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Old 09-10-2012, 08:17 AM   #2956
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Hi everyone

I've tried looking through this thread a bit for info, but I am pretty confused and thought I might be better off just asking my questions and hopefully someone is nice enough to fill me in.

My Grandmother has extra weeks in her timeshare and she was going to allow me to take one to use at Disney's Grand Californian (for my birthday, March 2). She has to call to get the reservation, but I am assuming we'll be getting a studio room since there are only 2 of us.

So...I guess I just have questions about everything. Do we have to pay for parking? Where are the DVC rooms located? Are we still allowed to use the hotel's DCA entrance? Do we get the extra morning hour? There are also probably a million questions I haven't thought of to ask, so if anyone has extra time on their hands I would appreciate any info you could give me.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:48 AM   #2957
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My Grandmother has extra weeks in her timeshare and she was going to allow me to take one to use at Disney's Grand Californian (for my birthday, March 2). She has to call to get the reservation, but I am assuming we'll be getting a studio room since there are only 2 of us.
DVC members can also book online. Studios are the first to book, so make reservations ASAP.

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So...I guess I just have questions about everything. Do we have to pay for parking? Where are the DVC rooms located? Are we still allowed to use the hotel's DCA entrance? Do we get the extra morning hour?
Guest using DVC Points receive free Self Parking. Villas are located near Paradise Pier, but only 4 studios have a WOC view.
You can use the hotel park entrance and early entry, villa guest receive the same benefits as hotel guests.

The Villas at the Grand Californian Superthread will answer any questions you might have.
Search this board for the thread. (I'm using the iPad app, so it's easier for you to search than for me to create a link)
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:57 AM   #2958
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Just got back from a quick visit...here's a shot from room 5440 balcony. I prefer a Paradise Pier view of the park but this room was more convenient to the park entrances.

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:19 PM   #2959
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What kind of coffee pots are in the rooms now? Still Kuerig?

Anyone know how much it costs to do a load of laundry? I know it's tokens, but I can't remember how much it was.

Do you also tip for turndown service?

Thanks!!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:20 AM   #2960
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oooo, good questions! I'd like to know about the coffee makers too!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:47 AM   #2961
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oooo, good questions! I'd like to know about the coffee makers too!
I didn't even think about the coffee! If it's a Keurig, then I'll definitely bring some K-cups from home.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:18 AM   #2962
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I didn't even think about the coffee! If it's a Keurig, then I'll definitely bring some K-cups from home.
The one in our room in July wasn't a Keurig (or at least not one that uses the K-cups), they were small individual packets of coffee in their own filter. I want to find out where to get them because one cup of coffee each in the morning isn't enough for us.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #2963
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The one we had was a round basket type filter. I had packed some in my suitcase and then bought a can of Mickey coffee from DL. Not sure if it's available at WOD.

The laundry room had a machine to change cash into tokens but sorry, can't remember the actual amount needed for washer and dryer. I do remember, however, another woman who wanted to sell me her tokens because she over-estimated how many she'd need. Perhaps err on the side of caution.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:29 AM   #2964
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The one in our room in July wasn't a Keurig (or at least not one that uses the K-cups), they were small individual packets of coffee in their own filter. I want to find out where to get them because one cup of coffee each in the morning isn't enough for us.
Pictures of the coffee makers from earlier in this thread.
We visited earlier this month, and these coffee makers are still being used in the regular hotel rooms. The villas have full size coffee makers using basket or cone filters.

These machines do not work very well, so for this trip I brought my own coffee maker. A water kettle was $20 (from Costco) and the plastic cone filter holders were $2 (from Peets) -- this is a simple solution to brew directly into coffee mugs. The equipment costs less than 2 pounds of coffee
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:48 PM   #2965
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Thanks for all of this helpful information.

This November, we will be visiting GCH for the 3rd time. This is my first time researching these boards prior to a trip and it's been so helpful. Thanks to everyone for your insights and advice!
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We had the best time at GCV this summer. We stayed 6 nights in a dedicated 2-bedroom with the most spectacular view we could have imagined. We were in 6500 and could hardly stay away from the balconies anytime we were in the room We used the DCA entrance for early entry and found the CMs in general to be very helpful in making sure we were in the park as quickly as possible once the park was open. We found the walk to the room very manageable even at the end of a long day and loved that it was feasible to ride GRR and change clothes so quickly. It was such a great trip and we loved GCV so much that we are already planning to alternate our WDW trips with DLR trips in the future!
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We had the best time at GCV this summer. We stayed 6 nights in a dedicated 2-bedroom with the most spectacular view we could have imagined...
You should also post to the VGC superthread
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:35 AM   #2968
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Not sure if this is the thread I saw it on or not, however we are staying at the VGC in December. I remember once reading a post that has a list of all the views of the various villas. We are staying in a 1 bedroom I am wondering about the different views that the 1 bedrooms might have.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:01 AM   #2969
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Hey everybody. We finally made our reservations for a couple of nights stay at the GCH, and we are just ELATED since this will be our first time staying there.

My question is, can anyone who's stayed there before recommend how I can go about getting a (specific?) Standard room that has a decent view? I don't necessarily need a view of DCA , the hotel pool, or Downtown Disney, just wouldn't want to look out our window and see back stage areas, a parking lot, or a boring sidewalk. I mean are there such rooms? Any pics?

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Not sure if this is the thread I saw it on or not, however we are staying at the VGC in December. I remember once reading a post that has a list of all the views of the various villas. We are staying in a 1 bedroom I am wondering about the different views that the 1 bedrooms might have.
Here you go. It's in the DVC Resorts section. I keep it bookmarked so I can dream at a glance.

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