountain my ds loved that.:goodvibes

thanks

quirty30
11-20-2011, 06:36 PM
we did not wait my little dd was getting antsy in her stroller. We just got the
ornament. what type of food were they giving out?? last year was the chocolate fountain my ds loved that.:goodvibes

thanks

I had no idea we could just get the ornament and go. Oh well. I'll email my guide and ask if there are any left.

Ggatorgirl
11-20-2011, 06:52 PM
See my earlier post.

DH did ask specifically if he had to wait in the LONG line just to get the ornament and he was told 'Yes.'

Maybe they changed their tune after he was there as the line was at least 2 - 3 hours long at 11:45.

Laurabearz
11-20-2011, 06:58 PM
We were told a 90 minute wait, but it was a 3 hour wait.... and yes, I waited :rotfl2 We got in line at noon and we were at Abercombie and Fitch....


But my kids and I were having a great time chatting with other people in line so it wasnt too too bad.... but it was bad...

They said during the movie this was THE BEST OFFER EVER and better than anything at WDW or DLR and even the cruise ships, but of course they couldnt just come out and tell us what the offer was... you have to actually sit down with a guide in order to find out..

I asked about adding on 30 pts cash to BCV and they said $115 pp but still wouldnt tell me what the super de dooper deal was, unless we 'sat down' phooey....

I am so thankful my children were wonderful and over we had a great time... but honestly I thought the whole thing was poorly run....

quirty30
11-20-2011, 07:35 PM
See my earlier post.

DH did ask specifically if he had to wait in the LONG line just to get the ornament and he was told 'Yes.'

Maybe they changed their tune after he was there as the line was at least 2 - 3 hours long at 11:45.

We were told a 90 minute wait, but it was a 3 hour wait.... and yes, I waited :rotfl2 We got in line at noon and we were at Abercombie and Fitch....


But my kids and I were having a great time chatting with other people in line so it wasnt too too bad.... but it was bad...

They said during the movie this was THE BEST OFFER EVER and better than anything at WDW or DLR and even the cruise ships, but of course they couldnt just come out and tell us what the offer was... you have to actually sit down with a guide in order to find out..

I asked about adding on 30 pts cash to BCV and they said $115 pp but still wouldnt tell me what the super de dooper deal was, unless we 'sat down' phooey....

I am so thankful my children were wonderful and over we had a great time... but honestly I thought the whole thing was poorly run....

I'm not even sure I know where Abercrombie & Fitch is...isn't it on the other side? LOL. My first impression when I walked up was, "they want this to have a realistic Disney feel, complete with a long line." Thank goodness my kids weren't with me, and nothing compelled me to stay (DS13 is autistic and never would have let me leave.)

Maleficent's Dad
11-20-2011, 07:39 PM
I just posted a new thread on the disaster that they ran on Long Island. Hard to believe that this is Disney... The company that built a huge reputation on customer service and guest happiness.

Bellecruiser
11-20-2011, 07:48 PM
I just posted a new thread on the disaster that they ran on Long Island. Hard to believe that this is Disney... The company that built a huge reputation on customer service and guest happiness.

Not to mention crowd management!!!:rolleyes1

DisneyDreams4
11-20-2011, 07:59 PM
I had no idea we could just get the ornament and go. Oh well. I'll email my guide and ask if there are any left.

this might have be different for each location

we were in the long island ny location.

our wait would have been 1 hr to learn a dance :yay: from the chorographer from mary poppins broadway show. then they take you in to see the show and talk and then there was some kind of food? :confused3

what were the other locations doing? special guest?

Laurabearz
11-20-2011, 08:03 PM
I re-read what I wrote and I wanted to state again, that we had a great time while chatting in line... my kids even amused themselves playing with some vinylmations we traded for...

I just asked my 10 year old if she had fun today and she said Yup! :thumbsup2

But 3 hours? :rolleyes:

I really enjoyed the event they had a few years back at some hotel downtown.. they had a nice room, big show, trivia with REAL prizes (Spa Kits) and not LAME ones (air freshers).... but those days are long gone...

Next year, we will go the next day and beg for an ornament which would only take 30 minutes and not 3 hours... :santa:

It was poorly run, but we had fun... and sadly that's been the theme with Disney Lately :sad2:

Laurabearz
11-20-2011, 08:10 PM
I'm not even sure I know where Abercrombie & Fitch is...isn't it on the other side? LOL. My first impression when I walked up was, "they want this to have a realistic Disney feel, complete with a long line." Thank goodness my kids weren't with me, and nothing compelled me to stay (DS13 is autistic and never would have let me leave.)

http://www.shopwoodfield.com/mall_directory/map

3rd level, WAY past Lord and Taylor, near the second purple dot (escalator)

We were prolly stupid for waiting, but again, we were enjoying yapping with fellow members so the time went by... thankgoodness!!

nolanboys
11-20-2011, 08:25 PM
I only took my youngest because he wanted to see the characters. Was told 90 minutes, but it was really 2:15. Was going to leave, but had already wasted so much time and we were having fun talking to the people around us. The CM's swore the wait was worth it....not so much! Trivia, then short presentation, treats and drinks, then special offers, and the pictures with Mickey or Minnie. My son loved his time with Minnie, but it was not worth 3 hours of my time. CM's were great at least. Special offers didn't seem that great to me. Last year's were enticing, but they didn't grab me this year. Offering discounts on AKV and Aulani - up to $22 off at 200 points or more. SSR is at $99. Had a fun time with my son, but will not do this again next year unless they find a better way to move people through the line.

Maleficent's Dad
11-20-2011, 08:30 PM
I only took my youngest because he wanted to see the characters. Was told 90 minutes, but it was really 2:15. Was going to leave, but had already wasted so much time and we were having fun talking to the people around us. The CM's swore the wait was worth it....not so much! Trivia, then short presentation, treats and drinks, then special offers, and the pictures with Mickey or Minnie. My son loved his time with Minnie, but it was not worth 3 hours of my time. CM's were great at least. Special offers didn't seem that great to me. Last year's were enticing, but they didn't grab me this year. Offering discounts on AKV and Aulani - up to $22 off at 200 points or more. SSR is at $99. Had a fun time with my son, but will not do this again next year unless they find a better way to move people through the line.
At least you had characters! No such luck in NY! NOTHING - not even trivia!

Figment2
11-20-2011, 09:41 PM
Friends (also members) and I went to the Woodfield event. Last year we went early and it was a mob scene yet another friend commented that she "walked right in" but then she was there later in the afternoon. So, we decided to have lunch first and then go over.

We took one look at the line and said "no way" (this was about 2:00). We went up to the check in table and asked if we could just have the ornament. We were told no but if we didn't want to wait we could have the ornament mailed to us (that's what we opted for).

We went shopping for about an hour and when we went back (only because our car was parked over at Nordstroms) the line was still down the hall.

Laura, I admire your patience.


Cyn

Disneylovers
11-20-2011, 10:18 PM
We were at the Woodfield event. We got to Woodfield around 1:30, grabbed lunch, then got in line. Last year we went to this event, and waited in line maybe 30 minutes. Well, this time the line was more than triple what it was last year. We debated whether to stick around, and decided we'd see how fast the line moved. There were CM's walking up and down the line, telling us it would be about a 90 minute wait (we jokingly asked if this were Toy Story Mania, then asked if they had fast passes!). The CM's were really nice, apologizing for the long wait, and handing out member pins featuring Goofy. They kept telling us that the wait would be worth it. At one point, as we talked to one of the CM's. she mentioned that because the store is small, they had to limit the number of people let in, and that this was becoming such a big event, they would need to look into a larger location. We mentioned that we watched the Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights last night, and remembered that one year they had a member event in downtown Chicago (because we then went and saw the Light Festival). She said she didn't know anything about that. They asked for our member card (which I NEVER carry with me!), but I have our member number in my iPhone, so we entered the number on the form we had to fill out to prove we were members. We had to turn in the form to get our "goody bag" with the ornament, and a few other things. We were kicking butt on the trivia questions, (DH even won a set of pins). The "presentation" movie featured Aulani (which was nice, 82 days and we leave for our vacation to Hawaii!). There was Eli's Cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies, cans of pop - or water bottles and plenty of it (last year, they were running low when we went through the line) We were then escorted in to have our picture taken with Minnie. It was nice, we weren't rushed, and they took a few pictures for us. Now, was it worth the wait? No, definitely not. But, it was a Sunday afternoon, we didn't have any plans for the day, so we got a little Disney magic. I hope they find a new venue next year, tho'!

Friendofpluto
11-20-2011, 10:41 PM
Last year the wait was short compared to this year at Woodfield. Do not know if having the characters made a difference. My thoughts it would have been nice to have 2 Sundays and have members RSVP a time slot. Just felt waiting in line 2 hours for an ornament that I love was alot.

Stinkerbell317
11-21-2011, 12:44 AM
Well, they really missed out on a potential sale by not having a larger venue, such as the comedy club downstairs as they've done in the past. We weren't about to wait in that line, but we would have been very interested in the AKV deal. I wonder if I call them tomorrow and tell them that we drove there to come to the event, but were so deterred by the line and what appeared to be about a 2-3 hour wait at 11:30, that we left even though we would be interested in the AKV deal. Can anyone tell me details about the AKV discounts?

KAT4DISNEY
11-21-2011, 01:47 AM
I too waited hours and hours to get my ornaments and a cupcake this year.



Then I realized they don't have an event here. ;)


:santa:

mwmuntz
11-21-2011, 06:34 AM
I just posted a new thread on the disaster that they ran on Long Island. Hard to believe that this is Disney... The company that built a huge reputation on customer service and guest happiness.

It that the thread where you compare a $4 Crumbs gourmet cupcake to the $0.99 boxed mixes that you bring to an elementary school birthday party?

Friendofpluto
11-21-2011, 07:02 AM
Well, they really missed out on a potential sale by not having a larger venue, such as the comedy club downstairs as they've done in the past. We weren't about to wait in that line, but we would have been very interested in the AKV deal. I wonder if I call them tomorrow and tell them that we drove there to come to the event,
but were so deterred by the line
and what appeared to be about a
2-3 hour wait at 11:30, that we left
even though we would be
interested in the AKV deal. Can
anyone tell me details about the
AKV discounts?
If you are interested in AK - the discount was significant. I believe it started at 50 points. It is there Black Friday Sale so still going on. Give them a call.

TALB
11-21-2011, 08:12 AM
What did they put in the goodie bags that everyone got?

Cinderella16
11-21-2011, 08:15 AM
We were at Woodfield yesterday, waited 2 hours 20 minutes and did feel letdown by the whole experience. I figured all these people are waiting, it must be something good. :rotfl: Honestly, all I wanted was the ornament, but was told you had to wait in line in order to receive it or they can mail it to us. Well receiving it in the mail didn't sound magical and DH asked one of the CM's how long she thought the wait would be...and she said "90 minute." Since the Bears game wasn't starting until 3:00ish, we ended up staying, afterall, we drove about an hour away just for the ornament, we might as well get one.

This was our first event since we are new members and I do not know if I will do it again. If we ever go again, we'll go closer to the end of the event because the line was significantly less. We did end up meeting some nice folks in line though, which made the wait not so unbearable. It was funny when people would walk by and ask what we were all waiting in line for...one guy thought they were giving away free Disney vacations...:lmao: Yea. Right. You would think they were with the amount of people.

If nothing else, we met nice people, learned of some new rates, ate some cheesecake bites, and met Mickey. The CM's were all cheerful and friendly with everyone, almost too much, especially after waiting nearly 2 and a half hours--you kind of just want everyone to get on with it. :rotfl: Oh well, at least it was an experience. Live and learn, right?

disneynutz
11-21-2011, 08:30 AM
I guess it's a catch 22. Disney hypes a sales "event" giving out free stuff. Too many people show up so the lines are longer than expected and some people get upset.

The purpose of exercise was to sell contracts, I wonder how many were sold and how did the long lines affect sales?

:earsboy: Bill

Stinkerbell317
11-21-2011, 02:14 PM
If you are interested in AK - the discount was significant. I believe it started at 50 points. It is there Black Friday Sale so still going on. Give them a call.

Thanks! Just left a VM for our rep.

tjkraz
11-21-2011, 02:33 PM
I just posted a new thread on the disaster that they ran on Long Island. Hard to believe that this is Disney... The company that built a huge reputation on customer service and guest happiness.

Obviously you've never been to the Magic Kingdom on Easter or Christmas week.

There is only so much Disney can do to manage guest expectations when demand is so much greater than anticipated.

Greysword
11-21-2011, 02:40 PM
Well, they really missed out on a potential sale by not having a larger venue, such as the comedy club downstairs as they've done in the past. We weren't about to wait in that line, but we would have been very interested in the AKV deal. I wonder if I call them tomorrow and tell them that we drove there to come to the event, but were so deterred by the line and what appeared to be about a 2-3 hour wait at 11:30, that we left even though we would be interested in the AKV deal. Can anyone tell me details about the AKV discounts? You should have made this known to a Cast Member. If you were seriously considering a purchase, they would have found a way to get you past the line and in front of a Guide, as they likely knew most people only wanted to freebies and not interested in buying.

At the CR presentation for BLT (July 2009), we watched the presentation, answered questions, and got our SWAG. Once it was done, we didn't want to spend time milling about (and we met Mickey on the trip already) and follow the herd through the tour, so we walked up the the first CM we saw and let her know we were interested in finding out pricing for BLT and VGC. Within five (or so) minutes, we were escorted past the hype to a small group (two other families), where we got a tour of the villas. We quickly met with a guide after we were content with looking around.

I guess the point is that for all the hype and wonder, if someone is a (fairly) certain sale, they will make sure the family gets the attention needed to visit a guide without a significant wait. Then again if they don't, Member Satisfaction (i.e. Claire) would definitely like to know about it.

lugnut33
11-21-2011, 03:01 PM
Glad we didn't get invited. Since 2008 our guides have been changed 4 times, so they probably don't even know we exist any longer. Plus, we bought re-sale so we are scabs.

carlbarry
11-21-2011, 03:07 PM
Glad we didn't get invited. Since 2008 our guides have been changed 4 times, so they probably don't even know we exist any longer. Plus, we bought re-sale so we are scabs.

Hello fellow scab.
Actually, I have never met any kind of "prejudice" among CMs when I tell them this. It always comes up, because I own at OKW. So they always say that I've been a member for a long time. Nope, only since 2009.

Stinkerbell317
11-21-2011, 03:56 PM
You should have made this known to a Cast Member. If you were seriously considering a purchase, they would have found a way to get you past the line and in front of a Guide, as they likely knew most people only wanted to freebies and not interested in buying.

At the CR presentation for BLT (July 2009), we watched the presentation, answered questions, and got our SWAG. Once it was done, we didn't want to spend time milling about (and we met Mickey on the trip already) and follow the herd through the tour, so we walked up the the first CM we saw and let her know we were interested in finding out pricing for BLT and VGC. Within five (or so) minutes, we were escorted past the hype to a small group (two other families), where we got a tour of the villas. We quickly met with a guide after we were content with looking around.

I guess the point is that for all the hype and wonder, if someone is a (fairly) certain sale, they will make sure the family gets the attention needed to visit a guide without a significant wait. Then again if they don't, Member Satisfaction (i.e. Claire) would definitely like to know about it.

Honestly it was such a mob scene when we were there, I didn't see any CM who wasn't completely busy. I was also concerned that if we just walked in there, people might have thought we were jumping the queue. Many people in line looked fairly miserable, so I decided to stay away. I called the office today though and should be able to speak to our rep tomorrow about the deals. I assumed it was a one day offer just like many of the other events have been, but I guess that's not the case this time.

I do feel that they could have capped the attendance for this event as they have done in the past. We had to rsvp for the event, so I am sure they knew how high the numbers were getting. I really felt for the people who stood in that line for whatever reason they decided to stay. We are fortunate that we only live about 30 minutes away, and our kids totally understood why we didn't stay. If I had driven a long distance and had kids with their hearts set on seeing Mickey/Minnie, I would have been pretty upset with the length of that line.

tjkraz
11-21-2011, 04:01 PM
We had to rsvp for the event, so I am sure they knew how high the numbers were getting.

There was no requirement to RSVP. It was open to all.

Stinkerbell317
11-21-2011, 04:19 PM
There was no requirement to RSVP. It was open to all.

Oh, my mistake. I thought the email said to rsvp. I guess I just called out of habit from all of the other events that required a call.

carlbarry
11-21-2011, 05:14 PM
I called the Long Island store when I got the email. They said that yes, an RSVP was required.

arthur06
11-21-2011, 06:28 PM
Thanks! Just left a VM for our rep.

So, what was the AKV incentive?

tjkraz
11-21-2011, 07:26 PM
I called the Long Island store when I got the email. They said that yes, an RSVP was required.

They were misinformed. The email gave a number to call for information but did not say anything about an RSVP requirement. I checked with two people and both confirmed no call required.

DisneyDreams4
11-21-2011, 08:16 PM
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disney_bob
11-21-2011, 09:40 PM
They really shouldn't market it as a member mix-n-mingle when its really an "open to the public marketing event".

We drove the hour to Woodfield mall.. saw the 1.5 hour line and signed up to get the ornament mailed. Total waste of a drive. As a "new member", I didn't expect it to be what it was - that is - not a "member mixer".

Stinkerbell317
11-21-2011, 11:03 PM
So, what was the AKV incentive?

Not sure yet. My rep wasn't in today. She said she' would be back in the office tomorrow, so I will report here what I find out about AKV. (PS I plan to ask for an ornament as well :goodvibes)

mwmuntz
11-22-2011, 05:58 AM
Obviously you've never been to the Magic Kingdom on Easter or Christmas week.

There is only so much Disney can do to manage guest expectations when demand is so much greater than anticipated.

This. People are complaining about the lines and waits for this FREE event, but have you ever waited twice the posted time for a ride in WDW? And that's after spending $100's of dollars in admission costs for your family. Have you ever made ADR's at a restaurant, but still had to wait 45 minutes for a table? And that's when you are paying for the food.

It was a FREE event people. The stores are sales centers, they are not designed to handle that much traffic in a single day. The CMs at the stores don't have the same crowd control training as those at WDW. Even so, they managed to throw a wonderful, FREE event. I'd love to see any other store in either mall try to pull something like this off. Most of these cast members are Disney freaks, so I'm sure that some of them are on this board. It must be disheartening to work so hard, only to come on here and read such harsh criticism. So to the CMs at both locations, I want to say a BIG thank you! Job well done!

mwmuntz
11-22-2011, 06:12 AM
This. People are complaining about the lines and waits for this FREE event, but have you ever waited twice the posted time for a ride in WDW? And that's after spending $100's of dollars in admission costs for your family. Have you ever made ADR's at a restaurant, but still had to wait 45 minutes for a table? And that's when you are paying for the food.

It was a FREE event people. The stores are sales centers, they are not designed to handle that much traffic in a single day. The CMs at the stores don't have the same crowd control training as those at WDW. Even so, they managed to throw a wonderful, FREE event. I'd love to see any other store in either mall try to pull something like this off. Most of these cast members are Disney freaks, so I'm sure that some of them are on this board. It must be disheartening to work so hard, only to come on here and read such harsh criticism. So to the CMs at both locations, I want to say a BIG thank you! Job well done!

Quoted myself, heh!

Actually, do you remember a few years ago when Justin Bieber came to Roosevelt field? I forget which store hosted that event, but do you remember the mini riot that occurred? The broken glass doors, and how the police were called in? And how he eventually cancelled his appearance because his manager was afraid for his safety? Now THAT was a fiasco.

Ahh. Here's it is:
http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/entertainment/celebrity_news/091120-justin-bieber-event-madness-long-island

DisneyDreams4
11-22-2011, 06:53 AM
This. People are complaining about the lines and waits for this FREE event, but have you ever waited twice the posted time for a ride in WDW? And that's after spending $100's of dollars in admission costs for your family. Have you ever made ADR's at a restaurant, but still had to wait 45 minutes for a table? And that's when you are paying for the food.

It was a FREE event people. The stores are sales centers, they are not designed to handle that much traffic in a single day. The CMs at the stores don't have the same crowd control training as those at WDW. Even so, they managed to throw a wonderful, FREE event. I'd love to see any other store in either mall try to pull something like this off. Most of these cast members are Disney freaks, so I'm sure that some of them are on this board. It must be disheartening to work so hard, only to come on here and read such harsh criticism. So to the CMs at both locations, I want to say a BIG thank you! Job well done!



well said:thumbsup2

Laurabearz
11-22-2011, 10:53 AM
Again I am prefacing this with... My kids and I had a great time....


Free or not..... It was billed as a Merry Mixer not a "Stand in a long liner" but we took it upon ourselves to mix with the people in line...

And I was quite amused at how long it took them to tell me the price for a small add on at BCV... you would think after 3 hours they would know the answer without having to pass me off to 3 different people and double check on the computer...

Oh and as we were leaving I was handed a card to call them if I wanted points and my reply was..." Well shouldn't I call my Guide when I want more points?" And her eyes popped out of the sockets... :lmao:

DisneyDreams4
11-22-2011, 12:12 PM
here is our email for the Long Island Event

ours stated

Member Mix-n-Mingle not a merry mixer.




You're invited to join Disney Vacation Club on November 20th at Roosevelt Field® for a
special celebration to kick off the holidays. Drop by with your family and come mingle
with your fellow Members as we celebrate with Disney and
Cameron Macintosh's Broadway musical Mary Poppins.

Create memories that will last a lifetime by performing a show-stopping
number in a high-energy workshop−as a Disney Teaching Artist takes you
through the unique tongue-ticklinglyrics and bodybending choreography of
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins.

Plus, don't forget to pick up your family's Disney Vacation Club Member
exclusive holiday ornament for 2011.* You can also check in with your
Vacation Club Guide for exciting Member news and promotions.

Let the festivities begin!



Member Mix-n-Mingle

November 20, 2011
11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m..

Disney Doorway to Dreams
Roosevelt Field
Nordstrom Wing, Upper Level

For more information, please call 516-535-3220



We can't wait to wish you Happy Holidays!




*Ornaments are available only to Members and while supplies last. Limit one ornament per Member household.

Limit 6 Guests per Member ID.

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supernova
11-22-2011, 02:41 PM
I walked into the store today (Tuesday) and asked if I could get my ornament since I wasn't able to make it on Sunday. They checked their computer, saw that I didn't get one, and gave me not only the 2011 but also a 2010 since they knew I missed last year's (that database is SCARY). No sales pitch at all. They took me into a room, we sat down and talked about my upcoming trip in December, and that was it. No sales pressure, just a really great visit that psyched me up for my trip!

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carlbarry
11-22-2011, 02:43 PM
The people there are great!

disneynutz
11-22-2011, 04:45 PM
I walked into the store today (Tuesday) and asked if I could get my ornament since I wasn't able to make it on Sunday. They checked their computer, saw that I didn't get one, and gave me not only the 2011 but also a 2010 since they knew I missed last year's (that database is SCARY). No sales pitch at all. They took me into a room, we sat down and talked about my upcoming trip in December, and that was it. No sales pressure, just a really great visit that psyched me up for my trip!

http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss22/supernova222/IMAG0641.jpg
http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss22/supernova222/IMAG0642.jpg

If they took you into the "other" room, they gave you a complete body scan, DNA analysis, and a financial analysis. Apparently you didn't score high enough on their people score so the let you leave without buying another contract. :lmao:

:earsboy: Bill

Friendofpluto
11-22-2011, 07:19 PM
I have always found the DTD office in IL to be extremely nice and giving. Never once in all my attendance at events have I felt pressured to add on. I love my ornament and it was nice to see Minnie. Just wished it could have been spread over 2 days with RSVP time slots to avoid the 2 hour wait. I would not wait 2 hours for an attraction at WDW either. This is the reason I
plan my trips in low season and
use touring techniques to avoid
this. We took my 1 1/2 and 4 year
old grandchildren. Felt this was
little to long for the little ones. Yes
I am grateful and yes I would like
to come back next year. Just
hoping that with planning the wait time will be reduced.

FigmentLady
11-22-2011, 11:27 PM
I had a very diff experience than most people bc I stopped by after work just hoping to say hi to my guide and maybe meet some dis members. I didn't get there till after 5:00 so I had no wait at all.
Everyone working there was AMAZING! Even though the lines were crazy all day and they had to keep that Disney smile on their face, the cast members were all very friendly and smiley and accommodating. The snacks were yummy, free crumbs cupcakes are worth a wait in my book lol. The presentation included the incentives there was no super secret sale you had to sit down to discuss... :confused3
I was at the mall the day Bieber was supposed to be there. THAT was insanity.

People showed up for a free ornament, free snacks, and news about special pricing. I give all the cast members a lot of credit for putting up with what sounds like a pretty cranky crowd while working a 12 hour day. So, Long Island DTD staff, if you are reading this, thank you.

(I understand being cranky after a 3 hour wait, I just don't understand a lot of the complaints about a FREE event.)

quirty30
11-23-2011, 02:28 AM
(I understand being cranky after a 3 hour wait, I just don't understand a lot of the complaints about a FREE event.)

I think the biggest complaints have been about the wait. In the invitation they refer to it as a "mix & mingle." "Stop by" led me to believe I could do just that. Stop by, Say hi to my guide. Meet some other DVCer's, have a snack, pick up the ornament. The whole idea we would have to stand in line for several hours never even occurred to me. So when I saw the long lines, I went home. Fortunately, I live less than 15 minutes from DtD at Woodfield, and I stopped by to see my guide tonight. But I do feel badly for people who drove significant distances to attend and felt compelled to stay as to not disappoint their kids. And I can understand them being disappointed to the point that they might even seem ungrateful.

My guide and I spoke at length about how such an event could be improved next year; it would be great if they could call it something like a "holiday open house" and host it for an entire weekend. And maybe just offer character appearances for a designated time period within that weekend; those who deem that important can time their visit accordingly and anticipate a wait. The CM's are certainly aware of the overwhelming popularity of these events and I'm certain they'll find ways to make it better going forward.

I, for one, am grateful that I live so close and can get a Disney fix just about anytime I want to. And that my guide is such a genuinely nice guy who really appreciates me as a customer, whether I'm planning to add on or not. Those of us in the New York and Chicago regions have an opportunity to get that seemingly coveted ornament that most others don't. Not even the folks who live nearby or are visiting WDW this holiday season - they have to spring for a park admission. We don't.

supernova
11-23-2011, 07:29 AM
If they took you into the "other" room, they gave you a complete body scan, DNA analysis, and a financial analysis. Apparently you didn't score high enough on their people score so the let you leave without buying another contract. :lmao:

:earsboy: Bill

He asked about my upcoming trip and I told him that I go once a year for five days, same week. I casually slipped in that I barely use the points that I have and wind up rolling them over every year, so that started off the "I"m not here to buy" tone. I said that I could never use all 205 points in December and he said, "No Mike, you actually have 214 points." So yes, they did check while I they were stalling me in the front room. I guess if I walked in there with only 100 points or so, they would have tried to bump me up. Good ol' 214... haven't let me down yet.