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Old 04-21-2013, 10:41 AM   #991
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Hope you're having a great weekend. Lots of rain in your area?

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Thanks for your review Georgi!!

We are here until Tuesday.....and I can add/agree with your experience. (As I am currently doing laundry in the GW) lol! ( or should I say boohoo)!!

First off.....thx for the reminder.....I need to make sure I either call Housekeeping or let the staff on our floor know that our tub is not draining

Love, love, love the view!! Can't beat it (really don't think there's a bad TP view....whether ur on the lowest floor or the highest floor)!

Elevators......grrrrr! Yup.....not great, not horrible....just not great at the moment. They are indeed working on elevators at this time (must be a long intense rehab). Just a bit of an inconvenience is all.

We also take advantage of the Marina. We typically take out a pontoon each day of our visit (keep in mind that our Autistic DS15 isn't much for rides.....EXCEPT for the monorail which we are ON more than we are not ). Today DS would like to take out a Whaler....so that's what we'll be doing IF the weather cooperates!! . I prefer the pontoons only because they're more comfortable to lounge on.

Now please keep in mind that "The CR will always be our first love".....HOWEVER ( lol).....since we have had the opportunity of staying at the BLT in a 1BDRM, 2BDRM, and the Grand Villa.....it is quite difficult to stay in a "one room"!
My son didn't understand where the fridge was, and kept searching for another room....poor kid!

I "MISS" the convenience of doing laundry in the privacy of my own room (although I SO appreciate this site which is REALLY passing the time...only 22 more minutes on the dryers )!! Thx folks!!!

Also.....really like having more than one bathroom haha!

We will likely stay at the BLT on future visits (UNLESS it's by miracle just Hubby and me)!!

We talk all the time about trying another resort. But from past experience (Many of you KNOW what I'm talking about), we are so afraid we won't "feel the magic"....and then will have to beg and plead for a last minute room! not even the Poly nor the GF will do it for us!. Oh well....stick with what you love I guess!!

FYI....the GF construction is coming along nicely, once it's done it'll look like it was always there! Food for thought tho....it's gonna be one heck of a schlep to get to the monorail / main building. . The GF is beautiful, just not my cup of aftn tea.

Ok....so my peaceful morning was interrupted by a visit from DH and DS. Had to hand over the ipad so DS could play Temple Run!

(Just got back on to say.....heading out! Have a magical day all!!)
So great hearing form you LIVE. Hope you didn't overload your dryer and don't forget that you can change the TV channel

What is with those elevators? It seems to be a perpetual problem at the CR. Even back in 2010 when we last stayed there CL, one set would not go to the 12th and you would have to take a different elevator. I recall our Bellman could not get to the 12th floor so we instead had to go to the 14th, get off and go back down to the 12th in a different elevator. How hard can it be to fix them

So cute your DS couldn't find the fridge and I'm sure he's still looking for that bathroom (and Mom might just be looking for that whirlpool tub). Do I see a BLT BB in your future?
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We just returned from our stay at the Contemporary April 12-18.

We were there for a conference and had been on the phone asking if the conference rate was available in the Tower. The other option was the Poly, which we've also always wanted to stay at. We couldn't believe they'd gotten the lower conference rate to include the Tower, but after four people confirmed it, we booked. (Reminder to self: if it sounds too good to be true...)

Surprise! No Tower.

And, of course, all the rooms were booked at the Poly by the time we checked in and were told we were in the Garden Wing.

To say we were disappointed would be understatement city.

I think the girl checking us in did the best she could, though, after calling everyone she could and getting the "no" answer, and gave us room 5150, first floor in the far corner, along the waterfront with a private patio. It was incredibly quiet and secluded, with a few ferries passing by.

It was a lovely room, spacious and private, although twice as far from the MK as the Tower (and .3 miles isn't that far except when you're dog tired)

Part of the wing is undergoing refurb now, so you couldn't walk through the end closest to the Tower in the AC, but had to go around and in the center lobby area.

We did have to turn on the tub to get hot water going in the sinks each time, and I'm guessing this may have been due to the farthest reaches from the water heaters.

The only thing that frustrated me about the room (other than it wasn't in the Tower) was the AC's insistence on turning off. There seems to be a motion sensor that activates only when someone is upright and moving. When you're sleeping, it will not continue to run and warms back up. You have to get up out of bed to make it start again. Literally, not cool.

But you cannot beat that walkway to the MK at night, when the throngs are pressed like cattle waiting for the buses and the monorail and the ferries, and you're just sauntering along, usually alone, on that little walkway with your hotel right across the street. Since we are MK junkies, this feature trumps pretty much everything else, making old, less "themed" hotel still very attractive.

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The carpet mystery. From pictures I've seen, the one section here is the update?



From around the corner, walking to the MK from the far end of the Garden Wing:


The bus expansion at the MK, and flags at half-staff for Boston:









The marsh rabbit near the lobby:


Overview, our room is on the far right end, smallest rectangle:
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Love, love, love the view!! Can't beat it (really don't think there's a bad TP view....whether ur on the lowest floor or the highest floor)!

(Just got back on to say.....heading out! Have a magical day all!!)
Sorry you're missing the extra bathroom and washer/dryer, but sounds like you're having a great trip otherwise . Have a great day today and enjoy the next few days before heading home.

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Thanks....hope you're having a great weekend as well . We had a lot of rain last week with more on the way this week . It's also been pretty cold, but hopefully the temps will start to warm up soon so we have a little bit of spring weather and not get hit with summer temps right away.

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We just returned from our stay at the Contemporary April 12-18.

We were there for a conference and had been on the phone asking if the conference rate was available in the Tower. The other option was the Poly, which we've also always wanted to stay at. We couldn't believe they'd gotten the lower conference rate to include the Tower, but after four people confirmed it, we booked. (Reminder to self: if it sounds too good to be true...)

Surprise! No Tower.

And, of course, all the rooms were booked at the Poly by the time we checked in and were told we were in the Garden Wing.

To say we were disappointed would be understatement city.

I think the girl checking us in did the best she could, though, after calling everyone she could and getting the "no" answer, and gave us room 5150, first floor in the far corner, along the waterfront with a private patio. It was incredibly quiet and secluded, with a few ferries passing by.

It was a lovely room, spacious and private, although twice as far from the MK as the Tower (and .3 miles isn't that far except when you're dog tired)

Part of the wing is undergoing refurb now, so you couldn't walk through the end closest to the Tower in the AC, but had to go around and in the center lobby area.

We did have to turn on the tub to get hot water going in the sinks each time, and I'm guessing this may have been due to the farthest reaches from the water heaters.

The only thing that frustrated me about the room (other than it wasn't in the Tower) was the AC's insistence on turning off. There seems to be a motion sensor that activates only when someone is upright and moving. When you're sleeping, it will not continue to run and warms back up. You have to get up out of bed to make it start again. Literally, not cool.

But you cannot beat that walkway to the MK at night, when the throngs are pressed like cattle waiting for the buses and the monorail and the ferries, and you're just sauntering along, usually alone, on that little walkway with your hotel right across the street. Since we are MK junkies, this feature trumps pretty much everything else, making old, less "themed" hotel still very attractive.

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I'm sorry you weren't able to get a tower room, but I hope you had a great time staying in the GW . We've never stayed at the CR, but have walked there from the MK and it is a nice perk (especially at the end of the night). The pics are great.....thanks for posting them and also for your review .
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Wow!! Thanks Georgi!! I came back on here to try to figure out how to post pictures and I had to take a double take! I like your room pictures MUCH better anyway.....I did NOT pick up our things before taking my pictures! Ha!
You're welcome Mrs. B! Ha, I took most of the pictures when we first walked through the door after check-in. You don't want to see what the room looked like after my boys got hold of it!

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Thank You so very much for shareing the pics and for the great review. CR is on my bucket list maybe for next year
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Thank you for your review and photos. It sounds like you had a great time despite some inconveniences (I'm laid back, too, but the shower not draining properly would have really bothered me).

Can you tell me more about your Boston Whaler experience? We were initially thinking about renting sea raycers, but have been leaning towards having us all in one boat. Do you have any photos?
Yeah Mama, I called that one in right away - as soon as I got out of the bathroom!

Unfortunately, no photos of the Boston Whaler trip. I was driving and wasn't able/allowed to take any pics. We've done the Raycers a couple of times in the past. They are fun as well but my boys were too young to go on themselves so my wife and I had to take one boy each. My wife wasn't crazy about driving out on the lake so she didn't want to do it again. I originally thought about taking one kid out at a time but that would have taken too long. When I realized we could all go in one boat, I decided to give it a try. I used the 15% off voucher received with my Magic Your Way package so it wasn't that bad.

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Thank you for posting some photos while you were there and yes, there is nothing sadder than getting the bill

Really appreciate you asking about CG - my head is spinning! June? July? September? Well, as we get closer to summer, they should have a better idea. I can contact the IPO and ask them to make a reservation for us if it opens up during our stay or before.

What a great TR and photos - thank you for taking the time to post! I'm so sorry about your brother, but happy to read that the CR holds special memories for you.

Your TPV photo will be helpful for all who might be on the fence about booking TPV since the bus stop expansion construction is ongoing. Thanks for including it.

The infrastructure issues you mentioned are worth noting and ITA that while they don't ruin a vacation, they are a distraction and taken in their totality do decrease the value you feel you're getting for your money. Just curious, but did you mention any of your observations to a GM or CM? IMHO, the age of the hotel should have nothing to do with its upkeep. The Greenbrier in WV, for example, is very old, but maintained impeccably. I recall that when BLT was brand new, there were already reports of damaged furniture due presumably to careless movers. Disney Resorts needs to pay closer attention to the details of their resort's condition, whether brand new or "vintage." Guests DO care and DO notice the little things, which do add up to the big picture.

My DD14 is now the same way as your boys and enjoys being in the park during PM EMH (she's also sun averse), so walking back and forth to the MK or monorailing to Epcot from CR/BLT makes this so easy.

Do you have plans to return? Will you stay at the CR on your next vacation?

Thanks again for all the photos and TR, Marshal
No problem Kook - was the least I could do considering all of the helpful info you and my fellow DIS'ers have given me over the years. And thanks for saying sorry about my brother - that was very nice of you.

A little more context on the CG renovation. My wife went down to the Concierge Desk to print off our boarding passes Friday morning - I gave her instructions to ask again about the CG for you. My wife says the woman printing out our boarding passes said "July." There were two other CM's at the Concierge and when they heard July they immediately jumped in with a firm "no" and said they believed it won't be ready until September. My wife said they seemed very confident. Let's hope they are wrong and that it opens sooner.

Of course you are right about the CR infrastructure issues. Many hotels around the country are as old or older and seem to be more well maintained. So I think Disney is taking advantage of its loyal customers by not correcting the many reoccurring problems reported on this board. You're also right about reporting these issues. Other than the bathroom issue, we let everything slide and didn't report anything. I am going to follow up with an email to a GM outlining all of the issues experienced this trip and past trips. It can't hurt.

No plans as yet to return. We're still considering a non-WDW vacation in 2014 but we won't be deciding on that for a while. If we do return I think we'll definitely be back at the CR. It's just the right hotel for us and is the place where we "feel the magic" as Mrs. B so wisely put it. As you may recall, we had originally booked this trip at the Boardwalk and then had second thoughts and switched back to the CR.

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I first want to say that I'm sorry about your brother, but I'm glad the CR gives you comfort.

Thanks for posting your review. We are trying the CR for the first time in December and while it's never been a resort that has appealed to us as far as theme/decor, we are looking forward to giving it a try. Seeing pics and reading lots of recent reviews makes me think we made a good choice in choosing the CR. Glad you had another great stay and will be returning .

Anytime Nut and thanks for the kind words about my brother. That was very much appreciated.

I think you definitely made a good choice and hope you have a great first trip to the CR!

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Thanks for your review Georgi!!

We are here until Tuesday.....and I can add/agree with your experience. (As I am currently doing laundry in the GW) lol! ( or should I say boohoo)!!

First off.....thx for the reminder.....I need to make sure I either call Housekeeping or let the staff on our floor know that our tub is not draining

Love, love, love the view!! Can't beat it (really don't think there's a bad TP view....whether ur on the lowest floor or the highest floor)!

Elevators......grrrrr! Yup.....not great, not horrible....just not great at the moment. They are indeed working on elevators at this time (must be a long intense rehab). Just a bit of an inconvenience is all.

We also take advantage of the Marina. We typically take out a pontoon each day of our visit (keep in mind that our Autistic DS15 isn't much for rides.....EXCEPT for the monorail which we are ON more than we are not ). Today DS would like to take out a Whaler....so that's what we'll be doing IF the weather cooperates!! . I prefer the pontoons only because they're more comfortable to lounge on.

Now please keep in mind that "The CR will always be our first love".....HOWEVER ( lol).....since we have had the opportunity of staying at the BLT in a 1BDRM, 2BDRM, and the Grand Villa.....it is quite difficult to stay in a "one room"!
My son didn't understand where the fridge was, and kept searching for another room....poor kid!

I "MISS" the convenience of doing laundry in the privacy of my own room (although I SO appreciate this site which is REALLY passing the time...only 22 more minutes on the dryers )!! Thx folks!!!

Also.....really like having more than one bathroom haha!

We will likely stay at the BLT on future visits (UNLESS it's by miracle just Hubby and me)!!

We talk all the time about trying another resort. But from past experience (Many of you KNOW what I'm talking about), we are so afraid we won't "feel the magic"....and then will have to beg and plead for a last minute room! not even the Poly nor the GF will do it for us!. Oh well....stick with what you love I guess!!
No problem Mrs. B! You said it all very well. You now have me thinking about a BLT stay the next time we return!

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Thanks jdc, much appreciated!
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Anytime Nut and thanks for the kind words about my brother. That was very much appreciated.

I think you definitely made a good choice and hope you have a great first trip to the CR!
Thanks.....I hope we like the CR as much as you and others on these boards do .
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I got back one week ago tomorrow morning from a terrific conference/vacation stay at the Contemporary Resort/Bay Lake Tower. I intended to attempt a live report, but life (work) interrupted, and I just couldnt find the time. The next best thing is pictures, right? Here are a few to get us started. I'll continue to post as I load them to Photobucket. Enjoy!!

The conference came first, so I started off my stay in garden view, room 5360.



Here are a couple of pictures of the lobby on my floor. As somone else said, the shortcut was closed during the renovation, hence the blue sign you see in the background. It was reminder that you needed to use the main entrance.



Looking down the hallway, toward my room.



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The Contemporary has always been one of my favorite resorts, probably because it's the first resort we ever stayed in. This trip was no exception. I just loved this room.



I wish I taken a better picture of the little switches built into the frame at the head of the bed. I thought that was the neatest little touch and made it so easy to turn the reading light off, without getting out of bed. (You can kind see one of the switches, if you look at the frame on the second bed, above the pillow.



I took this picture to show how the bottom part of the TV 'credenza' lights up. I hadn't noticed this in any of the pictures I saw beforehand, so it was pleasant surprise. Also, note the opaque panels in the closets in the hallway and how they're lit up inside. They seem to shed just the right amount of light and lend a cozy feeling to the room.


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The "coffee nook" in the hallway . . .



A look into the bathroom. . .



Double sinks. . .



Mirrors . . .



The tub . . .



and the shower . . .



I loved this little marble shelf in the shower!



The towels, to the left of the door . . .



A peek into the separate toilet area . . .

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Here's the view from the window of room 5360. The parking lot was straight ahead, but this was just slightly to the right . . . and I LOVED it!!



A walk "home" from the Magic Kingdom . . .











Looking back at the Magic Kingdom. The picture was a little blurry, so I applied a special filter.



Home sweet home, the entrance to Garden View (West, I think) . . .

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I took this picture to show how the bottom part of the TV 'credenza' lights up. I hadn't noticed this in any of the pictures I saw beforehand, so it was pleasant surprise. Also, note the opaque panels in the closets in the hallway and how they're lit up inside. They seem to shed just the right amount of light and lend a cozy feeling to the room.

Well I'll be dipped in snowflakes!! Thx for sharing that bit about the light under the TV!! I just found the switch!! How cute is that?!?!
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Kook I'm joining in since Danimal has decided that as long as there is availability with the bounceback we will be staying here in October!
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Good choice!!!!! I don't think you'll be disappointed. DH and I had no interest in staying at CR, we love YC! But the kids insisted, and we honestly love it there now. DS won't stay anywhere else, would rather not stay anywhere else I know you love your Poly but I think this will be a nice change.

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I got back one week ago tomorrow morning from a terrific conference/vacation stay at the Contemporary Resort/Bay Lake Tower. I intended to attempt a live report, but life (work) interrupted, and I just couldnt find the time. The next best thing is pictures, right? Here are a few to get us started. I'll continue to post as I load them to Photobucket. Enjoy!!
Glad you had a great trip.....thanks for sharing your pics .

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Great idea for that light . I will have to remember to look for that switch when we stay there in December .
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CR is the only deluxe resort (besides AKL) that I never had a desire to stay at, that is until I started reading this thread. My DS12 has been begging to stay here for years, so I decided it was finally time to find out what makes it so special to its devotees...and this thread with everyone's amazing comments, insights, and photos has convinced me to give CR a try...a great AP discount helped as well! I just changed our reservation for 8 days over July 4th week from POR to CR!! Booked GW after seeing the recent reports and photos as it was a great rate, and am hoping to get the patio I requested. Thanks for all the great information on these pages!!
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CR is the only deluxe resort (besides AKL) that I never had a desire to stay at, that is until I started reading this thread. My DS12 has been begging to stay here for years, so I decided it was finally time to find out what makes it so special to its devotees...and this thread with everyone's amazing comments, insights, and photos has convinced me to give CR a try...a great AP discount helped as well! I just changed our reservation for 8 days over July 4th week from POR to CR!! Booked GW after seeing the recent reports and photos as it was a great rate, and am hoping to get the patio I requested. Thanks for all the great information on these pages!!
This is how I felt too, until DH suggested we try the CR. We've stayed at the Poly and GF, so he figured might as well give the CR a try. The theme/decor has never appealed to any of us, but once I started reading up on the CR and seeing all of the great pics everyone was posting, I suddenly became interested. We are going to try it for 3 nights in December and I get more excited every day when reading this thread. I hope you have a great trip in July and enjoy the CR .
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