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Old 11-17-2012, 07:05 AM   #1786
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I had 3522 in 2011. I'll get some pics up. This year I had 4518 - that room, well, sucks as far as the view. Was so disappointed when I checked in.
My son and his family just had 4516..decent view of the GRR bear and nice greenery I thought. I had 4510 which is fine except the building juts out right at Mickey's Wheel of Death so not much view of WOC.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:32 PM   #1787
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Well I got my dates set (6/6-6/14) and staying in a Studio....I know, I know I had mentioned earlier we were interested in only a 1-bedroom, however DH and I discussed it and we decided that we would go down to a studio because we wanted to save points, plus we wanted to go for a longer time to check out other parts of Southern California.

Now with that all said, I know we would love to have a view of Paradise Pier (possibly WOC, but if not that is o.k.) and would like to know what your suggestions would be (and if anyone has any pictures of their studio views, I would love to see those as well). Also, how far away are the villas (with the theme park views) from the entrance to the parks?...either the entrance in GCH or the main entrances. I have read on the DLR threads that if our main concern is to ride RSR one morning, to go through the main park entrance rather than the hotel's entrance. Therefore, I was just curious how far away it is from the villas. Thank you to anyone who can help.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:29 PM   #1788
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...I know we would love to have a view of Paradise Pier (possibly WOC, but if not that is o.k.) and would like to know what your suggestions would be (and if anyone has any pictures of their studio views, I would love to see those as well).
The only studios with WOC view are: 6504, 5504, 4504, 3504
These studios have a partial view of Paradise Pier: 5510, 4510, 3510

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...I had 4510 which is fine except the building juts out right at Mickey's Wheel of Death so not much view of WOC.
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...how far away are the villas (with the theme park views) from the entrance to the parks?...either the entrance in GCH or the main entrances.
All the villas are located in the same wing of the hotel, so the view does not change the walking distance. It will generally be better to use the main entrance at park opening.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:03 PM   #1789
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There are a few handicap parking spaces in the small lot, otherwise the lot is used for valet. I don't know about free valet, however those few handicap parking spots seem inadequate for the size of the Grand.
Technically if there are no disabled spots available up front they are supposed to give you complimentary Valet parking as an ADA exemption, but check your bill before you leave. We stayed Saturday night last weekend and they charged us even though we had a placard and no spots were available. I didn't open the bill until we got home and they charged us. It was only one night so I didn't sweat it, but I will always check the bill before checking out in the future.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #1790
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Technically if there are no disabled spots available up front they are supposed to give you complimentary Valet parking as an ADA exemption, but check your bill before you leave. We stayed Saturday night last weekend and they charged us even though we had a placard and no spots were available. I didn't open the bill until we got home and they charged us. It was only one night so I didn't sweat it, but I will always check the bill before checking out in the future.
This I didn't know. Thanks for the info
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:32 PM   #1791
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I am sure this is posted somewhere but I am looking for 2 bedroom villa suggestions. Would like park/ world of color views.
We stayed in room 4500 earlier in the year. Great view from the balcony to see WOC. Awesome 2BR villa if you stay here.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:44 PM   #1792
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A big huge thank you to Nonsuch for the fabulous room request advice!!

Checking in for our stay last Friday (11/23) morning at 6:30 am the cast member confirmed that they had my very specific room requests. She was pretty suprised that I was in the know as it was our first time at that resort! I said I did some research, to which she replied "Well then your research should definitely be rewarded" I knew she could not tell me the room number but I took that as a sign that it was a good one!

We got the text around 3 pm that our room was ready.... I was so excited!! It was 6502!!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:11 AM   #1793
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A big huge thank you to Nonsuch for the fabulous room request advice!!
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...I knew she could not tell me the room number...
While the CM will not tell you the room number, it is printed on the registration form you signed
Knowing the room number at 6:30AM could be helpful if you wanted to change the room assignment. Few guests have checked in that early, so there would be a little flexibility. Late in the afternoon, it is unlikely any changes can be made.

There is some speculation that early reservations might be given priority for room assignments. How far in advance did you book?
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:10 PM   #1794
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We got the text around 3 pm that our room was ready.... I was so excited!! It was 6502!!!
Oh nice..we were in room 3502 in March 2011 and LOVED it!
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:55 PM   #1795
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While the CM will not tell you the room number, it is printed on the registration form you signed
Knowing the room number at 6:30AM could be helpful if you wanted to change the room assignment. Few guests have checked in that early, so there would be a little flexibility. Late in the afternoon, it is unlikely any changes can be made.

There is some speculation that early reservations might be given priority for room assignments. How far in advance did you book?
I've found that if the room is not ready, it shows xxxx under room number.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:10 PM   #1796
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I've found that if the room is not ready, it shows xxxx under room number.
The room has always been listed on the registration form since I started looking for it. Several visits to the villas and hotel over the last couple years
The number was listed even though the room was not ready.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:51 PM   #1797
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There is some speculation that early reservations might be given priority for room assignments. How far in advance did you book?
We booked right at the 7 month mark, and then I Emailed Member Services with your handy dandy request list for one bedrooms about 3 days later.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:16 AM   #1798
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I had 3522 in 2011. I'll get some pics up. This year I had 4518 - that room, well, sucks as far as the view. Was so disappointed when I checked in.
Thanks! Would love to see you pics of 3522 8 Bummer about the room this year. Hope you get a better choice next time!
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:51 AM   #1799
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Non-villa rooms in the GC Villa wing

First of all, I just want to thank everyone for all of the wonderful information that is contained in this thread! As a complete DL newbie, this has been invaluable to me. I am well-acquainted with WDW and DLP, but know virtually nothing about the West Coast resort. But the education has been fun!

I have been studying the maps, and I notice that all of the DVC rooms in the Villas wing are in the format x5xx, e.g., 1506, 2506, 3510, 4510, etc. However, there are some rooms in this category that are not DVC rooms, e.g., x503, 1500, 1511, 1513. Does anybody know what is the deal with these rooms? My only guess is that these rooms represent the 2% of inventory that DVD is required to hold for rentals... but that is just a guess.

Does anybody know?

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Old 11-30-2012, 02:16 PM   #1800
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I have been studying the maps, and I notice that all of the DVC rooms in the Villas wing are in the format x5xx, e.g., 1506, 2506, 3510, 4510, etc. However, there are some rooms in this category that are not DVC rooms, e.g., x503, 1500, 1511, 1513. Does anybody know what is the deal with these rooms?
Those are regular hotel rooms. The confusion about those rooms was part of my motivation to create the floor by floor maps.
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