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Joe Cool
04-29-2001, 12:02 AM
The Yacht & Beach Club Question & Answer Forum

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Welcome friends and family...! This is the Yacht & Beach Club Question & Answer forum, your place on the DIS for information on the beautiful Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Walt Disney World.


The Yacht and Beach Clubs are no exception. Designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern, the 635-room Yacht Club and 585-room Beach Club are meant to evoke images of 1880s New England seaside resorts.

Each resort has its own distinct ambience; the Yacht Club's button-down grey clapboard style is decidedly more formal, while the pastel colors and playful details of the Beach Club conjure the casual "sand-between-the-toes" feeling, as the architect was often fond of saying. However, don't assume that families with children won't like the Yacht Club or dyed-in-the-wool luxury travelers won't appreciate the Beach Club. These are top-shelf four star hotels all the way, and personal preferences remain a matter of taste.

Both resorts opened in 1990 on the shores of Crescent Lake right next to the International Gateway entrance to Epcot.

The Yacht & Beach Clubs are two of the most conveniently located resorts on the entire Disney property. Period.

The walk to Epcot from either resort's front door takes five to ten minutes, depending on your pace. The walk to Disney-MGM Studios takes about ten to twenty minutes. There is FriendShip boat transportation to and from the Swan/Dolphin and Boardwalk resorts, as well as to and from Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios.

It's possible to hop from any resort to any resort if you make a stop somewhere in the middle. You are provided with a complete anywhere-to-anywhere transportation guide at check-in.

To the Magic Kingdom:
Take the bus from the front of the resort. Bus service is shared by the Beach Club, and Boardwalk Resorts as well.

To Epcot:
The boat is slow. Very slow. It's a great alternative if it's too hot to walk or if you want to conserve your energy, but the trip takes up to half an hour since the boats stop at the Boardwalk and the Swan/Dolphin on the way.

To the Disney-MGM Studios:
There's another boat that launches from the same dock, right in front of the Yacht Club. Once again, it's a longer trip with stops.

To Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach:
Take the bus from the front of the resort.

To the Downtown Disney Marketplace, Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney West Side, and Typhoon Lagoon:
The same bus stops at all these locations.

Anywhere else on or off property:
Private taxis are available. Make sure you get one where the fares are regulated, not some fly-by-night company. Contact Guest Services.

Edited by Caskbill 12/10/05 to convert old HTML code to vB code. Photo links do not appear to be active any longer.

Joe Cool
04-29-2001, 12:41 PM
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Most standard rooms are <b>381 square feet</b>. with either a pair of Queen beds, a King bed or a King murphy bed with a Queen pullout sofa. Most rooms also have a daybed/sofa to accommodate a third or fifth person. Each resort has 10 rooms equipped for guests with disabilities.

Connecting guest rooms can be requested, but not guaranteed. The only way they could reserve connecting rooms is if they set aside a whole wing to be sold as connecting rooms, which would probably leave a whole bunch of rooms empty...

Each room has a large armoire, plus an extra dresser, a table with two chairs, an easy chair, and a double vanity adjacent to a small bathroom with a toilet and a tub/shower. There is a television speaker with volume control in the bathroom next to the toilet seat.


Yeeha, I finally started to get the floorplans online! More of these will arrive daily. This is a representative of a room at both the Yacht Club & Beach Club.


There are two view categories, <b>Standard View</b> and <b>Water View</b>. Standard View rooms generally overlook grassy areas, trees, and parking lots. As shown on the floor plans, there are <b>some</b> Standard View rooms that have a sideways view of the Lake. Most of the Water View rooms overlook Crescent Lake, although there are some that overlook the Yacht Club quiet pool.

All rooms in the Yacht Club have a "full balcony" with two chairs, or an outdoor patio on the first floor.

At the Beach Club, many rooms have 1' x 3' standing-room only balconies.

On the fourth and fifth floors, most rooms have dormer balconies (private "full" balconies under the eaves of the roof), but it helps to request a full balcony when you make your reservation.

<b>Suites</b>

There are two types of Junior Suites…er…Deluxe Rooms at the Beach Club. Rooms <b>1557, 2557, 3557 and 4557</b> are considered 'type A'’s…1557 has they're really big Water View rooms with <i>two Queen-size beds</i>, sofa and chairs, dining table, TV armoire, dresser and full bathroom just like a standard room. 1557 has an outdoor patio, 2557 has a full balcony, 3557 has a standing-room balcony, and 4557 has a full balcony.

<b>NEWS FLASH!</b> ...i just found out from Disney that the King junior suites have <u>2 daybeds</u>!!!! Just picture an extra daybed in the bedroom.

In 'Type B' Suites, french doors separate a cozy living room with a daybed from the waterfront King master bedroom, which also has a daybed in it. There are a walk-in closet and standing-room balcony off the living room. The room numbers are: <b>1501, 1647, 2501, 2647, 3501, 3647 and 4647.</b>

Rooms <b>3201 and 4201</b> at the Yacht Club are also Junior Suites. They are the same layout as the Type B's over at the Beach Club, but are larger and don’t have a walk-in closet. There is a daybed in the living area, but two Queen-size beds in the extra-wide master bedroom. Both of these rooms have full balconies.

Across the hall from these rooms are <b>3198/3209</b> on the third floor and <b>4198/4209</b> on the fourth floor, which are two-bedroom suites. Positioned on Water View corners, they have a large parlor with sofa and chairs, a wet bar and a dining table. There is a waterfront king master bedroom with a full balcony in each of these suites. The bathroom, closet and vanity are between the living room and bedroom. The second Garden View king bedroom is off the living room.

The two-bedroom suites in the Yacht Club's octagonal tower are rooms <b>1153/55, 2153/55 and 3153/55</b>. The layout is like a standard room with the octagon room attached. The octagonal living rooms have a sofa and chairs, and a dining table. The second bedroom overlooks the lobby entrance courtyard, and has a full balcony.

The two-bedroom suites in the Beach Club are positioned on Water View corners, and have a large Garden View parlor with a daybed sofa, chairs, and a wet bar behind folding doors. The waterfront master bedroom has a King bed, a table and chairs, and a corner TV armoire. There is a double vanity, closet and bathroom area between the living room and the bedroom. The second bedroom is actually a standard room that <i>used</i> to be separate, but now they only sell the suite with both bedrooms.

<b>
1509/11 – outdoor patio
1637/39 – outdoor patio
2509/11 – standing-room balcony
2637/39 – full balcony
3509/11 – full balcony
3637/39 – standing-room balcony
4637/39 – standing-room balcony
</b>

The Beach Club’s Vice-Presidential Suite is called the Nantucket, room <b>5691</b>, and is located on a Water View corner of the fifth floor. This place has a big living room with sofa and chairs, wet bar, dining area and a long Garden View veranda. The King master bedroom is connected to a spacious bathroom.

In the next wing over is room <b>5643/47</b>, the Newport (presidential) Suite. The parlor room alone is the size of three guest rooms. There’s a large foyer, and then the parlor room has a dining table for 8, and two seating areas, one of which is situated around a fireplace. There is a wet bar and a small kitchen off the dining room. The master bedroom is also large, with two queen-size beds, a walk-in closet and an immense bathroom. There is an adjoining Junior Suite (type B) next door.


At the Yacht Club, rooms <b>5205 and 5207</b> are the Commodore Suite, the 2-bedroom Vice-Presidential Suite. The living room is approximately the size of one at the Boardwalk Villas, with a seating area, half-bath, and a standing-room balcony. There is a king bedroom on one side, and a queen-queen bedroom on the other. The king bedroom’s bathroom is more of a room than a bath (it’s big), while the queen-queen bedroom is just a really wide standard room. Both bedrooms have full balconies.

The top two floors of the octagonal tower are home to the Yacht Club’s two Presidential Suites. On the fourth floor, room <b>4157</b> is the two-bedroom Presidential, originally created for Michael Eisner. This place has a foyer, living room with fireplace, additional living room with round windows in the octagonal turret, and a dining room for 8 that has a standing-room balcony. There is a wet bar kitchen and half-bath with shower off the dining room. The master bedroom has a king bed, large bathroom, and a full balcony. The other bedroom has two queen beds and a full balcony. Two additional bedrooms are available to connect, making this a four-bedroom suite.

Upstairs is room <b>5157</b>, the Admiral Suite. Almost identical in layout but not in furnishings to the Presidential, the Admiral has a slightly smaller tower room. The only difference are that the master bedroom doesn’t have a vanity, and the living room has an additional sofa. This place, too, can become a four-bedroom suite.


The secluded garden view Captain’s Deck is the largest and most expensive suite at the Yacht Club. This suite, room <b>1114/1116</b>, has a big octagonal foyer, large parlor the size of three guest rooms with a dining table for 10, full kitchen, big seating area and a 20’x 37’ garden view patio. The master bedroom has a king bed, walk-in closet and large Jacuzzi bath. The other bedroom is just a wider standard room.

Joe Cool
04-29-2001, 12:44 PM
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<b>Larger Rooms</b>

The Yacht & Beach Clubs are uniquely designed so that <i>some</i> of the rooms are <b>larger and more spacious.</b> Check the floor plans for details. Remember, though, Disney frowns upon requesting specific room numbers because it just frustrates the wazoo out of some cast members.

<b>Double or Queen beds? And what's a SICO room?</b>

At both the Yacht Club and the Beach Club, there are rooms that may be smaller in square footage with different bed arrangements. As indicated on the floor plan maps, some rooms have <b>two DOUBLE beds</b> instead of the larger Queen-size beds. I recommend requesting Queen beds especially during the busier (read: more expensive) seasons, or you may end up with an All Star-sized room at a Grand Floridian price point. :(

There is, of course, the usual assortment of rooms with a King-size bed, with or without a daybed. Additionally, some rooms are laid out with a King-size bed that pulls down from a wall, called a SICO bed. As indicated on the floor plans again, there are a couple of these rooms on each floor at the Yacht and Beach Clubs. They are divided into a living area with sofabed and chairs, and a bed area with a wet bar. These rooms don't have the separate vanity area, but have an additional closet. I believe these rooms can be specifically reserved...

Joe Cool
04-29-2001, 12:58 PM
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<b>Yacht & Beach Club Links:</b>


Yacht & Beach Club Property Map
http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/yachtbeach.jpg

Official Walt Disney Company Yacht Club Site
http://asp.disney.go.com/disneyworl.../resorts.asp?id =285

Official Walt Disney Company Beach Club Site
http://asp.disney.go.com/disneyworl.../resorts.asp?id =280

The DIS's Yacht Club Page
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/resorts/yacht.htm

The DIS's Beach Club Page
http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/resorts/beach.htm

Original Yacht Club Floor Plans @ DisneyZone
http://www.disneyzone.net/ycresort.htm

Original Beach Club Floor Plans @ DisneyZone
http://www.disneyzone.net/bcresort.htm

Hidden Mickeys in the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/Disney...BeachClubs.html

Stormalong Bay At It's Best; Zeke & Megan's Site
http://members.aol.com/eznm/storm1.html

Passporter's Yacht & Beach Club Page
http://www.passporter.com/wdw/yachtandbeachclub.htm
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Janet2k
04-29-2001, 02:45 PM
Joe Cool, keep the info coming! I love this thread.

By the way, I have photos from my stay in the Captains Deck Suite (the largest suite at the YC) posted here in my on-line photo album. (http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/janettwokay/lst?.dir=/Walt+Disney+World/Walt+Disney+World+Suites/YC+Two-Bedroom+Suite+(Captains+Deck)&.src=ph&.view=) It was a great suite and we had a lovely stay.

Captain Hook
04-30-2001, 12:27 AM
Joe Cool, Thank you for the most informative post I have ever read on these boards. The yacht and beach is in my opinion the most beautiful hotel on property and you have left no stone unturned in your description. Terrific job:bounce:

Joe Cool
04-30-2001, 12:41 AM
<b>Concierge Services</b>
Updated September 10

The fifth floors of both the Yacht Club and the Beach Club are the exclusive Concierge Levels, accessible only to concierge guests with elevator keys.

However, your room doesn't necessarily have to be <i>on</i> the Concierge Level. Guests can request a certain room on a non-concierge level, per their preferences, and still have access to the Concierge lounge and staff. As all requests go, they can't promise anything, but you certainly can ask.

<b><a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/resorts/bc-concierge.htm">Beach Club Concierge Review by Webmaster Pete</b></a>

In short, the concierge staff at both hotels is there to bend over backwards for their guests' every need. Think, 'when you wish upon a concierge cast member'...etc.

Each Concierge Level offers its own lounge, with an extensive array of complimentary food and beverage presentations, changing throughout the day. I've stayed at the Yacht Club Concierge before, and it was awesome!!! The food was so good, we didn't even eat in any of the resort's restaurants once! We did get an impossible reservation at the California Grill thanks to the intervention of a concierge cast member...you know, last minute, "what do you wanna do" kinda thing. The concierge is definitely worth the $100 or so extra dollars per night!

<b>Swimming</b>

<img src="http://www.maryannwriting.com/yachtpool.jpg"></img src>

<b>Stormalong Bay</b> rocks!!!! The Yacht & Beach Club has one of the best, if not the best swimming holes (at a hotel) in all of Walt Disney World . Stormalong Bay is a three-acre water playground shared between the Yacht Club and the Beach Club. It's a great place to have fun or just relax. Stormalong Bay has many different sections that encompass its 750,000 gallons of water.

There are shallow wading areas for the younger ones, complete with sand bottoms. There are also larger and deeper areas, some with sand, some without. A "shipwreck" on the shore of Crescent Lake provides the entrance to an exciting water slide for the adventurous folks. There is a circular area in Stormalong Bay with water jets that create a current. All you have to do is float… the water will move you along!

All around Stormalong Bay are lounge chairs where you can relax and catch some rays. Among other things, you'll find a waterfall and a couple of hot tubs hidden amongst the scenery. Note, however, that lifejackets cannot be worn when using the water slide. The water slide includes an enclosed tube and a child with a lifejacket can get stuck. If your child requires the use of a lifejacket, you can request to use the pool and slide at the Boardwalk Inn.

There is a <b>quiet pool</b> at the Yacht Club, found on the far end of the hotel away from the noise and excitement. (I used this pool every day, even once reallllly early in the morning when it was like 40 degrees outside. The pool was heated to about 90...ahhhhh!) The pool is located on the front/side of the hotel farthest from the Beach Club and closest to the Swan/Dolphin. There is also a hot tub in the same area as the quiet pool. These facilities are open 24 hours, as long as you are quiet! You can also use the quiet pool/hot tub on the Beach Club side. This pool is located on the water side of the Beach Club, closest to Epcot. You may see this area if you walk the path to Epcot.

<b>You and your great big inflated...</b>

There have been enough questions about bringing inflatable flotation devices from home that the subject deserves its own section here.

Assorted inflatable floaties <i>are</i> available for rent at no charge at Stormalong Bay to guests.

The <i>official</i> word from Disney is that water wings are allowed in Stormalong Bay, but most other flotation devices aren't, for safety reasons.

However, the unwritten rule is enforced at each lifeguard's discretion, as I've heard many people telling of families having a grand old time with their own rafts, inner tubes, and the like. I say if you're not sure, bring 'em and have fun until they tell you otherwise. :D

<b>Pool Hopping</b>

Disney resort guests aren't permitted to use the pools of other resorts, unless that individual resort adopts a policy otherwise. Disney Vacation Club guests <i>can</i> pool-hop between Disney Vacation Club resort pools.

<b>Health Club</b>

<b>Ship Shape Health Club</b> is located between the Beach and Yacht Club resorts next to Lafferty Place Arcade and open from 6am to 9pm. It is available for use by Disney Resort Guests: 1 day is $10; Length of Stay is $20; and Family Length of Stay is $35. Equipment includes Nautilus, Hammer Strength and aerobic machines as well as a spa, steam room, sauna and massage therapy. Massages are available from 8am to 8pm by appointment only.

<b>Recreation</b>

<img src="http://www.maryannwriting.com/ycbeach.jpg"></img src>

<b>Bayside Marina</b> at the Yacht Club is open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Prices for rentals:

Water Sprites - $18.87/half hour; 2 person max

14' Canopy Boat - $25.00/half hour; 4 person max

Small Float Boat - $30.19/half hour; 8 person max

Sunset Cruise - $70.75 (driver provided)

24' Pontoon Day Guided Cruise - $70.75 1/2 hour; 12 person max

Breathless Glide - $23.58 10 minutes; 7 person max (driver provided)

Breathless Day Guided Cruise -$70.75 (driver provided)

Breathless Fireworks Cruise - $165.10; 7 person max (driver provided)

Float Boat Fireworks Cruise - $113.21; 10 person max (driver provided)

Specialty Cruises - $175 for 1 hour 8 person max; $230/hour 9-12 person max

Large Mouth Bass Fishing Excursion - $150.94/2 hours; 1-3 persons (driver provided); $200.94/3 hours

Sunset Cruise - $70.75/hour (driver provided)


What else is there to do? There's a <b>beach volleyball</b> court in front of the Beach Club. <b>Jogging</b> maps are available at Guest Services, there's an awesome path that goes allll the way around Crescent Lake.

<b>Lafferty Place Arcade</b> is their game room...one of the only places i <i>didn't</i> go during my trip. There are also <b>tennis courts</b> located near the Beach Club, way out close to Epcot. Oh...and the tabletops in all guest rooms have checkerboard patterns. Checkers and Chess sets are available from the front desk, just ask.

Childcare services are available at the <b>Sandcastle Club</b> located in the Beach Club. The Sandcastle Club is for children ages 4-12 and is available from 4:30pm 'til midnight.

In-room <b>babysitting</b> is available through two sources. The first is KinderCare which can be reached at (407) 827-5444. The second is "Fairy Godmothers" service (that's what it's called!), available virtually anytime, anywhere. It can be costly, but if it's what you need, it's perfect! All sitters are nonsmoking females.

Base rates start at $7 an hour for up to three children, with a four-hour minimum and a $5 travel fee. They'll even take the kids to the parks for you providing you have the bucks.

<b>Meeting Facilities</b>

The Yacht and Beach Club offers a beautiful 52,000 square foot convention center with a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. The Harbour Ballroom is over 36,000 square feet and can accommodate 2,800 guests. With 21 breakout rooms, a business center,
satellite up/down link capabilities, vast exhibit capabilities, and comprehensive meeting support, the Yacht and Beach Club conference facility is a very attractive location for businesses.

Custom-made merchandise can be ordered for conferences and/or meetings held in WDW Resorts. For more information on this, call the <b>Specialty Merchandising Department</b> at <b>(407)363-6433.</b>

<b>Shopping</b>

The Yacht Club's all-purpose store is <b>Fittings and Fairings Clothes and Notions</b>. It is open from 8am to 11pm. This store offers a small but comprehensive collection of clothing, character merchandise, and sundries. They don't sell the refillable mugs here anymore.

Need a greeting card, maybe some soap, how about a toothbrush? They've got it. Did you forget your undershirts? Got a run in your pantyhose? A quick trip down to this first-floor store will satisfy your needs. Beware though, you won't find "el cheapo" clothing here. Those undershirts you forgot are Polo brand undershirts here.

The Beach Club has a smaller shop with similar items called <b>Atlantic Wear and Wardrobe Emporium</b>. If Fittings and Fairings is out of stock, try there. Also if you are looking for cigarettes, each of the BC and YC shops has some behind one of the counters, so just ask a Cast Member.

<b>Laundry</b>

If you need to wash your clothes during your stay at the Yacht Club <b>laundry facilities</b> are located adjacent to the quiet pool area located on the far front side of the hotel, closer to the Swan/Dolphin hotels. Likewise there are laundry facilities at the quiet pool of the Beach Club.

If you need something dry cleaned or pressed, you'll find a card detailing services and costs in your room upon check-in. An iron and ironing board are located in most guest rooms. If your room does not have these items, they can be obtained free of charge by contacting housekeeping. Watch out. My dad had them wash something and he couldn't believe how much they charged...

<b>Everything Else</b>

Need a new 'do, or just a haircut? <b>Periwig's Salon and Barber</b>, located between the YC and BC, next to the health club, is the place to go. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm.

Well, that's all there is. Feel free to ask whatever questions you have, if I haven't answered them already. *GRIN* Thanks for your interest, and <b>PLEASE</b>, somebody, BUMP THIS THREAD!!!!! You guys are the greatest!

Stay Cool,

JC

Joe Cool
04-30-2001, 12:46 AM
<b>May 6 Update</b>

<i>from <b>mikamouse</b>'s YC Concierge Report:</i>
Concierge rooms are all located on the fifth floor, which is only accessible with a private key-card.

The regular concierge room is very much like a regular guest room with respect to size and furnishings. But concierge amenities include television speakers in the bathroom, robes, a hairdryer, makeup mirror, and a nightly deluxe turndown service.

Concierge service includes use of the concierge lounge and concierge staff for private check-in and check-out, to make dining Priority Seatings, plan outings, answering questions, ticket purchases, transportation arrangements, and filling requests for special dining or accommodation needs.

The concierge lounge is also found on the fifth floor. Here you'll find a complimentary continental breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., you can watch a Disney video and munch on cookies and milk. A wine and cheese bar is available between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. And from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., cordials and delicious desserts are here to tempt you.

<i>from <b>Tiggerish</b>'s YC Concierge Report:</i>
We very much enjoyed our Dec '00 stay at the Yacht Club Concierge. And yes, it made a difference on what we spent on meals and snacks.

The breakfast fare was plentiful - - juice, milk, coffee, pastries, doughnuts, fruit and cold cereal.

The afternoon snacks were much appreciated on the days we were back to the room for a rest or to use the pool. Really great chocolate chip cookies, rice crispy treats and fruit.

At dinner time there were a variety of finger food including satay chicken, bacon wrapped galic cheese sticks, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, cheese and crackers, salsa and chips and, of course, fruit.

Then later in the evening, marvelous desserts and more cookies; plus cordials. I had Bailey's and coffee every night -- actually usually two a night! The server recommended the Armartto (spelling?) to be mixed with the lemonade that was also always available - - it made a great Amartto Sour which my sister and her husband enjoyed.

Most days we ate only one "real" meal - usually a late, late character breakfast or a mid afternoon lunch/dinner.


Thanks to mikamouse and Tiggerish for their thoughts on the Yacht Club Concierge.

Thanks again, and stay cool!

JC

CPM
04-30-2001, 12:48 AM
Well, you have my attention! The YC hold s our fondest memories since it was the site of our wedding over 7 years ago. We try & stay there at least two times a year. :) :) :) :) :)

DisneyMom
04-30-2001, 09:51 AM
For all the detailed info! We're heading to BC in just a few short months and your info has certainly helped! Thanks for taking the time to pass your extensive knowledge to the rest of us!!:)

elgerber
04-30-2001, 09:52 AM
I have read this forum dozens of times and it's great! I wanted to make one note though, about the room FAQ's. I was upgraded to a deluxe room at the BC in December. I had room 1557 which you mention, however, it has 2 queen beds, not a king bed. It is a great room, and absolutely HUGE! In addition to the patio doors, it also has 2 sets of windows. It also has 2 large dressers.

Thanks.

Erika

Tiger Fan
04-30-2001, 10:06 AM
Joe, thanks for all this info. We just booked the Yacht Club for June and are so excited. I've printed out the floor plans and will be studying them before we fax our requests. Keep this info coming, the more the better.

Lisa

antmaril
04-30-2001, 12:21 PM
Joe,

Thanks for all this great information. We are going to BC (waterview room) on June 30 for four nights. First time for a Deluxe Resort. It really looks like a beautiful resort and we are very excited.

I am going to study the plans and made my request before we leave.

Thanks again!

Joe Cool
04-30-2001, 10:20 PM
<b>Beach Club Villas Construction</b>

<img src="http://www.maryannwriting.com/bcvillas.jpg"></img src>
Artist's rendering of Disney's Beach Club Villas. Beach Club Resort would be on the left-hand side.

In the fall of 2002, Disney will open its fourth on-property Disney Vacation Club resort, Disney's Beach Club Villas. This 205-unit resort was announced in May 2000, and is currently under construction on 6 acres of land next to the Beach Club entrance drive. The sea green five-story building has been designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the same architect who designed the Yacht & Beach Club resorts, and reflects the whimsical architecture of oceanfront homes built in the early 20th century in Cape May, N.J. The Villas will share the established facilities of the Beach & Yacht Club resorts, and may add a small eatery or exercise room. There will be a new swimming pool, and ample parking.

<img src="http://www.maryannwriting.com/construction.jpg"></img src>
View of construction from BC driveway, June 2001

Finally! A Disney hotel based on Cape May! This is really cool, especially because I was practically raised in Cape May, N.J where we have a beach house. An awesome feature of the resort is that some rooms will have views right into Epcot over the trees. The bad news is, the building will block views from some Beach Club standard rooms facing Epcot.

<b>Noise</b>

Now that the construction has progressed to the framing and siding stage, there is going to be more commotion and yes, noise, on the back side of the Beach Club. If you won't be spending that much time in your room anyway, this may not be a problem for you because the builders do take breaks and stop around 6 p.m.. If you have a Standard View reserved and want to go back to the room for an afternoon rest, <b><i>request a room "away from the construction"</b></i>. It's marked on the new floorplans where the construction is.

Mike C
05-01-2001, 06:08 AM
Joe,
Thanks for all the information. We will be staying at the Beach Club concierge in July ( two boys 13 & 8). Any suggestions on a room request?
Thanks again,
Mike

4 Princess Morganne
05-01-2001, 09:44 PM
We will be staying at the YC Sept. 16-21. I really enjoyed all the information.

Can't decide if I should make a room request or just let the magic happen! Last time we went to BWI, I didn't request anything special and ended up in a one room suite - we had paid for a studio! Anyone have an opinion?!

Just wanted to give this thread a bump and say thanks!

DisneyDad_CJJE
05-02-2001, 04:02 PM
Thanks for the info. We scored an Illuminations cruise lwhen we went to the World last month and really enjoyed the YC/BC area. We are currently planning a return trip for either August or November and hope to stay at BC.

Thanks again.

;)

LSchrow
05-03-2001, 06:30 PM
hey, morganne's mom!!
we'll be there the same time as you.
going from the DCL, to YC concierge 9/18 - 23.

KEWL!
:D

Laurie S

Mike C
05-04-2001, 05:45 AM
Joe,
Do you have any idea what hours the concierge lounge at the Beach Club is open?

Mike

wdwnutze
05-04-2001, 06:51 AM
We are going to the BC for the first time in August and really enjoyed reading all the information you posted about the BC. We have PS for the clam bake and the Character breakfast. Your information has been very helpful and I was able to pass it along to the 4 other families that are going with us. Thanks again for the time and effort you put in to passing along all the information! :p

dixiebelle301
05-04-2001, 01:08 PM
Thank you so much for this topic. We always stay at PO-R when we go to WDW but thanks to getting one of those wonderfully fantatic post cards in the mail we can go to BC and stay at a deluxe resort for the very first time!! I am so excited. This is going to be an extra trip for us. This information is wonderful. I am so glad I managed to stumble on to this site! Thank you, thank you, thank you. :bounce:

cigar95
05-04-2001, 02:02 PM
Joe, you're the expert when it comes to BC & YC!

So how has the construction of the new BC Villas impacted the guest experience at the Beach Club? For my dates in September, I can get an AP rate at BC, but not at the YC.

Is noise a problem? What about the views for standard rooms? It looks like many of them will become "Construction View".

Joe Cool
05-04-2001, 11:44 PM
Hey guys,

Thanks again for bumps, kudos, etc. OK...

Construction happens during the day, during times when most people are in the parks. They take lunch breaks and quit around dinner time. When I was there, I walked around the Beach Club (on my way to Epcot) and tried to hear how loud the noise was.

Lemme put it this way. It's not loud, however I wouldn't take a nap in my room in the afternoon with that going on either, but I'm a light sleeper. :) If you like to have a really nice view (like 90% of the other rooms...), request a <b>non-construction view</b>. Otherwise, if you don't spend that much time in your room or out on the balcony anyway, it doesn't matter.

Oh, and here's another thing. Most of the rooms on the construction side have no <i>real</i> balcony anyway, so it's...really not much of an issue.

<b>Mike</b>, read the room requesting section I posted on the first page. If you want <i>my</i> personal preference...go Water View. If you don't want to spend the extra deneros, find a sweet discount, or just follow the guidelines I've got on the first page if you've got Standard View already booked.

Stay cool,

JC
est. 1983

LisaMc
05-05-2001, 04:51 PM
I can't say how much I have enjoyed this info. It was great before, but is AWESOME now. I have a few questions. We are staying at the YC in July this year and I was wondering, is there really a GOOD blow dryer supplied in the room? It would be nice not to have to pack one. Also, are the beach towels by the pool or do you take the little bitty room towels? Beach towels would be one more thing that I would love not to pack. And, is the shampoo decent enough to use for 8 days and is the housekeeping staff really good about restocking it? Another packing item I would love to cross off my list. Anything else any one can think of that Disney is glad to supply that I have forgotten? Thanks in advance and Joe--keep up the great work!! Thank you.:cool:

helenk
05-05-2001, 06:58 PM
I just changed my reservations for the convention to Y&B club I am glad all this info is here. I am not sure if I can wait until November. We stayed at the GF in 1999 and the Y&B look like they could give the GF a run for the money.

ellie&mattys mom
05-05-2001, 11:26 PM
Hey Joe....

Going in November...I want to book the fishing cruise know of anyone that has done it??? It will be my DH and 2 older brothers....

I know that it has been asked before but can u see Illuminations from Y&BC don't want to go on first night and waste a day....

Anyone ever dot the Pontoon Illuminations cruise???

Sorry so many questions..u might get tired of seeing my name...

Disneypal
05-06-2001, 08:17 AM
We leave on May 25 for 3 nights. Our reservations are for the Yacht Club and we have seen limited info on it until now. The Birnbaum book hardly mentions it and give a small picture. You answered all of my questions and more! Now I have some new ones.
You don't by any chance have sites for the pools do you?
Is there anywhere on the Beach Club/ Yacht Club area that you can watch Epcot's Illuminations?
Is there construction at Yacht Club or just Beach Club?
When requesting a second floor garden view on the lake side am I looking at rooms 2148-2154, 2143-2147, 2012-2030 or 2092-2112?
The Refillable mugs at Yacht Club, are they free refills after you buy the mug?
Thanks again for all of the info!
We are really looking forward to it!

Joe Cool
05-07-2001, 12:04 AM
Hoolaz,

OK...

<b>Disneypal,</b> check the link section for pool pictures. Otherwise, do a web search. You can see IllumiNations best from the <b>beach</b> in front of the Yacht & Beach Clubs, and most definitely from the <b>water taxi dock</b> in front of the Yacht Club. The construction is next to the car entrance of the Beach Club....and oh yea, the second floor thing applies to the Beach Club ONLY. At the Yacht Club, ALL the rooms have balconies (except for like a coupla the suites, but that is listed up there)...the third floor is the best because it's a non-smoking floor, so you're looking at 3143-3147.

The refillable mug refills are NOT free like at the moderate resorts. I...did...explain it in the refillable mug section. You just get a whole lot more liquid in your cup for the same price as everyone else pays.

<b>ellie&mattys mom</b>, you can see IllumiNations clear as day (er...night) from the Yacht Club.

<b>LisaMC</b>, I'm...not really a connoisseur of blow dryers, but they have them in the rooms, attached to the walls in the vanity area. There ARE towels by the pool. And even though the Mickey shampoo's cute, it's not great. Bring your own. :) *heh*...

OK, that's it for now. Thanks again!

JC

Saphire
05-07-2001, 04:21 PM
Thank you for this very informative forum, my family has enjoyed reading about the Yacht Club here. I have one question for you: we are a family of five and any extra square feet we can get in the room would be great. I know youv'e mentioned the BC has some std. rooms that are larger than others, but I was wondering about the Yacht Club. Do they have any oversized rooms? We have a garden view concierge room booked so we are on the fifth floor. Any info you can give would be appreciated.

Laur4mom
05-07-2001, 11:03 PM
Hello! Does anyone have any information about the spa/massage service at yc? Thanks, Laur4mom

Joe Cool
05-07-2001, 11:56 PM
Hoolaz,

Sorry, on the concierge level, there aren't any rooms with extra square footage. On the regular guest room floors, there are rooms that are larger than the normal 380 square feet. Check the floor plans (there are links in the main section) for exact information.

There's a massage service, but it's by appointment and isn't available all the time. They give you all the information you need when you check in, it's in the resort "newspaper" guest services guide.

JC

Disneypal
05-08-2001, 01:37 PM
I am sending in my request in a week for the non-smoking 3rd floor room. I can't tell you how much we appreciate all of the info you have given us. One last question, we have reservations for Cape May Cafe Clam Bake. Is it worth the money? Is there any other suggestions as far as food goes on or around Beach Club/Yacht Club?

Thanks Again:p

bevgray
05-08-2001, 02:14 PM
Hi Joe.
I'm staying at the Yacht Club for the first time in a few weeks. Does the standard room come with a coffee maker or can one be requested at check-in?

ellie&mattys mom
05-08-2001, 07:31 PM
Can u get a coffe maker at BC too...and who do I ask...thanks...

My2boyz1
05-08-2001, 08:59 PM
I posted a thread about the mugs at yc and someone answered me telling me that they went in Jan. and the refills were free. Did something change since then? It seems you would have to drink an awful lot for the mugs to be economical if you have to pay upfront and then pay for each refill.

Joe Cool
05-09-2001, 12:03 AM
Umm...actually now I'm not sure!!!! I got the information from the DIS, but when we went in January I'm pretty certain that the refills were NOT free. Now I have to check. I have AP exams this week so I will check later. Ciao!

JC

elgerber
05-09-2001, 09:13 AM
I stayed at the Beach Club in December, and had my refillable mugs refilled many, many times for free at Beaches and Cream and Hurricane Hanna's. You are right that they would not be much of a deal if you had to pay for refills, as the mugs don't hold nearly as much as you think they would.

Erika

wdwnutze
05-09-2001, 11:36 AM
Thanks for answering the mug question. Seem there has been lots of confusion over this. Great to know refills are free for my Aug. trip. Thanks again!

Joe Cool
05-09-2001, 12:39 PM
I just updated the refillable mugs section. Frankly. when we were there in January, we didn't use the mugs at all.

JC

Disneypal
05-09-2001, 08:45 PM
One last question, we have reservations for Cape May Cafe Clam Bake. Is it worth the money? Is there any other suggestions as far as food goes on or around Beach Club/Yacht Club?

I just called about the mugs and they are free refills!:p

Mickey_k
05-11-2001, 04:27 PM
I was wondering how many rooms have a daybed at YC? Do I have a good chace of getting one or should I request one? Thanks for all the info!:p :p :smooth:

Laur4mom
05-12-2001, 07:37 PM
Joe Cool-

Thanks for all the information! Your hard work is greatly appreciated by us first timers to the YC. Thanks again!
Laur4mom

mirlow
05-13-2001, 12:50 PM
Will I get anything from concierge before our trip? We got our letter from the Polynesian concierge about 2 weeks ago and we have yet to receive anything from the YC:confused: We are going in early August. I wanted to let them know about our anniversary and have them make our ps's for us.

Joe Cool
05-14-2001, 12:12 AM
Hey,

Thanks guys, for all the kudos, bumps and questions.

Ok...

The Concierge people usually send a Personal Vacation Itinerary (a little questionnaire of stuff you would like to do) which is optional to send back to them. They send this along with resort information about a month to 2 weeks prior to arrival.

I'm not sure exactly how many rooms have the daybed. Quite a few, though...you have a better chance of getting a room <i>with</i> one than without.

And the CMC Clambake...I tend to be a...eh...gourmet cuisine connoisseur (french for "picky eater")...lol... I...er...didn't find the food at the clambake to be anything special, it just seemed to me like run-of-the-mill seafood buffet stuff. In other words, better fish buffets exist outside of Disney. If you're not expecting three-star cuisine, and you think your kids will enjoy it (the Disney atmosphere is really fun), then go for it.

JC

kathyg
05-15-2001, 02:38 PM
Thanks for all the great info on the Y&B Club. We'll be staying there for our first time in August. We have booked standard view, guaranteed connecting rooms, with a request for second floor (hate elevators!). My question is this: I would hate to be surrounded by the BCV construction and would LOVE to be upgraded to water view. Since we need connecting rooms, do you think the upgrade is possible? If so, how would you advise we go about it (i.e., specific rooms? location?) Need all the help you can give. But, whatever happens, I'm thrilled to be staying there!
Thanks, Kathy

PamNC
05-15-2001, 02:50 PM
Thanks a million for this special forum on YC/BC. We're leaving in 11 days for our first stay at the Beach Club. I'm going to print all of this out and read it. I was concerned about getting a room with a construction view, given the fact that they are now building the Beach Club Villas. But now I feel confident we can make a polite request and get a garden view...

Thanks again.

PamNC

Disneypal
05-15-2001, 05:46 PM
YOU MENTIONED FAXING A REQUEST ABOUT 4 DAYS BEFORE WE ARRIVE TO ROOM ASSIGNMENTS. DOES ANYONE HAVE THIS FAX #?

ALSO NO ONE REPLIED AS TO IF CAPE MAY CAFE WAS A GOOD PLACE TO EAT OR NOT. CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME SOME HELP ON THIS? IF THERE IS SOMEWHERE ELSE THAT IS BETTER LET ME KNOW!

WE LEAVE IN 8 DAYS!!!:p

rogers803
05-15-2001, 10:31 PM
:bounce: Bump!

Great Job Joe! Hope you did well on your AP exams.

Disneypal
05-16-2001, 08:47 AM
I just went back and read some of the post and saw where you did reply about Cape May Cafe! Since you don't highly recommend it where would you suggest going?

I still need the fax number for room assignments though.

Maybe it is me but I have been having a hard time finding my post and checking on updates since The Dis changed over, anyne else having any trouble getting used to the new set up?:p :p :p :p :p

CaliforniaDreaming
05-16-2001, 04:00 PM
Does anyone know what the name of the BC Concierge level is? I know YC is Regatta Club, but was wondering what BC's was called. Thanks!

ChrisnJohn
05-16-2001, 04:43 PM
Hi Disneypal,
Yacht & Beach Club Fax Number:
407-934-3850

Joe Cool had it on page 3 of the Yacht & Beach Q & A.
:D

Just another thought on Cape May Cafe Clambake. We were at Disney May 2000 (4 adults & 4 Kids) and we went to CMC twice! :sunny:

Chris

princess angel
05-16-2001, 05:10 PM
Hi!
We have a YC lagoon view concierge ressie for July. I heard there is one room that does not have a balcony, so I guess I should be clear that a balcony is very important so I don't get stuck with that one room??!! right?
Also are all of the Laggon view concierge rooms above either SOB and the rear entrance? I would assume that the rooms above the entrance would be quieter than the ones above SOB, I would love more quiet! also would love to be able to see spaceship earth. Any help with how I should request this?
are there certain requests for better views or are all the views from lagoon view concierge rooms very good???

Also, being that we're going during the crowded July month, is concierge still able to get you last minute PS??

Thanks!

Laura :)

EGarbs
05-16-2001, 09:56 PM
Do you need to make advance reservations for the character breakfast at the Beach Club, even if you are staying there? Any thoughts on other locations for the kids to eat with Disney Characters? We had breakfast at the Wilderness Lodge last year and we all loved it.

rogers803
05-16-2001, 10:23 PM
:wave: Definitely make reservations!

We love the character breakfast at Crystal Palace - Pooh and the gang and a WONDERFUL breakfast buffet!

princess angel
05-17-2001, 05:07 PM
EGarbs - if you know what day you want to have breakfast at the Cape May character buffet you should make a PS. It doesn't make any difference whether you're staying at the BC or a different resort.
However 2 weeks ago we woke up one morning (staying at BWV) and decided we wanted to go to Cape may for breakfast. It was 7:30am when I called, and I got a PS for 8:15am. no problem!!!
actually it was quite empty! but make a ps if you can!!!
better to be safe than sorry!!!

Laura :)

Disneypal
05-17-2001, 05:20 PM
THANKS FOR THE FAX NUMBER, I MUST HAVE MISSED IT.

I THINK WE WILL KEEP OUR RESERVATIONS AT CAPE MAY CAFE. IT WILL BE SOMETHING NEW TO TRY!

CHARACTER BREAKFAST. WE HAVE DONE CHEF MICKEY 2 X'S AND IT IS THE BEST ONE WE HAVE TRIED SO FAR. THE PRINCESS BREAKFAST AT CINDERELLA'S CASTLE IS GOOD FOR GIRLS! CRYSTAL PALACE IS ALSO VERY GOOD! WE ARE TYING ARTIST POINT, ANIMAL KINGDOM AND CRYSTAL PALACE AGAIN THIS YEAR.


6 DAYS TILL WE LEAVE, ANY LAST MINUTE ADVICE?

invalid_char
05-17-2001, 05:37 PM
For people who have stayed at the Beach Club and the Boardwalk, which villas do you think will be nicer, Beach Club or Boardwalk and why? (the more detail you can provide the better!) I have never stayed at the Boardwalk, but from what I've seen it seems beautiful with a bit more going on than Y&BC. I like the BC very much but I'm not as crazy about the YC. I like a more colorful and lively (yet still luxurious) atmosphere.

Also, although the SAB pool is awesome, is anyone concerned that it will become too crowded once the BC villas are complete. We were down there in April, and whenever the sun was out you simply could not find a free chair!

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

CaptJack
05-18-2001, 11:15 AM
What a great FAQ!!

Im just about convinced into booking the YC and Ive got a couple questions. I hope I didnt overlook the answers if they have already been posted.

I looked over all of the maps and Im wondering where the entrances/exits are. Of course theres the front and back at the lobby, Im wondering if there are any others, for example leading out to the quiet pool near that elevator or on the Storm Along Bay end.


I was also wondering about the mini-bars. Ive read conflicting reports about them. Are there mini-bars in the non-concierge rooms?

What times does Hurrican Hannah's generally close? Is it seasonal? We'll be there in early Dec.

Thats all I can think of for now...but Im sure Ill think of others
:D

Thanks very much

wookie
05-18-2001, 02:04 PM
Thanks to the suggestions of Pete, we upgraded to the Beach club concierge for our land/sea trip. We just got back yesterday and all I can say is that it was truly an incredible trip. Form the moment we arrived at the Beach Club we were treated like royalty! Our room was ready for us at 10:30 AM which was great since we'd been up since 4:30AM. We went right to our room and then checked in with the concierge desk. We got ideas on what to do and what plans might need to be altered. The breakfast buffet, health club membership and evening snacks more than paid for itself after about the first day. That hotel is just beautiful!!! We got home last night and I was "ordered " to book again for next year. And I did!!! It was a great location, easy access to everything. The pool ws like a mini waterpark. Just loved every minute. It was difficult even if we were headed on the Wonder for a great cruise!! Do the Beach Club. you won't be sorry!

Joe Cool
05-18-2001, 02:58 PM
Thanks, guys!

But...come on! Let's get this forum rated up to 5 stars!!!! I know you guys can do it!!!!!

Um...I think Hurricane Hannah's hours are on my FAQ.

Thanks again, and watch my Joe Cool site for updates. Ciao!

JC

CaliforniaDreaming
05-18-2001, 03:51 PM
What are the One Bedroom Suites like? I saw on Our Laughing Place that they sleep 4, with One King and Two Daybeds. The price didn't seem too bad, either (compared to all the other suites at Disney). These include concierge service, correct? Are these just 2 Bedroom Suites without the second bedroom? Are there any on the concierge level, and, if so, is there an extra charge on those suites? Thanks Joe!

Edited to add that I'm asking about 1BR's at the BC!

Brutus66
05-18-2001, 04:00 PM
We are staying at the BC, waterview room, from 7/1 - 7/6. We have been wondering if we should bump up to the Concierge Level, and what the benifits of the Conceriege Level were???

I'm sure the description of the Concierge Level at the the BC are in this awsome list, but there are a lot of posts!!!

Thanks for your help!

princess angel
05-18-2001, 04:10 PM
Hi!
Is it true that if you are staying concierge at the YC that you have free access to the health club??

thanks!
Laura :)

wookie
05-18-2001, 06:48 PM
The BC concierge is wonderful. Do it you will not regret it. We were given free access to the health club which saved $45 for our stay. I imagine the same is true with the YC. The little extras saved us so much, we did not bother with any of our PS. Since we were going on the cruise, we knew we' d been in for great food. Just call them directly and say you want to upgrade. We only paid $100/night additional. It made our vacation. They had our room ready at 10:45AM!

That coconut creme cake I had with iced tea on Saturday afternoon after a long hot afternnon at Epcot was wonderful, as were the appetizers and wine we enjoyed each evening.

Joe Cool
05-19-2001, 12:55 AM
Yo,

I'll quote the <b>Suites</b> section of the FAQ in this very thread...

"The one-bedroom suites in the Beach Club are positioned on Water View corners, and have a large Garden View parlor with a daybed sofa, chairs, and a wet bar behind folding doors. The waterfront master bedroom has a King bed, a table and chairs, and a corner TV armoire. There is a double vanity, closet and bathroom area between the living room and the bedroom. These one-bedroom self-contained suites can be combined with a standard room to form a two-bedroom suite. Room numbers are;

<b>
1509/11 – outdoor patio
1637/39 – outdoor patio
2509/11 – standing-room balcony
2637/39 – full balcony
3509/11 – full balcony
3637/39 – standing-room balcony
4637/39 – standing-room balcony</b>"

I've never stayed in a suite over at the Beach Club, but all the suites in the hotel include Concierge Service. I think. :) And yea, they are two-bedroom suites without the other regular guest room attached.

BTW, thanks <b>wookie</b> for answering that question. Ciao, and thanks for bumping our rating to 4 stars! I think we can get a 5th. I'm open to suggestions on things to do like improvements, etc!

JC

EGarbs
05-19-2001, 06:28 AM
We are currently staying at the Beach Club in September. We got a real good deal on our room rate, however, we have never stayed at the Concierge level before. What are some of the benefits of Concierge that justify the additional expense?

Thanks for all the great info!!!

Disneypal
05-19-2001, 11:27 AM
We leave on Friday and I was wondering about upgrading to the concierge level. What is included in the additional cost, is it per night or per person? Can you upgrade if you already have a reservation?

Thanks again for all of the great advice and info!:p

wookie
05-19-2001, 02:03 PM
This is what I was advised. Call the Beach Club directly five days before you are scheduled to arrive. That is when all the ressies switch from CRO/DCL and any other booking source to the resort's main system. Tell them you want to upgrade and want a regular room on the 5th floor but with concierge priviledges. I'd also tell them that you have been told it is $100 additional per night. The additional charge will be added and should be paid upon arrival. The "extras" include enough food so we were able to cancel all our PS and just supplement with a split meal while watching the fireworks. We also had complete access to the health club for the duration of our stay. The concierge will also take care of any "special requests." I heard them managing to get a PS for Cindy's table for a group of 8 at 8AM on a Monday morning. They'll go out of their way to help. We also were able to get into our room right away (10:45 AM) and the bell captain took us right to our room. After our experiece there, I would never go to Disney any other way. Also call the night before you arrive to ask that your room is ready upon arrival. Believe on this one. You will be pampered and will never want to travel any other way. Enjoy and God bless.

Disneyhappy
05-19-2001, 04:09 PM
What a great source of information this thread is! I don't think this question was asked before and if it was, I apologize. We are staying in Concierge. Do we fax our room requests to the Concierge desk or to the room controller? Thank you!

Joe Cool
05-21-2001, 12:10 AM
Hey!

I'll go ahead and quote myself again.

"...Should you want to request a specific view, bed arrangement, smoking preference, or anything else, you want to contact the <b>Room Assignment Department</b> up to <b>five days prior</b> to your arrival. You should make your requests when you initially make reservations too, but closer to your arrival, a polite faxed letter addressed to "Room Assignment" or the "Room Controller" usually works. In your letter, briefly tell them your request, and it also helps to add a personal note. Room Controllers are the real bearers of the Magic, since they're responsible for assigning all guest rooms..."

I think I should have made it more clear that for <b>ALL</b> room requests, even concierge, go through the room assignment dept. Just let them know you're staying in concierge!

Did I make the info section too confusing? Let me know. Thanks again, and I appreciate any suggestions you might have on how to further improve this thread.

Hasta luego,

JC

rogers803
05-22-2001, 03:37 PM
We have booked a standard view room for our first visit to the Yacht Club. Wondered if any of you who have stayed there might have ideas about what room requests we should make. We have noticed on this board how so many of you have faxed requests to the room controller and received your request. We have not tried this before and wondered what requests would be good and also have a chance of being granted. We will be celebrating my DH's graduation from Law School and my DD's birthday. We will have a party of 5 (mother-in-law, self and DH, and 2 kids - age 4 and 12). Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

Disneyhappy
05-22-2001, 06:33 PM
I apologize that you had to repeat the information. I honestly did read through all the posts but missed it. Thank you for reposting it.

And, no- your post was not confusing. It was just me. I think this thread certainly deserves a 5 star rating. Great job!

mickey'sbud
05-22-2001, 07:33 PM
Room request at YC
We have a ressie for a water view.
I will be faxing a request for...
- Non-smoking
- Great Lake View with a Full Balcony
- View of Illuminations from the Balcony

Does this sound right?
Do I need to include a floor?
Will we be able to see Illuminations from the YC?
Do I need to ask for a daybed or are they in all the rooms?
Anything else I need to include???? ---Thanks

:rolleyes:

Joe Cool
05-23-2001, 10:26 AM
Hey!

Everything's right, except you <i>don't</i> need to request a full balcony. That is, if you <b>don't</b> want the first floor. They could put you on the lobby level, which isn't a problem for most folks. If you want an upper floor, just add it to the request. All the rooms in the Yacht Club have a full balcony except the master bedroom of the Admiral Suite, and the living room of the Commodore Suite.

If your party has 5 people, than you will automatically get a daybed. If you have 4, and you want the daybed, you'll have to request it.

They will say "now we can't guarantee a view of illuminations"...but i like the way you worded the request. Just in case, i would call the Room Assgt. Dept. the day before you check in, to maybe see where they may have put you.

Thanks, and don't forget to bump this post from time to time.

JC

tigger3
05-23-2001, 01:06 PM
Joe Cool,

Do all the rooms at the BC Concierge have full balconies????

:smooth:

disneyberry
05-23-2001, 03:57 PM
i was quoted a rate for a special standard room which i believe the CM called a Seagull room (although i saw a website which had pics of the room, but it was spelled Sico room).

is there more info about this type of room?
are there many of them available? where in the resort are they located?

Disneypal
05-23-2001, 09:41 PM
I followed your exact instructions on faxing a request 4 days before we left. I am not sure if it owrked but I do know they got it. Along with the room request I asked to see if they could get a reservation at one of the restuarants we couldn't get. They called me a few minutes later with the reservation. We leave in a day and I will let you know if it owrked or not!!!

CaptJack
05-23-2001, 10:18 PM
Originally posted by CaptJack
What a great FAQ!!

Im just about convinced into booking the YC and Ive got a couple questions. I hope I didnt overlook the answers if they have already been posted.

I looked over all of the maps and Im wondering where the entrances/exits are. Of course theres the front and back at the lobby, Im wondering if there are any others, for example leading out to the quiet pool near that elevator or on the Storm Along Bay end.


I was also wondering about the mini-bars. Ive read conflicting reports about them. Are there mini-bars in the non-concierge rooms?

What times does Hurrican Hannah's generally close? Is it seasonal? We'll be there in early Dec.

Thats all I can think of for now...but Im sure Ill think of others
:D

Thanks very much

I just wanted to ask these questions again.
Joe, I didnt see any hours for Hurricane Hannah's on the FAQ

Thanks again everyone for your help :)

Joe Cool
05-24-2001, 12:03 PM
Hey,

<b>CaptJack</b>, Hurricane Hanna's hours depend on Stormalong Bay pool hours. It's open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. right now, but the hours will change during the value season.

<b>Disneypal</b>, good luck!!!!

<b>Disneyberry</b>, check the floor plans (links are on the first page of this thread in the FAQ section) for exact locations of the King Sico rooms.

These rooms are exactly the same size as standard rooms, but are divided into 2 areas: a living area with a sleeper sofa and table & chairs, and a bedroom area with a King-size wall pull-down bed, TV cabinet, and a wet bar. The bathroom is one room, there is no vanity dressing area like in the regular guest rooms. Closet space is about the same.

<b>tigger3</b>, Most of the regular guest rooms have 'full' dormer balconies, but the suites and a coupla the rooms and Junior Suites connected to them have full-width standing room balconies.

That's it for now...keep watching, bumping and asking questions. Ciao,

JC

disneyberry
05-24-2001, 03:32 PM
okay, just want to make sure i got this right:

so basically the Sico rooms are King rooms?
i'm still uncertain if i'm getting this...

are all King rooms Sico rooms?


also, is the size/layout/decor of concierge rooms the same as non-concierge rooms? (not counting the deluxe and suite rooms of course)

thanks again for this great thread!

wendell
05-25-2001, 02:10 AM
Hey Joe Cool.

Thanks for all of your great info.

Would you know if they serve Krispe Kreme donuts in the morning in the Concierge lounge?

AND,

Do they allow you free access to the Ship Shape Health Club?

Just wondering and thanks again for any info you or anyone else may have as I have never stayed there before.

Wendell :cool:

YodasMom
05-25-2001, 09:21 AM
Any updates on the BC construction and areas I should stay away from. Will I be away from it if I requested an Epcot view away from construction (standard room)?

Joe Cool
05-26-2001, 01:06 AM
Hey,

<b>YodasMom,</b> if you request Garden View you'll be fine. All the Standard and Water View rooms in the section that used to be called Garden View are away from the construction.

<b>wendell</b>, Ship Shape isn't free, but I think it's included with Concierge rooms.

I'm not a donut fan. *heh* I didn't notice Krispe Kremes when I stayed at Concierge, but you could always call and ask. Or be surprised. :D

<b>disneyberry</b>, no. There are "King" rooms, and there are "King Sico" rooms. King rooms have a REAL bed in them. King Sico rooms are always larger and laid out as I described. I don't think there are any on the Concierge floors though. The layouts of the Concierge rooms are the same as the regular rooms, except the DECOR is a little different (still nice, just a little classier).

JC

CaliforniaDreaming
05-26-2001, 03:22 PM
OT:
JC, I sent you a private message, could you please read it and respond to it. Thanks!

Great Forum!

tigger3
05-26-2001, 04:14 PM
JC

What's a full dormer balcony??? Thanks!:cool:

Joe Cool
05-27-2001, 10:45 AM
Hey,

A "full dormer" balcony is a balcony that is tucked under the eaves of the top floor roof. At the Beach Club, all rooms that are marked "dormer" balcony have this kind of balcony.

JC

wendell
05-28-2001, 04:10 AM
Does anyone know if they have done anything with the space that used to house Ariel's Restaurant at the Y&BC. the last time I was there it was empty, do they have any plans for this space?

Just wondering and thanks!

Wendell

Joe Cool
05-28-2001, 07:49 PM
Ariel's is still Ariel's, but it's not used as a restaurant anymore. They use it for VIP functions and convention stuff, last I saw in January.

JC

P.S....why not 5 stars? C'mon, I take suggestions!!!

wendell
05-29-2001, 11:34 PM
OK JC, last question (for now...).

Can you tell us all of the room numbers you stayed in at the Y&BC Concierge level and which one you liked best?

Thanks and after this, take a break you deserve it!

Wendell :)

Joe Cool
05-30-2001, 12:36 AM
Hey,

Last March, we stayed in room 5179, on the Concierge level, which is right smack dab in the center of the building, right over the lobby doors (on the 5th floor). This room was fantastic! We were a party of 5 that trip; the room has 2 queen beds and a daybed. We could see most of the Epcot fireworks, the wing to our left was blocking the rest of it. We couldn't really see the right side of the Boardwalk Villas or much of the Swan/Dolphin/MGM area from the room...but I sort of fixed that situation (heh) the next trip in January 2000 when we had room 4163 (4th floor). This room was really great...it was about a foot and a half wider than 5179, and didn't have a daybed. This room did, however, have 2 big corner windows that let a whole lot more light in the room from the wedding gazebo courtyard. The view was incredible...180 degrees, from World Showcase all the way to the Swan. Wow.

Thanks for your support and interest...yea, I need a break, I'll get one next week after my students' show on friday, and i'll be on vacation from June 14th until at least mid-July. I'm going to hand over bumping of this thread to you during that time (i may not have computer access). Stay cool! And watch me on Teen Disney survivor!

JC

My2boyz1
05-30-2001, 10:16 PM
bump.....

Also......anybody know the answer to the minibar question at the yc? do all rooms have one?

wendell
05-31-2001, 01:37 AM
Yes, I believe they all do!

Have a nice trip,

Wendell :cool:

Cruisequeen
06-03-2001, 12:35 AM
WE just returned from a trip to WDW last week. We stayed offsite, but in the evenings we would go to Beaches and Cream and have a malt. One evening we rented bikes and rode around the Boardwalk. Both nights we sat on the beach and watched the Epcot fireworks. After my girls saw that incredible pool, they both wanted to stay at Beaches next trip. Can you get a better rate if you go through Dreams Unlimited? Our offsite hotel was of course much easier on the pocketbook.

Disneypal
06-05-2001, 12:49 PM
I can't Thank You enough!!! This was our 6th trip to Disney and the best one ever! Originally we had 2 rooms at the All Star Sports, changed to 1 room at Port Orleans riverside and then after reading your post went with 1 room at the Yacht Club. Always before I said we don't need to spend the extra money on a room we will never be there, it is a waste of money. Not true at all!!! The Yacht Club makes your trip so much more relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable! The rooms are so much bigger, exceptionally decorated and have larger beds. The land scaping and entire layout are just beautiful! The pool is the most amazing thing I have ever seen and our kids loved it!

I follwed you advice to the letter. I faxed a request 4 days before we left, called the day before and reminded them at check in. We were upgraded from a garden view to a water view, given a full balcony and had the best view I think they have!

The staff was wonderful. We ate at Beaches and Cream
and the atmosphere was so enjoyable, the food was good and the price wasn't bad. We walked to Epcot every day (nice walk, not long at all). Biked on the 4 seaters from the Boardwalk. Swam in the quiet pool. ate breakfast at the bakery on th Boardwalk (very good). Had Italian Ice on the Boardwalk. Best of all we could see the fireworks from epcot every night right on our balcony (it was breathtaking).

Thanks Again Joe!









:p :p :p

rogers803
06-05-2001, 06:29 PM
Sounds SO wonderful! Can't wait!

EGarbs
06-08-2001, 05:34 AM
Bump, 88 more days until our first stay at BC!!:pinkbounc

Joe Cool
06-11-2001, 01:43 AM
Yeeeeeeeeee-haaaaaaaa! You might be a redneck if...

LOL...um if a G string is part of a violin? Oh, wait, I play the violin...but I also play the guitar, and that has a G string too...oh, nevermind...

See, this is what you get from JC at 1:30 in the morning. :rolleyes:

Anywayz...the bumps begin! I'm here for 3 more days.

Stay cool,

JC

JUST4JENNA
06-11-2001, 04:17 PM
just curious.... anyone ever get upgraded to concierge room at YC/BC???

wendell
06-11-2001, 08:08 PM
Hi everyone!

Other than the great photos put up by JC and Mikamouse, does anyone else have any great shots of the Y&B exterior?

I've only stayed at the Y&B a few times and I'm interested if anyone else has taken the time to photgraph the outside of the hotel. It's a great looking property!

Just wondering and thanks in advance for any info you might have,

Wendell:cool:

wdwnutze
06-12-2001, 07:18 AM
I'm sure it's in here somewhere but I haven't found it (I'll just ask instead of continuing to look) Are there coffee makers in the rooms at the BC?? Do I need to request one at check in? Also, what about hairdryers? Just trying to tie up the loose ends for my Aug. trip.
:p :p :pinkbounc :bounce: :pinkbounc :p :p

Joe Cool
06-12-2001, 11:00 AM
WHAT? I forgot to mention coffee makers? AAAAUGH!

(LoL, it's not that bad, I'll go update now...)

ALL the rooms in both the Beach Club <i>and</i> the Yacht Club have coffee makers with complimentary packets of tea, coffee, coffeemate, and sweetners.

JC

wdwnutze
06-12-2001, 11:12 AM
[COLOR=darkblue]Thanks for the quick reply Joe Cool!

:earsboy: :earsgirl:

Joe Cool
06-12-2001, 12:26 PM
No problem!

And don't forget to give this awesome thread 5 stars! :cool:

JC

Justhope
06-12-2001, 01:12 PM
Just a happy little bump.:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Hope

JUST4JENNA
06-12-2001, 03:02 PM
i would like to request a standard room where we wouldnt have alot of walking when we get back from the parks. i never stayed at the BC so i am not sure if it is like some of the other resorts. (lots of walking to your room) are there any rooms that are conveniently located near bustops, restaurants, & pool?

bashful4
06-12-2001, 11:49 PM
Can my six year old use her own swim ring or does she have the use the big ones that they have at Stormalong Bay?

We will be staying at the YC during our anniversary. Would we have a better chance of getting our room requests (view, etc.) if we mention that in our fax?

Thanks!

Joe Cool
06-13-2001, 09:44 AM
Hey!

Today's my last day at home for a <i>while</i>. Thanks, y'all, for bumping this forum like you've been...keep it up like I know you will.

Umm...I <i>think</i> there won't be a problem with your six year old and her swimmies...I'm not sure what rules the lifeguards have set.

And yea, I think that if you mention your anniversary (subtly, of course, not to make Room Assignment think you're, um, tryin' anything...*laughs*), they'll work extra hard to pull together some more "magic" for your trip.

OK...that's all for now. I don't know if I'll be able to pop in much over the next two weeks, so it's up to you to housekeep this thread until I get back! :cool:

Ciao,

JC


10/92: CB
5/95: CB; WL
2/97: DVB; WL; Dolphin Concierge
1/98: New Year's @ GF Concierge
4/98: DVB
11/99: DVB
3/00: YC Concierge
1/01: YC
10/01: YC (or GF Concierge, haven't decided)

Goofyisme
06-13-2001, 03:28 PM
I casually mentioned it was my 50th in my room request 4 days prior. No request for an upgrade and was upgaded from a standard view to a wonderful view of the lake and Illuminations. Never hurts to mention these things.

tigger2on
06-14-2001, 08:49 AM
I have afour-year old in a wheelchair and would like to know which room at this resort are accessible before we make our ressies. Would like a balcony for her to eat breakfast on and a view that is looking to the interior of th club if possible and not the forest or villas.
Any suggestions?

Joe Cool
06-15-2001, 10:23 AM
Hmm...I just got back from my surgery yesterday, but I'll try to call the Yacht & Beach Club for you soon to ask them. Anyone else, you're welcome to help us out with this one. All the info that you or I get will be permanently posted on here.

Ciao,

JC

PamNC
06-15-2001, 10:33 AM
We stayed at the Beach Club for the first time this year. 5/26 - 6/2. I am sold! Loved the Epcot Resort Area, stormalong bay, theming. We loved it all. I wonder if I'll ever stay anywhere else. Well, maybe I'll try the Yacht Club next time.

Keep this thread alive.

PamNC

paksmom
06-15-2001, 04:15 PM
JC just saw that you had surgery, hope all is well! :wave:

Joe Cool
06-15-2001, 05:52 PM
Thanks, I'm doing great. I usually bounce back pretty fast from this stuff. The whole thing was because of a breathing problem that came from when i broke my nose in a stupid rollerblading accident 3 years ago. All's well that ends in the recovery room, they say...:rolleyes: Anyway, I'll be updating the forum tomorrow when I'll definitely have more time on my hands.

Ciao,

JC

MasterNick
06-15-2001, 06:36 PM
I don't know what to think. Joe Cool's update on 6/13/01 says there ARE coffeemakers in all the rooms with complimentary coffee. I just called the front desk at the Yacht Club, and the person there told me there are no coffeemakers in the room but he could get me one (he thought I was staying in the hotel).

So what's the story? Joe Cool, you seemed pretty sure about the coffee makers, so why is the front desk saying no??

I was hoping it'd be true. I love having the coffee maker and having coffee and tea provided. sOMEONE HELP!

:confused: :eek: :mad: :o :(

Goofyisme
06-15-2001, 06:58 PM
There was no coffee maker in our room when we stayed at the YC a couple of weeks ago.

Michelle
06-15-2001, 07:44 PM
Great forum, Joe. :D

It is true that there are NOT coffeemakers in the rooms at the Beach or Yacht Clubs. I have stayed at both multiple times and there are no coffeemakers. I don't know if you can REQUEST them or not, I haven't tried that.

Joe Cool
06-16-2001, 12:02 PM
WHAT??

Wow! I can't believe this...when we went in March 2000 AND January of 2001, we DID have a coffee maker in BOTH of the rooms. Wow! I am updating now, but I will RECOMMEND that you request a coffee maker.

Stupified,

JC

MasterNick
06-16-2001, 03:58 PM
Hi Joe,

Did you request one before you went? Or did you have a concierge room? Maybe they put them in the concierge rooms now. I don't know.... I wish they were in the rooms though. I know you can request one and get one easily (we always do) but you don't get those complimentary packets of coffee daily. I like those. This way you don't have to buy your own coffee (it's a hassle!) and you can request extra packets from housekeeping. At Dixie Landings, we always got our request for a coffee maker. At the Wilderness Lodge, we got our request, plus cups and coffee packets (it was a one time thing only though).

Thanks,
Nick :p

MasterNick
06-16-2001, 04:01 PM
Hi Folks,

For those of you who have stayed at the YC very recently, how were the rooms doing? I often wonder if the rooms will be up to par. So many people check in and check out that they probably get run down very quickly. Someone a few months ago told me on this board that there were some issues with her room....some fixtures were very worn....mini-bar fridge was leaking onto the carpet...and so on. This is my first time at the YC, and I am expecting the room to be tip top shape. Let me know what you think.

Thanks!
Nick :confused:

Goofyisme
06-17-2001, 08:11 AM
We did notice that the furniture was getting a little bit run down in need of some touch up paint and such. However, it was still a great room.

Joe Cool
06-18-2001, 05:13 PM
Well, guys, my surgery was a LOT easier than they told me it'd be. Or maybe it was just me...*lol*...but anyway, all the bracing and bandage stuff has been removed, I'm not on anything that prohibits me from doing normal life stuff (well...except for like mountain biking, rock climbing, etc...*lol*) so I am now pretty much back in circulation (hehe).

Ok...I didn't notice any problems at ALL with our rooms both times at the YC. Maybe they had just painted or replaced the furniture, or something, but our rooms looked and smelled new.

JC

VickiVM
06-18-2001, 06:16 PM
how long has YC had the concierge level. We stayed in concierge in Aug. '91 and I do remember pastries, juice, coffee in the morning and light snacks in the afternoon and evening, but nothing of real substance. I do, though, remember the great service...concierge had someone get me Pepto around midnight even though store in lobby was closed...no charge.

Hoping to go back REAL soon...

Joe Cool
06-18-2001, 07:24 PM
Hey Vicki,

They've really upgraded the concierge levels since the year they opened. Now, the Yacht Club offers the same grade of service as the other concierges at the Boardwalk, Beach Club, Grand Floridian, and AKL. The runner-up concierges are the Wilderness Lodge, the Poly, and the Suites on the 14th (NOT THE 12TH) floor at the Contemporary...the Contemporary's 12th floor "mini-me" concierge probably now offers the same kind of thing you had in '91 at the YC. The service is awesome...ask them to jump and they ask how high, so to speak.

JC

CaliforniaDreaming
06-18-2001, 07:32 PM
JC, wondering what you mean by runner-up concierges?

Joe Cool
06-19-2001, 08:27 PM
Oops. Joe-ism...

"Runner-up" concierges would be the concierge levels at the resorts that are not exactly the upper echelon, like the Grand Floridian, Yacht (& Beach) Club and AKL. "Runners-up" are still a cut above the regular Deluxe guest experience, but they don't measure up to the others in terms of personal service, what the cast members are willing to do, food offerings, and general fit and finish.

JC

CaliforniaDreaming
06-19-2001, 10:19 PM
JC, Yacht Club or Beach Club??? ;)

Joe Cool
06-19-2001, 11:37 PM
Both.

JC

figmentvi
06-20-2001, 08:05 AM
Welcome back Joe, glad to hear everything went well with your surgery.

As a note to the earlier poster who was concerned about having to request a coffeemaker, yet not having supplies refreshed. Having to get or bring your own coffee supplies with you can be a hassle. Maybe you might want to give NetGrocers.com a try.

Last year when we stayed at WL, I ordered juices, granola bars and other snacky items from NetGrocer and had them delivered to the hotel. It worked out perfectly. The added cost of shipping really wasn't bad at all and was certainly cheaper than buying those items at WDW.

So maybe just give them a try and have coffee supplies delivered.

Just a suggestion.

*Fantasia*
06-20-2001, 10:09 PM
I just started reading your wonderful FAQ! I'm thinking of staying there this Oct. I thought maybe I better do my homework and do some research on this two resorts.

I just want your personal opinion please. I have DS 4 and DD 2 and hubby and me, which one would you choose for us and why? I do like the laid back atmosphere and I like the soft colors of BC. What would you pick for your personal choice? Thanks!! And thanks for your FAQ!!

Joe Cool
06-21-2001, 12:00 AM
Hey, Fantasia!

You guys should definitely stay at the Beach Club. Be sure to request a room near the elevators, and if you can, reserve a Water View room. That way, you don't have to walk far with the kids after a long day in one or more of the parks.

The beach blanket atmosphere is really great for families with young kids, also if you're more partial to the colors and the general atmosphere, the Beach Club will make you feel good.

Plus, it's real close to Epcot. Nice perk, you can just walk with the kids in the door, if y'all want.

I'm adding stuff to this thing real soon, so watch for it.
Until then, adios and thanks for the kudos.

JC

wheatenwalker
06-21-2001, 07:52 AM
I read in another thread (and the info may be here as well, I am being lazy :) ) that you have to pay to rent a tube at Stormalong Bay, is that true??? If so how cheap of Disney is that!! Paying top dollar and they cant suppy tubes???? Yikes!

zeekers
06-21-2001, 08:19 AM
RE: Tube rental for lazy river at BC/YC-Do you have to rent one from Disney or can we bring our own inflatable tubes? I read on another post some people buy "noodles" at the gift shop and use those instead of a tube. Does anyone know what the rule is on this? 5 in a family, it could get rather pricey to be renting tubes everyday.

caitycaity
06-21-2001, 10:10 AM
I love this thread!

I do have a question about the alcoholic mugs at HH's...Is it the $8+ for the mug and then $8+ for subsequent refills, or is there a discount on the refills?

I understand the non-alcoholic mugs have free refills, but I doubt that would be the case where alcohol is concerned.

As for Arial's, I have some good news for you all. I am getting married in November at WDW and we wnated to have our reception at Arial's but we were told they were closing it to private events this summer (I think the end of June, if they haven't already) to refurbish it to be a restuarant again. I am not sure if it will have the same theme or not.

Thanks for all the information, Joe! :)

*Fantasia*
06-21-2001, 11:18 AM
Thanks for your personal opinion!! And thanks for the tip! I will ask for a room near the elevator and waterview and hopefully it will be granted. I will check your FAQ once in a while to make sure I'm getting the lastest infos and read other people's questions and answers. :cool: We have about 3 more months!!! :bounce:

*Fantasia*
06-21-2001, 05:16 PM
Oh, I read here that kids can't wear thier lifevest or floaties on when using the slides because the slides are narrow, did I read that correctly? This could be a problem, cause neither my 2 or my 4 can swim! Let alone, I myself can't swim!! Are these slides for kids only or there some adult slides too? How many slides are there? Will I be able to slide down with my 2 yr old? Are there any slides just for toddlers size? Are the kiddie pool real nice too? Sorry for all these questions. I just wanted to make I got all the facts here, thanks so much!!

wendell
06-22-2001, 01:52 PM
Hi Everyone,

Thanks to all of you for keeping such a great thread going.

With all the talk about Concierge rooms at the Y&B, one thing I noticed they always mention about the rooms is that there is a "television speaker" in the bathroom area of the Concierge rooms.

My questions is, doesn't this "speaker" exist in ALL of the rooms? I have stayed in the standard rooms at the YC on the regular floors a few times and I always remember a volume dial in the bathroom area to adjust the sound you hear from the television.

Was it just me?

Just wondering,

Wendell

Orky15
06-22-2001, 02:33 PM
Staying in a Yacht Club Concierge Lagoon VIew room starting July 19th...

already requested:
non-smoking
King sized bed
told CRO it was our honey moon


Thinking of requesting a refrigerator
How would I go about requesting a larger room?
Has anyone ever been able to upgrade to a suite? If so, at what kind of upsell charge?

Joe Cool
06-22-2001, 07:27 PM
Hey,

Requesting a fridge is a good idea...there aren't any lagoon view regular guest rooms on the concierge level that are larger in square footage...they're all about 381 sq. ft.. Suites...would only be available if the Suites Dept. of Central Reservations has them available, but I'm not too familiar with the upsell policy, so something could develop. I reccommend you check in to it! :D

Um, the television speaker was in our bathroom (4163, not concierge) last time we were there I don't know if I have it listed for all the rooms, though. I'lll check and get back to you on it...

Thanks, more to come.

JC

CaliforniaDreaming
06-22-2001, 07:31 PM
Yo JC, I have a standard YC room booked. What do I request?

CaliforniaDreaming
06-22-2001, 08:15 PM
Does anyone have any current Standard room pictures?

Thanks. ;)

Mickey_k
06-23-2001, 01:53 PM
Bump!

9 days to go!

We will be at the YC in 9 days!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Cool
06-23-2001, 05:01 PM
Wasup y'all,

What do you think of the new pictures on the first page? Check 'em out, and let me know.

I'm working on putting more and more stuff up here while I'm supposed to stay home and keep the athletic activity at a minimum, so expect to see some more photos pop up here soon. I'm also working on getting a user-friendly page ready with <b>floor plans of Yacht and Beach Club guestrooms and suites</b>, directly from Walt Disney World.

I'll try not to live up to my partial reputation as the eternal procrastinator and get on the ball...er...scanner...with the floor plans. In the meantime...

<b>Cali</b>, there's a pic of a room up on the first page. Unfortunately, it transferred <b>really dark</b>... the bedspreads are a lot lighter than that. I might get a couple more pics up today, though. :) As for a room request, do what I recommended in the room requests section. I don't think you'll have too much of a problem.

JC

JUST4JENNA
06-23-2001, 06:26 PM
hi joe, love this thread! i was wondering if any of the standard beach club rooms have more square footage. any info u could give would be appreciated.

Joe Cool
06-24-2001, 12:57 AM
Hey J4J,

There are some bigger standard view Beach Club rooms...check the floor plans, which I have links to on the first page. They would be marked in green, and they are indicated:

4726 roof & loading dock view
4648 driveway & construction view
4606 construction view

3726 roof & loading dock view
3648 driveway & construction view
3606 construction view
3532 forest & lawn viewm far from elevators but close to epcot

2648 driveway & construction view
2606 construction view
2532 forest & lawn view, far from elevators but close to epcot

1606 lawn & construction view
1532 forest & lawn view, far from elevators but close to epcot

JC

JUST4JENNA
06-24-2001, 07:37 AM
hey joe, thanks for the response. can u also tell me what it is like being on the first floor, and would u suggest requesting that? we will be staying at the BC with 2 small children and would like a standard room that would be convenient to everything (if thats possible) we would like to be close to pool, restaurants, etc. without having a really long walk after the parks. i already requested to be near the elevators. thanks, and once again, i LOVE this thread!!!

copper68
06-24-2001, 07:41 AM
hey joe,

i saw on the first page about the refillable mugs...you said they have alcoholic ones??...are the refills free on those also??...what kind of drinks can you get??...beer??...or tropical drinks??...

thanks for all the info...

Paul

borelsw
06-24-2001, 12:11 PM
We are staying at the Yacht Club July 12th - 22nd and have reservations for one evening for my 8 and 9 year old to go to the Sandcastle Club. Im a little nervouse. Does anyone have any information that would set my mind at ease.

MasterNick
06-24-2001, 02:43 PM
Hi Joe Cool,

I have some questions regarding the room you stayed in Jan 2001 (#4163).

That was a corner waterview room. Was it concierge level or regular? Also, did it have a daybed in it? I love the idea of having two big windows in the room so I'd really love to get a corner room somewhere.

And...do you have any more pics of the room and the interior of the hotel itself? Your help is appreciated!!

Nick

CaliforniaDreaming
06-24-2001, 02:46 PM
Thanks Joe!

Are there any of those corner rooms with two queens and a daybed (either standard or water view)?

MasterNick
06-24-2001, 02:50 PM
Hi Joe Cool,

I have some questions regarding the room you stayed in Jan 2001 (#4163).

That was a corner waterview room. Was it concierge level or regular? Also, did it have a daybed in it? I love the idea of having two big windows in the room so I'd really love to get a corner room somewhere.

And...do you have any more pics of the room and the interior of the hotel itself? Your help is appreciated!!

Nick

Michelle
06-24-2001, 03:08 PM
Scott, the Sandcastle Club is EXCELLENT, my 7 yo DD has been there many, many times and it is one of the highlights of her trips. Your kids will have a blast! :D

Justhope
06-24-2001, 10:46 PM
Just thought I would let you all know that you have convinced me to switch my ressies from CBR to the BC. Everything looks wonderful. I only hope I can get a good rate for April. Throw some pixie dust my way.
Lots of great info on this thread!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Hope

Joe Cool
06-24-2001, 11:45 PM
Hola amigos,

<b>Justhope</b>, that's great to hear! The Beach Club is much nicer and more convenient for you than the Caribbean Beach...it's definitely worth the extra money. I'm hoping everything goes alright with your room and your trip! Have a great time.

<b>MasterNick</b>, our room was on the fourth floor, so it wasn't on the concierge level. We didn't have a daybed, but then again we didn't need one. There was a blue easy chair that we put clothes on in the corner by the other window.

I <i>do</i> have a few extra pics of the room. However, I am missing one out of the 3 disks of digital pics from the trip...I think I know where I put it, but it won't be too soon before the rest of my Yacht Club pics are up. Most of the other pics of the resort I took of architectural details (close-ups of balconies, trims, etc., views that no one else in their right mind would think of taking...*lol*), but there are plenty of pics of the resorts floating around online. Thumb through the link section for more pictures...and BTW, Misti and Mikamouse have HUGE photopoint albums of pics from these hotels. I want to make links to those albums...when I find them out. *laughs*

<b>Cali</b>, I'm sure there are some water view corner rooms with a daybed. I saw one in one of those WDW informational videos. Call them for details, if you want. I'll try to find out, though, if I get time.

<b>copper68</b>, I updated the entire first page. Check under the refillable mugs section for info.

<b>J4J</b>, eh...I...wouldn't recommend the first floor. The rooms are really convenient, but the ones near the elevator are also in the busiest section of the resort. I have no clue why Bob Stern put rooms there, but you'll have noise from people going shopping, people walking to the elevators, people walking outside, the boats, EPCOT fireworks and Tapestry of Nations music (at the BC at least...), weddings, etc. Second floor is just as convenient because at both resorts, you can just walk up the grand staircases or take the elevator one flight up. Also...you're gonna be in Florida. Even though Disney uses more bug spray than the entire state of Alaska ( :rolleyes: ), there's always the possibility of something finding its way into your room...

OK, that's it for now. Don't forget to check out my updated first page...what do y'all think of the new pics? Anything I left out that you want to see?

AND DONT FORGET TO GIVE THIS POST 5 STARS!!!!!
*lol*...we only have 37 votes...

JC

caitycaity
06-25-2001, 09:31 AM
Myself and 1 other person have asked questions about the refilable alcoholic mugs on here and yet recieved no answer. :( What's the deal? If you don't know, please say so we aren't left hanging.

Thanks.

MICKEYMOUSSE
06-25-2001, 10:04 AM
While looking over your info, I scrolled down to the pic of the Guest Room, and my 4 yr old son yelled"Mommy, that's our room!!!"-low and behold, it was room 4163, which we were in 6/10-6/16/01. It was great.....roomy, the view was wonderful and we especially enjoyed being out of the way, in a corner, no hallway traffic! YC is, and has always been, our favorite WDW Resort.

Joe Cool
06-25-2001, 11:32 AM
I'll quote myself.

The Yacht & Beach Club offer refillable mugs for $7.75 each, refill them at Hurricane Hanna's FREE, as many times as you want during your stay! These are for non-alcoholic beverages only. Refills are <i>not</i> free for alcoholic beverages, which kind of makes sense.

That's from the refillable mug section on the <b>updated</b> first page.

I am trying to stick as much up-front information on to that first page as I can. After reading the other FAQ threads, I am going to add more information:

<b>Room Discount Breakdowns</b>
<b>Child Care</b>
<b>Guest Room & Suite Floor Plans</b>

That all is going to take a little time. Watch here for an update by me.

JC

caitycaity
06-25-2001, 12:19 PM
Hi Joe-

I read that at the beginning of the thread already a couple of days ago, but I guess it was not updated yet. Do you know how much the refills cost?

Thanks! I do find this to be a very helpful thread and appreciate all of the effort that was put into it! :)

Joe Cool
06-25-2001, 02:08 PM
Umm...I guess the refill is however much the drink you want is. I remember they had alcoholic beverages at the Dolphin Concierge back in '97, but I don't know if they do that anymore. I don't think there's a flat refill rate for alcoholic drinks, though. They probably do this to discourage possible excessive use of alcohol on property...you know.

JC

Don't forget to give this thread a 5 star rating! Or give me any advice you might have to continue improving!

*Fantasia*
06-25-2001, 03:02 PM
Thanks Joe for putting more pictures up on the thread (w/o doing any clicks)!! How 'bout more BC pictures?!!
:bounce:

CaliforniaDreaming
06-25-2001, 03:18 PM
I made my requests! Daybed and Garden View. Anything else I should be aware of other than what is in your Q&A Forum?

borelsw
06-25-2001, 07:54 PM
Thank you Michelle.

Joe Cool
06-25-2001, 11:29 PM
<i>...bows...</i>

Your wish is my command. I stuck some more BC pics on the first page, more on the way.

I'm working on the floor plan thing. Story of my life *sighs*. You'll know when I know if this isn't like last summer's around-the-block spin on 'oh i'm working on it, working on it, working on it, whoops! ran out of time..'.

Cali...I think that's about it. Just remember to go over the room requesting section if you want, it may help.

JC

Mimi70
06-26-2001, 12:44 AM
Hi Joe! I just got back this evening from the Yacht Club after staying there for 4 days. Yeah, yeah, I know...too short a trip, but a MUCH needed trip nevertheless.

I've been reading through your string, and I wanted to give you some updates to help the Forum:


I was in room 4111 (top left hand corner of your 4th floor map). It didn't face a parking lot, but it had a view of a garden of trees, and in the distance you could hear the buses go by.

I wish I could've taken pictures of the BCV construction currently going on near the Beach Club. <u>I had no idea</u> that the building would be THAT CLOSE to the BC. Also part of the turn-around in front of the BC is obstructed due to the construction. Some shuttles/limos had to actually back up their vehicles in order to clear partition wall to get to the main driveway.

The refillable mugs, according to the CMs at Fittings & Fairings gift shop, are no longer for sale there. They are only available through the mini-bar in the rooms.


That's all I can remember for right now. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I had a great time, and will most definitely go again! :)


YES!!!!!! YC RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LSchrow
06-26-2001, 09:45 AM
i've seen this question asked (in another thread), but never did see a definative answer:
is there bottled water in the *smaller*, plastic bottles (ie, lighter weight, as sold in parks & great for carrying around) currently & readily available in YC concierge? (heard they were: in other concierges, at "one time", only in large bottles, only upon request, etc)

thanks for the answer (and all the GREAT info!)
laurie s

Joe Cool
06-26-2001, 03:05 PM
Hoolaz,

Welcome back! Another dyed in the wool YC fan... :)

The concierge lounges at both the Yacht and Beach clubs always have the little bottles of water out for guests to take to the parks.

Mimi, I'll definitely update my floor plans this week, and also I'm going to stick the BCV building in to the existing BC floor plans. Yes, the building is within spitting distance of the existing Beach Club...*rolls eyes*...I also had no idea, but I guess it's a done deal.

I updated the first page again with your refillable mug info. I think it makes sense for them to do that, though.

I am also going to get a picture up that I took of the balconies that have a sideways view of the lake (the "garden view" standard view rooms, if that makes any sense).

Thanks, and watch for updates.

JC

4 Princess Morganne
06-26-2001, 05:30 PM
I assume this question is answered somewhere else on this great thread, but I don't have time to read all 14 pages!

I was wondering what is a King Murphy Bed? Also with 2 adults and a 4 year old child, would you recommend a Kingbed with a day bed, or would we get a larger room if we requested 2 king beds - or is that an option.

Thanks for such a great thread!

thurn
06-26-2001, 05:39 PM
First I want thank you ( and your Mom) for all your wonderful information. I started planning about a year ok and after a couple of false starts I decided to go for it and book a junior suite at the YC. I wanted the location&view w/o the worry of if my request would be met, I wanted Boardwalk, Stromalong bay everything,even found out concierge would be thrown in. To swing it all we cut back the days, just stayed 3 nights, and got frugal for a year. When we got there and got our room assignment it was not 3201 or 4201 as I expected, panick time. When we got into our room, just DH,14 yo DS and me, I was floored we recieved and upgrade unexpected, unrequested to a 2 bedroom king /king suite. 3209! It was fantastic. YC was everything you said and more. I'm not sure how we got so lucky but maybe it was because the real VP Cheney was there and would have been above us?? but I give you credit for giving me the map/ info that got me started.

MaryAnnFloridian
06-26-2001, 07:03 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks so much thurn, I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. Actually, Joe should take most of the credit...I haven't done anything on here in <i>months</i>! I really am glad this thread is flourishing. We're planning our next trip to the Yacht Club this Fall, perhaps the week of the DIS convention.

Have a great summer,

MAF

borelsw
06-27-2001, 08:47 PM
Two weeks from tomorrow (Thur - leaving July 12th) Anyone gonna be there then.

Does anyone know what time they will assign our room. We plan to take the floor plans of the YC on the drive with us and call them at 7am and find out what room we will be in. We have asked for Lake views by the elevator (18 of us in 5 rooms). This will give us some time to ask them to move us if they don't give us what we requested. Does this sound like a good game plan. Do we have a pretty good chance of getting our wishes. I am faxing over a cute letter from my kids the week before we go and then the day before to help things a bit.

JC, any advise?

Hey Jimbo, Donniekins

ScroogesNephew
06-28-2001, 09:13 AM
Thanks for all the helpful info.

markºoº
06-28-2001, 10:59 AM
I've read through everything and I'm not sure this question has been confirmed (if so, I apologize).

Do the BC jr. suites (deluxe room) and 1 bedroom suites include concierge access?

Also, are these ever discounted?

What are your thoughts on this. We were planning on doing 4 nights at WL jr suite following a 4 night DCL cruise in 2002. Now I'm thinking of switching from WL to BC. for the lighter theming and pool. There will be 4 of us, included 2 sons, 3.5 and 10. We have a 1 bedroom suite on the cruise with concierge service so I'm afraid moving to a standard room would be a let down. That is why I was thinking of the jr. suite. We will be going during value season but still the rack rates are too high for concierge($445), jr. suite ($440), or 1 bedroom suite ($465) so I'm hoping for a discount using DC or AAA or a special code.

This is a great FAQ - thanks for all the detailed information.

*Fantasia*
06-28-2001, 11:37 AM
Hi! Is there a playground for my 2 and 4 to play on? How much is it to rent a tube? Can we use our own tube? Is the kiddie lifevest free or do you also rent that too? Thanks!

GailT
06-29-2001, 06:11 AM
OUCH Mark, you bumped into me. LOL Let's keep this thread going.

Ok, I will ask a question and curious as to the answer.

I am going to the YC in August gonna be in concierge and went from a standard view to a lagoon view back to a standard view. OK, so I change my mind like the weather. What I want to know, are the rooms the same in those two catargories or should I change again. I am going to run out of luck, they arent going to hold rooms for me till I can decide? LOL:) :bounce:

Joe Cool
06-29-2001, 11:13 AM
Howyadoin,

<b>GailT</b>, wellll, if you get a Standard View room, most likely you will not have any view of the lake, only lawns, trees, parking lots, or the roof of the convention center. The water view rooms are exactly the same, except that they have a direct or sideways view (i.e. you might have to crane your neck a little) of the lake. Check the floor plans for details, but it all depends on your preference, I guess.

<b>*Fantasia*</b>, Umm...I think there's a playground, and if there isn't one per se, the kids' areas of Stormalong Bay are enough of a playground for your kids. I...believe...flotation rentals are free. You could inquire at the front desk when you get there.

<b>mark</b>, ALL of the suites include concierge access. At that price, would <i>you</i> justify not getting concierge?

<b>borelsw</b>, Hrm. I think they will assign your room as soon as you check in, no earlier. There could be a tiny chance that they would assign your room before you check in, but their new policy states that usually, they have to assign rooms during the check in process. Room assignment now blocks groups of rooms to be assigned to various incoming reservatios. The letter might help. :)

<b>thurn</b>, Awesome, awesome awesome. Did you take any pics of your suite to put up online? Eventually I want to have pics of every guest room type up on here.

<b>4 Princess Morganne</b>, A murphy bed pulls down from the wall, like you might have seen in Japanese movies or something. The maid retracts the bed up into the wall when she comes in to clean. You just pull it down when you're ready to sleep. This opens up extra space in the room for whatever you want. For 2 adults and a 4 year old, definitely go for the King-bed-and-a-daybed option. Request this when you make reservations (if you haven't already), and again at check in.

Thanks guys, and don't forget, your replies are what make this thread deserve 5 stars!!!! :D

JC

GailT
06-29-2001, 04:13 PM
Joe Cool, thanks for telling me the difference, I called up, what I have is a garden view and they told me I will have just that gardens. To be honest I dont care that much cause I am usually not in the room except to sleep.:smooth: :) :bounce:

*Fantasia*
06-29-2001, 04:16 PM
Thanks JC!!

Joe Cool
06-29-2001, 11:27 PM
<b>Just a note...</b>

I wanted to share something with all the people who use this thread to get information and ask questions.
Most of you who are familiar with the original incarnation of the Yacht & Beach Club Question & Answer Forum (est. July 31, 2000) are used to the idea that whatever info you need was probably answered in one of the question posts. Wellllll...after this thread grew to about 30-40 pages in April, I designed the new format of this thread to be more like CaliforniaDreaming's Grand Floridian FAQ thread, or SwanDolphin's FAQ. Rather than having to comb through pages upon pages of questions and answers, I tried to condense relevant information onto the first page, so that y'all have it easier.

I tried my best to arrange that most of the general questions could answer themselves, and I hope 7 long posts is a lot better than 40 short ones. :cool: Questions and answers are always welcome, but the moral of the story is, if it isn't on the first page (that is, the first 7 info posts), I probably don't know it. ;)

Thanks for all of your patience...

<b>Update Plans</b>

<i>Hooooo</i> boy. Here I go again.

I'm getting a completely new computer system, scanner and all. I will scan and prep floor plans of <b>Yacht and Beach Club Rooms</b> when I get that all hooked up.
The computer itself is going to arrive the first week of July, but since I special-ordered the printer/scanner combo, it will take longer... :rolleyes:

Wouldn't it be nice if I gave you a complete set of the redrawn Beach Club plans instead of asking y'all to use your imaginations for the top two floors? <b>Coming Soon.</b> And I mean <i>soon</i>.

Finally, there's always the request for all of you eager DIS'ers to jump in and answer questions here too. Couldja kinda see that I'm...um...getting ready for the school year, when I probably will have less and less time to housekeep this thread? *GRIN*...Thanks, you guys.

JC

borelsw
06-30-2001, 06:04 PM
What kind if gratuity can we expect at the restaurants?:rolleyes:

Joe Cool
07-01-2001, 12:19 PM
I think you can get away with 8-10%, but we always left 15%. Personally, I am a really stingy tipper in restaurants. And....I don't think they allow you to leave cash on the tables.

JC

bat4less
07-01-2001, 11:01 PM
is the YC or the BC an option if we DO NOT WANT TO HEAR OR SEE ANY CONSTRUCTION?

thanks

Joe Cool
07-02-2001, 12:34 PM
Well, to an extent, you won't <i>see</i> the actual dusty construction area from the waterfront side of the hotels, except for the massive cranes currently on the entrance side of the Beach Club. If you stay at the Yacht Club, you won't have to really be on the construction side of the building, except for when the bus stops at the Beach Club's makeshift bus stop...which, in January, was smackdab in the middle of the construction area. There's no construction noise if you stay at the Yacht Club, but any kind of work area is a turn-off for you, try a deluxe resort several miles away (like the Grand Floridian, Poly, or Wilderness Lodge).

JC

Orky15
07-02-2001, 02:07 PM
I'll be at the Yacht CLub in 17 days!!!

July 19th, here I come!!!

btw, how do I rate the thread?

bat4less
07-02-2001, 09:21 PM
JUST GOT THE YC LAGOON VIEW FOR 7 NIGHTS- HOPEFULLY NO CONSTRUCTION SIGHTINGS! AND THEN THE POLY LAGOON VIEW FOR THE NEXT 7 NIGHTS- CANT WAIT

THANKS JC FOR THE HELP AND THE INFO!

Mickey_k
07-02-2001, 10:25 PM
I'm sooo excited! We will be leaving tomorrow at 5:00 am for the Yacht Club! Thanks so much for the help this thread has been!!!


6hr 30mn until our trip!

Disneyhappy
07-03-2001, 08:09 AM
Finally a 5 Star rating for this thread! This is much deserved!!! We leave in 18 days for the Beach Club and our stay is going to be so much better because of this thread. Thank you, Joe Cool!!!

Joe Cool
07-03-2001, 12:03 PM
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

WE GOT OUR FIFTH STAR!!!!!! GO DIS'ers!!!!!!

Whew. Umm...Ok just if you haven't noticed, there is a little rating box down at the bottom right of the main pages of the forum. :)

Thanks, guys, for all the support, interest, and that fifth star!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kind of makes me wonder why we didn't get the fiver a long time ago...

:rolleyes:

JC

Jeannie
07-03-2001, 12:20 PM
Love this forum! We stayed in a regular room at the YC in Dec. and will be staying in Concierge next month. I can't wait!

When we stayed at Poly Concierge last summer we had a refrigerator put in the room for no charge. My TA was told there would be a $10 per day fee for one at the YC. Is this information correct?

Do I need to request queen beds, or do concierge rooms all have queen size?

Thanks for your help!
Jeannie

Orky15
07-03-2001, 04:06 PM
Finally figured out how to rate the thread, thank goodness!!! I am sooo excited about our trip...I hope theres no construction view! Anyone else honeymoon at the Yacht Club?

Joe Cool
07-03-2001, 11:04 PM
I think all the rooms on the Regatta Club (Concierge) Level have two queen beds or a king-size. No worries.

Ciao,

JC

BowlingAriel
07-05-2001, 10:12 PM
What a wonderful informative site you have here. Stayed at the BC for the first time in June 2001. Can't imagine why I never stayed here before, I am hooked. Coming back July 24th for 3 days, picked concierge, waterview this time. It is my daughter's and niece's b-days. Does anyone know if they do balloons or cake or anything in Concierge for special occasions?

Any idea when the floor plans will be up on the 1st page. Would love to know idea of rooms before I fax in request. Thanks again for all the info. :jester: [COLOR=crimson]

Joe Cool
07-06-2001, 12:11 AM
It'll all start popping up on July 31st, 2001, for the one-year anniversary of this place. Stay cool,

JC

donmil723
07-06-2001, 11:40 PM
:p Only 22 more days til we arrive at BC!!!!

*Belle*
07-07-2001, 08:37 AM
I just changed my DC Standard Rm at the YC to GV Concierge with the AP Rate. I spoke with 3 different CM's at CRO that all told me I would not have a parking lot view, I would have a very nice View of the landscaping and gardens. Now looking at the floor plans for the 5th fl concierge, it appears the rooms are facing the parking lot. Could you please tell me if I am reading the plans wrong or is CRO misinformed? I am just so thrilled to have recieved such a great rate for concierge:D but I am hoping for a nice view.

GailT
07-07-2001, 08:38 AM
Wendell, that I can give you a definet anser too. I talked to the concierge level (katherine) the other day. in the jist of the conversation she did mention they had Krispy creme donuts in the concierge lounge at breakfast. I am not sure if this is everyday but I did say I couldn't wait for that. Katherine was saying they have glazed and chocolate glazed when they served them. OK, now that I am dying for one and we have no Krispy Kremes that i know of in Mass. I am just going to have to wait 34 more days to have one. Argh, I can't wait to go.:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

wendell
07-07-2001, 11:46 AM
Gee thanks for the "confirmation" Gail! That makes my day and now I can't wait!

Have a great time on your trip and have a glazed chocolate for me!

Take care and let us know how you enjoyed your trip!

Wendell :cool:

Joe Cool
07-07-2001, 01:51 PM
Belle, take a look at the aerial photograph I posted on the first page, and find the Yacht Club. Then you can better gauge what your room will have a view of. I can tell you that the rooms on the entrance side of the building do not have a direct view of the parking lot, although the parking lot will be visible from your room. They say the 'very nice view of landscaping and gardens' to everybody who gets standard view to sell the rooms. Just think of what people would do if all they could afford was standard view, and someone told them they'd have a view of a parking lot?

Your view will most likely be of the sunset, the canal near the entrance, the driveway, the convention center roof, and some landscaping and gardens.

JC

Mickey_k
07-07-2001, 04:16 PM
I'm in my room at the YC right now!!! It is soooo cool!Thanks for all the help from these boards! This has been such a great trip so far. I hope it just gets better!:p

:p

GailT
07-07-2001, 04:40 PM
Wendall, I can d one step better then having a donut for you, I'll have a few ok, I love donuts maybe 3. I am sure all the walking I won't gain a ton of weight, or at least I am hoping I wont.:)

GailT
07-07-2001, 04:42 PM
Mickey_K, hope you have a FUNtastic trip. I wish I had a way to update everyone when I go down, who knows, maybe I will sink myself into more debt and buy one for my trip :) :bounce: :smooth: ;)

*Belle*
07-07-2001, 04:48 PM
Thanks for responding.:D We tried to get a waterview non-concierge room, but as luck would have it, they were booked for our dates. My boys are thrilled with staying concierge, they just love concierge lounges and all the perks. I'm sure the view will be fine, we don't usually spend very much time enjoying the view from our room anyway. I'm just thrilled to have gotten a AP rate this time of the year.:) Your a world of information, thanks. :sunny: :sunny: :sunny:

JKeats
07-08-2001, 11:54 AM
Staying at BC for 2nd time in late aug. Loved it last year and couldn't wait to come back. This year bringing mother-in-law and my parents (1st time for all of them) plus my DW, DS (14) and DD (8). We have waterview rooms. Will waterview get me away from construction? Any chance of getting an upgrade when we arrive? (it is also our wedding anniversary.) Didn't know about the construction till after I made reservations and my wife and kids don't want to go anywhere else. Just trying to make this a great trip for my family. Any tips or suggestions appreciated.

:cool: :)

minster22
07-09-2001, 10:08 PM
First things first....thank you for all the work in maintaining this post...AWESOME!! I just booked a room at the YC for April 25-May2 next year. I am going with one of my best friends and have usually stayed at the Boardwalk. I requested a garden view in the wedding chapel area since at this point the only discount available is AAA. If a AP rate comes along we may upgrade to a waterview. What has your experience been with AP or other types of discounts at the end of April? I have had trouble even getting a room at the YC in the past and I'm sure its especially popular during the Epcot Flower and Garden event due to its proximity.

Joe Cool
07-10-2001, 03:05 PM
Sorry it's been so long since I posted, but life caught up with me. Yesterday was my girlfriend's 17th birthday, but to my horror when I was about to go pick her up, my car wouldn't start. Just great, eh? :mad: She ended up <i>walking</i> to my house from where she was (in 85 degree heat no less...sigh), while I ended up having to call a tow truck.

!@#%&...!

:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

Well, 2 hours later, our plans were pretty much squished, leaving us carless, with an empty house ( :cool: ) due to the rest of my family waiting for me at our place at the beach. *Sighh*... so here I sit, waiting for them to fix the cruiser, with the only transportation option left being Mom's good ol' minivan. If my car's not ready by tomorrow, I might just drive the van down.

Thus, I'm left with some time on my hands.

<b>minister22</b>, I haven't gone at the end of April, but hopefully someone has with an AP. I don't think the AP rates are out yet, but if you reserve at regular rate you could try calling them back when the AP rates come out for next spring. I think that information gets posted here on the DIS resorts board. We <i>did</i> stay at the Caribbean Beach during F&G season '95 at Epcot, and we got AAA discount availability for...I believe 10% off.

<b>JKeats</b>, Cool! Yup, you won't have a construction view if you go for WV. Late <i>August</i>? Hrm. I think that's considered high season, but if you ask if they have an upgrade at check-in they might be able to set you up with either a Junior Suite...or...on the other end, a Concierge Garden View.

My advice: stick with the Water View. If you get any other kind of view, even if it's Concierge, you'll be closer to the construction.

Thanks, you guys, and if all goes well the next update of this thread will be on <b>July 31, 2001</b>.

JC

MNT568
07-10-2001, 05:08 PM
Thanks for all the great info on this thread! We will be staying at the Yacht Club for the first time October 1 - 6. We have booked 2 standard view rooms. Now I keep wondering if I should upgrade them to waterview rooms or just go with our luck and see what we get (that's what we did at the BWI and we had a great room). If I stay with standard view and change my mind later, do you think it is possible to upgrade when we check in or will all the waterview rooms already be assigned to other guests? Any opinions or suggestions greatly appreciated.

markºoº
07-11-2001, 09:53 AM
I think the view is a personal choice depending on what you want, how much time you spend in the room, and how much you a willing to pay. The extra money for the water view could be used for meals, etc.

Be aware that a "water" view room could be a view of a pool and not the lagoon. I would suggest you see how much the difference will be and base the decision on that. There is always a chance, but probably small, that you could try to get a comp upgrade at check in if a water view room is available. I do think booking 2 room probably DECREASES your chance on a comp upgrade, expecially if you want room close to each other.

RAV
07-11-2001, 11:17 AM
This may sound a little crazy, but for us, the view we choose at the Yacht Club correlates to our sons'age. We get up early for the early openings, do the parks, and relax at the pool before dinner. No matter how much time we have built into our day for relaxing, my son always falls asleep fairly early in the evening. My husband and I enjoy the water view at the YC because you can sit on the balcony, have some dessert, and still be a part of the action. You can even catch a view of Illuminations. For us, upgrading from a standard view has always seemed worth it. But, it's really just another personal choice you make. Have a super vacation!!!!!!!!!

Joe Cool
07-12-2001, 12:46 AM
Well, I saw it coming. I'm not a Disney trivia geek anyway, (no offense)...but at least I held up my team while we were still together. Oh, those of you who didn't know...I got voted off Survivor. Big deal. I enjoyed it while it lasted...until the merge. Hee hee...

OK.

<b>MNT</b>...October!? Could work. I'd stick with standard view for now. Also depends on the luck of the draw, because now that they assign at check-in, all the water view rooms might have been occupied...or then again, maybe not.

Bump, of course, and I'm working on the update. Stay tuned.

Ciao,

JC

Minnie's Guy
07-12-2001, 06:15 PM
Hi Joe !!
We have been trying to get an answer to this question- maybe the expert can help. We are arriving at the BC on August 14th and are staying concierge. We have not heard one word or received any mail from them. Should they have contacted us by now ? If so, then how can we contact them to find out what's going on. We would like them to help us with some special PS requests. Thank you for your great post- very helpful .

bat4less
07-12-2001, 10:01 PM
:p :bounce: :pinkbounc

joe,

we switched to YC standard view-concierge in sept- any suggestions on which room to stay away from construction and has to be a NON smoking room.
thanks jc in advnace

disneyberry
07-13-2001, 01:27 AM
Joe,

haven't checked in on this FAQ for a while, but now considering staying at YC/BC for my next next potential trip (yeah haven't even gone on the trip i just finished planning last month... )

anyway, surprise surprise, i see in the Phone Request Tips section, you used the info in my post on CRO codes for room requests! ;)

just funny, 'cause i was rereading the FAQ, and was like... hey wait a minute, isn't that my wording?

anyway, i hope my info has been helpful to all those who obsess over getting their room requests "perfect". ;) my original post from the end of June has gotten pushed back very far on this board i'm sure, w/ the crazy activity we see here everyday.

expect to see some questions from me about YC/BC later!

take care.

BowlingAriel
07-13-2001, 09:53 AM
Minnie's Guy

I am going to BC on the 24th of July 11days !! Yipee. I have a waterview Concierge Room too, I hadn't heard from anyone either. So I called CRO last nite, and they patched me thru to the Concierge. They were very apologetic as to not having called or mailed anything. I said I understood, it was prob my fault cuz we had changed our ressie 100 times. So i would suggest calling the CRO and let them know that u haven't had any contact from the Concierge.

Have fun .....11 days and counting.:pinkbounc :bounce: :pinkbounc :bounce:

princess angel
07-13-2001, 04:52 PM
we're going to the YC concierge on wednesday!!!!!!!!

A couple of questions about the concierge lounge, I thought it was open til 10pm, but on your report it says desserts and cordials from 7-9pm.
so what time does the lounge close??

also, mikamouse said there was oatmeal at breakfast hours, is there, cause it doesn't mention that anywhere else?

thank you so much!

Laura :)
only 4 days til YC concierge!!! yipeeeeeeeee :D :D :D

GailT
07-14-2001, 08:56 AM
Princess Angel, I was told when I talked to the concierge level they are open till ten at night. Time is getting close for you, have a GREAT GREAT time.

princess angel
07-14-2001, 10:17 PM
thanks GailT!!!
I am just about read to burst with excitement!!! :)

anybody know if they have oatmeal at the YC concierge lounge???


thanks!:)

Laura :)
only 3 days til YCconcierge!!! yipeeeeeeeeeee :D :D :D

anita46
07-15-2001, 12:32 PM
Laura,
We were there in February and I didn't see any oatmeal.
Lots of cold cereals and Krispy Kreme donuts (a moment of silence, please) lots and lots of fruit ... but no oatmeal.

Let them know and I'm sure they'll come thru for you. They fufilled all our requests...even after one of the kids broke their lamp:eek:
Enjoy

Disneypal
07-15-2001, 10:36 PM
My computer crashed and I lost everything on it including my favorites. When we were planning our trip to Disney someone gave us a code page Mary something. can anyone help?

Cheryl N. WI
07-15-2001, 10:58 PM
Joe Cool, all I can say is WOW what a wealth of info, thanks for all the work you've put into this!!!! We will be staying at the YC for the first time the end of Oct. We will probably do 2 nights at GF in a garden view room and then 3 nights at YC in water view room thanks to the wonderful AP rates and I am soooo excited about both!! After reading all the great info here I can't wait!

I have a few questions. I have requested a non smoking room, are all non smoking rooms on the third floor because this seems like it would be a nice floor to be on or should I go ahead and request to be on the third floor also? Any other tips on what to request for a waterview room would be appreciated also.
What time does SAB open in the morning and how late will it probably be open until in Oct? Can my daughter bring her own blow up tube to use in the "lazy river" and the rest of SAB or do you have to use theirs and if so what do they charge for them?

Thanks again for all the great info!

Cheryl

LSchrow
07-16-2001, 09:56 AM
great info, joe - THANKS!!!

& another ?:
any idea which YC concierge water-view rooms are smoking/non-smoking?
trying to "tweak" my ressies without asking for a specific room.......;)
thanks again,
laurie s

princess angel
07-16-2001, 09:56 AM
thanks Anita46!

really, do you think if I ask concierge for oatmeal they'd get it?

also bumping up a great thread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Laura :)

only 1 more day til YC concierge!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yipeeeeeeeeee :) :) :)
I'm bursting w/excitement!!!! :)

Mimi70
07-16-2001, 10:44 PM
Being that we love the YC SOOOO much, what do you think the chances are of CRO or WDTC issuing out those code postcards again, but during the late Peak/early Regular season?? I would <u>love</u> to go during that time of year! Thanks, hon! :D

figmentvi
07-18-2001, 07:14 AM
I'm also very interested in finding out which concierge Lagoon view rooms are smoking.

Hopefully there are some that have a good view of Boardwalk. I really would like both Boardwalk and Epcot views, but will be happy Boardwalk view only.

Anyone got any clues as to where I can get this info?

Thanks guys !!!!!

zeekers
07-18-2001, 07:35 AM
Does anyone know the answer to Cheryl's question above? Can we bring our own inflatable tubes for the lazy river and the rest of SAB? I have asked this question before and never received a reply.

RAV
07-18-2001, 11:35 AM
I don't believe that you are permitted to use anything other than the tubes that they rent.

js
07-19-2001, 08:04 AM
I am brining 2 inflatable tubes (the kind you get at the Dollar Store) for our trip in August for my 7 & 3 year old. They will not take up any room if I keep them in the bag until we get there. Then I will see about using them (ie, asking or seeing if anyone else is using them).

CaliforniaDreaming
07-19-2001, 06:23 PM
Yo JC,
Can you tell me why the Deluxe Room is cheaper than a Concierge Water? The Deluxe Rooms include concierge, correct? Thanks!

Joe Cool
07-19-2001, 06:51 PM
Hey all!

It's been a <i>while</i>. I got my car back...it's better than ever, but my new computer arrived and...well...it doesn't work. I'm gonna have to send it back to the manufacturers for a replacement...I think this is what they meant when they said, "stuck in the twentieth century." It's 2001 already, why can't they make computers that work!? Mine just keeps giving me a feedback loop...oy, vey. Other than that, you guys have been doing an awesome job keeping this place bumped...

First of all, the <b>official word</b> on kids' inflatable floaties in Stormalong bay pool is that <b>water wings or "swimmies" are permitted</b>, but guests are not allowed to bring any other inflatable floats for the pool. This means no inner tubes, rafts, noodles, etc. You <i>can</i> rent them for no charge, but the Walt Disney World-sanctioned inner tubes and rafts are the only ones that swimmers in Stormalong Bay may use.

<b>figmentvi</b>, I am not exactly sure...call the Yacht Club and ask them at the front desk. The phone number is on one of the first pages. Hopefully, if you request smoking, (i'm not sure if you can reserve) you'll get a smoking room. If they are out of smoking rooms on the concierge level, they may assign you to the fourth floor and code your elevator key for the fifth floor.

<b>princess angel</b>, I hope you're having a great time in WDW!!!!

<b>Cheryl</b>, SAB hours are posted under the <b>Swimming</b> section of the first page. The third floor is a nonsmoking floor, and just link yourself over to the <b>Room Requesting</b> section for advice on water view rooms.

<b>bat4less</b>, All rooms at the Yacht Club are away from the construction, which is happening over at the Beach Club...and as I said up above, I really am not sure about which rooms are smoking and which aren't. Here's something...I realized we had a "smoking optional" room (4163, water view, corner room) in Januaey '01, and we didn't smell any smoke.

<b>disneyberry</b>, hey hey! A belated thanks to you.

Watch for the first of a bunch of <b>updates</b> I am working on...beginning <b>July 31.</b>

Later,

JC

CaliforniaDreaming
07-20-2001, 02:07 PM
JC, could you please tell me if there is any difference between 2557 and 4557? The floorplan that I have says they both have full balconies, is that correct? Thank you!

Joe Cool
07-22-2001, 05:27 PM
I didn't see this on any of the first few pages, so I'm assuming that the forum fell by the e-wayside over the weekend...

Ok...Cali, might you have the old version from last year? The differences are in the minor details, and the new versions are much easier to comprehend.

Later last summer, I updated the YC plans and got the idea to re-draw the Beach Club plans. Tonight (July 22), I will upload the new set to the place that I'm using to host the rest of my Disney stuff. I'll notify y'all <b>here</b> when that's all done, and along with that, I am going to update the link on the first pages.

The only difference between 2557 and 4557 is the balcony, I believe. Check the plans that are online if you want to see what I currently have up...and if you don't have the old set, let me know here.

JC

GailT
07-22-2001, 07:28 PM
Looks like no upgrades for me, the conciegre is closed at the BC so people have the option going to the yatch club, they are already booked fffor my dates 8 10-14......unless I get a suite on the concierge floor, Nah, I was in the wishful thinking mode.;) :D :rolleyes:

Jane E.
07-22-2001, 07:37 PM
Thanks Joe Cool for this thread. I'm considering a brief trip in the fall for BC or YC concierge. Why is BC concierge closed and for how long? I'm not sure which to pick. At first, I was going to try BC - then I read that the decor & rooms were nicer at YC. About the time I get settled on YC, I hear reports that the staff is rude.Has anyone had any problems with BC staff? Actually, I think we'd rather stay at YC - if the staff problems get cleared up. This has been a great thread. I've learned a lot. We have two teenagers, so I think they'd have a lot more freedom staying here than at any of the other resorts.

wendell
07-22-2001, 08:02 PM
Hi Jane,

>> About the time I get settled on YC, I hear reports that the staff is rude.<<

I read this on your last post and I was curious as to where you heard this. Did someone you know have a bad experience at the YC?

Like you, I was planning to stay there too, but with this report, now I am not so sure.

Any information you can shed is appreciated!

thanks,

Wendel l :)

GailT
07-22-2001, 09:03 PM
First off not all of the staff can be rude. Let's think about it, they have off days, don't we all at our jobs. Just because it is Disney are they expected to run around like June and Ward Cleaver when something is eating them on the inside. Also another word, did anyone ever think that maybe they wern't in a great mood at the time with the other party because the guest was to demading, arrogant and down right rude themselves. Give the Disney people some slack, they are human just like all of us and I am sure they have off days too.:)

Jane E.
07-22-2001, 10:48 PM
Wendell, I've read posts on these boards where people said the staff was wonderful. I've also read the opposite. Joe Cool seems to love these resorts, so there must be a reason for his favorable reviews.

Gail, I agree that I've found Disney staff to be very courteous and helpful. Earlier this year, we stayed one night at AKL, and everyone was wonderful. I have read some negative and some positive comments about YC concierge. I'm hoping that the negative experiences were a one time deal. If you have stayed there was your stay positive? I'd really like to try it, because of the great pool area.

Also, I found, on another thread, the whys and whens of the BC concierge closing. I was hoping for a good rate at the end of Sept. but if they are closed - the other resorts' conciege floors may be full.

GailT
07-23-2001, 09:01 AM
Jane, I have never stay at the YC this will be my first time. I did call just out of curiosity and the BC concierge is going to be closed for a while, I didn't get the exact rates. but I called for selfish reasons, I was hoping for an upgrade to a water view. LOL I'll be sure to post what I thought of the YC and to be honest I can't see me having a problem at all. Like I said in another post I talked to Katherine in concierge and she was very nice. so that is the first posotive thing for the YC.:)

Jane E.
07-23-2001, 01:13 PM
Thanks, Gail. I'll be watching for your review! Someone else just got back from YC conciege and posted this morning. They had a great time, and said the staff was very helpful!

September
07-23-2001, 03:01 PM
First let me say this is a fantastic thread...my DH and I are vacationing at WDW this September--first trip for both of us! We have reservations at the Beach Club (the trip is for his birthday and he picked the resort, mainly based on the pool and close proximity to the Boardwalk and Epcot). Prior to making the reservations I called the hotel directly (CRO didn't seem that aware of the details of the hotel) to ask specific questions.

One of my concerns is the BCV construction. I work for a real estate developer, and I have absolutely no desire to see on vacation what is the standard view from my office window. The CM I spoke to said that construction was isolated, and avoidable. Also, I had read somewhere about the Murphy beds; however, the RADP post I tracked down said that they were labeled sico rooms on the reservation form. When I called the hotel they said there were king rooms that weren't murphy beds and that it shouldn't be a problem getting one. This is a major concern because my husband has back problems and I don't think he could take a mushy mattress for more than a few hours.

The CM I spoke to recommended calling a few days prior to our arrival to confirm my requests. I was just looking for anyone with personal experience--particularly with the king rooms. I was very clear about the fact that I would select a different hotel if murphy beds were the only options for a king size room.

Sorry for the lengthy post. Thanks.

Reflection
07-23-2001, 10:23 PM
Joe Cool or other former YC visitors:

Are King Sico rooms available on 5th floor concierge? If yes, which room(s) are they on the floor plan?

Thanks

Joe Cool
07-24-2001, 03:57 PM
Howyadoin,

OK...the offical word is that there are <b>no</b> SICO rooms (or King Murphy Bed rooms, if you will) on the fifth floor.

HOWEVER, you can pay for a concierge room and <b>request</b> to stay in a King Murphy Bed room on a different floor. It's not guaranteed, but at the Concierge price, you can even request to stay in any regular guest room in the hotel.

Oh, yeah...and everybody's saying that the noise is minimal from the Yacht Club side. You can definitely see cranes from the beach area (and most of WDW, for that matter...!?), but if you stay at the Yacht Club, you'll be farthest from the construction work.

JC

bat4less
07-24-2001, 04:01 PM
does anyone have the email addy to the YC concierge?

thanks:bounce:

smjj
07-24-2001, 09:08 PM
Tomorrow I plunk down a deposit at AAA for a stay at the YC in Dec. of 2002. I always wanted to stay at either the YC or BC but could not talk my wife into it, she is a Poly girl. Thanks to your site here I am sure we have made the right decision. Your site is very well done and much appreciated...smj

BowlingAriel
07-30-2001, 09:43 AM
Hi all, just got back from 3 days at BC - Concierge. We had room 5663. If you are walking up to the BC it is one of the rooms at the peak. Beautiful view of the lagoon. Very short walk from the concierge lounge. 2Q beds, and a day bed.

As it was my daughter and niece's b-days. We had a cake (oh sooo delicious) balloons and cards in the room. The cards were hand signed from the girls fav characters. (Mickey & Cinderella) nice touch !

If something wasn't out in the lounge, they got it. ie, my niece must have drank a case of Apple Juice boxes. When they weren't out, they retrieved them from the kitchen.

Wonderful, wonderful CM members staffed there. Ben, Lauren and Vilma. Answered all 500 questions we had. Helped reschedule arrangements due to rain off and on again. They let us look at the computer screen, and u are right. It shows everything and anything that u've ever called Disney for.

Apparently Concierge bookings are at an all time low, that is why the the BC and Wilderness Concierge are closing. They are thinking that the 100th Celebration has kept summer visitors away in anticipation for the Oct opening. Although they did say that they were revamping the BC concierge.

Looking now to book next trip. Hopefully August.

smjj
07-30-2001, 10:24 AM
We put our money down on a BC standard view thru AAA for the week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, 2002. They also said that at some of the resorts( All stars) that the AAA rates were going fast, Evidently they have only a block of rooms at some reorts and when they are gone, they are gone. Anyway I told them I wanted a garden view, full balconey non smoking but when the conformation came back it said non smoking, full balconey garden view. Based on what I read on this thread, should I call them to get the priorities correct or just let it stand??..smjj

Joe Cool
08-02-2001, 09:45 AM
<b>July 31 Update News</b>

<i>Sighh...</i>. You're not going to believe this, but I guess it's been par for the course lately.

OK for the last two months or so, I've been collecting bits of extra information and finishing up floor plans of the Beach Club guest rooms and room floors. I intended to start posting this stuff on July 31, the one-year anniversary of this thread.

Well, the only way I've been able to post <i>any</i>thing on here before is by saving my files as jpeg images, and then uploading them to my webspace...but last time I tried, the option for saving files as jpegs <i>disappeared</i> from my graphics editor program. AAAAAUGH! I tried to upload the files as bitmap images, but WS_FTP wouldn't have it.

I have no idea what is going on, nor do I have ANY other way to get the files on the internet to y'all. If someone could please offer to convert the files to jpegs and then email them <i>back</i> to me for uploading, I would be eternally grateful. I'm sure the rest of the DIS community would be, too...

So if there's anyone out there who wants to help get the belated one-year anniversary update under way (and has the capability to convert a bitmap file to a jpeg), <b>email me at jdiedwardo@enter.net</b> If you email me, I'll immediately send you the bitmap images that need to be converted. Thanks,

JC

figmentvi
08-02-2001, 11:04 AM
Joe I sent you an e-mail.

Linda

CareerMom
08-03-2001, 02:54 PM
I'm switching the last 4 nights of our stay in Sept. from GF Sugar Loaf to YC Lagoon Concierge!

Thanks Joe!

Alice in Cleveland
08-03-2001, 03:44 PM
Thanks for all of the information JoeCool. I haven't had the pleasure of staying at these resorts yet but I am interested in trying the Yacht Club someday. Keep up the great work!:)

Joe Cool
08-03-2001, 11:40 PM
Thanks to Linda, aka <b>figmentvi</b>, we now have the top two floors of the Beach Club online! Check the new floor plans out... as for the rest of the first July 31 update, well...it's on the way. This stage of the update was supposed to be all at once, but I know y'all will be patient.

Stay tuned,

JC

rgoble5972
08-04-2001, 11:34 PM
Joe Cool,

Thanks for the new Beach Club maps of the 4th & 5th floors. I've been waiting for the layout of the 5th floor.

You're the best!

figmentvi
08-05-2001, 05:15 AM
No problema J.C. !!!!

They look great. Good job !!!

Joe Cool
08-06-2001, 11:29 PM
Whaddaya think of the first 2 guest room plans I put up last night?

More is on the way,

JC