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Old 08-09-2012, 04:33 PM   #16
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Sounds like an awesome trip, hope you guys enjoy it!!!
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:52 PM   #17
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So I have a little bit of an update. First off, the gal in the picture above with me, her name is Laura. I know that because she called me last night to make sure that everything was OK for our studio tour. I had mentioned that Fran uses a scooter and they have buses that will take us from place to place within the studio and she wanted to make sure that Fran and her scooter would be OK. See what I mean that she takes care of EVERYTHING!

Also she said that our reserved seats will be held until 10 minutes before the "presentation" begins. Doors open half an hour before so Fran has already said she will be waiting for the doors to open. So much for a long break, but at least we won't have to leave the morning session early to get in line for the afternoon session like last time in California!

AND.....we got Sorcerer tickets for the D23 Expo next summer! It was a lot of money, but it will be so worth not having to wait in all those long lines! AND we can go to as many presentations as we want to since we won't be in line for another one while one is going on!
That's great that everything is already arranged and set for you to go!

So is the main perk of having Sorcerer tickets so you don't have to wait in line? Are there any other perks to it?
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:55 PM   #18
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The nice thing will be that we can go to just about any presentation that we want to and not have to miss one because we are in line for another. What would be really nice is if they could run a closed circuit TV for presentations that are pretty limited to a viewing area either in the Arena or somewhere else on the show floor. Or maybe even film it and rebroadcast it.

I also really enjoyed the lounge last year. It was peaceful and quiet inside there. The light was just dim enough that it was relaxing, but you could still read and see. They also had a cash bar in there, so on the last day when my head was ready to explode from all the stimuli, I had a glass of wine while Fran went purchasing in the display booths!
That's what I like about the Sorcerer's package, but my DA wouldn't pay that much for a ticket. That would be a great idea Alison if the presentation is full, they can broadcast the presentation in another room so that some people can get a chance to see the event live even if it is in another room.

Are you talking about the Premier/Sorcerer room or the D23 Charter member lounge where it was a nice place to relax? I would have enjoyed the D23 Charter Member lounge if it hadn't been for the lines for the presentations. Hopefully next years D23 Expo wil, be better than last years where it was a train wreck with those lines for the presentations.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:22 PM   #19
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Sounds like an awesome trip, hope you guys enjoy it!!!
Thanks! I'm almost all packed!

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That's great that everything is already arranged and set for you to go!

So is the main perk of having Sorcerer tickets so you don't have to wait in line? Are there any other perks to it?
There are A LOT of awesome perks to it:

The Sorcerer Package includes:
• Three-day admission ticket
• Reserved seating at all presentations in the D23 Arena and Stage 23
• Commemorative Sorcerer credential
• Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
• Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store and the Treasure Trove the day before the Expo is open to guests
• First opportunity to purchase D23 Expo Dream Store merchandise via the Random Selection Process (RSP)*
• Exclusive tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
• Private welcome reception
• Special entrance to the Expo each morning
• Hardbound Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives catalog
• Hardbound Disney Legends ceremony commemorative program
• Exclusive D23 Expo 2013 tote bag filled with gifts
• “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo


In addition, Sorcerer-level members have access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge featuring:

• Complimentary light snacks throughout the day with ability to purchase additional food
• Special exhibit created by the Walt Disney Archives
• Dedicated Sorcerer Concierge desk
• Baggage Check area
• Masseur on site (for pay)
• One voucher for 20-minute free massage

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That's what I like about the Sorcerer's package, but my DA wouldn't pay that much for a ticket. That would be a great idea Alison if the presentation is full, they can broadcast the presentation in another room so that some people can get a chance to see the event live even if it is in another room.

Are you talking about the Premier/Sorcerer room or the D23 Charter member lounge where it was a nice place to relax? I would have enjoyed the D23 Charter Member lounge if it hadn't been for the lines for the presentations. Hopefully next years D23 Expo wil, be better than last years where it was a train wreck with those lines for the presentations.

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We went to the Charter Lounge and it was no where near as nice as the Sorcerer/Premiere Lounge. We had ceramic coffee cups, they had paper, and the coffee was empty. Later they brought us paper so we could take them togo. We also had these really cool furnishings, and the Charter Lounge just has regular tables.

I thought it was a little better than the first year, at least they had rooms for people to queue up in, granted they were ice boxes! But that first year, the lines were just snaking around everywhere and doubling back on themselves. I do think it would be nice to pass out wristbands or something starting at a certain time, but then people would line up for the wristbands too!
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:31 PM   #20
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I'm in!! So glad you posted the link.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:57 PM   #21
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We went to the Charter Lounge and it was no where near as nice as the Sorcerer/Premiere Lounge. We had ceramic coffee cups, they had paper, and the coffee was empty. Later they brought us paper so we could take them togo. We also had these really cool furnishings, and the Charter Lounge just has regular tables.

I thought it was a little better than the first year, at least they had rooms for people to queue up in, granted they were ice boxes! But that first year, the lines were just snaking around everywhere and doubling back on themselves. I do think it would be nice to pass out wristbands or something starting at a certain time, but then people would line up for the wristbands too!
Thanks for refreshing my memory of the lounges during the Expo last year.

Last years Expo was way better than the first one in 2009 where there were a lot of problems. I did remember the first Expo back in 2009 wherever there were long lines outside the presentation rooms where it was difficult to walks through. At least the side rooms were nice where we waited for the presentations. We'll just wait and see if they are going to try that wristband technique for next years Expo since it will save us a lot of time than being in the side queue for a presentation.

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Old 08-09-2012, 07:40 PM   #22
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So very excited to read about your trip! Have a wonderful time!
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:39 PM   #23
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Thanks for the link - Your trip and the events sound fab !
Will be waiting to hear more...
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Congrats Alison! Nice getting those perks. I'm soooo looking forward to living vicariously.
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Alison, I learned a long time ago that my time was worth the price for a reserved ticket, I know it seems like a lot, but your time is f\worth something also.

the lounge and additional benefits sounds like a nice perk.

Congrats and I am looking forward to all that I learn from your trips.
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Oh wow! Definitely a lot of cool perks! Love the massage part and am pretty sure you'll be partaking in that
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Wow, just saw the link for the new TR, you have a lot going on. Hope you have a great time, and can't wait for pictures!
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Alison I am here and so looking forward to your trip report, pictures and descriptions. Your 2011 report was SO informative I felt like I had attended. You are awesome at sharing your thoughts and experiences.


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Finally made it back to read. Everything sounds fabulous. I think you're already there having fun
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