New Policy at Grand CA Hotel, Anaheim

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  1. CanaDaLE

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    Ohh that's too bad, hopefully things will get settled before we're back at the end of the month.
     
  2. TheMickeyMouseRules

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    Just an observation, but if there were more opportunities to gain the pins, perhaps it would not be a mob scene. For example, If all 3 hotels had trading at the same time... It would allow more opportunities to gain pins and spread out the mob. Yes, sounds like bad behavior by pintraders, but perhaps the solution could happen on both sides... Disney created the pent up demand... So perhaps they should be a bit more creative in their solutions.
     
  3. pincrazy

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    I hope so too...I'll keep you updated:)
     
  4. pincrazy

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    If only, but it happened to be a CM at Grand CA that wanted to bring it back, and was not a coordinated effort from the resort end/heads. So he took it upon himself to do all the extra work/coordination to bring pin trading back to the hotel. He even recruited all the extra departments to help and be involved, that's why there's so many CMs, at least 2-7.
    If from the resort end, they saw this as a positive, they might reinstall the program, but since the 60tj anniversary, they haven't felt it a priority, I guess. We're lucky that 1 CM has been able to get it back, it's still only been months. Hopefully it can last long enough to show the top executives the positive :stitch:
     
  5. watzshakinbacon

    watzshakinbacon B for Belle or B for bacon?

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    I guess I’m a total hotel noob but what are the other two hotels? I only know of Grand CA


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  6. TheMickeyMouseRules

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    Disneyland hotel and paradise pier.
     
  7. pincrazy

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    Too Funny :p
    The resort has 3 hotel complexes, the first was Disneyland Hotel back in the 50s, where the DSF event will be, 2nd is Paradise Pier, which was originally called Emerald and owned by another party. Then the Grand CA as the newest and updated. Even with renovation the other 2 are fairly old. Also Grand CA extension in 2010 brought in DVC. The hotels have different price points, with Grand being the highest, till the new hotel which is now just in old news.

    Well, hope this helps:p
     
  8. Connies_Hobby

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    I remember during the 60th Anniversary, from (if I am remembering the time frame correctly) from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. each hotel would bring out a Pin Board with traders; along with anywhere from 1- 4 CM leads; or managers with lanyards.

    I would try and wait until they got set up (especially at the GC) and set an example. :p:p LOL - didn't work too well.

    Hopefully, and @pincrazy you're a one to approach the mgr and suggest this...when the Board/CM's come out, that at least ONE of them, directs the guests to wait in an orderly line.

    I mean, people could get trampled and seriously hurt...all over a 'shiny-piece-of-metal' :eek::rolleyes:o_O

    Okay, I am stepping down off my soap-box now. ;);)
     
  9. pincrazy

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    Hi Connie, thanks for your suggestion. I tried to approach the CM first, since he seems to oversee this and found out that he's responsible for pretty much the whole thing by Himself.
    I had suggested a rope to direct the traffic of people so it would be 1 at a time, or security to have people wait in a line. He doesn't have the resource/authority to ask others to help set up/return/clean up the trading area. Also he's doing this for the traders, to make magic, he's not a pin trader/collector so he wasn't aware of what the new pins would bring. When it was the older HMs he didn't run into this, and even though I mentioned it could get nuts, until you experience it, it's hard to imagine. In the beginning he was happy to see so many traders, but lately I think he's feeling the drain of having to choose/limit.
    The worst that could happen is complaints, so if anything, it would be to say how great it is for the Grand to offer trading time,. He coordinated with distribution to even get the new pins to put on the boards/lanyards, so he's put a lot of effort into this, so just trying to support at this point.
    Basically, all the hotels still offer trading boards/locations throughout the day, as part of pin trading, but they tend to have the scrappers we see on CM lanyards.

    Just wanted to give a heads up to the availability, so people wouldn't be disappointed.;)
     
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  10. pincrazy

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    As of the new computer program at registration check in, $250 credit card hold is required. If you use debit card it will take longer to recredit your account, it would be better to give it in cash, they will refund at check out, providing you didn't charge to your room, or any other situations.

    DVC members using points, will not be required to leave deposit, as confirmed by member services.
    The rules apply to all hotels at Disneyland Resort.
    Just a heads up for your next trip and wonder what happened to your funds;)
     
  11. pincrazy

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    Disney Magic Happens:stitch:

    While listening to the Holiday singers in the lobby, I noticed a family going to Acorn with a display. I asked if I could see the son's work. It turned out to be a detailed 3D map of the Disneyland Resort, all handmade and cutout of paper!!! It was Amazing to see all the work, coloring, construction of the rides/hotels, every piece was hand designed. He's been working on it over years, and has modified it as changes were made at the parks, including an open area for upcoming Galaxy's Edge!
    The family makes a yearly trip from Arizona, and is the son's highlight for the year! Management heard/saw his incredible work and had escorted them to Acorn to give him a gift!! The family hadn't expected it, and were overwhelmed for their son. He was offered a choice of anything from the store!!
    He selected a Mickey watch and was presented to him in the store.
    It was an unexpected special event for them, and to see the Magic/Happiness Disney made for this family was truly Special and Memorable!!! :stitch:
     
  12. stitchismyspiritanimal

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    That's an awesome story. Thanks for sharing it!

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  13. pincrazy

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    Glad you liked. :)
    With Thanksgiving next week, it's nice to see kindness, thoughtfulness, and happy! It's these memories that makes this year special!!!
    Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving:p
     
  14. stitchismyspiritanimal

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    I concur!

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  15. pincrazy

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    White Water Snacks has reopened this past weekend:stitch:
    The remodel is fresh, but the outdoorsy campground food hut feel is gone,along with the fish tiles, trees, and low prices.
    Be prepared for the kids meals to run 10, and the cheeseburger to be 15, nachos 13/15. The new menu now offers poke bowls, skewers (shawarma chix, bulgogi beef, Mediterranean vegetables), fish tacos, and artisan pizzas.
    What use to be the economical place for a snack at the Grand, has now lost it's attraction, and will send most rethinking and running to DTD for Earl of Sandwiches, Starbucks, or the parks.
    Storytellers has their dinner menu only offering buffet, leaving guests with less expensive options to choose from, and DVC people Happy to have a kitchen!
    The new patio area, an extension to White Water/bar is still under construction and tbe wheelchair access to the pool still closed, but now that White Water is back definitely more foot traffic returns to the area.
    Not sure how popular these food choices and prices will last, but the summer will tell all. I'm sure most guests with young children will have to rethink places to get food unless you're prepared to pay close to 60 for a family of 4 not including beverages, of course there's splitting 1 peppetoni pizza for 25.:p
     
  16. pretty Omi

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    :eeyore: Bummer, tho I kind of expected they'd do that when it finally went down for remodel
     
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  17. curiousdinah

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    I am a little behind on this thread but I can't believe people where "grabbing" at the pins a cast member had. That's ridiculous.

    I have pretty much given up pin trading when I have gone to DLR because in 3 trips there I have really only found 1 pin I was looking for. They really do need to put more out in general. It's a different story when I go to WDW. This last trip, they were harder to find than usual at WDW, but I still found some new HMs and I don't think I have ever seen a line at WDW, other than the 1 time I hit the trading store when the board was open. And even then there were only about 4 people in line.
     
  18. pincrazy

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    It's gotten better, but it's a frenzy because it's been posted in sites that if you want new HMs go to the CA Grand for CM pin trading. It's good and bad, yes there's an opportunity, and bad that it brings Everyone trying to get pins, with CMs not familiar with pin trading and overwhelmed with a crowd. Occaissionally some traders will hangout with their binders and try to do some extra trading after the CMs leave.
    Sadly it does remind me of a crowd trying to get close to an artist they love! On an average there's at least 20-30 waiting, if there's new HMs people stay, if not the crowd leaves. It's interesting and stressful if you want a pin.......:(
    But you can see more new pins in one place, than running through the park all day (if the right group of CMs are out trading).:stitch:
     
  19. pincrazy

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    You're right, ugh....just gonna miss the 6.99 grilled cheese kids meal. My go to when I've just spent $$ on pins ;)
     
  20. pincrazy

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    Forgot to mention earlier:
    The DVC market that was part of White Water Snacks is no longer there. Those looking for breakfast makings: eggs, bacon, bread, bagels, cereal, OJ, etc will need to pick up outside, or have an order delivered to the hotel from the market.
    It's possibly relocating but it hasn't been decided where yet.
    Not sure how many used the market but it was convenient for last minute snacks or forgotten items.
     

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