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Old 07-23-2014, 10:11 PM   #796
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Wow! So nice to see these still running. We still think of our Wish Trip fondly as well as the return trip we make 18 months later. I can't answer any recent questions since our trip was over 7 yrs ago but it's nice to see people still asking and answering and writing trip reports.
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Old 07-24-2014, 01:14 AM   #797
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Wow! So nice to see these still running. We still think of our Wish Trip fondly as well as the return trip we make 18 months later. I can't answer any recent questions since our trip was over 7 yrs ago but it's nice to see people still asking and answering and writing trip reports.
AND it's SO nice to see YOU, my dear! How are the children? I will never forget them!

New folks - you need to read WendyGrace's trip report! Her kiddos are the sweetest - and Peter Pan is totally who pushed me into volunteering at GKTW.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:36 PM   #798
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Hello

Hello, all. I'm Sarah and I've started planning our not quite yet completely approved MAW trip, lol. I'm a planner and I don't deal well with, well, NOT planning. It's totally stressing me out that they told us we probably won't know for sure until a few weeks - WEEKS - before we go. My son's been approved for a Wish, but because of some interesting conflicts between our local MAW chapter's policies and GKTW policies, I'm not entirely sure what's going to happen. (Our local MAW requires wishes to be completed within a year of an organ transplant, but when the child is at least 2.5 years old; GKTW requires Wish kids to be 3. He won't be 3 until closer to Christmas, but DH can't get off work around Christmas... it's kind of a mess. His transplant was actually a year ago last week, but we requested to go in the fall because he gets dehydrated so easily.)

I started a pre-trip report and have already begun obsessive reading about what's changed since I was last at WDW in 2000.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:14 PM   #799
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Kids are well. Growing like weeds. Boy is 12, can you believe it? Never thought he'd still be with us. Both are dancing and he starts middle school here soon. Possible surgery coming up. Maybe. Well, in any case, we are seeing new surgeons next month to see if anything more can be done for him. He hopes so. Me, not so much. I hope all is well with you!

Sara, welcome and good luck with your wish trip!
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I am a new poster here. We have our MAW trip coming up in November. I will have to see what I need to do to start a pre-trip report. I just wanted to say thank you to wendygrace, I just read through your TR. Although I am sure things have changed a LOT since then, it was very helpful to get some idea of what to expect. I think that is the hardest thing for me, I am so detail oriented, that it's difficult just anticipating the unknown. So, thank you Wendy!
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:41 AM   #801
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Quick question, for those that have done their MAW trip during MVMCP or other special events requiring additional tickets, does GKTW provide said tickets or do you pay OOP?
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I have a question though. My parents are thinking about going with us (but not with us). They wouldn't be staying at GKTW or anything, but would be joining us in the park. If they do this, would they be able to get on the rides with us? I know we would have the MAW pass, so we would get easy access, but would they? Do we have to make arrangements with MAW before or is it taken care of at GKTW?
Great question! I am wondering the same thing. I just assumed that MAW would provide the extra buttons since the grandparents will be paying their own way.
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Great question! I am wondering the same thing. I just assumed that MAW would provide the extra buttons since the grandparents will be paying their own way.
We went on our wish trip last Sept. We had a provider staying w/ us, and my mom. They have to be on your pass (use to be called GAC), so ask your wish granting org. All of ours were listed when Gktw gave it to us. I didn't have to many CM's ask me, but a few wanted to see how many were listed.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:45 AM   #804
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Quick question, for those that have done their MAW trip during MVMCP or other special events requiring additional tickets, does GKTW provide said tickets or do you pay OOP?
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It is my understanding that Gktw does not provide the extra tickets. I know they didn't for MNSSHP last yr. Your wish granter may if you mention it!
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We probably won't know until early September unfortunately.

I have a question though. My parents are thinking about going with us (but not with us). They wouldn't be staying at GKTW or anything, but would be joining us in the park. If they do this, would they be able to get on the rides with us? I know we would have the MAW pass, so we would get easy access, but would they? Do we have to make arrangements with MAW before or is it taken care of at GKTW?
If the total amount of people staying in the villa is 7 or less, they will typically allow grandparents to stay w/ you! My mom did. It's usually left up to your WGO!! They would not get tickets free though
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:17 PM   #806
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It is my understanding that Gktw does not provide the extra tickets. I know they didn't for MNSSHP last yr. Your wish granter may if you mention it!
Thanks, Mindy! I feel that I've already made too many requests of my wish granter, so I am not sure how that would go over. (Maybe that's part of being paranoid when you're the parent of a child who's medically fragile.) I'm afraid that if I ask for any more, we'll lose what we were already promised. As far as I understand, MAW will give one additional experience plus the wish meet-and-greet, and that's it. We had requested CRT, but that wasn't available - even at 180 days out. So they offered Akershus with BBB thrown in. Anything else we want to do is left up to us to book. I just became aware of the MVMCP happening while we're there, so I am trying to rearrange our schedule so that it doesn't conflict with our park days. I am hoping that an opening becomes available for dinner at 1900 Park Fare that Friday, because our wish kid DD really wanted to see Cinderella, and now we won't be doing MK that day.
Our WGO does know about the grandparents coming down, and they did offer to accommodate them in the villa. Grandparents own a timeshare in Orlando, so they opted for that. Does MAW use the park's disability cards? I had read that when they changed GAC to DAS, WGO's were exempt from the new limitations. However, with all the recent changes, I am getting the feeling that Disney and MAW are not quite on the same page. I am hoping this isn't the case.
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Thanks, Mindy! I feel that I've already made too many requests of my wish granter, so I am not sure how that would go over. (Maybe that's part of being paranoid when you're the parent of a child who's medically fragile.) I'm afraid that if I ask for any more, we'll lose what we were already promised. As far as I understand, MAW will give one additional experience plus the wish meet-and-greet, and that's it. We had requested CRT, but that wasn't available - even at 180 days out. So they offered Akershus with BBB thrown in. Anything else we want to do is left up to us to book. I just became aware of the MVMCP happening while we're there, so I am trying to rearrange our schedule so that it doesn't conflict with our park days. I am hoping that an opening becomes available for dinner at 1900 Park Fare that Friday, because our wish kid DD really wanted to see Cinderella, and now we won't be doing MK that day.
Our WGO does know about the grandparents coming down, and they did offer to accommodate them in the villa. Grandparents own a timeshare in Orlando, so they opted for that. Does MAW use the park's disability cards? I had read that when they changed GAC to DAS, WGO's were exempt from the new limitations. However, with all the recent changes, I am getting the feeling that Disney and MAW are not quite on the same page. I am hoping this isn't the case.
Maybe you can call GKTW and see if they have any tickets. Or even Disney, maybe they can cut you a break! You would be surprised at the magic that can happen!! Or maybe use some of your expense check! We did not
Go through MAW, we went through The Special Wish Foundation.

I am being told the issues w/ GAC do not effect Wish families. GKTW gives you a lanyard with a card with the participants names, and number in party. I had a couple CM's request to see that. I would make sure grandparents are down as non complimentary and included as part of the wish party for the parks.

I have twins w/ autism, and both have epilepsy. They do not come out of there seizures w/out medical intervention. Last yr we went for Bailey. Bradley also qualifies, so we are heading to GKTW again Sept. 28! We are extending, and staying in Daytona on the beach.

Don't stress, you will have the time of your life! We could have stayed at GKTW the entire wk and been happy!!!! The place is pure magic!!!
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:02 PM   #808
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Hello, everybody! I'm so glad I found this forum! I just received a phone call yesterday from MAW letting us know that my 6 year old (Alana) has been approved for a wish! We are hoping to go to Disney World (she wants to be a princess for a day at Disney), and I'm interested in finding out about other families experiences with MAW, GKTW, and Disney. Also, knowing what to bring with us and how much money we will need would be helpful, because I've got no clue as far as what we will need and what will be provided.
We are SO excited for Alana's wish!
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Hello, everybody! I'm so glad I found this forum! I just received a phone call yesterday from MAW letting us know that my 6 year old (Alana) has been approved for a wish! We are hoping to go to Disney World (she wants to be a princess for a day at Disney), and I'm interested in finding out about other families experiences with MAW, GKTW, and Disney. Also, knowing what to bring with us and how much money we will need would be helpful, because I've got no clue as far as what we will need and what will be provided.
We are SO excited for Alana's wish!


First let me say,
You have def came to the right place!!! There are tons of wish trip reports to sift through, with just about anything you need to know!! If you can't find something, ask, everyone is really helpful and friendly!!


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Hello, everybody! I'm so glad I found this forum! I just received a phone call yesterday from MAW letting us know that my 6 year old (Alana) has been approved for a wish! We are hoping to go to Disney World (she wants to be a princess for a day at Disney), and I'm interested in finding out about other families experiences with MAW, GKTW, and Disney. Also, knowing what to bring with us and how much money we will need would be helpful, because I've got no clue as far as what we will need and what will be provided.
We are SO excited for Alana's wish!
Welcome, aRaegne!
Congratulations on Alana's wish! My daughter Cassie is also six and will be going on her MAW trip in November! Here is some information that I have found helpful:
1. GKTW actually handles most of the Disney wish trips. Your local MAW chapter will be able to add a few things to the trip, but GKTW has their own specific package that they give to all wish recipients. You will get one week's stay at the Village, 3 days park hopper passes to Disney, 2 days passes to Universal, and 1 day at Sea World. MAW will be sure that you get a "wish experience" (such as a meet+greet FP time, or a visit to BBB) and depending on your local chapter, they might add in something extra like a character breakfast.
2. You get to do your own planning. If you want extra character meals, you can make your own ADRs. (I would recommend choosing trip dates at least 6 months out, so that you can take advantage of that 180 day reservation time.) Your local MAW chapter will provide some expense funds, enough so that you can get at least a CS meal, snacks, and souvenirs for each family member each day. You can ask about what your exact allotment might be. Meals at the GKTW Village are free. MAW also handles all travel arrangements and expenses.
3. You will get a "magic button" from GKTW that will help you get priority access to some attractions (does not apply to character meets or food places at Disney). I do not think that you will be able to take advantage of the FP+ system or be able to pre-book attractions at this time. (You receive your special passes from GKTW at orientation, and FP selections have to be linked to the park tickets. So no pre-planning there.)
3. Talk with your MAW Wish Granting Volunteers. They may have experience with either helping on past wishes, volunteering at MAW or GKTW, or might even have spent time as Disney CMs! They are your liaisons to MAW. Talk to them about your wish and see what kinds of special things they might be able to make happen. You never know with MAW, they like doing special surprises!
4. Take the time to enjoy it! This is a process, and yes, at times it can be stressful. For me, the hardest thing is not micromanaging every little detail. (I think that's just part of being a parent to a child with a terminal illness, I over think everything!) The trip is intended to be a vacation away from the medical worries. Although you might not get everything on your wish list, MAW and GKTW will make your experience special! Do what you can and just remember that Alana is going to enjoy this immensely regardless of what you end up doing or not doing on your trip.
I wish you all the best. If you would like to talk or have any other questions, feel free to contact me. Here are links to a couple of great GKTW brochures that are full of information!
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