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Old 05-04-2013, 09:11 AM   #3451
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Good news (hopefully) for us bus riders. Sounds like they are hearing the feedback about all AK buses going through BB!

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That is good news about the bus route change. I always thought is was completely insane to have the AK bus stop at Blizzard Beach at 8:30am when absolutely no one on the bus wanted to go to BB at that hour.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:18 AM   #3452
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I like this, except when I'm going to Blizzard Beach!!! Are there just not enough people to have a BB dedicated bus from the resorts?

On another note, can someone tell me the benefits of staying CL other than the lounge? While the idea of free snacks/food is nice, there's no way my daughter and I could eat $700 worth of food in the lounge over 6 days. That would be the price difference to go CL. The rooms are the same and it's pretty easy to arrange dining etc. on-line, so I was wondering what draws so many people to Concierge Level. Is there something I'm missing?

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Old 05-04-2013, 11:18 AM   #3453
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I like this, except when I'm going to Blizzard Beach!!! Are there just not enough people to have a BB dedicated bus from the resorts?

On another note, can someone tell me the benefits of staying CL other than the lounge? While the idea of free snacks/food is nice, there's no way my daughter and I could eat $700 worth of food in the lounge over 6 days. That would be the price difference to go CL. The rooms are the same and it's pretty easy to arrange dining etc. on-line, so I was wondering what draws so many people to Concierge Level. Is there something I'm missing?

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I haven't stayed CL yet, but have been non-CL. We leave in 6 days. I'll be interested to compare. So far, I can say that I LOVE being able to contact IPO for things/questions. We want certain ADR's that didn't seem to have availability elsewhere? IPO found us a reservation. We wanted the Dessert Party ADR on Mothers Day for Wishes but the reservations weren't open yet? When they became open IPO contacted us and gave DH time options (and he didn't get right back to them but the times available were the same). Albatross Cruise? IPO arranged it. Golf? IPO. ADR's reconfirmed two weeks before? IPO. I've never felt better. Now if there is a problem I can stroll to the desk and talk to someone who isn't dealing with 500 other guests. (And over the years there has been a few times we've had to deal with a WDW front desk!) I'm looking forward to this! We aren't demanding, and very respectful, so I think it'll be a great experience. That's why we are staying CL.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:18 AM   #3454
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I like this, except when I'm going to Blizzard Beach!!! Are there just not enough people to have a BB dedicated bus from the resorts?

On another note, can someone tell me the benefits of staying CL other than the lounge? While the idea of free snacks/food is nice, there's no way my daughter and I could eat $700 worth of food in the lounge over 6 days. That would be the price difference to go CL. The rooms are the same and it's pretty easy to arrange dining etc. on-line, so I was wondering what draws so many people to Concierge Level. Is there something I'm missing?

Thanks!
For us at least, it averaged $100 a day, and for 5 people, that's $20 a person per day. Between spending money on breakfast, spending money in the parks on food, drinks (alcohol drinks too), we figured that its not exactly breaking even, but it's far more convenient than waiting in lines in the marketplace or boardwalk bakery in the am, CS in the afternoon, etc. IPO also made our ADRs, assisting with making our trip easier. So for our family, it's worth spending extra, but you have to decide if it'll be something you want to invest in.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:17 PM   #3455
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I haven't stayed CL yet, but have been non-CL. We leave in 6 days. I'll be interested to compare. So far, I can say that I LOVE being able to contact IPO for things/questions. We want certain ADR's that didn't seem to have availability elsewhere? IPO found us a reservation. We wanted the Dessert Party ADR on Mothers Day for Wishes but the reservations weren't open yet? When they became open IPO contacted us and gave DH time options (and he didn't get right back to them but the times available were the same). Albatross Cruise? IPO arranged it. Golf? IPO. ADR's reconfirmed two weeks before? IPO. I've never felt better. Now if there is a problem I can stroll to the desk and talk to someone who isn't dealing with 500 other guests. (And over the years there has been a few times we've had to deal with a WDW front desk!) I'm looking forward to this! We aren't demanding, and very respectful, so I think it'll be a great experience. That's why we are staying CL.
Thank you for your response! That does seem like a nice perk.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:20 PM   #3456
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For us at least, it averaged $100 a day, and for 5 people, that's $20 a person per day. Between spending money on breakfast, spending money in the parks on food, drinks (alcohol drinks too), we figured that its not exactly breaking even, but it's far more convenient than waiting in lines in the marketplace or boardwalk bakery in the am, CS in the afternoon, etc. IPO also made our ADRs, assisting with making our trip easier. So for our family, it's worth spending extra, but you have to decide if it'll be something you want to invest in.
Thank you. I can definitely see how it would beneficial for a larger family. With just the two of us, it doesn't make as much sense. Especially since I can't drink alcohol and my daughter is not a huge eater/snacker. I would love to get a free upgrade, but I don't think I can justify the expense for just the two of us.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:02 PM   #3457
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We 'might' be staying here in September, have had to change our ressie 7 times!! We finally all agreed we'd spend the xtra for a deluxe but ALWAYS the Contemporary Garden View/STandard has been the cheapest of all Deluxe for five people...when checking tonight I realized Beach club Garden View was actually cheaper than CR by $120...every bit helps..we have never stayed here so that is kind of exciting...just a question on the day bed, is it as long as the one at CR? My son is 6'3 and will be sleeping on it, on the cruise ships he did just fine on their day beds...thanks! Now, I need to go through and see what I need to learn about BC!
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:08 PM   #3458
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We 'might' be staying here in September, have had to change our ressie 7 times!! We finally all agreed we'd spend the xtra for a deluxe but ALWAYS the Contemporary Garden View/STandard has been the cheapest of all Deluxe for five people...when checking tonight I realized Beach club Garden View was actually cheaper than CR by $120...every bit helps..we have never stayed here so that is kind of exciting...just a question on the day bed, is it as long as the one at CR? My son is 6'3 and will be sleeping on it, on the cruise ships he did just fine on their day beds...thanks! Now, I need to go through and see what I need to learn about BC!
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DH and I will be staying at the BC for the first time in October

We have a garden view room and will request a King bed. Anything else we should request? It's only DH and I so the distance to walk to things doesn't really matter. I've read here to request Epcot view for the fireworks, but are there gardenview rooms/king bed that face this direction?
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #3460
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Good news (hopefully) for us bus riders. Sounds like they are hearing the feedback about all AK buses going through BB!

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I agree with what someone said, good news if you're NOT going to BB. I'm not looking forward to being all grungy from the BB and waiting with a bunch of people to go to AK, so I can then get in line to wait for another bus and backtrack to my resort. But, oh well. They are doing the test and I'm sure they will find out if it works out or not. Just glad it's not being tested when I'm there. I'm waiting to see how this works out.
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DH and I will be staying at the BC for the first time in October

We have a garden view room and will request a King bed. Anything else we should request? It's only DH and I so the distance to walk to things doesn't really matter. I've read here to request Epcot view for the fireworks, but are there gardenview rooms/king bed that face this direction?
Just an FYI, there are VERY FEW king bed garden view rooms at the BC. Just want you to know that so you are not disappointed if you don't get one. October the Y&B is usually full due to the F&W Festival so the chance of a king bed GV being vacated on the day you check-in is slim. Since it is your only request, you should get it if one is being checked out of on your check-in day and since it is just you and your DH. But if one isn't available, you'll probably get two queens.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:16 PM   #3462
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I'll be watching to see how quickly Jiminy moves towards Mickey to give him a hug on your DL ticker!!!

Just in case you haven't noticed, Hedwig is halfway to Hogwarts and I am just about a couple of months from home!!!

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I agree with what someone said, good news if you're NOT going to BB. I'm not looking forward to being all grungy from the BB and waiting with a bunch of people to go to AK, so I can then get in line to wait for another bus and backtrack to my resort. But, oh well. They are doing the test and I'm sure they will find out if it works out or not. Just glad it's not being tested when I'm there. I'm waiting to see how this works out.
I wonder why they don't just drop off at AK first and then BB?

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I agree with what someone said, good news if you're NOT going to BB. I'm not looking forward to being all grungy from the BB and waiting with a bunch of people to go to AK, so I can then get in line to wait for another bus and backtrack to my resort. But, oh well. They are doing the test and I'm sure they will find out if it works out or not. Just glad it's not being tested when I'm there. I'm waiting to see how this works out.
I agree. Good thing we were already planning to drive to Blizzard Beach.
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I just wanted to let you all know how great BC IPO is.

I didn't even know they had opened up the Fireworks Dessert Party for July today. When I came home from work there was an email from BC IPO they they got the 3rd of July for us. It was for seven and that wasn't even a problem.

Can't wait - Teena we are so excited that you are Lauren are joining us!
Woo hoo! Awesome news! I am just now seeing that July is open for booking a Wishes dessert party. Hopefully I can still get one!
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I might be too late (you might have already mailed your package). If not, you can go to usps.com. Hover your mouse over SHIP A PACKAGE and click on CALCULATE A PRICE. I know you asked about time, not cost, but if you enter the information about your package, it will show you the different shipping options and when your package should arrive for each of those options.

That won't help with figuring out how long it will take to get from Disney's centralized post office delivery location to your resort (I have no idea about that one) but it's a starting point.

Here's the link: http://postcalc.usps.com/
Thanks for the link. According to their calculations though its going to cost a fortune to send this package down so I may need to figure out something else. I purchased 3 huge plush characters and bought some smaller toys to do an in room celebration for the kids but I wasn't thinking about the fact they charge big bucks for an oversized box even though its light. The van is going to be so packed already I'm not sure how I could take them with us now.

Definitely going to need to figure it out soon though.
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