Make a Wish (and other organizations) - Wish Trippers UNITE! Volume SIX!

nesser1981

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We are taking our kids to universal studios in a few weeks, during our wish trip our son was not feeling well and we didnt get to really enjoy the studios like we planned... now going back brain tumor free. He still gets very tired easily it looks like i cant count on the guest assistance pass. I do have a doctors note that says he cant stand in quoue lines that we got for six flags. Last time they didnt always look at our pass just his button and we all wore our wish shirts any ideas on how to get a pass
Maybe ask in the main disability forum. I’m not sure about the passes.
 

nesser1981

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Sep 10, 2011
I don’t think it was silly to apply. I’m not sure how it works. My daughter had cancer, but we were finished with treatment when she went on her wish trip.

Good luck!!

I really don't know if this is the right place to post so please direct me otherwise if this is inappropriate. I just applied for a wish trip for my dd17. I applied a year ago but never heard back so a gal here on the DIS encouraged me to apply again. I did and got a call the next morning. I was shocked to say the least. I did tell my dd that I applied on her behalf but I've also told her she is unlikely to receive a wish trip.

She has chronic lyme disease. She's been sick for almost 3 years (though there were signs even before that). She's a high school senior this year but has been unable to take the college entrance tests, attend prom, get a job, had to drop a lot of her activities (piano since fingers don't work anymore and dance since her body hurts too bad) since she has been sick for so long (most of her high school years). Unable to do the things normal teens do. She has good days and bad days but never a great day and has not responded well to any treatments. I don't think Lyme is typically considered a 'life-threatening' diagnosis, though some do die from it, but most who cannot beat it are just doomed to a life of chronic pain and debilitation. I had been told that kid's with chronic illnesses were also eligible for wish trips but in reading more, it seems the diagnosis has to be 'life threatening'. Does anyone know how it works with chronic illnesses? It doesn't help that Lyme is not covered by insurance so we incur tons of medical bills. But when Make a Wish called, they wanted specialist names and numbers that they could talk to about my dd. Well, specialist don't treat this cause there is no insurance money in it for them. We have a naturopathic doc who does all the treatment and an MD who knows what is going on but she isn't in charge of treatment, and in all honesty, doesn't know much about lyme. She just tries to help where she can.

So, was it silly to apply? My dd could really use a morale booster. It's been a hard almost three years for her.
 

mkb3

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Mar 9, 2017
Does anyone know if the Genie Pass works during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party since fast passes aren't used?
 
  • nesser1981

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    Does anyone know if the Genie Pass works during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party since fast passes aren't used?
    I would think so. You might have to make the CM aware you have one. When we went out our daughter's trip sometimes the CM would notice her button and sometimes we'd have to go up and ask. We never had any issues. Although, we didn't do the special parties, but I'm sure you'd be fine. You could call GKTW and see if they've heard any experiences where guest had issues.
     

    mliberman

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    Mar 24, 2018
    Hi all, I was pretty sure I had a DIS board name before but can't remember it etc. Our child just got official approval for a wish trip through Dream Factory, we got soft approval in December but were just assigned our wish coordinator. Our daughters biggest wish is to eat dinner with the princesses. I managed to snag a meal at Akershus for breakfast but know she'd really like CRT. Our coordinator said that she put us on a list at GKTW were we're at the told of the cancellation list, I was just curious how frequently this pans out to actually getting a reservation. I'm kind of scanning for cancellations but haven't seen any myself. Her trip is the second week in May.

    Thanks!
     

    mkb3

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    Mar 9, 2017
    Hi all, I was pretty sure I had a DIS board name before but can't remember it etc. Our child just got official approval for a wish trip through Dream Factory, we got soft approval in December but were just assigned our wish coordinator. Our daughters biggest wish is to eat dinner with the princesses. I managed to snag a meal at Akershus for breakfast but know she'd really like CRT. Our coordinator said that she put us on a list at GKTW were we're at the told of the cancellation list, I was just curious how frequently this pans out to actually getting a reservation. I'm kind of scanning for cancellations but haven't seen any myself. Her trip is the second week in May.

    Thanks!
    We were just assigned a coordinator this week too. Excited the wheels are in motion! I haven’t been since last year but Touring Plans had/has a reservation finder that we used and we got all the ADRs we wanted with that. Another family we know went on their Wish trip in November and while wearing their shirts rheu were “worked into” the restaurants they wanted.
     

    mliberman

    Earning My Ears
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    Mar 24, 2018
    We were just assigned a coordinator this week too. Excited the wheels are in motion! I haven’t been since last year but Touring Plans had/has a reservation finder that we used and we got all the ADRs we wanted with that. Another family we know went on their Wish trip in November and while wearing their shirts rheu were “worked into” the restaurants they wanted.
    This is good to know. I think that's ultimately our plan. Our coordinator apparently is friends with cast members and she's got a huge surprise party planned for her and is greasing wheels to see if her friend is a cast member at the Orlando location when we go. But since it was one of her big wishes I wanted to make sure we make it happen.
     
  • redberyl

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    Apr 25, 2014
    Hi all, I was pretty sure I had a DIS board name before but can't remember it etc. Our child just got official approval for a wish trip through Dream Factory, we got soft approval in December but were just assigned our wish coordinator. Our daughters biggest wish is to eat dinner with the princesses. I managed to snag a meal at Akershus for breakfast but know she'd really like CRT. Our coordinator said that she put us on a list at GKTW were we're at the told of the cancellation list, I was just curious how frequently this pans out to actually getting a reservation. I'm kind of scanning for cancellations but haven't seen any myself. Her trip is the second week in May.

    Thanks!
    We've eaten at both CRT and Akershus, and Akershus is by far the better experience. CRT was really a let down. Reservations tend to open up most often the week before you go. For our wish trip we couldn't get reservations for be our guest; there was a cancellation the day before and we were able to get in.we weren't on a cancellation list at gktw (didn't think to ask), we found it on our own constantly checking the web site. our second trip we wanted akershus and couldn't get it, but several spots opened up a few days before our trip and we got in. then our last trip we wanted to eat at the bon voyage breakfast and couldn't get in, but a reservation opened up about a week before. so it seems people do cancel reservations fairly often, so keep checking especially once your trip gets close!
     

    nesser1981

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    Our Wish coordinator called and set everything up for us with CRT, but we also went in Feb/Mar so it wasn’t as busy. You could try calling the Disney reservation line or GKTW and see what they say as well. Our daughter loved the princesses and that was her Wish, to meet the princesses. The food was just ok.

    Hi all, I was pretty sure I had a DIS board name before but can't remember it etc. Our child just got official approval for a wish trip through Dream Factory, we got soft approval in December but were just assigned our wish coordinator. Our daughters biggest wish is to eat dinner with the princesses. I managed to snag a meal at Akershus for breakfast but know she'd really like CRT. Our coordinator said that she put us on a list at GKTW were we're at the told of the cancellation list, I was just curious how frequently this pans out to actually getting a reservation. I'm kind of scanning for cancellations but haven't seen any myself. Her trip is the second week in May.

    Thanks!
     
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    NH-to-FL

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    This is good to know. I think that's ultimately our plan. Our coordinator apparently is friends with cast members and she's got a huge surprise party planned for her and is greasing wheels to see if her friend is a cast member at the Orlando location when we go. But since it was one of her big wishes I wanted to make sure we make it happen.
    Wishing you a pixiedust: trip! Make sure you also leave time to explore all that GKTW has to offer. It is a special place.

    Our Wish coordinator called and set everything up for us with CRT, but we also went in Feb/Mar so it wasn’t as busy. You could try calling the Disney reservation line or GKTW and see what they say as well. Our daughter loved the princesses and that was her Wisg, to meet the princesses. The food was just ok.
    I second the idea of talking with GKTW. I have heard of many magical things that they have been able to arrange.
     

    mkb3

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    Mar 9, 2017
    Met our wish granters Sunday and it's happening!!! My daughter is excited and overwhelmed at the same time. 90% of the time it's Disney, but since she only gets one Wish she gets anxious wanting to make sure she chooses correctly. Poor kid is just like me when making decisions. I just tell her we want what she does, but her other wish (Aulani) while is expensive can be bought for with some planning and saving from Mom and Dad, but Give Kids the World and the Genie Pass is something we can't buy. Her granters said this is normal with a lot of kids and they saw her excitement for Disney and feel that is the right choice.
     
  • NH-to-FL

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    Met our wish granters Sunday and it's happening!!! My daughter is excited and overwhelmed at the same time. 90% of the time it's Disney, but since she only gets one Wish she gets anxious wanting to make sure she chooses correctly. Poor kid is just like me when making decisions. I just tell her we want what she does, but her other wish (Aulani) while is expensive can be bought for with some planning and saving from Mom and Dad, but Give Kids the World and the Genie Pass is something we can't buy. Her granters said this is normal with a lot of kids and they saw her excitement for Disney and feel that is the right choice.
    I don't think you can go wrong with a visit to GKTW. My wife and I volunteer there and it is truly a special place.
    Wishing your daughter a pixiedust: visit, no matter where she choses.
     

    letstalkboutdisney

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    Mar 30, 2008
    Hi
    I'm a nurse on Friday I recommend my patient for maw. I received a call that day. The person said they would call my patients mom on Monday and contact her doc on Monday. Mom hasn't heard from them yet. My question is how long should I wait before I email them? How long does the process usually take?
    Thank you!
     

    nesser1981

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    Sep 10, 2011
    I think we called someone, whoever we were referred to, just to make contact once the referral was started.

    The whole processes for my daughter took about 6 months from start to finish to get everything started, approved and take the trip.

    It also depends on how busy that Wish chapter is too.
     

    letstalkboutdisney

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    Mar 30, 2008
    I think we called someone, whoever we were referred to, just to make contact once the referral was started.

    The whole processes for my daughter took about 6 months from start to finish to get everything started, approved and take the trip.

    It also depends on how busy that Wish chapter is too.


    Thank you! It's been just over two weeks since they called the first time. I guess I will give it a couple of more weeks before I email or try and call them.
     

    PrincessTeacher

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    Aug 19, 2017
    Does anyone know if the Genie Pass works during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party since fast passes aren't used?
    Yes! The genie pass can be used! We were on our wish trip in September of 2017 and we bought passes to Mickey’s Halloween party, and we used the genie pass the whole night, plus you get the extra half day at Disney without using up one of your days!!
     

    hailmarypoppins

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    May 18, 2018
    We are having our wish reveal TOMORROW!! I am soooo excited. It's kind of been a whirl wind. We applied in April and like a week later the Magic Moments coordinator called me and said they wanted to do the wish reveal this weekend! We got the paperwork on Thursday and picked our three dates and mailed it back today. Now we are just waiting to find out when we will actually be going.

    DD is 4 years old and is one of 25 kids in the world with Smith Kingsmore Syndrome.

    DS is 6.

    Neither know what is going to happen tomorrow.

    It's been so hard to keep it a secret!!!
     

    mkb3

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    Mar 9, 2017
    How did the reveal go?

    Saturday we attended Wish Night in Dallas and had a blast. At the event they did a reveal for a little girl and it was awesome!!
     

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