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Old 02-07-2013, 09:22 PM   #2656
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We returned from another amazing stay at BWI CL last Sunday. We initially planned three nights Poly, three nights BWI CL and two nights AKL-Jambo in a 1-bedroom villa. After our first night at BWI, we knew we needed to cancel those reservations at AKL and stay at BWI for the rest of the trip. We were so happy with our decision.

BWI CL remains outstanding as always. We requested and received a boardwalk view and it's absolutely my favorite room view in all of WDW. The location can't be beat. The boardwalk music is wonderful and the atmosphere is both lively and relaxing at the same time. I'll come back to post photos when I organize them!

As for the BWI restaurants, we've been to all of the TS locations, and surprisingly, our favorite is Kouzzina. Based on menu alone, I would have thought Flying Fish would be our favorite, but we prefer the atmosphere and friendly service at Kouzzina. The food at Kouzzina is great - everyone in our family of five (including kids ages 6, 12 and 13) enjoyed it. As for the more casual TS, we prefer Big River over ESPN. Neither serves the best food in the world, but we appreciated the beer selection at Big River, the more quiet atmosphere, and the view.

I also wanted to put in a plug for the BWI quiet pool. When staying at BWI in the past, we've only been to Luna Park. During this stay, Luna Park was closed and we were thrilled to have access to SAB. But when we wanted a quick swim without going over to SAB, we went down to the BWI quiet pool. I can't say enough positive things about it - relaxing setting, truly quiet (well, maybe our three boys changed that a teeny bit) and very convenient. It's one of my new favorite places in WDW.

I'll try to post photos soon, but I'm happy to answer questions based on our recent stay!
Looking forward to your pictures, we'll be there at the end of April for the 1st time
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:18 PM   #2657
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #2658
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Awesome. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:53 AM   #2659
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:51 AM   #2660
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Check in tomorrow too!

See you there tomorrow! I can't wait!!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:05 PM   #2661
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Wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:49 PM   #2663
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Yes. Thank you so much for sharing you pics. They are wonderful.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:32 PM   #2664
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Thank you so much for your suggestions Do you have any favorite restaurants there?
You're welcome, Besides what AirGoofy mentioned, we just love walking right over to Epcot - so many great choices!

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What an awesome thing that you're doing for your brother!!!!

It really depends on what you're looking to do. Just a dinner set up in the room? Perhaps a special cake? Then yes, you should absolutely go w/ Private Dining. They will put you in touch with the proper people to get things set up if not through them. You may be restricted to the in room dining menu - but ask them if they would be willing to "deliver" a meal from one of the "local" restaurants.

Catering and Conventions has had (at least as of 2011/2012) a policy of not doing "small" events (Less than 20, I believe) and even with that, you're looking at a minimum food order of between 2-5k. If they've changed that policy, let me know, I'm still itching to surprise my DH with a special event in the World!

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We returned from another amazing stay at BWI CL last Sunday. We initially planned three nights Poly, three nights BWI CL and two nights AKL-Jambo in a 1-bedroom villa. After our first night at BWI, we knew we needed to cancel those reservations at AKL and stay at BWI for the rest of the trip. We were so happy with our decision.

BWI CL remains outstanding as always. We requested and received a boardwalk view and it's absolutely my favorite room view in all of WDW. The location can't be beat. The boardwalk music is wonderful and the atmosphere is both lively and relaxing at the same time. I'll come back to post photos when I organize them!

As for the BWI restaurants, we've been to all of the TS locations, and surprisingly, our favorite is Kouzzina. Based on menu alone, I would have thought Flying Fish would be our favorite, but we prefer the atmosphere and friendly service at Kouzzina. The food at Kouzzina is great - everyone in our family of five (including kids ages 6, 12 and 13) enjoyed it. As for the more casual TS, we prefer Big River over ESPN. Neither serves the best food in the world, but we appreciated the beer selection at Big River, the more quiet atmosphere, and the view.

I also wanted to put in a plug for the BWI quiet pool. When staying at BWI in the past, we've only been to Luna Park. During this stay, Luna Park was closed and we were thrilled to have access to SAB. But when we wanted a quick swim without going over to SAB, we went down to the BWI quiet pool. I can't say enough positive things about it - relaxing setting, truly quiet (well, maybe our three boys changed that a teeny bit) and very convenient. It's one of my new favorite places in WDW.

I'll try to post photos soon, but I'm happy to answer questions based on our recent stay!
Thank you for all your wonderful photos and TR. Did you still stay at Jambo CL? You know that you've officially entered the Resort Changer ranks. Isn't it exciting changing on-site? Great choice

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Old 02-08-2013, 02:47 PM   #2665
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[QUOTE=cpfd910;47432908]just checked in online can not wait going to get some heavy snow this weekend then sunshine next week









We are snowing here in MA!!! Just thanking the Gods that it is this weekend and not next when I am leaving to go!
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We are snowing here in MA!!! Just thanking the Gods that it is this weekend and not next when I am leaving to go!
You guys are really going to get a whopper of a storm. I hope you don't lose power and stay safe and warm.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:32 PM   #2667
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Thank you for all your wonderful photos and TR. Did you still stay at Jambo CL? You know that you've officially entered the Resort Changer ranks. Isn't it exciting changing on-site? Great choice
It was my most exciting resort change ever! We entirely cancelled AKL so that we could continue our BWI stay. I would have booked it 3/Poly and 5/BWI in the first place, but my husband wanted some time away from the parks over the weekend. That's why we originally booked AKL for the end of the trip. But when we arrived, we remembered how much we love BWI CL, and the proximity to Epcot and all those dining options just can't be beat. So happy we decided to make the change. You're right - fun to start thinking of it, then discussing it, then reaching consensus of five family members on the change, then waiting to see if they had availability and could apply our AP discount. And then we received a call from Pete during our dinner at Bluezoo saying that it was all going to work out.
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It was my most exciting resort change ever! We entirely cancelled AKL so that we could continue our BWI stay. I would have booked it 3/Poly and 5/BWI in the first place, but my husband wanted some time away from the parks over the weekend. That's why we originally booked AKL for the end of the trip. But when we arrived, we remembered how much we love BWI CL, and the proximity to Epcot and all those dining options just can't be beat. So happy we decided to make the change. You're right - fun to start thinking of it, then discussing it, then reaching consensus of five family members on the change, then waiting to see if they had availability and could apply our AP discount. And then we received a call from Pete during our dinner at Bluezoo saying that it was all going to work out.
Thanks for your pics here and on the Poly thread. I have your three planned stays spread out throughout the year (except BWV instead of BWI, but close enough. )
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Thanks for the amazing photos & TR pixarmom! You've gotten me even more excited for our 1st BWI stay.
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