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Old 06-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #31
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Thanks for the hint! I'll look really carefully!

Yes, they did, for trip number 5. There were *lots* of insiders on this trip! Way more than people on their first ABD. (We had 18 people on this trip.)

Now, they didn't say anything to us about getting us the pins for our previous trips. I think I'll call ABD and ask them what the policy is on that.


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Almost everybody on our trip were return guests and we were told at the welcome dinner when they hander out the Insider pins that we would get the previous ones. It's not a big deal if we don't.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:15 AM   #32
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Almost everybody on our trip were return guests and we were told at the welcome dinner when they hander out the Insider pins that we would get the previous ones. It's not a big deal if we don't.
Yes, but if they say they are going to do it, they should do it. Nobody likes a company that doesn't stand by their word.

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Old 06-06-2013, 02:36 PM   #33
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We're 13 weeks post trip and we haven't gotten the promised pins 1-3 yet.
It's almost a year since our last ABD where we were also told the pins will be mailed and nada!
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #34
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How disappointing! I wonder if you could call them and get them to load your remaining photos to the cloud...

I think a lot of people were thinking as you were, which is why ABD switched. But I wish they would figure out a way to include the slideshow.

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I got a response to my request to have access to our photos on the cloud today. Unfortunately, it's the same photos that were on the CD. Still no photo of me and my son at the guard house. Still the big gaps throughout the trip and no photos for the last day and half of the trip. I'm sure the guides took more photos, but maybe something went wrong with whatever process they use to get them from the guides to the CDs (or cloud). The website is nice, but I would rather wait for the photo CD than give up the farewell dinner video. Even though it didn't really help, I appreciate that I finally got a response to one of my emails and they made an attempt to help.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:07 AM   #35
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I got a response to my request to have access to our photos on the cloud today. Unfortunately, it's the same photos that were on the CD. Still no photo of me and my son at the guard house. Still the big gaps throughout the trip and no photos for the last day and half of the trip. I'm sure the guides took more photos, but maybe something went wrong with whatever process they use to get them from the guides to the CDs (or cloud). The website is nice, but I would rather wait for the photo CD than give up the farewell dinner video. Even though it didn't really help, I appreciate that I finally got a response to one of my emails and they made an attempt to help.
Ack. So sorry about that. It would be nice if they'd actually just admit that something went wrong, but I guess that's probably asking for too much. But I'm with you. I'd much rather wait for the CD & still get the slideshow, too.

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Old 06-21-2013, 01:05 PM   #36
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It was in the past.
Really? No more pins of the day??

Although I wasn't really into it, my daughter was, and she'll be bummed if there aren't pins for our Scotland trip next week.
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Really? No more pins of the day??

Although I wasn't really into it, my daughter was, and she'll be bummed if there aren't pins for our Scotland trip next week.
I think you mis-read carpenta's statement. Without any current direct experience, carpenta confirmed that pins were, indeed, given out in the past. I just went on an ABD and they definitely *are* still giving out the pins of the day!

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Old 06-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #38
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I think you mis-read carpenta's statement. Without any current direct experience, carpenta confirmed that pins were, indeed, given out in the past. I just went on an ABD and they definitely *are* still giving out the pins of the day!

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ok - my bad for reading these forums out of context or in order

Happy to hear the pins are still around!

Regarding the backpacks, I thought the little brown messenger bags are cute...but a little small. We also got 2 pillow/blankets this year (I guess I ordered those in lieu of 2 more backpacks way back when...) - those are not my favorite...
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ok - my bad for reading these forums out of context or in order

Happy to hear the pins are still around!

Regarding the backpacks, I thought the little brown messenger bags are cute...but a little small. We also got 2 pillow/blankets this year (I guess I ordered those in lieu of 2 more backpacks way back when...) - those are not my favorite...
None of those options are available any more. Everyone gets the new green ripstop nylon backpacks. They are one large, long compartment, and designed to pack up really small into a pocket of the backpack. It's nice that they are easy to pack, and I kind of like the material, but they are not very useful, except as something like a beach bag.

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We received our "box" a couple weeks ago and it contained 1 brown zip computer bag, 1 blue blanket for travel, and 1 blue backpack all with ABD logos. Also the small info booklet and the tip envelopes. All were welcome in this family. The backpack will probably end up on the backpack stack in a closet that is starting to resemble the stacked mattresses found in "The Princess and the Pea" fairytale.
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We received our "box" a couple weeks ago and it contained 1 brown zip computer bag, 1 blue blanket for travel, and 1 blue backpack all with ABD logos. Also the small info booklet and the tip envelopes. All were welcome in this family. The backpack will probably end up on the backpack stack in a closet that is starting to resemble the stacked mattresses found in "The Princess and the Pea" fairytale.

We just received three of the green backpacks for our NYC trip - that was it.
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We just received three of the green backpacks for our NYC trip - that was it.
...maybe the person packing our box was just clearing out the leftover items? I guess next trip I am hoping for the pens.......
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We just received three of the green backpacks for our NYC trip - that was it.
Everybody gets only one item per person. Returning guests who booked early got to choose between a backpack (that looked nothing like the picture in the ABD literature), a chocolate brown adult tote, or a fleece throw that converts to a pillow. If you aren't a returning guest or if you didn't book early enough, you didn't have a choice and each person received the backpack. For 2014, there are no choices. It's backpacks for everyone.

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We are returning but weren't given a choice. The green backpacks are hideou in my opinion. We are leaving them home next week.
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I am still disappointed about the news that we won't receive the slide show on a cd.

We loved that addition and the fact we could show our family the highlights of the trip. I really hope ABD reconsiders. That's part of what made their tours magical.

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