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4DisneyAddicts
04-12-2012, 09:48 PM
I just returned a few days ago from our first stay as DVC owners. Since we had double points this first year, and we only needed 3 nights because it was following our cruise, we had enough points for a MK view Grand Villa and shared it with our friends and family who cruised with us. I am sure we spoiled ourselves, as we may never be able to do GV again, but it was worth it.

Here are some observations of our stay and the resort.

Wondered why check in was at the Contemporary and not BLT. Not a big deal but noticed that the poor bell service attendants had to push 2 carts (one guy) all the way from the Contemporary to BLT. I wondered why they didn't use golf carts, as they do at Poly and GF.

Check in was a little slow. At first they said I had 10 adults and 8 kids in 2 rooms. I was concerned my reservation was going to be messed up but did get the GV I booked so not sure what that was about. Then we wanted to put each family's credit card on their respective room cards. I was told it was no problem, but it took quite a while. The check in person had to get a supervisor. She seemed equally as puzzled by whatever confused them, but eventually it all worked out.

It was not nearly as crowded as I expected for Easter weekend. There were several times I had hallways and elevators to myself. We went to magic kingdom first thing in the morning and walked on every ride until about 10, then needed one fast pass for Splash Mt. I expected restaurants and parks to be mobbed this week, but didn't find it so. This may also be due to the fact we know the little tricks on how to avoid crowds. Or maybe I am just accustomed to summer crowds?

On Easter morning they had a special character met outside with various characters, including the Easter bunny. There was a candy scramble and the kids came back with what seemed like their weight in candy. They had some eggs hidden in the candy piles, which had prizes in them for stuffed animals, a fireworks cruise, etc. We didn't win any extras, but it was a very nice "freebie".

The grand villa was awesome! We surprised the kids and they loved it. We comfortably fit 3 families, 12 people. Never felt crowded or in the way of others. Plenty of bathrooms, balconies, TVs, etc.

The rooms need more trash cans, a small inconvenience.

I requested a centrally located room so we would have a nice MK view. We were practically dead center and loved watching the activity around the kingdom, monorails, and fireworks from the comfort of our room.

The train whistles from MK could be heard as early as 5:12 am. Our doors were closed. I didn't mind though, it was the best alarm clock! I'd much rather wake to that than my alarm at home!

Maintenance issues, minor.....There was a broken closet door handle in one of the upstairs bedrooms. It looked as though they removed it to fix it, but forgot about it. We just put it aside. After we checked in, received a text at 2:30ish that room was ready, maintenance showed up and asked if we called about the dishwasher. We said no but they were welcome to check it out. They brought up 2 different dishwashers and the second worked fine. They weren't there long, offered to come back another time (we told them it was no problem), and didn't stay long. There were some dents and scratches, as others have mentioned, but not too bad. I think this is partly because the modern decor is so sleek. It makes these problems more noticeable, IMO.

Overall, the rooms were clean and comfortable.

The second floor got very warm as the day went on, from the sun coming in that huge set of 2 story windows. We should all have such problems, right! We closed the blinds, with help of the electric switch, and cranked the AC to cool it off quickly.

There were 3 or 4 pack and plays. I saw one in my master, the entry, and at least one guest closet. I thought that was odd...

There were 2 vacuums, one upstairs and one down. Who wants to lug a vacuum up stairs on vacation? :)

The laundry room was bigger than mine at home. I actually enjoyed doing laundry!

There were no glasses/cups in the bathrooms. I wondered if there should have been, as I noticed them on a housekeeping cart. I just took some from the kitchen.

The pool area was great. I saw so many comments about crowding that I worried it would be a problem during this peak time. DH and the other dads took the kids for quick swims a couple of times and the kids had a great time on the slide. We love the beach entry pools, especially for the younger kids.

We visited the Top of the World lounge. I think we went about 90 minutes before fireworks. It was very nice, only a few guests there. Didn't stay since we had the Grand Villa. Figured we would save that for when we we "slumming it" in a lake view someday. ;). The menu of drinks and appetizers looked good. I think I could make a small meal of it up there.

Speaking of TOTWL, I thought I read that the second floor door in the grand villas would take you right to the lounge. It doesn't. I asked and was told we still had to have someone let us up from the 1st floor. Just wondering if I forgot a secret tip or if I misunderstood.

We had groceries delivered. That was a huge perk, to have food and drinks in the comfort of a full kitchen. My friend arranged that, don't remember who they used. We had unused water bottles, sodas, and soup. We left them with the DVC staff downstairs. I asked them if they could use it and they said they would find someone who could. I was glad, didn't want to throw it away.

I seem to remember posts about the table being too small for such a large room. It seats eight, but has a pull out extension on the end to add 2 more seats. We never used the extension.

We ate at the Wave restaurant. Kids stayed in the room and ate the groceries we had delivered so it was just adults.:cool1: The food was good, the desserts were phenomenal!

We also got food from the walk up service restaurant, contempo cafe?? We brought it back to the room. The selections were delicious! They sounded good, a bit more gourmet then the old quick service downstairs. I was pleased that they were as good as they sounded. I had a hot sandwich of turkey, Brie, and sliced apples on toasted bread. Can't remember what everyone else had, but all were happy with their choices. Our friends have points at Saratoga and AKL and said the food was better here (in the quick service). Oh yeah, I thought the prices were very reasonable, cosidering it was Disney. My sandwich was about $8. Most choices seemed to be under $10.

We did have a room service menu. I didn't notice a menu for contempo cafe but if it isn't in the room service menu, it would be helpful to have a list of choices in the room. We just took a picture of the electronic menu with our phone and showed everyone back at the room.

Overall it was a fantastic trip and we are so glad we bought DVC at BLT. I always told DH the only way I'd ever buy DVC was if they built there. I never imagined they would. The Contemporary and BLT are not my design style at all, I am very traditional. But our 3 sons LOVE monorails and the Contemporary, so BLT was definitely our ideal home resort. We are looking forward to many years of memories there.

LJD2143
04-12-2012, 10:22 PM
Overall it was a fantastic trip and we are so glad we bought DVC at BLT. I always told DH the only way I'd ever buy DVC was if they built there. I never imagined they would. The Contemporary and BLT are not my design style at all, I am very traditional. But our 3 sons LOVE monorails and the Contemporary, so BLT was definitely our ideal home resort. We are looking forward to many years of memories there.

Great review!! Thanks for all the wonderful details.:thumbsup2

And I just have to say....it could have been ME writing that last paragraph!! Every. Single. Word! :goodvibes

MrsBlovesDisney
04-13-2012, 05:31 AM
YAY!!! So glad to hear that you had such a wonderful time!!!!!:cool1:
We are heading down on Tuesday and hope to have that same room!! Thanks for all the great info!!!!


The laundry room was bigger than mine at home. I actually enjoyed doing laundry!

Just wondering....is there enough room for someone to sleep on the floor in there????

Speaking of TOTWL, I thought I read that the second floor door in the grand villas would take you right to the lounge. It doesn't. I asked and was told we still had to have someone let us up from the 1st floor. Just wondering if I forgot a secret tip or if I misunderstood.

My understanding is that it's only the second floor exit of the LAKE VIEW Grand Villas...as the Lounge is on the same floor as the "2nd floor of the LV Villas"!! :sad1: Was hoping you would have had better news for me!!! Oh well....we'll be riding the elevator a LOT!! LOL!!:rotfl:

Thanks again!!!

dbs1228
04-13-2012, 06:02 AM
Thanks for your post we are staying at BLT GV for 6 nights over NYE and I cannot wait! We are looking at 10 people and I was nervous about the room - especially sleeping arrangements. We are going to be in lake view by choice since I am a balcony dweller and love watching the lake/boats.

mdsd8700
04-13-2012, 06:18 AM
Thanks for the great trip report! Sounds amazing. We own at BLT and have no idea when we will stay in a GV but it always fun to read about others who have. Glad that overall everything went well.

4DisneyAddicts
04-13-2012, 06:36 AM
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Just wondering....is there enough room for someone to sleep on the floor in there????

Thanks again!!![/QUOTE]

Plenty of room. Although the room is for up to 12, there is a king in the master, 2 queens or doubles in each of the guest rooms, a sleep sofa in the loft, and a sleeper in the family room. That is 14, if you put 2 people in each bed. The sleepers may not be great for 2 adults, but perfect for kids. There is lots of floor space in the family room, but some is hardwood. Loft is carpeted, not a whole lot of room when sleeper is open.


Have a great trip!

MrsBlovesDisney
04-13-2012, 04:05 PM
Plenty of room. Although the room is for up to 12, there is a king in the master, 2 queens or doubles in each of the guest rooms, a sleep sofa in the loft, and a sleeper in the family room. That is 14, if you put 2 people in each bed. The sleepers may not be great for 2 adults, but perfect for kids. There is lots of floor space in the family room, but some is hardwood. Loft is carpeted, not a whole lot of room when sleeper is open.


Have a great trip!

Just to clarify....I meant is there enough room in the laundry room (sorry if that's what you meant)?:thumbsup2

bobbiwoz
04-13-2012, 06:51 PM
What a great trip report!

Bobbi:goodvibes

murmkc
04-14-2012, 09:34 AM
Awesome report. I am so jealous!

dionna
04-15-2012, 11:24 AM
Awesome report! Thanks so much!! We are going in September and staying in a GV lake view with 11 of us (including 2 infants), so it's nice to hear that it is as roomy as it looks. Also glad to hear there are at least 2 pack and plays since we will need them!

I'm curious, too, about the size of the laundry room and/or the closets - wondering if they're big enough to put the pack and plays in for naps?

So glad you had a magical time - reading reports like yours makes me even more excited about our upcoming trip!

RweTHEREyet
04-22-2012, 10:18 AM
Thanks so much for your report. We will be slumming it in a Lake View GV the end of September for 9 nights, and I was most excited to read your review. Would have loved a MK view, but for another 150 points, I think we will be happy with Lake View and watching the activity on the water and having access to the TOWL.

I hope you have pictures that you will be able to share with us, too. Thanks again for taking the time to write your review. There aren't near enough reviews of the BLT GVs for those of us with upcoming trips to read.

4DisneyAddicts
04-22-2012, 03:10 PM
Awesome report! Thanks so much!! We are going in September and staying in a GV lake view with 11 of us (including 2 infants), so it's nice to hear that it is as roomy as it looks. Also glad to hear there are at least 2 pack and plays since we will need them!

I'm curious, too, about the size of the laundry room and/or the closets - wondering if they're big enough to put the pack and plays in for naps?

So glad you had a magical time - reading reports like yours makes me even more excited about our upcoming trip!

Not enough room in the laundry room for a pack and play. you would have to put them in a bedroom if you are looking for a quiet area.

4DisneyAddicts
04-22-2012, 04:32 PM
Here are pictures from my recent stay.
Somehow I don't have pictures of the master bath. probably the same as in other master baths at BLT, jet tub, double sink vanity, separate room for toilet and glass enclosed shower.
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dionna
04-22-2012, 06:50 PM
Not enough room in the laundry room for a pack and play. you would have to put them in a bedroom if you are looking for a quiet area.

Thanks!

Thanks, too, for the pics - they are awesome!

RweTHEREyet
04-23-2012, 11:21 AM
Yes, absolutely, thanks for sharing the pictures.

taaren
04-23-2012, 02:25 PM
Oh your pictures are making me so jealous! What a lovely unit.

Thanks for posting the TR. I'm afraid of ever booking a GV since I'd have a hard time going back to a regular 2 bedroom ... ;)

MrsBlovesDisney
04-23-2012, 07:03 PM
HEY ALL...and a shout out to 4DISNEYADDICTS!!!!

We just got back today from the BLT....SAME ROOM YOU WERE IN!!!:cool1:
It was awesome!!! I can tell you my heart was pounding when we were at the front desk (we arrived last Tuesday the 17th) just waiting to hear the room number!! Our room wasn't ready when we got there at 1ish....and they couldn't tell me which one until it was ready (they texted the room number to us at 3PM). I was THRILLED because it was the same room you had noted in your post!! :banana:

Anyway....the view was fantastic...just as you said! VERY spacious!! There were 7 adults and 2 children under the age of 3. One guest brought a twin size air mattress and slept in the Laundry room. She had to go in, close the door, THEN blow it up...there's not enough room to open the door if the air mattress is inflated. She was happy....didn't complain....and had her own room! LOL!! We only did laundry during the day as not to disturb her.;)

I thought there was plenty of storage space. Even the closets upstairs! We had a crib brought up from Housekeeping and it actually could fit IN the closet...altho it may be difficult lifting a child up from the high end of the crib (keep in mind that depending on where the room is located on the CURVE of the building the closets may be smaller or bigger....each of ours upstairs were different sizes). Our guests just moved one bed over just a pinch and the crib fit between their bed and the wall. Also, they ordered a rocking chair from ABBF. Housekeeping was more than happy to move the table and two chairs out so there would be enough room.:thumbsup2

That's all I can write for now.... I'm still trying to get the house in order and kids ready for school tomorrow, but please ask any questions and I will try to answer them as soon as I am able!!!

Can't wait for next year's trip (sadly no plans YET)!!:sad2:

RweTHEREyet
04-25-2012, 05:21 PM
HEY ALL...and a shout out to 4DISNEYADDICTS!!!!

We just got back today from the BLT....SAME ROOM YOU WERE IN!!!:cool1:
It was awesome!!! I can tell you my heart was pounding when we were at the front desk (we arrived last Tuesday the 17th) just waiting to hear the room number!! Our room wasn't ready when we got there at 1ish....and they couldn't tell me which one until it was ready (they texted the room number to us at 3PM). I was THRILLED because it was the same room you had noted in your post!! :banana:

Anyway....the view was fantastic...just as you said! VERY spacious!! There were 7 adults and 2 children under the age of 3. One guest brought a twin size air mattress and slept in the Laundry room. She had to go in, close the door, THEN blow it up...there's not enough room to open the door if the air mattress is inflated. She was happy....didn't complain....and had her own room! LOL!! We only did laundry during the day as not to disturb her.;)

I thought there was plenty of storage space. Even the closets upstairs! We had a crib brought up from Housekeeping and it actually could fit IN the closet...altho it may be difficult lifting a child up from the high end of the crib (keep in mind that depending on where the room is located on the CURVE of the building the closets may be smaller or bigger....each of ours upstairs were different sizes). Our guests just moved one bed over just a pinch and the crib fit between their bed and the wall. Also, they ordered a rocking chair from ABBF. Housekeeping was more than happy to move the table and two chairs out so there would be enough room.:thumbsup2

That's all I can write for now.... I'm still trying to get the house in order and kids ready for school tomorrow, but please ask any questions and I will try to answer them as soon as I am able!!!

Can't wait for next year's trip (sadly no plans YET)!!:sad2:

It seems that with the sofa beds, you actually had enough beds for everyone, but your friend decided to sleep in the laundry room? They must have been concerned about noise and/or privacy or maybe that the sleeper sofa might not be too comfortable.

How fun that you got the same villa as the op. Wondering if you would splurge on the BLT grand Villa again.

MrsBlovesDisney
04-25-2012, 08:46 PM
It seems that with the sofa beds, you actually had enough beds for everyone, but your friend decided to sleep in the laundry room? They must have been concerned about noise and/or privacy or maybe that the sleeper sofa might not be too comfortable.

How fun that you got the same villa as the op. Wondering if you would splurge on the BLT grand Villa again.

Yup!! There were plenty of beds/sleepers for people to sleep in actually. It's just that our friend is a very LOUD sleeper...:scared1:....LOL....so she insisted on sleeping in there.;)

I thought our living room sleeper was not very comfortable ( I recall a pullout that I slept in previously in a 1 bedroom that seemed quite comfy at the time - maybe this one just needed to be replaced)? :confused: Also, I thought the two chairs in the living room (which have the leather pillow backings) were not very comfortable either. I wish they had at least one of the gold sleeper chairs....(even tho we would not have used the sleeper).. I find those chairs much more comfortable to lounge in than the others. :rolleyes1

FYI....our King size bed was DREAMY COMFY!:cloud9: And everyone that slept in bedrooms said their beds were comfy too!

Would I splurge on the BLT MK GV again? In a heartbeat!! :love: Of course the number of points is quite painful!! :crazy2:We hope that in five years we can get a GV for our 25th Wedding Anniv!!! :yay:

dionna
04-25-2012, 10:12 PM
Oh, thank you, MrsBlovesDisney!!!

It's great to hear you had a wonderful experience, too and I appreciate you commenting on whether the crib could fit in the closet! ;)

I can't wait for our stay there!

VrBchJ
04-26-2012, 08:38 AM
Thank you both for posting your GV experiences. I only have 225 BLT points and don't think I'll ever use them for a GV so it was fun to enjoy your fun times.

RweTHEREyet
04-26-2012, 10:55 AM
Yup!! There were plenty of beds/sleepers for people to sleep in actually. It's just that our friend is a very LOUD sleeper...:scared1:....LOL....so she insisted on sleeping in there.;)



That was very considerate of her. I understand now. :goodvibes

4DisneyAddicts
04-27-2012, 08:53 AM
HEY ALL...and a shout out to 4DISNEYADDICTS!!!!

We just got back today from the BLT....SAME ROOM YOU WERE IN!!!:cool1:
It was awesome!!! I can tell you my heart was pounding when we were at the front desk (we arrived last Tuesday the 17th) just waiting to hear the room number!! Our room wasn't ready when we got there at 1ish....and they couldn't tell me which one until it was ready (they texted the room number to us at 3PM). I was THRILLED because it was the same room you had noted in your post!! :banana:

Anyway....the view was fantastic...just as you said! VERY spacious!! There were 7 adults and 2 children under the age of 3. One guest brought a twin size air mattress and slept in the Laundry room. She had to go in, close the door, THEN blow it up...there's not enough room to open the door if the air mattress is inflated. She was happy....didn't complain....and had her own room! LOL!! We only did laundry during the day as not to disturb her.;)

I thought there was plenty of storage space. Even the closets upstairs! We had a crib brought up from Housekeeping and it actually could fit IN the closet...altho it may be difficult lifting a child up from the high end of the crib (keep in mind that depending on where the room is located on the CURVE of the building the closets may be smaller or bigger....each of ours upstairs were different sizes). Our guests just moved one bed over just a pinch and the crib fit between their bed and the wall. Also, they ordered a rocking chair from ABBF. Housekeeping was more than happy to move the table and two chairs out so there would be enough room.:thumbsup2

That's all I can write for now.... I'm still trying to get the house in order and kids ready for school tomorrow, but please ask any questions and I will try to answer them as soon as I am able!!!

Can't wait for next year's trip (sadly no plans YET)!!:sad2:

So glad you enjoyed the villa too! Since this was our first DVC stay, we had 2 years worth of points, plus we could only do 3 days since it was after a cruise. Since we had enough points we decided to splurge and share it with others. Don't know if we will ever do it again because we plan to use our points every year!

MrsBlovesDisney
04-27-2012, 12:57 PM
So glad you enjoyed the villa too! Since this was our first DVC stay, we had 2 years worth of points, plus we could only do 3 days since it was after a cruise. Since we had enough points we decided to splurge and share it with others. Don't know if we will ever do it again because we plan to use our points every year!

Agreed!! We hope to do one (but hoping for two:love:) trips a year (prob 1 BDRM's at BLT)..... (we HOPE that is)!!! :scared1: We have a daughter going off to college in Sept :yay:so we'll have to see how the finances are.:sad2: The GV will be saved for a special occasion only!:thumbsup2

Hubby already has the BUG!! Called and booked the CR for a year from now just to have a reservation to look forward to!! We're hoping to get a 1 bedroom with cash at 6 months out next year since we're out of points!:rotfl: