"IF I WERE A FRAGGLE..." BACKSTAGE MAGIC TRIP REPRT; Mar28-APR 3rd '10- W/PICS &VIDEO

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  1. Failecub

    Failecub Earning My Ears

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    Sorry if I misread and missed this, but I don't think you ever said what your issue was. Do you mind if I ask what it was that happened, or didn't happen as the case may be?
     
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  3. corky441

    corky441 <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

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    So much drama... But you never say what happened! I can't begin to fathom what they could have done to set off such a rant.??
     
  4. Icemann

    Icemann Dis Vet

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    What did ABD do to you that was so bad.You did a good job of trashing them now what was so bad that you are scared for life. :confused3
     
  5. TheTXTaylors5

    TheTXTaylors5 He's the Mickey to my Minnie

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    DH and I depart in 8 days for our ABD Trip. Your post has me curious as to what exactly happened to ruin your ABD Tour. We will be on the tour in a week and I don't want the same thing (whatever it is) happen to us too. Can you please be a little more specific on what happened???????? :confused3

    I have read and reread your post and still don't get "it". :surfweb:

    :goodvibes Jennifer
     
  6. TotallyAngelic

    TotallyAngelic Disney Addict

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    Oh no ..... this sounds very serious. I am also wondering exactly what happened to make such a great Disney fan have such a profound change of opinion. What exactly did they do to make you so upset as it mut have been catastrophic. So sorry you have had such a disappointing and upsetting trip :sad2:
     
  7. Tozzie

    Tozzie DIS Veteran

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    It sounds like it is an issue with the Hotel and not with ABD. I went on this trip last year and it was fantastic.
     
  8. flafan

    flafan Mouseketeer

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    OH NO- :eek: This makes me so sad. There is nothing worst then being soooo excited for an adventure and have several people ruin it for you. It does not seem fair. Please keep us updated on your progress with getting this reconciled.

    Have a peaceful day. :hug:
     
  9. hgrajales

    hgrajales Earning My Ears

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    OMG!! I've read and re-read this thread or should I say "ridiculous rant" and nowhere in the posting does this person state "what went so wrong"? What was soooo devastating that they would want "DO OVER". Or, is that they are just setting the stage for a "free trip"?? I am sure that any issue encountered at any of the Disney Parks would be resolved immediately and promptly.

    TELL US WHAT WENT SOOO TERRIBLY WRONG THAT NO ONE IN THE ENTIRE DISNEY ORGANIZATION COULD NOT CORRECT. Or are you complaining that 1 or 2 employees pronounced your name incorrectly?? OMG, the end of the world is near!!!
     
  10. hgrajales

    hgrajales Earning My Ears

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    Also, it's not fair that someone would come on this board and trash the trip that so many people are looking forward to and NOT provide details as to what went wrong. So, please let us know, so we can determine if it's the end of the world and cancel the trip.

    1. Did anyone else in your group experience the same issues? Were their issues resolved and not yours?

    2. How was the trip up until you experienced your issue?
     
  11. WeLoveABD

    WeLoveABD DIS Veteran

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    I have to agree with the above posts--need more specifics, if you can. We can't imagine the ABD guides not being all over any issue that came up--what did they have to say about what happened (and the corporate folks you met with?) The Grand Californian is our favorite Disney hotel--I'm biased being on the West Coast, but while we have enjoyed WDW properties, there is something really solid and relaxing about the GC. (Unfair probably to compare the huge WDW park to Disneyland--so different in size, in location--so urban here, so green and wet in Florida...the crowds are huge in Florida, but can spread out, unlike the crowds here...). In any event, I am sorry to hear you left unhappy--especially having such an upbeat start, and with prior very upbeat adventures...do conclude your story and let us know how things worked out!
     
  12. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

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    I have to agree with you. I know this is probably not politically correct to post here, but now I remember why I stopped reading knewton64's posts... He had the same sort of unfounded rant about a wonderful ABD sales CM a while back. Really trashed her (by name) and never did really say what she'd done that was so horrid. The key for me here was the "do over". Sounds like somebody is bucking for a free trip.

    I'm going to remain skeptical until knewton64 provides some details. And maybe even then. I think this is a very sorry way to end his Trip Report, and a disservice to the folks reading it in anticipation of their own trips.

    Sayhello
     
  13. 3guysandagal

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    A cryptic last post to say the least.

    Not knowing what happened here, I'm going to throw in my 2 cents.....

    I get the feeling someone did not get their balcony with a view.

    Just sayin'.....:goodvibes

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  14. Icemann

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    I felt the same way as you,thats why I stopped reading his TR.Just because he didn't get extra shampoo for his bubble bath is not a reason to trash ABD don't know this for sure just a guess.The Mods need to take this down if he doesn't repy in a timely manner >
     
  15. Adventurer4life

    Adventurer4life Earning My Ears

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    Well I must say that I am quite shocked. I heard of this blog site from the very same man here, knewton64. Why am I shocked, well my family and I happened to be on the very same AbD trip with this man, and let me tell you there is always another side to a story!

    Please do not let this unhappy man's comments sway you, you will not be disappointed with the Backstage Magic trip, or any others with AbD. We all had an amazing time, in very large part to our WONDERFUL Adventure Guides! No thanks, mind you, to this man. What with his constant draw for attention from the Guides, awkward questions, weird stories, always holding up the group and much more – the Guides put up with it all without blinking an eye!! Believe me, the whole group felt his presence and not in a pleasant way, we distanced ourselves from him for these reasons. :mad: And, as a matter of fact, at our farewell dinner together, he had talked on and on about what a wonderful time he had, and how everything was great, that the Guides were wonderful, Jim Henson’s was amazing and how he just LOVED his interactions with all of the CMs…yet here he is, unbelievable.

    I don't know what his "big problem" was but I can only imagine, based on my knowledge of him from this trip; my husband and I overheard the man requesting the most ludicrous things!! All I can say is that knowing the two Guides, I know that they would have done whatever was within their power to fix his "problem" and I am willing to bet that he just didn't like the answer or solution offered. If it was someone at the GCH, again disregard his rant, everyone we encountered was top notch! My family and I, not only plan on coming back to the GCH, we plan on going on another AbD trip soon!

    I won’t waste any more time on this man, but to say this, ignore what he posts as he is CLEARLY just looking for something free. Looks as though he will stop at nothing and is more than willing to drag some wonderful people ( AbD & GCH CM’s) through the mud in order to get what he wants. Knewton64 should be ashamed of himself.
     
  16. 3guysandagal

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    Very interesting.
    Thank you for posting.
     
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    I'm beginning to get a grasp on all this. I think I can put Kris in the "OMG I can't get a 7:00pm ADR at Le Cellier - my entire vacation is ruined" group.
    He definately is an Uber planner and wants and needs every second of every day in order, when reality gets in the way he crashes and burns
     
  18. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

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    Thanks for posting this, Adventurer4life. Hopefully people who are upset by Knewton64's post will read this far, to hear from you what really happened. I hope you had an excellent time despite all that!

    Gotcha! :thumbsup2

    Sayhello
     
  19. Tozzie

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    While I don't know what happened I can say that at least one of the guides, he posted the name earlier, on this trip was a guide on my backstage magic trip last year and she was awesome, as was our other guide. I hope no one in discouraged from taking this trip. I and many other people who have been on this trip have posted what a wonderful trip it was There are even some who have done it for a second time and I enjoyed it so much I will be taking it again. SO please don't anyone who is going on this trip panic, you will not have issues and will have a once in a lifetime experience, that I can promise.
     
  20. runskyhy

    runskyhy It's not less monkey, it's Moe Monkey!

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    I agree with Tozzie. We took this trip this past January during 5 straight days of rain and temps in the upper 40s, yet we felt ABD actually made the trip better than not (because of their concerns for the weather and its effects on park closing times.) No vacation is problem-free, but this is a solid, fun, one-of-a-kind experience!
     
  21. knewton64

    knewton64 - May the luck of the Irish always be with you -

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    And I am glad to have sent me a reply (since u r leaving on this adventure very shortly) as I don't mind responding to you & the others per what has happened as I am also being very very mindfull of what I am saying - as it's for a reason.
    I do stress that what I had written in the last 2 postings stand as is as I feel it is very important to let all the divisions of Disney Corporate offices know that this is not how you service the Guest; especially a first time visitor into Disneyland and such. And no, room upgrades and such have nothing to do with the issues I have now layed at the doorstep of Corporate.
    Now to set all of your minds at ease, please keep in mind that time to time, we are not all a perfect being and that from time to time, others need to step in - from an outsider point of view - and express that back to that entity.
    therefore, I feel that it is necessary to express this point of view to all of Disney's Corporate offices for review as I feel that the Disney magic has been lost in my heart due to the "Goofiness" of 2 front desk reps at Disney's Grand Californian hotel as well as one ABD guide in particular.
    I am being kind / respectful here per the above comment as this has also caught the attention of the mgmnt team at Disney's Grand Californian hotel. She (member of mgmnt) has acknowlwdged and even admitted to their front desk misstep and has asked me to please be kind and give her approx 30-45 days to work something out between her and corporate.

    Now, to take a step back and address it from this way before I get back to what happened - this was asked of me earlier this am.


    What happened in an overall way can be best summed up by a question that was given to me by a ABD rep who said:

    "Based upon the first 4 days of your adventure, did you have a bad time or a good time?"


    I responded that I had a good time and really felt that I was in my element. I then paused &
     
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