DIS 20th Anniversary Event - Official Info

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  1. WebmasterJohn

    WebmasterJohn Genius Administrator

    Dec 17, 1999

    DIS 20th Anniversary Celebration
    05/29 – 06/03/2017

    Important Links

    Register for event - https://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/reservations/20Anniversary-signup.cfm
    Book resort rooms: https://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/reservations/anniversary_start.cfm
    Donate silent auction items: https://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/reservations/20anniversary-auction-01.cfm
    Sign-Up for Epcot Party: https://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/reservations/20anniversary-party-01.cfm

    Tentative Schedule of Events

    Day 1 – Monday – 05/29/2017
    Credential Distribution/Meet and Greet/Silent Auction
    Location: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Other Events: TBA

    Day 2 – Tuesday – 05/30/2017
    Credential Distribution/Meet and Greet/Silent Auction
    Location: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Other Events: TBA

    Day 3 – Wednesday – 05/31/2017
    Credential Distribution/Meet and Greet/Silent Auction
    Location: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Other Events: TBA

    Day 4 – Thursday – 06/01/2017
    Credential Distribution/Meet and Greet/Silent Auction Ends
    Location: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Other Events: TBA

    DIS 20th Anniversary Party – Epcot*
    Location: Epcot
    Time: 10PM – 1AM (meet at turnstiles/front gate at 9:30PM)
    See Below for details!!

    Day 5 – Friday – 06/02/2017
    Silent Auction Item Pick-up
    Location: TBA
    Time: TBA
    Other Events: TBA

    Day 6 – Saturday – 06/03/2017
    It’s a Small World with Kevin and John
    Location: Magic Kingdom outside of Small World
    Time: 11AM
    Details: Join Kevin and John for a gathering outside of Small World. Ride the ride or just hang out. Note: this is Gay Day at Disney and there will be large crowds.

    20th Anniversary EPCOT Party
    Thursday June 1st 2017 - 10PM - midnight
    Please arrive by 9:30pm to check-in (main entrance/turnstiles Epcot)

    Tonight you'll experience Epcot® in 3D, a progressive night full of Dining, Dancing, and Discovery! This is a night where dynamic dimensions collide as the attractions of Epcot® come to life. It is an evening of celebration where you will experience three private parties in one. From the smooth chill of the Future World West, to the thrills of the Future World East, Epcot® in 3D offers a dimension for everyone!

    In addition to music, Disney characters and food* you will enjoy endless rides on the following attractions:

    Test Track®
    The Seas with Nemo and Friends®
    Journey Into Imagination With Figment

    But that's not all!!!!!

    We will end our evening with our own, private IllumiNations, Reflections of Earth!!!

    Just announced - Enjoy a special concert performance by Jodi Benson, The voice of The Little Mermaid!!!!

    The cost to attend is $85 per person regardless of age. Theme park admission is NOT REQUIRED to attend this event as it is a private party.

    *The menu has not yet been set for this event but given the late hour it will be more 'desserts' and 'snacks' and not necessarily a meal. More details on food to come.

    You MUST BE registered for the week event in order to join us for the part. Those already registered will receive an email on how to sign up for party.

    UPDATE 12/28/2016

    Disney has just released two new discounts that are available during the dates of our event. For details of each offer see these links:

    Quick Service Dining Offer = http://www.wdwinfo.com/discounts/disneypackages.htm#general
    Fun in the Sun Offer = http://www.wdwinfo.com/discounts/disneypackages.htm#general
    25% Off Room Offer = http://www.wdwinfo.com/discounts/discounts-resorts.htm#room

    I still don’t have a contract with rates for the group space we are holding for the event so I can’t tell you if these discounts will be better than the group rates.

    I strongly suggest that if any of the above offers appeal to you and you can get them for the dates you plan to be here that you book now. These rates will be limited based on availability.

    Once I know/release the group rates you can make a decision if you want to cancel your current booking and rebook in the group.

    As per Disney’s rules you WILL NOT be able to apply any of the above discounts to the group rates we secure. It will be an either/or situation – you can’t have the group rate and a discount.

    UPDATE 01/24/2017

    The page to obtain pricing for our group room block is now live:


    One you input your party size, dates, resort, options and then click on "Submit" you will be taken to a page that will display the full cost of what you selected. That page will also include instructions on how to book these rooms.

    Please keep in mind that group rates CANNOT be combined with any current or future discount. Also group rates CANNOT be applied to any current booking. If you want to take advantage of the group rates you would have to cancel any current booking you have and rebook with the groups department.

    UPDATE 02/13/2017

    IMPORTANT: Disney ticket prices increased on 2/12/2017. We have been given permission to add tickets to our group space rooms at the pre-increase price but only if they are purchased by 03/11/2017. If you decide to purchase tickets any time after 3/11/2017 you will pay the higher/current price. If you want to lock in the lower rate you MUST add tickets now and pay for them in full.

    If you have already booked your room you can still add tickets at the pre-increase price (until 3/11/2017) by calling the number for groups (appears on the second page of the quote form) and giving them your booking number. Tickets will be due in full at the time of purchase.

    You MUST have a room booked in our group to take advantage of this special offer of buying your tickets at the pre-increase price.

    UPDATE 03/01/2017

    Registration for the 20th Anniversary of the DIS is now open!!!!!

    Please go to https://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/reservations/20Anniversary-signup.cfm to registration for the event.

    There is a $25 per person registration fee to attend the event. This money goes to offset some of our costs with a portion going to our overall donation to Give Kids the World.

    You MUST register for the event in order to sign-up for any subsequent meets/activates we are planning – including our super-duper party on June 1st!!!! That’s right – I said super-duper party!!!! Think DISApalooza but on a much bigger scale.

    As we finalize details of the individual meets and activities as well as our party those registered through the link above will received instructions on how to sign-up for these via email.

    Again – you MUST be registered for the event to attend other activities we have planned including the party.

    Sign-ups for this event will close 05/01/2017 as long as space is left. Please sign up NOW and don't delay if you want to attend.

    UPDATE 03/07/2017

    We are now accepting items for our Auction to raise money for GKTW.

    If you are interested in donating items for our Auction during the 20th Anniversary event we have a form that will make it easier for you to submit, and us to keep track of, the items.

    To donate an item please use this form - https://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/reservations/20anniversary-auction-01.cfm

    As you step through the process there will be information on where to send the item if you wish to mail it. If you are bringing the item with you to the event we will be letting you know later where/when that can be dropped off. We are still waiting on Disney to tell us where our convention will be for the event so unfortunately I couldn't add it to the current form at this time.

    For those already registered for the event itself we will be sending you an email with some instructions that will make the auction donation process a little easier.

    Thank you in advance for anything you wish to donate. Let's try to break last years record for money raised!!!!

    UPDATE 03/20/2017

    Tentative schedule of events and details of the 20th Anniversary Party posted above. Please scroll to the top for details.

    UPDATE 04/13/2017

    Just announced - those attending our Party on 6/1/2017 will enjoy a special concert performance by Jodi Benson, The voice of The Little Mermaid!!!!

    UPDATE 04/26/2017

    It's official - the party will be until 1AM!!!!

    UPDATE 04/26/2017

    Just found out International Gateway will be open at the end of the event for guests staying at an Epcot resort to exit the park.

    I don't know if it will only be open at the very end of the event or if people can leave early - still getting those details - but I am being told that those wanting to use that exit will be escorted by a Cast Member so you won't be able to go on your own.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2017 at 1:41 PM
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  2. WebmasterMaryJo

    WebmasterMaryJo Techarita Administrator

    Dec 15, 1998
    Thank you for the heads up, John. It's on my calendar. :)
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  3. disneysteve

    disneysteve DIS meet junkie

    Sep 29, 2002
    Thanks, John. I hope we can make it.
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  5. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Apr 29, 2004
    Thank you John. Making a note on my calendar for those dates.

    Just a note for folks considering a trip during this event. It somewhat overlaps the annual Gay Days events at WDW. Typically Gay Days focuses on the MK on the first Saturday of June, which is the 3rd in 2017. This adds to the crowd levels during that time of year so plan on making your hotel reservations as soon as John opens up bookings!!!
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  6. disneysteve

    disneysteve DIS meet junkie

    Sep 29, 2002
    Oh no! You mean if we come to the DIS event, there's a chance we might see gay people? Oh, wait a sec. Never mind.
  7. Willow1213

    Willow1213 DIS Veteran

    May 31, 2007
    Thanks John! We normally travel to the world that week, but have been extremely hesitant to book 2017. Now I just have to go back to convincing my husband that we HAVE to meet the podcast crew and celebrate 20 years of the DIS
  8. easyd

    easyd Mouseketeer

    Oct 25, 2009
    The DIS is planning an event for my birthday! (June 3) YAY! I'll be there!
  9. Cousin Orville

    Cousin Orville Inventor of Air Cooling

    Aug 27, 2000
    Thanks for the heads up. I'm looking forward to it. That's quite the achievement! I remember lurking around in those early yrs when I should have been studying in college. Dang, time flies.
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  10. wayneg

    wayneg Moderator Moderator

    Jul 24, 2003
    Would love to be there but we have already booked a vacation in Turkey late May/early June.
  11. sweetpeama

    sweetpeama Mouseketeer

    Nov 30, 2013
    How exciting hope that I can come all I need is money, an extra adult or two to travel with since no way can my DH take the time off with the days we already need for other obligations. That way I have help with the kids and can enjoy some of the visiting more. ( wonders if either set of grandparents would love to go). and then to start getting plane tickets and everything else lined up.
    Having played around with the flight times out of my area I have a general idea of the ones that will work ( no 45-60 minute mad dash from one end of SLC airport to the other due to the chances of the plane that flies 90% of home airport to there and where it lands and it gets in early enough to have DME handle luggage. On the way back no short layover and no 7 am hour flights-no one should have a knock on the door from Bell Services early enough for that and there is some nice times in the 2 pm and 5 pm hours)
    So everyone send some pixie dust my way because it has been 6 years 323 days since we got home from our vacation and by then it would be 7 years 115 days. We had planned to go back and were on track financially to be able to do so in 3 years from when we left but finding out our youngest had multiple special needs wiped out our savings and reduced our paying off debts to a the minimums each month plus we ended up with some additional debt when savings ran out for needed therapies not covered by insurance so have been paying that off as well. My parents had taken the entire family in order to have a late celebration of their 60th birthdays and 40th wedding anniversary on what was a memorable trip including the first time my then 27.5 month old special needs daughter spontaneously used ASL with someone outside of family when she handed Minnie her autograph book and signed please.
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  12. zulemara

    zulemara <font color=royalblue>Oh Boy! I'm a WDW sailor!<br

    Nov 28, 2007
    I'll be there because I'm a local again! wwoo hoo!!
  13. jenn4kids

    jenn4kids Earning My Ears

    Sep 21, 2010
    How am I just realizing me and the DIS have the SAME birthday, June 1st. Although very different years. (1970 vs 1997).
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  14. NeuroCindy

    NeuroCindy DIS Veteran

    Jul 23, 2014
    I've been putting away money for this since last summer. Hopefully I'll have my dissertation defended and can attend as Dr. Cindy :)
  15. chirurgeon

    chirurgeon I am a delicate flower and need my sleep.

    Jan 4, 2000
    I guess I'll be doing a long weekend. Can't miss my long Disneyland Christmas trip.
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  16. Jobie

    Jobie Earned Me Ears

    Jul 13, 2005
    Hopefully I will be able to go to this!
  17. bamacmac

    bamacmac DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2015
    Can't wait...I know whatever you all plan will be so fun! :)
  18. wilkeliza

    wilkeliza DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    Thanks for the heads up. Sadly we probably won't be able to make it. Darn 2 week European cruise just keeps getting in the way of other things.

    TWYLA CATS Earning My Ears

    Dec 23, 2016
    Thank you.
  20. pjweaver

    pjweaver just happy to be here

    Oct 23, 2015
    Just what I needed, another reason to go to WDW.
  21. NeuroCindy

    NeuroCindy DIS Veteran

    Jul 23, 2014
    You don't have to follow me everywhere I go... ;)

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