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Old 03-10-2009, 05:17 PM   #751
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This is something I did not know. Will this be covered by MAW?? The reason I'm asking is I need to know if we should start saving our money? Also I was reading through some of the older threads and saw that someone was talking about passports for Epcot could someone give me a little more info. on those??? I will try posting a little more tonight about our DD and her wish.

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I am not sure who Linda was answering when she said about the cash deal. **Addendum: Gosh, I just read this last sentence and it sounded mean. Sorry! I did not intend for it to sound so short. Sorry, Linda!!! I am sure you were answering a post...I just got lost in it. Sorry!

EVERYTHING is free when you are at GKTW. All of your meals, snacks, etc at GKTW are free!

Your snacks at the parks, souvies, meals at the parks, character meals, extra stuff...is all covered by your MAW check...but you won't know how much that is until right before your trip.

Some families have been pleasantly surprised when they got theirs and some have been underwhelmed.

Totally varies by chapter and what you have worked out ahead of time for them to pay vs. what you pay.

For example, we totally paid out of our pocket for the Halloween party tickets (this goes on in Sept/Oct) and some of our meals. And William's souvies were on us, too.

We saved $$ from MAW by bringing our own snacks (bought at WalMart) and getting FREE water from the counter service restaurants...this saved us a bunch of $$ on junk. We gave the kids a junk fund ($10 per day) that they could spend on snacks and they got a certain amt for the whole trip for souvies they could spend however they wanted. Some of this was covered by MAW, some was not.


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Ok I just talked with 3 amazing people at GKTW...everything is set with my sister and son, and they are all set with the food, they do not have to pay for their meals at GKTW... That is a HUGE help...they only thing we have to do is purchase their park tickets. Quick question, do you need days on your tickets, or a is a 3 day hopper good to use anyday? Same with Sea World and US/AI?

If anyone has any good posts for discount tickets, please share with me...

I am so excitied.... Jake's trip will be here before we know it...

Ohh one more silly question, we do know a limo picks us up at the house the day we leave, but what about the way home, does a limo bring us home too or do we have to arranage for our transportation home?
You can buy a 3 day park hopper!! For Disney.

And awesome on them being able to stay!!!!!!

Uh...gosh...I have never heard of the trip home?!?!?!??! I assume MAW arranges transportation of some kind?

When you find out the answer, let us know. I can't believe that has not come up before.

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Glad everything is working out. a 3 day hopper is good any day 14 days from the first use unless you have the nonexpiration on them. Here is a site you might want to check out for tickets http://www.igo2orlando.com/Disney_Wo...ts_Prices.html
It's a little cheaper than buying them at the gate. There are many sites that will come up if you google discount disney world tickets. I did have them saved but that was on my old computer! And as we are going in Aug on the Buy 4 days get 3 free deal, everything is straight from the world so...... Anyway hope this helps. I'll keep my eyes open for any more sites!!!
cool!!!!!! Let us know how this works.

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We haven't gone yet but I thought that everything at GTKW was covered by MAW and you get a daily allowance for everything else...
See my answer above. lol I talk enough as it is...

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OH I never thought of that we have someone extra traveling with us as well. We will be paying for her tickets but I just assumed that since she will be staying with us at GKTW that her meals would be free like ours. Should I call them as well and ask???
If they are in your "group" for GKTW...like I was "pre-approved" to go with Lauren and her family, then everything, including tickets, is covered. If you choose to bring extra family, then you would have to get their tickets.

It is possible to have someone bring family that has to buy their own tickets, but GKTW will provide room and board for free since you are already there and they have room for them.

Are you confused yet?

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See that's what I thought to but when I read that I got a little nervous I must say. We are on a really tight budget as it is.
I hope I answered your question above, too.

We made 3 budgets...the "gotta have it" budget (bare necessities...eating ramin noodles for lunch) ...the "wanna have it" budget (extra things that would be nice...but mostly cheaper meals) and the "living it up" budget where we got to do the Halloween party and eat out, etc.

I would recommend doing something like that so that once you get your money you will be better prepared with how to spend it. Don't forget tax, tips, gas when you are there, etc.

I have heard families say that they were "super excited" ... "very pleased" with the MAW check to cover expenses and I have seen families come back and say that they spent "$1000+" dollars on items when they were in Disney. But, I do think that the money was spent on snacks, toys, etc because she wanted her child to have a wonderful trip. (Which I TOTALLY get!) But if you are on a tight budget...I would try to give kids a certain amt of money so that you don't feel guilty saying no to every toy store that you will see in Disney. And buy lots of snacks to carry to the parks so you don't end up spending a bunch of money on snacks every day, too!!

Ok...I will be quiet now....

really.

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Old 03-10-2009, 05:34 PM   #752
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Thank you so much Maroo your answers help me out a lot

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Old 03-10-2009, 05:43 PM   #753
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See that's what I thought to but when I read that I got a little nervous I must say. We are on a really tight budget as it is.
Yah amazing how having sick kids can kill the budget...we are saving every extra penny we can right now for our trip..
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OK, another silly button question
We are definitely going to cater to everything that our daughter wants to do, but if we happen to pass a great big roller coaster that daddy can't live without going on and I stay and watch the kids while he gets on, will he have to wait in line even though he'll be decked out with make-a-wish shirt,buttons,ect.?
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OK, another silly button question
We are definitely going to cater to everything that our daughter wants to do, but if we happen to pass a great big roller coaster that daddy can't live without going on and I stay and watch the kids while he gets on, will he have to wait in line even though he'll be decked out with make-a-wish shirt,buttons,ect.?
Your wish child would be miserable sitting on a bench waiting for hours while daddy rides. Have daddy take the GAC, ride his ride and then meet back at the exit. Wish families are the last ones to abuse this privelage. Although this is the wish child's trip, it really is for the whole family. A child's chronic illness impacts everyone emotionally, physically, financially. The week you have in Orlando is your chance to be treated like a VIP and take your mind off your worries for a little bit.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:05 PM   #756
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This is something I did not know. Will this be covered by MAW?? The reason I'm asking is I need to know if we should start saving our money? Also I was reading through some of the older threads and saw that someone was talking about passports for Epcot could someone give me a little more info. on those??? I will try posting a little more tonight about our DD and her wish.

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Yah amazing how having sick kids can kill the budget...we are saving every extra penny we can right now for our trip..
Rest assured, you are fine Linda was talking about guests who were not approved by the wish organization who are coming with the family...basically extended family who don't live with the wish child. Those people pay for their tickets into the park and their meals at GKTW. Our finances were extremely tight as well, as are those of most families with chronically ill children. Wish agencies are very aware of that and want your trip to be expense free. We received a very generous cash amount to spend on the extra meal you don't get at GKTW every day, gas money, parking, tolls, hotels (we drove there from our house) and spending money for the wish child. It was enough for me to get everyone a couple of new outfits before we left, take care of all our expenses, and have nice souvenirs (to include the Photo Pass) when we came home.

Oops...I stand corrected...looks like the meals may be covered for those extended family members. Best bet is to ask GKTW to be sure.

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Old 03-10-2009, 06:10 PM   #757
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Your wish child would be miserable sitting on a bench waiting for hours while daddy rides. Have daddy take the GAC, ride his ride and then meet back at the exit. Wish families are the last ones to abuse this privelage. Although this is the wish child's trip, it really is for the whole family. A child's chronic illness impacts everyone emotionally, physically, financially. The week you have in Orlando is your chance to be treated like a VIP and take your mind off your worries for a little bit.

You know what I am usually the first one in my family to say "I don't fill right just cutting in line like that" and usually let people go before me. But on this trip I am going to try real hard to say "You know what we have theses passes and we are going first" and to heck what anyone thinks about us cutting in front of them.... Thats going to be hard for me...
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You know what I am usually the first one in my family to say "I don't fill right just cutting in line like that" and usually let people go before me. But on this trip I am going to try real hard to say "You know what we have theses passes I we should go first" and to heck what anyone thinks about us cutting in front of them.... Thats going to be hard for me...
There will be those who raise their eyes, but a CM will quickly come to your defense Most people have absolutely no idea about the tough times we have all come through. I would much rather wait in line for Expedition Everest than have my son hospitalized for 23 times...unfortunately it was not a choice I was given. Disney and so many wish organizations recognize all the sacrifices and tough times you have been through and they are letting you know that they value you....make sure you don't spend too much time feeling guilty
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OK I have asked this question in another thread:

I know my DD the wish child will be getting a GAC as well as MAW/GKTW buttons. But we have a little one also with disabilities that will be with us. Now we have someone coming on the trip with us to help out with this child. There may be times when we split up from them and they may take in some little kids rides on there own. It was suggested to me that I should get him his own GAC. My question is: Should I talk to the CM's at the MAW lounge about that or just get one from Guest Relations?
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OK I have asked this question in another thread:

I know my DD the wish child will be getting a GAC as well as MAW/GKTW buttons. But we have a little one also with disabilities that will be with us. Now we have someone coming on the trip with us to help out with this child. There may be times when we split up from them and they may take in some little kids rides on there own. It was suggested to me that I should get him his own GAC. My question is: Should I talk to the CM's at the MAW lounge about that or just get one from Guest Relations?
Go to Guest Services in the parks.
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For those feeling guilty about cutting in line......Our Becca was dreading the cutting in line scenario, she said that she didnt want to do it because she would feel really bad.
Well the best thing about how the lines are built and managed is that you hardly ever see the "real" line that you would have to stand in if you didnt have the Button/GAC.....In Disney you generally find the ride CM (who generally isnt at the line) and he/she will point you to the wheelchair entrance/exit, and at Seaworld/Universal Studios you would fiind their CM counterparts and they usually give you an escort through the back way of the ride.
The only time we encountered what you would call an obvious line jump would be the few times we were led to the front of Character meets.

So rest easy that you wont have your enjoyment spoilt by your own guilt, even though you should never feel guilty. The Magic Button is wonderful, we averaged around 5 rides per day, if we had waited in line that number would have been cut in half even though it was a slack time of year.

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Elisa, maybe you can help me on this one. My sister any our oldest son will be coming with us on Jake's trip. MAW is not paying for either, but both my sister and my son's mother had to sign paperwork from MAW, and we were told that both of them can stay with us at GKTW. Now all the paperwork I have got, just has our names on it, not my sister or my son. So should I call GKTW and double check with them about my sister and son, or should I call my MAW office and make sure all is set?

Also will they be able to tell us the first day we get their, how much my sister and son need to pay for meals and Ice cream when we are the village?
Sorry for the confusion. This was the post I was answering - I should have quoted it. And, the good news is - it appears to have worked out ok (see dmbfan's post above)
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Exactly what I was going to say!!

Also if Anyone is in a wheelchair in your party i think you will find that you don't wait near as long.

DH and I will be going by ourselves in AUG and i thnk we are going to discover how much that wheelchair really helped!!! We will have a GAC for DH but don't plan on using it unless It's a Dialysis day and we really need to!!
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OK I have asked this question in another thread:

I know my DD the wish child will be getting a GAC as well as MAW/GKTW buttons. But we have a little one also with disabilities that will be with us. Now we have someone coming on the trip with us to help out with this child. There may be times when we split up from them and they may take in some little kids rides on there own. It was suggested to me that I should get him his own GAC. My question is: Should I talk to the CM's at the MAW lounge about that or just get one from Guest Relations?

I would also recommend getting a 'stroller as wheelchair' label for the stroller, if the child is in one - and afix it securely and visibly to the stroller. If a CM doesn't see the label, a quiet word and indicate the label will take care of any misunderstandings in the queue where they might want to take your stroller to stroller parking. With this label, the stroller can be taken anywhere a wheelchair can go.
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Thanks so much to all who answered my question ( I know I have a lot of them ) you guys have been a huge help to me so far and I love you for it

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