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Old 11-22-2010, 01:04 PM   #91
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Just got back from a weekend birthday trip staying in the park view Grand Villa. As much as I was impressed by the other units we've stayed in, the grand villa still manages to kick it up a notch, from the giant flat screen tv with built in surround sound, to the pool table, to the tv in the master bathroom mirror (aka the talking mirror as my 4 year old called it). Amazing! I also felt that they added more details in the furnishing and decorations, like an arts and crafts style grandfather clock, and an antique looking wall hanging just to name a few.

FYI, the view of the World of Color show from the Grand Villa was great. I haven't seen it from the ground yet, but I think we got the full experience. We could clearly make out the images on the water screens and of course could hear the sound perfectly through the World of Color channel on the TV. At any rate, the ability to enjoy it inside with a cocktail in hand on a rainy Saturday night was worth any trade off of going down to the viewing area and standing in the cold for a couple of hours! I'm sure I'll get down there in better weather.

A few other random details:
1. As nunzia confirmed, there is no non-stick fry pan. The knives are also terrible.
2. The fridge has an ice maker (don't remember that from the other units)
3. The park view side is a handicapped accessible unit. The kitchen counters are lower and the master bath has an accessible shower.
4. Hotel guests are still getting the 9am entry for the first crack at World of Color fastpasses (not that we used them this weekend).
5. We used a sitting service to watch the kids when we went to Napa Rose for dinner. She came straight the the villa and charged $12/hour for 2 kids. If anyone's looking for a recommendation, feel free to PM me.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:51 PM   #92
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Just got back from a weekend birthday trip staying in the park view Grand Villa...
Please post some pictures, both the inside of the Grand Villa and the view.
My first Grand Villa trip will be in June, when Little Mermaid and Star Tours are open
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This sounds so cool! I've already decided that for my 50th birthday I am going to book dinner at the Napa Rose in the private dining room, but I'm thinking it would be really cool to put my favorite family and friends in a Grand Villa, also because I would LOVE to stay in Grand Villa and living in Long Beach I certainly could not justify staying in one unless it was for something like my 50th!

However, by posting this I am actually publicly admitting that I am approaching that birthdate.... wait didn't I say that I'm approaching my 21st birthday and want to do it up big?
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:39 AM   #94
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This sounds so cool! I've already decided that for my 50th birthday I am going to book dinner at the Napa Rose in the private dining room, but I'm thinking it would be really cool to put my favorite family and friends in a Grand Villa, also because I would LOVE to stay in Grand Villa and living in Long Beach I certainly could not justify staying in one unless it was for something like my 50th!

However, by posting this I am actually publicly admitting that I am approaching that birthdate.... wait didn't I say that I'm approaching my 21st birthday and want to do it up big?
Sounds wonderful to me!

Oh no, now you've made me realize I'm getting close to THAT birthday too! We're suppose to be going to Kauai the month before THAT birthday so I guess that will make it not so hard to swallow. Maybe we should stop in at Aulani for a few nights too!
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:25 AM   #95
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Please post some pictures, both the inside of the Grand Villa and the view.
My first Grand Villa trip will be in June, when Little Mermaid and Star Tours are open
Hey don't jinx it!
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:24 AM   #96
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Sounds wonderful to me!

Oh no, now you've made me realize I'm getting close to THAT birthday too! We're suppose to be going to Kauai the month before THAT birthday so I guess that will make it not so hard to swallow. Maybe we should stop in at Aulani for a few nights too!
I'm PAST that birthday, and you know, it's not so bad...
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This sounds so cool! I've already decided that for my 50th birthday I am going to book dinner at the Napa Rose in the private dining room, but I'm thinking it would be really cool to put my favorite family and friends in a Grand Villa, also because I would LOVE to stay in Grand Villa and living in Long Beach I certainly could not justify staying in one unless it was for something like my 50th!

However, by posting this I am actually publicly admitting that I am approaching that birthdate.... wait didn't I say that I'm approaching my 21st birthday and want to do it up big?
I like that plan! I've got a few years to plan for THAT birthday (I just had the one BEFORE that birthday in October... though I am now in my 5th decade because of the BEFORE birthday ) so hopefully DW and I can model something like that for my turn with THAT birthday when it's time.
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:10 PM   #102
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This sounds so cool! I've already decided that for my 50th birthday I am going to book dinner at the Napa Rose in the private dining room, but I'm thinking it would be really cool to put my favorite family and friends in a Grand Villa, also because I would LOVE to stay in Grand Villa and living in Long Beach I certainly could not justify staying in one unless it was for something like my 50th!?
We live fairly close by (though not as close as Long Beach), and it really was fantastic. I can't recommend it enough. We brought friends that were not that into disney, and everyone was very impressed by the villa and the resort in general, and of course, Napa Rose. It really is a different experience to stay onsite and relax, especially in poor weather.

This was my 40th birthday, and I thank all of you for making me feel like such a youngling. When I was checking in, I swear that just about half of the other guests at the counter were celebrating a birthday. They gave me 2 balloons for the kids and an autographed picture of Winnie the Pooh and the gang. Very cute!

I've scanned my pics, and unfortunately they don't look that great. I got lazy and only brought my point and shoot instead of the good camera. I'll poll my other guests for their pictures and post any decent ones that I have.
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:26 PM   #103
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I like that plan! I've got a few years to plan for THAT birthday (I just had the one BEFORE that birthday in October... though I am now in my 5th decade because of the BEFORE birthday ) so hopefully DW and I can model something like that for my turn with THAT birthday when it's time.
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This was my 40th birthday, and I thank all of you for making me feel like such a youngling. When I was checking in, I swear that just about half of the other guests at the counter were celebrating a birthday. They gave me 2 balloons for the kids and an autographed picture of Winnie the Pooh and the gang. Very cute!
We really did it up for my 40th about 40 guests on a Murder Mystery Paddle Boat Cruise, so I have to come up with something completely different!

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Oh no, now you've made me realize I'm getting close to THAT birthday too! We're suppose to be going to Kauai the month before THAT birthday so I guess that will make it not so hard to swallow. Maybe we should stop in at Aulani for a few nights too!
I'm still right smack in the middle, but I like to have my plans laid well in advance.

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I'm PAST that birthday, and you know, it's not so bad...
My DP passed that one more than several years back so I know it's not that bad, and it sure beats the alternative!
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:57 AM   #104
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Just got back from 11 days at Disney with 8 of them in a 2 bedroom villa (originally had 6 but was able to add 2 in the last few weeks). Oh how I love our home..... Nothing better than arriving to the villas, finding out that we were blessed with a park view for the 3rd time in a row, and being greeted by everyone with "Welcome Home". We got my brother a studio for 2 nights and they were given a 2nd floor facing Redwood Creek Challenge and really didn't have much view of anything except the pool that was off to the side. We did peek at a 5th floor view studio facing the same direction and it had a pretty decent view of TT and Grizzly Run.

World of Color-
For anyone wanting to know we had room 5506 (park view) and we were able to make out a lot images from the world of color (unlike 4500 - which we have had twice). It is just awesome to watch from the deck, I personally could do that every night.

Noise-
The noise was a bit loud some mornings but it really depended on what they did that morning (we had a few mornings that they ran a hoe/hammer and that was loud) but other than that the other mornings were fine with little noise.

Room difference-
The only thing that wasn't as good to us was that this 2 bedroom unit does not have quite the picture window that 4500 had, there is a support beam that runs right down the middle of the window and it seemed to us that the 2nd bedroom was a tad narrower (1-2 feet) then our end unit was, but we still had an awesome time and loved our villa. Just wanted to note the minor differences we saw - for informational purposes.

We had an awesome dinner at Napa with some friends and surprised some other friends that were there celebrating a 40th birthday, with a Disney stone that had their families name on it, of course we also purchased one for ourselves right next to them.

Just a question for anyone that might know - When we leave our villas we always leave the leftover paper towel rolls (4-5), lysol can, tide detergent and bounce fabric sheets for the next guest but I don't know if they just throw it all away or if they maybe leave it for those that might want it??? We always throw the other things away but I have thought why not leave these - just incase. Does anyone know or has anyone found things left from previous guest in their Villa?
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:50 AM   #105
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I tried to open a new thread on a question I had about DVC and hotel units being included in the statement on VGC for the annual meeting. It got moved into the thread on annual dues. Another poster suggested that maybe it belonged here. Rather than duplicate threads, here's a link to that posting.

The gist of the question is why are their hotel units included in the VGC "Condominium", to use the official language?
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