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Old 05-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #2191
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We are staying at GCH in mid September. We have a standard view on the concierge level. I'm trying to figure out this level of the hotel. Are all concierge level rooms in the main building or are there concierge level rooms in all of the buildings? I'm just wondering if I should upgrade our room for a DTD view. We will be there during the weekdays only and have read that the fireworks will not be going on except for the weekend days. But would it still be worth to upgrade just to enjoy the sights? We will have a 3 year old us but have been told that the noise levels are totally fine. The info we have on this level gives us a free breakfast and snacks throughout the day which will be a big help. Is this available in one location only, and if so, where is it? Just wondering if I request an upgrade to DTD, we'll be hiking back and forth way too much (I'll have my 72 year old mom with me as well) to even be worth it. I think this breakfast will help out my family members more than the view of DTD.
The concierge lounge is on the 6th floor, near the elevators off the main lobby. There is a dedicated registration/guest services desk located just outside the lounge. Concierge rooms will generally be near the lounge, but the concierge feature can be added to rooms in other areas. DTD view will place your room far from the lounge.

A cast member usually meets concierge guest downstairs, but if this does not happen go to the 6th floor to check in.

You might want to request a room close to the lounge, rather than upgrading the view.

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Are there daybed rood available on the concierge level? One's with a DTD view? With the 3 year old I'm not sure how I'll be having her sleep. It states that there are cribs in each room but she might be too big if it's one of those pack-n-go type. If our room have 2 Q's I might just have her sleep in my bed but I'm afraid of her rolling right off the bed. Are there 2 Q w/ bunkbeds rooms by chance?
There are a few 2 Queen with daybed (not bunkbed) rooms near the front of the hotel, close to the lounge (although I'm not sure they are on the available on the 6th floor).
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:52 PM   #2192
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I'm confused with all of these posts about having a daybed. I thought all of the standard rooms slept 5? Doesn't that mean the couch is automatically a daybed?

Also, a lot of people seem to be going for concierge rooms. They are so expensive! Am I looking right, or are there discounts I'm missing? Is the concierge worth it?
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:03 PM   #2193
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After a few hours and the thought of putting toothpicks in my eyes to keep them open, I've read this entire thread. and have a couple questions that I don't think I found a clear answer on.

We are staying at GCH in mid September. We have a standard view on the concierge level. I'm trying to figure out this level of the hotel. Are all concierge level rooms in the main building or are there concierge level rooms in all of the buildings? I'm just wondering if I should upgrade our room for a DTD view. We will be there during the weekdays only and have read that the fireworks will not be going on except for the weekend days. But would it still be worth to upgrade just to enjoy the sights? We will have a 3 year old us but have been told that the noise levels are totally fine. The info we have on this level gives us a free breakfast and snacks throughout the day which will be a big help. Is this available in one location only, and if so, where is it? Just wondering if I request an upgrade to DTD, we'll be hiking back and forth way too much (I'll have my 72 year old mom with me as well) to even be worth it. I think this breakfast will help out my family members more than the view of DTD.

Are there daybed rood available on the concierge level? One's with a DTD view? With the 3 year old I'm not sure how I'll be having her sleep. It states that there are cribs in each room but she might be too big if it's one of those pack-n-go type. If our room have 2 Q's I might just have her sleep in my bed but I'm afraid of her rolling right off the bed. Are there 2 Q w/ bunkbeds rooms by chance?

Lastly, from another thread on these boards it was mentioned that I might be able to have groceries delivered to a hotel from a store call Vons. Does anyone know if the GCH will allow me to do this? If so, does anyone know if they will store fridge items for me? We will not have a car with us so I cannot stop by a store before arriving. I read that there is a store within walking distance, but that it is a BIG distance and the thought of lugging a pack of water doesn't sound like too much fun.

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this. I thought this was going to be an easy little trip but once I started getting into everything it becomes a bit daunting. Still so excited to be going there and staying at such a beautiful location. We booked here thinking it would really help out with taking little breaks during the day.
I haven't stayed GCH CL, but we just left VGC last Fri and I have stayed CL at the Poly. With my experience staying CL the lounge should have water and sodas (and may alcohol) available to you throughout the day so depending on what else you wanted to order from Vons you may not need to place that order. WDW CL lounges usually offer cereals, juices, fruits, and pastries at breakfast; snack items of pretzels, cookies, gummy candy during the day; and small appetizers and desserts in the evening - not sure if this is similar along what GCH does.
I can help you a little more with ordering from Vons since we did this last week. GCH will accept your delivery from them and store your fridge and freezer items; I had read you did need to be available to sign if alcohol was delivered so I didn't order any since we may not have arrived at the hotel during the delivery window. When we got into our room we called down to bell services to have our groceries brought up. They couldn't find them at 1st because they got put with anothers guest's items with a similar last name, but it didn't take too much longer and everything arrived without a problem.

Your trip sounds great, I'm sure you will all have so much fun!
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:42 PM   #2194
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That's a great idea. Anyone know if this is an option to request at GCH?
We never have requested one. We just get bunk beds (all bunks have a trundle). So one twin sleeps on the top (with the rails) and the other sleeps on the trundle.

Alternately, you can get these. We use them on other trips:

http://www.amazon.com/BedBugz-Portab...ref=pd_cp_ba_3

Or this is another brand:

http://www.amazon.com/Shrunks-Sleep-.../dp/B003PGRHRU
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:02 PM   #2195
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We had a 2 Queen room with a daybed and it was located right off the elevators looking over the valet, but we got lucky because it was a larger room and did have a balconey. We enjoyed the larger room even though it was a standard view, we still sat on the balc and enjoyed the sights and sounds. We now are spoiled at the VGC and I wouldn't have it any other way.
We got this very same room today for the rest of our family (joining us for the weekend). I think most daybed rooms don't have a balcony, but the ones over the valet do??? We don't have connecting rooms, but we are across the hall and two doors over from each other, so it is fine.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:10 PM   #2196
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I'm confused with all of these posts about having a daybed. I thought all of the standard rooms slept 5? Doesn't that mean the couch is automatically a daybed?
The majority of rooms have 2 queens and no daybed. The 5th person gets a sleeping bag

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Also, a lot of people seem to be going for concierge rooms. They are so expensive! Am I looking right, or are there discounts I'm missing? Is the concierge worth it?
Concierge is expensive, although good deals sometimes are offered to Annual Passholders. The lounge is very convenient and the guest services can be helpful, but its hard to judge "value"
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:15 PM   #2197
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After a few hours and the thought of putting toothpicks in my eyes to keep them open, I've read this entire thread. and have a couple questions that I don't think I found a clear answer on.

We are staying at GCH in mid September. We have a standard view on the concierge level. I'm trying to figure out this level of the hotel. Are all concierge level rooms in the main building or are there concierge level rooms in all of the buildings? I'm just wondering if I should upgrade our room for a DTD view. We will be there during the weekdays only and have read that the fireworks will not be going on except for the weekend days. But would it still be worth to upgrade just to enjoy the sights? We will have a 3 year old us but have been told that the noise levels are totally fine. The info we have on this level gives us a free breakfast and snacks throughout the day which will be a big help. Is this available in one location only, and if so, where is it? Just wondering if I request an upgrade to DTD, we'll be hiking back and forth way too much (I'll have my 72 year old mom with me as well) to even be worth it. I think this breakfast will help out my family members more than the view of DTD.

Are there daybed rood available on the concierge level? One's with a DTD view? With the 3 year old I'm not sure how I'll be having her sleep. It states that there are cribs in each room but she might be too big if it's one of those pack-n-go type. If our room have 2 Q's I might just have her sleep in my bed but I'm afraid of her rolling right off the bed. Are there 2 Q w/ bunkbeds rooms by chance?

Lastly, from another thread on these boards it was mentioned that I might be able to have groceries delivered to a hotel from a store call Vons. Does anyone know if the GCH will allow me to do this? If so, does anyone know if they will store fridge items for me? We will not have a car with us so I cannot stop by a store before arriving. I read that there is a store within walking distance, but that it is a BIG distance and the thought of lugging a pack of water doesn't sound like too much fun.

Thanks for taking the time to read all of this. I thought this was going to be an easy little trip but once I started getting into everything it becomes a bit daunting. Still so excited to be going there and staying at such a beautiful location. We booked here thinking it would really help out with taking little breaks during the day.
You may want to ask for a bunk bed room. The bunk bed has a trundle under it, so your little one could sleep on the trundle and you wouldn't have to worry about your little one falling out of bed. Now climbing on the bunk bed might be another matter! We had a garden view bunk bed room right around the corner from the lounge. We were able to watch the fireworks from the balcony, but weren't right over Downtown Disney. You probably won't need to order from Vons if you are staying concierge. You will have breakfast every morning(cereal, oatmeal, bagels, danishes, fruit, juices), they have snacks, soda, water, and apple juice available for most of the day. They have tea sandwiches, fruit, scones, chocolate dipped strawberries and cookies available through most of the afternoon. In the evening they have cheeses, veggies, a hot appetizer, desserts, wine and beer. After that they have a story time/sing along for the kids and they put out cookies, milk, other assorted desserts and they offer cordials to the adults.
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:31 PM   #2198
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Hello,
We are going for a 5 night stay at the Grand Californian in June. We paid for the Downtown Disney view upgrade, and I have read through all the posts here (phew!)--so I now am in the "know" about the East Wing-Napa Rose elevator benefits as well as well as the plight of the long, winding hallways. I don't know if we will be placed near enough to the secret exit to utilize it--but that would be a benefit in the mornings getting out to the park.

I am wondering about noise levels. I realize it will be pretty noisy from the activity and musicians--but is there one area that is better than others for balcony relaxation and people watching?

I asked for a 5th floor room with a good shot to see some fireworks if possible. Should I leave it at that and see where they put us, or does anyone have anything else to add?
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You may want to ask for a bunk bed room. The bunk bed has a trundle under it, so your little one could sleep on the trundle and you wouldn't have to worry about your little one falling out of bed. Now climbing on the bunk bed might be another matter! We had a garden view bunk bed room right around the corner from the lounge. We were able to watch the fireworks from the balcony, but weren't right over Downtown Disney. You probably won't need to order from Vons if you are staying concierge. You will have breakfast every morning(cereal, oatmeal, bagels, danishes, fruit, juices), they have snacks, soda, water, and apple juice available for most of the day. They have tea sandwiches, fruit, scones, chocolate dipped strawberries and cookies available through most of the afternoon. In the evening they have cheeses, veggies, a hot appetizer, desserts, wine and beer. After that they have a story time/sing along for the kids and they put out cookies, milk, other assorted desserts and they offer cordials to the adults.
Thank you so much for the info. I had no idea that the lounge would offer that much so I may just not even worry about ordering anything from Vons. I figured I could pack a couple of our snacks but knowing how much might/will be available I feel so much better.
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I LOVE the DTD view..the one thing I miss having VGC. I have found the sliding doors soundproof very well. I love to sit on the balcony and listen to the music and watch people and see all the sparkly lights. But at bedtime, with the door closed, I never found the music intrusive..maybe a slight under sound, but very light. We stayed Concierge once (had to burn up some developer points) . We had a view of the parking lot BUT holy cow, did we save money on eating..we had breakfast and soda and water for the parks and then little nice things for lunch, a couple hot things were offered for dinner, then cookies and yes..BEER AND WINE later on. The wine was worth the stay..just saying Really fun experience, but won't pay for it and can't use points since the villas opened, but so fun to do it once.
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I LOVE the DTD view..the one thing I miss having VGC. I have found the sliding doors soundproof very well. I love to sit on the balcony and listen to the music and watch people and see all the sparkly lights. But at bedtime, with the door closed, I never found the music intrusive..maybe a slight under sound, but very light. We stayed Concierge once (had to burn up some developer points) . We had a view of the parking lot BUT holy cow, did we save money on eating..we had breakfast and soda and water for the parks and then little nice things for lunch, a couple hot things were offered for dinner, then cookies and yes..BEER AND WINE later on. The wine was worth the stay..just saying Really fun experience, but won't pay for it and can't use points since the villas opened, but so fun to do it once.
Yeah! Thank you for posting this. The Concierge Level does add a ton to the price but I think this may be my mom's last trip. DL holds a special place in her heart. She's taken all of her grandkids (8 in total) to DL as something very special between her and the grandchild. With her being 72 and health issues starting to make life harder I figured I wanted her to just enjoy herself to no end. These trips were just her and a grandchild but with my youngest (and her last grandchild) my mom has realized she could not do it alone so I was asked to go along. For that I am so thankful. I might just go ahead and upgrade to the DTD view just for that little bit of special. No fireworks at night, and that's okay. But we love to "people watch" and I can't think of a greater place to do so.
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I LOVE the DTD view..the one thing I miss having VGC. I have found the sliding doors soundproof very well. I love to sit on the balcony and listen to the music and watch people and see all the sparkly lights. But at bedtime, with the door closed, I never found the music intrusive..maybe a slight under sound, but very light. We stayed Concierge once (had to burn up some developer points) . We had a view of the parking lot BUT holy cow, did we save money on eating..we had breakfast and soda and water for the parks and then little nice things for lunch, a couple hot things were offered for dinner, then cookies and yes..BEER AND WINE later on. The wine was worth the stay..just saying Really fun experience, but won't pay for it and can't use points since the villas opened, but so fun to do it once.
Thanks for the information! I have heard so many people say they enjoyed their downtown disney view, so we are very excited to try it out. I am glad you didn't have a problem with noise. They probably use some kind of supersonic glass to block it out.

The wine with concierge sounds great! I don't think we will ever be able to afford concierge at GC, but I can always dream!
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We are going for a 5 night stay at the Grand Californian in June. We paid for the Downtown Disney view upgrade, and I have read through all the posts here (phew!)--so I now am in the "know" about the East Wing-Napa Rose elevator benefits as well as well as the plight of the long, winding hallways. I don't know if we will be placed near enough to the secret exit to utilize it--but that would be a benefit in the mornings getting out to the park.

I am wondering about noise levels. I realize it will be pretty noisy from the activity and musicians--but is there one area that is better than others for balcony relaxation and people watching?

I asked for a 5th floor room with a good shot to see some fireworks if possible. Should I leave it at that and see where they put us, or does anyone have anything else to add?

Usually people don't find noise to be an issue when the door is closed. Many enjoy leaving their doors slightly open when they want to hear the music but once they are closed, it shouldn't bother you.
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We're potentially going in July for a conference at GCH. We might be bringing 2 of our nieces, so we would have me, DW, DN18, DN17, DD5, and DS0. DS will be 8 months for the trip. DD likes to say his age is 0.

Anyway, given that crew, could we get away with a single standard room? I would expect the sleeping arrangement to be the nieces in 1 queen bed, me, DW, and DD in the other bed and DS in a pack-n-play.

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