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If a dream is a
wish your heart makes, then your heart has been wishing for this edition of
the Insider. In this edition we cover the Year of a Million Dreams so far
and the announcement made at the beginning of this month to extend the
“Year” through 2008. From Limited edition Mickey Ears to a night in
Cinderella Castle, this month we are showcasing all the ways the Disney
Dreams Giveaway and the Year of A Million Dreams has touched INTERCOTees.
Let’s take a look!
Million More Dreams to Come
The Walt Disney
World and Disneyland resorts have decided to continue the current "Year of a
Million Dreams" promotion. The promotion originally set to end December 31,
2007 will now continue through December 31, 2008. The Walt Disney World
resort has announced "new parades and the exciting new attraction, Toy Story
Mania" to debut during the extended promotion, the Disneyland resort has yet
to announce how it will continue the promotion.
INTERCOTees’ Dreams Come True
On October 1,
2006 the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts began to grant a grand
total of 1,250,000 Dreams through the Disney Dreams Giveaway as part of the
Year of a Million Dreams. Each day a minimum of a 1,551 Dreams are granted
across the theme parks, water parks and retail districts of the Disneyland
and Walt Disney World resorts. Between property opening and 5:00 pm local
time, “Dream Squads” descend upon the resorts and randomly grant Dreams to
unsuspecting guests. Some of these lucky Guests have even been INTERCOTees.
Let’s take a
quick look at some of these INTERCOTees’ stories of their “Dream-Come-True”
- We had a
couple of cool experiences with the Million Dreams promotion. Our second
day, we were at MGM and went on Star Tours in the morning. Once we sat
down, they came in and told us we had won Dream Fastpasses. Basically,
it was a lanyard with one fastpass to 6 major rides/shows at MGM, good
for that day. Of course, we used them up. Then, on our last day, we
went on the Dumbo ride at MK and got a Dream Fastpass for MK good for 9
- My Dear
Husband won a set of the Dream Mickey Ears after exiting Mission: Space.
They're certainly different- the cap part is blue with white clouds and
has the "Year of a Million Dreams" emblem on the front, and says, "Live
Your Dream" on the back, the ears are silver. --BrownEyedGrrl
- We won
Dream Fastpasses at Disneyland. Goofy was handing them out on the
pathway that goes behind Thunder Mountain. This was early on a weekday
morning, and traffic was light in the area. There were three Dream Team
members along with Goofy; they must have had at least 100 passes to hand
out. They gave them to anyone who walked up and asked for one. You
couldn't pick up a pass for anyone else, though; the Cast Members had to
see each person in your party. --Noah's Helper
- My 6 year
old had a dream come true while at the Magic Kingdom from the Dream
Team! She was riding the Carousel with my Mother in Law and when the
ride ended a woman in a blue vest asked them to come with her over by
the Tinkerbell store and there were 6 Disney representatives that were
dressed in regular business attire and announced that as part of the
Million Dreams give away she had won a $ 500 shopping spree at the
Emporium on Main street. After lunch we met a Dream Squad member in
front of the store and they had 10 ladies from the store with baskets in
hand to help my daughter shop. I have never seen her sooo excited. The
touching thing was that she shared the experience with her 4 year old
sister and they both went crazy in the store. It was a wonderful
experience for them both. --disneyw/kids
- We walked
into One Man's Dream and were given wrist bands for an Extra Special
Magic hour at Disney-MGM Studios from 8-9:30 pm that night!!! The park
closed at 8, we were to report to the Indiana Jones theatre for further
instructions....Herbie, leader of the Dream Squad treated us to a
concert by Mulch Sweat and Shears.....they were great!!!! Mickey and
Minnie stopped by to start our Extra EMH and it was limited to the
people in the theatre -- I'd say maybe 2000 peeps total......the park
was totally ours!!! We left at 9:30 and the park was EMPTY!!!! --mudpuppysmom
- We were in
the Haunted Mansion and there were 3 or 4 Cast Members on the ride with
us. After the spiel ended one of the Cast Member’s told us to hold it,
that as part of the Million Dream celebration, we had been chosen to
receive something. Then they gave everyone a Million Dream lanyard, it
was silver with light blue lettering and had two pins on it one with
Mickey and Minnie and one with Donald and Goofy, it said "When My Dreams
Come True, The Year of a million Dreams, Walt Disney World”, it was so
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Night in Cinderella Castle with Ian
INTERCOT’s own Ian
won an ultimate Dream-Come-True as he and his family was granted a Night in
Cinderella Castle. The following is a brief account of his story:
Clan in the CASLTE!--
All this resulted
in my being in the fourth seat on our Everest train when it pulled back into
the station. I immediately saw the Dream Team there and noticed they were
looking right at me. I thought maybe we had won dream fastpasses, but I
wasn't sure because they didn't seem focused on anyone else ... just me.
When I got off the
woman introduced herself and said, "I'd like you to meet Paul from our Dream
Team. He has some exciting news for you ... "
So he says to us,
"Is this your whole party?" and we're like no ... our kids and our friend
are down by the monkeys. He's like, "Well let's go get them! You may have
won a prize!"
So we had to walk
allllllllllll the way down to get the kids and then allllllllllll the way
back to the ride. So there's like four of them there and they pull out this
DVD player ... let's see what you've won!
So they turn it on
and ... it breaks. It's skipping and jumping around and we're like what the
heck did we win??? Finally it comes up and says, "A Stay "
And it freezes
again and we're like a stay where?? I thought maybe we had won a free trip
or a resort upgrade or something. After about 10 seconds it comes up, "In
Cinderella's Castle!!" and we're like
After a day of special activities it was
time to actually go see the suite!
They walk us up under the Castle and to
the "Magic Door" that takes us up to the room. Our guide knocks on the door
and another CM answers and lets us into the entry way. There we board the
"autoMagic" elevator up to the suite lobby.
The lobby is gorgeous! There's all these panels from Cinderella around the
ceiling and a glass display case with a pumpkin and Cindy's crown and glass
It's so plush and
fancy it's just crazy. I could spend a year in the bathroom alone. It has
this great shower stall and a HUGE whirlpool tub that has a star field above
it. The tub also has lights in it that change color, so you get this great
atmosphere lighting under the water. There are these beautiful, one of a
kind mosaics all around the tub and it has one of those cool waterfall
faucets to fill with.
The sink area has two of these bronze, deep basin sinks and these
old-fashioned faucets. You get special bathrobes to wear, monogrammed with
Cindy's "C" logo and all the bath towels also have her logo on them.
In the main room there is a writing desk that has all these great
knick-knacks in it (like little slippers and crowns and stuff) and then the
two queen-sized beds with Cindy's logo above them. Next to the one bed is a
big stained glass window and there's a HUGE portrait of Cinderella above the
faux fireplace that actually morphs into a big plasma T.V. when you push the
Off the bedroom is the parlor that has two really big stained glass windows
(one looks out over Fantasyland and one looks up into Liberty Square) and
another plasma T.V. In this room is a fridge stocked with drinks and two DVD
players (one for the bedroom and one for the parlor). There's a big "royal"
looking sofa and a little futon. In a case by the one window is a telescope
that you can use to look out the windows. Although honestly it didn't work
very well at all because of the stained glass.
At 5:45, they came up and took us down to
Cinderella’s Royal Table for dinner, which was fun. After dinner, we
went out into the parks to hit some rides. Our VIP guide said he'd take us
right to the front of all the lines, no waiting, so we took full advantage!
By 11:30 we headed back to the suite for the night.
It was really an
amazing experience ... one we definitely did not think we'd ever have!
We keep walking around pinching ourselves ... Was that real???
Ian’s Full Story
That wraps up our
recap of the Year of a Million Dreams so far. We’ll have another special
issue in a few months to cover the kick–off the second phase of the Year of
a Million Dreams. In the meantime look to the Insider for great vacation
planning tips and our monthly articles. See ya real soon!
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