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Old 06-03-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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Unback From DLP

Just got to DLP this evening for a first trip all alone and logged onto DIS to see a bunch of "We're Back From Our Trip" threads. So I decided to start an "unback" thread, which means I am here.

Headed over to Disney Village for a late dinner at Annette's. Not bad. Not great - especially at the price. Fun environment. Many of you said good things about it so I gave it a shot.

The Newport Bay hotel has a lot of problems. I arrived to check in, lugged my suitcase (now stuffed full of gifts after a week in Spain) plus computer all the way to the room only to find the room was not evacuated. No people were in the room but their open luggage was. Lugged my stuff back to the front desk and stood in the queue (again) and did something I rarely do and requested a new room with an upgrade. They gave me a new room but no upgrade. The rooms are really trashed here. I feel like I am in a worn down Fairfield Inn or Comfort Inn (while in the room and hallways). Peeling paint, chipped would, worn out carpet. Yuck. The lobby looks sharp and well maintained.

It was bit warm in the room so I turned on the AC and it rattled loudly for about 20 minutes (I did not think it would stop so I called the front desk in fear that it would continue all night). But it stopped after 20 minutes. The repairmen came 30-40 minutes later but the sound was gone so there was nothing to be done.

Tomorrow is GMFL breakfast and DL. Later.

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Day 1 Report - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...8&postcount=13
Day 2 Report - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=27
Day 3 Report - http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=71
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:17 AM   #2
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Hi Hydroguy, I hope you have a good time at DLP.

Annette's is good value, it's one of the cheapest table service restaurants at the resort. But great dining it is not. For world class, go to the California Grill. Or for good food, try Manhatten Grill, Walt's, the Silver Spur, or the Steakhouse.

As for the Newport Bay, that place is a joke. I've tried it 3 or 4 times, and every time has been a disappointment. Sadly people get caught up in the magic, but it is not a patch on the Hotel New York, and the Sequoia Lodge and Holiday Inn offer much better value. And compared to the DL and WDW hotels, it scrapes a moderate rating in my books.

Hopefully things will improve for you.
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:28 AM   #3
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Good info on NB. It is a place we were considering, since the Hub is from Cape Cod... I would love to hear about any dining in the NB hotel restaurants, if you should happen into one of them.

Given your description of the rooms though, I think I will stick to the Sequoia.

Hope your trip gets better!!
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:43 AM   #4
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Good info on NB. It is a place we were considering, since the Hub is from Cape Cod... I would love to hear about any dining in the NB hotel restaurants, if you should happen into one of them.

Given your description of the rooms though, I think I will stick to the Sequoia.

Hope your trip gets better!!
Hmmmm, dining at the NBC is mixed. The Yacht Club is a nice seafood restaurant with a great selection of shellfish and good steaks. It is the only place in Europe I have found Clam Chowder at too. It is considered pricey by many, but I remember having a wonderful meal of Clam Chowder, followed by steak and lobster surf and turf, topped off with Lemon Merange Pie accompanied by a bottle of champagne. It was a great meal, but I think it set us back about 200 euro for the 2 of us.

The other restaurant is a largely forgettable buffet experience.
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Old 06-04-2007, 03:45 AM   #5
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Hope the rest of your stay is good fun for you
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:03 AM   #6
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So I decided to start an "unback" thread, which means I am here.
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Old 06-04-2007, 05:26 AM   #7
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We stayed in a family room on the Admiral's Floor in August 2002 and was very disappointed with the room. The paint was chipping, the wallpaper was peeling, it smelled of smoke and the bathroom was in need of a revamp. However, I thought that 5 years on the rooms would have been refurbished. How disappointing.

We are staying in the Sequoia Lodge this year. Hopefully it will be nice but my expectations are not so high this time.

Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip.
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:10 AM   #8
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We stayed there over 4 years ago and we also had the same issue of a shabby room. I loved the hotel itself but I was disappointed with the room. Not worth the money we paid i am afraid.

Having said that many many people stay there and have no problems.
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Old 06-04-2007, 06:51 AM   #9
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We stayed in a family room on the Admiral's Floor in August 2002 and was very disappointed with the room. The paint was chipping, the wallpaper was peeling, it smelled of smoke and the bathroom was in need of a revamp. However, I thought that 5 years on the rooms would have been refurbished. How disappointing.

We are staying in the Sequoia Lodge this year. Hopefully it will be nice but my expectations are not so high this time.

Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip.

I think the Sequoia Lodge has just been refurbished as the room we had at Easter was looking very new, it even had a new bathroom suite. I like the HNY best but the Sequoia Lodge is good for the price.

Trey, I look forward to reading about the rest of you trip
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Great thread title Will read with interest the rest of your on-line trip report
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:34 AM   #11
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We have stayed at the NPBC in November 2006 and the room was as good as new. And even the outside was just refurbished.

Maybe not all rooms have been done now? Maybe it would help to request another room?

We had an Admirals Floor room with lake view.
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So I decided to start an "unback" thread, which means I am here.
Lucky you!!!! Not that we're jealous or anything.

Maybe we should start another thread called 'It seems ages since we were there'

Have fun and looking forward to reading about rest of trip

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Your first day in the parks sounded great. Nice to get a different perspective. In fact your report has encouraged me to try to look at DLP through the eyes of its many visitors
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Old 06-04-2007, 04:56 PM   #14
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We stayed in Newport Bay last July on the Admirals Floor, the room was lovely, bathroom tiles could have done with regrouting but that was all.

Going again in 9 days so hope i get good room like last year
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After the disappointment of the hotel, I'm really glad you enjoyed the park so much. And thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts

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Well done, but the end part transitioned to something western which did not seem to follow the previous story.
A few people have commented on that before. Though versions vary, the general story is that the bride in Phantom Manor is the daughter of Mr Ravenswood, the owner of the Big Thunder Mountain goldmine. So the end of the ride represents a ghostly version of Thunder Mesa, which is the town of Frontierland.

Just thought you would like to know!!
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