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Old 06-27-2012, 06:14 PM   #3646
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We've stayed CL over the years 1996-2011, and I'm never heard of this.

It might be fun to take a family photo and use Word or Publisher or Photoshop (whatever) to create a picture with all of your names to give the cast member at checkin.
Thanks. Good to know I'm not the only one who never heard of that. I know you're not allowed to tip the CL CMs (except for housekeeping) however I never heard mention of people bringing gifts.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:14 PM   #3647
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Thanks. Good to know I'm not the only one who never heard of that. I know you're not allowed to tip the CL CMs (except for housekeeping) however I never heard mention of people bringing gifts.
It was a popular topic a few years ago. For awhile there, I thought I was the only one who wasn't bringing them a gift. We don't need much from the club level CMs. Lots of times the only thing we need them for is check in. Surely nothing that deserves a gift.

And don't forget, the IPO who makes your prearrival ADRs, etc is a different staff. A few posters even talked about gifts for both the IPO & the Club CMs.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:38 PM   #3648
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Hi Angel! How are you?
Hi Nancy I'm sorry I didn't see your post until today, I am doing great! How are you?

We have BC CL coming up this September to celebrate our anniversary, then moving over to ALK CL. What have you been up to lately?



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Old 06-28-2012, 01:55 AM   #3649
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Hi Nancy I'm sorry I didn't see your post until today, I am doing great! How are you?

We have BC CL coming up this September to celebrate our anniversary, then moving over to ALK CL. What have you been up to lately?



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Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Not too much. The past two years have been tough with a health scare with my DH and losing my wonderful DBIL. Thank God DH is okay but it was scary for a while. DGD is 10 now and she has wanted to stay at BC. I told her she should make sure that "Pa" goes because he is the most fun in the water so we are all going for Thanksgiving. We booked CL because DD this was one trip where the resort is a big part of our trip.

You are going to my favorite resort! I love AKL and can think of no better place to stay in Disney.

How is your family? I think I remember when your DD and DSIL were taking a little get-a-way at AKL after DSIL's deployment.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:59 AM   #3650
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We are looking at booking concierge for beach club but I'm wondering is there less chance of a balcony in a standard club room, as if so I'd rather just do concierge at yacht club??
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:23 PM   #3651
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We are looking at booking concierge for beach club but I'm wondering is there less chance of a balcony in a standard club room, as if so I'd rather just do concierge at yacht club??
Not all Standard CL room at BC have a full balcony. BUT Garden View rooms are just slightly more and all of them have a full balcony. We had a beautiful GV room there that we could even see SAB from! It was great (and I think like $10 more a night than standard)
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:20 AM   #3652
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We have changed our dates for our BW CL visit. We are now going Aug. 2nd to the 9th!!!
We had to change because we are moving to TN, and may be closing on the house when our other dates were. Excited to move and very excited thet my husband did not want to cancel our trip!!!!!!
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Best of luck with the move Kerry. I believe sfbank will be at the BWI during that time.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:59 PM   #3654
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Kerry-You cannot leave until the 10th, more specifically after 3-4pm. We should be there by about 1pm on the 10th so we are just going to miss AGAIN! Then Nascargirl, her DH, my DH, DD, her BFF, and I will be there in May 2013 finally!
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:17 PM   #3655
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Any advice on whether or not to do online check-in for Poly club level this summer?
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:52 PM   #3656
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Don't know, I've never done on line check in, but some here seem to like it.
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Hello everybody
Newbie and Disney 1st timer here!! We (DH, DD 4, DS 15 mos and myself) will be headed to Disney Dec 8-16. The Dis has been an invaluable resource for me. I didn't even know the name of the parks (well, besides MK) when I started planning!

My dilemma at the moment is which resort/resorts to choose.. I received a pin code for room only and was hoping to get y'alls advice/opinions. The resorts available for my dates and with discount are: AKL CL, Poly CL GV & MK view, CR Atrium bay view, WL CL standard room and GF Lagoon view, regular garden view or deluxe garden view (no RPC/SL available ). Because my kiddos are young we spend a lot of time in our room and resort so I'd prefer to have all my stays be CL. With that in mind....
Preliminary plan- AKL CL 8-10, GF deluxe 11-13 then CR CL 14-15

Reasoning...
AKL CL for the first 3 nights and then moving to one of the rail resorts or WL. I know AKL is far but my DD would really LOVE it and we would go to AK and HS while in that area plus great reviews.

Poly CL- negative reviews have steered me away from trying them. The views are tempting but dated rooms and cranky CMs .

CR CL-scares me too with the complaints of dirty rooms and slow mousekeeping but walking to MK sounds wonderful! The views from the lounge look fabulous but the offerings are just OK.

WL CL - looks soooo beautiful and gets good reviews but I don't know about getting on and off buses with two strollers . We'd be willing to cab it but I don't know how easy it is to get cabs? Maybe do this instead of CR?

GF- would be really wonderful but I don't have the CL option, What are my chances of getting upgraded to CL at GF? You think since its midweek it would be better than 0?? I still prefer this than poly or a longer stay at CR.

Sorry this turned into a thesis!Your advice/opinions/criticisms would be super duper and greatly appreciated! Thanks so, so much in advance
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Hello everybody
Newbie and Disney 1st timer here!! We (DH, DD 4, DS 15 mos and myself) will be headed to Disney Dec 8-16. The Dis has been an invaluable resource for me. I didn't even know the name of the parks (well, besides MK) when I started planning!

My dilemma at the moment is which resort/resorts to choose.. I received a pin code for room only and was hoping to get y'alls advice/opinions. The resorts available for my dates and with discount are: AKL CL, Poly CL GV & MK view, CR Atrium bay view, WL CL standard room and GF Lagoon view, regular garden view or deluxe garden view (no RPC/SL available ). Because my kiddos are young we spend a lot of time in our room and resort so I'd prefer to have all my stays be CL. With that in mind....
Preliminary plan- AKL CL 8-10, GF deluxe 11-13 then CR CL 14-15

Reasoning...
AKL CL for the first 3 nights and then moving to one of the rail resorts or WL. I know AKL is far but my DD would really LOVE it and we would go to AK and HS while in that area plus great reviews.

Poly CL- negative reviews have steered me away from trying them. The views are tempting but dated rooms and cranky CMs .

CR CL-scares me too with the complaints of dirty rooms and slow mousekeeping but walking to MK sounds wonderful! The views from the lounge look fabulous but the offerings are just OK.

WL CL - looks soooo beautiful and gets good reviews but I don't know about getting on and off buses with two strollers . We'd be willing to cab it but I don't know how easy it is to get cabs? Maybe do this instead of CR?

GF- would be really wonderful but I don't have the CL option, What are my chances of getting upgraded to CL at GF? You think since its midweek it would be better than 0?? I still prefer this than poly or a longer stay at CR.

Sorry this turned into a thesis!Your advice/opinions/criticisms would be super duper and greatly appreciated! Thanks so, so much in advance
I would never attempt 3 resorts with a 4 yo & infant. You'll loose park time on the days you move and potentially be without a room on those days until 3pm. You would have access to the lounge though once you check in.

What if your DD loves AKL and doesnt want to move? Maybe you should stay there last.

I've stayed CL at AKL, CR, Poly and BWI. Love the staff at BWI the most, enjoy AKL way more than I thought I would, CR was fine and while Poly wasn't as good as others in some respects it was the best choice when my kids were small. Poly location really can't be beat. Easy access to MK via monorail or boat and easy access to Epcot by walking to TTC for direct monorail. I didn't like having to change monorails when I stayed at CR.

My dissatisfactions with Poly were relatively minor. I think all the other CL I've tried had more variety at breakfast and that is a time I know I will be there. I would say that I liked the evening offerings the best at Poly but I haven't been there since Aug 2009. My biggest issue with Poly is price. The last time we stayed there we had a TPV room but it was when they only had GV & LV categories. I think it is crazy that they charge $175 more than CL GV for that room I was in on that last trip to the Poly.
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Hello everybody
Newbie and Disney 1st timer here!! We (DH, DD 4, DS 15 mos and myself) will be headed to Disney Dec 8-16. The Dis has been an invaluable resource for me. I didn't even know the name of the parks (well, besides MK) when I started planning!

My dilemma at the moment is which resort/resorts to choose.. I received a pin code for room only and was hoping to get y'alls advice/opinions. The resorts available for my dates and with discount are: AKL CL, Poly CL GV & MK view, CR Atrium bay view, WL CL standard room and GF Lagoon view, regular garden view or deluxe garden view (no RPC/SL available ). Because my kiddos are young we spend a lot of time in our room and resort so I'd prefer to have all my stays be CL. With that in mind....
Preliminary plan- AKL CL 8-10, GF deluxe 11-13 then CR CL 14-15

Reasoning...
AKL CL for the first 3 nights and then moving to one of the rail resorts or WL. I know AKL is far but my DD would really LOVE it and we would go to AK and HS while in that area plus great reviews.

Poly CL- negative reviews have steered me away from trying them. The views are tempting but dated rooms and cranky CMs .

CR CL-scares me too with the complaints of dirty rooms and slow mousekeeping but walking to MK sounds wonderful! The views from the lounge look fabulous but the offerings are just OK.

WL CL - looks soooo beautiful and gets good reviews but I don't know about getting on and off buses with two strollers . We'd be willing to cab it but I don't know how easy it is to get cabs? Maybe do this instead of CR?

GF- would be really wonderful but I don't have the CL option, What are my chances of getting upgraded to CL at GF? You think since its midweek it would be better than 0?? I still prefer this than poly or a longer stay at CR.

Sorry this turned into a thesis!Your advice/opinions/criticisms would be super duper and greatly appreciated! Thanks so, so much in advance
We did a split stay last trip and while it was OK, I like not having to move but having 2 different experiences was AWESOME.

CR Atrium Club was AMAZING for us. We had no problems with Mousekeeping, we actually had some amazing towel animals and the day we left the Mousekeeper found DD in the CL and gave her one of the towel bears she made to take home. The staff was great and the room was clean and nice! We loved it.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:02 PM   #3660
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I would never attempt 3 resorts with a 4 yo & infant. You'll loose park time on the days you move and potentially be without a room on those days until 3pm. You would have access to the lounge though once you check in.

What if your DD loves AKL and doesnt want to move? Maybe you should stay there last.

I've stayed CL at AKL, CR, Poly and BWI. Love the staff at BWI the most, enjoy AKL way more than I thought I would, CR was fine and while Poly wasn't as good as others in some respects it was the best choice when my kids were small. Poly location really can't be beat. Easy access to MK via monorail or boat and easy access to Epcot by walking to TTC for direct monorail. I didn't like having to change monorails when I stayed at CR.

My dissatisfactions with Poly were relatively minor. I think all the other CL I've tried had more variety at breakfast and that is a time I know I will be there. I would say that I liked the evening offerings the best at Poly but I haven't been there since Aug 2009. My biggest issue with Poly is price. The last time we stayed there we had a TPV room but it was when they only had GV & LV categories. I think it is crazy that they charge $175 more than CL GV for that room I was in on that last trip to the Poly.
With the resort changing, I guess I thought that since it was a slower time at Disney our room would be ready sooner but you're right I shouldn't assume that. I'd hate to not have a place for baby to nap.

Hmmmm, good idea to leave AKL for last!

Good info about the poly location. I didn't realize you had to switch monorails from CR to Epcot.

Those TPVs are expensive!! It's less expensive at CR to stay CL than TPV just like Poly.

Thanks so much for your help!!
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