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  • #2
    I am concerned about a couple of things...
    (1) When are we going to be contacted with info about the seminar/workshops that are to be part of this event?
    (2) The merchandise aspect of the event. Disney has produced a lot of merchandise for the 50th anniversary, and I understand that it is not all being produced for the "Magical Memories" event. Some of the 50th merchandise is being released early with this event. However, my disappointment lies in the fact that anybody who has signed up for this event has PAID for access to this merchandise. I am concerned about the reduction in merchandise quantities that are being offered to individuals that have signed up for the event. With up to 810 attendees, some merchandise will not last long.
    I know that part of the reason for limiting access is because some people sell merchandise from these events on ebay. But with open editions of merchandise, why can't every event attendee get at least one of an item that is available? :confused:
    The Radko ornaments are another example of confusion. There have been 1955 Christmas ornaments made of the 50th Anniversary Sleeping Beauty Castle , Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Main Street, yet they are limiting the Sleeping Beauty Castle ornament to 300, while limiting the other ornaments to 500. :confused: Most people will probably get a complete set, but some people won't. :botox: Why? There are 1955 editions of each ornament!

    It bothers me because I know that they have enough of this stuff, they have people who have paid for the opportunity to buy it, and they won't sell it to us.

    Here are some examples of merchandise that WDES has produced for the 50th anniversary in limited quantities and the further reduction of those quantities that will be available to attendees of the " Magical Memories" event.

    (1) SWAROVSKI "Sleeping Beauty Castle Broach"
    Retail: $195
    Edition Size: 300
    Quantity available via RSP: 100500
    Quantity available via RSP: 200

    (3) HALCYON DAYS "Sleeping Beauty Jeweled Castle Enamel Box"
    Retail: $175
    Edition Size: 750
    Quantity available via RSP: 25

    (4) HALCYON DAYS "Sleeping Beauty Jeweled Castle Enamel Clock"
    Retail: $345
    Open Edition
    Quantity available via RSP: 15

    (5)DEPARTMENT 56 "Sleeping Beauty Castle Box"
    Retail: $45
    Open Edition
    Quantity available via RSP: 150

    (6)SLEEPING BEAUTY JEWELED CASTLE CROWNS by Makrita(PORCELAIN BOXES - SET OF 5)
    Retail: $325
    Edition Size: 500
    Quantity available via RSP: 75

    (7)LENOX Sleeping Beauty Castle "50th Anniversary Edition"
    Retail: $195
    Edition Size: 1,955
    Quantity available via RSP: 175

    (8)WALT DISNEY CLASSICS COLLECTION "Donald, Daisy, and Nephews:Family Vacation"
    Retail: $299
    Edition Size: 1,955
    Quantity available via RSP: 75

    (9) CHRISTOPHER RADKO ORNAMENTS Radko Sleeping Beauty Castle Ornament
    Retail: $44
    Edition Size: 1955
    Quantity available via RSP: 300

    (10)Radko Frontierland Ornament
    Retail: $44
    Edition Size: 1955
    Quantity available via RSP: 500

    (11)Radko Adventureland Ornament
    Retail: $44
    Edition Size: 1955
    Quantity available via RSP: 500

    (12)Radko Fantasyland Ornament
    Retail: $44
    Edition Size: 1955
    Quantity available via RSP: 500

    (13)Radko Tomorrowland Ornament
    Retail: $44
    Edition Size: 1955
    Quantity available via RSP: 500

    (14)Radko Main Street, U.S.A. Ornament
    Retail: $44
    Edition Size: 1955
    Quantity available via RSP: 500

    (15)ALICE DAVIS THAILAND "it's a small world" Doll Sketch Giclee
    Retail: $180
    Open Edition
    Quantity available via RSP: 300

    (16)KIM IRVINE "ENCHANTED TIKI ROOM" Tiki's Giclee
    Retail: $195
    Open Edition
    Quantity available via RSP: 300

    (17)Walt Disney's Animated Animations Happiest Homecoming on Earth Sericel
    Retail: $395
    Actual Edition Size: 500
    Quantity available via RSP: 200
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Circarama
      I am concerned about a couple of things...
      (1) When are we going to be contacted with info about the seminar/workshops that are to be part of this event?
      OPEN EDITION T-shirt? If it is not a limited edition, why limit the number that event participants can buy? This makes no sense. With 811 possible registrants, WDES has limited the event sale of this shirt to 288.

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      • #4
        I do think having the availability information is important in filling out RSPs. Knowing the edition size is 500, for example, is different than knowing that only 50, for example, are going to be available for RSP. And edition size does determine the order one would probably put an item down on the RSP.

        I think we've known for some time now that not all the event merchandise would be exclusive, even without the "anything left over will be sold in the park" method they've been doing for a while now, so it can't really be that much of a surprise to anyone. The registration page did say something about "first opportunity" to purchase items, so from the various edition and availability numbers, it appears that some are designed to be exclusive to the event (presuming they sell out) and some are designed just to have an earlier opportunity to purchase them without having to wait in line at a store. It's pretty much as advertised.

        Apparently, some people go to these kinds of events just for the merchandise, but I have to say that I've never understood that sort of thing. I can't imagine going to an event that I wasn't all that interested in only for the opportunity to buy something. For me, it's the experience that I want. For all the events that we've been to (except the 75 Mickeys auction, but that's different), I'd still have gone even if there had been no merchandise available. I've seen some event pieces that I've really liked, but it was at a convention or something that I wasn't interested in. One time, there were some left over, so we were able to purchase one after the fact. In most cases, I only ever see a picture and never see the piece itself because it sells out.

        The only real disappointment I have with the merchandise is that it appears none of the event logo merchandise is dated, even the t-shirts. The logo is specific to the event, but having the date is a fairly important extra for me and many others. I thought Disney understood that because they had previously been putting dates on things like t-shirts and sweatshirts, even in unobtrusive places, but they seem to be moving away from that. It's a shame. With a date imprinted on a t-shirt, I'd definitely buy it, even though I so don't need another t-shirt. Without the date and with just the logo, I can't really think of a reason to buy it.

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        • #5
          All I can say to this thread is why didn't you people get the refund they offered you????? Maybe I missed it but it doesn't seem to me like you are happy about one thing that is going on with this special event. I don't get why you are so upset about so many things!! Who cares how many they are going to let the RSP purchase? At least we get a chance to purchase some of the things. Do you really believe that you should get one of everything and that the people who aren't going to this event shouldn't have the chance to purchase any of these things? I don't agree with that at all.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KTHoover
            All I can say to this thread is why didn't you people get the refund they offered you????? Maybe I missed it but it doesn't seem to me like you are happy about one thing that is going on with this special event. I don't get why you are so upset about so many things!! Who cares how many they are going to let the RSP purchase? At least we get a chance to purchase some of the things. Do you really believe that you should get one of everything and that the people who aren't going to this event shouldn't have the chance to purchase any of these things? I don't agree with that at all.
            So, we should be happy that although we paid for access to this stuff, it's okay if we don't get it? :confused:
            What is the justification for selling 500 Disneyland "land" ornaments, but only 300 of the 50th Sleeping Beauty Castle ornaments(which, incidently, is the only ornament that makes reference to the 50th)? Wouldn't you want a complete set.
            I want this event to be fun. However, I'm not pleased with the "planning on the fly" that is happening with it. I don't understand why others who are registered for this event aren't concerned that even more things are going to change.
            And yes, I DO believe that if you are registered for the event that you should have a chance to buy it before it is made available to the general public...It's what we paid for!
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            • #7
              KTHoover - I would appreciate if you didn't lump everyone into the same group. I am very much looking forward to this event. If I had been unhappy with the changes in any way, I would have accepted the refund that was offered.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cstephens
                IThe only real disappointment I have with the merchandise is that it appears none of the event logo merchandise is dated, even the t-shirts. The logo is specific to the event, but having the date is a fairly important extra for me and many others.
                I agree, I would also like to see more of the items specific to the event have tha anniversary date on them. I understand that Disney probably doesn't want to do that because if the item doesn't sell-out then they are left trying to sell it in the Park. But if the edition size is that small, they shouldn't have too hard of a time selling the leftovers. Besides, how much mark-up do you suppose they have on some of these items?
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                • #9
                  Call it "Limited" and people would buy Monkey Poop.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PanTheMan
                    Call it "Limited" and people would buy Monkey Poop.
                    Only if they date it. :lol:
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KTHoover
                      All I can say to this thread is why didn't you people get the refund they offered you????? Maybe I missed it but it doesn't seem to me like you are happy about one thing that is going on with this special event. I don't get why you are so upset about so many things!! Who cares how many they are going to let the RSP purchase? At least we get a chance to purchase some of the things. Do you really believe that you should get one of everything and that the people who aren't going to this event shouldn't have the chance to purchase any of these things? I don't agree with that at all.
                      With respect to your argument, and without trying to sound rude, you don't get my argument. I continue to voice my opinion because I want to bring about change in the way these events are run. There are a number of you who disagree with my position and that is perfectly ok. Although I disagree with your position, you certainly have every right to go to this event and feel "lucky" for the chance to be there.

                      You have an obvious love for Disney and it seems to me that they can do no wrong in your book. I think it is wonderful that you have a positive outlook and the numerous changes or problems are not of concern to you. While I love Disney, I consider myself an informed consumer and I am tired of corporate giants taking my money for granted. This being said, I can do one of two things, withhold my business or ask for change in the way things are run.

                      Your argument suggests that if I am unhappy, I should not sign up for this event or I should have sought a refund. Several people have posted in previous threads that they have abandoned the special events because they are so poorly run. It is crystal clear that not attending (their way of seeking change) had little or no impactPAID
                      Last edited by Disneynut; 06-08-2005, 03:45 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cstephens
                        I think we've known for some time now that not all the event merchandise would be exclusive, even without the "anything left over will be sold in the park" method they've been doing for a while now, so it can't really be that much of a surprise to anyone.
                        For once, we are not too far apart on our views. I have no issue with the numbers they are releasing, but the overall process seems to deviate from the past events where the full edition size was offered to event participants and then offered remaining items through a retail location. I would not expect Disney to suffer a loss on merchandise because those in attendance did not buy it all, but the withholding of some inventory is something I have not witnessed in prior events.

                        I simply wish that they would have notified us of the change in policy prior to the RSP process being started.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Disneynut
                          With respect to your argument, and without trying to sound rude, you don't get my argument. I continue to voice my opinion because I want to bring about change in the way these events are run. There are a number of you who disagree with my position and that is perfectly ok. Although I disagree with your position, you certainly have every right to go to this event and feel "lucky" for the chance to be there.

                          You have an obvious love for Disney and it seems to me that they can do no wrong in your book. I think it is wonderful that you have a positive outlook and the numerous changes or problems are not of concern to you. While I love Disney, I consider myself an informed consumer and I am tired of corporate giants taking my money for granted. This being said, I can do one of two things, withhold my business or ask for change in the way things are run.

                          Your argument suggests that if I am unhappy, I should not sign up for this event or I should have sought a refund. Several people have posted in previous threads that they have abandoned the special events because they are so poorly run. It is crystal clear that not attending (their way of seeking change) had little or no impactPAID
                          Exactly! :bow:
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                          • #14
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                            You gotta understand that from the perspective of many of us, y'all look like you are putting a lot of effort into complaining to the wrong people about this event. If you are as dissatisfied as the voiciferous posts indicate then get a refund and shut up. If you are willing to subject yourself to the event then just go and shut up. If you want Disney to make changes to fit your expectations ask them to turn back time and fix the past and shut up. If you want to vent to people that have no control over WDES then by all means sound off.

                            What I don't understand is why you feel a vested interest in trying to get us to adopt your cause. I don't care and if I did, my support wouldn't mean jack.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by AmandasDad
                              [flame]
                              You gotta understand that from the perspective of many of us, y'all look like you are putting a lot of effort into complaining to the wrong people about this event. If you are as dissatisfied as the voiciferous posts indicate then get a refund and shut up. If you are willing to subject yourself to the event then just go and shut up. If you want Disney to make changes to fit your expectations ask them to turn back time and fix the past and shut up. If you want to vent to people that have no control over WDES then by all means sound off.

                              What I don't understand is why you feel a vested interest in trying to get us to adopt your cause. I don't care and if I did, my support wouldn't mean jack.
                              [/flame]
                              Or, you could pass over this thread without saying a word. But, thanks for the thought!
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