She knew who I was

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by DisneyDad64, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. AquamarineSteph

    AquamarineSteph Mouseketeer

    May 1, 2013
    Don't feel like the only one not greeted by name. We've stayed several times at moderate level resorts on site, and regardless of whether we drove there, used ME from the airport or online check-in, nobody ever greeted us by name. In fact, I'd say that the one consistent detail despite changing resorts was that it always felt like we were in the way of the CM's doing more important things. And just to clarify, there were never large crowds checking in when we were. We were maybe like one of three or four families each time.

    So perhaps that particular bit of magic is random and sporadic or specific to certain hotels?
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    MSSANDRA DIS Veteran

    Sep 14, 2006
    I wish you guys had not told me about the gate guy calling ahead.....We were greeted by name last year at CSR and I attributed it to pure magic. It WAS 7:00am and we WERE the ONLY family checking in sooooo. People just love to be addressed by name.
    We have a new principal at our school this year and when they kids came to open house.....he was addressing the majority of kids 1-5 grade by name. He was hanging out in kindergarten, greeting these kids and parents and taking pictures of him with each kindergartener. When we dropped off the kids a couple days later, he greeted them by name as well!!! We later learned he had studied the year book from the previous year till he knew those kids names, and then studied his kindergarten kids pictures and his notes till he knew them. Made a HUGE impression on kids and parents.
  4. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    I've never been greeted like this, not at the DVC resorts we've stayed at, POR, CBR, or AS sports.

    But that's OK; I wouldn't like it, personally. DH and DS would love it, even though they would absolutely get our name wrong (we don't have one family name...DH and I both kept our names and DS is hyphenated), but I would just be weirded out by it.
  5. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

    Nov 18, 2001
    Some do.

    I dislike it when I don't know the person who is calling me by name.

    Car salesmen.
    Retail store clerks.

    For awhile, Walmart was having their checkers call customers by name when
    they used their charge cards.
    The practice was largely stopped when so many customers complained about it.

    This new Disney FP+/MyMagic+ has an element of "magically" calling guests by name...
    We'll have to watch and see if it becomes a HIT, or a MISS.
  6. jennifer in canada

    jennifer in canada Mouseketeer

    Aug 19, 2009
    Our family of four did the pirates cruise this trip and a similar thing happened, but I have no idea how they would know our family by name from that....there were lots of families there already checked in. At the time we said oh, we must be the last family to check in, but as we watched there were tons after us so it could not have been that!
  7. Disney mom12

    Disney mom12 Mouseketeer

    May 15, 2013
    This happened to us last year at Kidani as well, and I'm hoping it happens again in October. It was an awesome way to kick off the magic! We also used online check in and magical express, so they must just assume based on what time your flight arrives.
  8. RandFamily

    RandFamily DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2008
    We've had this happen numerous times at the Beach Club but not at other resorts. I just completed our post-trip survey from having stayed at Kidani and one of the questions they asked was whether we were greeted by name before we checked in, so they must be training CM's to do this and wanting it to happen.
  9. ZehnJahren

    ZehnJahren DIS Veteran

    May 5, 2010
    This happened to us too, when we stayed at YC (but not at the CR or AKL). We checked in at security and drove up to the valet area; when they opened my car door and addressed me as "Ms. X", my mom shot me a look and I shot her a raised eyebrow. Not something I was expecting!

    MOM POPPINS <font color=red>I keep getting SOUVENIRS (wink) wh

    Aug 24, 2000
    We were greeted at the Boardwalk recently... the man in the guard shack used what looked like a walkie talkie .. talked to someone and said we had arrived. :)
  11. ZoZo

    ZoZo DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2005
    Hee hee.
  12. aVASTGrl

    aVASTGrl DIS Veteran

    Apr 27, 2012
    The only time I've had this happen was at YC last year. I thought it was something new they were trying maybe! Of course, I was only one of two people checking in from the DME arrival so they had a 50-50 chance of being right :rotfl2:
  13. gr8leg8

    gr8leg8 <font color=red>the big 3<br><font color=royalblue

    Apr 13, 2008

    A great principal is worth their weight in gold!!
    My DD is just about to graduate from 5th. We've been at the same school since Kinder. Her principal still doesn't know her name. She even calls teachers by the wrong name. :eek:
  14. fairestoneofall

    fairestoneofall DIS Veteran

    Jan 15, 2007
    we were greeted by name at the Contemporary on our last trip. i just assumed the guard called ahead. it was nice though. i consider it a "perk" for a deluxe.

    i think it would be harder to do at a Value (which we've never been greeted by name) because they are usually more people checking into those resorts. i don't anticipated being greeted at AofA in October. ;)
  15. ghtx

    ghtx DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2012
    I would guess that most people like being called by name when it's by someone who knows them, e.g. a waiter at a favorite restaurant or a clerk at a bookstore that you frequent.

    But most people don't like it when it's obvious that it's some corporate ploy to create artificial congeniality, e.g. reading your name off of a credit card or scanning your RFID-enabled bracelet.

    Suum cuique.
  16. Brian_WDW74

    Brian_WDW74 <font color=red>Theme Parks Co-Moderator<br><font Moderator

    Sep 22, 2006
    Since this thread is about an experience that occurred at a Disney Resort, I've moved it to the Disney Resorts board. :)
  17. LisaCM614

    LisaCM614 DIS Veteran

    Apr 15, 2010
    LOL Nope no official greeter but there were cast members at the front door.
    Check in at AoA even with doing online check in was quite different from the deluxe!

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