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Old 07-12-2008, 03:27 PM   #31
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I could just cry....

I just got off the phone with Disney's Advance Dining Reservations. I was trying to make reservations for Sebastian's Wish Trip December 6th-14th 2008(five months from now!) and NOT ONE of the meals I was trying to make a reservation for had any availability. I tried explaining that this was a Make A Wish trip. Still Nothing. I know I could wait and try for to get worked in to a restaurant once we arrive but that's just not how I operate.

I tried for any of the following:
Dinner Chef Mickey's Saturday, December 6th
Donald's Safari Breakfast, Sunday December 7th
Dinner Liberty Tree, Sunday December 7th
Breakfast Hollywood and Vine Monday December 8th
Fantasmic Package Mama Melrose Dinner Monday December 8th
Late Lunch Cinderella’s Royal Table Tuesday, December 9th
Lunch the Garden Grill, Wednesday, December 10th
Late Lunch Cinderella’s Royal Table Wednesday, December 10th

I just can't believe that NONE would have anything during what is touted by countless books and websites as the least crowded time of year to visit.

When we went to Disney last October (a much more crowded time of year) I made all of our ADRs only a couple months in advance and we were able to book, Liberty Tree, Prime Time Cafe, Akershus Princess Meal, Sci Fi Drive In, Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic and Mickey's Back Yard BBQ.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:35 PM   #32
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I would suggest calling weekly. One important thing is 45 days out is when final payments are due on packages and a lot of people will cancel by then.

Another is that is Pop Warner week, with a lot of youth football and cheerleaders. Many people may be making reservations in anticipation of their child's team or squad attending, but will be cancelled if they don't qualify.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:59 PM   #33
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When trying to secure Advanced Dining Reservations:

Always call early.

If things are full, call back often. Cancellations happen for many reasons.

Call Guest Services in case they can help.

See Guest Services when you reach the park.

Ask for help in the Wish Lounge at MK.

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Old 08-11-2008, 12:15 AM   #34
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Your wish trip

Amber. I have sent several wish kids to Disney and there are some things that Make A Wish just can not help with. ADR's are one of them. Like several poster have already stated you should keep calling. People do cancel. You may also want to check out the December ADR trade thread on the DIS boards. Look for the December link.
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Your best bet for specific Disney questions is the people at Give Kids THe World. They handle the Park part of your wish and are best equipped to answer your questions. Some of the "perks" (front of the line) that go along with the wish experience are not garunteed and your wish granters may not be able to answer questions about them. Keep in mind that while some things are not included (Mickeys Very Merry Christmas) you do get a pretty good per diem that can help cover this. I do not think there is a "wish lounge" at Universal. If you have any more questions let me know and I can try and answer them. Also, keep in mind that different MAW chapters can have different policies.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:09 AM   #35
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When trying to secure Advanced Dining Reservations:

Always call early.

If things are full, call back often. Cancellations happen for many reasons.

Call Guest Services in case they can help.

See Guest Services when you reach the park.

Ask for help in the Wish Lounge at MK.

Bill
I would do the other things Bill suggested first, but...
we have already gotten into 'full' places by stopping at the check in desk at the restaurant. If someone has a ADR and just doesn't show, at some point their time may become open. If you happen to check at the desk when the time opens up, you may get in.
Again, I'd try the other things first, but if there is a place you really want to eat and none of those work, it's worth a try.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:27 PM   #36
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Smile Thanks Bill!

Thanks so much for this info. I'm just starting to replan our DD's MAW trip. The trip was postponed since she got sick 2 days before we were supposed to leave. Now we can be better prepared.

I was dreading the midday meltdown, but knowing there's a wish lounge gives me another option! Thanks.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:54 PM   #37
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I'm not sure how you found this since it is an older thread, but glad it was useful to you.

If you have not looked at the disABILITIES FAQs thread, check out post #3. There are some helpful links in there, especially the link to the WISH Trippers Unite thread.

Hope you have an awesome trip and it goes off without a hitch this time.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:04 AM   #38
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I'm not sure how you found this since it is an older thread, but glad it was useful to you.

If you have not looked at the disABILITIES FAQs thread, check out post #3. There are some helpful links in there, especially the link to the WISH Trippers Unite thread.

Hope you have an awesome trip and it goes off without a hitch this time.
This thread is a link on the Wish trippers unite thread!

I've been looking around and am getting a little confused between the MAW/GKTW buttons vs the GAC. Some Wish trip reports suggest that we almost *need* the GAC to get some kind of preferencial treatment (i.e. get to the head of the line). At this point, DD probably doesn't *need* the GAC. She is limited in her stamina due to 3 years of chemotherapy.

What kind of treatment should we expect the MAW/GKTW buttons to "get" for us? I'm sorry if this sounds crass, but I'm not sure what kind of accomodations we should be asking for/expecting. I have heard reports of CMs not knowing about these buttons and since we'll only ever have them this one week (fingers crossed) I would like to know what to expect (and what to request).
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:50 AM   #39
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Most cast member are people who love children and will go out of their way to make Wish children feel special. I read about a CM who only wears her pin trading lanyard around wish kids. That button is magical but has no real power like getting you to the head of a line or like the GAC but is magical because people at WDW love kids and especially care for Wish Kids.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1504402
page two has pictures of the village. Very detailed and long thread but read it as it will pretty much explain what is possible. No guarantee as things happen to one person may not happen to another.

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We walked out to the parade at 2:57 - starts at 3 and people start lining up an hour early to get a good seat. A cute little blond girl (named Aimee - I love that name) called us over and moved us up to the front row for good viewing. When Peter Pan came by, he pointed down at Michael (in his Peter Pan hat and overalls) and said, "Happy Birthday Michael!" You can imagine his reaction. (No imagining...here it is!)
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See how they are playing with the boy but also smothering with love the daughter.

GAC is for all guests. It lets the CM know that a person has a hidden disability. When in my ECV I do not need the GAC. If I waddle onto a ride then I need the GAC that says no stairs. My friend Calvin is hard of hearing so he gets the stamp for hearing and one for no stairs as he can walk good but not them stairs. Instead of a disabled person explaining 50 times what they need they just show the card and the CM will immediately know what to do.
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:16 AM   #40
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This thread is a link on the Wish trippers unite thread!

I've been looking around and am getting a little confused between the MAW/GKTW buttons vs the GAC. Some Wish trip reports suggest that we almost *need* the GAC to get some kind of preferencial treatment (i.e. get to the head of the line). At this point, DD probably doesn't *need* the GAC. She is limited in her stamina due to 3 years of chemotherapy.

What kind of treatment should we expect the MAW/GKTW buttons to "get" for us? I'm sorry if this sounds crass, but I'm not sure what kind of accomodations we should be asking for/expecting. I have heard reports of CMs not knowing about these buttons and since we'll only ever have them this one week (fingers crossed) I would like to know what to expect (and what to request).
The MAW button will get you noticed, but the GAC will specify what kind of accommodations you need. As you probably saw in the FAQs thread, accommodations are given based on needs. So, when you get your GAC explain your needs and they will give a GAC message/messages to try to meet those needs. Exactly what happens depends and may vary at each attraction.
Even with the same GAC at the same attraction on the same day, you may be treated differently because or things you can not see -like how busy it is, how many other people are waiting with special needs, etc.

Sad to say, there has been some abuse of MAW buttons in the past. Some people were reusing their buttons on every future trip and expecting the same treatment instead of understanding it was a once in a lifetime special button. That may be a simple misunderstanding and doesn't really make that much impact since for most people their MAW trip is a once in a lifetime trip. That's not what I'm talking about as abuse.

The real abuse was that some people were actually selling fake MAW buttons a few years back in areas near to WDW, but not actually on the property. People bought them for the special treatment the button brought.
So, the important thing for getting the accommodations you need are your child's GAC and the MAW paperwork.
Sad to say,
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:03 PM   #41
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I have one question my DD is the one getting the wish. If I read the posts right she will git this GAC thingy but we have a little one that is disabled as well that will be with us. Would we be able to get two GAC's that way if DD is with me on a big kids rides daddy could take son on little kids ride without having to wait in long lines????

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The guest assistance card covers the wsih child AND the entire family.NO worries!
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Forgot to mention......you only recieve ONE guest assistance card that covers the family.You really will need to stay together to use the card.What we did when my hubby wanted to do the bigger rides ....was we would find a show or a somewhere to wait (sometimes at a counter service resturant or snack place) then he would take the card while we waited.We didn't split up often but it did work out fine in most cases.My husband would show the card and explain that the wish child was waiting for him and they would wave him right through.
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Forgot to mention......you only recieve ONE guest assistance card that covers the family.You really will need to stay together to use the card.What we did when my hubby wanted to do the bigger rides ....was we would find a show or a somewhere to wait (sometimes at a counter service resturant or snack place) then he would take the card while we waited.We didn't split up often but it did work out fine in most cases.My husband would show the card and explain that the wish child was waiting for him and they would wave him right through.
The MAW GAC card is specifically for the WISH child, so you may run into CMs who do tell you it can't be used unless the WISH child is going on that attraction (that is the actual rule, so you may get CMs who will bend it, but that would be up to the CM).
Also, I just noticed the OP was talking about on child going on little kid rides while another was on big kids rides. So the WISH child would already be using the MAW GAC for access.
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I have one question my DD is the one getting the wish. If I read the posts right she will git this GAC thingy but we have a little one that is disabled as well that will be with us. Would we be able to get two GAC's that way if DD is with me on a big kids rides daddy could take son on little kids ride without having to wait in long lines????

Thanks Tammy
If your other child also has disabilities and you may want to split up, you can go to Guest Relations to request a GAC for your disabled 'non-WISH' child. I would probably not go into Guest Relations as a whole family and not have MAW stuff visible because they would be likely to say you already have a MAW GAC and not give one. But, since you have a 'non-WISH' child who would not be going on the same rides all the time, it does make sense that you may need some other accommodations.
Since the GAC is not meant to shorten the wait in lines, you may find that the wait is not shorter, but the conditions would meet your child's needs.
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I have this terrible habit when I am working. When people flash a GAC at me I will stop them and ask to look at it closely. I will see what stamps are on it as well as the expiration date. I have been known to ask who is the person named on the card. And if I saw the special stamp from GKTW and no child present I would possibly, depending on response, confiscate the card and turn it over to a manager.
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