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Old 04-04-2011, 08:14 AM   #2071
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We have just departed the GCH after 6 wonderful nights.
We were able to get exactly the room configeration we wanted - 1 queen plus bunks adjoining a room with 1 king on the 5th floor with a wonderful view over the ... carpark! Honestly the view did not bother us, because we were more concerned with the bed arrangements. We loved how close the hotel was to the parks and we did manage to get a little time to spend in the pools which were great, if a little crowded. The service was really good from all CM's and the rooms were very clean and comfortable.
This was probably a "once in a lifetime" splurge and it was worth it to us. Highlights included a fabulous dinner at Napa Rose, seeing Aladdin and the dining package at Ariels Grotto for the preferred viewing at WOC.
The Spring Break crowds were a little busier than I had hoped, but we managed to get on all the rides we wanted with a little patience and some help from "fastpasses". Thanks to everyone on the Dis for their tips and advice, it really helped our trip be successful. On one final note, I thought 6 days in the parks would be more than enough, but we still did not get everything done ... the kids are hoping for a return trip in 2014 when Carsland is up and running!
We spent 6 nights at GCV in Sept and had the best family holiday we have ever had. We cant wait to go back or to make a trip to WDW but that would seem to need alot more planning!! Carsland is scheduled to be opened in 2012 so another 2 years on from that and I'm sure the will have even more new stuff to enjoy!
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:44 PM   #2072
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I feel a little embarrassed. I've been asking everyone to provide pics of their room views but I failed to take one of our view last month...

We had room 6401 and the view was overlooking the "garden" through which the monorail passes.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:08 PM   #2073
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I feel a little embarrassed. I've been asking everyone to provide pics of their room views but I failed to take one of our view last month...

We had room 6401 and the view was overlooking the "garden" through which the monorail passes.
For a "standard" view room the courtyard view is a much better option than Disneyland Drive/Valet view!
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:12 PM   #2074
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For a "standard" view room the courtyard view is a much better option than Disneyland Drive/Valet view!
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:01 AM   #2075
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Wow, finally made it through all 139 pages of this thread! New DVC owner at VGC and can't wait until our first stay June 14th through June 19th!!! Great thread, keep it up. Thanks to all of your for such great posts.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:40 AM   #2076
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Wow, finally made it through all 139 pages of this thread! New DVC owner at VGC and can't wait until our first stay June 14th through June 19th!!! Great thread, keep it up. Thanks to all of your for such great posts.
Congrats on being a new DVC owner!
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:55 AM   #2077
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Wow, finally made it through all 139 pages of this thread! New DVC owner at VGC and can't wait until our first stay June 14th through June 19th!!!
As a VGC owner, you should read these threads:
The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Owners Group (235 pages)
The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Owners & Lovers Group - 2.0 (39 pages)
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:36 AM   #2078
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Nothing like a crash course! I'm glad I found the first one when it was only about 112 pages!
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:44 PM   #2079
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Nothing like a crash course! I'm glad I found the first one when it was only about 112 pages!
I found that original VGC owners thread (and joined this board) at page 121
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:03 AM   #2080
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Have read all of the 2.0 but haven't done the original one yet. That will take some time!!!

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Old 04-08-2011, 12:26 AM   #2081
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We just returned from a not-so-great trip to GCH. We enjoyed our stay in general, but there was some hiccups.

The first problem was in our room type. We requested a king size bed, but was given a double. They said we could change the next day, so we decided to switch. I think this turned out to be a big mistake, especially since we were only staying for 3 nights.

We were celebrating our 15th anniversary. It was funny to get a happy birthday picture and cake with our turn down service in our first room.

We needed to get up early so we could pack. We had hoped to get to rope drop, but bell services was late picking up our bags. We decided to bring them downstairs and there was a line. We wanted to take an afternoon nap/break, but the room wasn't ready. We had to make several calls. We finally got a message the room was ready and decided to wait in another long bell service line to get our luggage. Then we had to wait in another HUGE line to get our new keys.

The new room was smelly and hot. It just seemed dirty, not like the first room which was very nice. I kept getting angry with myself for changing in the first place. The coffee table was in the center of the room where the cleaning person must have used as a stepping stool. It was covered in black scuff marks and dirt. I called downstairs because I wanted them to be aware that we didn't damage the table. They assured me they would look at it while we were gone for our Fantasmic dessert package.

We stayed in the parks until closing and returned to find the table in the same place. They did not give us turn down service either. I called to see if they came to look. The CM was very rude and told me that it was noted on my reservation and I shouldn't worry about it. I told her that we didn't get turn down service either and she rudely said she would send someone up to fold down the covers. Since it was close to 1 am, I told her it wasn't necessary.

We weren't surprised when we returned after our last night to find that we hadn't got turn down service again. I know this is a minor point, but after the conversation with the CM the night prior, I decided to call downstairs again. The new CM was more friendly and offered an apology.

The hotel is lovely, but we have used the lounge and restaurant during our stays at other hotels. We couldn't use the hotel facililies our first full day because our luggage was at bell services and we didn't have a room. We really wanted to take advantage of being so close to Grizzly Run, but we didn't have a room. Of course the ride broke down the next day and we never got to ride it during our stay.

The hotel was packed and very noisy. I think we just picked the wrong time to go. No more April trips for us.
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:03 AM   #2082
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We just returned from a not-so-great trip to GCH. We enjoyed our stay in general, but there was some hiccups.

The first problem was in our room type. We requested a king size bed, but was given a double. They said we could change the next day, so we decided to switch. I think this turned out to be a big mistake, especially since we were only staying for 3 nights...
I have learned it is best to avoid switching rooms. On short notice last year, I did a 3 day trip. A 1-bedroom villa was only available for the first day, then 2 more days in a Grand Californian hotel room. Some friends shared the 1-bedroom then moved to the Disneyland hotel. It was just a pain to check out of the 1-bedroom by 11AM, and not have access to the new room until late afternoon. Registration was able to issue keys to the hotel room when I checked out of the 1-bedroom -- it seems this was not same in your case. The park view was excellent, but of course it was not the requested king bed.

My friends had it even worse at the Disneyland Hotel. They booked a remodeled room with Downtown Disney view. The room was remodeled, but facing the pool construction. The hotel was full, so they changed rooms the next day. The new room was dirty, so they wasted more time waiting for housekeeping. In the end, they changed rooms every day -- leaving bags with bell service every day
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:27 AM   #2083
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Checking in to the villas in a little less than a month. Not looking forward to the long flight, but we are definitely looking forward to seeing our son, his bride and Gizzie the wonder dog and then staying at VGC. Look out California, here we come. Please have some good weather waiting for us.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:34 PM   #2084
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Sorry to hear about your misadventure. We have not had that type of experience at the GCH or the Villas and we go in August. I really get the impression that Disney gets overwhelmed during the very busy times. I hope next time goes better.

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Old 04-08-2011, 02:56 PM   #2085
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We will be there for a week in September and have a VGC studio for 5 nights. We have never stayed at GCH and are thinking about getting a regular GCH room for our remaining two nights. Is there a better "view" to reserve that is shorter walking distance to the parks? I think I'd really like a DTD view.
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