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Old 02-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #796
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I'm just concerned one won't be enough for a family of five, would it be a faux pas to ask for two? Too greedy?

I just don't want to be the 'annoying water people' to the CMs
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I've seen many of families walk out with 2 bottles and it didn't look like the CM's were bothered by it at all. However, we are a small family of 3 so I haven't done it personally.


Hopefully someone on here can back me up and say it's OK.


I think for the money were plunking down for CL only asking for a couple bottles of water a day isn't a biggie. But that's just me.
We just got back on Sunday from a 5 night stay at AKL CL and my only disappointment...no bottled water! When we got done checking in I asked for a bottle of water to take to our room and the concierege said they didn't have bottled water. I went over and looked and they just had the large beverage dispensers and plastic cups. Later I asked the gentleman that was stocking the food if they had bottled water thinking maybe the guy earlier just meant they were out and he said no.

Honestly, I was a teeny bit annoyed because when I upgraded to CL I specifically asked if one of the beverages offered was bottled water that we could grab in the morning for the parks or to grab to take back to the room. We really didn't have much opportunity to enjoy all the food over our 5 days but I figured the bottled water in the mornings would be a nice benefit...

In the end it's really no biggie but it would have been nice. And I can understand why they probably just have the pitcher of water because I'm sure tons of people would grab several bottles of water every time they were in the lounge...so it makes sense and is probably better for the environment
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That would be amazing!!! We have always resister AKL because of the ravel time but its such a beautiful resort I figured its worth it. We are very excited as well!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!
I took a couple of pictures but can't figure out how to insert them into my post?

We loved our stay at AKL and were glad that we upgraded to CL! We didn't get to enjoy a lot of the food because we were at the parks most of the day and were on the dxddp so were stuffed as could be most of the trip. However, we managed to make it to the lounge a few times

The lounge has 6 offerings a day with different offerings (for example, there's like a pre-breakfast time, breakfast, tea time, cocktail/dessert time) but we weren't there for all the different offerings so I can only speak to a few.

For breakfast there was fruit, cereal, milk, juices, all sorts of pastries/muffins, crossaints, yogurt, bagels, toast, coffee, and juice. There was an espresso/cappucino machine but it was broke when we were there. You could also ask for mimosas all day I believe. I'm a light breakfast eater so I think this was plenty of food for a breakfast meal.

For the snack time (I believe it was 11:30 - 3:00) there was a kiddie table with ham and cheese roll-ups, gummy bears, and I think little cheese pizzas. On the main food bar there were two smaller hot food options. I didn't try either but they were almost like pate - there was a veggie one that was mushroom and the other may have been sausage. There were 3 types of hummus, crackers, bread, olives, all types of veggies, and cheeses. I can't remember if beer was out yet because they had a small fridge around the corner by the juices and I didn't check out what was in there but it usually had milk, juice, sodas, and yogurts.

For the dessert/cocktail hour they had 3 types of wines out, an African lager, Sam Adams and Yuengling. There were cookies, fruit, and coffee. I think there were some sort of small dessert samplers but I was so full I didn't even check it out.

Those were really the only times we were in the lounge so I don't know what the tea time or the twilight options (the 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) had to offer. I think there were definitely a lot of veggie options given what they had out. Except for breakfast I wouldn't think that the food that was out the times we were there would be enough to substitute for a meal...but we are big eaters and we didn't go during the 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. period so maybe there were hearty options at that time?

I posted another post that my only disappointment was that there wasn't bottled water. However, part of the disappointment was because I was told there would be bottled water that we could grab and take to the parks in the morning or back to our rooms after a day at the park. In the end it wasn't a big deal but it would have been nice because we drink tons of water.

All of the CM's that worked at the CL desk were so helpful and friendly!!!
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Thanks!

Just wanted to say thanks for the info on when the AKL lounge closes (or doesn't). I'm glad we'll be able to hang out there in the evenings. I'll keep an eye out for a fruit basket there, but we always bring snacks on vacation, so if the fruit is all gone by 10, I'll just grab a granola bar from my room.
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I wonder if that's just at AKL because of the animals, or if they have the water beverage dispensers at all the lounges. We will be at YC, and from my understanding, they are still using glass evian bottles?
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AKL was very happy to provide sparkling or still h2o for us to take back to the room. They put it in a glass bottle w a cork and asked that we return the bottle in the am. It is part of the environmentally friendly approach they take. They have a cooler dispenser of water out from 630 am till 10pm. No one ever objected to us filling a reuseable bottle from it either. They also have 'real' glasses as opposed to plastic behind the water.
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I just booked BC CL for May! We usually stay at the BW and love it, but nothing available with my cast discount or military rate. Those of you who have been recently what did you see for evening offerings? We are not big eaters, just kind of snacky is good for me. We plan on having our sit down meals at lunch, so we would only be nibbling at dinner. Thanks for any info. Cannot wait to go!!!
Hi - I just posted this earlier. When we stayed at the BC CL this past August we did the same - we planned lunch ADRs on most days and snacked at night. The snacks during the day are home made potato chips, nuts, Swedish fish and snacks like that. Plus soda, iced tea, lemonade, coffee and tea. From 5-7pm they would serve about 2 to 3 hot appetizers like bacon rolled scallops, spinach triangles (Spanakopita), etc and cheese and crackers, veggies and dips plus the chips. Plus drinks as before with wine and beer. Then later that night they put out desserts. We loved the BW CL too but the BC is nice. We are going to the BC CL at the end of the month. We can't wait. Enjoy your stay.
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I took a couple of pictures but can't figure out how to insert them into my post?
What I was told to do is to make an account on photobucket.com. It's free. Then you load your photos on to photobucket. Then I believe you click the IMG button to the right of the photo. This copies the photo when you click that button. Then you paste it to your post.

Hope I got it right for you. Good luck.
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What I was told to do is to make an account on photobucket.com. It's free. Then you load your photos on to photobucket. Then I believe you click the IMG button to the right of the photo. This copies the photo when you click that button. Then you paste it to your post.

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Thatnks so much, the info in this thread is brilliant, far better than the offical Disney fluff.
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Question... I have done my own ADR. When I booked my CL room the IPO went in the system and found all my reservations and built us a great itinerary to use. Today I have made a couple of changes, booking the Desert Party since it finally opened for our dates. Should I shoot an email off to the IPO to alert them of the changes so they can update the Itinerary? I wasn't sure if they kept up with them for any reason other than to build us the nice document with all of them together.
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Thatnks so much, the info in this thread is brilliant, far better than the offical Disney fluff.
What I find intersting is that in the past, CL were barely mentioned on the website at all. Now they are far more prominent. Some of them are also excluded from the current discount promo....

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I've stayed at BC several times. BWK gets high praise on the DIS, partly due to it's convenient location near the parks. Our family prefers BC. The CL food is slightly better, and the BWK lounge is bigger; but BC staff is top rate! My experience was also tainted by the fact that our room was WAY at the far end of the building, but it was a long walk to anything. At BC, we've had great room loations. Perhaps that clouds my pov.

The pool at BC is better. Both have fun slides, but I like Stormalong Bay. For families with small kids; the pool at BWk is deep (for Disney). The BC pool has lots of fun for everyone.

The only downside to both, is that they don't have a true food court (esp. in the morning). If you are CL, then you don't need it so much. By lunch, there are several QS options. Too bad no Pop style food court.
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Question... I have done my own ADR. When I booked my CL room the IPO went in the system and found all my reservations and built us a great itinerary to use. Today I have made a couple of changes, booking the Desert Party since it finally opened for our dates. Should I shoot an email off to the IPO to alert them of the changes so they can update the Itinerary? I wasn't sure if they kept up with them for any reason other than to build us the nice document with all of them together.
Probably what you should have done is let them look for it for you. No offense, that's their job. It would have saved you the effort of looking multiple times for an opening. IPO can't get you what doesn't exist, but I'm pretty sure they can put your name on a waiting list. (at least if you are ahead of your trip.) Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect CL has a computerized waiting list system for CL guests - so you get first dibs on cancelations.

Under the old computer system, they probably would not have seen it. With the new updates, they probably will.

Still it can't hurt, and would not take much time.

Yes, there are other reasons to link them- birthdays, special requests- like a vegetarian in your party. They will add that to your ADR's.
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Thanks. I knew I could let them do it. I wanted to do it myself.
There wasn't a waiting list for the Desert Party. It wasn't even available to book for any date in March until yesterday. They don't do the Desert Party like any other reservation.
With the Desert Party your seat is based on how soon you book for your date. I wanted to be able to book as soon as it was open. I don't know that the IPO does that. I do have full confidence they'd have done it and would have done it sometime yesterday but I know for sure I did it within a few minutes of them opening it up. It could make the difference from a seat at the rail and one further back.

Anyway, I'll let the IPO know.

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Probably what you should have done is let them look for it for you. No offense, that's their job. It would have saved you the effort of looking multiple times for an opening. IPO can't get you what doesn't exist, but I'm pretty sure they can put your name on a waiting list. (at least if you are ahead of your trip.) Maybe I'm wrong, but I suspect CL has a computerized waiting list system for CL guests - so you get first dibs on cancelations.

Under the old computer system, they probably would not have seen it. With the new updates, they probably will.

Still it can't hurt, and would not take much time.

Yes, there are other reasons to link them- birthdays, special requests- like a vegetarian in your party. They will add that to your ADR's.
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I took a couple of pictures but can't figure out how to insert them into my post?

We loved our stay at AKL and were glad that we upgraded to CL! We didn't get to enjoy a lot of the food because we were at the parks most of the day and were on the dxddp so were stuffed as could be most of the trip. However, we managed to make it to the lounge a few times

The lounge has 6 offerings a day with different offerings (for example, there's like a pre-breakfast time, breakfast, tea time, cocktail/dessert time) but we weren't there for all the different offerings so I can only speak to a few.

For breakfast there was fruit, cereal, milk, juices, all sorts of pastries/muffins, crossaints, yogurt, bagels, toast, coffee, and juice. There was an espresso/cappucino machine but it was broke when we were there. You could also ask for mimosas all day I believe. I'm a light breakfast eater so I think this was plenty of food for a breakfast meal.

For the snack time (I believe it was 11:30 - 3:00) there was a kiddie table with ham and cheese roll-ups, gummy bears, and I think little cheese pizzas. On the main food bar there were two smaller hot food options. I didn't try either but they were almost like pate - there was a veggie one that was mushroom and the other may have been sausage. There were 3 types of hummus, crackers, bread, olives, all types of veggies, and cheeses. I can't remember if beer was out yet because they had a small fridge around the corner by the juices and I didn't check out what was in there but it usually had milk, juice, sodas, and yogurts.

For the dessert/cocktail hour they had 3 types of wines out, an African lager, Sam Adams and Yuengling. There were cookies, fruit, and coffee. I think there were some sort of small dessert samplers but I was so full I didn't even check it out.

Those were really the only times we were in the lounge so I don't know what the tea time or the twilight options (the 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) had to offer. I think there were definitely a lot of veggie options given what they had out. Except for breakfast I wouldn't think that the food that was out the times we were there would be enough to substitute for a meal...but we are big eaters and we didn't go during the 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. period so maybe there were hearty options at that time?

I posted another post that my only disappointment was that there wasn't bottled water. However, part of the disappointment was because I was told there would be bottled water that we could grab and take to the parks in the morning or back to our rooms after a day at the park. In the end it wasn't a big deal but it would have been nice because we drink tons of water.

All of the CM's that worked at the CL desk were so helpful and friendly!!!
Thanks so much for the AKL CL info. We are staying AKL CL for the 1st time in Dec 2013. Can you tell me where the lounge is, is it a pain to have the lounge on a different floor than your room?
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Is there a standard procedure for checking in for the CLs at the resorts? I know what Disney advertises, but from reading this board and from past experience, it sounds like the resorts are inconsistent.

When we stayed at the Polynesian CL, they told me to call the morning of our check-in with our ETA and they would have somebody waiting to escort us. This did not happen. When driving up, we asked the bellhops what to do if we were staying CL. They directed us to check in at the main desk.

We are planning to stay at the AKL CL later this year. Is there a standard approach for CL check-ins at this resort? And is the staff generally good at following it?
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