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Old 04-05-2013, 08:18 AM   #1876
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We're back from our non-Disney road trip to Florida and still catching up! Thanks to Dee for the "cliff notes" version of what I missed while I was away!



AWESOME pictures!!!

You put this one in to make me jealous, didn't you!?!

(actually, all of them made me jealous)

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:31 AM   #1877
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Dee,

Concerning this section of your "Other Useful Information" section...

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Can I ship a package to Beach Club or Yacht Club for my stay?

If you ship a package to the resort, Mail by United States Postal Service, not anything else!!! If you mail other than USPS, your items will be shipped to the convention center and the shipping department will charge the recipient a handling charge, based on the weight of your package.

Disney's Beach Club Resort (or Disney's Beach Club Villas)
1800 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Please give to Guest, (name on reservation)
Check-in date 9/1/10 (for example)

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1700 Epcot Resort Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Please give to Guest, (name on reservation)
Check-in date 9/1/10 (for example)

Orders from Garden Grocer are delivered to Bell Services at YC or BC, so they are not subject to the delivery fee. You can ask Bell Services to deliver the order to your room when you are there.
My order from Garden Grocer the other week did include a "Deilvery" charge by Garden Grocer. It wasn't the convention center handling charge, which I think is what you were getting at. But this line might be confusing.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:47 AM   #1878
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A couple updates now that I'm back and a bit recovered from my vacation....
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I'll also add the the useable depth at BCV is approximately the same as the width of a standard US passport. About 3"? I don't have a ruler.
When I looked again as I was cleaning out my safe, I would say that my 3" estimate above may be a little generous. Closing the door takes up some of that space. It may not be any more than 2" or less in there with the door closed. I did have our passports standing sideway in the corner where the door was not a factor.

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Leaving BCV now. Now headed out on a back to back cruise on the Dream. I did get a couple more photos pd the solarium I will post after the cruise. I verified there are gallon jugs of water available in the marketplace. Photo will follow. Price is $2.95. Unfortunately did not make it into the lobby restrooms. Sorry for that.

I'll try to catch up again in a week. But I'm not sure ill be able to get through the 50 more pages you all are sure to put up between now and then.

Later!
Here are a couple of photos of the Solarium I got...




Here's one of the gallon jugs of water...



And I was able to sneak in at the end to the men's room off the lobby (at the Marketplace end of the lobby)... but oops, I forgot to upload that photo yet. More later.

We were in BCV 2BR villa with 2 queen beds - room 441. I'll also post these on the room-view thread, but here they are. Trying to look left off the balcony, Illuminations fireworks were completely blocked by the building.





Here's what it looks like from the outside (this is a path behind the BC and BCV along the woods that leads to the walkway to Epcot).

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Old 04-05-2013, 08:59 AM   #1879
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Dee,

Concerning this section of your "Other Useful Information" section...



My order from Garden Grocer the other week did include a "Deilvery" charge by Garden Grocer. It wasn't the convention center handling charge, which I think is what you were getting at. But this line might be confusing.
Thanks for that insight! I'll add something like it is only subject to GG fees, not resort charges.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #1880
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I also would love to see what kind of pirate document the two of you (Captain) Cook up!

They still may offer the discount. Remember the object of these discount enticements is to get the resort as full as possible. The resort more than likely may still have rooms open, but only for shorter stays like 1 or 2 days. Staying at a resort for 1 or 2 days may not fit someone's idea of a great plan but with the proper financial enticement it may be the tipping point that convinces people to book and fill up these shorter stay rooms.

Ah yes.... the summer season will soon be upon us. This is the time of year where we see a lot of questions from the summer trip planners about what will the pool situation be. Well Auntie Ninja is here to tell you how it's been in the past. Put your jammies on an pull up a chair while I go make us the Sunkin Treasures. It's history lesson time!

Here is what will happen. It happens at just about every Disney resort pool in the summer so Storm Along Bay is not the only pool where this occurs.

1) The resorts will be very busy and it will be hot out.

2) People will think it's a good idea to go down to the pool when it first opens in the early morning to "save" chairs by putting resort towels on them. (it's not!)

3) The staff at the pool, in the past, has gone around from time to time to remove orphan towels from the chairs, thus freeing them up.
They however cannot be counted on to do this to the point where it solves the problem. It's just not practical from a logistics standpoint to get it perfectly right.

4) The chair savers will be mad that the chair they were saving since 8 am is now occupied by someone who is actually using it in the afternoon when they come back to FINALLY use the pool. The person sitting in the chair will have no idea why the chair saver is snorting around the pool in (un) righteous indignation.

So there you have it. A picture of what happens at MOST Disney Resort pools during the busy summer months. This is not just at Storm Along Bay....

Also keep in mind that the Pool is so large that it will in all likelihood never seem crowded so that is almost never a problem.

OK, so what do we do to live with this situation? Well when you come to the pool in the afternoon, if you see a sea of empty chairs with towels on them here's what I would do.

I'd keep my peepers open and see if I could find an empty chair. If I don't see any then I would pick a chair that looks unattended and observe it for awhile. Making sure that the only thing on the chair is hotel property as opposed to personal property I would take the chair and.... here's the key.... MOVE it to a different location. That's right... I just advocated relocating an UNATTENDED chair to a different pool location. This way if the chair hog came back hours later and you were still sitting in the chair, well, you wouldn't be sitting where Piggy remembered hogging the chair hours ago before they left for the parks.... right??

This is an excellent time to remind people NEVER to leave valuables unattended at the pool. If you must take your phone or other devices to the pool there are lockers over at the raft rental desk in the center of the pool complex. You can find this area directly across from where the Volleyball rope is located. Keep in mind these outdoor lockers are in POOR condition and many of them are stuck and non functional. An insider's tip is to use the lockers located inside the fitness center for storing valuables while at the pool. This area is a short walk outside of the pool near the Beaches and Cream area.

So there you have the end of the story. It's a wonder Ninja Mom is not in jail but she is hiding in plain sight on a pool chair at Storm Along Bay so the 'Coppers' will never catch up with her.

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We were in BCV 2BR villa with 2 queen beds - room 441. I'll also post these on the room-view thread, but here they are. Trying to look left off the balcony, Illuminations fireworks were completely blocked by the building.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I love those pictures. We used to exit through a door at the bottom of the stairs for our shortcut to Epcot. That is a nice section of the Villas because it isn't close to the road there.

We were in a 2BR villa that had two queen beds. Someone told me I was wrong, that all the studios had one queen and a sleeper sofa. I am so glad that you confirmed my memory of having two queen beds in the second bedroom.
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I just saw this and LOVED it. Thanks for making me laugh out loud in my cubicle!
OMG I just snorted out loud!!!! I needed this advice last year when I got attacked at SAB by crazy chair hogs!!! I need to go find that story and relive the insanity of it.
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I've been a lurker on here for a while and I must say this great thread has helped me make up my mind: We will be at the Beach Club June 2014. I was waffling between BC and Poly and I have to go with BC. It looks fabulous.
It will be me, DH, DS11, DS9 and DD6 (ages for next year).

I would like any tips on room requests. We would like to be maybe partway between being close to Epcot and close to the main lobby. I would probably book garden view unless I save up enough to do the upgrade to Lagoon. Any suggestions.
Are there any maps of room numbers and categories/locations out there? I haven't been able to find it if there are.
How is the bus situation in early June to MK and AK? I have heard that BC shares with all the Epcot resorts and I have heard that it only shares with YC.
Thanks so much, I get so excited looking at all the great photos. Any and all suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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In the description of the Beach Club it lists two lounges, the Rip Tide and Martha's Vineyard sounds like a couple hidden gems. Where are they located?
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I've been a lurker on here for a while and I must say this great thread has helped me make up my mind: We will be at the Beach Club June 2014. I was waffling between BC and Poly and I have to go with BC. It looks fabulous.
It will be me, DH, DS11, DS9 and DD6 (ages for next year).

I would like any tips on room requests. We would like to be maybe partway between being close to Epcot and close to the main lobby. I would probably book garden view unless I save up enough to do the upgrade to Lagoon. Any suggestions.
Are there any maps of room numbers and categories/locations out there? I haven't been able to find it if there are.
How is the bus situation in early June to MK and AK? I have heard that BC shares with all the Epcot resorts and I have heard that it only shares with YC.
Thanks so much, I get so excited looking at all the great photos. Any and all suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
To request the location you are talking about, I would request "close to quiet pool or volleyball court". That should keep you on that end of the resort, rather than being close to the YC.
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Shipping Question

I was just looking up the info for shipping packages to the resort and noticed the info here is a little different than the sticky for general shipping to all resorts. The sticky says NOT to use USPS but here it says only to use USPS. They also addressed it slightly different but I imagine that doesn't really matter (leading with resort name vs guest name and reservation # c/o....)

Anyone ship packages recently? Which method did ou use to ship?
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How is the bus situation in early June to MK and AK? I have heard that BC shares with all the Epcot resorts and I have heard that it only shares with YC.
Thanks so much, I get so excited looking at all the great photos. Any and all suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.
The last resort stop in the morning for both MK and AK is the BC. I haven't been there in June, but when we have been there the last few years, we mostly shared with the YC.

On the way back from the parks, the bus stops at BC last. Many times we've avoided the longer return bus ride by going from AK and MK to Epcot first, then walking through it, enjoying some of our favorite stops on the way.

Since you don't have to take a bus to Epcot and HS, I don't consider the bus situation to be too bad. I really, really, really missed being able to walk to two parks when we stayed at WL.
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Hello all my fellow BC/YC crazies!!

I'm happy to be back on the DIS after quite a long sabbatical. My wife and I found out on January 26th that our 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As you can imagine this was a huge shock and a kick in the stomach to all of us and for the last 2 and a half months have been dealing with all that comes with her condition.

Though I haven't had time to post I have briefly lurked around and I have to say that the few minutes here and there on the site has done as much as anything else to keep me sane. T1D can be overwhelming at times, especially when it hits your beautiful, young 11 year old, so any break from reality has helped.

I wouldn't say that things have gotten easier but I do feel like I may be able to visit more often and actually start to post again. As my wife and I have said, we have never needed a trip to our beloved BC more than now. August seems like eons away and this trip will certainly not be as care free as past trips given everything that now encompases our day to day routine, but we need it and can't wait for it more than ever before.

Just wanted to say hello and let you all know that you have all inadvertently helped me through this difficult time by allowing me to read your posts and dream about the BC. I can't thank you enough. Hopefully I can start to contribute again and join the cause!!

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Lots of the standard view rooms overlook a roof and are on the third and fourth floor. More of the views are roof views than parking lot views.
Thanks Teena! We won't be in our room that much, and if we are it would be at night. I requested a full balcony, so my dh and I can unwind at night with a glass of wine! I guess the view doesn't matter if it's night time!
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Hello all my fellow BC/YC crazies!!

I'm happy to be back on the DIS after quite a long sabbatical. My wife and I found out on January 26th that our 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As you can imagine this was a huge shock and a kick in the stomach to all of us and for the last 2 and a half months have been dealing with all that comes with her condition.

Though I haven't had time to post I have briefly lurked around and I have to say that the few minutes here and there on the site has done as much as anything else to keep me sane. T1D can be overwhelming at times, especially when it hits your beautiful, young 11 year old, so any break from reality has helped.

I wouldn't say that things have gotten easier but I do feel like I may be able to visit more often and actually start to post again. As my wife and I have said, we have never needed a trip to our beloved BC more than now. August seems like eons away and this trip will certainly not be as care free as past trips given everything that now encompases our day to day routine, but we need it and can't wait for it more than ever before.

Just wanted to say hello and let you all know that you have all inadvertently helped me through this difficult time by allowing me to read your posts and dream about the BC. I can't thank you enough. Hopefully I can start to contribute again and join the cause!!

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Welcome back Jay!!!! Sorry to hear about your DD, I'm sure it must be hard on you and your wife, as well as her adjusting to her routine

I think the BC is just what you need!!!!

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