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Old 06-09-2011, 02:22 PM   #751
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There are 3 villas on the 6th floor, all facing the Paradise Pier.
6500 - 2 bedroom
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The ceilings are standard height.
The balcony in 6504 is open on 2 sides, giving a view of Paradise Pier and also toward Grizzly Rapids.
Cool thanks! I know that somewhere in this thread there's a map of the wing layout floor by floor, but didn't want to hunt for it. Well, maybe one year we'll get 6500. Almost never book studios so probably will never get to see the dual view balcony though it sounds awesome. Anybody on here stayed in 6500 and know if the ceilings are normal height?
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Old 06-09-2011, 03:41 PM   #752
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The World of Color fastpass distribution for resort guest has changed. Previously, resort guests would enter California Adventure at 9AM and get fastpasses from the machines at Grizzly Rapids (and often immediately return to the hotel).
We lined up at the Grand Californian entrance to California Adventure at 8:30 (after already doing Disneyland Magic Morning). We were second in line, so showing up at 9AM would have been fine. At 9AM, cast members walked down the line and handed out World of Color fastpasses -- they did not check for park tickets or room keys. This is a much more efficient process, taking only a few minutes.
The CMs only have so many FPs to hand out though. We found out the hard way - when the group in front of us was the last group to get FPs (and there were plenty of people behind us too). We got in line at 9:00 for a 10:00 park opening, and our line spot was at WWS.

So we had to wait to get our WOC FPs until we got into the park (slow getting through the security there), which delayed getting on SOC (3 months ago). So we weren't fans of the new process. I'd go line up even earlier now to make sure I got the FP handout.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:07 PM   #753
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I know that somewhere in this thread there's a map of the wing layout floor by floor, but didn't want to hunt for it.
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Anybody on here stayed in 6500 and know if the ceilings are normal height?
I've stayed in 6502, and the ceilings were normal height.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:15 PM   #754
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The CMs only have so many FPs to hand out though. We found out the hard way - when the group in front of us was the last group to get FPs (and there were plenty of people behind us too). We got in line at 9:00 for a 10:00 park opening, and our line spot was at WWS.
Thanks for the info.
The line at the Grand Californian entrance last Saturday might have been unusually short, since many guests were going to Disneyland for Star Tours.
It is generally a good idea to arrive by 8:30.
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:19 PM   #755
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I am staying at the grand cal right now. This morning and the previous mornings, they were still passing out the WOC fast passes. The best part was they did not run out and I got in line at 9:05 and the line was past wws and to the pool gate. The cast members still had a pretty sizeable stack of fast passes to give out.
FWIW the cast members just asked how many passes you needed and did not need to see park tickets (though they did ask to see a room key). I saw one guy ask and get 11 fast passes by himeself.

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Old 06-14-2011, 10:49 AM   #757
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Just left first stay at VGC!

Wow! We were blown away with the quality of the rooms at VGC. The murphy bed under the tv in the living room really provided more space than a sleeper chair when each was open along with the couch bed. We checked in later in the day so we got a pool view, (requested a park view) we had room 4507. Loved the proximity to DTD, DCA, and DL. I was even lucky enough to score a DVC vinylmation from D-street. The weather was unbelievable. Thiss was our first visit to California. Highs everyday were low to mid 70's,
With the free FP we were given at check in, we were able to ride Star Tours 5times. we had a great time.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:59 PM   #758
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Wow! We were blown away with the quality of the rooms at VGC. The murphy bed under the tv in the living room really provided more space than a sleeper chair when each was open along with the couch bed. We checked in later in the day so we got a pool view, (requested a park view) we had room 4507. Loved the proximity to DTD, DCA, and DL. I was even lucky enough to score a DVC vinylmation from D-street. The weather was unbelievable. Thiss was our first visit to California. Highs everyday were low to mid 70's,
With the free FP we were given at check in, we were able to ride Star Tours 5times. we had a great time.
Sounds like a perfect trip.

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Old 06-14-2011, 04:36 PM   #759
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Any one else think that its time for DVC to ratchet up the DVC discount on DL APs? WDW gives a $100 discount and DL only gives $20. According to my records, in 2008, the WDW AP and the DL PAP were both $369 after DVC discount (not including tax on the WDW AP). Now, the WDW AP is $419 and the DL PAP is $479!

If nothing else, it would be nice to see a DL PAP that would be available to DVC members which would not include parking in the Mickey & Friends lot. We stay in hotels or the GCV when we visit and never use the non-hotel parking lots. Just taking away the parking rights should enable DVC to negotiate a price that is $99 less for the PAP.

Do the rest of you buy APs or use the non-hotel parking? -- Suzanne

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Any one else think that its time for DVC to ratchet up the DVC discount on DL APs? WDW gives a $100 discount and DL only gives $20. According to my records, in 2008, the WDW AP and the DL PAP were both $369 after DVC discount (not including tax on the WDW AP). Now, the WDW AP is $419 and the DL PAP is $479!

If nothing else, it would be nice to see a DL PAP that would be available to DVC members which would not include parking in the Mickey & Friends lot. We stay in hotels or the GCV when we visit and never use the non-hotel parking lots. Just taking away the parking rights should enable DVC to negotiate a price that is $99 less for the PAP.

Do the rest of you buy APs or use the non-hotel parking? -- Suzanne
We don't have a vehicle there since we take the train in and cab to the park. I agree that they should find a way to give us a better AP deal..WDW gets $100 off..that has to be a much larger percentage than our $20 off discount..and nothing on renewals.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:27 AM   #762
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I wish WDW had the restaurant discounts that DL has. Pretty much everywhere has 10% off.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:33 AM   #763
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I would love a $100 discount on DL APs! Why such a big discount at WDW but not DL?

As for the dining discount, I'm guessing that at WDW you are a captive audience and can't really go anywhere else to grab something to eat. Since DL is smack dab in the middle of a city, there are a lot more places to eat within walking distance, so they offer you the discount to entice you to stay and eat.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:19 PM   #764
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Can someone explain the 20% "service charge" the Mandara Spa tacks on to your bill? Is this in lieu of a tip or are you expected to provide a tip in addition to the service charge? Thanks for your help!
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Can someone explain the 20% "service charge" the Mandara Spa tacks on to your bill?
It must be to help offset the 10% DVC discount

The lack of mysterious charges is one of the best features of DVC
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