1. I have only seen families with 2 or more kids with DreamFastpasses...and in most cases it was a family group of over 5 members.
2. The DreamFastpasses are mostly handed out within the first 2 hours of park opening.
3. 98% of the families with DreamFastpasses had 2 or more of the members wearing Disney Paraphenelia.
I agree with getting prizes as you walk in the park when they scan tickets...it just seems more fair because a machine is never biast and does not know to whom it gives prizes too. Giving the gift-giving power to a person is not the smartest thing to do. Humans in general are fical and easily persuaded.
Now, I have recieved the Tinker Bell Year of a million dreams starter pin. But get this...my brother was walking with one of my daughters a little further in front than me, when a cast member aproached me, my sister in-law and my other daughter and neice(2 kids)and handed us 2 pins, one for each girl. Was it only coincidence that he just walked right by my first daughter and brother and went straight to someone walking with 2 children? Probably was, but i was just wondering. Am i reading too much into it? probably. Well...that was my 2 cents.
And yes, Dreamfastpasses are usually given out in the morning.. Would you want to win a prize giving you fastpasses to the best attractions after you'd already riden them all and the park was closing in an hour? :)
As for making me want to visit the parks, the promotion itself doesn't, but all the amazing things they did for the celebration made it worthwhile. Some of the new attractions are the best I've seen in years. Whereas many other parks have built the same thing over and over for the last few years, Disney's new attractions were really spectacular.
As long as they keep building incredible attractions, bring on the hokey celebrations!
Disney obviously exceeded their goals by a wide margin hence an extended or repeat celebration. Kudos to them. The Year of a Million Dreams has not triggered me to visit the parks any more or less. The 50th anniversary, on the other hand, did.
I mean, the 50-year celebration was actually celebrating something. Same with the Millenium Celebration (which I LOOOOVED!!!). And same with Disney World's 25th anniversay (hated that cake, but I LOOOOVED the theme music). On the contrary, YOATD is celebrating NOTHING. It's just a marketing-invented event. Just the same way that Secretaries Day is created by Hallmark.
So, my favorite Disney celebrations are the ones that actually celebrate something special....and my favorite celebrations are also the ones that CREATE something new. For example, the Mellenium celebration created the new Illuminations show, the Parade of Nations, the "hand" (yuk), and the Leave a Legacy...that was a HUGE capital investment. The "100 Years of Magic" created the new giant Sorceror's Hat Icon at MGM (affectionately called the Big Ass Hat by cast members), an extensive new Walt exhibition and film, and a brand new parade in each park (loved the new Animal Kingdom Parade).
What is it that the YOATD is creating? A new hotel suite in the castle for families to stay in? That's it? And after the celebration is officially over, that suite will be rented out at astronomical prices. This is truly not a very appealing celebration for me. Not at all--when I walk into the parks, I don't see ANYTHING that has a cohesive celebration theme.
And, in case any of you think that the celebration is being extended because it's so successful, think again--it's being extended because Disney doesn't have anything ready yet to take its place, and it's cheaper to "extend the celebration" than it is to create a new one. Giving out pins and fastpasses for another year is the cheapest way to go. In years past, they'd simply go a year without a themed celebration...don't expect to see very many non-themed years ahead. I could go on...
...and I will for just this last statement: those of you complaining about not getting "picked"; get over it. Free pins and fastpasses are weak incentives for happiness, right? And to the people who suggested that giving out prizes according to random ticket-taking at the gates would be more fair--GET RID OF YOUR ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY. Giving away prizes gives almost as much joy to cast members as it does to guests, so don't expect them to give that over to "machines." It's not about being FAIR. It's all about being random. The process isn't fair, it's not perfect, but most of all, it's not why anyone has come to the parks in the first place...if anyone out there is going to a Disney park just because you're hoping to be chosen for a free pin, or a free fastpass, please call me--the swampland in Florida is gone, but I can probably dig up some desert out here in California.
I want to go to DL again in a couple weeks, hopefully earlier this time so I can be more observant. Million Dreams isn't my motive; I have other more constructive reasons for this visit. :)
Just kidding...sort of...