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Old 04-05-2008, 04:14 PM   #631
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Has anyone eaten at the Italian restaurant there?
My family really enjoyed Mangino's. Service was excellent and the food was great. The kids meal is the best deal at Disney. It was $4.95 and they had a choice of pasta with meatballs or chicken tenders. It included a drink and ice cream. My favorite dish was the Veal Marsala, while DH raved about the Linguine with Clams. Good selection of wines at reasonable prices, too. It was also nice getting in to a TS without having to make a reservation 6 mos. in advance. There were a couple days we realized we were too tired to go back to the parks after our rest, so we called Mangino's in the late afternoon and were able to get a ressie at the time we wanted.
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:29 PM   #632
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Thanks for the restaurant review hildarumpole. The menu looks great. Since this is a last minute weekend trip, I knew I wouldn't have many options. We're only eating one sit down meal - Saturday night. I was able to get Kona Cafe at 5, but if we decide we don't want to eat that early, I was hoping Mangino's could be a back-up. Thank you!
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:11 PM   #633
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For those of you who are SOG vets, can you please inform me as to which are the best rooms to book. I'm sure all of them are more than adequate, but is there one building better than the others, or are there better golf course views than pool views? I'm sure this question has been posed before, but with 25 pages, I'm getting a little woozy from reading this forum so much! Thanks!
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:03 PM   #634
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Guess it just depends on what you're interested in. There isn't a bad view from any room. Least I haven't seen one. The old building is closer to pools and Evergreens. The new part has the parking garage. Other than that, it's a toss up.

Since the new section opened, that has been our favorite but sitting here thinking about it I really wonder why. It seems like the halls are soooo looong at the end of the day. I'm sort of thinking about the old section very fondly right now.

This is the first time since the remodel that I haven't requested a building. I may have to make a phone call in the next day or two.
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Both visits, we've got the old section, facing the Magnolia pool. And loved it both times! It was wonderful, both for the adults and the kids, to watch Wishes right from our balcony!
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we, personally prefer old section as it is closer to Evergreen's and that is our nightly wind down from the parks.
the new section is closer to the parking garage..but again we don't have a car with us so it is unnecessary for us.

as for which section is further from the Poly walk or even the bus stop..couldn't tell ya. wasn't a huge deal breaker for us either way.
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as for which section is further from the Poly walk or even the bus stop..couldn't tell ya. wasn't a huge deal breaker for us either way.

Since you have to go through the lobby to get to the bus stop or Poly walk, I don't think it makes all that much difference. Being on the far end of either building will make for a long walk. If you want to save some walking time, ask for a room close to the lobby in either building.
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We're fond of the pool side rooms. All in the old section though.
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For those of you who are SOG vets, can you please inform me as to which are the best rooms to book. I'm sure all of them are more than adequate, but is there one building better than the others, or are there better golf course views than pool views?
As the others have said, it all comes down to Pools vs Parking. If you're going to be driving every day, you'll want the New Building which is attached to the parking lot. If you're going to be using the pools every day, you'll want the Old Building which has easy access to both pools.
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:27 PM   #640
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I don't get all the posts about the distance that you have to walk. We're all walking in the parks and it doesn't really take very long to get from anywhere in SOG to the lobby or parking garage or buses. We just keep walking to the Poly or TTC most mornings. All the views are good. We've had golf course view (1998 before renovations) and pool view (2005). And you don't pay extra to not look at the parking lot.

We also "unwind" at Evergreen's in the evening with a drink or two.
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I don't get all the posts about the distance that you have to walk.
I was wondering how bad it could be. Looking at maps.live.com, and using highly sophisticated intstruments and methods (ie. comparing the length of my pen top to the scale on the map), it looks like the farthest rooms at SOG are about a 300-350 yard walk from the bus stop (the end of the old section being slightly farther than the new).

The shortest distance of any rooms in SOG seems to be about 150-200 yds (again the closest room in the new section is a bit closer).

Comparing this to nearby deluxes, it looks like staying at a remote building in the Poly or the GF would give you at least a 300 yd walk to the main entrance and monorail stations.

Other distances I measured... The walk from the SOG entrance to the main street (Floridian Way) is about 650 yds. It's then another 300 yds or so to the Poly monorail.
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I don't get all the posts about the distance that you have to walk.
If you're physically fit, it's probably not a problem. But I'm a big fat guy with a bad back, and I can't spend hours on my feet every day.

The real problem isn't at the hotel. It's the parks. If you add it all up, most people probably walk a mile every morning before reaching the front gates. From there you're walking a couple miles getting from attraction to attraction. It gets tough for people that are out of shape.

We usually go to the parks in the morning, come back for a rest in the afternoon, then head back out in the evening. So all those 150+ yards each way really add up. I'm looking for any way I can shave a couple hundred yards (or 15-20 minutes on my feet) off my day.

Walking back and forth all the time to the Poly's monorail just isn't very practical for me. I like a room right next to the parking lot. That also ensures a short walk to the lobby/buses.
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I was wondering how bad it could be. Looking at maps.live.com, and using highly sophisticated intstruments and methods (ie. comparing the length of my pen top to the scale on the map), it looks like the farthest rooms at SOG are about a 300-350 yard walk from the bus stop (the end of the old section being slightly farther than the new).

The shortest distance of any rooms in SOG seems to be about 150-200 yds (again the closest room in the new section is a bit closer).

Other distances I measured... The walk from the SOG entrance to the main street (Floridian Way) is about 650 yds. It's then another 300 yds or so to the Poly monorail.
In the morning it is fine. At the end of the day after spending all day walking in the parks, getting back to the room can be a bear and a half. Many, many nights I have stopped on the way back to the room and filled a bag with ice to ease the burning of my feet. Yeah, those cute garbage and recycling cans make a great place to stick your feet and pour on the ice.

And if you happen to be at the absolute far end of the new building, it just plain sucks. Been there, it won't happen again. I make sure reservations and the front desk knows that at check in.

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If you're physically fit, it's probably not a problem. But I'm a big fat guy with a bad back, and I can't spend hours on my feet every day.

The real problem isn't at the hotel. It's the parks. If you add it all up, most people probably walk a mile every morning before reaching the front gates. From there you're walking a couple miles getting from attraction to attraction. It gets tough for people that are out of shape.

We usually go to the parks in the morning, come back for a rest in the afternoon, then head back out in the evening. So all those 150+ yards each way really add up. I'm looking for any way I can shave a couple hundred yards (or 15-20 minutes on my feet) off my day.

Walking back and forth all the time to the Poly's monorail just isn't very practical for me. I like a room right next to the parking lot. That also ensures a short walk to the lobby/buses.
My back and feet hear you. It may be a tad bit noiser closer to the lobby because of foot traffic but not that much. It isn't like some of the other resorts where you have kids and teens running up and down the halls screaming and carrying on like they have lost their minds. That is another reason we prefer SOG, we respect each other so much more.
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Looking into returning to SOG. This will be a budget trip with our children and grandchildren. SOG seems the way to go. More space, lovely resort and friendly people.
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Just wondering - Can you see WISHES from the balconies in the New section?
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