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Old 02-22-2013, 04:46 PM   #376
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Our daughter HATES fireworks. She just held her hands over her ears when she felt it was too loud...we were surprised how mesmorized she was by them as they pipe in the "story" and she was in awe. I'm sure your son will do great!!
Thanks for all the great pictures. We've never done a pirate's cruise, but it looked really fun. Wishes is always great, and that cake looked good as well. My youngest dd used to put her hands in her ears as well during fireworks as well. She finally stopped around age 7, but occasionally still brings them close to her head. Sorry you had a bad experience at CR check in. We've had some CMs on the spot with great service, some average, and an occasional dud.
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Thanks for all the great pictures. We've never done a pirate's cruise, but it looked really fun. Wishes is always great, and that cake looked good as well. My youngest dd used to put her hands in her ears as well during fireworks as well. She finally stopped around age 7, but occasionally still brings them close to her head. Sorry you had a bad experience at CR check in. We've had some CMs on the spot with great service, some average, and an occasional dud.
My son was in his teens before he started liking fireworks. Before that we needed to be as far away as possible, preferably for him indoors.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:43 PM   #378
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Checked in yesterday at CR ...what a fiasco outside when I asked the valet where the Atrium level checkin was and they said go to the front desk inside. No sign...nothing... so I asked two employees and they said let me check. Really ??? Shouldn't all employees know where the atrium and tower level guests checkin ? FINALLY the one and only employee who works Atrium escorted us up to the 12th floor apologizing profusely. We got a room right at the end of the 12th... GREAT view of MK. We have found the atrium level concierge wonderful and very helpful. Room refurb looks nice smells like new carpet...carpet looks like a dark green. Will try and post pics after our half marathon on Sunday. Looks like they are working a couple floors down on refurb.
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Thank you for introducing me to something new, I've never even thought of what Wishes would look like from out there! Love new things!
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:18 AM   #380
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Atrium Level Doesn't Make Sense if on Premium Dining Plan?

Contempoexperts: Does Atrium Level make sense if we're planning on getting the Premium Dining plan? Would we not be better off simply reserving a Tower MK view room, non-Atrium Level if we don't care about the free Kahlua in the evenings? Or is getting breakfast at the CR simply craziness whereas the Lounge may be a relative respite? I just picture the lounge potentially overrun and nothing but canteloupe rinds left if good heavens one should sleep in past 6:45am. Thank you for your help. PS first post!
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Another live BLT report

So glad some of you are enjoying the postings! We had been having a great time - till last night. DD seems to have caught the noro virus. Ugh, but at least we have the two baths here!
We are finding BLT very well sound proofed. Not only do we not hear anything from other rooms, but with all the doors closed we barely hear from room to room. Lucky for us DH and DD 2 were able to sleep through the tummy trouble and are off to EPCOT. I'm staying with DD1 till she feels better, mostly she just needs sleep and to avoid spreading this in the park.
Someone asked about noise between units and here are my thoughts. We are in a 1 BR and the studio next to us ( which could be connected to make a 2 BR) is connected by a door in the entrance vestibule. Unless someone were standing by the closet or sleeping on the floor there I cannot see how one could hear between the rooms. Also the ventilation system is placed strategically in this vestibule, which creates white noise between the two spaces.
Otherwise, the only sound we hear very faintly, from above or below might be the vacuume assist toilets flushing. Bit again, barely notice it, and I am such a light sleeper!
BTW-OT, but we ate at BOG last night- it's amazing! The food is very good ( promise it's not DDs problem- we all had the same dish!) the main ballroom is incredible! "Snow" falling out the window; beast parades through as " your host" and the receives visitors ( for pics) on the room where you order your meals at lunchtime. The West wing was interesting with ripped drapes and the " rose" but request the ball room if you can- so much lovelier. They bring a lighted dessert cart around- very cool. The lunch line was terrifyingly long!
That's it for now! Hoping for good health vibes!
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Contempoexperts: Does Atrium Level make sense if we're planning on getting the Premium Dining plan? Would we not be better off simply reserving a Tower MK view room, non-Atrium Level if we don't care about the free Kahlua in the evenings? Or is getting breakfast at the CR simply craziness whereas the Lounge may be a relative respite? I just picture the lounge potentially overrun and nothing but canteloupe rinds left if good heavens one should sleep in past 6:45am. Thank you for your help. PS first post!
We are here at CR right now on the Atrium floor. Breakfast offerings have been oatmeal, assorted cold cereals, bagels, pastries, fruit, milk, coffee, juice. There seems to be ample food when we have been at the lounge around 7ish. No lunch and snacks are small yogurt covered pretzels, chips, goldfish, nuts and assorted beverages. Happy hour as I call it has beer ,wine, cheese and last night small crab cakes and a shrimp offering along with spring rolls. All these items were more or less bite size so I would say not enough to make a meal. This is the time we have seen food disappear fast. Dessert and cordials are offered at 8 p.m. and also go quickly. All that being said I have see them replinish the food items. Cold drinks like soda and juice are always available. Two drawbacks for me are...no bottled water available after hours in the refrig and I am allergic to seafood so I could only eat spring rolls last night.

All in all I would say breakfast can be done on atrium level and some kind of modest dining plan for all other meals.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:18 AM   #383
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Contempoexperts: Does Atrium Level make sense if we're planning on getting the Premium Dining plan? Would we not be better off simply reserving a Tower MK view room, non-Atrium Level if we don't care about the free Kahlua in the evenings? Or is getting breakfast at the CR simply craziness whereas the Lounge may be a relative respite? I just picture the lounge potentially overrun and nothing but canteloupe rinds left if good heavens one should sleep in past 6:45am. Thank you for your help. PS first post!
If you are on the premium plan you'll get 3 meals a day and no matter where you eat you'll only spend one credit. Unless you are arriving early and leaving late, you'll end up with extra credits if you use the lounge for breakfast. We have never done CL on premium or platinum. There is just plenty of meals and snacks on the plan that paying extra for CL isn't worth it. You'll get the pre planning service with the package so all you'd miss are snacks/drinks. Our premium planner once gave us CL access at CR back when there was no place to refill mugs during construction. We only used the lounge to get drinks. We just weren't hungry between our regular meals.
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Thank you for the replies re: Atrium with Dining Plan. Last question: Do you feel like you get better/more consistent/more frequent Mousekeeping on the CL versus the rest of the tower, and, food aside, do you like having the option of going over to the lounge just to hang out as a change of scenery from the room esp. to "air out" the little one? How crowded is the lounge generally? Thank you.
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Thank you for the replies re: Atrium with Dining Plan. Last question: Do you feel like you get better/more consistent/more frequent Mousekeeping on the CL versus the rest of the tower, and, food aside, do you like having the option of going over to the lounge just to hang out as a change of scenery from the room esp. to "air out" the little one? How crowded is the lounge generally? Thank you.
Except at Breakfast, we never found the lounge to be crowded. In fact one evening DW, DM, DF, DS, DD and I sat around the table and played a couple of games of pinochle. It was nice to have a table big enough for all of us to sit around.
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Pack and play in a studio

In a studio at BLT, what's the best place for the pack and play? I will have the couch pulled out too. Will it need to be by the entry door or will it fit at the foot of the pullout couch?
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Gryhndmom do you feel like you're getting better Mousekeeping and all around service on the Atrium floor vs rest of the tower?
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Totally feel like we have much better service. The lounge would be a great place to take a break from the rest of the group...there is a TV that can entertain little ones and tables for playing games. There hasn't been a request that they haven't jumped on right away. I would say being club level is like flying first class on an airplane...you are paying extra money to be pampered and your request met . One example this week is I had a package sent to the hotel and asked the club level concierge if it had arrived...it had and she personally went downstairs to get it AND put it in the room.

I also like having the park view...great to sit on the balcony and watch the fireworks a night
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In a studio at BLT, what's the best place for the pack and play? I will have the couch pulled out too. Will it need to be by the entry door or will it fit at the foot of the pullout couch?
Mine are too old, but there is not much room at the foot of the fold out couch. There is an oval table there, big enough for two people, with two chairs. You may be able to move those closer to the entry door and put the pack n play there. There is some space between the door entry and wall, where the connecting door to a 1 BR would be. The BLT studio is smallest of them all, but there are some nifty space saving innovations there. Good luck.
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Mine are too old, but there is not much room at the foot of the fold out couch. There is an oval table there, big enough for two people, with two chairs. You may be able to move those closer to the entry door and put the pack n play there. There is some space between the door entry and wall, where the connecting door to a 1 BR would be. The BLT studio is smallest of them all, but there are some nifty space saving innovations there. Good luck.
I'm a little worried about 2 people on the double fold out sofa and thinking about bringing the 9yo a small sized air mattress. I just want everyone to sleep well. Thought about a 1BR but that wouldn't have been any better and don't need a kitchen.

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