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Old 11-13-2013, 12:40 PM   #1336
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So we recently returned from a week long club level stay at BWI. First let me say that we did stay 2 nights (Oct 24 and Oct 25) Club level at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal. While we loved the rides and Harry Potter at universal, their hotels are SOOOO NOT Magical. Very few of the hotel staff even spoke to us. We were so excited to move over to the Boardwalk Inn. Our magical stay there started with a wonderful and cheerful greeting from the parking lot security guard.

We stayed at BWI from Oct 26 to Nov 2. We requested a garden view room and were assigned room 4230. This room was wonderful. It is right around the corner from the Innkeepers Club lounge and it overlooked the gardens and quiet pool. You could also see the Eiffel Tower and the higher Epcot fireworks from our patio.

At check in, we had a few challenges with one of our magic bands. 2 in our party have annual passes, but one only had a single day ticket we were upgrading to a 7 day hopper at check in. I had been told by the magic band technology team that when we upgraded the ticket, the hotel staff would be able to mirror/copy the fastpass + reservations from the other 2 onto the new 7 day ticket...well that didn't work. Instead of getting frustrated, the concierge staff and the hotel management took this as a learning opportunity and quickly worked through to get the fastpass plus reservations synched for all 3 bands.

Every single cm we encountered at the BWI was friendly and helpful. We had a great time. Our room was great.

I think my only complaint (and I find this at many hotels) is that the shower curtains don't always close right and you end up with a puddle on the bathroom floor.

Late Thursday, there appeared to be a leak from somewhere above the 4th floor near the elevators. The floor was soaked and after a day, it did have a bit of an odor.

Due to staff friendliness and location, this is one of my favorite Disney deluxe resorts.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:34 AM   #1337
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I should also mention that we went to MNSSHP on Halloween so we missed the Halloween activities at the Boardwalk, but it looked like they were setting up for quite the party.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:09 PM   #1338
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Well its official we booked a standard room at BWI for Dec 8-10.

So can you please add us to the Boardwalk Bulletin. Thanks.

Its our first stay here so I hope we enjoy it. I am a little concerned with the mixed reviews I have been reading lately.

The christmas decorations look amazing though, so I am sure they will be fun to see!
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:58 PM   #1339
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Staying BWV 2BD BW view feb 8-15. So excited to be going with my family I can't think of a better group of people to share the magic with.
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We are staying at BWV BW view 5/13-5/17!! Can't wait...so excited!!
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Obviously it's not like a MK view room at CR or the Poly, but still you can see some fireworks for sure!
psac, your pictures are wonderful - thanks so much! And I agree that it's not like an MK view from CR or Poly, but I think it's better! The view across the lake at BWI is really my favorite view in all of WDW. (So please keep your fingers crossed for our boardwalk view request when we stay CL in February!)

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Thanks to a once-in-a-lifetime ability to book stacking 2 discounts (one a concession for a disastrous Disney cruise and the other free dining) we are headed back to BWI CL Jan. 18-26 with DD, DSIL and the 3 DGKs. I've stay at the BWI with DH 3 times and infinitely prefer it over other CL's.
Yay, kathie! We love BWI CL! And while we've stayed at several WDW resorts, we've only stayed CL at BC, CR and BWI. BWI CL is our favorite of the CLs so far and it's difficult to imagine that another resort could beat it!

KOOK, just noticed that my dates are listed as 1/20-1/23 - wish our trip was that close, but we're 2/20-2/23 for the Princess Half Marathon!
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:36 PM   #1342
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Wanted to take some pictures in the lobby, but my battery died. Did get a few.



Found my name on the back of one of those creepy carousel chairs! (That I learned about from that article.)



This one is Todd.


Earlier in the day.


My wife saw on a different thread a few weeks ago that Michelle Obama was going to be at MK today, so we made sure to avoid that park (just because of crowd control). It turned out the thread was wrong. She was at the Boardwalk! Politics aside, we didn't see her, but we saw on the news in the evening that she was here at the convention center for an event for an organization that promotes hiring Veterans. Since we went to Epcot today, we didn't see the front of the convention center at all, so no idea how the security was or if they rerouted the buses.

From Epcot
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #1343
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I should also mention that we went to MNSSHP on Halloween so we missed the Halloween activities at the Boardwalk, but it looked like they were setting up for quite the party.
Glad you liked the BW so much! Ironically, we haven't stayed at the BWI side for a while now since the one time we stayed BW Club and was so blown away by the whole place that we bought a resale DVC contract here. No regrets, best decision we ever made, but do miss the Club service that was so great! Everyone has still been very friendly though. Sometimes I feel bad when people stop the work they're doing just to say hello.

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Well its official we booked a standard room at BWI for Dec 8-10.

So can you please add us to the Boardwalk Bulletin. Thanks.

Its our first stay here so I hope we enjoy it. I am a little concerned with the mixed reviews I have been reading lately.

The christmas decorations look amazing though, so I am sure they will be fun to see!
I think every resort has its good and bad features. I think it's easy to get a bad review if the resort doesn't have what's good for you (e.g., if you need a food court or full service quick serve, it may be best to stay elsewhere.). But obviously we love it!

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Staying BWV 2BD BW view feb 8-15. So excited to be going with my family I can't think of a better group of people to share the magic with.
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We are staying at BWV BW view 5/13-5/17!! Can't wait...so excited!!
Congrats to both of you!


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psac, your pictures are wonderful - thanks so much! And I agree that it's not like an MK view from CR or Poly, but I think it's better! The view across the lake at BWI is really my favorite view in all of WDW. (So please keep your fingers crossed for our boardwalk view request when we stay CL in February!)
Sending some good Boardwalk view mojo your way!! I agree about the view. It's so serene in the mornings, and then looks amazing in the sun. It may not be the best view in WDW, but I think it's my favorite view.
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We have decided to stay at the Boardwalk the night before our disney cruise next August. Looking forward to the trip already.
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:54 PM   #1345
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a repost from the DVC resorts forum):

mouseplanet (jim korkis) wrote 2 incredibly informative articles about the BW. fantastic reading for BW addicts

http://www.mouseplanet.com/10250/Tre...llas__Part_One

http://www.mouseplanet.com/10251/Tre...illas_Part_Two

soooo, not only are the BWV & BWI gorgeous, with amazing views, activities, entertainment, & nightlife not available anywhere else in WDW, they also have a fascinating history.

just feeding the addiction
Thanks for re-posting. Jim's articles are great.

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So we recently returned from a week long club level stay at BWI. First let me say that we did stay 2 nights (Oct 24 and Oct 25) Club level at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal. While we loved the rides and Harry Potter at universal, their hotels are SOOOO NOT Magical. Very few of the hotel staff even spoke to us. We were so excited to move over to the Boardwalk Inn. Our magical stay there started with a wonderful and cheerful greeting from the parking lot security guard.

We stayed at BWI from Oct 26 to Nov 2. We requested a garden view room and were assigned room 4230. This room was wonderful. It is right around the corner from the Innkeepers Club lounge and it overlooked the gardens and quiet pool. You could also see the Eiffel Tower and the higher Epcot fireworks from our patio.

At check in, we had a few challenges with one of our magic bands. 2 in our party have annual passes, but one only had a single day ticket we were upgrading to a 7 day hopper at check in. I had been told by the magic band technology team that when we upgraded the ticket, the hotel staff would be able to mirror/copy the fastpass + reservations from the other 2 onto the new 7 day ticket...well that didn't work. Instead of getting frustrated, the concierge staff and the hotel management took this as a learning opportunity and quickly worked through to get the fastpass plus reservations synched for all 3 bands.

Every single cm we encountered at the BWI was friendly and helpful. We had a great time. Our room was great.

I think my only complaint (and I find this at many hotels) is that the shower curtains don't always close right and you end up with a puddle on the bathroom floor.

Late Thursday, there appeared to be a leak from somewhere above the 4th floor near the elevators. The floor was soaked and after a day, it did have a bit of an odor.

Due to staff friendliness and location, this is one of my favorite Disney deluxe resorts.
Thank you for posting about your stay and I'm glad your trip was a success.

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Well its official we booked a standard room at BWI for Dec 8-10.

So can you please add us to the Boardwalk Bulletin. Thanks.

Its our first stay here so I hope we enjoy it. I am a little concerned with the mixed reviews I have been reading lately.

The christmas decorations look amazing though, so I am sure they will be fun to see!
I'll add you and your trip is coming up soon!

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Staying BWV 2BD BW view feb 8-15. So excited to be going with my family I can't think of a better group of people to share the magic with.
I'll add you, too and happy planning!

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We are staying at BWV BW view 5/13-5/17!! Can't wait...so excited!!
What a great time of year to be able to go. I'll add you to the BWB.

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KOOK, just noticed that my dates are listed as 1/20-1/23 - wish our trip was that close, but we're 2/20-2/23 for the Princess Half Marathon!
Thanks for pointing out my error

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Found my name on the back of one of those creepy carousel chairs! (That I learned about from that article.)

This one is Todd.
Are you sure there isn't someone in your family named Todd? Thank you for posting your great photos!

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We have decided to stay at the Boardwalk the night before our disney cruise next August. Looking forward to the trip already.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:18 PM   #1346
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Wanted to take some pictures in the lobby, but my battery died. Did get a few.

From Epcot
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Those are great pictures, especially the one of Epcot with the flowers.

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Well its official we booked a standard room at BWI for Dec 8-10.

So can you please add us to the Boardwalk Bulletin. Thanks.

Its our first stay here so I hope we enjoy it. I am a little concerned with the mixed reviews I have been reading lately.

The christmas decorations look amazing though, so I am sure they will be fun to see!
Welcome and have a great trip. If you have any concerns, feel free to post as this is a great group. We bought a DVC contract at the BWV because it is such a great resort.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:43 PM   #1347
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Thanks for the compliments! Check-out is tomorrow, boooo. We decided to stay in for dinner since we do have an early morning tomorrow, so we ordered salad and pizza from the in-room dining. I have no idea if it's the same pizza as the BW pizza window, but we were pleasantly surprised. Not the best ever for sure, but certainly very yummy. We said we'd probably do the same again next year on the last night.

Next year will probably be December for us instead of November, so it'll be full holiday mode when we're here. But that will mean 13 months instead of 12. Booooo again!

Not a picture of pizza.
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I'm very excited to say that my husband and I will be staying at BWV for the first time May 18-23 before making our way to AKV Kidani May 23-28. It will be our first time staying at DVC as members, but not our first trip on points. We sailed to Alaska on the Wonder as our first official trip as owners. I can't wait to come home to BWV and AKV in May! We will be celebrating my college graduation and will be our last opportunity to go during the non-peak time as I will be starting my first year as a high school Spanish teacher in August. A big year ahead for us!
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:37 PM   #1349
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Thanks for re-posting. Jim's articles are great.
Yes, thanks for posting that. I knew every piece he talked about, but it was fascinating to read the history behind them.
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Can anyone check for BWI availability Dec 7-10 with passholder discount or just regular rate? Anytime I check for those dates only for BWI I always get an error message. I was just wondering if it was my computer.

Thanks!
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