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Old 01-22-2013, 01:46 PM   #31
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My daughter (22) & I just returned from a long weekend at Disney. We stayed at the AoA in a standard Ariel room. While the room was nice & well appointed, it was just a little too cartoony for my taste. I suppose that if I had a little girl with me, she would have loved it. There was a mimi fridge, integrated into one side of the dresser. A clever way to hide it, but then reduced our drawer space to just 3. There was no coffee maker, a disappointment since I like a warm cup of coffee while I get ready in the mornings. Mousekeeping was only average, sometimes less than. Our beds were never made completely, only thrown together rather sloppily. Towels left on the floor for pickup, as instructed, were hung on the back of the door - apparently they decided we needed to reuse them after all. We never saw any of those special little touches, like the towel characters, etc. I know it seems petty but we feel it's all a part of the overall experience. The worst part was the location of our room. We were in building 7. A VERY long walk from the bus stop. On two of the 3 nights that we were there, we witnessed children who were too big to carry but still young cry & sob all the way to their rooms. These children & parents had enjoyed a long, full day in the parks, rode the ridiculously overcrowded bus for what seems like forever & now have to hike for quite a distance to their room. We heard several parents comment that they won't be returning to this resort. There is plenty of space for a secondary bus stop - I think they should consider it. The suites are much closer, it's the standard Little Mermaid rooms that are to far away. I dreaded the walk anytime I had to make it & it prevented us from making those "quick" refresh trips to our room throughout the day. Overall it's a nice place but they definately appear to have some training issues & bugs to work out. Maybe my expectation of Disney is unreasonable but my first impression of the first value resort I've ever stayed at was not a good one. In the future I will likely stick with no less than moderate. I think those resorts provide more of the atmosphere & accomodations that our family prefers. I guess the same is true at Disney as anywhere else - you get what you pay for.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:17 PM   #32
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My daughter (22) & I just returned from a long weekend at Disney. We stayed at the AoA in a standard Ariel room. While the room was nice & well appointed, it was just a little too cartoony for my taste. I suppose that if I had a little girl with me, she would have loved it. There was a mimi fridge, integrated into one side of the dresser. A clever way to hide it, but then reduced our drawer space to just 3. There was no coffee maker, a disappointment since I like a warm cup of coffee while I get ready in the mornings. Mousekeeping was only average, sometimes less than. Our beds were never made completely, only thrown together rather sloppily. Towels left on the floor for pickup, as instructed, were hung on the back of the door - apparently they decided we needed to reuse them after all. We never saw any of those special little touches, like the towel characters, etc. I know it seems petty but we feel it's all a part of the overall experience. The worst part was the location of our room. We were in building 7. A VERY long walk from the bus stop. On two of the 3 nights that we were there, we witnessed children who were too big to carry but still young cry & sob all the way to their rooms. These children & parents had enjoyed a long, full day in the parks, rode the ridiculously overcrowded bus for what seems like forever & now have to hike for quite a distance to their room. We heard several parents comment that they won't be returning to this resort. There is plenty of space for a secondary bus stop - I think they should consider it. The suites are much closer, it's the standard Little Mermaid rooms that are to far away. I dreaded the walk anytime I had to make it & it prevented us from making those "quick" refresh trips to our room throughout the day. Overall it's a nice place but they definately appear to have some training issues & bugs to work out. Maybe my expectation of Disney is unreasonable but my first impression of the first value resort I've ever stayed at was not a good one. In the future I will likely stick with no less than moderate. I think those resorts provide more of the atmosphere & accomodations that our family prefers. I guess the same is true at Disney as anywhere else - you get what you pay for.
Except for the lousy housekeeping (minus the towel animal complaint, they are a nice perk but should not be expected), you could have been aware of everything else if you had did a bit of research ahead of time. AoA is in your face characters, and it is large, and it does have only one bus stop. None of that is kept secret. Neither is the fact that no Value resorts have coffee pots in the rooms.

I'm not sure if you have stayed at a Moderate resort before, but 3 out of the 4 of them are large resorts as well. If you want to be close to the food court and bus stop at a Moderate, make sure you pay for a preferred room. Or else you may find yourself with another long walk.

I'm sorry you had a bad stay, but it sounds like you expected AoA to be other than what it is. A large Value resort. If you find you want to try another Value stay, at least now you will know to pay for a preferred room. And to pack your coffee pot!
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:56 PM   #33
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some smokers are selfish - have asthma too. first they walk into the non-smoking area - secondly they just don't care and if they want a smoke they are taking it.

disney unless you complaint will NOT enforce their policy.

what I do (in between coughs) is ask for the driver license of the person who is smoking in a non-smoking spot and tell him will sue because he (always a man) is endangering my health - then really start coughing. Most of the time they will leave. It takes me about 15 to 20 minutes to recover.

heck even the CM at Disney will smoke.

plus there is nurse station at each park - at the MK it is at the front near the city hall.

at Epcot it is in the between area - near Mexico - but not in WS but FW.

since don't stay enough at AK or Studios to need it - can't help with them.

go to them immediately if your child has any problems.

now not all smokers are bad people - some are very consider and would never endanger another person for their own addiction - but other will.

at the swimming pools so far have not had a problem - at some pools at OKW and SSR there is no lifeguard - the community pools you will have to say something to any smokers there.

at OKW my big problem was some of the exit of the building - were the only exit and that was where they were having smokers.

think the CM's who smoked got to plan where to put the smokers.

but if you ask to see the smokers area before you get a room - that should not be a problem. - look to see where your exit is located and where the smoking area is located. if you have to change rooms do it before you accept a room. explain your problem to the front desk - most of the time they will try to find you another room.

at Pop there has always been near the lake a smoking area - well now they have included just about all the resting area around the lake. most of it I did enjoy at one point can't now - too many smokers.

now there are not that many smokers at WDW - the new policy does help some - but some people think they are too good for the rules - or they have family and don't want them to be in the smoking areas - so they smoke in non-smoking area.

be very carefully at seating area - most of them are for smokers. This includes the area around it - as say some smokers can't be still.
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plus there is nurse station at each park - at the MK it is at the front near the city hall.
First Aid at Magic Kingdom is much more centrally located than this. It's near Crystal Palace, the Baby Care Center, and Advendureland.

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since don't stay enough at AK or Studios to need it - can't help with them.
AK is between PizzaFari and Africa, also near the Baby Center; DHS is near the entrance next to Guest Services.

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at the swimming pools so far have not had a problem - at some pools at OKW and SSR there is no lifeguard - the community pools you will have to say something to any smokers there.
You mean 'politely indicate the DSA at each pool which is clearly marked on the map and which you're avoiding by a wide margin, right?

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at OKW my big problem was some of the exit of the building - were the only exit and that was where they were having smokers.
Right. The OKW map clearly states smoking is permitted at the entrance to every guest building. Another clue is the ashtray on top of one of the trash barrels by the benches. Nonsmokers can use another path to the building - there are several - to avoid this area on the off-chance someone is smoking there. Same at SSR.

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think the CM's who smoked got to plan where to put the smokers.
Confused why you'd think that. DVC is home-away-from-home. It's not unreasonable for smokers [who can't/won't smoke in the house] to expect to step outside for a cigarette.

[QUOTEspiceycat]at Pop there has always been near the lake a smoking area - well now they have included just about all the resting area around the lake. most of it I did enjoy at one point can't now - too many smokers.[/QUOTE]
Most of the DSAs at Pop have always been at various points around the lake/walkway, since WDW restricted smoking.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:24 PM   #35
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I didn't read through this whole thread, but just wanted to share that we were at the Swan about 10 days ago and there was a group of folks smoking cigars at the pool. I don't know if they were allowed to do so or not, but I didn't notice a sign nearby saying not to smoke so I didn't know if I had a leg to stand on asking them to stop. I was with my children at the time. I am asthmatic, but my kids are not. We just left.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:41 PM   #36
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Folks, just a reminder that DSA's and smoking policy at the resorts is only to be discussed our Smoking FAQ thread at the top of this board.
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