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    Default Have you ever recieved a complimentary upgrade when checking?

    I am curious. My last two trips to Vegas I recieved upgrades for no apparent reason....not a big gambler, don't spend thousands on shopping or dining, etc. Has this ever happened to you at Disney? Have you ever been upgraded from Value to Mid or Deluxe?

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    Nope. I've heard of it occasionally happening when they are overbooked, or trying to promote DVC, but it seems pretty rare. In Vegas and cruise ships they upgrade people in hopes you'll enjoy the "high life" and book that next time instead.
    Chris, aka Strmchsr
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    Last May we got upgraded at AKL from a standard room to Savannah room in the Arusha Rock area!! It was incredible and unexpected!! My DD (then 8) was in tears when the CM told her she had a great smile and that he gave us a Savannah view!! This was our 3rd stay at AKL and the 1st time we were upgraded.

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    We've been upgraded several times (not resorts, but room upgardes). At AKL we've been upgraded to Savannah rooms 4 times. At Contemporary we were upgraded to a tower room.
    Too many trips to keep track of now! Vacation WDW twice a year so any questions ask freely ☺️

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    We were upgraded at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort last Nov. It was our first visit there, we'd booked a studio with a pin code, and I was floored when they told me we'd been upgraded to a 2 bedroom villa!! We were only paying $66 a night! It was right by the pool, food, gift shop and recreation counter too.

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    My co-workers were upgraded from Pop to Beach Club water view about 2 weeks before their departure date. It was right after Xmas so i'm assuming that they overbooked Pop. It was their first trip to WDW and definitely spoiled them to the point they never want to go back without staying deluxe. haha!
    -Stacey

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    "To all who come to this happy place, welcome." -Walter Elias Disney

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    Three years ago, myself and my two travel companions got upgraded at Saratoga Springs Resort from a Studio to a One-Bedroom Suite for free at check-in. It was a delicious week at Disney...this really added to our trip.

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    never been upgraded to another resort, but we have had view upgrades at the AKL and a tower upgrade at the CR.
    There's a great big beautiful tomorrow
    CR 74, 7, 11 Offsite 79,80,98,00,8 (2) Sports 94 DD 02 AKL 05, 08 AKLV 8 WL 6, 10 POP 07, 13 Movies 08 CBR 08 Swan 08 POFQ 08,11 CSR 08,13 FWC 09,13 Music 09 SSR-Tree 09 POR 10 12 Poly 10 (2) YC 10, BC 10, GF 10, AoA 13, OKW 13, Dream 11, next fwc 1/2014

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    We've never been upgraded to a different resort but, when we booked a garden view in the Club Level of The Beach Club, we were pleasantly surprised to find we had been upgraded to a water view. Nice.
    "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing...that it was all started by a mouse."
    Walt Disney

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    booked garden view Poly and got water/park view on the beach!
    Nov15-MVMCP; Mar12-Poly!; Dec11-MVMCP; Dec10-MVMCP; Oct10-CBR; May10-WL; Oct07-10k Race4Taste; Jul07; May07-5k Minnie; Jan07; Dec06-MVMCP; Oct06-ASM MNSSHP; Feb06-Poly!; Dec04; Nov02

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    A couple of years ago, we were upgraded from a standard view at POFQ to a water view. It was really nice, but I still will not pay to have the water view. We are just not in the room enough to pay the extra.
    But it was a really nice and unexpected plus!
    Lori Ann
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    Dixie Landings 11/96 (honeymoon)
    Dixie Landings/Cruise 12/2000
    CBR 11/2005
    Riverside - 9/2006,
    FQ - 11/2007, 9/2008, 9/2009
    CSR 5/2010, AKL 5/2010 (split stay)
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    CBR 05/2012
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    CSR 11/2012

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    At WL we were upgraded from a woods view to a courtyard view and didn't know it until we went into the room...nice surprise.

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    checking in a few years ago at the poly i was informed that they had overbooked all of the garden view rooms, so i was being upgraded to concierge for the length of my stay! i had to ask about 5 times if he was sure...he laughed and said of course! that was pretty awesome!

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    We've never received an upgrade at a Disney-run hotel, but last summer, we received an upgrade at the Swan from a standard view to a pool view. We could see the fireworks at the Studios from our room, which was fun.

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    no maybe next trip . . . . 5 days away!
    Many visits as child.
    2005 WL, AK
    2006 POLY, CR
    2007 WL
    2008 POFQ
    2009 CSR
    2010 POFQ

    *October 2011 POFQ

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    I was upgraded to a King suite with a park view at the Grand Californian at Disneyland once while travelling alone and we just got a call two weeks ago that our state room on the Disney Cruise we are taking in a few weeks has been upgraded from an ocean view room to a varandah room. So exciting...

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    A few years ago, my daughter and family and my husband and I stayed the first part of our trip at the AKL. We then went to the GF for the rest. We were upgraded to a concierge room, I think in Sugar Loaf! Talk about fantastic!

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    Yes, DH & I were upgraded from a regular room to a garden suite at the BW on our HM trip. There was a misunderstanding with our reservation which resulted in us being charged more then we should have been - they upgraded us to make up for it.

    I am sure being the end of Sept (value season before free DDP programs) and being on our HM helped but it wasn't one of those pure pixie dust type situations.
    ~ Christine

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    Yes, we were surprised with an upgrade to Sugarloaf club level at the Grand Floridian for our 50th anniversary. When we arrived the guard said there would be some one waiting for us at the entrance. We had never stayed there before and assumed this was normal. There was a castmember waiting for us with our package and she loaded us on a cart and off we went. We did not realize we were club level until we entered and saw where we were.
    They brought us champagne, glasses and roses.
    This turned out to be a magnificent trip and one we will never forget.
    1990-2000=20+
    2001 - Con
    2002 - Poly
    2003 - Con
    2004 - Poly
    2004 - Poly
    2005 - Poly
    2006 - Poly CL
    2007 - Poly CL
    2008 - Bdwlk Villas
    2008 - GF, Club Level
    2009 - Poly, CL
    2010 - Sept. BCV
    2011 - May BCV
    2011 - Nov. Poly
    2012 - May Beach Club Villas
    2012 - Sept Beach Club Villas

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    My family was upgraded for an entire 2 week stay at BC from a regular room, garden view, to concierge garden view. It was HEAVEN. DH and I didn't really care about the view so much as we really wanted a balcony and we got one that overlooked the valet area. We could watch the fireworks at both EPCOT and MK. It was the best vacation EVER.... it will be hard to top!
    Last Trip: April 2015 CBR
    Next Trip: Sept 2015 Boardwalk

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