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Old 11-18-2012, 12:42 PM   #2116
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Soooooooooooooooo excited we are on te final count down for our 2 week vacation at AoA
Just did online check in and now cant wait for next week when we get there.
Looking forward to seeing what suite they put us in. We have requested either LK building 10 or Cars building 1.
We booked during the free dining promo and werent able to pick one because that was how they had it set that we had to book as a family suite and just see what we get when we get there however we were able to put in requests.
We are all fine with that because it will be nice to be surprised
We upgraded our dining as well to the: 1 table service, 1 quick serve, and 1 snack per day.
Have all our ressies made, stroller rented, garden grocer order confirmed, and will be shipping out our box on Monday (tomorrow) so we have that as well when we get there.
Oh I cant wait for 2 weeks of Disney Bliss.

Has anyone here stayed for a longer period of time like 2 weeks?

If so was it too long or was it fully enjoyable the entire time?

We love Disney but Im starting to feel that maybe we might get home sick with a 2 week stay and I am hoping that we stay busy enough to ward off home sickness yet also have some time to relax
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:52 PM   #2117
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We will be arriving next Tuesday the 27th staying at the AOA Little Mermaid section with free dining Two weeks will go by fast you will wish you were there for another week LOL we will be there until the 8th of December
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:48 PM   #2118
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A few questions...

I'm doing some final planning, after reading all 142 pages here! Can't wait to stay at AoA!

I read that LOF closes at midnight, but does anyone know what time it opens in the morning?

I also read that the main pool is open until 11:00 PM, but is that a firm closing time? I'm going with 3 other adults, and we have late ADRs every night elsewhere, so it will likely be past 11:00 PM by the time we get back to AoA every night. Same with the poolside bar, is it open until 11:00 PM?

Also, this is more of a general question, but does anyone know how late buses run after the parks close? We have a 9:30 PM ADR one night at California Grill. MK is open until midnight for MVMCP that night, so it shouldn't be a problem to go back to the MK and catch a bus from there in time. But are there cabs available at other resorts if we are out late one night?
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:09 PM   #2119
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I'm doing some final planning, after reading all 142 pages here! Can't wait to stay at AoA!

I read that LOF closes at midnight, but does anyone know what time it opens in the morning?
I believe it opens at 6 a.m., I know for sure that the hot food isn't available until 7 a.m. We were there one morning at 6:50, bakery items, snacks, cereal, etc were available. There were lines beginning to form for the hot breakfast items-the kitchens opened promptly at 7:00.

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Old 11-18-2012, 09:59 PM   #2120
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I'm doing some final planning, after reading all 142 pages here! Can't wait to stay at AoA!

I read that LOF closes at midnight, but does anyone know what time it opens in the morning?

I also read that the main pool is open until 11:00 PM, but is that a firm closing time? I'm going with 3 other adults, and we have late ADRs every night elsewhere, so it will likely be past 11:00 PM by the time we get back to AoA every night. Same with the poolside bar, is it open until 11:00 PM?

Also, this is more of a general question, but does anyone know how late buses run after the parks close? We have a 9:30 PM ADR one night at California Grill. MK is open until midnight for MVMCP that night, so it shouldn't be a problem to go back to the MK and catch a bus from there in time. But are there cabs available at other resorts if we are out late one night?
My plan is to catch a bus to downtown Disney and then to our resort if the busses stop running to the parks. Most late night ressies are at a resort that will take you to DD and it doesn't close until 2 am so it shouldn't be a Problem catching a ride back to AOA.
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My plan is to catch a bus to downtown Disney and then to our resort if the busses stop running to the parks. Most late night ressies are at a resort that will take you to DD and it doesn't close until 2 am so it shouldn't be a Problem catching a ride back to AOA.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:20 PM   #2122
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I believe it opens at 6 a.m., I know for sure that the hot food isn't available until 7 a.m. We were there one morning at 6:50, bakery items, snacks, cereal, etc were available. There were lines beginning to form for the hot breakfast items-the kitchens opened promptly at 7:00.

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Interesting, thanks! So if a park has morning EMHs, then it's either a cold breakfast at AoA or grab something at the park. I think we're only planning to do one morning EMH while we are there, so it shouldn't be a big deal.

How crowded does the food court get around 7:00 AM when hot breakfast starts to be served?
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:04 PM   #2123
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Interesting, thanks! So if a park has morning EMHs, then it's either a cold breakfast at AoA or grab something at the park. I think we're only planning to do one morning EMH while we are there, so it shouldn't be a big deal.

How crowded does the food court get around 7:00 AM when hot breakfast starts to be served?
There were maybe 4 or 5 people in each of the hot food lines- not overly crowded. Lots of folks using their refillable mugs and buying the other available items.
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Has anyone here stayed for a longer period of time like 2 weeks?

If so was it too long or was it fully enjoyable the entire time?

We love Disney but Im starting to feel that maybe we might get home sick with a 2 week stay and I am hoping that we stay busy enough to ward off home sickness yet also have some time to relax
Thinking the exact same thing, going for two weeks in April and wondering if I'll be homesick
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:51 AM   #2125
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We just got back from staying in a Cars suite, and I cannot state how awesome this room was. We'd booked a LM room as we were on a budget and were thrilled to get an upgrade without even asking! The decor was ridiculously awesome and well themed. We'd debated wether the suites were worth the extra money, and after staying here, I'd say they definitely are! Can't wait to stay here again!!!
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Will online check-in affect room requests? I'm debating whether to do it or wait till we get to the resort, but we plan to arrive early so I'm hoping online check in would mean our room was ready, but I'd rather wait if it meant we got what we requested. Anyone have experience with this?
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We just got back from staying in a Cars suite, and I cannot state how awesome this room was. We'd booked a LM room as we were on a budget and were thrilled to get an upgrade without even asking! The decor was ridiculously awesome and well themed. We'd debated wether the suites were worth the extra money, and after staying here, I'd say they definitely are! Can't wait to stay here again!!!
How wonderful!!! Did you just find out about your upgrade when you arrived at AoA?
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I would love to get an upgrade.... I wish they had LM suites.
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Will online check-in affect room requests? I'm debating whether to do it or wait till we get to the resort, but we plan to arrive early so I'm hoping online check in would mean our room was ready, but I'd rather wait if it meant we got what we requested. Anyone have experience with this?
I've always had GREAT luck with online check-in, especially with room requests. Our past two stays (CSR and WL# we not only got our requests granted, but both times we were upgraded too! I think they will definitely try to have your room ready, but there are just a lot of factors that affect that, so it's hit or miss and I don't think online check in makes a difference other than they can "plan" to expect you early #for whatever that's worth#. When we stayed at CSR, we did online check-in and arrived around 11 or 12 and our #upgraded!# room was ready, so we just picked up our package and headed straight to the room to change for the pool!

Another advantage is that the online check in is a time-saver - I've always found the online check-in line to be much shorter than the regular line. I really just don't see a disadvantage.
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I've always had GREAT luck with online check-in, especially with room requests. Our past two stays (CSR and WL# we not only got our requests granted, but both times we were upgraded too! I think they will definitely try to have your room ready, but there are just a lot of factors that affect that, so it's hit or miss and I don't think online check in makes a difference other than they can "plan" to expect you early #for whatever that's worth#. When we stayed at CSR, we did online check-in and arrived around 11 or 12 and our #upgraded!# room was ready, so we just picked up our package and headed straight to the room to change for the pool!

Another advantage is that the online check in is a time-saver - I've always found the online check-in line to be much shorter than the regular line. I really just don't see a disadvantage.
Thanks! I think we'll definitely do on-line check in this time around. We're staying in a Cars suite so I doubt there's an upgrade option, but fingers crossed we get what we requested!
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