Were Your Celebrations Acknowledged?

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  1. ratfam

    ratfam Mouseketeer

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    I am wondering what others' experiences have been with noting celebrations on their ADRs. Our trip was for our DD's high school graduation, and for most of the trip she had a friend with her. We were very careful to only note the celebration on ADRs where she would be joining us. Frankly, I don't know that I even would have thought about it except that I made some of the reservations by phone rather than online and the CM's always asked and made a big deal about it and how they were noting it, so I added it to my online ADRs as well. I didn't expect anything other than some Mickey confetti on the table and maybe a "congratulations" or someone asking about the celebration. Well, out of 6 reservations (including some bigger-ticket dinners like BOG and Fantasmic dinner package) the only place that the celebration was recognized with confetti on the table was Crystal Palace, which is my DD's favorite place because she loves Pooh and was sadly the only ADR she missed because she was sick and just couldn't drag herself out of the hotel that day, my DH stayed behind with her so it was just DS and I. I am sorry that I didn't say something at the prior ADRs, I don't think she noticed anything but it would have been nice for her to feel like something special was done. It seems like at least 50% of visitors have some kind of button on--has it just gotten to be too much with everyone saying they are celebrating something so that only a few places really recognize the celebrations? Or is it just the luck of the draw? We will be doing the same thing for DS and his friends in not too long, so at least I will know if I should be doing something differently.
     
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  3. juliebug1997

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    It's really just the luck of the draw. We've been for our anniversary a couple of times and we've gotten:
    --confetti on the table
    --cards from characters at restaurants
    --cupcakes
    --champagne
    --phone calls to the room
    --cards from characters in our room
    --special desserts

    There are a lot of people there celebrating so many different things and it really is up to the CMs. Plus, Disney never charged us for any of the above so it was a nice surprise when it happened, but we certainly didn't expect it at every meal. Can you imagine how much more expensive Disney would get if they were giving the above away at every single meal for a trip?
     
  4. rachel09985

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    We put graduation on ours too and got zilch! Kind of upsetting but I can't expect anything!!

    For our anniversary we only got a couple of tiny cupcakes. I don't ever get any pixie dust!:)
     
  5. brertoad

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    It varies greatly, as PP said, it all depends on the CMs.

    For my DH's birthday celebration, they made sure he had a birthday button at check-in. Lots of CMs wished him a Happy Birthday. We were given a champagne toast at Artist Point by our waiter. At Garden View Tea Room, the CM gave DH 2 or 3 extra small desserts, the little ones they bring around on the tray. At LTT, they put confetti on the table. At Via Napoli, a whole bunch of people sang for my DH and brought a small cookie with cream and a candle, that was a surprise.

    For my birthday, they didn't give me a button at check-in (and I forgot to ask). At Boma, they were going to give me a button but couldn't find a sharpie that worked, so that didn't go so well. We went into town hall at MK later to ask for a button for me. Which I put on, but it didn't seem to matter. We ate at Cosmic Ray's later that night, the CM didn't acknowledge me. That was basically the whole tone of my birthday, I had higher expectations based on what my DH and I had experienced just 6 months earlier for his birthday. I felt like Eeyore.

    We've never been given any cupcake(s), which is kind of a bummer to me. I've seen them do this a lot, for other people.


    I was thinking in the future, I would order DH or myself our own special cake to celebrate.

    The only advice I have would be to maybe take a CM aside and ask them if they can help you make that celebration memorable, maybe when you check-in at the restaurant drops some hints.


    Just remembered, I put my husband's birthday noted on our club level room reservation, and he did receive a very nice small gift. But, I guess that is what people expect with club level since it costs so much more.
     
  6. juliebug1997

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    Don't be too bummed about the cupcakes--I got both of them at Cape May for breakfast.
     
  7. princessallegra

    princessallegra They call me Mrs. Disney

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    They are like pound cake! Not particularly yummy imho.

    We have been there for DH's birthday and our anniversary and we have gotten the cupcakes, champagne, a signed card from the characters...The thing is we don't really expect anything and then it just happens. We got upgraded to a family suite at ASMu over DH's birthday in 2010! It was awesome.
     
  8. ML_LovesDisney

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    The only way our celebrations have been acknowledged is when we are wearing the button they give you at check-in. Almost all CM's I walked by wished me a happy birthday on our last trip, as well as my daughter when we went for her birthday. We've never gotten anything else, which is fine. I just don't know why they make such a big deal to ask what you're celebrating and to add it on all reservations.

    EDIT TO ADD: I just remembered, at the end of our stay I did get a photograph of Mickey under the door that wished me a happy birthday which I thought was really nice.
     
  9. MickeyGs

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    We did ds 5th birthday last year, it was also his first trip to disney, and they really did a great job. Every restaurant except coral reef he was given something, a cupcake at least, if not also a song! At both character meals he was given a signed card. Since then I have seen so many dining reviews where every meal ended with a treat, and nicer restaurants = fancier dessert to celebrate. We went again for his birthday and I think 3 out of 8 recognized it. Huge change from last year. Both character meals and boma. At le chefs we actually asked because they sang happy birthday to two tables in our section, and ds looked crushed. Try sang to him after she looked disgruntled and said she didn't know, but it was noted on our reservation and he wore a pin :confused: both years we were there for his Actual birthday too, I feel like many people celebrate months before and after, making the magic only occasional instead of guaranteed for those who are really celebrating.
     
  10. patty57

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    We took my son and his friend for a graduation trip last June, and noted it on our ADRs (only because WDW asked if we were celebrating anything). Bluezoo was the only place that acknowledged it, and gave the boys free desserts and offered congratulations. Very, very nice of them. No congrats or anything from anywhere else. Not a big deal, but I also wonder why WDW always asks if you are celebrating anything when you make reservations, and then they ignore it. I know thousands of people are celebrating something, and they can't make a fuss over everything, but I do wonder why they always ask.
     
  11. maxiesmom

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    I think it is a bit of both. The only way to be sure a special occasion gets the attention you think it deserves is to plan something extra yourself. Otherwise it is just luck. And I do think with so many people running around with buttons on it takes away from the specialness of the CMs doing something extra. People now expect it, instead of taking it as an extra bit of Pixie Dust.
     
  12. juliebug1997

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    I used to be able to put in any celebrations when we made our ADRs online, but Disney doesn't have a place for you to do that on the new system.
     
  13. princessallegra

    princessallegra They call me Mrs. Disney

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    Totally agree. We wear buttons and note our celebrations, but that's it. We basically forget about expectations from restaurants or cm's, and that's how the magic happens! It has never been at every restaurant. That's ok! By not expecting it or even thinking about it we are able to enjoy our time, and if we get pixie dusted it's even more awesome.
     
  14. Nagle

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    We were in WDW in December for my 50th birthday.

    My wife made sure I got (and wore) my Birthday badge. For the most part I got lots and lots of birthday wishes from CMs and other guests. Cannot remember where but I did get a birthday cupcake.

    There were two places that went above and beyond.

    We had dinner at Olivia's and our server (John) made an announcement to all diners that there was a special guest in the room. He then came over, sang a very funny version of Happy Birthday to me and gave me an ice cream Sunday (with lots of sprinkles and smarties). He was the friendliest server ever in all our years of visiting Disney. Food was just ok, but I would go back just to sit in his section again.

    We had dinner at the Turf Club. We were way too full for dessert. When we got back to AKV, we stopped in at Jiko to see if we could get in for coffee and dessert. We were seated at the counter overlooking the appetizer kitchen. Ordered dessert for the two of us and a press pot of good coffee. Our server added a third bit of dessert and wished me a very happy birthday.(believe it was the flour less chocolate cake. Delicious). Now the part that really threw me. As we were sitting there, the manager came by to see how things were going, saw my badge and wished me a happy birthday. End of a very enjoyable day. Two mornings later there was an envelope on the floor just inside our door as we came back to our room. It was a hand written note from the manager at Jiko thanking us for sharing my birthday evening at their restaurant. I was floored. Made my day.

    John
     
  15. Mousemommy1

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    Agreed. I don't think anyone should expect the magic to happen. Then it would not be magic!

    We have been to Disney many times and celebrated lots of events on our trips. The biggest part of the celebration for my family is just being able to be together in such an awesome place. Sometimes, though, a little pixie dust is thrown to make it that much more special. Not expecting it makes it so much cooler. :goodvibes

    In our experience, we have gotten
    -a personalized anniversary menu at Le Cellier
    -a birthday card signed by all staff at Le Cellier
    -the Biergarten Oompa band acknowledged DH and my 10 year anniversary and made us stand up and be recognized
    -free cupcakes

    We are celebrating our daughters 9th birthday for our trip next week....and WE have arranged for (and paid for) some magic to be waiting for her in our room. Anything else that happens will be icing on the Disney cupcake!
     
  16. smallblackstars

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    I had my 30th Birthday in MK last year, my mum insisted I wore the birthday pin and she had made a reservation at The Plaza and told them in advance it was my 30th. There was nothing, no confetti, not even a 'Happy Birthday' from our waiter (who was actually very rude and more interested in the 2 tables of scantily clad high school girls that were there for Spring Break!) I wasn't bothered but my mum was pretty upset about it then the waiter asked if we were celebrating and my mum said about my birthday, he still didn't say Happy Birthday but said he would be take note and have a surprise for me, a surprise that never came, lol! Again he went off, chatting up the young girls at his other tables and forgot about us! I will say that watching a 25-30 year old man trying to chat up high school girls was painfully amusing to watch and took my mind off the poor service we got from him!
     
  17. disnut8

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    I think we here on the boards read so much about what others have received that we expect way too much. So Jimmie got a cupcake, special wishes from the characters, sparkles on the table, a signed postcard, etc. at one restaurant. Now Janie is going and Janie's mom expects her to get the same. But Janie only gets a cupcake so now Janie's mom is upset. Or, Janie is a bit shy the waiter decides maybe not to draw attention to her. Or whatever.

    It's not Disney's fault for not gushing out tons of things for every celebration. It's our fault for expecting too much.
     
  18. rajak73

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    DW and I will be at Disney next Dec. (2014) celebrating our 40th anniversary. Really it will be our 41st but we already took our big trip for this year. Plan on getting the celebrate buttons, but other than maybe a few greetings we are not expecting anything special. If we have anything other than greetings, that would be extra to me.
     
  19. rndmr2

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    We went for DH's b-day in 2010. He wore the button for 2 days and I noted it on the ADR at 3 places (Biergarten, Le Cellier-actual day, and Whispering Canyon) They acknowledged it at Biergarten in the show like they do and he had to stand up, Le Cellier we ordered dessert and they put Happy Birthday on the plate and said it was on them, and they sang and gave him a cupcake at WCC (fun!). When he wore the button many people said Happy Birthday, but at our dinner at Mama Melrose, where he was wearing the button but it was not on the ADR, I don't think they even said Happy Birthday. So it really is hit or miss.




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  20. garanorymom

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    We just went. It was a twenty day trip. We averaged one sit down meal a day. My husband noted my fortieth birthday on all reservations and I wore a button. Not one single acknowledgement at any meal.
     
  21. Disneylover99

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    It's so unrealistic for people to think that they will receive some kind of acknowledgement because they note a celebration on all their ADR's that were probably made six months in advance.

    If you want something special done for a loved one at a particular restaurant on a particular day, pull your server aside at some point during the meal, explain the celebration and ask what (if anything) they do. Maybe they have a special song they sing, but don't expect or ask for freebies.

    For example, we always go to Disney on my husband's birthday. We go somewhere different each year. I always pull the server aside and say, we will be ordering dessert and today is my husband's birthday. Can you put a candle on his dessert or will you sing happy birthday when you bring the dessert. Sometimes they say no, they don't do that here, but they always do something like write happy birthday on his dessert plate and we sing happy birthday to him as a family.

    The point is, don't leave it up to pixie dust. Take matters into your own hands and you will never be disappointed.
     

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