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Old 01-21-2011, 11:10 AM   #1681
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I have done some searching for hotel rates (I don't have anymore points, besides I keep reading that it would be easier at a hotel closer to the convention center). So I am seriously considering on going. I think my biggest obstacle is DH. I am already going to Tenn next month for a horse event. I think he will be ok with it. I just got to time it right .
I'm glad that some others who actually went to the 09 Expo have come in and given you some advise as I didn't go to the last one. I'm real excited about this year's though. I'm using points to stay at the GCV for a few days prior to the Expo and then moving over to the Hilton for the days at the Expo. The Hilton is right next to the convention center so very convenient.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:44 AM   #1682
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I asked the wife and that is what she said, so you are probably correct.


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Old 01-21-2011, 12:16 PM   #1683
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I asked the wife and that is what she said, so you are probably correct.

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Anyone know whether there is a studio with a great view like that? We are checking in early on our first day and I would like to be ready with my requests for room location (knowing that it is far from guaranteed).
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:23 PM   #1684
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Anyone know whether there is a studio with a great view like that? We are checking in early on our first day and I would like to be ready with my requests for room location (knowing that it is far from guaranteed).
Look at the maps that nonsuch posted, we were in 3508(1 bedroom) the smaller blocks on the map are the studios. i think you can reference from there.

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Old 01-21-2011, 12:52 PM   #1685
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I have posted these pdf files before, but in case anyone has missed them:
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VGC floorplan (1 page)
Thank you, Nonsuch. Do you mind if I save it to refer to later?
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:52 PM   #1686
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online checkin at Grand Californian?

I apologize if this is answered else. I've searched the forum using every term I can think on and not found an answer.

Does the Grand Californian have advance on-line checkin?
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:02 PM   #1687
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I'm glad that some others who actually went to the 09 Expo have come in and given you some advise as I didn't go to the last one. I'm real excited about this year's though. I'm using points to stay at the GCV for a few days prior to the Expo and then moving over to the Hilton for the days at the Expo. The Hilton is right next to the convention center so very convenient.
Well DH didn't have a problem with it, so I am going!I have narrowed down to two choices: the Hilton or the Marriot. I am going to decide today so I can book a room. I will also buy my ticket.
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:42 PM   #1688
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Anyone know whether there is a studio with a great view like that? We are checking in early on our first day and I would like to be ready with my requests for room location (knowing that it is far from guaranteed).
The studios are attached to the 1 bedroom villas, so they share a similar view. I would avoid villas x510, since the view is partially blocked.
6504 would be my first choice.


You might want to email DVC Member Services with your room request.
Give them a list: 6504. 5504, 4504, 3504, 2520, 2504, 5510, 4510, 3510, 2510

I think early checkin helps get a better room, but make it clear to registration that you are willing to wait for a better view.
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:46 PM   #1689
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I apologize if this is answered else. I've searched the forum using every term I can think on and not found an answer.

Does the Grand Californian have advance on-line checkin?
Not that I have heard of, but I did hear that you can check in via phone on the day of arrival but not before. Really have not been able to validate that though.

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Old 01-21-2011, 01:49 PM   #1690
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Thank you, Nonsuch. Do you mind if I save it to refer to later?
Of course, you may save the files.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:10 PM   #1691
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Thank you, nonsuch! They are well done and easy to read. They will come in handy for future visits, which I plan on many many more to come.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:57 PM   #1692
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We haven't been to the GC since they finished VGC. Looking at Nonsuch's floor layout, did they add a bunch of cash rooms to the VGC wing/building too?

We're in a dedicated 2BR in March. It looks like 3522 would rock!!
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:07 PM   #1693
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Anyone know whether there is a studio with a great view like that? We are checking in early on our first day and I would like to be ready with my requests for room location (knowing that it is far from guaranteed).
The standard request is Park View, high floor. If you request a specific room number, it might not be available when you check in. Any studio ending in 04 above the third floor has a pretty good view. All the rooms on that side of the building besides the first two floors are great!
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:16 PM   #1694
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I am a WDW nut and the Wilderness Lodge is my 1st choice resort. Has anyone stayed at both the WL and the GC and how do they compare? Going in July... feel like I would be cheating on WL if I stayed at GC lol...
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Hubby's 50th Birthday, it's a surprise trip to DL (technically a few days early from it)! I got just a Standard View (Concierge Service), spoiled by WDW WL CL that I had to get this as well! Question, I want this to be a Spectacular trip! So does a CM contact us when you reserve Concierge? I see Mixed reviews on this! Trying to figure out what else I need to do! Last time we were at DL was on Nov 2009 (I know it's on my signature). When I have WL CL I was able to email back and forth with the CL people to make it special for me and my family, but don't see this option for GCH. I'm looking forward to seeing the shock on hubby's face when he realizes what I booked on his birthday! (Luckily he doesn't know I go on these message boards!)

Is there anything else I should plan for the 50th?

It's great to see that people got in early for the Concierge, as we are landing around 9AM in Orange County.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:20 PM   #1695
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We are WL freaks and I've booked the GCH! So I can report back in March for you!

To all:

Hubby's 50th Birthday, it's a surprise trip to DL (technically a few days early from it)! I got just a Standard View (Concierge Service), spoiled by WDW WL CL that I had to get this as well! Question, I want this to be a Spectacular trip! So does a CM contact us when you reserve Concierge? I see Mixed reviews on this! Trying to figure out what else I need to do! Last time we were at DL was on Nov 2009 (I know it's on my signature). When I have WL CL I was able to email back and forth with the CL people to make it special for me and my family, but don't see this option for GCH. I'm looking forward to seeing the shock on hubby's face when he realizes what I booked on his birthday! (Luckily he doesn't know I go on these message boards!)

Is there anything else I should plan for the 50th?

It's great to see that people got in early for the Concierge, as we are landing around 9AM in Orange County.
DL concierge doesn't seem to offer the services ahead of time like WDW. You won't be contacted by a CM. That said, we love the GCH concierge lounge. You will be able to access the lounge as soon as you check in, even if your room isn't ready. Most likely someone will walk you from the front desk up to the lounge to introduce you to the lounge CMs.
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