3 Rings found at Wilderness Lodge

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  1. MM32830

    MM32830 DIS Veteran

    Feb 3, 2008
    What an incredible story.

    Read this from the Orlando Sentinel:



    Lost and found: 3 treasured rings and a happy ending at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

    Scott Powers

    Sentinel Staff Writer

    April 22, 2008

    It had been a wonderful vacation at Walt Disney World -- until Paul Campanale accidentally threw away his wife's three platinum and diamond rings.

    An icy-cold trip home to Worcester, Mass., awaited the unfortunate husband as he, his wife and two young children left the giant resort Friday.

    "We weren't speaking," Karen Campanale said Monday. "At least, I wasn't speaking to him."

    But into every nine-year marriage, a little magic must fall: Beating what the Campanales had been told were the all-but-impossible odds of finding the three rings required one lucky break and eight Disney workers in protective gear pawing through a trash pile bag by bag.

    "We were on our way to the airport when my husband had gotten the phone call saying they were recovered," Karen Campanale said.

    The night before the family's departure from Disney, Karen Campanale, 35, a teacher, had taken off her engagement, wedding and five-year-anniversary rings, as was her habit. She put them in a little container and then placed that, for safekeeping, in a cardboard bowl on a shelf in their villa at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.

    As they packed and tidied the villa, Paul Campanale, 37, a chemist, didn't notice the container had rings in it, so he tossed the bowl and its contents.

    Housekeeping collected the trash and it was sent, the Campanales were later told, to the resort's industrial-sized trash compactor.

    "The man said: 'If it's already in there, I don't know what else I can do for you. Sorry,' " Karen Campanale recalled.

    So the Campanales chucked their hope, checked their bags, gathered their children -- Jack, 6, and Emma, 3 -- and awaited their Magical Express bus to start the long trip home.

    But it turned out the trash from their villa hadn't reached the compactor yet. Instead, it had taken another route and had been dumped in a standard parking-lot trash bin.

    When Wilderness Lodge executive housekeeper Drew Weaver realized that, he organized a search party -- himself and seven other volunteers among the employees. They donned gloves and other protective clothing, emptied the bin onto the asphalt and began to search, one bag at a time, for the three rings.

    The Campanales had no idea this was happening. Shortly after their bus left Wilderness Lodge for the airport -- maybe three hours after they first reported the loss -- Paul Campanale's cell phone rang, bringing news he could hardly believe: rings found. Weaver drove them over to the bus' next stop, Disney's Polynesian Resort.

    "A lot of people around the hotel heard about what happened, and they were congratulating us and saying, 'Wow, you guys are heroes.' We're not heroes. That's what we do," Weaver said. "That's not the first time we've gone through trash -- oh, no. We don't always find things. Many times we come up empty. But we didn't this time."

    The three rings, Karen Campanale said, are fine.

    "I was shocked," she said. "That's five-star service."

    Scott Powers can be reached at spowers@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5441.

    Copyright © 2008, Orlando Sentinel
  2. earthelves

    earthelves DIS Veteran

    Aug 9, 2007
    What A BRILLIANT Outcome & I Was In Tears Just Reading It...
  3. CanadianGuy

    CanadianGuy <font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and

    Apr 24, 2006
    Wow.. what a great story!
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  5. tinkbutt

    tinkbutt DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2008
    AAWWW great story:cool1:
  6. IHeartTink04

    IHeartTink04 DIS Veteran

    Jun 22, 2006
    Great Story!!

    I am glad I get to stay at such an awesome resort for our Disneymoon in October!:goodvibes

    Thanks for sharing!:thumbsup2
  7. amyhughes

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    Aug 15, 2007
    You know, with all the ways we do get on Disney this is a GREAT story about CM determination!

    IWISHFORDISNEY <font color=darkorchid>Cant get enough of the mous

    Jan 30, 2004
    That is a fantastic story!!!:thumbsup2
  9. happy2go2wdwmom

    happy2go2wdwmom <font color=violet>I love that great song!<br><fon

    Feb 12, 2007
    My DH just walked into the office and said in a very nose thumbing tone, "I know something that you don't about your favorite place in the world!" I said, "Was it about the three rings and the happy ending?!" His jaw dropped as he nodded "Uh huh" and backed out of the room.

    Gots ta loves the :worship: disboards! :thumbsup2
  10. hayanyujah847

    hayanyujah847 It looks like a ton of fun!

    May 9, 2007

    What an amazing story~!
  11. miss missy

    miss missy Is this the Dis Board Desperate Housewives?!

    Jan 31, 2005
    That is awesome! :thumbsup2
  12. pixistix

    pixistix Mouseketeer

    Aug 13, 2005
    This is exactly why WDW will always get my hard-earned vacation dollars! There's nowhere else on earth that will give you that kind of service!:cool1:
  13. wishspirit

    wishspirit When you wish upon a star!

    Jun 8, 2005
    this is why you got to love WDW!!! :goodvibes
  14. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    That family is from our area..it was in our local paper. How wonderful that WDW CMs went the extra mile for guests. We keep hearing about how the service has declined at WDW...this is so wonderful to hear!!

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