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Old 08-13-2012, 05:11 PM   #1876
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Does anyone know if they've ever included coalition forces? I know they don't now, but I'm just curious. My hubby was in the British army and I think it stinks we can't use the discount I understand though they have to put some limitations on them.
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Thanks for the info, Kook. Yes FL rates used to be up to 35% the past few years and sometimes even 40% but suddenly not anymore. You are lucky to keep 40%, but also deserve it for your service!

The FL and AP rates at CR are 25% on Aug. 17. But the CM I talked to today wouldn't let me use it since we arrive on the 16th and we are using the 20% off GP rate. The diff only comes out to $25 since it's only for one night but still...I think i will try to call again.

I also have a BB reservation for October and I know they might allow me to change my dates, but would they allow me to add this 2nd reservation at the same BB rate? I don't want to give up my reservation for October because I'm not sure I'll get another BB while staying at CR next week.

Anyway, wishing you a great time at BLT. We stayed there twice when it was new. Loved the extra bathroom. Loved everything about BLT and at that time thought housekeeping was very good. Liked the convenience of the monorail and Contempo Cafe. I can't comment on maintenance issues but noise from neighbors was never an issue. Did you give up your GF plans?
I appreciate your BLT comments and it makes me feel better reading that. I had read some reports that some rooms weren't aging gracefully!

I can't believe you remember about RPC! Due to the construction, I gave that up long ago and it has since been replaced with multiple resorts. I'll post an update on BLT after we check in this weekend. It looks like we just miss each other this weekend.

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Thank you for your service to our country.
I will pass that along to DH - you're very kind, zima-cheryl.

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We will be checking into BLT in 19 Days . Even though we are owners of BLT and have been since 2010, this is our first stay here. We will be in a Studio Lake View and we are all very excited about our stay. One question I have is, where exactly are the washers and dryers there? Thank you so much
DVC studios don't have washers and dryers, but laundry facilities are located on the first floor off the lobby area. The studios are only around 300 SF, which is around 100 SF smaller than a room at the CR. But, I bet the Japanese could figure out a way to fit one in

I hope you have a great first stay at BLT!
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The best Lake View Studios end in 08. I stayed in 8408 (14th floor and it was amazing) Here is the view. This was taken with my phone. The castle and MK were much clearer and closer than they appear in the pano. Perfect fireworks every night.

Oh wow, thanks for the picture....that would be an awesome view to get. Kind of the best of both worlds...MK with the fireworks and Bay Lake .
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:21 PM   #1878
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Oh wow, thanks for the picture....that would be an awesome view to get. Kind of the best of both worlds...MK with the fireworks and Bay Lake .
I requested low even number and high floor. Apparently you can try to request exact rooms numbers.
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DVC studios don't have washers and dryers, but laundry facilities are located on the first floor off the lobby area. The studios are only around 300 SF, which is around 100 SF smaller than a room at the CR. But, I bet the Japanese could figure out a way to fit one in

I hope you have a great first stay at BLT!
Thanks....I didn't mean to ask where the washer and dryers were, but did mean to ask where the laundry facility was for BLT...you knew what I meant . Thank you for the info. We have only ever stayed at BCV in a Studio and had been lucky the both times that the laundry facility was on the same floor that our room was on.

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I requested low even number and high floor. Apparently you can try to request exact rooms numbers.
Thanks again, good info to know. We have already requested highest floor possible and would love to have a view of the lake and some part of MK (if possible), I'll write down what you requested so I can remember when we go to check-in. Did you request at time of check-in at the resort, or did you do online check-in?
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Requested low even number when reservation was made. You can always call right now. Then high floor during on-line check in. I would call and request an "08"
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I'm 40 and the magic hasn't worn off yet. Does that count for anything??
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I'm 26 and have gone pretty much every year since I was 5! lol I still LOVE it, even more than I used to I think. The trips change as you get older, the love for Disney doesnt. Atleast not for me
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Same here, didn't go for the first time until I was 31
I just always worry that our kids might get bored or something with ALWAYS going to Disney. My parent's say we take our kids their too much and it won't seem as special. So far our family loves every trip and all the new experiences we share. Every time the kids are "in" to something else and we would have missed those memories. That is why we bought into a DVC resale. Thanks for all the encouragement.
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Three words for those staying soon (seems like we have a few):

Contempo Cafe Cupcakes.

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The "Contemporary Grounds" just to the right inside the front entrance has decent coffee. I get a coffee there every day we stay at the CR.
Also agree with that. In our stay last year, we went every day for hot and or iced coffees, mochas, lattes, etc., and we liked everything we had.
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Can anyone weigh in on the pros and cons of booking a standard view 1-BR villa at BLT either through AAA, or through DVC point rental? The cost is comparable for our dates in 2013, and I'm leaning toward AAA because of the no cancellation policy for DVC point rentals. Is there any advantage to doing a point rental when the cost is approximately the same? Any advice would be appreciated!
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I finally placed an order with Garden Grocer today. How will that work staying at BLT? Will someone call us when they make the delivery? Will we have to pick up the order from bell services at CR or will the bring it to our room at BLT?
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:36 PM   #1886
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I finally placed an order with Garden Grocer today. How will that work staying at BLT? Will someone call us when they make the delivery? Will we have to pick up the order from bell services at CR or will the bring it to our room at BLT?
The way it has worked for us (we drive) - we call when we are roughly two hours out from our resort and both times (AKL - Kidani and BLT) it has been at bell service waiting on us. Bell service then delivers it to our room with our luggage. If we are unable to get in a room right away, then bell service holds all of our belongings (including groceries) and delivers to our room when the room is ready and we call. I assume you are flying from PA so it might be perfect timing if you call when you exit your plane. I would assume that if you have already made it to your room before the GG delivery then they would call when it arrives. I hope this helps!
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Can anyone weigh in on the pros and cons of booking a standard view 1-BR villa at BLT either through AAA, or through DVC point rental? The cost is comparable for our dates in 2013, and I'm leaning toward AAA because of the no cancellation policy for DVC point rentals. Is there any advantage to doing a point rental when the cost is approximately the same? Any advice would be appreciated!
I am shocked that AAA would be able to give you such a great rate as compared to a DVC Rental. If you are worried about possibly having to cancel and the rates are that close, I would go with AAA.
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The way it has worked for us (we drive) - we call when we are roughly two hours out from our resort and both times (AKL - Kidani and BLT) it has been at bell service waiting on us. Bell service then delivers it to our room with our luggage. If we are unable to get in a room right away, then bell service holds all of our belongings (including groceries) and delivers to our room when the room is ready and we call. I assume you are flying from PA so it might be perfect timing if you call when you exit your plane. I would assume that if you have already made it to your room before the GG delivery then they would call when it arrives. I hope this helps!
Thanks for the information. That is an awesome tip on calling once we land for a future trip.

I actually scheduled my two hour window, 3pm-5pm, when I know we would be at the resort after check in time opens. Since we are landing at 8:30am, I didn't think our room would be available that early. Just to make sure I know how this will work since I scheduled a delivery, will Garden Grocer call my cell phone when they delivery my groceries to bell services or will bell services call us or do I call bell services after 3pm to see if our order was delivered? We have a 5pm Chef Mickey reservation so I hope our delivery arrives before that.
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We have used Garden Grocer almost every trip. I schedule my delivery time online and I have always received a call from them after it has been delivered to the resort. Sometimes it is before we arrive - late flight - sometimes after we are in the room. Bell services has always brought it to us. My experience has been that they have always been in the early part of the delivery window. They have never been later than scheduled or at the last possible minute.
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Thanks for the information. That is an awesome tip on calling once we land for a future trip.

I actually scheduled my two hour window, 3pm-5pm, when I know we would be at the resort after check in time opens. Since we are landing at 8:30am, I didn't think our room would be available that early. Just to make sure I know how this will work since I scheduled a delivery, will Garden Grocer call my cell phone when they delivery my groceries to bell services or will bell services call us or do I call bell services after 3pm to see if our order was delivered? We have a 5pm Chef Mickey reservation so I hope our delivery arrives before that.
We have had the same experience as annej. I am not sure whether it will be GG or bell service calling since the delivery has always beat us to the resort, but I am sure one or the other will let you know when it arrives. You may want to move you two hour window up an hour or two if you want to receive it before your Chef Mickey ressies to be safe. However, if you keep the window with GG at 3-5 p.m., bell service will hold it until you are ready. Also, we have been pleasantly suprised with early check-in. The past two visits (one to BLT and the other to AKL - Kidani) we have checked in before 10 a.m. and a room was ready both times. The only catch is we have never been real picky as to the room location.
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