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Old 06-10-2012, 08:37 AM   #151
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No - all suites are NOT located only in all club buildings. You have to walk over to either the SL lounge or the main bldg. lounge from the suites in other outer buildings. As I mentioned above, the Everglades Suite is in Conch Key (not a club level building) and the Cape Coral is in Sago Cay (not a club building). There are various one and two bedroom suites located in all the outer buildings - you could be placed in any one of the outer buildings.

If the room description for your suite does not include the words "One BR Suite - Sugar Loaf" then you will be in one of the non-CL buildings.
Ahhh okay, I understand now. Well who knows! I will definitely fill you in on what we end up with. The reservation (through DH's work) just included the reservation number, no other info. It will be a Grand Surprise What do you think would be the ideal location for a room? I was thinking I would like the main building the most - seems close to everything? We have an almost-8-month-old so there will be a lot of back and forth with the stroller from the monorail.

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beckysko, so excited for you for your trip. Please, please let us know all about what suite you end up with! And if you are in a suite, you get access to CL. You will love it!
Thanks! I am sooooe excited, you can't even imagine (well maybe you can!) I will take lots of pictures of everything - they have the hospitality suite booked, so I can get a photo of that - I could probably get DH to take some phots of the conference building if anyone was interested in that too!
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:11 AM   #152
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WDWKOOK, thanks for the instructions about using Snapbucket. I've downloaded for next trip.

Thanks, k&a&c'smom. I'll try to help mariamouse. We love BCV but stay in a one or two bedroom other than some single nights in a studio at the beginiing of a trip. We've only done that studio at the beginning twice I think. Anyway, the building itself is delightful. Very convenient to the main building but the separation makes it seem much quieter to me. The hallways also seem more spacious. I should measure someday. The "quiet" pool is large and peaceful. Lots of tables and lounge chairs. You can order room service there if you like. There is a laundry room which you can use for free although you will need your room key to access it. Detergent and softener are sold in single boxes but you can bring your own, of course.

Studios are about the size of a regular room at Y&BC but have one queen bed, a queen sleeper, coffee table and another table with two chairs. The refrigerator is an under the counter type and therefore larger than those in regular rooms. It does have a small freezer section, too. The decor is very different from the BC rooms right now. Both the villa and resort rooms were renovated a couple years back. BC rooms have totally new decor with white duvets as you may know. The villas still have bedspreads. The look is supposed to be that of a beach house on the shore so it's a relaxed and cheery look. Oh, and self parking is very close to the building....a huge bonus for our family. If you have any other questions, ask away.

pas, congrats on RPC!

CoachBagFanatic, I'm so sorry to learn of your change. However, YC and BLT do make for a great split and I'm glad it's another favorite of yours. I love it, too.

beckyso, sounds so exciting. Can't wait to see your photos.

gr8vthsfam, it's hard to imagine that the DVC construction could have anything remotely to do with the renovation of the kid's club. They're not remotely close to each other. Now, if the club is permanently closing, it would be a different story. Have you ever looked in the club. It's just a small rectangular room. The Neverland Club at the Polynesian seems to be preferred by most kids. I understand the convenience factor though. Perhaps arranging for child care in your room would work better for you?

Jungle Cruiser and Lulu'smom, hope you are both feeling well.

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Old 06-10-2012, 10:14 AM   #153
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Thanks, k&a&c'smom. I'll try to help mariamouse. We love BCV but stay in a one or two bedroom other than some single nights in a studio at the beginiing of a trip. We've only done that studio at the beginning twice I think. Anyway, the building itself is delightful. Very convenient to the main building but the separation makes it seem much quieter to me. The hallways also seem more spacious. I should measure someday. The "quiet" pool is large and peaceful. Lots of tables and lounge chairs. You can order room service there if you like. There is a laundry room which you can use for free although you will need your room key to access it. Detergent and softener are sold in single boxes but you can bring your own, of course.

Studios are about the size of a regular room at Y&BC but have one queen bed, a queen sleeper, coffee table and another table with two chairs. The refrigerator is an under the counter type and therefore larger than those in regular rooms. It does have a small freezer section, too. The decor is very different from the BC rooms right now. Both the villa and resort rooms were renovated a couple years back. BC rooms have totally new decor with white duvets as you may know. The villas still have bedspreads. The look is supposed to be that of a beach house on the shore so it's a relaxed and cheery look. Oh, and self parking is very close to the building....a huge bonus for our family. If you have any other questions, ask away.
Thank you so much for the information, BCV23! It is really helpful and I am glad to hear so many great things about the villas. So excited! Do you remember whether or not the studio kitchenettes include a toaster?
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Hello, everyone! I posted more photos this morning - quite a few in the "Buildings" post (post #12) and some in the "Interior" section (post #7).

beckysko - an upgrade to a main building suite would be wonderful, wouldn't it?! If you end up in an outer building, just about any of them would be good for various reasons (proximity to bus, boat or pools) but Conch is closest to the Sugar Loaf lounge.

We'd love to see any photos you manage to snag! Looking forward to your report.

BCV23 - So glad you were able to post your BCV experiences for mariamouse! I know it isn't technically GF related, but with the GFV rooms soon available, everyone is probably interested in your descriptions of the differences - I know I am!

You make a great suggestion for the babysitting in the room, I always forget about that service.
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pas, congrats on RPC!
Thank you ! Only 110 days to go or 109....this one won't change

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Well, my GF junkies, our stay was short lived. DH woke up this morning and yes, we have discussed the construction many times and he is really not liking the whole construction thing. So we won't be staying at the GF this time. So we are staying at the YC instead. My other favorite. I am so going to miss the GF but we are definitely going to visit. I am upset but I completely understand that this vacation is for all of us. Not just me.
I COMPLETELY understand how you are feeling. A MK/Epcot split...perfecto! And the Grand is there for a future trip!!! Plus from BLT you are just 2 monorail stops from a visit!

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Some day I am going to sit on that porch with all my DIS friends! You, pas and Lulu'smom get reserved chairs!
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:21 AM   #156
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Yes, the studio will have a toaster as well as a small coffeepot. I've read that you can request a full size one if you want. I think they used to be full size?? There will be four ceramic mugs, four glasses and a few paper plates and plastic silverware....enough for four I suppose.

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So many of us posted at the same time! I was composing and editing, missed some as usual.

pas, I laughed at your "only 110 days to go"!
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Hi! I have several practical questions for the GF experts, please. This is our first time staying here, and then back to moderates five years from now. Its me (49), DH(49) DD (22), and DD (18).. her graduation trip.
BEVERAGES: Can the fridge accomodate an open bottle of wine standing up with the cork in, a 2 liter soda, a quart of orange juice, 6 bottles of water and 6 Sam Adams? Are the refillable mugs for juice or milk, or just coffee, tea, and soda?Should a bring my own coffee for the coffee maker? DH only drinks decaf. I only drink regular.
STORAGE: Even with mostly shorts and tshirts, I know four adults will be crowded. Willwe be able to unpack much or will we somewhat still be living out of suitcases? Everyone is limited to one bag anyway, since we are driving down in my Prius. Should I bring extra hangers to assist with clothing storage? There dont appear to be a lot a drawers. Does anything go under the bed or is it closed off?
ROOM REQUEST Like everyone else I am concerned about construction but determined not to let it bother me too much. We have a garden view room. Is this Ok for a room request? "We would like to request a non-dormer room with a full size balcony with a non-construction pool or resort view. " I've written this five times and it still sounds hokey and vague. Help! We actually live near the water so marina-side view is not preferable for us. I want to sit on the balcony and see some of those great GF red roofs!
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Hi! I have several practical questions for the GF experts, please. This is our first time staying here, and then back to moderates five years from now. Its me (49), DH(49) DD (22), and DD (18).. her graduation trip.
BEVERAGES: Can the fridge accomodate an open bottle of wine standing up with the cork in, a 2 liter soda, a quart of orange juice, 6 bottles of water and 6 Sam Adams? Are the refillable mugs for juice or milk, or just coffee, tea, and soda?Should a bring my own coffee for the coffee maker? DH only drinks decaf. I only drink regular.
STORAGE: Even with mostly shorts and tshirts, I know four adults will be crowded. Willwe be able to unpack much or will we somewhat still be living out of suitcases? Everyone is limited to one bag anyway, since we are driving down in my Prius. Should I bring extra hangers to assist with clothing storage? There dont appear to be a lot a drawers. Does anything go under the bed or is it closed off?
ROOM REQUEST Like everyone else I am concerned about construction but determined not to let it bother me too much. We have a garden view room. Is this Ok for a room request? "We would like to request a non-dormer room with a full size balcony with a non-construction pool or resort view. " I've written this five times and it still sounds hokey and vague. Help! We actually live near the water so marina-side view is not preferable for us. I want to sit on the balcony and see some of those great GF red roofs!
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Welcome! Congrats to your DD on her graduation, how wonderful she will get to celebrate at the Grand.

I'll try to help with your questions.

1) No. Sorry to be so blunt, but the fridge is quite small and will not fit anywhere near the amount or size of drinks you are describing. There is a photo on the first page, post #8 - I thought I posted one of the open fridge, but didn't, I'll see if I can find one for you. It is quite shallow, and there is a small shelf. We have put a large bottle of water in there, but on its side, it would not stand up.

We rarely buy the refillable mugs, so hopefully those who do can answer those questions more fully. I don't remember being able to fill with juice or milk - I checked my Gasprarilla's photos on the first page and only see a dispenser for coffee creamer.

We don't use the in room coffee maker much, either, but I believe they provided both decaf and regular coffee.

2) No need to bring hangers, the resort will provide as many as you need, simply call housekeeping when you get to the room and tell them how many you would like.

Not a lot of drawers, one of the drawbacks of the room renovations of 2007!, but we hang as much stuff as we can and just put underclothes and socks in the drawers. I assign one per person if we have more than just DD and me.

The beds do not have room under, we put our suitcases on the shelf in the closet. If there is not enough room there, you can use the space under the counter with sinks in the dressing area - there is a photo in the "Rooms" section of the first page, post #8 (first photo). Friends have commented they put a suitcase behind the chair, which you can see in the photos as well.

3) For request, I always keep it simple, not too wordy. Usually, I ask for "non-dormer, upper floor, Conch Key" or whatever building. If we are in club level, the building is already decided, so I usually ask for "non-dormer, upper floor, no connecting door"!

No reason to specify "full balcony" as all garden view rooms have a full balcony or patio. The dormer rooms have an enclosed dormer balcony, but you already have "non-dormer" in your request, so I wouldn't waste the space. It is rumored the assigners don't like too many descriptors in one request. Conch Key or Boca Chica would be great for you, if you prefer to have a view of the courtyard and other buildings.

HTH! If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask, we'll try to help.

ETA: I couldn't find the GF fridge photo right away, but here is one of the BC - same refrigerator!
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Here's an open refrigerator photo from the GF, it does seem taller than the BC fridge, but still not deep enough for much. It is not very cold, either.

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We stayed at GF last April, requested room 4021 and we got it! I'd post pics, but it pretty much looks just like the other pictures here.

I will say though that they need to take some WD40 to the bed! Every little movement made it sound like we were truly sleeping with the mouse!
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We stayed at GF last April, requested room 4021 and we got it! I'd post pics, but it pretty much looks just like the other pictures here.

I will say though that they need to take some WD40 to the bed! Every little movement made it sound like we were truly sleeping with the mouse!
Welcome! Glad you've joined us!

The turret king room 4021 is our favorite room in WDW. Love the views from the 5th floor, so pretty. I have some photos of that room on the first page (in fact, the fridge picture above was taken in 4021), but we are always glad to see more.

LOL about the WD40.
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Love the views from the 5th floor, so pretty. .
Definately an awesome view! One night we went back to the room early and the timing was just right in that we saw the water pagent, Wishes, and the fireworks at Epcot all at the same time!

Was going to post recent pics - but apparently I don't have enough posts to do that...

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Yes, the studio will have a toaster as well as a small coffeepot. I've read that you can request a full size one if you want. I think they used to be full size?? There will be four ceramic mugs, four glasses and a few paper plates and plastic silverware....enough for four I suppose.

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Thanks so much again for the info! Glad to hear this.
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