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Old 09-08-2012, 10:30 AM   #1651
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We used nonsuch's recommendations and got #6502.
It's great that room requests are being granted!
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:04 AM   #1652
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It's great that room requests are being granted!
Yep. We had 6502 for the 1/2 marathon/Labor Day weekend. Was the first on our list of requested rooms.

We also checked in super early that morning, before the parks opened, so we could do CA and reduce the chances of having our requested rooms assigned to others if we showed up later in the day.

A front desk CM told us the room assigners like seeing the actual rooms listed as it makes it easier than just seeing "near elevator" or some less specific request.

Works for me.
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #1653
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I hope I'm making someone's day and filling your wait list. I just cancelled a studio for the nights of January 20, 21 and 22! We will be there for the Tinkerbell 1/2 marathon and our DS and his GF have to go back to work Sunday.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:40 PM   #1654
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Hi all. Taking our first ever DVC vacation at the VGC in two weeks.

Under the heading of "you don't know what you don't know", what do I need to know?

Thanks.
Bumping in case someone, somewhere has any sage advice for me. It's not like I asked an open-ended question or anything...
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:38 PM   #1655
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If anyone is cancelling for this December, please let me know...unlikely I know, but one can wish right?

I just booked 5 nights starting on Mother's Day for next year. So excited!
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:42 PM   #1656
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Anyone who recent returned: is wired internet still available? When I was there in May 2011 there was both wired and wireless and the wireless was slowwwwwwww. I'm arriving a week from Saturday and wanted to know if I should pack my router.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:18 PM   #1657
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Anyone who recent returned: is wired internet still available? When I was there in May 2011 there was both wired and wireless and the wireless was slowwwwwwww. I'm arriving a week from Saturday and wanted to know if I should pack my router.
Don't know the answer BUT I'd be interested in your trip. I'm going to DL the same time next year.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:50 PM   #1658
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Don't know the answer BUT I'd be interested in your trip. I'm going to DL the same time next year.
Disneyland in May can go either way but from our experience staying in the Grand Villas of VGC for last 2 years has been great! 2011 we were there the first week of May which happen to be the last Pirates movie premiere! It was not that crowded at both parks for the days leading up to the premiere then they close Disneyland a little earlier than usual for this event! This year was a different story for the few days leading to Memorial weekend which was crowded! Checked in on an early Thursday morning and was good til the evening due to it being Grad Nite (HS kids - none of mine of course,also got 1 day park hopper for the day before celebrating actual Grad Nite event) still not too bad. The biggest crowds seem to be Saturday - my group of teenagers were glad they were staying on property so they could get breaks from the crowd! Starting from mid May until early June is Grad Nites so just plan around this or go EARLY May and it should be fine!! I think the weather is the best around May as well - not too hot or cold! When & however you plan for May in DLR have a great time! Also to add for OP - Wi-Fi was fine for us EVERYTIME we have stayed and our last stay was Aug 18th 2012!
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:56 PM   #1659
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Anyone who recent returned: is wired internet still available? When I was there in May 2011 there was both wired and wireless and the wireless was slowwwwwwww. I'm arriving a week from Saturday and wanted to know if I should pack my router.
OOPS!! Maybe I didn't read this correctly but I guess you will be there sooner than in May! LOL! Well forget what I said then but enjoy your trip!! Also same to other poster!
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:20 PM   #1660
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Anyone who recent returned: is wired internet still available? When I was there in May 2011 there was both wired and wireless and the wireless was slowwwwwwww. I'm arriving a week from Saturday and wanted to know if I should pack my router.
Yes, wired is still available. Wireless performance is quite variable, so bring your router.
Both wired and wireless require accepting the hotel terms, so it can be difficult to use devices that do not have web browsers.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:36 PM   #1661
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Yes, wired is still available. Wireless performance is quite variable, so bring your router.
Both wired and wireless require accepting the hotel terms, so it can be difficult to use devices that do not have web browsers.
Thanks!

I was there around this time in 2009, stayed at GCH on a 5 for 3 package. Coincidentally, VGC opened while I was there. The thing I remember about that trip is that it was blistering hot but not very crowded. I just missed the Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, looking forward to seeing it this time. Have seen the overlay for Haunted Mansion several times.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:44 AM   #1662
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Bumping in case someone, somewhere has any sage advice for me. It's not like I asked an open-ended question or anything...
I don't really know what you don't know since I don't know what you know
The VGC is the smallest of the DVCs and the only one at DLR. You can use points for all three onsite hotels (HUGE points useage) in their regular rooms and the normal $95 fee is waived. All the DVC rooms and many new hotel rooms are in a separate building than the original hotel. There are no DTD views from the DVC rooms ( ) You can eat at three different places onsite: Whitewater Snacks (quick casual), Storytellers (buffet and off menu and has the woodsy type characters) and Napa Rose (high end) you can also get snacks and drinks in the lounge. It is the most beautiful DVC ()
Ok..that was a quick rundown.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #1663
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Has anyone stayed in a studio with a great view have any pictures so I can show darling hubby?
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:03 PM   #1664
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I don't really know what you don't know since I don't know what you know
The VGC is the smallest of the DVCs and the only one at DLR. You can use points for all three onsite hotels (HUGE points useage) in their regular rooms and the normal $95 fee is waived. All the DVC rooms and many new hotel rooms are in a separate building than the original hotel. There are no DTD views from the DVC rooms ( ) You can eat at three different places onsite: Whitewater Snacks (quick casual), Storytellers (buffet and off menu and has the woodsy type characters) and Napa Rose (high end) you can also get snacks and drinks in the lounge. It is the most beautiful DVC ()
Ok..that was a quick rundown.
Thanks for this.

I should have been less vague in my posting, as this is our 5th trip to DL in the last 4 years (with previous stays at the GC). This will be our first trip ever using the DVC points we purchased last year, so never having stayed at any of the DVC resorts, I was more looking for advice on what I should know as a first-timer about that experience.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:36 PM   #1665
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Thanks for this.

I should have been less vague in my posting, as this is our 5th trip to DL in the last 4 years (with previous stays at the GC). This will be our first trip ever using the DVC points we purchased last year, so never having stayed at any of the DVC resorts, I was more looking for advice on what I should know as a first-timer about that experience.
SELF PARKING IS NOW FREE!! & depending on which villa you choose the size of it will be definitely well appreciated! Requesting a park view takes on a whole new meaning since most ALL views @ VGC are simply the best! (If this is your home then California Adventure Park is YOUR backyard!!) No daily housekeeping but the washer & dryer means less packing!! Saving a little bit of money with a full kitchen!! SO RELAX & ENJOY!!
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