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Old 05-04-2013, 06:06 PM   #1231
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Have a great vacation, Missy! Those BLT villas are fantastic.

UGH, those Tripadvisor reviews can get your head spinning. I read them, too and have worried about negative reviews. One thing I find that helps "ground me" after reading them, is I also read reviews for resorts I've stayed at that I know I love and would keep returning to. This gives me a better perspective on the reviews and reminds me not to take every review as seriously.

Some housekeepers are better than others and some resorts are in better shape. The GW is currently undergoing the same soft rehab that the Tower had, so that will done before your visit and should make you feel better. I think you'll really like the GW and CR.

I haven't stayed in the GW recently, but hopefully someone else will post and allay your fears. Always remember, too that if something in your room isn't right, try to bring it to the attention of management. Look the room over before your unpack (at any resort) and if it's not acceptable, walk (don't call the call center) back to the front desk and discuss switching rooms or fixing the problem.

As was already posted, there is tons of room to leave the stroller intact and out of the way in the one bedroom. In front of this closet, which is right next to the entry door, is a bit of an alcove where the connecting door is and a wall (with the laundry behind it) and it would be perfect for a stroller (we stored our suitcases there). But, if you want it in the entry closet, here is what it looks like:



Yep, having to get on 95 either here in NoVA or Boca is no fun with all the traffic. A Fall trip sounds perfect!
That is a great idea, I loved AKL so I just read all the negative comments about it and it made me feel confident that CR will be great!
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That is a great idea, I loved AKL so I just read all the negative comments about it and it made me feel confident that CR will be great!
Thanks to all who reassured the elevators will be fine. And I agree about AKL, I never would have stayed there if I believed the reviews that suggested it was closer to Tallahassee than the MK.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:52 AM   #1233
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That is a great idea, I loved AKL so I just read all the negative comments about it and it made me feel confident that CR will be great!
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Thanks to all who reassured the elevators will be fine. And I agree about AKL, I never would have stayed there if I believed the reviews that suggested it was closer to Tallahassee than the MK.


You're welcome and it always helps me to look at reviews of resorts I know I will return to determine whether I share their complaints. If you see a consistent complaint that isn't related to something subjective like lighting or coloring or theming, but is a consistent complaint about cleanliness, like mold issues, worn bedding, broken/inoperable or worn items, structural issues... then I would have second thoughts. Posting to the resort information threads should give you a better idea of the pros and cons, too.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:04 AM   #1234
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It is finally decided! Our second stay at CR (last was 8 years ago!) is confirmed with free dining! Saves us $2000! I think we have standard view, a miracle bc none had popped up in the last 2 months of looking...we switched 8 times and CR came through with the best deal! Thanks Disney!!

I have 4 months to get to my goal weight! Losing over 100 pounds! Now I am completely motivated! Dh is losing, too! woo hoo!!!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:15 AM   #1235
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Congrats on booking CR!! Cant wait till 2014 discounts are released to do the same. Debating std view tower or garden wing with hopes to maybe upgrade to tpv if budget allows!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:32 AM   #1236
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Congrats on booking CR!! Cant wait till 2014 discounts are released to do the same. Debating std view tower or garden wing with hopes to maybe upgrade to tpv if budget allows!
That is tough! Being in the tower is a really neat experience, CR seems to offer better discounts and many rooms are in the tower, hope you get a super deal to make the decision easy!
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:41 AM   #1237
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That is tough! Being in the tower is a really neat experience, CR seems to offer better discounts and many rooms are in the tower, hope you get a super deal to make the decision easy!
thanks. We stayed for the first time onsite this year at the poly and loved it!! I am tempted to stay there again to be honest but I have always wanted to stay CR. it is MY dream resort but not sure it will be for our girls. I always said i would only do it if i did tpv but rethinking that now to save some money. My dh doesnt want garden wing at all except for the price lol.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:13 AM   #1238
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thanks. We stayed for the first time onsite this year at the poly and loved it!! I am tempted to stay there again to be honest but I have always wanted to stay CR. it is MY dream resort but not sure it will be for our girls. I always said i would only do it if i did tpv but rethinking that now to save some money. My dh doesnt want garden wing at all except for the price lol.
We have stayed at both and thought nothing would beat Poly but CR did! We just felt immersed in Disney...the monorail going through it and walking to MK was awesome!
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:31 AM   #1239
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2014 Room only reservation question...

Hi Everyone!
I'm in the process of reading thru all of the posts (great job Kook!) but I've only made it about half way, so if this has been posted already, I apologize...

I just booked my Room Only Reservation for Sept 15-21, 2014... I wanted to make sure that we could get a GW Standard View room since the other rooms aren't in our budget...
They were only able to reserve the first 2 nights of our trip. They said that they hadn't released the rest of the dates yet.
I booked those 2 nights so I could have at least those and then hopefully add the other nights (4 more) as they open up.

Is this normal? I've only booked full package vacations in the past so I'm new to the Room Only set up. I've also never booked this far in advance so waiting for rooms to open up is new for me too.

This will be our first time staying at the Contemporary and we're very excited!!!
I just want to make sure I'm doing all of this right to make sure I have the best chance possible to get those Standard View rooms... I'd hate to have to cancel and go to another hotel after being able to get the first 2 nights
I don't think a split stay would work for us with DS6 and DD2... This will be our first vacation as a family of 4 (and our first time at WDW with a toddler - DS was 4 on his first trip) so I'm trying to keep things as easy as possible!

When I called today they said to call back in about 2 weeks to see if the rooms had opened up for the rest of my dates... Should I wait that long or should I keep calling back every few days?
I'd appreciate any advice or tips you may have!
TIA!!!
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:46 AM   #1240
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Hi Everyone!
I'm in the process of reading thru all of the posts (great job Kook!) but I've only made it about half way, so if this has been posted already, I apologize...

I just booked my Room Only Reservation for Sept 15-21, 2014... I wanted to make sure that we could get a GW Standard View room since the other rooms aren't in our budget...
They were only able to reserve the first 2 nights of our trip. They said that they hadn't released the rest of the dates yet.
I booked those 2 nights so I could have at least those and then hopefully add the other nights (4 more) as they open up.

Is this normal? I've only booked full package vacations in the past so I'm new to the Room Only set up. I've also never booked this far in advance so waiting for rooms to open up is new for me too.

This will be our first time staying at the Contemporary and we're very excited!!!
I just want to make sure I'm doing all of this right to make sure I have the best chance possible to get those Standard View rooms... I'd hate to have to cancel and go to another hotel after being able to get the first 2 nights
I don't think a split stay would work for us with DS6 and DD2... This will be our first vacation as a family of 4 (and our first time at WDW with a toddler - DS was 4 on his first trip) so I'm trying to keep things as easy as possible!

When I called today they said to call back in about 2 weeks to see if the rooms had opened up for the rest of my dates... Should I wait that long or should I keep calling back every few days?
I'd appreciate any advice or tips you may have!
TIA!!!

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Old 05-06-2013, 11:22 AM   #1241
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We have stayed at both and thought nothing would beat Poly but CR did! We just felt immersed in Disney...the monorail going through it and walking to MK was awesome!
Thanks
We had std view at the poly and for the amount of time we spent in the room it was fine. the girls loved seeing the castle from the pool though and there is no where like that at the CR to see the castle outside right?
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:03 PM   #1242
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Hi Everyone!
I'm in the process of reading thru all of the posts (great job Kook!) but I've only made it about half way, so if this has been posted already, I apologize...

I just booked my Room Only Reservation for Sept 15-21, 2014... I wanted to make sure that we could get a GW Standard View room since the other rooms aren't in our budget...
They were only able to reserve the first 2 nights of our trip. They said that they hadn't released the rest of the dates yet.
I booked those 2 nights so I could have at least those and then hopefully add the other nights (4 more) as they open up.

Is this normal? I've only booked full package vacations in the past so I'm new to the Room Only set up. I've also never booked this far in advance so waiting for rooms to open up is new for me too.

This will be our first time staying at the Contemporary and we're very excited!!!
I just want to make sure I'm doing all of this right to make sure I have the best chance possible to get those Standard View rooms... I'd hate to have to cancel and go to another hotel after being able to get the first 2 nights
I don't think a split stay would work for us with DS6 and DD2... This will be our first vacation as a family of 4 (and our first time at WDW with a toddler - DS was 4 on his first trip) so I'm trying to keep things as easy as possible!

When I called today they said to call back in about 2 weeks to see if the rooms had opened up for the rest of my dates... Should I wait that long or should I keep calling back every few days?
I'd appreciate any advice or tips you may have!
TIA!!!
This may interest you to know!! I have tried to get a Standard View room for the past 4 months!! Nothing, Nada, weekly calls, almost daily checks (yes, do anything for a $300 saving!)...well, this morning Free Dining opened up (has been there every September for the past 8 or so years) to Disney Chase card holders..I called this morning, and lo and behold I was able to nab a Standard View Room with the deal even though NONE have shown availability since I've been checking!! Still none show availability, but since I was probably very early on the deal, they must have 'allotted' some Standard Views for the deal. So, even if you have a problem getting it, you'll likely get it next year this time! You will LOVE Contemporary!! We are thrilled to be going back to the world (in 8 years) and staying a 2nd time at Contemporary!!
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This may interest you to know!! I have tried to get a Standard View room for the past 4 months!! Nothing, Nada, weekly calls, almost daily checks (yes, do anything for a $300 saving!)...well, this morning Free Dining opened up (has been there every September for the past 8 or so years) to Disney Chase card holders..I called this morning, and lo and behold I was able to nab a Standard View Room with the deal even though NONE have shown availability since I've been checking!! Still none show availability, but since I was probably very early on the deal, they must have 'allotted' some Standard Views for the deal. So, even if you have a problem getting it, you'll likely get it next year this time! You will LOVE Contemporary!! We are thrilled to be going back to the world (in 8 years) and staying a 2nd time at Contemporary!!
Have you stayed std view before? Is it garden wing? My DH thinks we should only stay at cr if we do TPV and not sure if we can splurge for that next year or not? If not it might be poly again.

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Have you stayed std view before? Is it garden wing? My DH thinks we should only stay at cr if we do TPV and not sure if we can splurge for that next year or not? If not it might be poly again.
We booked standard 8 years ago but it was a special surprise to be upgraded to Tower! After staying there, I would LOVE to stay Tower again but just can not afford the upgrade...and honestly, while there...you can go into the tower at any time and see the views, they are lovely, but we are all sooo dog tired from being park commandos that I would be happy no matter where my head hit the pillow...we honestly spend 99% of our (waking) time outside the hotel room! If we're not at the parks, we're at the pools, we just use it to lay our head..so I am thrilled with wherever our room is as long as we can walk to MK!
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We booked standard 8 years ago but it was a special surprise to be upgraded to Tower! After staying there, I would LOVE to stay Tower again but just can not afford the upgrade...and honestly, while there...you can go into the tower at any time and see the views, they are lovely, but we are all sooo dog tired from being park commandos that I would be happy no matter where my head hit the pillow...we honestly spend 99% of our (waking) time outside the hotel room! If we're not at the parks, we're at the pools, we just use it to lay our head..so I am thrilled with wherever our room is as long as we can walk to MK!
thanks. So did you book garden wing standard view??
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