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Old 07-27-2012, 10:16 PM   #2116
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Because this is a huge thread, I decided to just post my question rather than implode my brain trying to read it all. I can't get over the SIZE of this resort! I'm afraid we'll end up out in the middle of nowhere. Can anyone tell me which buildings near the Carriage House have one bedroom villas in them? I know that requests are not guaranteed but I would like to try for a building as close to the center of the action as possible. Also, is the ferry the same one that will take you to OKW, POFQ and POR or is it on a separate line, in case we want to go to one of those resorts for lunch or something without going to DTD first?
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:48 AM   #2117
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Because this is a huge thread, I decided to just post my question rather than implode my brain trying to read it all. I can't get over the SIZE of this resort! I'm afraid we'll end up out in the middle of nowhere. Can anyone tell me which buildings near the Carriage House have one bedroom villas in them? I know that requests are not guaranteed but I would like to try for a building as close to the center of the action as possible. Also, is the ferry the same one that will take you to OKW, POFQ and POR or is it on a separate line, in case we want to go to one of those resorts for lunch or something without going to DTD first?
Check out this post for my thoughts on the "which section is best" question and a map of the resort.

Every building at SSR has the same floor plan, so they all have one-bedrooms. The buildings in the Springs are closest to the Carriage House.

The boats from SSR use the same dock at Downtown Disney as the other resorts, but it's not all the same route. To get to OKW or Port Orleans by boat, you'd need to change boats at DTD.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:06 AM   #2118
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We are renting a car (great specials at Dollar.com when I clicked on City special.) I want to find the addresses for each parking area for the parks, the airport, and Sea World. Does anyone have a suggestion for how I can get this information? Thanks!
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:49 AM   #2119
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Check out this post for my thoughts on the "which section is best" question and a map of the resort.

Every building at SSR has the same floor plan, so they all have one-bedrooms. The buildings in the Springs are closest to the Carriage House.

The boats from SSR use the same dock at Downtown Disney as the other resorts, but it's not all the same route. To get to OKW or Port Orleans by boat, you'd need to change boats at DTD.
Wow, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thanks BirdsOfPreyDave!
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:00 PM   #2120
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We are just under 2 months out from our first stay at SSR! We are excited but nervous as well with a new resort.

I am traveling with my family - DH, DS 6 and DD almost 3 at time of trip. My in-laws, low 60's and this is their third trip with us, they are in relatively good shape and my FIL is in fantastic shape.

I am reading through this thread and am a bit overwhelmed with which section I should request in SSR. Once I think I have it narrowed down I read more and get !

We have stayed at AKL twice (once in villas and once in Arusha/Jambo House) and last year we stayed at BLT. I felt like I could easily find which section best suited our needs there and we had great locations each time.

So we would like to be close to transportation, child-friendly pool and able to get food fairly quickly. We will have our car as we drive down from NC. We have never been to DTD but do have ressies there one evening. But I don't think that is overly critical.

Hit me with your suggestions please.

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Old 07-30-2012, 12:37 PM   #2121
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We are just under 2 months out from our first stay at SSR! We are excited but nervous as well with a new resort.

I am traveling with my family - DH, DS 6 and DD almost 3 at time of trip. My in-laws, low 60's and this is their third trip with us, they are in relatively good shape and my FIL is in fantastic shape.

I am reading through this thread and am a bit overwhelmed with which section I should request in SSR. Once I think I have it narrowed down I read more and get !

We have stayed at AKL twice (once in villas and once in Arusha/Jambo House) and last year we stayed at BLT. I felt like I could easily find which section best suited our needs there and we had great locations each time.

So we would like to be close to transportation, child-friendly pool and able to get food fairly quickly. We will have our car as we drive down from NC. We have never been to DTD but do have ressies there one evening. But I don't think that is overly critical.

Hit me with your suggestions please.

Thanks so much!!!
Check out this post for my thoughts on the "which section is best" question.

There is a map of the resort as well as a run-down of pros & cons for each section of the resort. There's also a comparison of the different pools.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:50 PM   #2122
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Check out this post for my thoughts on the "which section is best" question.

There is a map of the resort as well as a run-down of pros & cons for each section of the resort. There's also a comparison of the different pools.
Thanks so much! I printed that out a few days ago and everything is just swimming around in my head.

Are they really strict with the 48 inch height restriction for the splash ground? I see that being a potential problem with my 6 year old, just at 48.5 inches. Can't really use the ride height restrictions with him as he doesn't ride much. LOL!
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:31 PM   #2123
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ARe there elevators for every building?? we usually stay at OKW and there are only a few buildings with elevators. We don't mind the hike up the stairs (3rd floor is my favorite).

15 days till check in!! our first stay at SSR!!
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Yes there are elevators in each building.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:05 AM   #2125
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Are they really strict with the 48 inch height restriction for the splash ground? I see that being a potential problem with my 6 year old, just at 48.5 inches. Can't really use the ride height restrictions with him as he doesn't ride much. LOL!
They weren't when I was there in May. But if older/larger children was bothering or endangering the preschool / toddler set the lifeguards would intervene (if asked.) There is a difference in kids playing with their younger sibs with their parents watching and a group of unsupervised preteens taking over the slide from the babies.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:50 PM   #2126
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Oh my gosh, two days without a post in the SSR thread. I'm going through withdrawl!
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:51 PM   #2127
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Oh my gosh, two days without a post in the SSR thread. I'm going through withdrawl!
So, here's a question for you. What is the fewest number of days you would book a THV for? With one day, you're dependent on previous family check out time and Mousekeeping before checking in. But, I don't want to use all my points in one stay. Decisions.
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So, here's a question for you. What is the fewest number of days you would book a THV for? With one day, you're dependent on previous family check out time and Mousekeeping before checking in. But, I don't want to use all my points in one stay. Decisions.
I don't think I'd do the THVs for less than three or four nights. What else were you thinking of booking? or would it just be for a weekend?
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I don't think I'd do the THVs for less than three or four nights. What else were you thinking of booking? or would it just be for a weekend?
Same here. We did five nights when we stayed that was nice for me, but someone else in our party thought it was too remote. She likes browsing the gift shops on the way back from the parks or dinner.

I would also make sure that one of the afternoon/evenings you plan some BBQ grill time and adult beverages out on your patio.
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Same here. We did five nights when we stayed that was nice for me, but someone else in our party thought it was too remote. She likes browsing the gift shops on the way back from the parks or dinner.

I would also make sure that one of the afternoon/evenings you plan some BBQ grill time and adult beverages out on your patio.
I haven't quite decided how many people I 'need' to take with me to justify a THV. Can't wait to stay in one, they look so nice and relaxing.
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