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RN01
08-04-2006, 11:28 AM
I know this sounds stupid but I have always slept with a fan going for the noise. We are staying at the POP in Dec and flying so there is no way I can bring one from home. Are the fans on the airconditioners loud enough the cause noise or do you think the resort would give me one to use? I can hear it now " That crazy lady in room ### is requesting a fan!!!

asaj
08-04-2006, 11:49 AM
I need to have some background noise to sleep as well. We are going to POP in Sept, and I think I am going to pick up a white noise machine. I have seen mentions of them on these forums, and people say they work well. Supposed to drown out a lot of the noise from adjoining rooms and the like.

I believe this is the one...http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007XJWYA/sr=8-1/qid=1154710171/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-0738335-9989429?ie=UTF8

Also, small enough to stick in your suitcase.

Andy

gris gris
08-04-2006, 11:53 AM
We sleep with fans too, and I have a 9 week old that I just moved into his own room. Just now I went to Target to get him his own fan and got the smallest fan ever - you could certainly take it with you. I'm not sure if it will be loud enough for you but it's going to work for us.

It was $5.99 and is called "4" Personal Fan by Hawaiian Breeze". It's made of steel - the casing & the blades.

I only bought one but am going to swing back over there later to get another for DD's room, the fan she has now is pretty loud.

Am_I_There_Yet
08-04-2006, 12:00 PM
I have to sleep with one too and I pack a mid-sized fan to take with me, and yes, I take it when I fly.

My fan travels as good as I do! It's been to WDW bunches of times, a cruise, and it's going to Colorado this fall with me. :teeth:

Suzyq9241
08-04-2006, 12:03 PM
I thought I was the only one that does that :confused3 .... who knew :confused3

Biscuitsmom31
08-04-2006, 12:07 PM
I have to have one too - right next to my head - even in the dead of winter. My kids are just like me. They all have fans. We'll be bringing them on the plane. We'll probably have a whole bag filled up with just fans.

eblack0409
08-04-2006, 12:19 PM
We stayed at POP on our honeymoon and I too MUST have a fan to sleep!!! The fan on the air conditioner worked just fine for me!

Goofster57
08-04-2006, 12:21 PM
I can’t wait to show this thread to my wife.
She keeps telling me I am the only “Crazy” person in the world that has to have a fan blowing on them to sleep. It's nice to know there are more of us.

I have one that is small enough to pack in our big suitcase. I have seen some that are the size of a small paperback; I think they were at Wal-Mart.

sstucush
08-04-2006, 12:46 PM
Same here. I always travel with my fan. I just make room for it in the suitcase, and it's not tiny. But it's important!

Am_I_There_Yet
08-04-2006, 12:56 PM
I too have to have it blowing on my face, even in the winter.

AND... the best thing about them, is the cheaper they are, the louder they are. For once, cheap is good! :teeth:

KimWDW
08-04-2006, 12:59 PM
My only complaint about Pop is that the a/c unit is too quiet. Usually when we stay at hotels, we just put the a/c or fan unit on and then we don't hear anyone slamming doors or talking. But Pop's units are so quiet! It's probably because they are so new. So, the next time we go (Oct.) we're bringing a white noise machine.

cruiserkaren
08-04-2006, 01:02 PM
Oh yeah, we need one too! I have taken one with us on our last 2 trips to DW. And yes, we flew also. Our dd is a light sleeper and we just couldn't imagine how she'd sleep in a hotel without one! :scared1:

jayhjay
08-04-2006, 01:31 PM
Have you considered renting one for your trip? A Baby's Best Friend rents them (http://www.abbf.com/equipment.php?item=fan). It is only $10 for the week. THey will deliver to your resort and have a good reputation for quality. MIght be easier than trying to drag one along. JJ

susanc
08-04-2006, 01:43 PM
I need a fan to sleep too! :cloud9:

Letsbgoofy
08-04-2006, 01:58 PM
Get a white noise machine - they are much easier to pack! If you buy one, make sure that it doesn't only run on a timer (so that it only runs for 30, 60, or 90 minutes). My first travel machine was like that and I kept waking up when it turned off. Now I travel with a regular (not travel) machine that's smaller than the one I use at home.

We also had to have fans to sleep. Give yourself a few weeks on the white noise machine to wean yourself from the fan before you go. My son got addicted to ours on vacation and now has his own. His friends now have them because they got addicted to his sleeping at our house.

BamaFan121s
08-04-2006, 02:25 PM
[QUOTE=RN01] Are the fans on the airconditioners loud enough the cause noise QUOTE]

No, but in our room, the kids next door sure were! :rotfl:

rlduvall
08-04-2006, 02:27 PM
Fan "fan" here, too. :rolleyes: I have a small one - about 12" x 12" that I always pack with me when I travel. :thumbsup2

zuzu310
08-04-2006, 02:32 PM
I cannot sleep without one. It is the first thing that I put on my packing list. I just bring a small tabletop version and pack it in my checked luggage. Works out great!

Goofywayne
08-04-2006, 02:37 PM
:rotfl: Our daughter has the same problem and when we went in July we went over to Walmart and picked one up for 9.00. It was very small but made enough noise for her. :lmao:

KatelynnsAuntie
08-04-2006, 03:24 PM
Just now I went to Target to get him his own fan and got the smallest fan ever - you could certainly take it with you.
It was $5.99 and is called "4" Personal Fan by Hawaiian Breeze". It's made of steel - the casing & the blades.

I have this very fan! I plan on taking it with me in 4 weeks. :thumbsup2 It's small enough to pack and makes the perfect amount of noise to fall asleep to. :cloud9:

sabres
08-04-2006, 03:28 PM
My husband has been begging me to call disney and see if they have fans. He needs one to sleep and we are flying. He feels if hes paying close to $5000 for a disney vacation the least they can do is get him a fan. I told him hes crazy but does anyone know if disney has fans?

MissMichelle
08-04-2006, 03:38 PM
Another noise sleeper here! I will be buying one of these small fans or a white noise machine for our trip ;) Thanks for all the great info!

EjandMD
08-04-2006, 03:44 PM
Me too! Anyway I just heard on www.wdwtoday.com that the one think the announcer likes about CBR is that since it's an older resort they have the big units where you have the two dials and the blowers, which makes the great noise. Apparently he sleeps with a fan too.

FYI last May I went to FQ and I literally slept on the floor with my head under the unit so I couldn't hear anyone snoring! :lmao:

Am_I_There_Yet
08-04-2006, 04:52 PM
My husband has been begging me to call disney and see if they have fans. He needs one to sleep and we are flying. He feels if hes paying close to $5000 for a disney vacation the least they can do is get him a fan. I told him hes crazy but does anyone know if disney has fans?

I think I've read that some resorts have a very limited number of them that they loan out, but in my case, I can't chance it. I literally won't sleep and I can go ddddaaaaaayyyysss without sleeping, unfortunately.

I sound like a fan junkie. :rotfl2:

Am_I_There_Yet
08-04-2006, 04:56 PM
Me too! Anyway I just heard on www.wdwtoday.com that the one think the announcer likes about CBR is that since it's an older resort they have the big units where you have the two dials and the blowers, which makes the great noise. Apparently he sleeps with a fan too.

POR, or Dixie Landings, in my case, had noisy A/C units too. I think that was the one place where I didn't need to bring a fan.

FYI last May I went to FQ and I literally slept on the floor with my head under the unit so I couldn't hear anyone snoring! :lmao:

Ah, yes. Snoring. There are times when my nose is almost touching my fan, in my quest to drown out DH's snoring. I feel your pain. :sad2:

By the way, DH never slept with one until he married me. He calls it the coma fan. I caught one in his room at the firestation not too long ago. He hasn't lived that one down yet.

BunnieGene
08-04-2006, 05:16 PM
Ah, yes. Snoring. There are times when my nose is almost touching my fan, in my quest to drown out DH's snoring. I feel your pain. :sad2:

As do I...I'm sitting here at the GF with my fan happily churning away...wouldn't leave home without it :goodvibes

Kanikazi
08-04-2006, 06:20 PM
Wow, I thought my husband was the only...ahem..."eccentric" person in the world who has to sleep with a fan. He needs it more for the noise than the breeze. After 25 years, now I am hooked too!

When they started coming out with those white noise machines (water sounds, waves lapping, rainfall, etc.) we bought one thinking it would replace the fan, but it isn't loud enough for DH. The funny thing is that now we sleep with the fan AND the noise machine on at night! :crazy:

We can usually get by with just the fan in the bathroom running or the AC, but it sure is good to get home to our good ole box fan and bag-of-water waterbed. :love:

Cass
08-04-2006, 06:47 PM
Never heard of this fan thing before, funny that you all describe needing/liking them the same way.

lwilliam
08-04-2006, 07:42 PM
I thought my kids were the ONLY ones that needed fans....
took a small one along this past week, but unfortunately it broke (very
cheap little fan) - teenager just couldn't get to sleep..... :sad2:

disneymama73
08-04-2006, 09:51 PM
We all need a fan to sleep, too, so we bought a sound machine that we bring with us now. Works like a charm! I think it's by Homedics, and I bought it at Bed Bath & Beyond.

welovedisney7778
08-04-2006, 10:19 PM
My husband also NEEDS a fan to sleep. I always thought he was nuts but after 5 years of marriage I'll admit that I have trouble falling asleep without it. The last time we had a power outage we were both tossing and turning becasue it was so quiet!! He's so bad that when he stayed with me in the hospital after the birth of our son, he packed a little fan for himself!! However, the noise of the air conditioners at WDW have always been enough for him, and he's never suggested bringing one from home.

vellamint
08-04-2006, 10:59 PM
I am sooooo soooooo happy that I am not crazy!!

disneycutie84
08-04-2006, 11:17 PM
:lmao:
I need a fan to sleep too! Whenever there isn't a fan around I will stay awake listening to the smallest little noises.
We have a very cheap box fan that we use every night, but luckily we have a small desk fan to bring with us in May!
Good to hear that DBF & I aren't the only fan addicted sleepers out there. :rotfl:

TIGGER'SFRIEND
08-04-2006, 11:32 PM
My DD needs a fan too sleep,is obsessive about it. We stayed at POP in 12/05 and she was flipping out about not having a fan so we called the front desk,they connected us to housekeeping---a fan showed up at our room in 15 mins--Thank God. We used it all week. I also use a white noise machine. :thumbsup2

LisaRay
08-04-2006, 11:40 PM
I always pack my small $10 desk top type fan whenever I am going anywhere!! Even one night on the road and i drag that thing with me. I only need it at home for the noise but in hotels i also like it for some extra air movement. i never have it aimed at me though.

BlindTyldak
08-04-2006, 11:43 PM
In hotels, I need white noise too. I always leave the TV on on a channel with static, or if that is not available, the Weather channel or something else repetitive and mundane, at like "2". That way it also doubles as my DD's night light, since she hates sleeping in strange beds in the dark.

Family Fun Mom
08-05-2006, 12:45 AM
We need fans to sleep, too. We drove to Disney so we were able to bring ours with us with no trouble. However, it was August so the air conditioning was running full time and it was nice and loud (POR in the AB). It did the trick and we never even used our fan. Still, I wouldn't travel without it. I made that mistake once on a weekend trip to Frankenmuth. I didn't sleep for two days. I'll never do that again. Ever. My fan goes with me on all trips now. The fan is all powerful :worship: :worship: :worship:

deany
08-05-2006, 12:55 AM
Wow! I had no idea there were so many fan fanatics. I need mine for a different reason than the noise - I am fifty and I am female. Do I need to say more?? :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

alicenwonder99
08-05-2006, 06:09 AM
My dh needs a fan to sleep, too. Thanks for the tip about the Target fan. I think I'll stop by there this weekend and pick one up.

I need to have the radio on when I sleep! :blush:

Mary

cruiserkaren
08-05-2006, 08:23 AM
Have you considered renting one for your trip? A Baby's Best Friend rents them (http://www.abbf.com/equipment.php?item=fan). It is only $10 for the week. THey will deliver to your resort and have a good reputation for quality. MIght be easier than trying to drag one along. JJ

There is a $50 dollar minimum for delivery so you can't just get a fan. We're getting 2 (one for us, one my parents--who I got this habit from! ;) ) and some toys for dd. It comes $55 dollars and we're splitting it my parents. Dh and I said it was worth $27 bucks not to have to lug one down there!

WAHMto5
08-05-2006, 08:30 AM
I have to have a ceiling fan and was soo happy to find out that the AKL has them in the rooms;)

Am_I_There_Yet
08-05-2006, 09:23 AM
Wow! I had no idea there were so many fan fanatics. I need mine for a different reason than the noise - I am fifty and I am female. Do I need to say more?? :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

To combat your own personal summers??? :sunny: :rotfl2:

Am_I_There_Yet
08-05-2006, 09:27 AM
Never heard of this fan thing before, funny that you all describe needing/liking them the same way.

I grew up with no central A/C (In Houston - Yikes!) and eventually my father put a window unit in my bedroom. That's what started my dependency on the noise/air.

I've tried the white noise machines and they just aren't hard core enough for this junkie. :teeth:

Stitchfans
08-05-2006, 12:07 PM
Youngest DD and I both sleep with a fan too. Good to see we aren't alone. No matter what time of the year we have it running.

Family Fun Mom
08-05-2006, 12:16 PM
I grew up with no central A/C (In Houston - Yikes!) and eventually my father put a window unit in my bedroom. That's what started my dependency on the noise/air.

I've tried the white noise machines and they just aren't hard core enough for this junkie. :teeth:

I hear ya there. Box fans make the best. Nice and loud. The only thing I worry about it if someone ever broke into my house I'd sleep right through it. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Janet-TX
08-05-2006, 12:58 PM
For white-noise only, use the radio. Just tune it in inbetween stations and you get white noise. Nothing to pack. :goodvibes

mmluvr
08-05-2006, 01:36 PM
I am so happy to read this thread! I too am a very light sleeper and tend to have miserable experiences when I sleep in hotels at Disney World. I always make the request of a room without a connecting door-this seems to help a little. I too sleep with a white noise machine or as we call it in my house the noise machine. Homedics makes a bunch of them called "sound spas"-you can play different sounds and it also has a clock and a radio. (I think I got mine from Walmart.com I just checked and there are a few diferent models-not sure how portable they are).

I get so frustrated at Disney World because people forget that even though they might still be awake at 1:00 am others are not-door slamming, loud talking and loud tv drive me nuts especially when I just fell alpeep after listening to someone else who was slamming doors, talking loud and blasting tv. This past trip we stayed in a studio at Old Key West. I knew it would be tough to sleep because the connecting door was right in the same room as the beds. (Ive also stayed at Saratoga Srpings and the connecting door is in the foyer not in the room where you sleep.) Our first night the folks next door came in around 2:00am-opened and closed (what seemed like) every drawer in their dresser, turned on the tv just loud enough so I could hear then turned on the jacuzzi. Gosh I was miserable. Once I am awake I have such a tough time getting back to sleep. I try not to complain because most of the time I think people forget they are not home and carry on as if they were.

On most of our trips we try to stay in the cabins at fort Wilderness and we have lovely long nights of sleep....

Thanks for listening to my vents and sweet dreams to all!

Kanikazi
08-05-2006, 01:49 PM
I hear ya there. Box fans make the best. Nice and loud. The only thing I worry about it if someone ever broke into my house I'd sleep right through it. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

I know exactly what you mean. I don't know how many times our DD has come into our room in the middle of the night with the phone saying, "For gosh sakes, didn't you hear the phone ringing?!" I now put it in our room next to the bed if she's out late and needs to call us in an emergency. :blush:

torinsmom
08-05-2006, 01:59 PM
I use a fan at night for the noise as well. To me, the white noise machines are just not the same. And maybe some rooms at Pop are different, because although someone said they didn't need one there, we sure did! The a/c was not noisy at all. I bought a small fan to take with us and packed it in my bag. I'll be taking it at the end of the month as well.

Marsha

terri01p
08-05-2006, 02:23 PM
I don't know if this has been mentioned along the way , I haven't read every reply, but I was going to say, you can always buy a big box fan from walmart for 10.00 , and just keep it in the box and let them put a bag tag on it. And pick it up at baggage claim and be on your way when you get to florida, and when you leave, you can just leave it behind if you didn't want to take it back home, and you'll only out 10.00. When I worked for the airlines people use to do this all the time. :thumbsup2

Collette
08-05-2006, 02:34 PM
I never leave home over night without my fan!!! I have a small desk top that goes in my checked luggage. Must be a fan - not a noise machine. Air must circulate!!! :)

When our whole family goes, we usually get two rooms and take a minimum of two fans.

The Pop Century air conditioners are way too quiet. I don't know if the resorts have fans so I could never take a chance that I might not have one.

tynkerbell
08-05-2006, 02:40 PM
I know this sounds stupid but I have always slept with a fan going for the noise. We are staying at the POP in Dec and flying so there is no way I can bring one from home. Are the fans on the airconditioners loud enough the cause noise or do you think the resort would give me one to use? I can hear it now " That crazy lady in room ### is requesting a fan!!!

I need a fan to sleep as well... no matter what the weather I cannot sleep without one. I always pack one of those smaller fans that you can place on a night stand. They work well for me. :thumbsup2

winterman
08-05-2006, 02:49 PM
I've been sleeping with a noise machine for years. I find them even more valuable when I travel. It does not drown out DH's breathing/snoring but it dose take care of the noise outside our room. I always pull the batteries out before I put it in my suitcase so it won't accidently turn on and be mistaken for a bomb.

:cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

jjohnson
08-05-2006, 03:08 PM
Fanners unite!

We all need to sleep with the box fan too. I bought the noise machine at Radio Shack last year but I have not been happy with it. Thank you for the rental link. This is a definite must do on our next trip.

SlightlyGoofy
08-05-2006, 07:35 PM
Biscuitsmom31 and others, I always take a small (a bit over a foot square) fan with me. I have asthma and enjoy the air as much as the noise. :thumbsup2

I also take my own pillows and a set of sheets to throw over the comforter. :sad2:

I have one suitcase set aside just for our Disney trips and keep my just for Disney things in there (please do not ask for a listing and you will not feel the need to flame me). :lmao:

I am also one who occasionally takes my own small private microwave. With this trip and all the free food the microwave will linger in the closet. I would write more about how clean I keep things, how I unplug it, medical issues ad naseum etc. etc. but some of you do not care and those who do would just feel the need to rain on my parade. :banana:

This trip I am taking a small vcr to tape our shows while we are out and about. We like being able to see our shows before we go to sleep no matter how late at night that might be. (rest assured I am a qualified technician in how to do this safely) :wave2: I wish that Disney would either provide a vcr in each room or at least have a way to repeat the best shows of the evening later on at night. They surely ought to be able to do that with the ABC schedule. :dance3:

When I start needing to take my own mattress I will retire from traveling. :joker:

Slightly Goofy (who is ducking and running from the onslaught)

bluejasmine
08-05-2006, 07:39 PM
At first I thought the OP was talking about needing a ceil fan to be able to sleep which is my problem, I feel sufficated without it. I was gonna advise to stay at POR where they had ceiling fans in the rooms. Im staying at POP this time, I just couldnt afford a moderate. Im hoping I will be so exhausted I will be able to fall asleep but I dont know I always wake up during the night when I am there because Im so excited :crazy: :hourglass

Now I am a big germaphobe so I also bring my own sheets, pillow and blanket that I throw over the comforter, I wear flip flops the whole time Im there too..
I actually bought some big plastic suction hooks to hang our wet swimsuits and beach towels on and a big mesh laundry bag for dirty clothes.

Ive got everything now and Im ready to leave..20 more days and counting.. :)

byoung
08-05-2006, 07:40 PM
DW has to have one.

jengelbrecht
08-05-2006, 07:52 PM
:) It's amazing how many fan "fans" there are! I don't feel so alone now.
The tip about tuning the radio between stations is a good one, I may just try that!
I love this board, I've learned so much! :thanks:

traviesojmt
08-05-2006, 08:27 PM
My name is Kim and I am a box fan addict. We take it whenever we travel. Fortunately, we usually drive so it is much easier. We had a power outage recently and it was so hard for us to fall asleep. After so many years of sleeping with the fan, it seems sooooo quiet without it. My addiction, of course, is hereditary. My parents sleep with a box fan, so does my sister's family, and now my children will carry on the family addiction.

TENIA66
08-05-2006, 08:28 PM
i take a fan where ever i go...wal mart has one for 6.97 right now that's about 7 inches across but is plenty noisy and kicks up air quite well