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Old 11-17-2011, 12:21 PM   #931
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Bugs..

I was also concerned when reading the TripAdvisor reviews. We just got back, after staying in Tower 5 (6th floor) for 6 nights and happily, I didn't see any bugs.

But I was worried, too. After all, there are alot of people coming and going..

The room was very clean. There was some fraying on a lampshade, a couple of scuff marks on the walls and the spare blanket wasn't the cleanest.

Those would be my only complaints, oh, we did unplug our phone because we got many calls from the timeshare folks. I warned my husband and kids not to answer the phone.
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:59 PM   #932
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I have an irrational phobia of "those bugs" (I can't even type the name without panicking). My husband knows this. One night of our 7 night stay we were watching TV and my husband goes.. "Was that..." and then stopped himself. I asked what. He said nothing and not to ask anymore questions, so I didn't, but I think he saw one. I never did though!
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:34 PM   #933
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I have an irrational phobia of "those bugs" (I can't even type the name without panicking). My husband knows this. One night of our 7 night stay we were watching TV and my husband goes.. "Was that..." and then stopped himself. I asked what. He said nothing and not to ask anymore questions, so I didn't, but I think he saw one. I never did though!
Thanks for your post, I feel a little better that I am not the only one with the irrational phobia!

Which building were you in?

I actually asked my husband to type into google on his computer the resort name plus "those bugs" (writing it like this for your sake lol) because I was too scared of seeing a picture of one come up in the google results!

So I feel a little bit less silly now.

Sorry to everyone again for asking the question, I know this is an icky topic.

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Old 11-18-2011, 06:38 PM   #934
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Thank you both for your speedy feedback!

MsCoz2000, I think that a palmetto bug is a type of cockroach, a really big one. We had one in a vacation home and I had the exact same reaction as you. I SCREAMED and ran. Poor DH had to deal with it.
Yes. A palmetto bug is an improved model of cockroach -- great big, honkin' ugly thing...that FLIES!

However, because it's a flying bug, it is NOT an indicator of uncleanliness -- just a reminder that you're in Florida.

They are everywhere in Florida -- as are many species of lizards and frogs. An individual palmetto bug probably just flew in from somewhere, and that's all you'll usually see. They come into our garage all the time and we see them occasionally on the pool deck, but not usually in the house. OTOH, if you see a bunch of small cockroaches that don't fly (German roaches), that is a sign of untidyness.

Any time you're around natural surroundings (which is almost all the time in Florida -- even here in Miami), you are going to encounter critters. We live in a densly populated, heavily developed section of Miami, but we see squirrels, possums, dozens of species of birds, occasional racoons or foxes, and yes even snakes sometimes.

Palmetto bugs are like lovebugs. They're an acquired taste, ugly, not particularly beneficial to humans, but harmless.

Our favorite insects are dragonflies -- which probably also scare visitors -- because they EAT mosquitos.

Relax and enjoy your vacation!
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:45 PM   #935
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I was wondering if you guys could give me some pointers?

We have always tried to stay on site (mostly for the free dining). But we want to go to Disney in December this year and we missed the free dining window. We're on a pretty tight budget so we thought we couldn't go this year, until i saw this forum. I must say it really peaks my interest. We are a family of 5 (3 grown children) so we would have to get 2 rooms on site or go for a more expensive option onsite that holds 5.

So I was looking at Farrells on ebay and I saw that they had November for 99 for a 2 bedroom suite. I was wondering if it would be safe to assume we'd see the same thing for December soon.

I also saw for Farrells on ebay starting dec 11 for 5 nights for 475 for a 2 bedroom. We can't be there until late on the 12th due to son's college. Can we purchase it and are they flexible about adjusting the dates? Also can you check in very late (like 11 pm?)

Thanks for all your help!!
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:19 AM   #936
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Yes. A palmetto bug is an improved model of cockroach -- great big, honkin' ugly thing...that FLIES!

However, because it's a flying bug, it is NOT an indicator of uncleanliness -- just a reminder that you're in Florida.

They are everywhere in Florida -- as are many species of lizards and frogs. An individual palmetto bug probably just flew in from somewhere, and that's all you'll usually see. They come into our garage all the time and we see them occasionally on the pool deck, but not usually in the house. OTOH, if you see a bunch of small cockroaches that don't fly (German roaches), that is a sign of untidyness.

Any time you're around natural surroundings (which is almost all the time in Florida -- even here in Miami), you are going to encounter critters. We live in a densly populated, heavily developed section of Miami, but we see squirrels, possums, dozens of species of birds, occasional racoons or foxes, and yes even snakes sometimes.

Palmetto bugs are like lovebugs. They're an acquired taste, ugly, not particularly beneficial to humans, but harmless.

Our favorite insects are dragonflies -- which probably also scare visitors -- because they EAT mosquitos.

Relax and enjoy your vacation!
Thank you very much for your post, I found it to be very informative!!

Now only if my irrational cockroach fear would listen...lol. I will try to remember to relax - thanks!
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:50 AM   #937
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I was wondering if you guys could give me some pointers?

We have always tried to stay on site (mostly for the free dining). But we want to go to Disney in December this year and we missed the free dining window. We're on a pretty tight budget so we thought we couldn't go this year, until i saw this forum. I must say it really peaks my interest. We are a family of 5 (3 grown children) so we would have to get 2 rooms on site or go for a more expensive option onsite that holds 5.

So I was looking at Farrells on ebay and I saw that they had November for 99 for a 2 bedroom suite. I was wondering if it would be safe to assume we'd see the same thing for December soon.

I also saw for Farrells on ebay starting dec 11 for 5 nights for 475 for a 2 bedroom. We can't be there until late on the 12th due to son's college. Can we purchase it and are they flexible about adjusting the dates? Also can you check in very late (like 11 pm?)

Thanks for all your help!!
Contact the seller. He has been renting reservations for years on ebay and I'm sure will work with you.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:36 PM   #938
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:08 PM   #939
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Just back from a trip 11/12 to 11/19. We arrived at 4pm and our room was ready in tower 4. Furniture was in bad shape. I circled the lowest income on the parking pass sheet, and after they saw that I was handed a few pieces of paper, the spa prices, directions to Target and Walmart, and bus schedule and we were on our way.

One annoyance was the internet was having serious problems. The DHCP server was unreachable Saturday night and for most of Sunday. DNS wasn't working off and on, I had to change the settings to google DNS to get out. Internet went down a few more times, but was back later. The phone system was also behaving odd. Out of curiosity I left my router open for awhile and had 9 people connect within a few hours. Then I locked it down as the DL speed is only 4 Mbps.

One weird thing is we had 3 messages, yet the phone system wasn't able to ever dial voicemail. Oh well. At noon our phone became an intercom, with someone from guest services shouting, "are you there". The fact that they can just broadcast into your room is annoying. A few stern words to leave us alone stopped the calls. If you put in a do not disturb request through the phone it rebooted. Also if you try to use a router direct, bypassing the phone's internet connection, I was denied a connection due to vlan issues.

Sorry if that sounds technical, but for those who understand it may help you debug problems in the future.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:53 PM   #940
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I was wondering if you guys could give me some pointers?

We have always tried to stay on site (mostly for the free dining). But we want to go to Disney in December this year and we missed the free dining window. We're on a pretty tight budget so we thought we couldn't go this year, until i saw this forum. I must say it really peaks my interest. We are a family of 5 (3 grown children) so we would have to get 2 rooms on site or go for a more expensive option onsite that holds 5.

So I was looking at Farrells on ebay and I saw that they had November for 99 for a 2 bedroom suite. I was wondering if it would be safe to assume we'd see the same thing for December soon.

I also saw for Farrells on ebay starting dec 11 for 5 nights for 475 for a 2 bedroom. We can't be there until late on the 12th due to son's college. Can we purchase it and are they flexible about adjusting the dates? Also can you check in very late (like 11 pm?)

Thanks for all your help!!

Contact Farrell directly. We just got back and booked with him for 11/8-14 (a Tuesday to Monday). Not your typical timeshare week. He was able to do it no problem -- he broke it up into two reservations 8-11 and 11 -14 to coincide with typical check in dates. Very easy to work with.
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:45 AM   #941
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Just back from a trip 11/12 to 11/19. We arrived at 4pm and our room was ready in tower 4. Furniture was in bad shape. I circled the lowest income on the parking pass sheet, and after they saw that I was handed a few pieces of paper, the spa prices, directions to Target and Walmart, and bus schedule and we were on our way.

One annoyance was the internet was having serious problems. The DHCP server was unreachable Saturday night and for most of Sunday. DNS wasn't working off and on, I had to change the settings to google DNS to get out. Internet went down a few more times, but was back later. The phone system was also behaving odd. Out of curiosity I left my router open for awhile and had 9 people connect within a few hours. Then I locked it down as the DL speed is only 4 Mbps.
We also had Internet problems, but no phone problems, at least not that we noticed. The Internet went out late Thursday (November 10), was out all day Friday and was still out early Saturday morning when we left. Luckily I had paid for early bird check in at Southwest because the front desk told us Internet was out for the entire property. I would have thought they would have gotten the problem fixed sooner. We were also in tower 4.

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Old 11-21-2011, 01:20 PM   #942
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Do you get the timeshare spiels when you book through the owner directly?
If you book through an owner you are not required to listen to the timeshare spiel. they will however try to convince you to come to one when you check in. From reports here, either circling the lowest income level, or stating that you are a married couple but your spouse is not traveling with you, will usually get you out of the constant harrassment to come to the presentation.

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We also had Internet problems, but no phone problems, at least not that we noticed. The Internet went out late Thursday (November 10), was out all day Friday and was still out early Saturday morning when we left. Luckily I had paid for early bird check in at Southwest because the front desk told us Internet was out for the entire property. I would have thought they would have gotten the problem fixed sooner. We were also in tower 4.
I know i was having issues in tower 6 for most of the week. sometimes it would work, sometimes it wouldn't. The weekend was pretty much a bust. (Also glad i chose EBCI). As for getting it fixed sooner....*shrug* dunno. from working support in the past, it really depends on how their connection is set up. For all we know, they could be connected to a central Wyndham corporate WAN which then has a gateway to the internet. If there was a problem with their WAN or the corporate gateways, it could be a bit more difficult to resolve since the resort would need to get the resources at corporate involved to resolve the issue.
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:18 PM   #943
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Has anyone taken a Mears Shuttle to BC? If so, how was your trip? And what buildings did they drop you off at?

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Old 11-22-2011, 09:48 PM   #944
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If you book through an owner you are not required to listen to the timeshare spiel. they will however try to convince you to come to one when you check in. From reports here, either circling the lowest income level, or stating that you are a married couple but your spouse is not traveling with you, will usually get you out of the constant harrassment to come to the presentation.
The sales tour offer will come when you go to pick up your parking pass. The folks at that desk are what are called "body snatchers" in the timeshare industry, and they richly deserve that affectionate term.

The system most Wyndham owners use to avoid the sales weasels is to "Just say No." You may have to say it several times, and then they will ask you to "take a survey" -- which is code for sales presentation. Decline that too, and as soon as you get to your room disconnect the phone. Anyone you want to talk to has your cell anyway, so you don't need the hotel phone.

Wyndham is a very good timeshare system, but their sales organization is one of the most unethical in the industry. If their lips are moving, they're lying. Avoid them like the plague.

Also know that you can buy Wyndham contracts on eBay for $1 with free closing any day of the week.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:00 PM   #945
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The sales tour offer will come when you go to pick up your parking pass. The folks at that desk are what are called "body snatchers" in the timeshare industry, and they richly deserve that affectionate term.

The system most Wyndham owners use to avoid the sales weasels is to "Just say No." You may have to say it several times, and then they will ask you to "take a survey" -- which is code for sales presentation. Decline that too, and as soon as you get to your room disconnect the phone. Anyone you want to talk to has your cell anyway, so you don't need the hotel phone.

Wyndham is a very good timeshare system, but their sales organization is one of the most unethical in the industry. If their lips are moving, they're lying. Avoid them like the plague.

Also know that you can buy Wyndham contracts on eBay for $1 with free closing any day of the week.
Hear hear from a Wyndhan owner. The only thing I disagree with is that it is a "very good timeshare system." It used to be, but Wyndham keeps making it less and less owner friendly.
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