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Old 04-22-2013, 07:34 AM   #1006
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Georgi - thank you for posting all the pics and your thoughts. I'm sorry you had some issues with the room and elevator. I hope those items start being addressed. We were fortunate not to have any issues ( that I remember) on our last two trips. It sounds like overall you had a great trip! We keep saying we are going to rent a boat one day but never get around to it, maybe next time

Shelia - keep CR on that short list, after Poly of course

MrsB - did you get to take out the Boston Whaler yesterday? I chuckled a bit reading your post. My DS who is almost 10 is on the spectrum and it usually dictates our day. He has fallen in live with CR and is willing to try BLT next year, lol! We booked a 1BR for the reasons you mentioned and are excited to give a try.

DemonLlama - so sorry you did not get a room in the tower

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Loving all these trip reports. Thank you everyone for taking the time to post pictures and stories, newbies to CR like myself really appreciate your efforts.

I am far too excited to visit the CR considering my vacation is still 7 months away.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:44 AM   #1008
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inky dinky doo - thank you for all the pics!! Makes me miss CR even more

DisneyFans222 - congrats on booking CR!!! I see you are in Boca, same here

mickeynut1 - I really hope you love CR as much as we do!!! I honestly did not think I would, but once we stayed I am hooked

In regards to the age and wear on the resort, I do agree. I did notice some things that were more worn and needed some TLC. But I did not feel that the room was more worn than our room at YC or WL. I think it just depends on the room. We luckily did not have any elevator issues either time we were there.

Okay we have seen the renovated room pics, does anyone of the Atrium Club renovation pictures yet What about the Tower Club? Is that still being renovated since that was a hard refurb.
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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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Does CR share buses with other resorts? (To AK and HS)

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Old 04-22-2013, 10:41 AM   #1011
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Poly and GF...but I don't remember which bus stopped where. I want to say one of them only stopped at one of the resorts. I am sure someone will give you a direct answer

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Oh and the bus going to AK stops at Blizzard Beach.

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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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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.
Loved the pictures, after doing a split stay at the CR and Beach Club Villas, a split stay at the CR and Boardwalk and our stay at BLT this year we have finally given up staying anywhere else and have booked our room for January 2014 back at the CR...ahhhh can't wait to be back.
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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 appreciated reading your comments above about your kids convincing you to try CR and now loving it. My fav resorts are BWI & YC and
I am hoping i will not be disappointed and CR will be one I can add to the faves list.
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Now, onto Bay Lake Towers. I stayed in a lake view studio, room 7523. First up, a few pictures from the overhead (fifth floor) walkway between the Contemporary and BLT.







The balcony . . .



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MrsB - did you get to take out the Boston Whaler yesterday? I chuckled a bit reading your post. My DS who is almost 10 is on the spectrum and it usually dictates our day. He has fallen in live with CR and is willing to try BLT next year, lol! We booked a 1BR for the reasons you mentioned and are excited to give a try.
Indeed we did! Sadly it started to rain so we were only out for about 40 minutes. . Oh you will LOVE the BLT (and so will your son)! PS....our DS is ALSO the dictator in our family lol! He and Hubby are at the arcade giving Mommy a break! We will be riding the monorail this aftn. Going to attempt Fantasmic tonight (he watches it often at home with surround sound so hoping he'll be used to how loud it will be). Wish us LUCK!!

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Loved the pictures, after doing a split stay at the CR and Beach Club Villas, a split stay at the CR and Boardwalk and our stay at BLT this year we have finally given up staying anywhere else and have booked our room for January 2014 back at the CR...ahhhh can't wait to be back.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures!!!! Thank you soooo much for posting!! We walked around the BLT last night and popped into the TOWL for a bit. Oh how we LOVE the BLT!! Can't wait to stay there again in 2014!!
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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?
Welcome and thank you! I'm going to link to your photos on the first page. It's great having some Standard GW Views for the thread. Yes, they do a test swatch of carpeting before a rehab. They choose a more obscure location to place the carpeting that's in contention. CR actually went with the pattern you saw co-mingled with the existing carpeting. Last year, WL tested a pattern with trains, but ultimately didn't choose it, if I recall correctly.

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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.
Welcome and thank you also for posting your photos. I loved coming back to the room in the evening after turndown and having the headboard lights dimmed and the lower part of the credenza illuminated - very cozy! Thank you for pointing out to others room features that I've come to take for granted.

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Welcome and congratulations on changing to CR! Being that you're going at a very busy time, you'll really appreciate the myriad transportation options. The walkway is so wonderful, especial during peak times and you can easily boat to WL and FW, where there is lots to see and do. Have you made all your ADRs yet?

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Okay we have seen the renovated room pics, does anyone of the Atrium Club renovation pictures yet What about the Tower Club? Is that still being renovated since that was a hard refurb.
I haven't seen any new lounge photos and thought it was completed at the same time as the CL rooms? Has anyone recently stayed CL and can shed some light on this? I believe the Tower Club lounge and rooms will be closed until the summer when the roof repair is done and CG re-opens.

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Loved the pictures, after doing a split stay at the CR and Beach Club Villas, a split stay at the CR and Boardwalk and our stay at BLT this year we have finally given up staying anywhere else and have booked our room for January 2014 back at the CR...ahhhh can't wait to be back.
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Now, onto Bay Lake Towers. I stayed in a lake view studio, room 7523. First up, a few pictures from the overhead (fifth floor) walkway between the Contemporary and BLT.
Yippee! I now have Studio room photos to link to on the first page - thank you! I love your IronManorail photo
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Welcome and congratulations on changing to CR! Being that you're going at a very busy time, you'll really appreciate the myriad transportation options. The walkway is so wonderful, especial during peak times and you can easily boat to WL and FW, where there is lots to see and do. Have you made all your ADRs yet?
Thanks so much for the warm welcome. People think we are crazing going during the July 4th holiday week, but it has become an annual ritual for DS and me...some folks have backyard bbq's, but we head to Disney I know I will definitely appreciate the walkway to & from MK, as the walk to International Gateway is what I love most about the Epcot resorts. As for ADR's I booked Chef Mickey before I even booked our room, because there was no way I could tell DS we are staying at CR, but we won't be able to eat at CM. I will book a few more including some at the other Monorail resorts, where the great transportation options will come in handy. Considering that CG is closed for refurb, I was going to try the Wave. Is it a good option?
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