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Old 11-10-2011, 08:20 AM   #31
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There are no tolls between GKTW and WDW. We volunteered there in September and it was a very easy ride from the WL to GKTW. I will add that we went on a Sunday and were there by 7:30am, so there was almost no traffic.
Thanks! I'll be going with the Dis group on a Friday in December so I am expecting to hit some traffic for our 7:30am report time. Glad to hear there aren't tolls. I have been saving my quarters for the last few months.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:26 AM   #32
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Thanks! I'll be going with the Dis group on a Friday in December so I am expecting to hit some traffic for our 7:30am report time. Glad to hear there aren't tolls. I have been saving my quarters for the last few months.
I think you will enjoy it. We helped in the Gingerbread house in the morning and then went to help in Katie's Kitchen in the afternoon. Everyone was very appreciative, from the staff to the guests. We will definitely do it again in the future.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:56 PM   #33
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My daughter and I will be working at the Gingerbread house in Feb. 20th and we are both so looking forward to it. Thanks to the Dis for introducing this to us!!
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:12 PM   #34
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My daughter and I will be working at the Gingerbread house in Feb. 20th and we are both so looking forward to it. Thanks to the Dis for introducing this to us!!
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How exciting! Be sure to let us know how it goes!!
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My 13 year old son and I will be volunteering at GKTW over spring break. I was going to get tshirts from their website before we go to wear while we're there. When I went to check out, I was shocked that the cost to ship 2 tshirts and a hat was over $22!! Has anyone ordered from their shop? Why are the shipping charges so ridiculous?

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My 13 year old son and I will be volunteering at GKTW over spring break. I was going to get tshirts from their website before we go to wear while we're there. When I went to check out, I was shocked that the cost to ship 2 tshirts and a hat was over $22!! Has anyone ordered from their shop? Why are the shipping charges so ridiculous?

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I have purchased items from their shop before, but don't remember S & H being very high. You could always buy the items from the store at the village when on break, if you get there early.
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I think that's what I'll do!

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Old 02-15-2012, 08:09 AM   #38
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Just wanted to mention that I volunteered with my 13 year old at the pool and ice cream parlor during our vacation over Easter week. It was a terrific experience for both of us and one I plan to make a regular part of our Disney trips. My son had a blast and the kids visiting GKTW really seemed to enjoy interacting with a kid their age. Thanks, DIS, for bringing this great organization to my attention!!!!

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I just updated the first post to include GKTW's address and phone number for those needing it.
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My life long best friend and her 23 yr old daughter, along with myself spent a day at GKTW in April. We all helped with breakfast in the morning, then in the afternoon, I went to Amberville, the recreation complex and where I got to drive the train. They went to the castle where the biggest deal here is the stars that each child gets. For what it is worth, my g/f said that she would volunteer in a heartbeat again, maybe just not here. Some parents come back and the children are no longer here, as well she had a couple of families who were leaving the village that day and came to see the star with the wish child. For her and this is only her feelings, it was very intimate and very emotional. Her daughter handled it very well, but also said that it was very emotional.
In no way did I post this to discourage anyone from volunteering, this place is truly a magical place and I will never go to Orlando without taking time out to volunteer here. This was just our experience.
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Hi HockeyMomNS,

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experience at GKTW! It is pretty amazing, isn't it?

One of the great things about Give Kids The World is that there are SO many different volunteer opportunities. I agree, the Castle can be one of the more heartstring-tugging shifts. Just seeing all of the stars on the ceiling was so overwhelming for me the first time, and it can be very tough when a Welcome Back family is visiting without their Wish Child. I'm sure your friend and her daughter did a great job!

For your next visit, I HIGHLY recommend trying to get a shift at the Ice Cream Palace. For me, this is always a shift that brings pure joy. You get to give out free ice cream to kids for hours -- whatever they want, as much as they want. Everyone is smiling and having a good time -- it is fantastic!
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I will keep this in mind - thanks.

We enjoyed helping out with breakfast and will do that again in a heartbeat.
My shift at Amberville included learning to drive the train and taking the kids for rides - that too was pretty awesome.

It is indeed a magical place and I can't wait to go back.
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Thank you for this information! I came to this section looking for something entirely different, stopped on this, and in a matter of hours put together my DIS running team to volunteer there next February.

This post made a HUGE difference and all the replies did, too. Your words had the power to motivate me! I wanted to let you know that. I'll report back on our volunteer experience!
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