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Old 10-06-2012, 07:09 PM   #1276
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My daughter was accepted for Spring Advantage 2013 for attractions. She will be going to the character/dancer audition on Oct 15. Her dream role is dancing in a parade but ultimate dream is being the green light up dragonfly in the Electric Light parade at MK. She will be thrilled with whatever role she gets.

Her program dates are Jan 7 thru Aug 2. (207 days in case you were wondering -DD told me that )

She has met some roommates thru facebook and they have weekly skype dates and really seem to get along great. Only downside I see is there is 8 of them. They are hoping to get a 4 bedroom apartment in Chatham.

We are flying down on Jan 3 to spend a day or two in the parks and then do some shopping before check in day. We are staying at Art of Animation Resort but may switch to Pop Century if and when the annual pass discount comes out. I will be flying home Jan 9.

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Old 10-07-2012, 08:48 AM   #1277
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Does anyone know if they can book a discounted room? Just curious since I am trying to figure out my points and might book a dvc room. We plan on arriving the day before and staying an additional 5/6 nights to see if there is anything she needs.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:05 AM   #1278
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Does anyone know if they can book a discounted room? Just curious since I am trying to figure out my points and might book a dvc room. We plan on arriving the day before and staying an additional 5/6 nights to see if there is anything she needs.

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Hi! From what I understand the earliest they can use any of their perks is after they finish Traditions which is end of day 3. Ive also read 3 weeks from somewhere but dont believe that one is true. We also own DVC and are also coming in the day before and staying a full week. We want to see them (twins) in their costumes at work (and torture them taking photos haha). We chose Saratoga Springs due to its close vicinity to the check in station at Vista Way AND Walmart. Going to take them to BJ's Wholesale also since we are members up here and buy them LARGE quantities of toiletries that we can split up for them...
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:10 AM   #1279
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Hi! From what I understand the earliest they can use any of their perks is after they finish Traditions which is end of day 3. Ive also read 3 weeks from somewhere but dont believe that one is true. We also own DVC and are also coming in the day before and staying a full week. We want to see them (twins) in their costumes at work (and torture them taking photos haha). We chose Saratoga Springs due to its close vicinity to the check in station at Vista Way AND Walmart. Going to take them to BJ's Wholesale also since we are members up here and buy them LARGE quantities of toiletries that we can split up for them...
Thank you. So I guess I better book SSR then. I was not sure. If the discount starts after, it won't help us.

You are flying down? We are going to drive down and bring as much as needed. Do you know if they need their own TV's and or anything for wi-fi?
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:43 AM   #1280
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Thank you. So I guess I better book SSR then. I was not sure. If the discount starts after, it won't help us.

You are flying down? We are going to drive down and bring as much as needed. Do you know if they need their own TV's and or anything for wi-fi?
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Mt DS is planning on bringing a wireless router...it's kind of a "staple" item these days for home, dorm, anywhere if you plan on any length of time. Just helps alleviate frustration (hopefully) and yes, I htink they need their own t.v. if they want them...and extension cords,,, never can have too many!
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:11 PM   #1281
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My DD has a friend doing the program right now, but she leaves on Jan. 5th, I'm wondering if she can book a room for us with the CM discount now (while she's still working) or if it has to be while she's still there. If not, we are eligible for the military discount, which would probably be just a few dollars more. We're DVC members too -- but I think we'll just stay at a value since it will only be the two of us.

I think we'll use Magical Express to and from the resort, and hire a taxi to get to Vista Way in the morning. Rental car rates are really high for our arrival as it's during a big marathon weekend.

I believe these options will be less expensive overall that staying at the Holiday Inn across from Vista Way and have to pay for transfers.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:24 PM   #1282
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Mt DS is planning on bringing a wireless router...it's kind of a "staple" item these days for home, dorm, anywhere if you plan on any length of time. Just helps alleviate frustration (hopefully) and yes, I htink they need their own t.v. if they want them...and extension cords,,, never can have too many!
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:03 PM   #1283
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We are flying with Southwest and between my two daughters and me and my husband the girls can have 3 suitcases each...maybe more since we are staying in a one bedroom and can pack less clothes for US since I can run the laundry easily.

I have rented a car to be picked up at a DTD hotel and then returned to the airport. This way Magical Express will deliver the 8 suitcases for us yet my husband and I wont have to deal with them on the way home....

I dont even think the condos have a television in the main living area right? Same thing with the router .... the apartments only need one on the desk in the living area right? So do the kids all chip in for one? My girls are going to have to do without in the bedroom as I am not buying a 2 tvs and cable wire and dealing with hooking them up...they will have laptops and can entertain themselves with that.

I dont know about the friend and family discounts in regard to it being AFTER the castmember leaves although Im pretty sure I have seen that exact question asked already on the Facebook pages.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:07 AM   #1284
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We are flying with Southwest and between my two daughters and me and my husband the girls can have 3 suitcases each...maybe more since we are staying in a one bedroom and can pack less clothes for US since I can run the laundry easily.

I have rented a car to be picked up at a DTD hotel and then returned to the airport. This way Magical Express will deliver the 8 suitcases for us yet my husband and I wont have to deal with them on the way home....

I dont even think the condos have a television in the main living area right? Same thing with the router .... the apartments only need one on the desk in the living area right? So do the kids all chip in for one? My girls are going to have to do without in the bedroom as I am not buying a 2 tvs and cable wire and dealing with hooking them up...they will have laptops and can entertain themselves with that.

I dont know about the friend and family discounts in regard to it being AFTER the castmember leaves although Im pretty sure I have seen that exact question asked already on the Facebook pages.
The apartments do NOT come with a tv. You have to buy one. As far as I remember the only cable hook up was in the apartment living room.

The way my dd and her roommates handled it was each person bought something outright so there would be no fights at the end about who it belonged to. So one girl bought the router, one girl bought the tv, one girl bought a dvd player and had a Netflix instant streaming account. My dd had brought her Wii down, so they all felt she had made her contribution by bringing that with her. When the season was up, they all just took their belongings home with them.

(The only problem was that the girl who brought the router got termed a few days before the end and took her router with her and my dd still had an online college class to finish. She had to go over to the center to use their internet which was a problem because she got off of work after midnight and the center was no longer open. So this time, my dd is just going to bring her own router to avoid that problem.)
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The apartments do NOT come with a tv. You have to buy one. As far as I remember the only cable hook up was in the apartment living room.

The way my dd and her roommates handled it was each person bought something outright so there would be no fights at the end about who it belonged to. So one girl bought the router, one girl bought the tv, one girl bought a dvd player and had a Netflix instant streaming account. My dd had brought her Wii down, so they all felt she had made her contribution by bringing that with her. When the season was up, they all just took their belongings home with them.

(The only problem was that the girl who brought the router got termed a few days before the end and took her router with her and my dd still had an online college class to finish. She had to go over to the center to use their internet which was a problem because she got off of work after midnight and the center was no longer open. So this time, my dd is just going to bring her own router to avoid that problem.)
I would definitely not share costs over an item with anyone and I would also not count on the same group of roommates being from the beginning to the end of the program. I know this will sound unbelievable but my daughter did a Fall/Spring CP and had over 37 different roomates during that time. The first group she was in was all culinary but her and they are on a staggering type release schedule, as they left new ones came in, she had ICPs who were temporarily (a month) placed in her apartment until ones in the ICP area could be found for them, she had roommates who came and then self termed, she was in an apartment where three were termed over the course of a weekend (all unrelated reasons), it was just a revolving door...and aside from the problems of shared items each time a roommate leaves the locks are changed so she might get home from work at midnight and find she can't get into the apartment and have to search down security. As much as she loved the CP I have to say the housing situation was not the best.

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I would definitely not share costs over an item with anyone and I would also not count on the same group of roommates being from the beginning to the end of the program. I know this will sound unbelievable but my daughter did a Fall/Spring CP and had over 37 different roomates during that time. The first group she was in was all culinary but her and they are on a staggering type release schedule, as they left new ones came in, she had ICPs who were temporarily (a month) placed in her apartment until ones in the ICP area could be found for them, she had roommates who came and then self termed, she was in an apartment where three were termed over the course of a weekend (all unrelated reasons), it was just a revolving door...and aside from the problems of shared items each time a roommate leaves the locks are changed so she might get home from work at midnight and find she can't get into the apartment and have to search down security. As much as she loved the CP I have to say the housing situation was not the best.

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Wow, 37 roommates? That's horrible!

My dd had the same girls the entire time. For better or worse...
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I just got some great rates for DD's check in dates.My DD and I are driving down from Ohio so she can keep her car w/ her.We will be arriving on Jan. 20 for her check in the next day.I booked Pop Century for $100 the first night and $71 the next four nights.Agent was able to find much cheaper price than on line.Hoping for even lower rates possibly when passholder rates are released.I got a tremendous deal on my flight home.Nonstop from Orlando on Airtran to Akron-Canton,OH for $74.80 total.We're all set to go!Southwest was $168 one way for same date with a connection.Hope to meet some other parents down there.Good luck with your travel plans.
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:56 PM   #1288
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In need of advice ... we're in California, have never been to Orlando. I currently have a room booked at a local Hampton where I'll get Hilton points. Equivalent room at Pop Century is about the same cost. We'll have a car. Is there any real advantage to staying at Pop? We're driving up from Ft Lauderdale early on Sunday Jan 13th after seeing family. Daughter checks in on Tuesday, the 15th. I'm wondering if I should go with the loyalty program or do the Disney property, even though it's a value property. Any suggestions/input?
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In need of advice ... we're in California, have never been to Orlando. I currently have a room booked at a local Hampton where I'll get Hilton points. Equivalent room at Pop Century is about the same cost. We'll have a car. Is there any real advantage to staying at Pop? We're driving up from Ft Lauderdale early on Sunday Jan 13th after seeing family. Daughter checks in on Tuesday, the 15th. I'm wondering if I should go with the loyalty program or do the Disney property, even though it's a value property. Any suggestions/input?
Hi!

We have stayed at Pop Century - it's a Value resort, so the rooms are comfortable, but they may seem smaller to you than the rooms at an average Hampton Inn.

Having said that, Pop Century is tons of fun - we love it - and it is our second favorite resort after French Quarter. Pop Century tends to have lots of families with little kids (all the Value resorts do) so that may factor into your decision, if you want a bit more peace and quiet.

Our daughter checks in on Jan 15 as well; we will be driving in a couple of days before, and are debating between French Quarter & something closer (off-property) to the DCP apartments.

If you want to really get in to the Disney spirit - stay at Pop Century! You'll have a lot of fun, and you'll really enjoy it.

If you prefer to have the continental breakfast & accumulate the loyalty points towards future stays (might be important!) then go with the Hampton.
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Hi!

We have stayed at Pop Century - it's a Value resort, so the rooms are comfortable, but they may seem smaller to you than the rooms at an average Hampton Inn.

Having said that, Pop Century is tons of fun - we love it - and it is our second favorite resort after French Quarter. Pop Century tends to have lots of families with little kids (all the Value resorts do) so that may factor into your decision, if you want a bit more peace and quiet.

Our daughter checks in on Jan 15 as well; we will be driving in a couple of days before, and are debating between French Quarter & something closer (off-property) to the DCP apartments.

If you want to really get in to the Disney spirit - stay at Pop Century! You'll have a lot of fun, and you'll really enjoy it.

If you prefer to have the continental breakfast & accumulate the loyalty points towards future stays (might be important!) then go with the Hampton.
Thanks for the input, mamabunny. I think we're probably going to stick with Hampton. Turns out that my 19 yr old is coming with us for the few days so the little bit of extra room might be nice. I haven't seen too many checking in on the 15th ... what role did your daughter get? Mine is in Concierge - Spring Advantage.
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