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Maistre Gracey
02-19-2003, 09:17 PM
I was taking a picture of VWL from the pool side (awesome view), and I could not believe what I saw.....Towels and swin suits were hanging from two separate balcony railings. I am by no means snooty, but this did not look at all appealing. If more people did this, it would look like the projects.
I had all I could do to stop myself from finding their room, and knocking on their door.

Am I over reacting here??? :cool:

SimbaNoodle
02-19-2003, 09:21 PM
I agree. That is not what usually happens at a 5* resort. I myself would not do that.

CaptainMidnight
02-19-2003, 09:23 PM
If I remember correctly, in the studios aren't there clothes lines in the showers to hang stuff? I might be wrong. I can't seem to remember anything like that in the 1 bedroom, but then of course you have a dryer. We have trouble monitoring and remembering to keep our unneighborly trailer park habits in check when we go to DVC, so I can understand how others might forget as well...... anyone know where I can get a travel size plastic pink flamingo and I'll be playing my oversized bass seakers in my car as loud as they'll go in the parking lots.....
:jester:

PamOKW
02-19-2003, 09:27 PM
In our original paperwork there is a line about not hanging anything out on the balconies. Of course, I think 99.5% of the folks who purchase never read the paperwork to begin with. ;) I agree that stuff all over the balconies really detracts from the way things look. (And there is a pullout clothesline in the studios.)

Terry S
02-19-2003, 10:03 PM
I know at BCV there is a pull out clothesline in both the studio tub/shower and the 1 Bedroom Shower.

Dean
02-19-2003, 10:26 PM
A large percentage of timeshares prohibit this activity and IMO, they all should. Some fine guests who violate the rule.

kem330
02-19-2003, 10:38 PM
Well I think it's also careless as any wind coming up can carry things off the balconyrail. Wouldn't it be better to just drape something over the balcony chair instead so its out of sight from the outside?

nydizfan
02-19-2003, 10:39 PM
my 2 cents.. I have maybe once put a towel on the balcony to dry. I did not think anything about it.. But you know I am on vacation so I might have been making too many frozen drinks.:) :) but If you came to my room .. there would have been a problem. What problem you ask?? I would ask you to join us but we have no more stem glasses...:rolleyes: :rolleyes: ..dave

Disney Doll
02-19-2003, 10:43 PM
I wouldn't lose any sleep over a couple of towels hanging over a railing.

Chuck S
02-19-2003, 11:34 PM
I've never really thought about towels on the balcony. I do that once in awhile, of course, at OKW it's not like a flag waving in the breeze, the balconies are more secluded.

patsal
02-20-2003, 09:25 AM
Even the regular resort rooms have the retractable clothes line. I thought I was the only one who really was irritatated by the "Clampets visit DW" look. It really stuck out one day when we were at the GF and one family had suits and towels hanging from the balcony. ;)

shelbyjosh
02-20-2003, 09:30 AM
We have never hung towels out to dry, but we have put our bathing suits over the chairs. Does that constitute "slum living"?? We DO NOT put our suits in the dryer because it heats up the lycra and makes them look terrible. The line is the shower takes just too darn long. I think that the chair bit is ok, but not railings.

icydog
02-20-2003, 09:33 AM
At the Jersey Shore everyone hangs their suits and towels off the balcony. I think it is fine there at the beach, but at a 5* resort hotel, I think it looks tacky. I love the remark" the Clampetes at WDW". I got a big chuckle from that.

anniet
02-20-2003, 10:01 AM
Originally posted by Maistre Gracey
I had all I could do to stop myself from finding their room, and knocking on their door.

You should have!!!! I bet DW was the only thing that stopped you!:p

DBF and I saw some plastic 2 litre bottles thrown over the fence into the wooded/wet area about 2 days before we left. It made me sick to think people would act that way anywhere never mind in a resort.

The towel wouldn't bother me if I thought that that's all they would hang out. But if they allow towels the next thing you know we'll have all kinds of laundry hanging over the balcony.

By the way DBF put his swimsuit over a chair on the balcony to dry and I quickly removed it and hung it on the line that Disney provides in the bathroom!

dtheboys
02-20-2003, 10:19 AM
Come on.....
You are on vacation......
I have kids, and they hate to put on a wet suit.....
Have a cold beer, and smile!!!
P.S. to thinks about it....I hate to put a cold, wet suit on also!!

Desperado
02-20-2003, 10:27 AM
I have kids, and they hate to put on a wet suit.....
Throw them in the dryer, or use the clothesline in the studio shower, and make sure to take two suits. Problem solved.

No need to act like the "Clampetes at WDW"!

dbond
02-20-2003, 10:41 AM
I guess we broke the balcony law by hanging our dripping ponchos on the balcony rail. We knew we would need to pack them in the back pack the next day and those things just don't dry unless they drip. No where in the room to drip dry 5 ponchos. The balcony worked beautifully!

LOL! Quit paying so much attention to what's wrong with the world, lighten up and have a good time. Now if there was underwear hanging on the balcony, that would be a different story! ;)

dcfromva
02-20-2003, 10:45 AM
We have trouble monitoring and remembering to keep our unneighborly trailer park habits in check when we go to DVC, so I can understand how others might forget as well...... anyone know where I can get a travel size plastic pink flamingo and I'll be playing my oversized bass seakers in my car as loud as they'll go in the parking lots.....


( LOL )

Seriously, it wouldn't bother me if I saw stuff hanging out to dry, I have seen lots of towels hanging on the balconies at the Contemporary, too.
But, I personally wouldn't do it for 3 reasons:
1. Wind might blow stuff away.
2. Bird droppings on railings.
3. Maintence crews (at BCV, anyway) seem to wash down the balconies/railings with a pressure washer on a pretty frequent basis.

I prefer to put stuff in my really cool washer/dryer and have nicely washed and dried towels/bathing suits for the next swimming opportunity.

-DC :)

Pumbaa_
02-20-2003, 12:39 PM
I have friends who honeymooned at the BC and she hung her bathing suit on the balcony to dry. Imagine her embarrassment when she had to call maintenance to get it off the roof below where it had blown off!

icydog
02-20-2003, 05:37 PM
Originally posted by Desperado


No need to act like the "Clampetes at WDW"!

I love that WDW Clampete thing. I will just acquire it as my own.

I read another one on DVC@yahoogroups.com
She called a group of loud, uncouth people "Studio Trash"

patsal
02-20-2003, 05:52 PM
"Studio Trash" lol that is too funny...oops wait we usually stay in a studio--but we never hang our laundry on the balcany!:jester:

To dry ponchos faster we lie them on the floor and wipe them with a towel--dry and ready to be folded in seconds flat!:bounce:

Maistre Gracey
02-20-2003, 06:12 PM
I appreciate and respect everyone's opinion, but let's take a minute and picture what it would look like if half the balconies at VWL had laundry hanging from them. A beautiful, architectural marval would be covered with towels and swimsuits. Seriously, picture what it would look like. Does anyone really think that this would be the vision of a first class resort?
I don't think I would have a problem with stuff on the chairs, as that would be hard to see.
For those who are of the opinion that this practice is acceptable, try looking at it from the pool, courtyard, or some other outside area. It really is an eyesore when viewed from the outside.

........:mad:

SimbaNoodle
02-20-2003, 06:43 PM
I couldn't agree with you more, Maistre Gracey!

Cruelladeville
02-20-2003, 09:10 PM
You can take the people out of the trailer park, but you can't take the trailer park out of the people;)


Seriously, I don't particularly care what people hang out, although undies might be overdoing things a bit. Still, New Year's Eve at Epcot found everyone drenched to the bone when it began to rain during Illuminations, and it just poured. I had a poncho on--I am a DIS veteren, after all:p :p --I still was soaked to my waist after having to walk thru 2 inches of rain on the sidewalks. The next day really did look like the Clampett's had invaded Disney, since almost everyone had EVERYTHING waving from the balconies. I just assumed that everyone would use their dryers, but they didn't. I thought Santa had taken all the dryers back because we were all bad little boys and girls (It WAS New Year's):jester:

Uncleromulus
02-21-2003, 06:51 AM
Does anything ever really "dry" while hanging out on a WDW balcony???? Maybe drip-dry, but that could be accomplished hanging them over the tub.
When we used to stay at the Poly we would put our bathing suits and towels out on the lounge chairs overnite--only to find them almost as wet the next morning as when we put them out.

erikthewise
02-21-2003, 09:08 AM
Originally posted by Maistre Gracey
I appreciate and respect everyone's opinion, but let's take a minute and picture what it would look like if half the balconies at VWL had laundry hanging from them. A beautiful, architectural marval would be covered with towels and swimsuits. Seriously, picture what it would look like. Does anyone really think that this would be the vision of a first class resort?

I can just see it now -- "Announcing Disney's Beach Slum Resort, capturing the casual lifestyle of a Florida beach town. The resort buildings will all be of different clashing architectural styles, in various states of disrepair, and will be so close together that a rat could travel from one end of the resort to the other without touching the ground. Authentic touches include exterior corridors and stairwells, paint chips peeling off the building exteriors, beer cans embedded in the sand, and beach towels hanging from every balcony. Opens September 2006."

wilderness01
02-21-2003, 10:30 AM
Ok I have to say that anything hanging over the balcony rail is alittle unsightly and sloppy BUT hanging off the chair on the balcony is ok IMHO. Actually we don't even hang anything off our rails at home and only hang it on the chairs to dry. Aren't we all supposed to be treating this like our home? Makes you wonder.....:o :D :D

But I also think it is not our place to go and correct someone. It could lead to a very ugly scene and really not worth it. It is Disney's responsibility to handle this. Just hope they take notice soon before it becomes a big problem. :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

Gillian
02-21-2003, 07:09 PM
Originally posted by Uncleromulus
When we used to stay at the Poly we would put our bathing suits and towels out on the lounge chairs overnite--only to find them almost as wet the next morning as when we put them out. If you hang things out overnight theywill get wet again. Dew, I believe. :) I learned at summer camp to take things off the line at night!

I you put stuff out on the chairs for a few hours during the day, it will dry very quickly! Just don't leave it overnight.

CaptainMidnight
02-21-2003, 07:15 PM
But I also think it is not our place to go and correct someone. It could lead to a very ugly scene and really not worth it. It is Disney's responsibility to handle this. Just hope they take notice soon before it becomes a big problem.
If you did want to let them know, I think the best way would be to tape a note on thier door. That avoids any face to face confrontation and possible aurgument, but lets the person know. It doesn't interrupt thier stay and they can choose to ignore it if they wish. They also may not be aware, and it is a discreet approach to sharing you opinion with them. I thought about doing it with folks who I saw leaving trash bags outside thier door that seemed to stay for a couple of days. Kind of rude to leave that in the hallway for everyone else to view. A polite note might have let them know about the inconvenience those passing by had to deal with because they didn't take the time to carry thier trash to the proper location.

nydizfan
02-21-2003, 11:05 PM
I agree with Capt Midnight. while I was at OKW with my son and wife one night, I quess we got a little loud. The next morning I found a note on the floor by the lockoff door. It said 'please by quiet. thanks your friend' .. I did not know that we were being a loud. I was sorry, so I sent a reply through the bottom of the door saying..' so sorry friend' ...dave