I totally agree with that. I thought that the point was from the original post, that Disney wasn't granting everyone their dreams. That is true. I think that on an average day, Disney grants a lot of "Dreams" that aren't part of the promotion. Personally, an all day Fastpass will usually be wasted on me. I received a "Dream Lanyard" in April. Not my dream, but a friend of mine now happily has it for his collection. That same friend gave me a free ticket to the MVMCP (the ticket had been paid for by someone else), not knowing that I'd looked into going that evening but couldn't afford to do so at the time. I'm giving him my "Dream" button, because I don't tend to collect a lot of stuff. (I prefer to collect memories). And H20 products. :)
So to me, anything Disney gives out is like - bonus dreams. Every now and then I get a little something extra special. Like I don't personally care much about characters, that isn't my thing. But when I was at Disneyland Paris, I had a very nice few minutes alone on the deck of the Sequoia Lodge (I was not staying onsite, but was taking photos) with a Pooh character. I asked him some questions, he spoke very little English - but it was just very cool. I guess that he was enjoying the break. Then Eeyore came out, they did a little dance, and everyone else found them! Very special, even though I'm generally oblivious to characters. (yes, I know my new photo has me with Tigger!)
Some of us were able to also give an online friend (and cast member) who was going through a hard time some help. That was one of the best parts of Christmas to me this year. So it's really great to be on the receiving end of "Dreams" in whatever form they take - but it is also nice to be on the giving end.
Maybe 'dreams' was the wrong word to use for this promotion. 'Wishes' may have been more appropriate. I wish I could stay in the castle, I wish I could go to the front of all the lines, etc.
There has been so much griping over FPs, and mouse ears not being your 'dream'. Well no duh! It's free stuff...just take it for what it's worth.
Disney is trying to get people to come to it's parks. Dangling the chance to spend a night in the castle, is just one more way to get people to make that phone call. The phone call to book a Disney Vacation. I haven't won anything, and I have been to both Disneyland, and Disney World during this Dreams promotion. However, I don't have to have a promise to win something. I caught the Disney Magic a long time ago.
We just need to go to the parks, enjoy ourselves, act like a kids, and open up our hearts. The Disney Magic will find us.
If it was called 'The Year of Free Stuff', then you'd get the goofballs saying that the free stuff is not the right free stuff.
If there was no promotion at all, the goofballs would wonder why Disney doesn't give away anything.
I haven't been a huge fan of the promotion, just because it celebrates nothing - and there are some wonderful milestones at Disney. But I think they have some very nice prizes, and I can't say enough about the treatment we received.
But I wouldn't mind a free box of popcorn, that would be a nice gift too! Not a dream, but that is okay!