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Old 01-02-2012, 05:34 PM   #1111
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Can DVC members staying on points utilize the vacation planning services offered to Disney hotel guests?
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:22 PM   #1112
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Yes, the points are in my 2012 UY (we are June on our main contract so it'll be easy to put them back).
I have a question about this. Do you have 2 different UY? If you borrowed 2012 points, I thought you couldn't move them back. I'm relatively new to DVC and haven't borrowed yet so I'm curious. We have a June UY and visited in May in 2010 and 2011. I've never had to cancel but I have worried if we had to cancel I'd end up losing those points. We have to bank by the end of January.
Thanks for any clarification.
We have two contracts, one is June, one is October. The points I used for the June 17-19 reservation is in a June 2012 UY contract/points, so that is the first month they are available. So they are current UY points for that reservation, not borrowed. I have until February 2013 to bank those. Not that we will since I never have enough points.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:54 PM   #1113
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taaren,
Thank you for the clarification. I thought you might have 2 UY based on what I understand about the banking window. I have multiple contracts (addonitis!!) but they are all on the same UY. I could see a benefit to different UY, although it may get confusing.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:54 PM   #1114
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For all you VGC groupies.
We are staying in a 2bd DVC room on April 29-May4, and wondered about which rooms we should ask for. Do you have a good view of WOC from 3522 or do you need to be higher. We realize you can not request and get a assigned room and I have requested a Paradise Pier view and high as I can get just thought I would ask for a specific room #.

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Old 01-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #1115
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For all you VGC groupies.
We are staying in a 2bd DVC room on April 29-May4, and wondered about which rooms we should ask for. Do you have a good view of WOC from 3522 or do you need to be higher. We realize you can not request and get a assigned room and I have requested a Paradise Pier view and high as I can get just thought I would ask for a specific room #.

Thanks

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I made a request using this room priority list.

1. 3522
2. 5506
3. 4506
4. 3506
5. 6500
6. 5500
7. 4500
8. 3500
9. 5518
10. 4518
11. 3518
12. 3513
13. 5503
14. 4503
15. 3503

Maybe overkill. I was trying for the best view of WoC available, and I got my top choice. Not sure if it's the best, but it was pretty good. It's got to be either 3522 or 5506, though.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:30 PM   #1116
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I made a request using this room priority list.

1. 3522
2. 5506
3. 4506
4. 3506
5. 6500
6. 5500
7. 4500
8. 3500
9. 5518
10. 4518
11. 3518
12. 3513
13. 5503
14. 4503
15. 3503

Maybe overkill. I was trying for the best view of WoC available, and I got my top choice. Not sure if it's the best, but it was pretty good. It's got to be either 3522 or 5506, though.
The trees are starting to get pretty tall in front of the villas. When did you stay in 3522? Was it starting to get obscured?
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:43 PM   #1117
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We just returned from an one night stay in 5502 (one bedroom). This is the first time we've ever gotten a room higher than the third floor. We loved the view BUT have to say that we like the WOC view from 3506 better. My DH and I noticed that we were not able to see any water projections as some have said about watching from the 6th floor observation deck. When we stayed in 3506 (2 bedroom) in May 2011, we were able to see the water projections from both balconies and from the living room window.

Just by coincidence, my DH wondered about the tree heights after noticing that our balcony luckily was higher than the tree that was right in front of 4502 and 3502. He also noticed that there were 2 trees not growing straight up in the 3522 area curving over right in front of a balcony. We had the Zephyr in our line of sight from 5502. I attempted to take pictures with my ipad and they didn't look as great as the pictures from 3506.

Our villa was spotless. If there has to be some negatives, we didn't have any face towels in any of the bathrooms, which we didn't notice until late at night. Plus the only frying pan was a small 6 inch one. I know we've used a larger one in the two bedroom villa. Do all one bedroom villas have the smaller pan? I know that doesn't matter to you folks that don't cook, but we do use the kitchen a lot.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:12 AM   #1118
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We just returned from a 3 night stay in 4504. The trip was only booked on December 1, with 2 days available. The waitlist for the third day came through on December 17. This was our first stay in a Studio, and my wife and I found the room layout much better than a normal room at the GCH.

My room request was: 6504, 5504, 4504, 3504...
4504 is only third on the list, so clearly an effort is being made to meet request
We registered around noon and the room was ready at 4:30PM.
The cast member will not disclose the room number during registration, however the room number is printed on the registration card

The villa was clean, the only minor issue was a missing glass and only one robe. A call to Guest Services, and the items were delivered in 5 minutes.

The WOC view was quite nice, although I neglected to take any pictures. This is the daytime view:
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:43 AM   #1119
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The trees are starting to get pretty tall in front of the villas. When did you stay in 3522? Was it starting to get obscured?
We stayed in July 2011. Looking back on my photos now, it does seem like the view is obscured by trees. This one shows the view before the WoC show.


This one shows that the projections are obscured by the trees.


This one gives a sense of what the bigger parts of the show look like.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:29 AM   #1120
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We stayed in July 2011. Looking back on my photos now, it does seem like the view is obscured by trees. This one shows the view before the WoC show.
The Grand Villa 4522 is high enough to see over the trees along the fence, although the trees will block the view as they grow. The tall trees inside the park at back edge of the viewing are another obstruction.

This photo was from June 2011
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:42 AM   #1121
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Excited for our trip

We are staying at GC Villasfor our first time this Spring.
I loved the hotel when we have stayed. I hope the villas are just as nice.
Looking forward to our stay.
The pictures posted here are awesome.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:10 PM   #1122
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We are staying at GC Villas for our first time this Spring.
I loved the hotel when we have stayed. I hope the villas are just as nice.
You will be pleased
The villas are much better than the hotel
Don't forget to make a room request in advance
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:58 PM   #1123
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This is a great thread! Thanks, Christopher. Can you add us to the 2012 list? We bought into VGC at the beginning and this will be our first DVC stay in CA. We are really looking forward to it! We will be there March 12-16.
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #1124
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I want to thank everybody for all the great info in this thread. A new owner and looking forward to our first stay this fall. I put in room requests when I booked, but does it help to also send a email to MS also? Thanks
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:04 AM   #1125
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...I put in room requests when I booked, but does it help to also send a email to MS also?
Sending an email might be redundant, but can't hurt anything.
You will receive an email back from MS confirming your request has been added to the reservation. A copy of the email might be useful if you are assigned a villa you are not happy with and registration claims there was no request. A request is not guaranteed, but the Grand California seems to be doing their best to meet requests
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