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Old 12-30-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
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"magical moments" on the ships! Did you get one? Here is ours...

Magical Moments at sea. I'm curious to know what kind of pixie dust Disney has been sprinkling on-board in the form of magical moments. I'm not talking about upgrades or other monetary items, but the small, out of the ordinary things Disney does to make vacations extra special. I'd love to hear yours!

Here is ours...

Last month on the Dream my 9 year old son was chosen to be the "official pin trader of the cruise" (I had no idea they did things like this). He was asked by a CM the first night of the cruise if he was interested after he asked some questions about on-board trading at the gift shop. Of course he said yes! The next day he received an official invitation to be part of the Captain's pin trading event that would take place the last night of the cruise. He was beyond excited! At the event the officers and CM's made him feel so special. He was given a lanyard filled with pins and got to stand next to the officers, trading with the guests. Boy, did he think he was cool. ;-) He left the evening with a magical memories certificate, some new pins and fond memories to last a lifetime (We got some great pictures but I can't figure out how to post them from my iPad).
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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ohmygosh, that's so sweet!!!
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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My nephew was asked also. Best part of the trip for him.
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:30 AM   #4
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On our last cruise which was just about 2 months ago...
More of our pixie dust came from fellow Disers. We have had a pretty rough year in our house with medical issues. My DH had a stint in the hospital over the summer because he had a bacterial infection in his leg that even the big gun IV antibiotics weren't killing and it required surgery and then several weeks of recovery on a wound vac. I have had 2 back surgeries in the last 16 months and my 2nd one was not successful. I am still in search of pain relief from this nerve pain that I suffer from daily. We had several Diser's who did nice things for us to help make our cruise just a little more special. And I appreciated each and every thing they did. I lost door magnets right before we left. Two wonderful Diser's made us FANTASTIC magnets and Tons of them!! Another Diser I met, was eligible to buy many of the extra 'surprise' pins and offered them to me. And there were other things too...
As far as CMs go... My pixie dust there probably would be that we got a ressie at Palo. I really think he opened up a spot specifically for us. When he told me all he had left was on Wed, I said I just couldn't do Wed, that was my DD's 16th Bday and I couldn't leave her to eat alone. He said Absolutely Not. And then amazingly enough he said he opened an extra table on Tues for us would that work? I said Certainly! But I did not want anyone being put out. We love Palo, but if it didn't work this cruise it wasn't the end of the world. There was always next time. He said it was his pleasure to make it work for us. He even stopped by our table during our meal to see how we were. I'm not sure what position he held on board, but he certainly was attentive/helpful!!
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:29 AM   #5
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We had a CM provide some extra magic, and service, on the last night of our 5 night on the Dream.

I kept checking the Navigators for a "scrapbooking" session, as we had experienced on our other 7 night cruises. It was usually hosted by the future cruise sales folks along with the entertainment staff. It was evident by the last day, that no such even was going to take place. So, I inquired at guest services. I explained that I loved the session for the free memorabilia to use for scrapbooking--I scan and do everything digitally. I was asked our stateroom number, etc.

Well, while at dinner, CM Scott found us in the dining room and presented me with an envelop full of Navigators and other items that could be used for scrapbooking. He made my day! This kind of service is just one of the many reasons we have sailed with Disney 4 times and have a reservation for a 5th!
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:18 AM   #6
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I love these stories!! This is why we always do Disney - they just do it right!!
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:46 PM   #7
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Last cruise, 25th anniversary, DW and I received a door full of magnets and other items. Never did find out who did this, our room steward stated that he has never done or seen this happen before.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:15 PM   #8
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My 13 year old was supposed to meet us at dinner but he called to ask if he could stay at the kids club because they were getting ready to do a fun activity in Edge that he didn't want to miss. I reluctantly agreed since we'd spent the day together and I was so happy he was having a good time. We explained to our server that he wouldn't be joining us and that he would just grab something later. We had our meal and at the end our waiter came back with a large bag filled with exactly what I'm sure my son would have ordered had he been there! Appetizer, meal and 2 desserts! My son was so suprised when he got to the room and dinner was waiting for him (oh, and since he's a teenage boy, he didn't care in the least that his meal wasn't hot)!
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:35 PM   #9
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We were on the Magic 12/17 - 12/24 and our Palo server made our magical moments happen. Jalena was so sweet, giving us extra things to try and sending us home with a plate of white chocolate strawberries for our 9 yr old DD. I wish we could have had her as our server for every meal - but our regular servers were pretty awesome too!
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:04 PM   #10
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Love these stories!
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:17 AM   #11
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Jalena is the best! On our cruise last year on the Magic we had her for our 3 trips to Palo (Tea, Brunch and Dinner)
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:49 AM   #12
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On our Dream cruise last year, there was a mix up at dinner the first night. Our table mates, who were not English speakers, had wanted to be seated with some friends of theirs. We were pixie dusted to a private table for the duration of the cruise and given our choice in a bottle of wine, to boot.
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:55 AM   #13
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A couple weeks ago we were on the Fantasy and we had a number of magical moments. The CM's on this ship were awesome.

Our server found out I like Aerosmith and he sang "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" for me one night. He has a pretty good voice too. He said he sang it to his wife outside her window when he was courting her in Brazil. Lovely song, and wonderful story to go with it.

A bartender that we became friendly with brought us a huge antipasto platter one night when were on deck enjoying a bottle of wine. The prosciutto, olives, and cheeses were awesome!

When our group of 5 were at the beer tasting we stayed after to talk to the bartender. He found out that we hadn't tried the O'Gill's beer yet. So he gave all a free glass of it. Quite magical!

We brought my DMIL, DSIL, and DBIL on this cruise with us. It was cool having the CM announce "The Queen Mum and Her Court Jesters" when we walked on the ship. My DMIL was blown away. She had been calling herself the queen the entire day before when we were at WDW.

I had a cold a few days into the cruise. When one of the CM's at the pool bar found out about it, she found me some cold medicine free of charge. We were in port and the stores weren't open for me to buy some. She even asked me what I wanted and found it.

This was our 7th cruise. And even thought I was sick, it was definitely one of the best!

Oh yeah, I forgot to say that DH and I were picked to be a couple for Match Your Mate. And we won!
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:38 PM   #14
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I bump this thread from time to time, because I love it so much.

There also have been some threads that have gone negative lately, and this thread always gives me a good "pixie dust" feeling that I want to share.

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Old 05-07-2012, 12:14 PM   #15
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My son and daughter went to pin trading time with the Captains...my daughter had lost a few pins and had no more to trade...a few of the Captains just gave her pins when she said she was just looking. They were so kind!
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