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Old 07-01-2011, 08:27 PM   #2326
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That's awesome, Jenny! Just had to thank you for your suggestion about renting DVC points for our trip last year. It was too late for last year's trip but we are staying at GCV in September. Thank you!

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Old 07-05-2011, 08:22 AM   #2327
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I know the resort is non-smoking but that means not on the balcony either, right? I have a family member that wants to be able to sit out on the balcony and smoke but I told them I didn't think they could. Anyone know for sure, or where the smoking area might be on the grounds? Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:59 AM   #2328
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I know the resort is non-smoking but that means not on the balcony either, right? I have a family member that wants to be able to sit out on the balcony and smoke but I told them I didn't think they could. Anyone know for sure, or where the smoking area might be on the grounds? Thanks!
You are correct about the balcony, even though we see people doing it. I wish I could help with the no smoking issue outside but can not.

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:13 AM   #2329
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I know the resort is non-smoking but that means not on the balcony either, right? I have a family member that wants to be able to sit out on the balcony and smoke but I told them I didn't think they could. Anyone know for sure, or where the smoking area might be on the grounds? Thanks!
There is no smoking on the balconies. It's a $250 "fee" if you smoke in your room/balcony. One of the smoking areas is by the large outside fireplace. Another is right outside the Hearthstone lounge. My SIL says there's another by the DTD entrance, I'm not sure where exactly.

A side note about smoking on the balcony. We had a villa facing the WOC. While watching, someone above us was dropping things from their balcony hitting the "metal gutter" below us. Noisy and irritating, we asked them to stop. They continued, but when a lighted cigarette butt drifted close to my niece, she shouted, "STOP dropping your ****" and we called security. Not that your family member would do that, but ashes can drift into someone's else balcony, not to mention smoke. My sil smokes but she managed to walk to the smoking areas.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:22 AM   #2330
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:24 AM   #2331
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If you click on my ptr below, I posted a ton of pics. You are going to flip! Seriously. It will be hard to stay anywhere else. How much per point? Is that too personal? I've seen the GCV up to $13 per point.
Going to check out your TR and send you a PM.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:50 PM   #2332
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Thank you for your quick replies about the smoking. I have passed the info on to them. I knew it wasn't allowed, but didn't have the specifics. This helps! Thanks!
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:37 PM   #2333
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So, does anyone know when the Fall Grand California Hotel Rates come out?
We want to book our room for our 1 year Wedding Anniversary....Oct. 31, 2011
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:43 AM   #2334
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I'm not sure if this has been posted in this thread or not, but in case it hasn't I'll post.

I am leaving for DL on Saturday. 2 people in my party are first-timers to DL (one has never been to Disney at all, and the other has been to WDW for 1 day). I asked if the hotel could do anything for first-timers. Well they told me they will give them the first-timer buttons, put autographed Mickey pictures in the room, and decorate with balloons. I said great, what's the charge for that... and they said it was complimentary! Apparently they will do this for any 'special celebration'. I was blown away. I had seen the outrageous prices on those gift baskets and anticipated a nasty charge.

So to the GCH for doing this!
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:00 PM   #2335
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So, I have a couple more points left for this UY and we already did WDW in 2010 & 2011 , so I booked my family 3 nights into a 1 BR at the VGC for MLK 2012! w00t!

I have just been researching DLR since this will be my first DLR/DVC trip. I have seen bunkbeds in some pictures. Is that just for the GC rooms or are those available on the villas as well?

Also, with no ME and no DP for DLR, what other things should I be planning for, other than tickets?

How's California weather in January? Will the pools be open and warm? Or will it be freezing/cold?

Lots of questions!!!! Excited to be planning a trip again!
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:47 PM   #2336
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So, I have a couple more points left for this UY and we already did WDW in 2010 & 2011 , so I booked my family 3 nights into a 1 BR at the VGC for MLK 2012! w00t!

I have just been researching DLR since this will be my first DLR/DVC trip. I have seen bunkbeds in some pictures. Is that just for the GC rooms or are those available on the villas as well?

Also, with no ME and no DP for DLR, what other things should I be planning for, other than tickets?

How's California weather in January? Will the pools be open and warm? Or will it be freezing/cold?

Lots of questions!!!! Excited to be planning a trip again!
January can be hit or miss. Sometimes it's beautful, warm in the 70's and other times it is flooding. The pools will be open and heated and being that you're from Chicago you will probably think the weather is warm compared to what you'll be coming from.

You can still make dining reservations and I would reccomend doing so for places like the Blue Bayou and Carnation Cafe, plus if you decide to do a WoC dining package, I think those are reservation only. However those are open 60 days in advance not 180.

The DVC rooms do not have bunkbeds, but the one bedroom will have a murphy bed under the TV in the Living Room which has been reported to be very comfortable.

I would suggest that you don't miss the caramel kettle corn from the stand in DTD that is on the way to the DLH, not the other on the way to DL that is just plain kettle corn, but the carmel one is addictive.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:52 PM   #2337
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January is usually on the cooler side. You *might* be able to swim in the outdoor pools (the water is heated) but it may also be cold and rainy. It's the kind of thing where you'll want to throw a bathing suit into your suitcase just in case, but don't count on it.

The good news is that other than right after New Year's and the MLK weekend, DL is pretty empty in January. You'll be walking on many of the rides and be able to make the most of your days.

Advance preparation is similar to WDW: make your ADRs (although not until 60 days out, 30 if you want Fantasmic Dessert Packages) and get your touring plans together.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:05 PM   #2338
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I'm not sure if this has been posted in this thread or not, but in case it hasn't I'll post.

I am leaving for DL on Saturday. 2 people in my party are first-timers to DL (one has never been to Disney at all, and the other has been to WDW for 1 day). I asked if the hotel could do anything for first-timers. Well they told me they will give them the first-timer buttons, put autographed Mickey pictures in the room, and decorate with balloons. I said great, what's the charge for that... and they said it was complimentary! Apparently they will do this for any 'special celebration'. I was blown away. I had seen the outrageous prices on those gift baskets and anticipated a nasty charge.

So to the GCH for doing this!
The last couple of years we have been there on my birthday and we were surprized to see the goodies show up. I have more autographed photos than i know what to do with. Love GCV.

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Old 07-19-2011, 09:35 PM   #2339
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Is there a daily activities schedule for the Grand Cal like they do for every resort in WDW?? Anyone has any recent one scanned??
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:46 PM   #2340
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So, I have a couple more points left for this UY and we already did WDW in 2010 & 2011 , so I booked my family 3 nights into a 1 BR at the VGC for MLK 2012! w00t!

I have just been researching DLR since this will be my first DLR/DVC trip. I have seen bunkbeds in some pictures. Is that just for the GC rooms or are those available on the villas as well?

Also, with no ME and no DP for DLR, what other things should I be planning for, other than tickets?

How's California weather in January? Will the pools be open and warm? Or will it be freezing/cold?

Lots of questions!!!! Excited to be planning a trip again!
We have traveled from Chicago to DL quite a few times and January is our favorite time to go! Some years we swim, some years we don't. The weather is impossible to predict. Thankfully, even cold for California is a heck of a lot warmer than warm for Chicago in January! Its easy to see who is a local and who is visiting by the way the way they are dressed. Locals are in hats and mittens, visitors are in t-shirts
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