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Old 04-08-2013, 05:07 PM   #856
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:27 PM   #857
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Thanks KOOK....I was contemplating just going back to the poly but when I saw that TPV was only 30 more a night than what we paid for poly garden view I thought why not??
Now my only concern is that we will have a parking lot view?! does that bother people with theme park view??

I am waiting for packages to come out but maybe I should be booking room only right now?! My reasoning for not doing that is someone said that they won't release discounts for CR if the rooms are booked up and the only way we would stay there is with a discount so does it make sense to wait? because if I need to rebook with discount doesn't there have to be rooms available under the discount??

I am also wondering if CR TPV ever books out with the disney visa offer that is usually offered first before general public? I would TOTALLY get one but for some reason they don't allow us Canadians to get one
We haven't tried the Poly yet (doing that for the first time in Sept), but I think for the $30 difference, I would go with the Contemporary TPV. I have two favorite views at WDW -- Boardwalk view at the Boardwalk, and Theme Park view at CR. The Boardwalk view is something we go back to annually, while the TPV at CR is something I'm really happy we did once. I don't feel the burning need to do it again (I think mostly because of the price), but for that once, it was super-magical. I don't buy the "it's a parking lot view" stuff. Yes, you do see it, but think of it as wearing bifocal glasses. Down is parking lot, straight ahead and up is pure magic. Just don't look down.

Of course it is a recurring question here regarding whether the TPV is "worth it," and I would say you have to balance my comments above with the price. If you can afford it, like I said, it's definitely worth doing once. But if it really makes a big difference in your budget, and/or would impact your spending on other things during the vacation (dinners, souvenirs, etc.), or impact future vacations, then I agree with the sentiment that being at the CR or BLT with a Bay Lake view is better than breaking the bank for the TPV. Hope this makes sense!

(ps -- Just to clarify the "if you can afford it" comment, often affording it is a factor of things such as discounts offered, seasonal pricing, length of stay, etc., more than any net worth!)
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:34 PM   #858
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We haven't tried the Poly yet (doing that for the first time in Sept), but I think for the $30 difference, I would go with the Contemporary TPV. I have two favorite views at WDW -- Boardwalk view at the Boardwalk, and Theme Park view at CR. The Boardwalk view is something we go back to annually, while the TPV at CR is something I'm really happy we did once. I don't feel the burning need to do it again (I think mostly because of the price), but for that once, it was super-magical. I don't buy the "it's a parking lot view" stuff. Yes, you do see it, but think of it as wearing bifocal glasses. Down is parking lot, straight ahead and up is pure magic. Just don't look down.

Of course it is a recurring question here regarding whether the TPV is "worth it," and I would say you have to balance my comments above with the price. If you can afford it, like I said, it's definitely worth doing once. But if it really makes a big difference in your budget, and/or would impact your spending on other things during the vacation (dinners, souvenirs, etc.), or impact future vacations, then I agree with the sentiment that being at the CR or BLT with a Bay Lake view is better than breaking the bank for the TPV. Hope this makes sense!

(ps -- Just to clarify the "if you can afford it" comment, often affording it is a factor of things such as discounts offered, seasonal pricing, length of stay, etc., more than any net worth!)

Thanks for your reply. I agree about doing it once and I really want to do it while my girls still LOVE it and truly believe in all the magic (a few of their friends keep telling them princesses aren't real etc) and it is only a matter of time before they start not believing

So I would like to splurge!!!! Just wondering if I should book now or wait for discounts?!?!?!

We LOVED the poly, but it was our first time onsite so now I am spoiled with deluxes I think
I was looking at beach club too so maybe another trip we will try it out!
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Thanks for your reply. I agree about doing it once and I really want to do it while my girls still LOVE it and truly believe in all the magic (a few of their friends keep telling them princesses aren't real etc) and it is only a matter of time before they start not believing

So I would like to splurge!!!! Just wondering if I should book now or wait for discounts?!?!?!

We LOVED the poly, but it was our first time onsite so now I am spoiled with deluxes I think
I was looking at beach club too so maybe another trip we will try it out!
I always think its better to book and then try to apply discounts if they come out rather than not book and have it sell out.
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I just priced out difference from lake view to theme park view and it was only 276 so if I stay CR it will be theme park view for sure...thankfully my husband likes to splurge on vacations...he used to say we wouldnt go back yearly but how that has changed now! LOL
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I always think its better to book and then try to apply discounts if they come out rather than not book and have it sell out.
thanks! Does theme park view sell out quickly?? I have been looking with the summer offer and all dates I put in it is available
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Would the Wishes Dessert Party be overkill if staying CL at CR (and could just watch from the lounge)? I'm not a crowd person so either way would be a relief from standing on the pavement.
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Would the Wishes Dessert Party be overkill if staying CL at CR (and could just watch from the lounge)? I'm not a crowd person so either way would be a relief from standing on the pavement.
For our Dec trip we had a BLV room booked and the Wishes Dessert Party. Then the CL rooms opened up with an AP disc and we decided to swap out the Dessert Party for CL, well CL cost a lot more But we loved grabbing some CL desserts and sitting on the lounge balcony and watching Wishes. No crowds to fight getting out of the park, no hassle, it was honestly perfect. And because the music is pipped in on the balcony you don't even miss that. I do know people who love the Dessert Party, but then again they aren't staying at CR CL and have that magnificent view!
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:39 PM   #865
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For our Dec trip we had a BLV room booked and the Wishes Dessert Party. Then the CL rooms opened up with an AP disc and we decided to swap out the Dessert Party for CL, well CL cost a lot more But we loved grabbing some CL desserts and sitting on the lounge balcony and watching Wishes. No crowds to fight getting out of the park, no hassle, it was honestly perfect. And because the music is pipped in on the balcony you don't even miss that. I do know people who love the Dessert Party, but then again they aren't staying at CR CL and have that magnificent view!
Thank you! That sounds perfect!
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KOOK did you ever get through to add your day today Are you really going to stay at CR for 11 nts and not sneak over to the OFC for a few of those nights

You know how I feel about your advice

I am so happy to have something booked again and of course to have that be at CR/BLT. The funny thing is that DH told me if BLT doesn't get discounted we will have to downgrade to CR

Oh, funny story....we were talking this weekend about booking a quick weekend in May and told DS that if we book it would not be at the CR because prices are too high right now. He looked at us and said if he cant stay at CR, he would rather not go He finally said he would settle for YC if we couldn't do CR, but there was no way he would stay at any of the All Stars DH looked at me and said he definitely gets that from me

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I just tried to add on another night to our CR/CL reservation so that we could stay 11 nights instead of 10. ("Please, take my money WDTC"). But, the WDTC TA told me that the entire reservation system has been down since this morning (for "enhancements") and I should call back in a couple of hours. I know it's not her fault, but why can't the phone system let callers know it's down at the start of their call rather than after going through 5 minutes of prompts and then hold time? Rant over, I'll try again later...

Have you booked yet? Have you booked yet? Just don't call now

Yes, the Wave's breakfast buffet and their waitstaff have always been great when we've dined there. I highly recommend it for breakfast, but I wasn't crazy about their dinner service and I haven't tried it at lunch.
I'm sorry you weren't able to add another night.....hopefully the computers are (or will be) back up and you're able to extend your trip .

I have not booked yet, but I'm hoping to soon. I think I've decided on the room type, now just trying to make a decision on room only or package. Leaning toward room only, but still debating .

Glad to hear good reviews of the Wave for breakfast. We always book a TS breakfast at our resort on our departure day and I assumed it would be Chef Mickey's for our CR stay, but I think I'll have to look into the Wave now .

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I take it from the comments on here you are the expert!!
looking forward to you helping me out
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I am waiting for packages to come out but maybe I should be booking room only right now?! My reasoning for not doing that is someone said that they won't release discounts for CR if the rooms are booked up and the only way we would stay there is with a discount so does it make sense to wait? because if I need to rebook with discount doesn't there have to be rooms available under the discount??
If you want a package, it's probably best to wait until the 2014 rates are released. If you book room only now and change to a package later, the room only will have to be cancelled/refunded and the package booked, requiring a new $200 deposit. Room only and packages are different reservation systems, so money paid toward one cannot be applied to the other.

As far as discounts, your are correct that if a certain resort/room type is booking up, Disney will see no need to offer that particular resort and/or room type at a discount (or it may be offered at a lower discount). If you will only book TPV with a discount, I would wait to see what discounts (if any) are released. It's easy to have a discount applied to an existing reservation, but the resort/room type you have booked has to be available under the discount in order to do that.

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WOW...that seems so far in advance! How did you book so far ahead?? making me worry that I wont get a theme park view next february!
As the pp said, you can book room only 499 days out, with a required deposit equal to 1 night's room rate + tax. If you are booking for 2014, you will be quoted the highest rate for 2013 for that room type, which will automatically be adjusted once the new rates are released.

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Just wondering if I should book now or wait for discounts?!?!?!
If you will only book TPV with a discount, I'd wait to book because that room type will have to be available under any discounts that may come out as having a reservation already in place does not guarantee a discount can be applied.

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For our Dec trip we had a BLV room booked and the Wishes Dessert Party. Then the CL rooms opened up with an AP disc and we decided to swap out the Dessert Party for CL, well CL cost a lot more But we loved grabbing some CL desserts and sitting on the lounge balcony and watching Wishes. No crowds to fight getting out of the park, no hassle, it was honestly perfect. And because the music is pipped in on the balcony you don't even miss that. I do know people who love the Dessert Party, but then again they aren't staying at CR CL and have that magnificent view!
I have considered the dessert party, but just can't seem to decide whether or not it's worth it. You make a good point about CR CL and having the view as well as desserts/snacks while watching Wishes (and no crowds ). However, even if we weren't staying CR CL, I'm still hesitant to book it as I'm just not convinced it's worth it .
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Is the 4th floor observation deck for watching Wishes closed due to construction? Thought I read that somewhere but now I can't find it. TIA!

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Is the 4th floor observation deck for watching Wishes closed due to construction? Thought I tread that somewhere but now I can't find it. TIA!
It was when I was there in Feb. it was being used as a staging area for the 14th and 15th floor renovations. My guess is that it is still closed but I don't know for sure.

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Would the Wishes Dessert Party be overkill if staying CL at CR (and could just watch from the lounge)? I'm not a crowd person so either way would be a relief from standing on the pavement.
Totally depends. We usually do LV so the party is great for us. With two Little ones, having a seat until it starts is priceless. Plus pretty good desserts. No crowds, somewhere to sit and wait on the clouds to clear after, I think it is definitely worth it. We usually do it on a non-ELP evening and eat early at BLT. Then leisurely enjoy he desserts and show. Just depends on your touring style (and room location, kids ages, etc.).

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