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Old 10-09-2012, 11:35 PM   #2281
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I am in a studio.

Thank you for the help and suggestions. I have been reading thru the thread, and have a map, but wanted some input from all of you. Thank you .

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:13 PM   #2283
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Anyone been to the spa lately. I have only been to the resort once, but DH and I are going soon. DH will be at a conference so i will have some time alone. Thinking of filling it with some spa time. Can you use the sauna/steam room without treatments or does its use only come with treatments. Also, how us the locker room. He will be in meetings until noon the day we check out. This might be the perfect time to use the facilities.

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Anyone been to the spa lately. I have only been to the resort once, but DH and I are going soon. DH will be at a conference so i will have some time alone. Thinking of filling it with some spa time. Can you use the sauna/steam room without treatments or does its use only come with treatments. Also, how us the locker room. He will be in meetings until noon the day we check out. This might be the perfect time to use the facilities.

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It was so nice when the locker rooms, sauna/steam rooms were a DVC perk and you could use them for free while staying at the resort. Access to these facilities is included with a treatment, but you don't necessarily need to pay for a treatment to use them. You can also purchase a day pass for $15 per person per day ($12 for DVC). There's also a weekly rate, but I'm afraid I don't remember how much that is.
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It was so nice when the locker rooms, sauna/steam rooms were a DVC perk and you could use them for free while staying at the resort. Access to these facilities is included with a treatment, but you don't necessarily need to pay for a treatment to use them. You can also purchase a day pass for $15 per person per day ($12 for DVC). There's also a weekly rate, but I'm afraid I don't remember how much that is.
Is there somewhere else you can shower and change if you are there for the day before flying home?

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Is there somewhere else you can shower and change if you are there for the day before flying home?

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Hi! My name is DCLaholic-mom and I am a DVC newbie. My "home" is SSR. I currently speak DCL lingo so looking thru all of the the DIScussions have been hard for me today (I admit that I keep sneaking back to the DCL boards for comfort). I am glad I found this thread and I will be going back and reading EVERYTHING. Happy to have met y'all.
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Hi! My name is DCLaholic-mom and I am a DVC newbie. My "home" is SSR. I currently speak DCL lingo so looking thru all of the the DIScussions have been hard for me today (I admit that I keep sneaking back to the DCL boards for comfort). I am glad I found this thread and I will be going back and reading EVERYTHING. Happy to have met y'all.
Welcome home! Don't worry, we don't bite. And the good thing about DVC is that the resorts are guaranteed to never give you sea sickness.
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Thanks, but I have to say - you have a weird one on your hands now - I never got sea sick, what little rocking I did feel was more relaxing than anything.

Thanks for the opportunity to spend hours and hours and more hours going back to thread 1 and reading all the way thru thread 2. Hopefully I will learn a lot (including this whole point thing). I am very excited but nervous.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:15 AM   #2291
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Need Grandstand Section help

My husband and I are planning a get-away sans-teenagers in 30 days and I need the experts help on making a room request. I should give a little back-story to help you understand why I am giving my room request so much thought. My husband is a wonderful, fun-loving man who just doesn't "get' Disney. I inherited a small sum of money from money from my dear Godfather shortly before bringing our then-toddlers to WDW and as we were at DTD watching SSR being built across the water I thought to myself "what better way to remember my Godfather than to use part of this money he left me for a lifetime of memories." I told my husband then and there I was buying into DVC and he never batted an eye or protested, even though I know he thought I was completely being impulsive. Since then, we have enjoyed almost yearly visits with our 2 sons, now almost 15 and 17. While he enjoys our visits, it's really not his "thing" and he will spend a few hours with us at the parks being a good sport-going on the bigger thrill rides with my boys since I am a chicken, and then returns early to our resort to delve into the pile of books he has brought along. The last few years he has "begged off" and it's just been me and the boys, or me by myself for some blessed time alone. Don't get me wrong, this man would walk over hot coals for me, and we take wonderful yearly family vacations elsewhere-he just doesn't get the Disney appeal. Lately, is has become increasingly difficult to get away during the school year for our boys. I am looking forward a couple of years when we have an empty nest and we will be vacationing alone more often. I want my husband to embrace DVC for the things it offers OUTSIDE of the parks. We are going to MVMCP and will spend another day or two at the parks, but the rest or our time will be dedicated to our resort and what it has to offer. He is an avid golfer-one of the reasons I gravitated toward SSR to begin with-and I want this trip to highlight what he loves -serene, peaceful settings-gets up before the sun to have a quiet cup of coffee in peace, a well outfitted health club and good running paths, a place to lounge with a good novel, playing pool, and having a pint at the pub after a round of golf. Can you imagine a better fit than SSR? I really want to knock his socks off with this visit to see that aspect of SSR. I think the Grandstand section is PERFECT. I have stayed myself in building 8501-8836 and loved the proximity to the CH and the golf course view but I am curious about buildings 9101-9436 and 9501-9836 since they may give us an even more "golf resort" experience. Here are my questions:
**Does the water/lake overlooking units 9501-9836 have a fountain? Would we have any bus/traffic noise? I would love complete golf course views if I could and a fountain would be a wonderful feature while sitting on the patio.
**For units 9101-9436, can you avoid the parking lot to get on walking path toward carriage house or it just cart paths for the golf course? I would love to avoid always having to walk through the parking lot. We are not adverse to walking and I anticipate walking either all the way to DTD or taking boat from behind Carriage house.
**In general, how frequently do boats go to DTD? On my last solo stay in Grandstand building 8500 I had to wait for a looonnng time-don't get me wrong, I was not in a huge hurry-but it was COLD. Possibly we would be walking more often and would then want to consider building 8500 if boats are few are far between.
Considering what I have written, any other considerations would be greatly appreciated. I have never spent this much time considering a room request. My motto is normally "you get what you get and you don't pitch a fit" (unless in cases of cleanliness or just an outright awful situation) but I do want to make a lasting impression that could potentially affect my husband's willingness to embrace DVC as I have. Thanks everyone!

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My husband and I are planning a get-away sans-teenagers in 30 days and I need the experts help on making a room request. I should give a little back-story to help you understand why I am giving my room request so much thought. My husband is a wonderful, fun-loving man who just doesn't "get' Disney. I inherited a small sum of money from money from my dear Godfather shortly before bringing our then-toddlers to WDW and as we were at DTD watching SSR being built across the water I thought to myself "what better way to remember my Godfather than to use part of this money he left me for a lifetime of memories." I told my husband then and there I was buying into DVC and he never batted an eye or protested, even though I know he thought I was completely being impulsive. Since then, we have enjoyed almost yearly visits with our 2 sons, now almost 15 and 17. While he enjoys our visits, it's really not his "thing" and he will spend a few hours with us at the parks being a good sport-going on the bigger thrill rides with my boys since I am a chicken, and then returns early to our resort to delve into the pile of books he has brought along. The last few years he has "begged off" and it's just been me and the boys, or me by myself for some blessed time alone. Don't get me wrong, this man would walk over hot coals for me, and we take wonderful yearly family vacations elsewhere-he just doesn't get the Disney appeal. Lately, is has become increasingly difficult to get away during the school year for our boys. I am looking forward a couple of years when we have an empty nest and we will be vacationing alone more often. I want my husband to embrace DVC for the things it offers OUTSIDE of the parks. We are going to MVMCP and will spend another day or two at the parks, but the rest or our time will be dedicated to our resort and what it has to offer. He is an avid golfer-one of the reasons I gravitated toward SSR to begin with-and I want this trip to highlight what he loves -serene, peaceful settings-gets up before the sun to have a quiet cup of coffee in peace, a well outfitted health club and good running paths, a place to lounge with a good novel, playing pool, and having a pint at the pub after a round of golf. Can you imagine a better fit than SSR? I really want to knock his socks off with this visit to see that aspect of SSR. I think the Grandstand section is PERFECT. I have stayed myself in building 8501-8836 and loved the proximity to the CH and the golf course view but I am curious about buildings 9101-9436 and 9501-9836 since they may give us an even more "golf resort" experience. Here are my questions:
**Does the water/lake overlooking units 9501-9836 have a fountain? Would we have any bus/traffic noise? I would love complete golf course views if I could and a fountain would be a wonderful feature while sitting on the patio.
**For units 9101-9436, can you avoid the parking lot to get on walking path toward carriage house or it just cart paths for the golf course? I would love to avoid always having to walk through the parking lot. We are not adverse to walking and I anticipate walking either all the way to DTD or taking boat from behind Carriage house.
**In general, how frequently do boats go to DTD? On my last solo stay in Grandstand building 8500 I had to wait for a looonnng time-don't get me wrong, I was not in a huge hurry-but it was COLD. Possibly we would be walking more often and would then want to consider building 8500 if boats are few are far between.
Considering what I have written, any other considerations would be greatly appreciated. I have never spent this much time considering a room request. My motto is normally "you get what you get and you don't pitch a fit" (unless in cases of cleanliness or just an outright awful situation) but I do want to make a lasting impression that could potentially affect my husband's willingness to embrace DVC as I have. Thanks everyone!


You may want to paragraph that out so people can better read and answer your questions.
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**Does the water/lake overlooking units 9501-9836 have a fountain? Would we have any bus/traffic noise? I would love complete golf course views if I could and a fountain would be a wonderful feature while sitting on the patio.
Yes, there is a fountain in that lake. It looks like a beautiful view of the lake, fountain, and golf course.



As to the traffic noises, you will have a line of sight to Vacation Club Drive. (You'll notice there are gaps in the trees.) I don't think the noise would be very bad, though, because it looks like it's a way off. I've never stayed in the building, I'm just judging from the Google Map. I also can't remember ever hearing the street noises while waiting at the Grandstand bus stop, which is about the same distance from Vacation Club Drive as that building.



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**For units 9101-9436, can you avoid the parking lot to get on walking path toward carriage house or it just cart paths for the golf course? I would love to avoid always having to walk through the parking lot. We are not adverse to walking and I anticipate walking either all the way to DTD or taking boat from behind Carriage house.
You don't have to walk "through" the parking lot, but the only path that connects that building to the Carriage House is a sidewalk that goes around the perimeter of the parking lot. To be honest, though, we usually cut off the corner and made a straight line through the parking lot to both the bus stop and the path by the pool that leads up to the Carriage House.

Another option would be to take the path to the THV, then pick up the path that goes across the river and into the DTD parking lot near the Cirque du Soleil building. Of course, you're just trading the SSR parking lot for the DTD parking lot.

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**In general, how frequently do boats go to DTD? On my last solo stay in Grandstand building 8500 I had to wait for a looonnng time-don't get me wrong, I was not in a huge hurry-but it was COLD. Possibly we would be walking more often and would then want to consider building 8500 if boats are few are far between.
I'm not sure what the official schedule is for boats, but it seems to me that there are usually two boats on the route, and that one departs every 20-30 minutes. Note that the boat route is DTD->SSR->THV->SSR->DTD. In other words, the boat stops at the Carriage House dock both before and after going to the Tree Houses. (This allows guests in the THV to use the boats to travel in both directions within the resort without having to go to DTD.) It also means that a boat leaving the dock to go to the THV may be the same boat that comes back a few minutes later to go to DTD.
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Awesome BirdsofPreyDave-exactly the information I was looking for and that aerial view helps immensely! Thanks for all of the hard work you have done for us SSR lovers!
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