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Posted: July 24, 2003 12:04 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Susan Strother Clarke of the Orlando Sentinel must be all ears, because she heard this juicy tidbit from Disney insiders:

Keep watching for "where magic lives" now being used in TV commercials, print ads, and park publicity to be replaced by the new theme "magical gatherings."

Warren was mum on the topic, but other company insiders say those words may replace the "where magic lives" tagline now used in ads. (Disney is big on magic; remember the "100 Years of Magic" campaign that began in 2001?)

So, what's a magical gathering? Most Disney vacations have included that unexpected Disney Magic that usually exceed Guests' expectations, but the key word in this new campaign is gathering. As in family reunion. Disney wants to increase attendance by encouraging more families to vacation at WDW with other families -- whether they are related or even the MouseFest-type gatherings popular on the internet.

Let's hope there will also be special rates for these magical gatherings!
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Posted: Aug. 06, 2003 11:45 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

It has been confirmed by Al Weiss that beginning in October 2003 a new 15 month celebration at WDW will be "Magical Gatherings" focusing on the magic of reconnecting with family and friends at Walt Disney World.

I'd bet this will be one of the things announced at the October media event.



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Posted: Aug. 08, 2003 8:29 am/pm Quote

Since late June, when I was trying for PS for our upcoming trip, whenever I tried to get PS for ANY WS restaurant after 3 PM on Oct 9, 2003, the CM told me "they are working on the template".  After about a month of trying for Rose and Crown and Chef de France, I expressed an inquiry as to what was so special about that date!  The CM said she had no idea, had never seen anything like this for the length of time I had been trying (especially since I was able to get PS for lunch on 10/9 and dinner 10/10) so she took it upon herself to plug in every restaurant in Epcot, both FW and WS, and everyone had that mysterious "working on the template" message!  Someplace, I heard that on 10/9 there was to be a big announcement in WDW.  I mentioned this and the CM said it could be possible but she hadn't heard anything.  Well, when the hours came out for Oct, Epcot close at 3 PM on 10/9, both FW and WS, with the whole part opening at 9 AM!  So, I am wondering, what is going on?  After spending alot of money calling for PS everyday, my inquiring mind needs to know :coolgrin:

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Posted: Aug. 08, 2003 12:40 am/pm Quote

I found this information earlier this morning:

The grand opening for Mission Space is being held during the International Press Event "Magical Gatherings", scheduled for October 8 through October 10, 2003. Over 3,400 VIP's from the national and international media will be there,
when the new 15 month celebration will be announced, Mission Space will be formally opened, and some other new attractions will be unveiled.

On October 9, 2003, Epcot will close at 3:00 pm.


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Posted: Aug. 08, 2003 1:51 am/pm Quote

This is true! I found out about this huge media & press event while I was at WDW in April when the media event at Disney's Animal Kingdom was going on during that park's anniversary on Earth Day.

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Posted: Aug. 08, 2003 7:07 am/pm Quote

I have a bit more information on the new "Grand Gatherings".  Disney has realized that there are more and more familes traveling to Disney World together.  They realize that not everyone has a group that needs 10 or more rooms but people are interested in something special for thier small group.   Begining November 24 you have a group of 8 or more guests but less than 10 rooms you can book some specail events.
Grand Gatherings will offer several semi-private functions that appeal to groups eager to experience a special type of Disney magic together. Functions include International Storybook Dinner at Epcot® with private fireworks viewing; Good Morning Gathering at the Magic Kingdom® that
includes breakfast and a VIP photo session with Mickey Mouse; Safari Celebration at Disney's Animal Kingdom® featuring a special safari experience and dinner with music and characters; and the Magical Fireworks Voyage offered seasonally in the Seven Seas Lagoon outside of the Magic
Kingdom®. (all is subject to change).


Are you thinking about having a family reunion?  Want to celebrate a special occasion with some family in friends?  Why not do it in Disney World!  I will be happy to help you plan all of the details :sorcerer:


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Posted: Aug. 08, 2003 7:10 am/pm Quote

Sounds like just the perfect thing for a Disney EchoEars Mouseke-Meet!
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I'm glad they're doing this for all the small groups it applies to -- and I also hope it makes Disney a ton of money.
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Thanks for the additional details, Coleen!
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So is it "Magical Gatherings" or "Grand Gatherings" or both?
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Posted: Aug. 08, 2003 7:23 am/pm Quote

Yes it will be great for a Mouseke-meet  :D
Seems like the name for the specail small group events is Grand Gatherings, while the new theme for the year is Magical Gatherings.  Either way a visit to Disney is both Grand and Magical.


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Posted: Aug. 11, 2003 12:53 am/pm Quote

A letter from Walt Disney World Resort President Al Weiss
August 4, 2003

To WDW Cast Members:

I'm thrilled to tell you that soon we'll publicly announce a new way for guests to experience the Walt Disney World Resort, and it's called Magical Gatherings. I wanted to tell you about it first, because I'm very excited about its potential to enchant our guests and drive our business.

Magical Gatherings is the theme we'll celebrate property-wide starting in October and continuing for 15 months. It will focus on the magic of reconnecting with family and friends, and it will help us tap into the most dynamic trend in travel—extending the family vacation beyond the immediate family.

More than ever before, people are choosing vacations that let them spend quality time with those they love. What better place to do that than here at the Walt Disney World Resort? We've been bringing people together for more than three decades, because we know that more is always merrier. But no matter what size the party is, everyone visiting us will have a Magical Gathering during this time frame.

When our guests travel in parties of eight or more and stay in a Walt Disney World resort, we'll give them the designation of Grand Gathering. For them, we'll offer an array of new products and services such as itinerary planning, a vacation-planning kit for larger parties and custom-designed experiences just for these gatherings, to name a few.

In addition to all this, we'll roll out Mission: SPACE at Epcot and Mickey's PhilharMagic at the Magic Kingdom Park as part of Magical Gatherings, as well as Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. At the Magic Kingdom Park, we'll debut a fireworks show called “Wishes.” There's much more to this event, and you'll learn all the details soon.

One element that sets Magical Gatherings apart is that, even at the end of the 15 months, the products and services we're developing for larger parties will live on as part of our everyday business. We'll make sure it's always fun and easy to vacation with loved ones at the Walt Disney World Resort.

I look forward to helping our guests celebrate the joy of families and friends coming together, and the power of their shared experiences. We know the Walt Disney World Resort is the most magical place on earth. Now with Magical Gatherings, it will be, quite simply, magic multiplied.

Al Weiss
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Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 9:09 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Disney has announced more details at the WDW press event this week as well as opening up a Magical Gatherings website about the new ways that "Magical Gatherings" can help family and friends come together at Walt Disney World.

Check out the preview of the Magical Gatherings Planner which gives you neat new tools on Disney.com including message boards and online chat.

There is also word about "Grand Gatherings," a version of Magical Gatherings designed for groups of 8. Walt Disney World specialists will help them with storybook dinners at Epcot, special meetings at the Magic Kingdom with the Disney Characters, a Safari Celebration Dinner at Disney's Animal Kingdom including special Character appearances and up-close animal experiences, plus a special Magical Fireworks Voyage cruise on Seven Seas Lagoon to see "Wishes" in a whole new way. The Disney planners also will help groups plan their itineraries -- including finding restaurants that can accommodate their gathering without having to eat at many separate tables.

Other exciting options are group souvenEARS, two-way radios and photographic memories of the group's Disney vacation.

More details can be found here on the Disney Echo!


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