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Old 03-02-2014, 07:00 AM   #691
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Hey I was wondering what is the process for Make a Wish? I went to the website and filled out the inquiry/referral form. I then got an e-mail with an attachment to fill out (about DD, our numbers, doctor information) I did that and mailed it in---now we are just waiting.

Would a phone call be next? Or something in the mail?

Also, what is the rough time estimate for the entire process, does it vary by state?

Thank you so much.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:06 PM   #692
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Anyone going for Star Wars?

So looks like our dates are final! Well I think. I am so confused! We think we are going May 16-22. Will anyone else be there?

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Old 03-05-2014, 06:18 PM   #693
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We will be there for a few overlapping days 12 till 18 I think...
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:20 PM   #694
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Passes for activities during extended stay

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Wow that's a lot. We are intetested in the lego land, gator land, and boogie boat rides. I wonder if we can use those on our extended stay..
We'll be staying at GKTW in 2 1/2 weeks! We are also extending our trip a few days. We asked if the discounted rate for Medieval Times would be available to us during our extension. They said that for the smaller attractions, their discounts can only be used during the actual stay at GKTW. For the large parks, your passes are good for 14 days so you can use them during your extension but won't have the GKTW button for fast access. You should probably be able to get the pass from the parks (I can't remember what it is called) that will make it so you don't have to wait in lines.

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Old 03-09-2014, 12:28 PM   #695
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Does GKTW give passes to other attractions besides DW, Universal Studios and Sea World?
They have a big list of other attractions. We're getting a nice discount to Medieval Times. Make sure to read through the Village Guide on the GKTW families page to find out about the other attractions. We were told that the passes to the smaller attractions must be used on one of the days that you're a guest at GKTW. We decided to do the Medieval Times on the evening that we check out of GKTW.

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Old 03-10-2014, 11:56 PM   #696
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We will be there for a few overlapping days 12 till 18 I think...

I love the "I think" that's how I feel about our dates!! Hope to meet you guys. Do you know how it works on your check out day? I just realized we will "miss" Christmas b/c we check out that day. I saw that you can still hang out the day of checkout you just have to vacate your villa... We haven't even met our wish maker so I'm really dazed and confused!
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:11 AM   #697
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I love the "I think" that's how I feel about our dates!! Hope to meet you guys. Do you know how it works on your check out day? I just realized we will "miss" Christmas b/c we check out that day. I saw that you can still hang out the day of checkout you just have to vacate your villa... We haven't even met our wish maker so I'm really dazed and confused!
Since we're going in a few weeks, I know that on your check out day, you have to check out by 11:00 but don't have to leave GKTW. We're extending our trip at our own expense for a few days so we wanted to know if we could still do anything at GKTW since we can't check into our condo till 4:00.

Here's what the person at GKTW, told me: "Check-out from the villa needs to be by 11:00 a.m. but you can stay at the Village for as long as you want. You can also come back to the Village to visit during your extended stay. It’s really very simple. Just come to the Village and sign in at the House of Hearts as a Welcome Back Family. You can enjoy ice cream, use any of the facilities and participate in any activities that are going on while you are here. You can enjoy one meal on us each year and additional meals can be purchased for only $5.00 per person per meal."

How do you have a wish in process but haven't met your wish granter? Our kids' wish granters came to our house to talk to the kids about what their wishes were.

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Old 03-11-2014, 12:18 AM   #698
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Hey I was wondering what is the process for Make a Wish? I went to the website and filled out the inquiry/referral form. I then got an e-mail with an attachment to fill out (about DD, our numbers, doctor information) I did that and mailed it in---now we are just waiting.

Would a phone call be next? Or something in the mail?

Also, what is the rough time estimate for the entire process, does it vary by state?

Thank you so much.
We received letters in the mail saying the kids had been approved for wishes. Then, the wish granters came to the house to talk to the kids about their wishes. They had them come up with a wish for each category of "I wish to go...", "I wish to see...", "I wish to have..." and "I wish to be..." Then, they picked first and second choices from those. Then, they take the wishes back to determine if the wish is possible. They'll let you know when it is approved and check with you about dates, etc. With our daughter's wish, the process started in October and we'll be going to GKTW and doing all of the Orlando stuff in just a few weeks. With our son, his wish involves international travel and coordination with the Manchester United soccer team so it is taking a lot longer to get everything pulled together.

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Old 03-11-2014, 12:32 AM   #699
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How do you have a wish in process but haven't met your wish granter? Our kids' wish granters came to our house to talk to the kids about what their wishes were.

Laura

Crazy huh?!? So she had wish granters last year and then had some really rough times so she didn't do all the paperwork and meet with the wish granters until months later. Well over the summer her primary wish granter moved but she said she was still her wish granter. Then we put in her true wish. Didn't hear boo for almost two months, email wish granter, nada, THEN we get a call from MAW saying they had a change in policy and could no longer keep her in an inactive state and we would have to reapply!! I picked up the phone and said what do you mean, blah blah blah, turns out wish maker never put in for the wish and since she moved I guess who knows I have no clue just that our daughter was really heart broken. So we had to fill out all the paperwork again. This time the lady that made the inactive call sent the paperwork which we emailed back and everything other then the wish video has been done via email. Even confirmed our dates via email. A few phone calls have taken place but that's it thus my confusion Don't get me wrong the MAW employee has been really nice about everything and has been trying but from what I've always heard your wish granters make a big difference. So sorry to go one for so long!!!

Can't wait to hear about your trip!
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:27 PM   #700
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We received letters in the mail saying the kids had been approved for wishes. Then, the wish granters came to the house to talk to the kids about their wishes. They had them come up with a wish for each category of "I wish to go...", "I wish to see...", "I wish to have..." and "I wish to be..." Then, they picked first and second choices from those. Then, they take the wishes back to determine if the wish is possible. They'll let you know when it is approved and check with you about dates, etc. With our daughter's wish, the process started in October and we'll be going to GKTW and doing all of the Orlando stuff in just a few weeks. With our son, his wish involves international travel and coordination with the Manchester United soccer team so it is taking a lot longer to get everything pulled together.

Laura
Thank you for posting this. I feel like it provided me the opportunity to prepare Sophie a little more for her 'interview'. We discussed each category with lots of choices so hopefully she'll feel like she's really thought it through.

FWIW, she has told me that she wishes to HAVE a laptop. She wishes to BE a 'youtuber' (what she calls the people that make and post videos on youtube). She wishes to GO to WDW and she wishes to SEE GKTW. She says going to WDW is still her top choice.
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:56 PM   #701
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. . . We're extending our trip at our own expense for a few days so we wanted to know if we could still do anything at GKTW since we can't check into our condo till 4:00 . . .

As a volunteer coordinator for GKTW . . .
1) Even after check-out, you can remain within the "village" for the full date.
2) You are able to take advantage of all the acitivites and food.
3) Once you stay, you are an alumnus.
4) All alumni are inivited back ANYTIME for full-day, half-day, or hourly visits. *

NOTE: Guests are are not Allowed to stay in the village more than one trip.
However, you are allowed to visit anytime you are in Orlando. Just check-in
at the hospitality building to get an ID so you can get food, etc. The cashiers
need a room key in order to process the order, even though there is no payment.
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:02 PM   #702
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As a volunteer coordinator for GKTW . . .
1) Even after check-out, you can remain within the "village" for the full date.
2) You are able to take advantage of all the acitivites and food.
3) Once you stay, you are an alumnus.
4) All alumni are inivited back ANYTIME for full-day, half-day, or hourly visits. *

NOTE: Guests are are not Allowed to stay in the village more than one trip.
However, you are allowed to visit anytime you are in Orlando. Just check-in
at the hospitality building to get an ID so you can get food, etc. The cashiers
need a room key in order to process the order, even though there is no payment.
That must be an amazing experience! If Sophie's wish to go to WDW is granted, she'll be thrilled bc she's just as excited to see GKTW as she is to go to WDW! The child life specialist at the clinic spoke highly of GKTW and everything I've read makes it sound therapeutic for the whole family. She really does hope to stay there. I understand there are occasions when they are full.
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:30 PM   #703
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Make a Wish and our wish grantors are coming to our house tomorrow night for Reese to officially make her wish. I am very excited
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:41 AM   #704
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Anxious Momma!

Hi Everyone. IM Tabby a mom to 2. Our daughter Bella who is 4 is recieving a make a wish trip. We go April 12-22nd, 2014. I have been looking at everything i can to get us ready! My big thing is for those who drove to thier wish what helped? Also how did you fit everything in?? I dont know how to do everything that she and her brother want with out fear of them both being overly tired! lol We are driving from PA - Give kid the world village in Florida. Also.. what did you find were the best things to carry with you in your purse or backpack for the park? Sorry so many questions.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:30 AM   #705
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Hello,
My family just got back on our wish trip. We were there 2/14 to 2/21 and we stayed at GKTW. That place was amazing. The only water park they gave comp tickets per their guide is aquatica and wet and wild. If you plan to do the dinner shows make sure you reserve those the day you arrive because some requires a couple days notice. There are so many things to do and see so plan your time wisely. Make sure you spend some time at the village and do their activities.. the halloween party is a must as a lot of universal characters are there for you to meet and greet and get authographs for those characters you missed at the parks. For character greetings at the park, make sure the cast members see you so that you dont have to wait in line to get autograph and photo taken.
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