Pixie Dust Overload - the day I won One More Disney Day

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  1. lvjen777

    lvjen777 disney ♥ addict

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    YES, for sure! Ha. I'm getting a feeling that my TR might end up with numerous "Disclaimers" :rotfl2:

    I'm glad you're here! Don't be scared .... I won't reveal ALL our secrets!!!!
     
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  3. lvjen777

    lvjen777 disney ♥ addict

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    Monday, February 20th was Presidents' Day, so we were all home from school and work. It started out as just any normal day at home. Andy was in the front doing some yard work, and Tyler and I were in his room attempting to de-junk his closed (ug!) in preparation for our upcoming move.

    In his closet, we came across one of his favorite shirts, one he got on our first/last trip to WDW..

    "Mom, because of the new house, we're not going to be able to go to WDW for a while, because we're going to be broke, right?"

    I laughed. "Well, you're probably right.. but I'd hoped we could go back to Florida again sometime in the next few years..we'll see.. Maybe in 2014, or how about you try Santa?" :santa:

    "Waah", says Tyler. (According to him, "we'll see" means no, and I'm pretty sure he's onto me on the whole Santa-thing.) :rotfl: We get back to tackling the closet.

    30 minutes later, Andy pokes his head in the door.. He holds up a Fedex envelope. "This just came for you?"

    I hadn't ordered anything.. But then again, it wasn't really a package, just an envelope. An envelope overnighted from New York. What is this? :confused: Something financial or legal or ....... ??? I don't know anyone in New York. I had no clue.:confused3

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    I open it up..

    Dear Jennifer,

    Important Notice!

    Your entry into the "One More Disney Day Sweepstakes" sponsored by Disney has been selected as a potential prize winner. We say "potential" winner because according to the official rules, before the prize can be awarded, the potential winner must complete, have notarized, and return the attached Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity Release. This is to enable us to verify your eligibility, confirm your address, and obtain information needed to award your prize......... If we don't receive our Affidavit by February 23, your entry will be disqualified and we’ll have to select an alternate winner, so please be prompt! You will be contacted within seven (7) business days after we receive your completed Affidavit with specific details regarding your prize award status.


    I speed-read all of this once or twice. Am I really reading what I'm reading? At that point I may or may not have started screaming and yelling, opened the front door, yelled something out to Andy, and then read it one more time to make sure I really read what I just read. I'm pretty sure Tyler thought I'd lost my mind. :yay: Andy thought it was fake. "Are these New York people asking for your social security number?" "How do you know this is real?!" "What kind of info do we have to give them?" :scratchin Hey mister, your super rational thoughts are totally no fun at all !!! :laughing: I explain to him that this company must be who handles the Sweepstakes & selection of winners. Once a winner is confirmed, they are then turned over to Disney.

    All I know is I didn't have much time to get this returned, especially since today was a holiday - eek! :eek: I immediately raced to the computer to look up the Sweepstakes, so I could first of all remember what the prize was! I had indeed been entering this contest online pretty much every day, along with various other sweepstakes, which Andy always thought was kind of silly. (I showed him! :rolleyes:)

    This sweepstakes was leading up to the One More Disney Day leap-year celebration, where the parks were open for 24hours. Disney was giving away one trip each day during January & February. (My name was drawn Feb 15.) Tyler & I start reading the loooong list of Official Rules from Disney's website... the prize was indeed a trip!!! Winners' choice of DL or WDW! I was in shock. Tyler and I were JUST talking about Disney World!!!!!!! Andy says not to get too excited until I find out for sure.. However, he should know better.. it's WAY too late. I can't stop jumping up and down. :banana::banana: What do I do? Who do I tell? Everybody? Nobody? I'm freaking out. :woohoo:

    My next online destination was to the DIS. I had been a bad Dis-er lately, and had not been on the site much. Since a Disney trip was not going to be possible for a little while with our move, I had been trying not to torture myself too much. :rotfl: I quickly found the section on the OMDD Sweepstakes, along with the hilarious antics of Disers stalking Fedex trucks in their neighborhoods, which I was now sad that I had missed. To my surprise there were some winning Disers on there! I couldn't read the pages of posts fast enough...To my excitement I saw that they had received the same magical Fedex delivery, and had gone through this same process.. See family, THIS IS REAL !! pixiedust:

    There was no time to waste! I anxiously sit down at the kitchen table and get started on my paperwork..............
     
  4. ohboyx3

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    Love reading this! Hurry and post some more!
     
  5. luckylady

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    That is just to cool! I see you leave in less then TWO WEEKS!!!!! WooHoo. Can't wwait to see where you are staying and eating. Any ADRs?
     
  6. caralyn817

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    How exciting! I hope I'm one of those people this time around! Can't wait to hear more!
     
  7. beckyx3

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    I'm in! I'm excited to read about your trip!:)
     
  8. natebenma

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    FANTASTIC start!!! I love how you were talking about a Disney and the circumstances that would delay a trip there, when a magical package appeared!

    That is some major pixie dust!

    :woohoo:
     
  9. a*lil*bit*goofy

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    This thread has me out of lurkdom!! I hate reading all the excited people on the Dis after my trip is done...selfishly...lol. We won't be planning a trip until 2014 or 2015. So it's torture here! But this will be worth it. Congrats! Looking forward to reading more. :O)

    (and really, if I really thought we were going in 2014 I would already be planning like a good disney go-er wouldn't i. sigh)
     
  10. lvjen777

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    Welcome! :) Glad to have you reading along! I definitely know that in-between-Disney-trip feeling! :scared:
     
  11. lvjen777

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    So first thing the next morning, I triple check my forms, get them notarized at work & get the pre-paid Fedex ready to go. Andy & I work together for the same construction company, me in the office & him in the field. So, since he’s more mobile than I am, he says to me “I’ll just take it over to Fedex for you.” He is super-responsible & totally capable (remember, he's Mr. Voice of Reason) :teacher:. However, instantly I revert the poor guy to 5-yr old status… “Drive carefully! Call me when you send it off! Make sure you get a receipt! Make sure they don‘t mess it up! Get a receipt ! Love you!”

    Yep, I’m losing it. :sad2: But this is the most important piece of mail I’ve sent off.. like ever! My Disney-loving life has completely come to a screeching halt since Monday!

    I'm hoping the Fedex plane doesn't crash! Have you ever seen that Tom Hanks movie, 'Castaway'? I have this mental picture of my letter somehow ending up like that volleyball, washed up on some island shore in the middle of the ocean! :scared: (I think I have an overactive imagination.)

    Because I'm obsessive (um, I mean excited), using my receipt I set up the online Fedex tracking on my envelope. They will email me as soon as it's delivered (or you know, as soon as it crashes in the ocean.)


    12:53am Memphis, TN
    5:56am Newark, NJ
    7:48am New York, NY
    8:22am DELIVERED

    8:29am (7 minutes later!!!!!!) I get an email from New York ...



    Congratulations! We have received your completed affidavit and are please to inform you that you have been confirmed as a Grand Prize Winner in the One More Disney Day Sweepstakes.

    :hyper:

    I was asked to choose & circle either WDW-FLORIDA or DL-CALIFORNIA , and confirm my contact info again. (which was definitely a good idea because my email address AND first name were both misspelled in all my original paperwork, which might have been why I had received no news pre-Fedex, as other people had? )

    My prize was officially as follows:

    A 5-day/4-night trip to Walt Disney World near Orlando, FL for me and 3 guests. Travel must be completed by 6/1/13. Dates are flexible, but some block out dates do apply. Prize consists of the following:

    a) Hotel accomodations for four (including room tax)
    b) Four (4) 5-day Magic Your Way Park Park Hopper tickets, including access to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom parks.
    c) Round-trip coach air transportation
    d) Airport-Hotel transfers
    e) One (1) Disney gift card with a value of one thousand dollars ($1000)
    f) Winner's choice of ONE of the four following enhancements (each valued at $500):
    -A Disney Photo Pass package
    -Select Disney Tours
    -A Downtown Disney shopping spree
    -Spa experience(s) of your choice.


    :faint:

    Amazing/Incredible/Magical. There are not enough adjectives to describe it. I immediately emailed this form back & was told they would forward my information to Disney, and then I’d be contacted to fulfill my prize.

    I was feeling so grateful, so lucky and so happy. :cloud9: I told all my friends and family to start entering contests, and told them where to find current lists of Disney sweepstakes online. You better believe I will be entering every Disney contest from here on out. Real people can win !!

    So back to the Dis I go to check on the other winners, see if there are any new ones, and patiently wait until I am contacted to book our trip. Eventually all us Dis winners start to share our experiences, planning info and advice with each other via Facebook. (Our group is 19 of the 60 total winners). All this really added to the fun and excitement of the whole thing, plus it kept us all busy while we waited for Disney to contact us. The east-coasters could help us west-coasters, and vice versa. Everyone in the group are really great people (and I’m not just saying that because you’re all reading this.. you all ARE reading this, aren't you? hello? ::yes::) Anyways, obviously we all were already Disney fans, so it was easy to become fast friends. :grouphug:

    As for my non-Disney family/friends.. well you know how that goes.. :confused: "Yes grandma, isn't it neat that I’m becoming friends with other winners all around the United States? Well, yes... I know they're strangers on the Internet... Guess what, some of them might even meet in person during their trips, can you believe that? Yes grandma, strangers on from the Internet, meeting other strangers, and letting their kids play together! Isn't that fun? Oh, don't worry, I sent for a copy of the official winner's list & we'll confirm everyone's identites eventually... :laughing: )
     
  12. flafan

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    That is sooooooo exciting. I can not wait to hear about your trip. CONGRATS :cool1::cool1:
     
  13. ohboyx3

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    So what did you pick? The shopping spree? Tour? Spa experience?
     
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    Can't wait to read more !!
     
  15. Gantu

    Gantu Oh,,,,,blitznac!

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    What a great start!
    I cant wait for more!!!
     
  16. eeyorefan107

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    Great start and congrats on your win! =)
     
  17. ProudMommyof2

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    Great start!! I know that awesome feeling of being a "potential grand prize winner." We won a trip 2 years that was a bit smaller- 3 nights, airfare, park hoppers and $200 gift card. It was so fun to plan.

    Can't wait to hear all the details!
     
  18. lvjen777

    lvjen777 disney ♥ addict

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    Wow congrats to you on your win! Planning is always (at least) half of the fun!!
     
  19. MissouriPrincess

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    I can't wait to read more! Thanks for writing this!
     
  20. CopperWife

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    I'm subbing.

    This is just too exciting!

    popcorn::
     
  21. hannahsmom7

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    Congrats on your win! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!
     

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