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Old 04-20-2014, 12:44 AM   #736
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ok, guys.... here is a little argument me and my wife have...
she thinks i am crazy for doing all the reading and research on forums and on the web.
She believes everything is planned from the wish granting organisation... and it would be personalized for each kid going there...

Now whoever has been on a wishtrip can chime in here I guess

The way I understand this works is that it will be personalized to a certain degree... Like what surprise gifts you might get or you get your own personal star...
BUT i understand you can plan yourself when you visit what park... i.e. if or to which evening events you want to go...

The most of the planning they do is set the framework... Like provide breakfast lunch dinner and the evening events... at least that is how i understand the villa guide....
can someone confirm this, or did anyone have a different experience?

Is it different depending on the wish organisation?
The way I understand is that the wish organisation just lets you go to GKTW, but then the stay is pretty much the same no matter what wish granting organisation you go with, OR?

#rantmode ON#
Also my wish granting person is really discouraging me to do any research (what gets on my nerves big time).
Don't get me wrong I am very grateful they allow for us to do the trip (but so far I am not a big fan of our wish person)!
For example I asked about using FP+ for Parades or fireworks, since the lanyard or button should not work for any preferred treatment there. The answer I got was along the lines... dont worry about it. You can see the fireworks from everywhere in the park. Which believe might be true. BUT I am sure there is a different quality depending where you are. Also she did not answer my actual question about using FP+. I understand that she does not want me to worry about anything. But still.
#rantmode OFF"


Very happy to go in about 3 weeks...
Just ordered custom print shirts for all of us
As I mentioned before we went in 2010, so I don't know if anything has changed, but for us nothing was planned aside from flights. There was no itinerary provided, we were free to do whatever we wanted whenever. We did not get special access to parades or fireworks, but that was before fp+ offered that as a selection, so can't help you there.

As far as I know and heard from others travelling at around the same time, all the wish granting organizations are pretty much the same, they get you to GKTW then you are on your own to plan your days as you please. The only exception I have seen to this is if the wish was more "complex" and included something specific like a certain character meal or event or something, then that specific item was scheduled in for you.

The gifts given at the villa are exactly the same for each unit (it seemed that way while we were there anyway as we saw other kids carrying around the same stuff we got). I think it depends what kind of donations GKTW have received. We got some pretty "unusual" stuff (Betty Boop Christmas decoration & small Betty Boop bag for one ) Also, every child receives the same blank star to write their name on &/or personalize as they please, it is then added to the massive collection on the walls & ceiling.

So I guess to summarize, from our experience anyways, nothing was planned or personalized for our child. But, that didn't stop us from having a fabulous trip anyway!
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:09 PM   #737
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When we went in 2010 only the wish child got a button from GKTW and we got one fol pass which said it was good for 6 people (our family). The rest of us were easily able to use it for rides he wasn't tall enough for / didn't want to ride. He was always nearby (not always in sight though), but we were never questioned when we showed the pass to cast members. It wasn't very often we got absolutely front of the line access (sometimes we just were able to join the fastpass line), but we definitely didn't wait very long for any rides.

Don't know if anything has changed since then, but felt like you needed a response :good vibes

Have a great trip!!!!
We went this Feb. My son got the button and we got a landyard which had a picture of the genie from alladin. The genie pass has the number of people in your party. They dont really need to see the gktw button for the ride. You just show them the genie pass and you get access to the fast pass line. The genie pass is your fast past ticket.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:28 PM   #738
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thanks for your replies!!!

we just had our dream party at bolles private school! it was great... Maddy was a bit shy. No wonder with 40 5th graders around. But she still loved it! And got TONS of presents ( I mean christmas * x)

check out instagram for some photos (link in Signature)

http://instagram.com/p/nN9Do8Id6M/

to the last post!

Marsone: Does everybody get a lanyard with the genie?

our wish coordinator told me that the genie was DISNEY only. Is that correct?

Also I was right about 95% of the Information i was given from her... actually felt more like i knew more about the trip then she did. Anyways.

SHE told me that the button / lanyard only helps if the wish child is in the party riding! Which I dont believe is true from what i have read here.

anyways. would be great if i got some more feedback on that from some more recent families, which might have actually split the party up... I might just book fast passes the night before for 2-3 rides like space mountain etc. which Maddi wont go on? DOES that make SENSE?

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Old 04-27-2014, 05:00 PM   #739
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Hi all! My 5 year-old son is making his wish this Thursday, and unless something drastically changes, he's going to be wishing to go to Disney World (he's been talking about Disney for MONTHS, so it's not likely...)! I look forward to combing this forum for information...I've already starting researching like crazy to learn all I can. I'll be honest, I've never really wanted to go to Disney, but since it's his wish, I'm going to do all I can to be prepared and make it awesome!!
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:57 PM   #740
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Hi all! My 5 year-old son is making his wish this Thursday, and unless something drastically changes, he's going to be wishing to go to Disney World (he's been talking about Disney for MONTHS, so it's not likely...)! I look forward to combing this forum for information...I've already starting researching like crazy to learn all I can. I'll be honest, I've never really wanted to go to Disney, but since it's his wish, I'm going to do all I can to be prepared and make it awesome!!

Hey Mrs Meow,
welcome in the forum! Mu daughter is nearly four. and we are leaving for our wishtrip in about 2 weeks Let me know if i can help...!
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:37 PM   #741
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To all those past wishtrippers!

Can someone explain to me how it works with the PHOTO PASS and GKTW and the wish organisation...

I called GKTW and asked them. The way I understand it is that they do provide a Photo pass and a special code so that you can get all the photos for free... (with a couponcode) making it pretty much the same than a Memory Maker!

Can someone confirm that i understood this correct?


Also how does that play together with the BBB makeover packages... The wishgranting organisation booked 2 packages for our kids.

The way I understand is that the transformation process will photographed as well from Photopass photographers...? Is that correct?


BUT there is a additional package that can be chosen for additional photos...costing 32.95? NOT included in Photo pass...


The reason why I am asking is would it make sense to downgrade to the 100$ package since we have so many princessoutfits and dont really need anymore...

The only difference is the clothes and accessories and 2 printed photos (which will be included in photo pass??)

and use the saved money for "pirates league"

Is the Image package included in the castle package??

HELP WOULD BE VERY APPRECIATED!!


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The Courtyard Package (starting at $94.95 plus tax)

Hairstyling
Shimmering make-up, face gem
Princess sash and tote
Nail polish
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt
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Princess sash and tote
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:08 PM   #742
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Tanias Make A Wish

Make a wish volunteers just left and my daughter wished to go to disney world and meet queen Elsa and princess Anna from the movie Frozen they said we should hear back in a week to see if the wish is approved or not but that is shouldnt be a problem. I'm so excited for my babygirl she has been through alot in her short 5 yrs of life and like so many other children deserves a break from so much. We asked for August and anytime there after for our dates.
Raul is my one and only soul mate 26
Tania our lovely wish child whos 5
Erick our little butt head rambunctious boy 18 months
And last but not least myself Jessica 26

A little about Tanias problem

My daughter Tania was born a completely Healthy baby girl 11/14/2008 she has a small strawberry birthmark on her left Ear lobe we were told by her ped not to worry about it So in all honesty we didnt except for each drs appointment when we would ask about it and get the same answer till one day i noticed a scab on it so like any concerned mother i took her to the doctor who sent me to the er where they ran a few test kept her over night to give iv antibiotics and home she went the next day And were told to comeback a week later to see an ent. A week later the day of her ent appointment to
To be exact while changing her shirt her ear got snagged and off came the scab and blood started shooting out so I called 911 where they took her back to the hospital and again they send her home the next day for a follow up appointment for a few days later. 2 days later when she got up from her nap (she was just before her 2nd birthday) her scab stuck to her pillow and out came the blood again this time it was everywhere it looked like the scene from a horror movie this time they couldnt stop the beeding and had to stitch it so they could move her to a bigger hospital where they finally gave her a proper diagnosis of an avm of the left parotid gland so from that day foward its been surgeries bloodloss embolozations ect but shes still strong as ever


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Old 04-29-2014, 10:36 AM   #743
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I finally figured out how to post pictures......

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Old 05-01-2014, 09:26 PM   #744
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My son's wish granters just left! His wish, as suspected, was to go to Disney World. He was then asked what he was second wish was in case his first one didn't work out...and he followed up with "Go to Disney Land!" Smart kid, covering all of his bases!
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My son's wish granters just left! His wish, as suspected, was to go to Disney World. He was then asked what he was second wish was in case his first one didn't work out...and he followed up with "Go to Disney Land!" Smart kid, covering all of his bases!
Thats great your son had already thought up a great second wish my daughters answer when she was asked was "mmmmm I dont know " lol she has no idea what else to ask for so hopefully they will send her off to disney world
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:46 PM   #746
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Coolers at Disney??

does anyone know if you have to take the hardplastic thing out of the "softsided" cooler?




Also would you do 1 day UNV and IA together and 1 day wetnwild?
OR 1 day UNV and 1 day IA no WnW?
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:21 PM   #747
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I just submitted a MAW referral for my 11 year old gt. nephew. I do not know what his wish would be, if he is chosen, but I'd love for him to have the chance to go to WDW.

I am seriously considering volunteering to help MAW with my WDW knowledge. I love my full time job and I've dabbled in considering to be a travel agent specific for Disney. After reading many MAW posts, this may be a wonderful oppertunities for me to put this to great use!!

My gt nephew has been transferred to Texas Children's Hospital from Oklahoma City Children's Hospital to find out what is causing the blood clots that caused his migraines and strokes.

A couple of months ago he was in such pain at school that an ambulance was called, and he was transported to OKC to the Children's Hospital. While they were doing a serries of tests, he suffered three strokes and they had to do brain surgery. He is making some progress with his rehabilitation, but he continues to have the headaches and is currently on Heprin (blood thinner) shots. He and his family is traveling today for Texas to have a specialist provide more info for treatment and diagnosis.



Prayers please to get them there safe and that the specialist can provide some hope for him and his family. Thank you.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:20 AM   #748
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a quick question for those who have taken someone besides your immediate family

So I just found out that my 14 yr old brother in law may end up staying with us as his parents plan on going back to their home country so I guess my question is how would I discuss this with maw I feel bad because they are already doing so much by giving my daughter her wish to disney world im assuming since he isnt immidiately related to my daughter the expense would be fully out of pocket?
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:28 PM   #749
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My wish was nearly 4 years ago

I was a wish child at 17, I know most are younger, but this was never suggested until I was 16, I was nearing the cut of point as well and my family hadn't had a proper holiday in years. Plus this was the only trip abroad that the UK MAW could offer, but still I am ever so thankful for it now.

I have to say that that week was the best experience of my life, I have craved going back ever since, even now. Honestly, I wasn't keen on the idea to start with but it gave me and my family memories that have lasted a life time. A few months after the trip I was in hospital and thinking back to being at Disney World and Universal and just Orlando in general made me feel so much better!
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Old 05-06-2014, 02:56 PM   #750
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Prayers for Maddi

OK guys,
our trip will start Sunday.

BUT my daughters ANC counts came back very low! Meaning she has a very bad Immunesystem right now. She will be checked again on Thursday. If it is still low we will have to make a decision if we postpone the trip or if we go.
She is currently NOT sick, but with a low immune system, a fever could be close!

Please pray for our Baby!

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