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Old 02-04-2013, 07:41 PM   #2011
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It's a continental breakfast with Danishes, croissants, orange juice, water and fruit. You get a DVC hat when you go (new style) and they do trivia, 2 drawings for 2 large gift baskets and then after you get a surprise visit from your favorite mouse You can take photos and it's overall a fun experience. There's usually between 25 and 30 people there. I don't think it's a must do but I think he would enjoy it. Overall it's about 45 min to 1 hour
This sounds fun! When is it usually offered...days of week and time? We are in the process of buying a BLT contract. We should be official members by the time our stay at the VGC rolls around!
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:56 PM   #2012
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I am totally confused (doesn't take much) but here's my question. We will be arriving on Sat. 4/13 and have reserved a dedicated 2br, higher floor. At the time of booking the CM wouldn't take more than one request because I said I wanted a higher floor with a theme park view. Anyway, we would really like a higher floor with a room that we can see WOC from the balcony. We will have small children with us and don't want the hassle of trying to get tickets/passes for WOC. What rooms should we request and in what order and is the best way to make these requests to call MS?

TIA. This thread is just fabulous!
On the members website, go into your reservation and there should be a place to contact MS. That's where I put in my request for specific villas. I received an email confirmation of receipt within a few days.

If you scroll back up this thread, you'll see pictures of VGC with an overlay of numbers. The dedicated 2 bdrms are the ones with green numbers. If you want a Paradise Pier view, choose ones ending with 00, 04, and 06. 3522 is also a dedicated 2 bdrm. Just requesting an upper level theme park won't guarantee a Paradise Pier view because Grizzly Peak is also a theme park view.

As for what order, everyone has different opinions of which is best. I requested 6 different villas and got #5506.

VGC also has a viewing terrace where hotel guests can go and watch WOC. It's located next to 6500.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:40 PM   #2013
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What rooms should we request and in what order and is the best way to make these requests to call MS?
I have had good results sending an email to Member Services. (The address is in your vacation planner)

Maps are linked on my signature.

My request for a dedicated 2 bedroom:
6500, 5506, 5500, 4506, 4500, 3522, 3506, 3500

Noise from the door leading to the WOC patio can disturb 6500.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:18 PM   #2014
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Noise from the door leading to the WOC patio can disturb 6500.
I continue to grumble about this. Not sure why it has to slam shut.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:30 AM   #2015
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I have a question about Grad Nights. We will be there during some of the days that the Grad Night parties will be going. I have requested a WOC view with specific room numbers (still crossing my fingers that we get one of those rooms). My question is, I was reading HydroGuy's thread (from the Disneyland boards) explaining Grad Nights and he said that the only ones that will be affected by the noise during the parties are those that will be staying at the GCH/VGC. I was curious if anyone has ever stayed there (in a WOC view) that experienced a ton of noise from those parties. I had also read that Disney puts on a fireworks show at 3am during those nights, so I am wondering if a pool view on the other side of the resort will be better to request. DH and the girls are sound sleepers and will sleep through anything, it's me that I am worried about .

Also, for anyone who knows and experienced going to the parks before these parties, how crowded are the parks during the day. I know that the kids have a 1 day hopper pass that is good for all day on their party day. Don't get me wrong, we are still really excited about going to DLR, but we have always avoided going during Grad Nights at WDW because of the excessive crowds that they draw. I am just trying to get prepared for them. Thank you for any info on this.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:28 AM   #2016
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It seems like the weekends always book out extremely early; is that accurate?

I was hoping to get a studio/1BR for Sept 25-28 on a stopover on our way to Hawaii at my seven month window. As I'be been watching it when the member site would work, it seems they weekend dates are always gone. I've got a back up hotel reservation, but was so hopping to stay here.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:51 AM   #2017
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First stay at my home resort soon!

I became a DVC owner about a year ago and am FINALLY about to have my first stay at my home resort. You really need that 12 month booking advantage here. While waiting, I have been lurking and reading this thread. Thank you so much for all of the great information. I dream of the day where I have enough experience staying at VGC that I might be able to offer useful advice.

I am sooo excited.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:07 PM   #2018
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I was there last year during grad nights, but not in the VGC, so I cannot help for noise.
Crowds were moderate during the day, groups start entering in the afternoon. So the best strategy is to enter early, collect Fast Passes during the morning and use them in the evening. Be aware that some crazy things happen, like 3 hours wait for the TOT in the evening, with 45 minutes for the fast pass as well.
With the right strategy I never waited more tha 20 minutes for anything, except WOC, but I wanted a good position to see it ( so worth).
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:19 PM   #2019
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I became a DVC owner about a year ago and am FINALLY about to have my first stay at my home resort. You really need that 12 month booking advantage here. While waiting, I have been lurking and reading this thread. Thank you so much for all of the great information. I dream of the day where I have enough experience staying at VGC that I might be able to offer useful advice.

I am sooo excited.
Hey, I recall you and I were looking for VGC contracts around the same time.

We stayed there for THREE trips last year - 4th of July, Labor Day (for the 1/2 marathon) and Christmas.

You are going to love it there.

I just wanted to mention, our July and December trips I booked about 3-4 months out, and actually used my OKW points. It IS possible to get a several nights together even that close to arrival if you are aggressive and lucky using the on line booking system. That's how I lucked out last year, and it saved my VGC points for our next big trip there this Labor Day, again for the 1/2 marathon.

Even so, we are waiting on ROFR for another batch of VGC points because we'd love to be able to do 1 bedrooms consistently.

Good luck to you and have a great time there!
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:10 PM   #2020
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I went last year on Memorial Weekend when Grad Nite was just starting but didn't encounter any noisy parties at the Grand. Be aware that it has been @ the Disneyland Park for the last 2 years (my oldest son attended in 2011) & THIS year it should be @ California Adventure! This will be something different since they only had DCA for just a few hours before & now its probably til 3 or 4 am there. They also began the new thing of giving them an ALL DAY hopper to use prior to their party so alot of rowdy teenagers will be hogging rides during the day! I think they may LOVE it @ DCA if the MAD TEA party goes on (my parent comment - minus the drinking station) they just want to DANCE to the DJ Techno music - a la rave but hopefully the clean Disney way! My son said that the rides were just for them but it was STILL crowded & couldn't ride more than 3 rides the whole event time!! He had an AWESOME time cuz he was with his friends plus met new ones from other schools!! All in all I heard no problems at the resorts but more during their time of Grad Nite (my friends chaperoned & only a few were out of hand)!
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:26 AM   #2021
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We stayed in 5504 a studio this past sun- tues. Fabulous view. We didn't request anything, and got that great view of DCA. We made coffee, and went down to the gas grills to watch DCA start up it's day. While sipping our coffee, we saw the same guests riding Goofy's Sky School over and over. The CM's were letting them stay in the same car, fabulous.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:18 AM   #2022
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Hey, I recall you and I were looking for VGC contracts around the same time.

We stayed there for THREE trips last year - 4th of July, Labor Day (for the 1/2 marathon) and Christmas.

You are going to love it there.

I just wanted to mention, our July and December trips I booked about 3-4 months out, and actually used my OKW points. It IS possible to get a several nights together even that close to arrival if you are aggressive and lucky using the on line booking system. That's how I lucked out last year, and it saved my VGC points for our next big trip there this Labor Day, again for the 1/2 marathon.

Even so, we are waiting on ROFR for another batch of VGC points because we'd love to be able to do 1 bedrooms consistently.

Good luck to you and have a great time there!
I remember you too! Good luck on your ROFR. I know that it can be done, it just didn't work out last year. My resale came with some points that had to be used by the end of August and there was nothing at VGC within that time frame when i first looked and waiting for something to open up put those points at risk of being lost or being sold at bargain prices. I did ultimately sell those points through Davids. I also sent my daughter and friend to Aulani for a week. Aulani was also booked when I first looked but -like you said- it opened up so I could book it in two segments/reservations. Then we booked a week at AKV in December where my daughter had always wanted to stay. So we have made great use of our DVC points just not at the home resort. I think that in future for WDW trips, I may try to purchase a block of points that someone will transfer to me. There are so many options at WDW at the seven month booking window that I hate using my VGC points to book them.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #2023
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Staying in a Grand Villa - parking question

We are going to the Grand Californian for the first time in about 11 weeks... We are SOOO excited, and this thread has been an invaluable source of information. Over the past month or so, I have read through most (but not all) of it, so I hope you can forgive me if this question has already been asked and addressed.

We will be staying in a Grand Villa for four nights; it will be a "family reunion" of sorts, so we needed lots of sleeping places. Am I correct in understanding that there is a two car parking limit per villa? It seems crazy to me that you are allowed the same number of cars for a studio as you are for a grand villa that sleeps up to 12 guests...

Is my understanding correct -- we will only be allowed two cars? Based on the current plans, I am expecting all of the guests combined to have four cars. What is the best way to deal with this limitation?

Thanks to all in advance.
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We will be staying in a Grand Villa for four nights...
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Is my understanding correct -- we will only be allowed two cars? Based on the current plans, I am expecting all of the guests combined to have four cars. What is the best way to deal with this limitation?
While the rule might be 2 cars, in practice there is no limit
Every room key will be printed with "SELF PARKING" and can be used to access the self parking lot. The parking lot attendant will check the room key when leaving the parking lot, but the key is not scanned or logged.

A 2 car limit is unreasonable for the Grand Villa, so just: Don't ask, don't tell
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I've been looking at the pictures I can find on-line, and they look unbelievable! But I worry that the wait is going to kill me. Now is one of those times I wish I had a time machine to the future...
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While the rule might be 2 cars, in practice there is no limit
Every room key will be printed with "SELF PARKING" and can be used to access the self parking lot. The parking lot attendant will check the room key when leaving the parking lot, but the key is not scanned or logged.

A 2 car limit is unreasonable for the Grand Villa, so just: Don't ask, don't tell
Thank you - this is what I was wondering. I really do not like the idea of "taking advantage," so I hope that is not what we will be doing... We're not going to be there over a weekend, and I understand early May is not incredibly busy, so hopefully we won't be inconveniencing anyone else. I just can't see us having to ask half of our guests to pay for vallet parking.
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