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Old 10-16-2012, 01:33 AM   #1741
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Villa Amenities

These are the amenities found in the "master" bath of a 1 bedroom villa in October 2012:



Each of the long boxes contain a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste. (I have not seen those before)

The bottles have a flip open top and are labeled "Disney Resorts", previously bottles had a larger screw top and were labeled "Grand Californian" with the hotel logo.

The bottles contain: Sea Salt Body Wash, Sea Salt Hydrating Body Lotion, Refreshing Mouthwash, Sea Marine Collagen Conditioner, Sea Marine Revitalizing Shampoo.

Each shower had another bottle of Body Wash, Conditioner, Shampoo, and a bar of Sea Salt Bath Soap (not pictured).

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:39 AM   #1742
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:18 AM   #1743
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What is the best/closest/cleanest good neighbor hotel to stay in the night before checking in to the VGC? Just want to make it easy on myself before attempting an early check in at the Grand.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:25 PM   #1744
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What is the best/closest/cleanest good neighbor hotel to stay in the night before checking in to the VGC? Just want to make it easy on myself before attempting an early check in at the Grand.
We stayed at the candy cane inn. It's clean and right around the corner.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #1745
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What is the best/closest/cleanest good neighbor hotel to stay in the night before checking in to the VGC? Just want to make it easy on myself before attempting an early check in at the Grand.
We stayed down Harbor Blvd at Embassy Suites. It was a beautiful hotel and cheaper than the lower star good neighbor hotels and still only a 2 minute drive to the Grand CA.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:04 PM   #1746
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What is the proper way to ask about availability? I posted on the miscellaneous board but my post was deleted.I am not a DVC member but I have two consecutive reservations for feb and this rental would be for another Diser I am trying to help out.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:39 AM   #1747
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Very, very limited availability in Feb. You or they should probably enquire from someone that has points for rent, in the rental section. At this point, it can be any owners with points available for Feb, not just VGC owners.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:39 AM   #1748
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Thank you.
I think she is leaning to GCH with a military discount now.It's their first trip
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:46 AM   #1749
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Question GCV:Availability of 1 or 2 BR August, 2013 at 7 mo mark?

How difficult is it to get a 1 or 2 BR at the 7 mo mark at Grand Californian Villas?

Thanks very much in advance!
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:05 AM   #1750
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How difficult is it to get a 1 or 2 BR at the 7 mo mark at Grand Californian Villas?

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We waitlisted a studio last month for end of March next year and it came through last week. Hope this helps!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:34 AM   #1751
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How difficult is it to get a 1 or 2 BR at the 7 mo mark at Grand Californian Villas?

Thanks very much in advance!
I'm interested in this myself....my 7 month mark will be coming up in about 2 weeks. We are more interested in a 1-bedroom but we will take a Studio if it is available and a 1-bedroom is not. We will be going the first week of June.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:01 AM   #1752
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How difficult is it to get a 1 or 2 BR at the 7 mo mark at Grand Californian Villas?

Thanks very much in advance!
I would jump online right at 8:00am eastern on the 7 month mark. I've been able to get studios twice that way. Later in the day some of the dates were soldout.

A dedicated 2 bedroom will be the easiest to get.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:07 AM   #1753
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I'm interested in this myself....my 7 month mark will be coming up in about 2 weeks. We are more interested in a 1-bedroom but we will take a Studio if it is available and a 1-bedroom is not. We will be going the first week of June.
From what I've seen, the studios tend to book the fastest. 1BRs are next. Of course, the actual dates of your trip will be the biggest factor in whether or not there's availability for you. My guess is that for the most days during the end of May or beginning of June you will find a 1BR at the 7-month mark. But I'm not sure what effect Memorial Day weekend will have if those days are during your trip (or if there are any other events going on).
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:36 AM   #1754
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PoohsFan1, we're past the 7 month mark for most of May yet 1 bdrms are still available. First week of June might be more in demand but should be far enough past Memorial Day. Not too many people stay more than a week.

jerseygal, August is a busy time and keep in mind that the half marathon runs at the end of the month. Be ready to book early at the 7 month window.

I agree with pp that the dedicated 2 bdrms are generally the last to be booked.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #1755
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HMM, just changed my VGC reservation for Spring Break this weekend and added 2 days. I asked the CM if the room requests I made would carry over - the reservation number was staying the same. Turns out that despite my submitting my requests through the online tool and getting a confirmation, they were not on the record at all. I would suggest anyone who submits that way double check...

Just a heads up on the 2 bedroom questions - at almost 5 months out I was able to extend our reservation for a 2 bedroom dedicated by 2 nights, no problem, over Spring Break.... but dedicated 2 bedrooms are ALL that's available.
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