Best Unplanned, Unexpected, Didn't Pay For, No One Told You About, Experience you have had within the World.

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Best Unplanned, Unexpected, Didn't Pay For, No One Told You About, Experience you have had within the World.

We have all had them, something special you experienced in a park, at a hotel, in the waterpark, golf course. That something that lives in your memory, is shared with family or friends and was completely unexpected. They make you smile just remembering them. And they also may be the reason we get annual passes or join the DVC.

Mine was experienced with my wife, back in 2000. We were living in central Florida and we took an afternoon off to go to Epcot. Strolling past the Odyssey, we say a small sign that said "wine tasting". This is when they had an auditorium. For free we sat down with 4 wines in front of us, a sommelier came on stage, introduced himself and went on to explain that Disney was working on something called an Epcot wine festival. This was a tasting of Washington State reds. They solicited our thoughts, explained the grapes, viniculture, wine makers. 45 mins later we could not have been more please with the experience. Apparently so did a lot of other people because as you know, this is not a little thing called the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Heard of it?

Great to hear your stories.

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January 2018 we had the most unexpectedly awesome first day of our trip. We went to Magic Kingdom, but instead of rushing in for rope drop like we normally do, we showed up at a leisurely pace. It had been on my bucket list to ride a Main Street Vehicle, so my 4 year old daughter and I watched the Trolley Show as my husband found a cast member to ask about them. They weren't running anymore, but the cast member went and talked to someone and they brought the fire truck out just for us. Because we left our stroller up at the front of the park, we took a round trip to Cinderella's Castle and back and my daughter waved at everyone we passed like she thought we were in a parade. The Main Street Fire Chief hopped on and rode with us towards the end and showed her how to ring the bell and sound the alarm. Once we were done, we went back to Pirates League and my daughter got the mermaid makeover which she loved, then we went to Plaza Inn for lunch where she was selected as the honorary Mayor of Main Street for the day. She was absolutely beaming as the restaurant applauded her and the Fire Chief presented her with her ribbon and golden FastPass and posed for pictures with her. Our first couple of hours at the Magic Kingdom that trip without going on any attractions. It was super unexpected and super magical and soooooo relaxing.

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That's perfect and the kind of stuff that makes Disney special.

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2009, our first DVC trip and my husband's first trip to WDW with me. While we were eating dinner on our departure day we learned that our flight was canceled and rescheduled for almost 24 hours later. We were not prepared for that in any fashion. As I got on the phone and tried to figure things out our waitress realized that there was a problem and my husband filled her in on what all was happening. The rescheduling and finding a hotel room we could afford was not going well at all. We ate our meal and asked if we could hang out at the table while we figured things out, she told us to take our time. She told the kitchen brigade and they felt horrible for us, the next thing I knew these was a massive assorted dessert tray complete with champagne on our table compliments of the kitchen, because "chocolate makes everything better." When we couldn't find a reasonable room on property for the night she brought the resort's Food & Beverage manager over to us to hear what was going on. He went to the reservations manager, and an hour and a half later they had arranged for us to have enough DVC points in our account for the only room available at the Resort that night. He also got in touch with the airline people to try and get our luggage back for us because we had pre-checked it that morning (sadly it had gone home ahead of us). AND - arranged for another day worth a DDP credits that we could use. Talk about above and beyond! That was the day my husband became as in love with Walt Disney World as I was.

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Kristen K. wrote:
2009, our first DVC trip and my husband's first trip to WDW with me. While we were eating dinner on our departure day we learned that our was canceled and rescheduled for almost 24 hours later. We were not prepared for that in any fashion. As I got on the phone and tried to figure things out our waitress realized that there was a problem and my husband filled her in on what all was happening. The rescheduling and finding a hotel room we could afford was not going well at all. We ate our meal and asked if we could hang out at the table while we figured things out, she told us to take our time. She told the kitchen brigade and they felt horrible for us, the next thing I knew these was a massive assorted dessert tray complete with champagne on our table compliments of the kitchen, because "chocolate makes everything better." When we couldn't find a reasonable room on property for the night she brought the resort's Food & Beverage manager over to us to hear what was going on. He went to the reservations manager, and an hour and a half later they had arranged for us to have enough DVC points in our account for the only room available at the Resort that night. He also got in touch with the airline people to try and get our luggage back for us because we had pre-checked it that morning (sadly it had gone home ahead of us). AND - arranged for another day worth a DDP credits that we could use. Talk about above and beyond! That was the day my husband became as in love with Walt Disney World as I was.

WOW. That is an incredible story and some awesome Disney magic right there.

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Allie wrote:

WOW. That is an incredible story and some awesome Disney magic right there.

Right? That's just one of the many reasons that I am perfectly happy staying at Saratoga Springs. I've never had a bad experience there, and the customer service is always top notch for us.

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I was having dinner at Trattorio Al Forno in November 2017. I asked for my check. The waiter walked away and when he came back I went to hand him my Tables in Wonderland card. He said it's all set. Someone paid for my dinner. I was very surprised. I figured it was someone who had extra dining credits to use up. I had originally planned on dinner at Shula's that night but canceled my reservation the day before. I checked for dinner openings that afternoon.

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Last year for my birthday, my mom had come to spend some time with me. We were at DAK rushing to get to the standby line for Rivers of Light and we had walked past a VIP tour guide that I knew, I had said hi to him and planned on to continue get to the standby line. To my surprise, he had talked to the dining or the fastpast cast members and he had gotten us seats in the reserved area for River of Lights. It was also my birthday as well.

A few summers ago when I was still at Trolley Car, I had bonded with a young man that is a performer with Disney. Every time he had a shift at Studios, he would come in to get something. I had set up VIP seating with a meet and greet at Festival of the Lion King for a friend and I, because my friends favorite movie is Lion King. We had gotten front row in the lion section and out came my friend from Studios. It was a great week for me.