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Old 12-14-2011, 05:45 AM   #1681
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We will be booking our first stay for next December. This will be our first stay. I am looking for suggestions on where to request to stay. We will be getting a studio. It will be DH, DS8, DS6 and me. I am looking for conveniece for the bus...an early stop would likely be best. Where do you like to stay? What pools...if it is even warm enough...are nearby?
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:51 AM   #1682
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First attempt with photobucket.

Ok, I uploaded everything from the phone, and am going to try and post a few pictures.

View from the room:



Some other pictures of the resort:







This one's not the best, but these were lining the entrance to the Carriage House.







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Old 12-14-2011, 12:57 PM   #1683
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We will be booking our first stay for next December. This will be our first stay. I am looking for suggestions on where to request to stay. We will be getting a studio. It will be DH, DS8, DS6 and me. I am looking for conveniece for the bus...an early stop would likely be best. Where do you like to stay? What pools...if it is even warm enough...are nearby?
Thanks so much!
The two feature pools (with water slides) are Paddock and Springs. The Paddock is the 2nd bus stop on way to/from theme parks, with Springs being the last. The Springs is closer to AP QS. Grandstand is the first stop with a private pool. Depending on what building you get, there are some closer to those than others.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:59 PM   #1684
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Ok, I uploaded everything from the phone, and am going to try and post a few pictures.
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Great pics and thanks for sharing. Have a great trip.
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:18 PM   #1685
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The two feature pools (with water slides) are Paddock and Springs. The Paddock is the 2nd bus stop on way to/from theme parks, with Springs being the last. The Springs is closer to AP QS. Grandstand is the first stop with a private pool. Depending on what building you get, there are some closer to those than others.
Thanks! How many buildings have studios? Is the walk from Paddock to ap long?
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thanks for the thread, we will be staying at SSR January 22 - 28th.. this thread is getting me excited...
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:47 PM   #1687
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Thanks again for the info! Are location requests simply requests or is there more of a guarentee? Thanks!
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Thanks again for the info! Are location requests simply requests or is there more of a guarentee? Thanks!
The Paddock is a fairly large section. If you get closer to the feature pool and bus stop, you will have a longer walk to AP. Technically, they are just requests and do not have to be honored. If you use points for a 1 BR, you're guaranteed the 1 BR and that's about it. But, we usually do not have a problem when we make a request. We also drive and tend to arrive early in AM and check in. The room is not ready, but we are happy with the rooms given.
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Thanks again for the info! Are location requests simply requests or is there more of a guarentee? Thanks!
There are booking categories and there are requests. A booking category is something that is guaranteed -- such as a Boardwalk view at BWV or a Savannah view at AKV. Booking categories sometimes involve a different number of points than other views. For example, a Magic Kingdom view is more points than a Lake view at BLT. You will know when you make a reservation whether you got the booking category you wanted. It is part of the booking, and not something assigned by the resort's room assigner.

And then there are requests. You can add requests to your reservation, and the resort will try to honor them. However, they are not guaranteed. Requests include things like "high floor," "near an elevator," "near transportation," etc.

At SSR, there are no booking categories associated with the sections of the resort. If you want a specific section or view, you add it to your reservation as a request. For example, you can put in a request like "First choice: Congress Park, Second Choice: Paddock, third choice: The Springs." There's no guarantee you'll get it, though. When you arrive, you could find that you've been assigned a room in the Carrousel.
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:39 PM   #1690
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I just booked an SSR trip for July This will be our 4th year going in the summer. People think we are crazy for going then, but we really love pool time and the water parks.

When I asked my DH and DD for their resort choices for this trip they both said SSR!!! I agreed! We had such an amazing trip last year and absolutely fell in love with the grounds, the location, the High Rock Springs pool, the food court- everything! I never even asked member services what else was available because this is where we want to be.

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I just booked an SSR trip for July This will be our 4th year going in the summer. People think we are crazy for going then, but we really love pool time and the water parks.

When I asked my DH and DD for their resort choices for this trip they both said SSR!!! I agreed! We had such an amazing trip last year and absolutely fell in love with the grounds, the location, the High Rock Springs pool, the food court- everything! I never even asked member services what else was available because this is where we want to be.

Three cheers for SSR
The predictions on the 2013 point chart reallocations is that summer will be cheaper points. Might be good news.
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The predictions on the 2013 point chart reallocations is that summer will be cheaper points. Might be good news.
Yes, for me it will be! We will most likely continue to go in the summer until I retire-20years from now
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:58 AM   #1693
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1st Time @ Sarasota Springs...

Heading to SARASOTA SPRINGS the final week of March. Haven't been to Disney in about 20yrs. This will be my daughters(5yr old twins) 1st trip. My mother in law and wife were last there about 6 or 7 years ago. This trip will be celebrated as a birthday trip for them and a early anniversary for me and my wife. We will be staying in a 2 bedroom villa, and we are on a meal plan. What recommendations do any of you out there have. My big concern is transportation considering it is so far from the some of the parks. I have heard good things and bad things about the buses. Is there a specific building we should try and request. But any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks all...
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I just booked an SSR trip for July This will be our 4th year going in the summer. People think we are crazy for going then, but we really love pool time and the water parks.

When I asked my DH and DD for their resort choices for this trip they both said SSR!!! I agreed! We had such an amazing trip last year and absolutely fell in love with the grounds, the location, the High Rock Springs pool, the food court- everything! I never even asked member services what else was available because this is where we want to be.

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Heading to SARASOTA SPRINGS the final week of March. Haven't been to Disney in about 20yrs. This will be my daughters(5yr old twins) 1st trip. My mother in law and wife were last there about 6 or 7 years ago. This trip will be celebrated as a birthday trip for them and a early anniversary for me and my wife. We will be staying in a 2 bedroom villa, and we are on a meal plan. What recommendations do any of you out there have. My big concern is transportation considering it is so far from the some of the parks. I have heard good things and bad things about the buses. Is there a specific building we should try and request. But any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks all...
Wonderful news you're finally get back to Disney!

We had absolutely no problems with the buses getting to the parks. They were numerous and wait times were very short. Getting around the resort internally was another thing entirely. Numerous times we opted to pay bell services to drive us back to the room instead of walking, we were just plum tuckered out and couldn't walk to the room. We paid them $5 each time, hopefully that was enough.
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Finally found the thread to ask about what building to say??

We are giving our DD and her three friends a week at SSR in June for their college graduation gift.. What building would you guys suggest I request. I know it is only a request. I was thinking the Springs??? Close to the boat ramp to DT??? Alittle worried about them walking back to the resort after a night out....or I would request Congress Park.

Also...anything the girls shouldn't miss while they are there? Any clubs to check out?

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