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Old 07-23-2010, 10:47 PM   #796
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2. If you are a light sleeper, the noise from (a) construction for the Little Mermaid ride and (b) WOC will bother you from 6 am until 11:45 pm if you are in a room facing California Adventure. If I had it to do over, I would have switched rooms to a pool view after the first night (but my DH didn't want to move after getting all settled in).

5. Toy Story Midway Mania stays open while WOC is on! When there is a third showing of WOC (and there was a third one every single night, July 13-20), the park stays open until 11 am. We got in line for TSMM at about 9:45 pm and managed to ride 3 times before they closed. Between 10:30 and 11, it really was a walk on. Fun ride, too!
Thanks for the info! I especially liked the TSMM tip. I just love that ride.
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:26 PM   #797
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Sorry if this has been brought up before...

Is there a pool bar at this hotel? I can't find any pictures of one, so I'm wondering if maybe they don't have one like all the disney hotels in Fl.

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Old 07-24-2010, 05:40 PM   #798
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Sorry if this has been brought up before...

Is there a pool bar at this hotel? I can't find any pictures of one, so I'm wondering if maybe they don't have one like all the disney hotels in Fl.

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I know you can order drinks from the pool cabana area but have not seen a pool bar.

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Old 07-24-2010, 08:12 PM   #799
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Sorry if this has been brought up before...

Is there a pool bar at this hotel? I can't find any pictures of one, so I'm wondering if maybe they don't have one like all the disney hotels in Fl.

Thanks!
It is located right next to the entrance to Whitewater snacks, but they deliver to your lounge chair. I suppose you could order at the bar as well.

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Old 07-25-2010, 02:15 AM   #800
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Have non-DVC members been able to book villa rooms at the Californian yet?

I sure hope I have the opportunity to stay in one someday.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:19 AM   #801
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So far from what I hear, DVC members can't even get all the rooms they want, so not sure how much if any will be opened for cash ressies. I bet the rules are different from FL and it sounds like they are booked solid. Probably renting would be the only option.
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Old 07-25-2010, 11:50 AM   #802
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Have non-DVC members been able to book villa rooms at the Californian yet?

I sure hope I have the opportunity to stay in one someday.
Any rooms not yet declared into inventory will be avaialble as cash rooms, but I believe all VGC rooms have been declared given it's almost sold out.

Also, if a VGC member trades out of the system to use their points to book a cruise, adventures by disney, RCI, or DLH or PPH, those points will convert into cash ressies to recoup the cost. I've heard quite a few members on this board comment that they couldn't book VGC so they booked at the DLH or PPH... Given the small number of rooms, cash ressies will be rare but they will happen. Does anyone know the cash rates? I haven't seen anything published like they have for the WDW villas.
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:58 PM   #803
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Have non-DVC members been able to book villa rooms at the Californian yet?

I sure hope I have the opportunity to stay in one someday.
We have. We will be in a 1 bedroom 8/15-8/21.

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Old 07-25-2010, 02:00 PM   #804
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Any rooms not yet declared into inventory will be avaialble as cash rooms, but I believe all VGC rooms have been declared given it's almost sold out.

Also, if a VGC member trades out of the system to use their points to book a cruise, adventures by disney, RCI, or DLH or PPH, those points will convert into cash ressies to recoup the cost. I've heard quite a few members on this board comment that they couldn't book VGC so they booked at the DLH or PPH... Given the small number of rooms, cash ressies will be rare but they will happen. Does anyone know the cash rates? I haven't seen anything published like they have for the WDW villas.
When I checked at 7 month's out from our Aug date a 1 bedroom was $1010/night cash if available.

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Old 07-25-2010, 02:36 PM   #805
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Have non-DVC members been able to book villa rooms at the Californian yet?

I sure hope I have the opportunity to stay in one someday.
We have twice - 12/13 - 12/17/2009 and 6/20 - 6/24/2010 - both times in a 2 bdrm. We only got one night on the June ressie when I first called in Nov so waitlisted the other nights and one by one they cleared - last one clearing in Mid-Feb
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:35 AM   #806
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We just got back and we were upgraded from a standard view to Downtown Disney view without asking. It was great, we could watch the fireworks from our room.
How nice for you!

Also, the last couple of times we stayed there we also received an itinerary on check-in...but hadn't used vacation planning to make our dining reservations...this was concierge level, but it was something new.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:33 AM   #807
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Also, the last couple of times we stayed there we also received an itinerary on check-in...but hadn't used vacation planning to make our dining reservations...this was concierge level, but it was something new.

Something else that is new is that the concierge called us prior to our trip in June. We have never received a call from them before. They called to see if we needed help making any plans. I don't know if they have done that before???

(I haven't read this whole thread...maybe someone else mentioned this... if so, sorry. )
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:36 AM   #808
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Has anyone ever requested the child sized robes that I've read are available. Which "child size" are they? Adult robes are in the closet, correct?

Also, I've seen a photo of child life vests near the pool. Are these a rental or help yourself item? Do they go quickly, or are there usually some available?

One more question....Which pool would you recommend for young kids who are confident in the water? I've done a search on pool depths, but couldn't find any info. Anyone know. TIA
The life vests are first come but we never had a problem getting one. There were more than enough.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:04 AM   #809
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Something else that is new is that the concierge called us prior to our trip in June. We have never received a call from them before. They called to see if we needed help making any plans. I don't know if they have done that before???

(I haven't read this whole thread...maybe someone else mentioned this... if so, sorry. )
It has been a long time since I have stayed at concierge level room at the GCH, but I do remember a CM from concierge calling me to offer assistance with my plans. I said, "yes" and was able to reserve the chef's table for the Napa Rose. I guess they don't always do that, but concierge was able to do that for us. That was one fun meal and we closed the place down. Ahh fond memories.

I now stay at the VGC and cook my own meals.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:12 PM   #810
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