Disney’s Enchanted Call is a great little service. For $2.50, you have a Disney character like Mickey Mouse call a child with a special message. I did it yesterday for my little friend Sophia’s fourth birthday. The service emails the parent first (if it isn’t the parent who is scheduling it) to let them know it’s going to happen and who has scheduled it. The parent can cancel the call if they wish or reschedule it.
Anyway, I was on the line when Mickey Mouse called; Becky put me on hold and then at the end of the call, she quickly switched lines so I could hear.
Sophia: Thank you, Mickey! Bye…. (realizing he’s hung up, she said excitedly to Becky) It was Mickey! He called me for my birthday!!
Becky then got back on the phone to say that Sophia was bouncing around the house, all fired up that Mickey Mouse called her. Becky also said the call was pretty good. He knew she was four and it had pauses in there that fit naturally for her to respond. Something like this:
Mickey: Happy Birthday, pal! I hear you’re 4 today! (pause)
Sophia: Thank you, Mickey!
Mickey: And you’re celebrating your big day with your family, right? (Pause)
Sophia: We’re going to Chuckee Cheese!
Mickey: I remember a time (he tells her a story about his birthday and Goofy making the cake). You have a great birthday, pal!
And so on.
Best $2.50 I ever spent.
I’ve used this before with Sophia. Mickey has called to say he hoped she’ll have a good vacation, and to wish her good night. I also used on adults for the fun of it; I had it call Becky’s dad, who worked as an Imagineer, to have Mickey wish him good morning on his big trip! I got an email: I know YOU were behind that! And I had Mickey call John once to wish him good night; his reaction: WTF was that?!
You choose from 11 characters:
- Winnie the Pooh
- Snow White
- Sleeping Beauty
One person complained that they don’t have “newer” characters, but the service was made years ago and I guess they don’t get enough traffic to upgrade it.
After the character, you choose from 6 messages:
- Good night
- Holiday greeting
- Good morning
Each one then has selections: for the birthday, as an example, I picked Sophia’s age and who she was celebrating with. You then schedule the time. It can be right away or a set time. If the call doesn’t go through, you will get an email so you re-schedule the call, or even change what type it is; you won’t be billed another $2.50 for it either. And they’ll keep trying; it once took me 5 tries to get it through.
It’s a great little service. I highly recommend it.