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Old 02-21-2012, 12:22 PM   #1561
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What is the difference between Wyndham Bonnet Creek and the Wyndham Grand Orlando at Bonnet Creek. If you have an RCI timeshare exchange are you able to stay at the Grand?

Or is the Grand a special tower you request? Sorry for the confusion never stayed at Bonnet Creek before.
The Wyndham Bonnet Creek is a Timeshare resort with 1, 2, 3, and 4 Bedroom Condos ("deluxe" and "Presidential" units).

the Wyndham Grand Orlando at Bonnet Creek is a somewhat upscale (haven't stayed at it, so don't know how far upscale it really is) hotel located between 2 of the Timeshare resort's towers. They have your standard mix of hotel rooms, suites, and even bunk-bed rooms.

The Grand, since it is not a timeshare hotel, cannot be exchanged into via RCI. Because of it's location however, the Timeshare resort is able to utilize the hotel Facitilies, and the Hotel guests are able to use the Timeshare Facilities.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:52 PM   #1562
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Thanks so much to those posting re wifi and valet parking. It helps a lot. While I think proximity to the pool may be better in bldg 5, I thnk we'll request bldg 6 so that we're closer to the hotel's amenities.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:22 PM   #1563
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Many apologies for not reading through all the posts before asking a question...I think i am starting to feel like a resort changer addict! We are now thinking of WBC instead of Disney property... Giving up the 'free dining' and some magic for space... We will be there 4/15-4/21. Very worried about the "party atomosphere" if it was DH and I, no problem, but with the kids, I don't want that. Will the college ki be back in school by then?
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:04 PM   #1564
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Many apologies for not reading through all the posts before asking a question...I think i am starting to feel like a resort changer addict! We are now thinking of WBC instead of Disney property... Giving up the 'free dining' and some magic for space... We will be there 4/15-4/21. Very worried about the "party atomosphere" if it was DH and I, no problem, but with the kids, I don't want that. Will the college ki be back in school by then?
I think you would be fine. Most colleges have earlier spring breaks.. like early March and get out for the year early May.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:12 AM   #1565
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Hello again,

How long should we allow to get from WBC to Magic Kingdom? We will have our own rental car. I would like to make a CP breakfast ADR but not sure how early to make it....

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:39 AM   #1566
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It probably only took us 10 minutes to drive to the Transportation and Ticket Center for our 8:10 CP ADR. But then you have to allow time to park, get to the ferry or monorail and possibly wait for one of them, and time to walk from the monorail/ferry to the turnstiles and on down Main Street to the CP. If you allow 45 minutes, 60 tops, that should be enough time.
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How long should we allow to get from WBC to Magic Kingdom? We will have our own rental car. I would like to make a CP breakfast ADR but not sure how early to make it....

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We had a 10:15am reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table and we allowed at least 60 minutes door to door. Depending on the crowd, it's better to have some extra time than to run late. HTH!
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Thanks, Jaysmom & Shoogrrl! That will help me plan!
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All of our immediate family and new daughter in law will be staying at WBC together this May (that is 9 people). We would like to have a professional photographer take pics of the family on the rare occasion that we are all together. Is there a good place at WBC for a professional portrait? I am thinking of a sandy, beachy area or something like that. Thanks!
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All of our immediate family and new daughter in law will be staying at WBC together this May (that is 9 people). We would like to have a professional photographer take pics of the family on the rare occasion that we are all together. Is there a good place at WBC for a professional portrait? I am thinking of a sandy, beachy area or something like that. Thanks!
Hmmmm....

It kinda depends on what you are looking for. I can think of a few areas that might make for good pictures.... such as by the fountain up at the main lobby building.

In the main lobby.

The little "amphitheater" between the main building and tower 4 (across from the grills) where they sometimes do stuff.

You've also got the fort and pirate ships near the pools of Tower 5 and 6.


Maybe the railings/walkway around the backside of the pool by the main building next to the lake?
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:36 PM   #1571
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We just returned from our 5 night stay at WBC. Here are some of my thoughts:

Booking: We went through Ken & Denice Price at Vacation Upgrades.com as recommended by this board and they were wonderful to work with. They were friendly and prompt with any questions I had. We were also able to get a discount w/in the 60 day period, which was a very pleasant suprise.

Checking in: We got off our cruise early in the morning and so we were ready to check in by 11am. They already had our rooms available, but when I asked if they were able to grant my request for higher floors and lake view, the very nice front desk lady looked like she didn't know what I was talking about. And when she gave me the room number, I saw that it was 2nd floor and I immediately asked if a higher floor was available. At first, she said that I would have to wait for later in the afternoon to see if anything would come up after they cleaned the rooms but the retracted and went inside to "see if anything is available in the back." She came back with someone I assume is manager explaining to me that it's peak season (due to President's holiday) and nothing else is going to be available. The manager also explained that since we had a 3BR deluxe, our choices are limited. He said he would have to move 8 other rooms around just to get us a better room. To be honest, I was just so surprised that we were getting the worst option possible that I didn't ask further. In my mind, I just kept thinking... how is it possible that with 6 towers, we managed to land the worst view ever?! And that's after we made requests thru Ken & Denice, and also calling two weeks prior to our arrival.

All I can say is luck was not on our side when it came to requesting for rooms.

Room 264 @ Tower 4: We had 8 guests (5 adults, 3 kids) and the 3 bedroom was a perfect size for us. The kitchen was well stocked and the offered a few basic amenities (salt/pepper/coffee/tea/dish detergent/paper towels) to get us started. The furniture and the decor was dated, though everyone was comfortable enough. We did feel the air circulation was poor so there was constantly a smell in our room. Many times when we return from a day outside, we had to open the balcony doors and our front door for a few minutes just to let the air circulate a bit. There were no screens, otherwise, we would've left the balcony door open for longer. The room windows don't open at all so we couldn't air out the rooms. It was also very dark in our unit b/c of the lack of sunlight and thus contributing to the overall dingy feel.

We had requested for linen change mid-week so it was nice to get some fresh towels and sheets, even though we had to make the beds ourselves. The guest bathroom had a broken bulb but it didn't bother us enough to ask for house keeping. Unfortunately, master bathroom had an extra guest (aka cockroach) that would hide and reappear periodically so we weren't crazy about that.

WBC amenities:
We really did enjoy the various pools and activities around the resort. The kids like the variety of lazy pools to slides to miniature golf. The staff at the activities desk were always nice and if you wanted to know what was going on, just look at the activities bulletin posted on the ground floor of each building. Even though we had a rental car, we took advantage of the shuttle provided to go to theme parks and Downtown Disney. We were never in a hurry, so it was perfect for us to wait around a bit if we missed one.

Others:
Even though we made breakfast a few times, we also ventured over to the Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek and Wyndam Grand Orlando for breakfast buffets. Both offered pricey but yummy breakfast options.

On the last day, we had a 6pm flight out so we needed somewhere to hang out before heading to airport. We requested a late checkout and was granted 11:30am. We were able to use the main pool, had lunch, and then showered in the bathrooms near the main building's activities center. That was quite convenient.

Final thoughts:
We were traveling with my parents and my kids. I wished we had requested for presidential units because my parents would've been able to enjoy the fancier room more (since they tended to stay behind while we went to the parks). Overall, it was a good value but definitely stay away from the 2nd floors.

Finally, here are some of my pics on the WBC photo thread! HTH!
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:45 PM   #1572
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Does Jackson, Grant, or Franklin help?

Sounds like a crapshoot when requesting a room with a view, whether it be fireworks or lake/pool view. Has anyone ever taken a page out of Vegas and greased the palm of the front desk if you were assigned a poor view and wanted to upgrade your view. Not trying to offend anyone, just curious.
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I'm not sure any grease is required. Higher floors or different views aren't reservable categories, so it's not like getting an "upgrade" in view as you might in a Disney resort. If you don't like your room assignment, simply ask at the front desk if a higher floor/different location might be available. You might improve your odds by making it clear you're willing to wait longer for your room to come free from housekeeping if that's what it takes.
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All of our immediate family and new daughter in law will be staying at WBC together this May (that is 9 people). We would like to have a professional photographer take pics of the family on the rare occasion that we are all together. Is there a good place at WBC for a professional portrait? I am thinking of a sandy, beachy area or something like that. Thanks!
We have taken family pics at the Grand Floridian. They have a nice beach. If you have a car, just drive there, tell them you are there to ck out the property or have ice cream (whatever) and they will let you in. I havent stayed at WBC yet so no clue what they have there.

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We just returned from our 5 night stay at WBC. Here are some of my thoughts:

Booking: We went through Ken & Denice Price at Vacation Upgrades.com as recommended by this board and they were wonderful to work with. They were friendly and prompt with any questions I had. We were also able to get a discount w/in the 60 day period, which was a very pleasant suprise.

Checking in: We got off our cruise early in the morning and so we were ready to check in by 11am. They already had our rooms available, but when I asked if they were able to grant my request for higher floors and lake view, the very nice front desk lady looked like she didn't know what I was talking about. And when she gave me the room number, I saw that it was 2nd floor and I immediately asked if a higher floor was available. At first, she said that I would have to wait for later in the afternoon to see if anything would come up after they cleaned the rooms but the retracted and went inside to "see if anything is available in the back." She came back with someone I assume is manager explaining to me that it's peak season (due to President's holiday) and nothing else is going to be available. The manager also explained that since we had a 3BR deluxe, our choices are limited. He said he would have to move 8 other rooms around just to get us a better room. To be honest, I was just so surprised that we were getting the worst option possible that I didn't ask further. In my mind, I just kept thinking... how is it possible that with 6 towers, we managed to land the worst view ever?! And that's after we made requests thru Ken & Denice, and also calling two weeks prior to our arrival.

All I can say is luck was not on our side when it came to requesting for rooms.

Room 264 @ Tower 4: We had 8 guests (5 adults, 3 kids) and the 3 bedroom was a perfect size for us. The kitchen was well stocked and the offered a few basic amenities (salt/pepper/coffee/tea/dish detergent/paper towels) to get us started. The furniture and the decor was dated, though everyone was comfortable enough. We did feel the air circulation was poor so there was constantly a smell in our room. Many times when we return from a day outside, we had to open the balcony doors and our front door for a few minutes just to let the air circulate a bit. There were no screens, otherwise, we would've left the balcony door open for longer. The room windows don't open at all so we couldn't air out the rooms. It was also very dark in our unit b/c of the lack of sunlight and thus contributing to the overall dingy feel.

We had requested for linen change mid-week so it was nice to get some fresh towels and sheets, even though we had to make the beds ourselves. The guest bathroom had a broken bulb but it didn't bother us enough to ask for house keeping. Unfortunately, master bathroom had an extra guest (aka cockroach) that would hide and reappear periodically so we weren't crazy about that.

WBC amenities:
We really did enjoy the various pools and activities around the resort. The kids like the variety of lazy pools to slides to miniature golf. The staff at the activities desk were always nice and if you wanted to know what was going on, just look at the activities bulletin posted on the ground floor of each building. Even though we had a rental car, we took advantage of the shuttle provided to go to theme parks and Downtown Disney. We were never in a hurry, so it was perfect for us to wait around a bit if we missed one.

Others:
Even though we made breakfast a few times, we also ventured over to the Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek and Wyndam Grand Orlando for breakfast buffets. Both offered pricey but yummy breakfast options.

On the last day, we had a 6pm flight out so we needed somewhere to hang out before heading to airport. We requested a late checkout and was granted 11:30am. We were able to use the main pool, had lunch, and then showered in the bathrooms near the main building's activities center. That was quite convenient.

Final thoughts:
We were traveling with my parents and my kids. I wished we had requested for presidential units because my parents would've been able to enjoy the fancier room more (since they tended to stay behind while we went to the parks). Overall, it was a good value but definitely stay away from the 2nd floors.

Finally, here are some of my pics on the WBC photo thread! HTH!
Ok *most* of what you posted I can handle but a COCKROACH No way!!!! Is this a common problem at this hotel????
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:08 PM   #1575
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I was actually willing to wait till the afternoon to improve my odds, but then the front desk staff had a manager come out and explain to me that no more rooms would be available, even if I waited. I hope this is only because I was there during "peak season."

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I'm not sure any grease is required. Higher floors or different views aren't reservable categories, so it's not like getting an "upgrade" in view as you might in a Disney resort. If you don't like your room assignment, simply ask at the front desk if a higher floor/different location might be available. You might improve your odds by making it clear you're willing to wait longer for your room to come free from housekeeping if that's what it takes.
lzmom_of_twins -- I'm not sure if it's a common problem, but it's the only one I saw throughout my entire stay.
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