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Old 11-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Celebration?

I mentioned this somewhere else on the forum, but my mom and I are going to WDW in April, and while we're not celebrating a specific occasion, we're celebrating the end to a very tough couple of years.

Briefly, I'll explain: my parents separated. While it wasn't a shock to anyone, and everyone is amicable and on good terms, it was very, very difficult for both of us. My dog, whom we had for 15 years, passed away, which was a huge blow to all of us, my mom in particular. My mom also has had to become a caregiver for my grandparents as her siblings don't live anywhere near us (one is in another country). Recently, they happily moved into an extended care facility (it's super nice - I'd live there ) and my mom is finally able to have a life of her own again. For me, I'm celebrating improvements in my mental health. My anxiety has improved tenfold and I haven't had a single bout of depression in almost two years. We definitely need this vacation.

On our ADRs, there's a place to put that you're celebrating something. Should we label what we're celebrating as a "Personal Triumph", or should we put "Other", or is it not appropriate to say we're celebrating something as it isn't a specific event? And does anyone have any experience with what kind of things they do when you put that you're celebrating something? I'm very new to all of this - I've never planned a trip myself before (I'm trying to give my mom a break)
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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Wow, you sure have been through alot and you deserve this vacation.
My husband and I celebrated with a vacation to WDW for the my being in remission from breast cancer for 5 years. there is no button for that one either they gave us one that said personal triumph. Several people asked what we were celebrating but mostly folks just said congrats. or we got a thumbs up and a smile from a few CMs.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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Many, if not most, guests are celebrating something. I would venture that many not celebrating a specific event such as birthday, anniversary, graduation etc, don't bother mentioning it on their ADRs. But by all means put down 'personal triumph' if this is an important thing for you to do. There is no guarantee that you will 'get' anything by doing this. Sometimes a congratulations from your server. Sometimes a cupcake for dessert. Sometimes nothing. It's random.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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Very good points, thanks to both of you. I'm thinking there's no point marking it down on the reservations. We'll get ourselves some "I'm Celebrating" buttons and then just enjoy our time. The trip is special in and of itself, I think the dining reservation stuff works better for a specific occasion like a birthday or anniversary.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:37 AM   #5
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I think that is a good idea. As PP have stated, there really is not guarantee of "getting" anything. Expecting something would just lead to disappointment.
Enjoy your trip.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:21 AM   #6
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We actually didn't get anything on any of the meals that we mentioned a celebration. There was no acknowledgement whatsoever for birthday, anniversary, and personal triumph -even though it was on reservation slip and buttons were worn.

We did get a couple of birthday acknowledgements and cupcakes at places we didn't even mention it but my son just had on the button. It all comes down to the particular server that day.

My 13 yo daughter wore a Celebrating button all week (She bought the tickets for the trip. Only about 3 people acknowleged it. However, my son got so many Happy Birthdays that he ended up taking the button off LOL.
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