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princess&tig
04-13-2004, 05:32 PM
I saw this thread for WDW secret and thought it would be cool to share secret or even not so secret advice.

I have no good secrets but a couple cool things:

- I love that the Bell services will carry up your groceries at the BW and BC.
- I think te easiest way to get to the MK is to park at the Contempary or Poly. Just have lunch there. If you park at the comporary on the left side of the guard shack, you can walk to the MK.
- ESPN has great takeout for the BC and BW
- The little speed boat are way to slow at the BC and YC go to a magic kingdom resort (Contemporary, Poly, WL...)

HookdonWDW
04-13-2004, 06:42 PM
My best secret is this: When people start trashing your favorite resorts in their posts (in my case, that would be VWL & BCVs), NEVER defend your favorite resort. The more people that panic and think your resort stinks, the easier it will be to get your reservations when the time comes!!! :p

HookdonWDW
04-13-2004, 06:45 PM
Originally posted by princess&tig
I - I think te easiest way to get to the MK is to park at the Contempary or Poly. Just have lunch there. If you park at the comporary on the left side of the guard shack, you can walk to the MK.

The people who are actually staying at these resorts probably don't think that this is such a great thing. A better idea if you are a DVC member: Valet Park at VWL (don't forget to tip!), and take the boat over to MK. The valet lots never fill up, and valet parking is free for DVC members.

DVC Jen
04-13-2004, 07:14 PM
Originally posted by HookdonWDW
My best secret is this: When people start trashing your favorite resorts in their posts (in my case, that would be VWL & BCVs), NEVER defend your favorite resort. The more people that panic and think your resort stinks, the easier it will be to get your reservations when the time comes!!! :p


:laughing:

Great idea.

bom_noite
04-13-2004, 07:25 PM
Just heard this one today on another thread:

If you are staying at two resorts during one stay, the bell staff will insure that your bags are moved from resort to resort! That was news to me and plan to use that on our next trip!

Also, as you go to the MK the back way (past the Wilderness Campground), look to your right (after you get past Wilderness Campground): You will see a runway. This was an operational runway used in the early years by Disney staff and execs because many of the roads had not been built yet and they had to transfer many supplies from Anaheim to WDW.

I guess the runway is still listed on navigational charts.

HookdonWDW
04-13-2004, 08:50 PM
Not only is the runway still listed on navigational charts, it is still occassionally put to use for VIPs flying in on private aircraft!

princess&tig
04-14-2004, 08:04 AM
"Also, as you go to the MK the back way (past the Wilderness Campground), look to your right (after you get past Wilderness Campground): You will see a runway. This was an operational runway used in the early years by Disney staff and execs because many of the roads had not been built yet and they had to transfer many supplies from Anaheim to WDW."

Wow!!

carone0318
04-14-2004, 08:46 AM
My best secret is we rent a studio (always has been BWV), there are 4 of us, myself, dh, dd (7.5) and ds (3). Up to this point ds has slept in the pack & play. We set the pack & play up in the alcove where the sinks are between the bathroom & the closet creating a little room, so that ds could go to sleep at night or nap without being disturbed and we could be on the bed or couch and watch tv (low volume or course.) This works for us, because both of our children were raised with "noise" so that our lives wouldn't halt when they had to a take a nap or at 8pm bedtime. This little trick will not work at OKW though, only the studios that are set up like BWV.

SSRex
04-14-2004, 09:02 AM
"I think the easiest way to get to the MK is to park at the Contempary or Poly. Just have lunch there. If you park at the comporary on the left side of the guard shack, you can walk to the MK."

I have done the idea above posted earlier, but the other parking idea that I have used in the past and is no longer allowed was to:

Park in the Poly lot at the far end closest to the T&TC and walk the short path to the monorails that go to either MK or EPCOT. It was a great place to leave your car if you were going to park hop.

I actually thought of the Poly as being just as convenient to MK & EPCOT as BCV & BWV are to EPCOT & MGM. Please put DVC there

mbw12
04-14-2004, 06:57 PM
Originally posted by HookdonWDW
My best secret is this: When people start trashing your favorite resorts in their posts (in my case, that would be VWL & BCVs), NEVER defend your favorite resort. The more people that panic and think your resort stinks, the easier it will be to get your reservations when the time comes!!! :p



OMG....I LOVE it! That was the best little "secret" and I am joining you on that one.

bom_noite
04-14-2004, 11:19 PM
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Originally posted by HookdonWDW

Not only is the runway still listed on navigational charts, it is still occassionally put to use for VIPs flying in on private aircraft!
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Two questions:

1) Where do you think Eisner stays when he is in WDW?

2) Is he still allowed to say in WDW?

sandieb
04-15-2004, 04:10 AM
Stay in a first floor room...there are a lot of folks who request certain views...however, the convienence of staying on the first floor can't be beat! Sandie B

Fenceman
04-15-2004, 10:18 AM
At HH they put out cookies and lemonaid in the lodge across from check-in in the afternoon usually around 2 or 3:00.

I made it a point to be visiting Big Murgeys Den about that time.:)

If we get a studio or 1 bedroom we usually like to stay in the lodge. You have an elevator and covered parking. Also it is easier to get to the cookies.

mb168
04-15-2004, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by HookdonWDW
Not only is the runway still listed on navigational charts, it is still occassionally put to use for VIPs flying in on private aircraft!

I would love to be able to use that runway. I've flown into Kissimee once last October but transportation is an issue to and from WDW to the airport. That runway would bring me to WDW a LOT more. Its a 2 hr flight from where I live. We go often as it is but that runway would bring me in for a lot of last minute day trips. "What you wanna do tommorrow honey?" " I don't know, want to go to Disney, we'll be home before supper."

Man that would be great, next best thing to living in Florida.

Simba's Mom
04-15-2004, 12:00 PM
I'm not sure if this is a "secret", but it sure was a pleasant surprise to me at HH. If you request a wake up call there, Mickey wakes you up! DH laughs at me because I have to get my "Mickey fix" there every morning.

spiceycat
04-15-2004, 01:31 PM
the refillable mugs at WL/VWL are worth the money - I don't happen to like the other resorts mugs - DVC and non-DVC included.

the boat and bike use to be pretty nice - I have heard that WDW no longer offers than plan?

no matter which DVC resort you stay at walk around - there is a lot details in the little things - if you rush off to the parks you miss alot of these little things.

always look at the activities list that the front desk gives you when you check in - it should be on the back on the map - if it is not there - ask the front desk - sometimes they run out and have to print some more......

if possible go to the DVC meeting on Tues at OKW and Thurs at BWV - you get to meet fellow DVC....

DiznEeyore
04-15-2004, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by HookdonWDW
My best secret is this: When people start trashing your favorite resorts in their posts (in my case, that would be VWL & BCVs), NEVER defend your favorite resort. The more people that panic and think your resort stinks, the easier it will be to get your reservations when the time comes!!! :p

Love this idea!! ::yes::

Pa@okw95
04-15-2004, 06:25 PM
All three of the roads at OKW were suppose to have bus turn-arounds, only one ended up with one. Also you need a band-ade to put over the peek hole on the doors at the studios at OKW-by some freak design error the outside light shines through the peek hole and hits you right in the face on the bed nearest the front window. Make sure it is a large band-ade, it is a large peek hole.

zillow
04-15-2004, 08:22 PM
1) If you're 2 year old accidently phone the front desk - instead of being annoyed they let him "speak" to Goofy!

2) If you 'screw up' your banking and miss the deadline, MS will still bank your points! - LOVE MS! (Though I think that you are only allowed this once.

princess&tig
04-16-2004, 08:21 AM
The goofy was is really cool. Is that at any resort???

bom_noite
04-16-2004, 09:55 AM
I am fascinated by WDW's early history. Three gems:

1) Originally, the Polynesian had a "Wave Machine" to make the surf bigger. I guess they had to take it out cause it was causing the beach to erode.

http://photoalbums.wdwmagic.com/showphoto.php?photo=1541

2) Originally, the third resort at 7 seas lagoon was scheduled to be a Asian resort. It would have been built where GF is now. I have seen web pages that have artist renderings of the project. Sorry, could not find them today.

3) Walt ended up buying all of the land for WDW (28,000 acres) for about $5 million. If you wanted (and were allowed) to live in a SSR GV for a year, it would require a puchase of 32668 points or $3.1 million (at $95 per point). That is before the the maintenance fees!

If you have not done any research in to the whole land acquistion process Walt went through it is certainly worth some time. Very, very interesting.

That70sGuy
04-16-2004, 10:40 AM
An 'SSR GV'?? :confused:


(Sorry, I'm still working on abbreviations...)

bom_noite
04-16-2004, 10:49 AM
Originally posted by That70sGuy
An 'SSR GV'?? :confused:


(Sorry, I'm still working on abbreviations...)


SSR = Saratoga Springs Resort
GV = Grand Villa.

princess&tig
04-16-2004, 01:56 PM
I think it is a bargan for the GV. Cool info on the wave machine

Laurabearz
04-16-2004, 08:24 PM
You dont have to go to the parks everyday.

TeresaNJ
04-16-2004, 08:49 PM
This past February DH and I were staying on cash at Caribbean Beach Resort with an AP rate, as used most of our points on big upcoming July vacation with family. DH had business conference in Clearwater, so was on my own for the day. I was in the MK when I decided to go visit my very favorite DVC resort, VWL. I took the boat from the MK to VWL, stopped in at the mercantile store at WL, bought a Haagen Daaz chocolate ice cream bar, a magazine, and a bottle of water, then walked over to VWL, and sat in one of the rockers on the side porch overlooking the foliage. It was so cool to just sit there and relax, reading my magazine, listening to the music that plays outside. Also, one evening DH and I went over to VWL and played checkers in the train room, and also sat on the porch for a while. It was a great night. VWL is a very romantic resort in the evening.;)

antnee
04-17-2004, 09:54 AM
dont have any secrest really but I think OKW is the best band for your buck and is the quietest of all the DVC resorts

bom_noite
04-17-2004, 12:36 PM
My last Gem (For now!). DVC was most likely the idea of the Arvida company. Back when Eisner came in Roy Disney had a huge hand in it. There are many books on the subject.

One of the driving forces was the Baker brothers (I think this is correct name), and, they owned Arvida properties. These brothers backed Roy in his reshaping of the company.

One of the "reshaping" measures was: We have a ton of property - why do we let folks stay outside WDW?

The first move was developing the Caribbean Beach Resort. A modest priced property. My wife and I stayed there 2 weeks after it opened. The rental fee of $49 a night almost killed us!

I am a stockholder in many company's, and, I give full right to the major owners of WDW stock to oust Eisner. And, I fully see some of the mistakes he made. But, I would ask them to remember how he made 1000's of people multi-millionaires with his wisdom and foresight!

DVC has made untold millions for WDW. And, I never like the "what have you done for me lately" mentality. Donald Eisner's large income was based on the millions he made for stockholders. I would hate to think what WDW would be if it were not for him.

If anyone is interested in reading a great book about the WDW history and Eisner taking over - please post. I will get you the name of the book.

bom_noite
04-17-2004, 12:42 PM
To continue - sorry! I think the Comcast bid and the future of WDW as a company is and should be a huge concern for all DVC owners.

While Comcast has backed off, another company (like Time Warner) could buy Disney and then sell it off in parts:

DVC to Marriott,
Theme Parks to Paramount
Resorts to Bass (Holiday Inn)
etc.

We bought in to the Disney name and reputation to quality.

I personally believe that a strong and wholly owned Disney (like Roy Disney is after) is the best for all of us.

Hell, sell of ABC and ESPN, but, please keep the parks and real estate under one entity.

I am not expert - please chime in!

Timon
04-17-2004, 01:59 PM
Just wanted to post a link about the Asian Resort that was originally planned for.

Asian Resort (http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/asian.htm)

bom_noite
04-17-2004, 02:06 PM
Originally posted by Timon
Just wanted to post a link about the Asian Resort that was originally planned for.

Asian Resort (http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/asian.htm)

Thank you Timon - a real GEM of WDW lore! I enjoyed looking at the pics and reading the history.

And, while I think this them would have been WAY cool, I think WDW did better with the GF theme!

bom_noite
04-17-2004, 02:25 PM
Upon further review, this is the site I found many of my interesting WDW gems.

Please view this site if you are truly interested in WDW sites. It is so interesting I viewed every page. A true visit in to WDW lore:

http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/wyw.htm

Fantastic stuff!