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Trishtack
03-15-2010, 02:05 PM
Okay we just bought into the DVC with BLT being our home resort. I would welcome any information, comments, etc. on the DVC and on BLT.

Thanks!

ssmerdel
03-15-2010, 03:00 PM
Welcome home! :cool1:

kristie03
03-15-2010, 03:17 PM
Welcome home!! Have fun exploring through the threads....you will find all sorts of useful info!!

Brave teacher
03-15-2010, 04:51 PM
Congrats & Welcome Home!

Donna M
03-15-2010, 05:00 PM
We own at SSR but stayed at BLT in Feb and it is now our favorite resort. The space of the 2bd living room was great for our group of 9; we didn't feel crowded at all. We played boccie ball, shuffle board, tennis and used the pool and hot tub. We borrowed a game at the Cummunity Hall and also got a movie.
It's a great place. Our room, 8002 had a beautiful view of the lake and space mountain with a view of the caslte when looking off the balcony.

Have fun!

justkeepswimmin
03-15-2010, 05:07 PM
Welcome home! :cool1:

We just joined last year but our home is on the other coast, at the Villas at Grand Californian. I have learned A LOT poking around these forums though and BLT is where we hope to stay if my dh decides to do the WDW Marathon in 2012.

DeadHead
03-15-2010, 05:41 PM
Welcome Home!

FindTheMickeys
03-15-2010, 05:47 PM
:cloud9:WELCOME HOME!!:cloud9:
My home is SSR but I am really intrigued by BLT and hope to stay there one day. These boards will give you almost more than you ever needed to know and are really fun to read... If you come up with specific questions, ask and you will get a whole lot of wonderful answers.
Bottom line, you'll love DVC and will enjoy all the new friends you will make on these boards.:dance3:

Chellymouse
03-15-2010, 05:49 PM
Welcome Home! The DIS is a wealth of information!

jamie@dvcstore
03-15-2010, 07:36 PM
Hi Trishtack,
Congratulations on becoming a DVC member. :goodvibes Bay Lake is a wonderful resort. As many others have said these boards are a fantastic source of information so any questions be sure and ask. Enjoy and look forward to many magical vacations. :thumbsup2
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monkeyknuckler
03-15-2010, 08:50 PM
I was surprised to see how much bigger the 1 bedroom was at BLT compared to a 1 bedroom concierge at AK Jambo. BLT is great for access to monorail and monorail resorts, EPCOT, and MK. Hope you enjoy your stays for the next 49 years. Or, if you die before then, well....enjoy your stays. ;) (I'll be 91).

DenLo
03-15-2010, 09:15 PM
Welcome Home, Neighbor! There is a thread by work2play about the room views at BLT. There is summary on the first page with a list of reported rooms with their views and people have posted photos of the views. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2257082

Many have reported that the 1BR and 2BR's are very roomy. And then there's the advantage of having an extra bathroom off of the living room.

When we stayed there 3/1 - 3/8 we thought it was really convenient using the skybridge to CR. And the walk to MK was a cinch, we were at the entrance to MK in less than 10 minutes walking at a fairly slow pace. Had to stop for photos of BLT and the monorail you know. I know many people returned to CR/BLT via the resort monorail as the CR is the first stop. You have to travel the entire resort monorail loop to go to MK from CR, that means stops at the TTC, Poly, GF and then MK. Much quicker to walk to MK.

iwrbnd
03-15-2010, 09:18 PM
Welcome! We bought BLT in December! Our first stay is this July but we're staying at Beach Club Villas and Animal Kingdom. :cool1:

wildernessDad
03-15-2010, 09:49 PM
We love our DVC! Welcome to the club!

Trishtack
03-15-2010, 10:35 PM
Thanks so much for all the warm welcome! I became addicted to DIS when playing our first trip last year!

I love the post about enjoying until I die....I'll be 88 when the contract expires....guess it will be a contest to see who expires first....the contract or me...

My DH was paralyzed in 08 and is a paraplegic. BLT was the only DVC I could consider due to needing the monorail! I love that you all are stating that the walk to MK is less than 10 minutes!

Thanks so much for the link to the room info. I have been looking all day for that.

Sorry I didn't personalize the responses but I'm rushing to get my 4 1/2 yr old to bed at not an ungodly hour...

robertdangelo
03-16-2010, 10:41 PM
Welcome Home!
I recommend www.gardengrocer.com they deliver groceries to your resort. If they arrive before you check in, Bell Services will hold and keep perishables cold. It's fun planning ahead and ordering groceries from home!
If you have a Disney Visa card... putting Maintenance fees on it helps to build up rewards. We purchase Annual passes with it too.

kristie03
03-16-2010, 10:55 PM
Just another thought....

When we bought in we didn't want to do the Disney Visa card, but we opened a checking account with Chase and got the Disney Rewards debit card.

You get points 1/2 as fast as the Visa card, but hey, some is better than none.

Debit card - 1 Disney Dollar per $200
Credit card - 1 Disney Dollar per $100

disneymom8589
03-16-2010, 11:32 PM
:welcome: home BLT neighbor! We did an add-on there last August and are excited to try it in the near future! :goodvibes

Trishtack
03-16-2010, 11:40 PM
Thanks everyone for the great welcome!

Any recommendations for our first trip as DVC members?

Last yr was our first family trip to Disney (DH and I had been once before as adults) and we stayed at the Poly and went the last week of Sept. which was hot and crowded....

I am trying to decide between the week of Thanksgiving, the week before Christmas or the week after including NYE.

Anyone with experience during these times have any recs. It would be hard to push DHs chair and keep up with a 5 yr old in major crowds. I am guessing this excludes the week after NYE?

Micca
03-17-2010, 09:10 PM
We're owners at SSR & BLT and had our first BLT stay about 6 weeks ago. Absolutely incredible. Welcome Home! :earsboy:

Trishtack
03-17-2010, 09:17 PM
Thanks! I so hope it is as great as everyone states. For now I have booked the week of Thanksgiving in a standard view Studio.

Mom B
03-17-2010, 11:24 PM
Welcome home! Hope you love it...we do!:goodvibes

CALIFLADY
03-18-2010, 12:16 AM
Welcome home! I'm a relatively new owner myself (bought in September 2009). Can't wait to get home.

disneevillian
03-18-2010, 12:56 PM
I just joined in September too! Kidani! I loved it. Have been for two weekend trips so far. I don't think i'll ever want to stay in a value resort again. I'm spoiled

Trishtack
03-18-2010, 01:27 PM
Thanks all! I am hearing so many refer to their DVC as home. :) Did everyone love Disney before they bought or did some of you come to love it more afterwards?

For me it is a great place but I've only been twice and haven't had a chance to really get to love it yet. :)

daddey
03-18-2010, 01:36 PM
We bought back into DVC after selling our Saratoga contract last year. We originally wanted to add on to our Saratoga with BLT points but the economy and job uncertainty dictated our sale. We took the BLT tour last August and fell in love with it and my wife is a huge MK fan so it just seemed natural to buy back in with BLT as our home resort. Being close to MK and the monorail is a huge plus for us. Also it will be easier to go back and stay at SSR with our BLT pts without paying the higher dues.

daddey
03-18-2010, 01:41 PM
DVC does have a way of spoiling you. Once you stay in a deluxe DVC you don't want to stay in another hotel. We were staying at the CR and bought back into DVC and changed our accomadations while on the phone with our guide. We have stayed offsite 2 times. Once in '04 when we didn't know any better and once last year when we sold our SSR contract. We really liked the '04 trip and last year was alright but there is something about staying on property that gives that extra magic.

We will never sell again.

Trishtack
03-18-2010, 01:53 PM
I so hope so. Last year we went in Sept. and stayed at the Poly. The vacation was very expensive. Our DDs first trip and our first try at a vacation following my husband becoming a paraplegic.

Our experience was horrible. Our room did not have a tub as my husband needed, they did not supply the bedside potty as we had requested via our TA and special needs dept. Our room had a water leak and thus a pocket of mold between the bath door and the rest of the room. I called repeatedly to get moved and to get a potty with no results. The park was supposedly to be virtually empty according to the predictor websites instead the Poly was sold out and we hit the Epcot Wine event.

DH doesn't really want to go but it is only place we know where he can do events with DD who is 4.

disneevillian
03-20-2010, 06:12 PM
I've grown up Disney. My parents loved it and My addiction may be worse than theirs! I bought in because it is a place I always come back to no matter where else I go. Disney is home.

DenLo
03-20-2010, 06:36 PM
You can take the monorail to MK from CR, but you travel all of the way around to the other monorail resorts before you get to MK. On the return from MK to CR (BLT) you can take the resort monorail and it's the first stop.

It's real easy to get around BLT with a wheel chair, all of the hallways are wide. Just make sure you request a handicap room with a roll in shower (if that's what you want). The bed will be lower. The room is supposed to allow the movement of a wheelchair as well. They also have handicap rooms that do not have a roll in shower if you prefer. The smaller slide at BLT is listed as an ADA approved slide. Don't know if your DH would be interested in it or could even use it. I know young children love it.

As a family you can easily go up to the TOTW Lounge for fireworks viewing. However, if you prefer no crowds and if you don't have an MK view, you can see the fireworks from the elevator lobbies. I'd pick one above the 7th floor or the 15th floor would even be better (to see over the monorail easily) and use the north elevators. They have a more direct view of the the castle and the fireworks.

The parks should be less busy after New Years than either Thanksgiving week or Christmas week. However, NYE is very crowded. Maybe more so that the other two holidays.