Has anyone ever been to a Grand Opening?

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  1. jmb910

    jmb910 Obsessed with anything Disney!

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    We bought points at Kidani Village and have reservations to stay there on May 1st. Has anyone ever been to a grand opening? What kinds of things can we expect?

    What time would be the earliest we could check in? It's not like we would need to wait for a room to be cleaned and become available, right?

    Are there any press conferences?

    Is there something given out to commemorate it?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. tjkraz

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    One of the writers at Allearsnet blogged her experience as the very first guest to check into AKV (Jambo.) She received a gift basket. Don't recall hearing of other guests getting the same thing. She has reservations for 5/1 and hopes to be the first Kidani guest as well.

    SSR (2004) had a low-key ceremony. I remember reading something about the mayor of Saratoga Springs NY being on hand an contributing some water from Saratoga to one of the resort fountains. Don't recall any freebies, though.

    I believe BCV (2002) handed out pins on opening day.

    DVC could very well make a big deal out of the Jambo opening but I doubt it will be a media circus. And it will probably have to be something you ask CMs about to gain info or you'll have to stumble into the festivities yourself. I wouldn't expect any announcements on the member website, written invitations in the mail, etc.
     
  3. disney1474

    disney1474 DIS Veteran

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    Good question! We will be in Jambo April 30th and than Kidani on May 1. I would think we could check in early since it should all be clean and ready for occupancy:goodvibes
     

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