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Old 11-23-2008, 09:50 AM   #1981
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The SOG was absolutley wonderful! It had some new things since we were there in 2004.

There was a Patriotic Mickey Mouse in the lobby given to the SOG by Disney in 2005. Who says there is no Disney themeing at Shades! It was really cute, great photo op. Another new thing for us was the ice cream show, the coffee kiosk near AAFES and the kiosks in the lobby area.
This is the second time I saw someone mention kiosks or a bartender in the lobby area. I don't remember seeing anything there this past May. Is this something new? Or did I completely miss something right under my nose? What's there?
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:12 PM   #1982
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This is the second time I saw someone mention kiosks or a bartender in the lobby area. I don't remember seeing anything there this past May. Is this something new? Or did I completely miss something right under my nose? What's there?
I'm with you. The last time I saw anything in the lobby itself was when Express Cafe had a table set up with muffins and such at breakfast time. There was a Hertz/Photo booth set up in a corner behind the kids' tv area.
If someone would please clarify this new item, the rest of us would appreciate it.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:57 PM   #1983
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Has anyone who has been to SOG lately tried checking in early? If so, was your room ready? Dh keeps telling me that we need to plan our travel to NOT be there before check-in time, but I just want to BE THERE
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This is the second time I saw someone mention kiosks or a bartender in the lobby area. I don't remember seeing anything there this past May. Is this something new? Or did I completely miss something right under my nose? What's there?<<

Yes, there is a 2 seat mini bar near the kids video area. It serve drinks during happy hour but did offer a limited drink selection.

The MM in the lobby, you can get your family photo for 5 dollars, with the folks from Photo Pass.

^^We did check in @ 0930, but depending on how full the hotel is. The room was ready, and walked in, with the celing fan going. Nice touch.

Did get the SOG online survey today in my email.

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Old 11-24-2008, 01:30 PM   #1985
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Thx bunches! We're packing up and so excited can hardly wait!

Piglet4ever, LuvinBelle, wlvsfnz and Bay Hill, thx bunches for the updates ! Wonderful to hear the great reviews ! It's been a long time coming, but our time has almost arrived and I am beaming over with joy to be headed south to share Thanksgiving with my wonderful family and !!

Our family is headed out tomorrow pm to take advantage of AP's park and fly pre night stay as we have early morn flight. If I don't get a chance to ck back in, I'd like to thank each and everyone for all the great advise, it's been great ! You all have help keep my spirits up while planning and anticipating our 'dream come true' trip for so long ! Everyone have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving !!
You are very welcome! I know that this board helped me before we left, so I just wanted to return the favor for others that were going. Hope you have a good time!!
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Has anyone who has been to SOG lately tried checking in early? If so, was your room ready? Dh keeps telling me that we need to plan our travel to NOT be there before check-in time, but I just want to BE THERE
We've been able to check-in around 12:30 everytime. I don't know if that has anything to do with that we always request (and get) the new section near the garage (but away from the pools). Even if you get there a bit a eraly and the rooms not ready ~ go have a lunch at Evergreens with maybe an adult beverage to kick start the vacation.

Enjoy your trip!
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Hi all!

We got home Sunday from our wonderful trip! I will post more later and now we have to get ready for Thanksgiving! I will say that the hotel was a ghost town until we checked out on Saturday. We saw more people on Saturday morning than we saw all week! The week before Thanksgiving is definitely for us! It was cold but we still got in the pool. Of course we were the only crazy family out there -- even the security guards made fun of us! But hey, we were on vacation!

Hope everyone has a MAGICAL Thanksgiving!!
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We got home Sunday from our wonderful trip! I will post more later and now we have to get ready for Thanksgiving! I will say that the hotel was a ghost town until we checked out on Saturday. We saw more people on Saturday morning than we saw all week! The week before Thanksgiving is definitely for us! It was cold but we still got in the pool. Of course we were the only crazy family out there -- even the security guards made fun of us! But hey, we were on vacation!

Hope everyone has a MAGICAL Thanksgiving!!
Oh, that'll be us, too! We didn't get a pool side room (and a room at YC) just to look at the pools!!

Something tells me that Florida cold and Oklahoma cold are slightly different. We'll definitely be swimming next week!

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space question.....should we bring our own hangers?
Is there room in the bathroom for a hamper or anywhere?
Is there a toaster in rooms or is it allowed?
I cant wait to get started packing!!!!!!
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:05 PM   #1990
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space question.....should we bring our own hangers?
Is there room in the bathroom for a hamper or anywhere?
Is there a toaster in rooms or is it allowed?
I cant wait to get started packing!!!!!!

Bring your own hangers. There are hangers in the closet, but if you like to hang most of your clothes, you'll need extra.

There's more than enough room for a hamper in the bathroom or just about anywhere else. We kept our hamper in the closet without any problems.

Sorry, no toasters allowed in the rooms.

Have a wonderful trip!
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:39 PM   #1991
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we just used an empty suitcase behind the door as our hamper, made it very easy to roll up to the laundry room.
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:55 AM   #1992
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Is there room in the bathroom for a hamper or anywhere?
If you have a handicapped bathroom, space is there. If you have a regular room, there is no space for the hamper in the bathroom. As someone else said, plenty of space in the closet or anywhere else in the room.
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Thanks for the news!!!
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:54 PM   #1994
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Is there room in the bathroom for a hamper or anywhere?

When we stayed in June we were in the new section and found that since the bathrooms have 2 sections- 1 for the double sinks, the other the toilet and shower - we had room in the sink area to place a hamper in the corner. It worked well and didn't take up much space.
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We're back from our wonderful Thanksgiving family trip!!!

Have so many wonderful memories of trip and Shades of Green Resort!

Will be back later with lots of photos!!!!
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