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Old 07-14-2010, 07:19 AM   #751
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does anyone know if there's is any special viewing options/locations for WOC if you are staying in the Villas? or would it be the same as all in GCH with the fastpass - not that i am entirely sure what the fastpass gets you for WOC!!



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Old 07-14-2010, 03:10 PM   #752
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SierraNevada, Thanks again for so much help. VP told me they now have 75 seats for Fantasmic. Did you see that many? Maybe it is not as "new" as I thought. I am going to reconsider Napa Rose now that I found the children's menu. It really has a lot of choices for kids and they are not expensive at all. Everyone raves about the food. We might do it the first night when we get there. I am still "tweaking" our reservations and waiting to see how WOC is working out for people. So far, I think we will do the guest FP and then bring ponchos and get wet. Heck, we can always pop back into the hotel to dry off but that seems to be the best chance to get good views if you have short people.

Does anyone know anything about these 2 things? What is included in the packages? Where and what you do?
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Be Your Own Super Star (1hour)
Join the talent agents and studio stylists at Disney Studio 365 as they help you, the “Stars of Tomorrow”, undergo a complete transformation getting you camera-ready to walk the PURPLE carpet and prepare you for your grand adventure onto the set. In addition, participating “Super Stars” receive a complimentary gift during their experience. The cost for this activity is $39.95. Sign-ups are required. This is an exclusive experience for our Hotel Guests and space is limited. Please contact Guest Services for availability.

This sounds perfect for 2 10 year old girls!

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Princess/Knights Magical Hour (1 hour)
Eight (8) Princesses and Knights will join our Fairy Godmothers in Training for a magical hour of transformations and activities. In addition, participating “Princesses & Knights” receive a complimentary gift during their experience. Children must be at least 3 yrs old to participate. Sign-ups are required as space is very limited for this exclusive experience. Please contact Guest Services for availability. The cost for this activity is $44.95 for the Princesses and $14.95 for the Princes (prices do not include tax).
(I noticed this is always on the magic morning early entry days? might be too young for our girls?)

Has anyone done the 7:45 Power Walk in CA?

Any other exclusives that you recommend? Grand Quest? Towel Animal class? etc.

We have done the BAB and LOVED it. If you have little kids and plan to go there anyway, take advantage of this! (For DLH and PP guests too):
Build-A-Bear Workshop (1 hour)
Come join the fun and create a new friend at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in the Downtown® Disney. This unique experience includes a customized bear that you create, a beary special gift, and exclusive shopping time-all hosted by your class's personal "Bear Builder". Minimum bear purchase to participate is $10.00. (Additional accessories and/or larger bears are available for purchase at the Workshop) You must sign up with Guest Services in order to reserve your spot. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.

As far as I know, bab needs to be reserved before you get there to assure you get to do it on the day you want. Don't pick an early entry day because it will run into that time. Good to do on the day you leave!
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:44 PM   #753
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They may have increased the seats to 75 when they closed the balcony but I did not think that the seating for F! was crowded at all - it is nicely spread out.

I don't know info on the two packages you are asking about - my son is too old for those now. But I do highly recommend the Grand Quest - it is fun, short and everyone gets a cookie at the end! Keep thinking about Napa Rose - it is my favorite!
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:46 PM   #754
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does anyone know if there's is any special viewing options/locations for WOC if you are staying in the Villas? or would it be the same as all in GCH with the fastpass - not that i am entirely sure what the fastpass gets you for WOC!!



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There is the viewing area on the roof for villa guests but it is not the best view. You can request a Paradise Pier view but that is not guaranteed. The fastpass option will get you into the "reserved viewing area" - the color is random when you put in your fastpass. The reserved viewing area is the best, IMHO.
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Old 07-14-2010, 04:55 PM   #755
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Wow - I thought it only seated 30 or so. No wonder I was able to get tickets. So looking forward to this.

As to the BAB - I wish my girl was still into that but at almost 13 guessing it would be Mom who was more into it.

I too am curious about the power walk. Sounds fun and like a great way to see CA without all the crowds.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:53 PM   #756
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sierranevada, good to hear the seats are not crunched in. I found out that they added all the extra seats way back in March so they were there when you did it. I also read that people are lining up even earlier-geez.

The quest looks fun and at 4, it is a good time when we are usually taking a break from the day to get ready for the night so I think we will try for it. A cookie is a cookie!

Tikestoublie, If your daughter will be 13 when you go, people have raved about the Sephora makeovers through GCH. It does cost $45 but you get to buy make up and skin care with that money and you get some extra goodies. I haven't done it and don't know what the goodies are but people we know love it. They love Sephora though anyway.

For young girls that are just starting to wear make-up, they carry Bare Escentuals and it is very light and never garish. For $45, she could get a starter kit that lasts a long time and add a few extras in like eye and lip stuff.

Here is the description from GCH's sheet:
The Beauty Studio at Sephora (2 hours)
As a Guest of the hotel we invite you to participate in an exclusive activity created especially for you…The Beauty Studio at Sephora. During this activity, you will have the opportunity to experience our most popular brands while our Sephora experts teach you about beauty trends, seasonal looks, and new products. Whether you want to master the “Smoky Eye”, pucker up with the “Perfect Pout”, or test-drive the “Latest high-definition makeup”, our pros will show you how! Guests will receive a consultation of their choice with a beauty expert, personal shopping time, and a goodie bag. Get this beauty-full experience for a nominal fee of only $45.00. The $45.00 will be placed on a gift card to be used towards a same-day, in-store purchase. Please contact Guest Services to sign-up…space is very limited. Minimum age to participate is 13 years. Any Guest under 18 must accompanied by an adult, during the entire activity.

Since my dd is just 10, I am not sure if at 13 they really are wearing makeup yet but ds is 15 and all those girls that age are (and kind of heavy too if you ask me!) When dd starts, I am going to push for the Bare Escentuals for her.
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:33 PM   #757
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Princess/Knights Magical Hour (1 hour)
Eight (8) Princesses and Knights will join our Fairy Godmothers in Training for a magical hour of transformations and activities. In addition, participating “Princesses & Knights” receive a complimentary gift during their experience. Children must be at least 3 yrs old to participate. Sign-ups are required as space is very limited for this exclusive experience. Please contact Guest Services for availability. The cost for this activity is $44.95 for the Princesses and $14.95 for the Princes (prices do not include tax).

This sounds interesting! I would like to know more about this activity. My DS is big time into knights. Where do I find more info on this?
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:54 PM   #758
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Has anyone tried to upgrade once you get to check in? (Upgrade for free is nice, but we would be willing to pay as well.) We are going Aug 12-16. We reserved a standard room with no view. We just stayed there in June, and loved it there. My parents paid for a trip for all of us, and even got the concierge level. It was sooo wonderful. When we booked, we didn't think we could afford it, but my DH just got a quality award at work and now we might be able to afford it. Do you think we could get a deal if we upgrade when we check in, or should we call the reservation line and see about changing our reservations. We aren't 100% sure about the upgrade, because it is pretty expensive, but part of us just wants to go for it!! Any advice?
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:03 PM   #759
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We are staying in a 1BR GVC right now. The unit is lovely. As far as WOC viewing: From the 6th floor Pier View Lounge, you can see all the colors but not the images very well. We are in a 3rd floor park view room that all can see the colors, not quite as well as the 6th floor. Villas guests get the same options as any other DLR hotel guest: enter through the special CA entrance between 9 and 9:30 to get a fastpass to view WOC, and the rest of the public is let in at 9:30 to get fastpasses.

My biggest problem is that they are still doing a 3rd showing every night (we've been here the last 2 nights). Why is that a problem? Because it is NOISY in the room, even with the doors closed. And my DH is an early-to-bed, early-to-rise type, so this is not working very well. It's not just noisy, it's LOUD. So if you want anyone in your room to be able to sleep before 11:45 pm (that's when the 3rd show ends), you are going to have a problem.
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We are staying in a 1BR GVC right now. The unit is lovely. As far as WOC viewing: From the 6th floor Pier View Lounge, you can see all the colors but not the images very well. We are in a 3rd floor park view room that all can see the colors, not quite as well as the 6th floor. Villas guests get the same options as any other DLR hotel guest: enter through the special CA entrance between 9 and 9:30 to get a fastpass to view WOC, and the rest of the public is let in at 9:30 to get fastpasses.

My biggest problem is that they are still doing a 3rd showing every night (we've been here the last 2 nights). Why is that a problem? Because it is NOISY in the room, even with the doors closed. And my DH is an early-to-bed, early-to-rise type, so this is not working very well. It's not just noisy, it's LOUD. So if you want anyone in your room to be able to sleep before 11:45 pm (that's when the 3rd show ends), you are going to have a problem.
What room number are you staying in. I think you are the first ones posting that it is too noisy to sleep with the doors closed. We expect to be in a 1 bedroom next month so I would like to reference your room to the view.

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We are in Room 3502. It's a great location, close to the elevators. We look straight out at the Silly Strings and Jumping Jellyfish rides (do I have those names correct?). And I didn't say in my previous post that there is also a fair amout of construction noise, so first thing in the morning you hear "beep beep" from trucks backing up. The balcony is just noisy. It wouldn't bother me, but it DEFINITELY bothers my husband (who sleeps with earplugs and white noise anyway, and especially here). I would think it would bother small children as well. It doesn't bother me bacause I never go to bed before midnight anyway.

I was truly surprised at the level of noise.
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BigDogMom, So sorry to hear your DH is bothered by the construction. Is it the construction from the park itself, the new Little Mermaid? Even with his machine and earplugs, he can still hear it? That beep beep can really wake you up!

BensWife, I have read about a few free upgrades but if you really want one, you should call and book it. Was it really that much more? I know for us for 5 night with the promo, to upgrade to a dtd view was only around $20 per night and the park view was $40 per night (ie $200 or $400.) I would LOVE to have a park view room (even if it was noisy as above) but we are hoping for the daybed room and they only come with standard views. Anyway, if you decided not to pay the extra money, the best bet to get a "free" upgrade is to get there early and ask nicely. It depends on many factors like what day you get there, how long you are staying and ultimately how full the hotel is. Now that word about DLH'c construction is getting around, people are switching over to GCH so I think it will be pretty full. Good luck!

nemofans, You can always call Guest Services at the hotel to find out more info. I sure hope someone who has done it will pop in and tell us their experiences. I think for a boy, it is a steal! Too bad it is the same time as magic mornings. It would have to be really good to give up that extra hour in the park.
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We are in Room 3502. It's a great location, close to the elevators. We look straight out at the Silly Strings and Jumping Jellyfish rides (do I have those names correct?). And I didn't say in my previous post that there is also a fair amout of construction noise, so first thing in the morning you hear "beep beep" from trucks backing up. The balcony is just noisy. It wouldn't bother me, but it DEFINITELY bothers my husband (who sleeps with earplugs and white noise anyway, and especially here). I would think it would bother small children as well. It doesn't bother me bacause I never go to bed before midnight anyway.

I was truly surprised at the level of noise.
I was in 5502 in February. Noise from Little Mermaid construction was quite loud until close to midnight, and started up again at dawn. Light sleepers might want to request a pool view until construction completes next year.
The noise is worst for the DVC villas, but is also an issue for the new hotel rooms facing Paradise Pier.
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I was wondering if anyone knows if the GCH provides pool towels. I'm debating whether or not I should pack mine. I think I remember when we stayed at PP they did.
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I was wondering if anyone knows if the GCH provides pool towels. I'm debating whether or not I should pack mine. I think I remember when we stayed at PP they did.
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