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TheGoofster
10-05-2006, 12:13 PM
This might be a dumb question, but is it possible (allowed) to use a scented candle in any of the hotel rooms? My wife loves those things, and I think she would be thrilled to find that it is possible to use them on our vacation.

Accentuate+
10-05-2006, 12:22 PM
Someone else may have a disney specific experience but I often travel with candles. They are even in closable tins and marketed as travel candles. Have never had a problem with any hotel.
As long as you don't set the place on fire I can't imagine they'd have a problem with it. :)

TheRustyScupper
10-05-2006, 12:53 PM
Go ahead and use them - just put them out before leaving the room.

Deb & Bill
10-05-2006, 12:55 PM
And before you go to sleep.

cnids00
10-05-2006, 01:01 PM
We brought a Glade scented candle with us on every trip, it gives the room a nice smell and when using the same kind at home later, it reminds you of your trip, which can be both good and bad ;) Depends on how far out your next planned trip is! For us unfortunatley it's a little less then a year from now!

TheGoofster
10-05-2006, 04:57 PM
Honestly, I'm kind of surprised. I really would have thought that it was a simple "NO" you can't. Although I suppose that it is no different than someone smoking in their room. Anyway, this is great, I'm not going to tell my wife about it until we actually get there, and then have some of her favorite scents ready to go. :thumbsup2
Thanks so much for the info!!!

minniebeth
10-05-2006, 05:38 PM
I love candles and the scent of them and the mood of calmness they can create. But gosh, the thought of the fact that people are burning them in hotel rooms kind of scares me...
I'm sure that the vast majority of people are very responsible and would take caution with them, but it would only take one mishap...
It is really something that can't be allowed or not, there is really no way to police that. So I know that all the Dis'ers will be responsible ;) let's just hope that the rest of the folks out there would be as well!

TheGoofster
10-05-2006, 06:01 PM
<"But gosh, the thought of the fact that people are burning them in hotel rooms kind of scares me..."<

If you think about it, though, it really is a lot safer than people smoking in their rooms. Whereas when people smoke, if they fall asleep with the cigarette still lit, there is nothing keeping the ashes from falling onto a combustable material. At least candles are usually surrounded by a glass that will extinguish any flame that runs it's course.
Unfortunately there are irresponsable people no matter where you go, but I think that a candle (at least one in a glass holder) is a lot less worrisome than a lit cigarette.

Aimeedyan
10-05-2006, 06:07 PM
We never leave home without our travel candle. We treat it just like a candle in our house; it's blown out before going to bed or leaving the room at any time.

Evil Genius
10-05-2006, 09:16 PM
If you don't want to light a candle, buy an electric candle warmer, a glass votive holder and either your favorite votives or tarts. Just plug it in and your all set. No flame to worry about. We did this on our last trip and it worked out great.

Deb & Bill
10-05-2006, 09:31 PM
As long as you don't get a scent that makes another guest ill. That could be a problem, especially if you have a room that connects to another room.

welovedis
10-05-2006, 09:36 PM
Sorry to be the dissenting voice, but as a parent of a child who suffers from allergies and an asthma sufferer, I'd appreciate no candles burnt in hotel rooms. The scent really does linger, just like strong perfume and can cause severe reactions. We have to ask for our room to be cleaned specifically for allergies (bedspreads changed, blankets & pillows changed & an air cleaner run in the room for quite some time) and often still have issues.

I realize the world is out there and we have to live in it, just thought I'd throw another opinion into the ring.

Enjoy your trip no matter what you do. :)

Schmeck
10-06-2006, 07:23 AM
We have to ask for our room to be cleaned specifically for allergies (bedspreads changed, blankets & pillows changed & an air cleaner run in the room for quite some time) and often still have issues.

I realize the world is out there and we have to live in it, just thought I'd throw another opinion into the ring.

Enjoy your trip no matter what you do. :)

Why would you have to have all the bedding changed - they don't wash the pillows (or even the bedspreads all that much) so they're just exchanging them for other ones that have been exposed to allergens as well. You'd be better off shipping down a box of acceptable bedding from your own home, I'd think, if your child's allergies are that severe. That's what I'd do, anyways!

welovedis
10-06-2006, 09:15 AM
Why would you have to have all the bedding changed - they don't wash the pillows (or even the bedspreads all that much) so they're just exchanging them for other ones that have been exposed to allergens as well. You'd be better off shipping down a box of acceptable bedding from your own home, I'd think, if your child's allergies are that severe. That's what I'd do, anyways!

All the bedding is exchanged for freshy washed/cleaned/or new items that are sealed until they are brought into the room-I've seen it for myself that the items are sealed and cleaned or new (pillows). We do bring our own zippered pillow covers and send down a set of allergy proof mattress/springs encasings that envelope the entire mattress & spring set--they arrive at WDW a couple of days before we do so the Housekeeping/Maintenance dept can put them on our bedding the day we arrive.

They also will clean the drapes, if really necessary, and they do clean the room thoroughly before we are allowed in.

Schmeck
10-06-2006, 11:43 AM
That's great that they can find new pillows for your room - we tend to bring our own (when we drive down) because I've got some minor allergies, and I think my oldest daughter is developing them too.

Have you tried the 'personal size' air purifiers/filters? You wear them around your neck, and they run on batteries. That could help eliminate some reactions as well, I would think. A friend of mine had one that she would wear when she went out, as many odors and allergens triggered a reaction.

traci
10-06-2006, 11:48 AM
I also love candles! Another suggestion though, a plug in diffuser. You drop your favorite aromatherapy oil in and then plug it into the wall. I used that in my delivery room at the hospital since candles weren't permitted. Everyone commented how wonderful room smelled :goodvibes

Spike
10-06-2006, 12:02 PM
Important safety tip here.................... Do not blow out or extinguish your candle on the table directly underneath the smoke detector! Hehehehehehehehe. Trust me on this one. Nothing like a loud piercing sound of it going off when the smoke made it up to the detector.

welovedis
10-06-2006, 02:43 PM
That's great that they can find new pillows for your room - we tend to bring our own (when we drive down) because I've got some minor allergies, and I think my oldest daughter is developing them too.

Have you tried the 'personal size' air purifiers/filters? You wear them around your neck, and they run on batteries. That could help eliminate some reactions as well, I would think. A friend of mine had one that she would wear when she went out, as many odors and allergens triggered a reaction.

We have tried one, my son is also autistic and goes thru stages where the device is fine, and other times he cannot stand the noise (soundless to me!) it makes. :)


We fly down so it would be tough to bring our own pillows, but wish we could!

joshpsmom
10-09-2006, 06:21 PM
Just got back from GF. Was told no candles in room. I am not sure if this varies by resort or is world wide. :cool1:

Bev J
10-09-2006, 07:02 PM
We always bring a small jar candle when we travel. Sometimes the room has a 'funny' smell. Plus we just enjoy the scent and the atmosphere the candle creates..We have never been told not to light a candle in a hotel room. We leave the jar out in plain site and it is obvious it is a candle.
Pack that candle she likes and she will be so impressed that you thought of that for her.

Bev

Lynne M
10-09-2006, 07:06 PM
I suspect that if you ask any of the WDW resorts if you can burn candles in the room, they're going to say no. I can't imagine that their fire insurance would allow them to permit guests to have an open flame in the room.

And personally, I wouldn't want fellow guests to be burning candles either. There's just no reason to have a flame in the room. Why risk a fire when there are wax melters and diffusers available? I use a melter at home, and you get the same lovely scent from the candle as if you were burning it, without the flame and the nasty soot.

Dopey's twin Dippy
10-10-2006, 08:11 PM
wow................i agree with lynnem. i would never ,ever take a chance with candles. and also the smells might bother other people. that would be quite a problem if there was a fire......sorry , just agreeing with others.

MissionMouse
10-10-2006, 08:24 PM
I suspect that if you ask any of the WDW resorts if you can burn candles in the room, they're going to say no...
I would think the local fire ordinances state no open flames in these types of high density establishments along with their insurance carrier reflecting the same type of safety precautions. I would also consider those who violate this and cause damage or even result in loss of life due to an open flame would be pursued in both criminal and civil courts.

Cool-Beans
10-10-2006, 08:53 PM
I often bring a candle. :) Sometimes the rooms smell smoky (even non-smoking) or just funky. A scented candle works wonders.

I don't know what the rules are, though. Not asking, either. I have a strict "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" candle policy. :teeth:

kwdietrich1
10-10-2006, 09:07 PM
Ok, if some people were told that they shouldn't burn candles in there rooms, then why did I receive a gift basket FROM DISNEY FLORIST with a candle and a set of matches???? Seems a bit contradictory. Now, I never got around to burning it, but I would assume that if they send it in their gift basket with the matches, it would be acceptable? (also, in Disneyland received another gift basket from our TA and it also had a candle in it.)

I guess Disney florist and Resort management need to get together and have a chat ;)

bkfree
10-10-2006, 10:30 PM
I have always taken a travel candle in a tin when staying at a hotel. Burning it for a brief amount of time can make a nice difference in the room. I use the same care and caution I use at home. But I honestly have not thought about taking a plug in diffuser for some reason. I think for our trip in Jan. I will try that for a change.

epcotfan
10-10-2006, 10:48 PM
As long as you don't get a scent that makes another guest ill. That could be a problem, especially if you have a room that connects to another room.

I agree. Not thrilled about the possibility of someone starting a fire in the room or using a stinky scent. I think I'm one of the few that DETESTS Yankee candles and their scents. If I checked into a room that smelled like one of them I'd have to move. They nauseate me.

Mysteria
10-11-2006, 01:11 AM
Personally I would not do it. First off for safety reason and secondly becuase of all the people (myself included) that can't handle certain smells.

For the people that do it becuase the room smells funky... how about bringing a deodorizing spray instead? Of the unscented variety ;)

Myst

Lynne M
10-11-2006, 09:02 AM
I agree. Not thrilled about the possibility of someone starting a fire in the room or using a stinky scent. I think I'm one of the few that DETESTS Yankee candles and their scents. If I checked into a room that smelled like one of them I'd have to move. They nauseate me.

It's so funny that you mentioned Yankee Candles! Every time I walk by their store in the mall I want to gag. :eek: I do like candles, and I don't know if it's the combination of scents all mingling together that's so awful, but YUCK! I never see anyone in the store, and I understand why, I don't know how anyone could set foot in there and keep their breakfast down! :rotfl:

rparmfamily
10-11-2006, 11:06 AM
As a candle-lover (and Yankee Candle one at that!) I don't bring a candle because of the hazard and I don't believe it's allowed, but I do bring a plug-in home fragrancer thing. The rooms do smell musty at times and I like a light fragrance.

fromscratchmom
10-12-2006, 06:47 PM
I agree. Not thrilled about the possibility of someone...using a stinky scent.

I agree with you. I used to love scented candles, but I have since figured out that they are a major trigger for my headaches. And especially since my tendency to suffer from headaches has escalated to real migraine problems, I have been trying to figure out ways to let my friends know. I want to be diplomatic and gentle. But I just can't go hang-out at a potluck or any other get together where the hostess is burning scented candles, no matter how much they add to the experience for everyone else.

fromscratchmom
10-12-2006, 06:54 PM
..We have to ask for our room to be cleaned specifically for allergies (bedspreads changed, blankets & pillows changed & an air cleaner run in the room for quite some time)...

Hi. I've read about the possibility of requesting allergy cleaning and need to try that for our trip. Would you mind posting more about this? Do you handle it the same as any other requests? Do you just mention that you have medical reasons or do you really emphasize how important it is for you? I figured that we would need to follow up with a fax after calling, but I'm curious if this is enough. Also is this done by the regular mousekeeping staff? Do you tip extra on your first day or anything?

welovedis
10-12-2006, 07:14 PM
Hi. I've read about the possibility of requesting allergy cleaning and need to try that for our trip. Would you mind posting more about this? Do you handle it the same as any other requests? Do you just mention that you have medical reasons or do you really emphasize how important it is for you? I figured that we would need to follow up with a fax after calling, but I'm curious if this is enough. Also is this done by the regular mousekeeping staff? Do you tip extra on your first day or anything?

If you make a reservation online, then you have to call within a couple of days to follow up and then they'll connect you with Special Requests. Or if you phone in your reservation, let them know that you have some specific medical reasons for requesting a through room cleaning and that the ressie might be handled by Special Requests. Sometimes the CM on the phone just handles it, sometimes they patch you thru to the other dept. Some people have said that SR no longer exists and that the regular CMs handle it, but I just spoke with someone in that dept a couple of days ago so I know it exists.

I let them know that my DS has severe asthma & allergies and that we'd like the room to be cleaned and left as hypoallerginic as possible. I state that an air purifier will help but that the bedding needs to freshly washed and they have always accomodated that. They can also clean the room with different cleaning products if you have a sensitivity to certain ones. I also get the name of the Housekeeping supervisor or get a # to call to speak to someone directly at the resort so I know who should be receiving our package with our mattress/springs covers.

When I spoke with them recently I mentioned the scented candles and plug in air fresheners and the SR person stated that they are really a nightmare for the Housekeeping staff. Often people get candle wax on the furnishings and bedding or carpeting, matches set down can leave faint burn marks, and the scents are difficult to air out, esp from the plug in type of items. She stated that Housekeepers have been advised to report back to the Housekeeping Mgr if they see a candle in the room that has been recently burnt (like out in plain sight) or a plug-in air freshener so that the manager can "deal with the situation" at their discretion.

D3sdoll
10-13-2006, 06:04 AM
I used to bring candles because I want to feel "at home." This year, however, I am trying something new. I ordered a wax warmer from either Henn or AtHome (this lady sells both - not sure which book it was). I hope it works just as well.
You could try that but if you are cautious then pick whichever one you are comfortable with.
Have a great trip!

goofy4tink
10-13-2006, 09:10 AM
If you make a reservation online, then you have to call within a couple of days to follow up and then they'll connect you with Special Requests. Or if you phone in your reservation, let them know that you have some specific medical reasons for requesting a through room cleaning and that the ressie might be handled by Special Requests. Sometimes the CM on the phone just handles it, sometimes they patch you thru to the other dept. Some people have said that SR no longer exists and that the regular CMs handle it, but I just spoke with someone in that dept a couple of days ago so I know it exists.

I let them know that my DS has severe asthma & allergies and that we'd like the room to be cleaned and left as hypoallerginic as possible. I state that an air purifier will help but that the bedding needs to freshly washed and they have always accomodated that. They can also clean the room with different cleaning products if you have a sensitivity to certain ones. I also get the name of the Housekeeping supervisor or get a # to call to speak to someone directly at the resort so I know who should be receiving our package with our mattress/springs covers.

When I spoke with them recently I mentioned the scented candles and plug in air fresheners and the SR person stated that they are really a nightmare for the Housekeeping staff. Often people get candle wax on the furnishings and bedding or carpeting, matches set down can leave faint burn marks, and the scents are difficult to air out, esp from the plug in type of items. She stated that Housekeepers have been advised to report back to the Housekeeping Mgr if they see a candle in the room that has been recently burnt (like out in plain sight) or a plug-in air freshener so that the manager can "deal with the situation" at their discretion.

You know....it amazes me that the housekeepers would report back about burning scented candles but not about smoking in the rooms! I would imagine that would be a much bigger issue. There are so many people out there, myself included, that are allergic to smoke, that it would be nice if someone actually did something about those smoking in the rooms that are designated non-smoking. Or even those sitting out on their balconies, smoking....which in turn drifts over to me, so I have to go back inside. How wonderful would it be if housekeeping reported smoking and management did something about it!!
So...out of respect for those of you with allergies to the scented candles, I will remove mine from my bags for my upcoming trip. You make some very good points.

welovedis
10-13-2006, 02:28 PM
You know....it amazes me that the housekeepers would report back about burning scented candles but not about smoking in the rooms! I would imagine that would be a much bigger issue. There are so many people out there, myself included, that are allergic to smoke, that it would be nice if someone actually did something about those smoking in the rooms that are designated non-smoking. Or even those sitting out on their balconies, smoking....which in turn drifts over to me, so I have to go back inside. How wonderful would it be if housekeeping reported smoking and management did something about it!!
So...out of respect for those of you with allergies to the scented candles, I will remove mine from my bags for my upcoming trip. You make some very good points.

ITA, and I know that they are supposed to report it, but I wonder how often they do this. I hate checking into a NS room that was definitely smoked in!

And a big THANKSfor opting to leave the candles home! :goodvibes

cnids00
10-13-2006, 02:46 PM
I am a smoker and would never ever smoke inside a NS room!!!! I haven't smoked indoors for over 12 yrs, no matter the weather, I go outside at home and wouldn't do it any differently on vacation.

It's my bad habit not anyone elses, especially not my DH or DD's, they don't need to be any part of my bad habit!!!!

Then there is the..."I should quit"-thingie, but I haven't reached that goal yet :rolleyes1

Also about the scented candles, we do bring one but we are hardly in our room so on a 7 day trip it might burn for a total of an hour, I think the smell would be gone pretty quick, I only use suttle (sp?) smells, nothing heavy or so. :)

fromscratchmom
10-13-2006, 04:27 PM
Oh dear. I called and spoke with someone at the number that I used to make the reservation. At first the woman I was speaking with seemed confused and asked for clarification of what I wanted. I began to try to explain specifics about what type of cleaning would need to be done, but early on, when I said that I would need for all of the linen to be fresly cleaned, she interupted in the middle of the sentence and started laughing at me. Wow. I was trying to be reasonable and communicate it well, but at that point it did not matter that I tried to finish and clarify that the bedspread needed to be a fresh one or anything else. She just acted like I was a nut. So now I've also tried sending an email through the website to request that someone put me in touch with the Special Needs Department. Maybe I should keep calling back and try speaking with a different reservations agent. I hate to be in this position. I feel like this is fairly important, considering how sick I used to stay all the time before I found out it was all due to allergies. What kind of a vacation will we have if I start in with the allergy symptoms the first night and then have a raging sinus infection by the 3rd day? Unfortunately such a scenario is all too likely with my history. :sad2:

nhpooh
10-13-2006, 05:03 PM
I have always taken a travel candle in a tin when staying at a hotel. Burning it for a brief amount of time can make a nice difference in the room. I use the same care and caution I use at home. But I honestly have not thought about taking a plug in diffuser for some reason. I think for our trip in Jan. I will try that for a change.
I have taken the Yankee tin candle with me, just to get the small out of the room. Sometimes the room smells at first, the candle works great. Next time I might bring the plug in and try that.

welovedis
10-13-2006, 07:03 PM
Oh dear. I called and spoke with someone at the number that I used to make the reservation. At first the woman I was speaking with seemed confused and asked for clarification of what I wanted. I began to try to explain specifics about what type of cleaning would need to be done, but early on, when I said that I would need for all of the linen to be fresly cleaned, she interupted in the middle of the sentence and started laughing at me. Wow. I was trying to be reasonable and communicate it well, but at that point it did not matter that I tried to finish and clarify that the bedspread needed to be a fresh one or anything else. She just acted like I was a nut. So now I've also tried sending an email through the website to request that someone put me in touch with the Special Needs Department. Maybe I should keep calling back and try speaking with a different reservations agent. I hate to be in this position. I feel like this is fairly important, considering how sick I used to stay all the time before I found out it was all due to allergies. What kind of a vacation will we have if I start in with the allergy symptoms the first night and then have a raging sinus infection by the 3rd day? Unfortunately such a scenario is all too likely with my history. :sad2:


I don't get into specifics with the reservation agent unless they state that they will handle my request. Before I even get into the process of the the dates & the room I politely let them know that I will need some assistance because of my son's severe allergies and asthma. We also have to request a TTY/TDD kit because my husband is deaf and we need the special door knocker/alarmclock, etc... They usually ask if I'll hold and we get patched over to another area which I've written down as the Special Requests personnel.

I'm shocked that someone laughed at you!

I would call back & just state that you'll need a room that is non-smoking due to health reasons and that you'll also need to put in a request for housekeeping to do a through cleaning for allergies/or asthma or whatever and state that the bedding must be freshly cleaned because of the allergies to it (or whatever your issue is). I have never had a problem in requesting this. (Except our last stay at the GF, where the room had mold growing the bathroom, but that's another story!).

GL (Good luck)!