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Old 09-01-2009, 09:48 AM   #61
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Beginning on opening day (October 1st) the WA will provide their own dedicated shuttle to WDW (and those "other" Orlando attractions).
I forgot to comment on this earlier - a shuttle to SeaWorld or Universal would also be an excellent perk! I'll probably have a rental car, but it would be nice to not need to drive.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:03 AM   #62
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Thanks for the additional information WDWKook and Brian. We always rent a car, too, even on property (can't stand the bus). So, W-A is really a possibility!
We are bus phobic, too! We're impatient vacationers and that's partly why we always loved the CR because we could walk to the MK and monorail to TTC-Epcot. And, we drive to DHS and AK.

My DH even insists on paying for preferred parking at Busch Gardens so that we can walk to the entrance instead of having to take the tram. Our poor DD10 thinks she is really missing out on those buses since she has never ridden a bus to school and rarely gets to take them at WDW. Maybe she'll rebel and end up becoming a bus driver someday...
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:07 PM   #63
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Yeah, we always pay for the preferred parking at Universal! I totally understand!
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:00 PM   #64
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The only thing holding me back is this will be my daughter's boyfriend's first ever WDW trip. I'm thinking the fireworks view at the MK would be a great sight. Of course, we'll see Wishes in person too, so you see my dilemma.
The WAO (and I'm assuming the HBC, too) has "Epcot view" rooms (sorry, the MK is too far north) that can be booked.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:40 PM   #65
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The WAO (and I'm assuming the HBC, too) has "Epcot view" rooms (sorry, the MK is too far north) that can be booked.
Thank-you for that information!!
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:44 PM   #66
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More WAO Info.

I called and asked a few (more) questions that had come-up on this thread, and some that hadn't:

TRANSPORTATION:

Asked for clarification on what the "Disney bus" is and Brian Noble had it right: It's a contracted (non-Disney) bus that stops at other BC hotels and will also stop at the WAO/HBC. She highly recommended the WAO shuttle instead, as it will travel every 30 minutes to/from the TTC, before and after park closing and will not stop anywhere else along the way. Additional shuttles will go to other parks, but I didn't ask about which ones or at what times.

EMH:

Not yet - still "negotiating" with WDW on this - don't get your hopes up.

WiFi:

First time I called this weekend, I was told $15/day, but she may have meant for the secured/ethernet cable. Today when I asked, I was told that it is complimentary throughout the resort

AVAILABILITY OF RESORT AMENITIES:

I asked if there were any amenities, such as golf or pools, that would not be ready when they open in one month. She said that as far as she knew, everything would be ready and available for use when the resort opens.

PARKING:

On their website under "Amenities" they list "valet/self-parking." When I asked about the cost of self-parking she said that she shows there is no self-parking at the WAO. I asked if there was self-parking at the HBC and she said there is and it is $12/day and valet parking is $19/day. Perhaps the self-parking lot is shared by the two resorts like the convention center. She did say that WA guests could self-park at the HBC.

SPECIALS:

There is, as blissventure mentioned a Fall Special that does not show-up on their website; you have to call to get this special. I asked if there is a Winter Special and she said that one hasn't been announced yet and to call back toward the end of November to inquire.

If anyone else calls the WAO, could you ask about laundry facilities there (or at the HBC), I forgot
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:49 PM   #67
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Thank-you for that information!!
You're welcome. It shows up as "Epcot view" on their reservation page.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:22 AM   #68
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The WAO (and I'm assuming the HBC, too) has "Epcot view" rooms (sorry, the MK is too far north) that can be booked.
Update: As of today, it is now listed on both the WAO and HBC sites as "Disney View." Maybe the lawyers had an issue with "Epcot View"



If you are considering a stay and you are a little flexible, it's worth your time to plug-in an arrival date + or - a day or two to see about any price differences:

I fiddled around with some December dates and I found that unlike WDW, the WAO doesn't have higher prices for weekends and the initial nightly rate seems to apply to your entire stay. For example, if you were to check into a Deluxe Suite on 12/23, the rate would be $349/nt (and you get a $50/day resort credit). If you arrive the day before, the rate is $329/nt, but if you arrive on 12-22, the rate is $259/nt for the entire length of your stay!




This is from www.Mousesavers.com:

Hilton HHonors

You can trade in Hilton HHonors points for "FREE" Walt Disney World tickets. It takes 150,000 points for an adult 4-Day Magic Your Way with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More ticket with the No Expiration option. It is 140,000 points for a 4-day child's ticket with the same inclusions. 7-Day tickets are also available at higher point values.

http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/rewards/disney.do
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:51 AM   #69
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Hilton HHonors

You can trade in Hilton HHonors points for "FREE" Walt Disney World tickets. It takes 150,000 points for an adult 4-Day Magic Your Way with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More ticket with the No Expiration option. It is 140,000 points for a 4-day child's ticket with the same inclusions. 7-Day tickets are also available at higher point values.

http://hhonors1.hilton.com/en_US/hh/rewards/disney.do
And to stay at the Hilton Bonnet Creek on points is 40,000 a night!
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:37 AM   #70
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The WAO (and I'm assuming the HBC, too) has "Epcot view" rooms (sorry, the MK is too far north) that can be booked.
For what it's worth, we had a unit on the 10th floor of Wyndham BC's northern end, overloooking all of Epcot. You can see the castle and Contemporary in the distance, and can see Wishes from there. It's not at all the same as seeing it from, say, the Poly beach, but it's there. It's also surprising that, from that perspective, the castle looks a lot smaller relative to the Contemporary towers as its seems from around the MK-area. The 'forced perspective' tricks don't work when you can't see the detail!
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:45 PM   #71
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Just clarifying a few things...

WA..only valet at $19 per day?

Any resort fees?
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:29 PM   #72
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Just clarifying a few things...

WA..only valet at $19 per day?

Any resort fees?
No, there are no additional resort fees, only parking.

The WA website does show there is self-parking here:

http://www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/resort/amenities/

However, when I asked on the phone, she said that her screen didn't show self-parking, only valet at $19/day. I asked about the Hilton, which is connected, and she said they do have self-parking ($12/day) and WA guests can use it, and that's what we plan on doing. I suspect the self-parking is actually shared between the two resorts.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:40 PM   #73
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You should start working for WAO, by the time your done with all your knowledge gathering for your trip you will know enough to become a Concierge LOL I keep reading this post as I am interested in this resort or Four Seasons for a future visit, and start laughing with all the knowledge gathering your doing. Great job
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No, there are no additional resort fees, only parking.

The WA website does show there is self-parking here:

http://www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com/resort/amenities/

However, when I asked on the phone, she said that her screen didn't show self-parking, only valet at $19/day. I asked about the Hilton, which is connected, and she said they do have self-parking ($12/day) and WA guests can use it, and that's what we plan on doing. I suspect the self-parking is actually shared between the two resorts.
Oh well, i can live with $12 a day vs $20 at Swan/Dolphin. Thanks
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You should start working for WAO, by the time your done with all your knowledge gathering for your trip you will know enough to become a Concierge LOL I keep reading this post as I am interested in this resort or Four Seasons for a future visit, and start laughing with all the knowledge gathering your doing. Great job
Well, thank you! I've got a lot to learn (and I might be slightly vacation OC). Though we've done about a dozen on-property stays, we've never stayed "off" and never at Christmas.

I just hope I can help out some other Disaffected Disney Deluxe DISers before this thread dies and goes where all dead threads go - to the bottom of our subscribed threads list.
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