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Old 12-12-2012, 06:09 PM   #31
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At check-in, they might ask if you are celebrating anything. If you are, they might give you a free button and write your name on it.

If you are staying at the Poly, you might get a free Hawaiian lei at check-in.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:38 PM   #32
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I can understand where the OP is coming from. We travel a great deal too but for pleasure and a nice smile and simple asking can get you free upgrades. Especially in Vegas. In WDW, not so much. LOL I've stayed there over 100 times checking in with a great attitude and smile and got just that back which was fine. I've been upgraded once and that was when we checked in online with nary a smile! You have to figure that there is so many people going to WDW greedy for the freebie whether it be a room upgrade, a stale cupcake for their Bday that happened 6 months ago that Disney just doesn't give stuff anymore. We were asked last week if we were celebrating anyting and indeed we were. It was a last minute trip for our anniversary which was check in day. We got buttons and I tell ya we had the best time with those. Everyone said happy anniversary to us and we met a lot of nice people doing that. Forget the room upgrade, that was much more fun!
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:16 AM   #33
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I can understand where the OP is coming from. We travel a great deal too but for pleasure and a nice smile and simple asking can get you free upgrades. Especially in Vegas. In WDW, not so much. LOL I've stayed there over 100 times checking in with a great attitude and smile and got just that back which was fine. I've been upgraded once and that was when we checked in online with nary a smile! You have to figure that there is so many people going to WDW greedy for the freebie whether it be a room upgrade, a stale cupcake for their Bday that happened 6 months ago that Disney just doesn't give stuff anymore. We were asked last week if we were celebrating anyting and indeed we were. It was a last minute trip for our anniversary which was check in day. We got buttons and I tell ya we had the best time with those. Everyone said happy anniversary to us and we met a lot of nice people doing that. Forget the room upgrade, that was much more fun!
Vegas is a different animal because the goal in Vegas is to have you STAY inside at the resort. They want you throwing you hard earned cash at those casinos downstairs. That's why they comp you all over the place with free booze, great rooms and great food at good prices. During the summer you can routinely get a fabulous room at the Bellagio or Cesears for under 200 bucks a night, without pin codes. Not so with Disney, disney is the opposite. they don't want you staying in the room or the resort, they want you in the parks and on site.
Also Disney has you as a captive audience. No matter what level you stay at, it's all disney profit.
Vegas once again is not like that. Most the of the properties are owned by seperate entitites so the competition is fierce to get you to come to their property. The headliners, the gourment chefs, the lounge headliners all are competing against each other. So there is a major incentive to get the reputation of upgrading your room.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:20 PM   #34
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Vegas is a different animal because the goal in Vegas is to have you STAY inside at the resort. They want you throwing you hard earned cash at those casinos downstairs. That's why they comp you all over the place with free booze, great rooms and great food at good prices. During the summer you can routinely get a fabulous room at the Bellagio or Cesears for under 200 bucks a night, without pin codes. Not so with Disney, disney is the opposite. they don't want you staying in the room or the resort, they want you in the parks and on site.
Also Disney has you as a captive audience. No matter what level you stay at, it's all disney profit.
Vegas once again is not like that. Most the of the properties are owned by seperate entitites so the competition is fierce to get you to come to their property. The headliners, the gourment chefs, the lounge headliners all are competing against each other. So there is a major incentive to get the reputation of upgrading your room.
I guess I wasn't clear in my post you are referring too. I was saying exactly that. That WDW is not like Vegas and don't expect anything free there. Heck, in Vegas we never pay to stay at the Bellagio or Wynn, any time of the year. We get comped for all food, rooms and sometimes plane tickets. it's kind of funny to go to WDW and know you better not even hint for an upgrade when you are paying 1000s to be there. LOL
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I guess I wasn't clear in my post you are referring too. I was saying exactly that. That WDW is not like Vegas and don't expect anything free there. Heck, in Vegas we never pay to stay at the Bellagio or Wynn, any time of the year. We get comped for all food, rooms and sometimes plane tickets. it's kind of funny to go to WDW and know you better not even hint for an upgrade when you are paying 1000s to be there. LOL
You must be a big spender in Vegas to get all those comps.
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Ah, I got ya. The thing is, hotels that cater to business travelers are a totally different market than a mega-popular tourist destination.

The hotels you stay at for work need to do whatever they can to keep you staying there for future trips, instead of going to any one of the two dozen nearby Hiltons, Sheratons, Marriotts, Courtyards, Extended Stay Americas, etc. If throwing you a freebie now and then makes you book there next time in hopes you'll get another upgrade, it's all good. Hotels in that market have lots of competition and only so many ways to distinguish themselves from the hotel down the street.

WDW is a whole different story. They're one of the most popular destinations in the US, if not the world. They don't need to give away tickets, and they don't. They barely give discounts on tickets, let alone give them away.

Their resorts have built-in competitive advantages over off-site hotels: EMH, close proximity to the parks, onsite transportation, DME. That's the stuff they use to bait people into staying there, not free room upgrades. And if occupancy isn't where they want it, they break out the discounts and promotions like free dining.
Exactly. And I have hotel rewards to Sheraton, etc. and. With being a hotel member, some include a free room upgrade if available.
But as explained, Wdw is different then regular hotels.
And I have heard also that asking for an upgrade at wdw is frowned upon by CMs. I'm sure they get sick of people asking.
I've never heard of giving free park tickets
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:21 PM   #37
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It's the happiest place in the world. What more could you ask for?

Requests for certain floors or whatever make sense - flat out asking for upgrades? Mmmm not so much.

Personally, if i worked in the hotel industry (WDW or Hilton) - i would be annoyed if people asked for freebie upgrades. It is much nicer to just surprise people.
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The OP's question is perplexing. There are thousands of people each day that smile and are friendly to CM's (and do it not even expecting anything), yet the OP seems to feel they're more entitled to something for free because they are going to smile ? I have to admit, this cracks me up.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:33 PM   #39
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You must be a big spender in Vegas to get all those comps.
Yes i'm not that lucky but it sure is fun. LOL
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Is it worth it to ask for a preferred room at that time even if you didn't pay for it. Are there any perks one could ask for or hint at, or is it not worth it?
Seems like bashing is continuing with the laughing at OP...as if some are smarter, more sophisticated, more in the 'in' with Disney etiquette.
Honest question, deserves the honest answers, but the judgment for the reasons for asking seem unfair. Plus, the smirking is repelling.

JMHO, and I hope you have a wonderful trip, nuge67!
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The OP's question is perplexing. There are thousands of people each day that smile and are friendly to CM's (and do it not even expecting anything), yet the OP seems to feel they're more entitled to something for free because they are going to smile ? I have to admit, this cracks me up.
I am sorry if a simple question caused you to become preplexed. Laugh all you wish if that makes you feel cool or better. As I mentioned, I travel a great deal for work and I constantly get free upgrades in my rooms at the hotels and resorts I stay at simply by asking, yes, that is right.

All I did was ask a simple questions as I do not visit this site or Diseny as frequently as many on here.

For those with the helpful and insighful replies, my family and I thank you...
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But this isn't exactly your first kick at the cat. You've been to WDW before, and judging by several of your previous threads, you must know that freebies aren't that common any more. I'm surprised that you even asked, knowing the responses you've received from similar questions.
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Seems like bashing is continuing with the laughing at OP...as if some are smarter, more sophisticated, more in the 'in' with Disney etiquette.
Honest question, deserves the honest answers, but the judgment for the reasons for asking seem unfair. Plus, the smirking is repelling.

JMHO, and I hope you have a wonderful trip, nuge67!
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But this isn't exactly your first kick at the cat. You've been to WDW before, and judging by several of your previous threads, you must know that freebies aren't that common any more. I'm surprised that you even asked, knowing the responses you've received from similar questions.
Have not been there in 4 years and I thought this was a forum in which to ask questions, more so for new visitors or those who have not been there in a while in hopes all ofthe Disney experts can offer all your valuable knowledge that can't be found elsewhere.

There's the old adage that the only stupid question is the one not asked,.

It's can't hurt to ask the pros.
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So neither a CM at the airport or at your front desk can offer you something for free, such as a preferred room, fast pass option, upgrade or park tickets, NOTHING? I just figured it was good customer service....
I'm not taking a dig at you by any means, but your second question was different from your first. Of course a CM MAY offer you something special--a balloon, a room upgrade because you had to wait a long time to check in, stickers or something else. It is possible that those things could happen IF a CM offered it. But you asked initially if you could ASK for something special and folks don't get special high-dollar things by asking for them at Disney. Just not how it works.

We've had wonderful customer service at WDW and a room upgrade once at a Value resort (which I didn't even want!) but I'd never expect or even hope for tickets or anything along that price point.

Just out of curiosity, what were you thinking a CM at the airport could offer? That's not a sarcastic question--just wondering what you were asking about in regards to that.
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