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Old 11-03-2012, 08:13 AM   #2131
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I have stayed at the Bay Lake towers as a non-DVC member for four occasions over two years. I definitely love the hotel and think it is great. However, last time I went and for the first time, (last weekend) I was told that since I am not a DVC member I can't access the lounge at the top even though I have done three times before by going to the front desk and checking in. The policy I was told was that it is for DVC club members only. Has anyone run into this? 600.00 a night for a one bedroom villa I would think it would allow for a family to go up to watch the fireworks and utilize the lounge. I was told that the DVC members are the ones that pay for it in their deals, but doesn't the non-DVC members who stay in the rooms at the BLT to supplement when the rooms are not being utilized, be afforded the access. I could understand if the Contemporary clients were not allowed, but if I specifically booked a room in BLT, I would hope that, especially with the cost, be able to utilize the facilities without restrictions...... Just a thought, I mean next time I will book the Magic Kingdom view...but find it still a very interesting policy when the extra money being spent would allow for the use of the facility....Thoughts or expierences??
I am a DVC member and thought the new policy was that you could access it if you stayed at BLT (points or cash) or if you were DVC member at another resort. I really like the outside patio/terrace area but can do without the lounge, since they will not adequately staff it. IMO, you are welcome there anytime.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #2132
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If you booked a Standard View in the Garden Wing, then your room will be close to the walkway that connects the GW to the Tower. The furthest rooms to the walkway are those facing Bay Lake, which are Garden View rooms. If you request 'close to the Tower' then you won't get a Bay Lake view. None of the rooms are that much closer to the Tower that it would really matter. I'd guess that the time variance might be a minute difference between the closest and furthest away room. There is a covered walkway to the Tower, then you simply take the elevator to the 4th floor and then the escalator to the monorail.

For your request, I wouldn't really worry about the distance from the Tower, but if it's very important to you, I would call the WDTC and request a room 'close to the Tower.'
Thanks for the tips!

I have a standard view booked so I might end up near the towers anyway. I'm just glad to be finally staying at CR, this has been my dream resort since I first started going to WDW!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:33 AM   #2133
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I agree with you 110% but you have just brought up a touchy subject for the DVC members out there. Many are going to say that it is one of the perks of being in the club (you might have guessed I am not in this club, just couldn't justify the cost). However, I have stayed on rented points and been up several times and never seen a huge crowd. I don't see how it's a big deal and would feel the same way if I was a DVC member. We also love BLT. I can't wait to see the comments though.
I'm sure it is a touchy subject, but I agree with you. I don't believe that renters staying at BLT on DVC points are allowed in, either.

I wonder what percentage of BLT's guests are renters and cash customers at any one time. Sounds like the lounge could use the extra business.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:00 AM   #2134
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I have stayed at the Bay Lake towers as a non-DVC member for four occasions over two years. I definitely love the hotel and think it is great. However, last time I went and for the first time, (last weekend) I was told that since I am not a DVC member I can't access the lounge at the top even though I have done three times before by going to the front desk and checking in. The policy I was told was that it is for DVC club members only. Has anyone run into this? 600.00 a night for a one bedroom villa I would think it would allow for a family to go up to watch the fireworks and utilize the lounge. I was told that the DVC members are the ones that pay for it in their deals, but doesn't the non-DVC members who stay in the rooms at the BLT to supplement when the rooms are not being utilized, be afforded the access. I could understand if the Contemporary clients were not allowed, but if I specifically booked a room in BLT, I would hope that, especially with the cost, be able to utilize the facilities without restrictions...... Just a thought, I mean next time I will book the Magic Kingdom view...but find it still a very interesting policy when the extra money being spent would allow for the use of the facility....Thoughts or expierences??
The policy is set by DVC. It is for members only. If you got in before, it was luck. DVC members own the lounge and therefore it is reserved for them and their guests staying at BLT using their DVC membership (points or cash reservations made thru DVC). (Not counting a current expanded deal for DVC members staying at other resorts, but that is just a temporary thing thru December).
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The Wave . . . of American Flavor’s Discovery Dinner
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
6:30 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
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$110 per person, includes tax and gratuity



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Old 11-04-2012, 08:22 PM   #2136
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Hey CR fans!

Popping in here and hoping you have an answer to a quick question. Friends and I are looking at BLT; we tend to end most nights closing down the MK and I am trying to convince them walking to the CR is way better than waiting on the bus line! We generally stay at Pop, and are used to getting to DHS quickly in the mornings. (We probably start half of our mornings there.) Not accounting for time waiting for the bus (+/-15 minutes, I presume,) how long is the ride to DHS from the CR? I know it stops at another resort on the way.

I need to lay out a proposal for spending the extra cash and want to know exactly how much AM transit time we're conceding for saving so much in the PM.

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Hey CR fans!

Popping in here and hoping you have an answer to a quick question. Friends and I are looking at BLT; we tend to end most nights closing down the MK and I am trying to convince them walking to the CR is way better than waiting on the bus line! We generally stay at Pop, and are used to getting to DHS quickly in the mornings. (We probably start half of our mornings there.) Not accounting for time waiting for the bus (+/-15 minutes, I presume,) how long is the ride to DHS from the CR? I know it stops at another resort on the way.

I need to lay out a proposal for spending the extra cash and want to know exactly how much AM transit time we're conceding for saving so much in the PM.
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That's a tough question because there are a lot of factors. I think the bus ride itself may be 20 minutes, with no traffic. But, you have to calculate waiting time for the bus to arrive, how long to load, unload, etc. If you are trying to get there for early morning ADR, they oftentimes have a special bus that will take guests early.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:53 PM   #2138
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Nah, no early morning ADRs for us. Just arrival for RD in time to get 8:40 TSMM FPs, lol!!!

20 minutes includes the stop at Poly/FW or is just the bus? What we factor from Pop already includes a wait for the bus to arrive and loading, so it's just the difference in drive time. Once we pull off from Pop, we go straight to DHS and are there in no time flat.

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Nah, no early morning ADRs for us. Just arrival for RD in time to get 8:40 TSMM FPs, lol!!!

20 minutes includes the stop at Poly/FW or is just the bus? What we factor from Pop already includes a wait for the bus to arrive and loading, so it's just the difference in drive time. Once we pull off from Pop, we go straight to DHS and are there in no time flat.

Thanks so much, AirGoofy!
Yeah, probably add a few more for stopping at the Poly. It really is a crap shoot with the buses. I remember one trip, we were the only people on the bus. That went fast. But, this last trip, there was a big wait time before the bus arrived, with some extra time for electric scooter transfer. My observations are that the buses seem to run a lot more often to AKV from CR.

If you are wanting to get there at 8:40, which is a must for TSM & FPs, I would be at the bus stop before 8:00 AM to be safe.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:55 PM   #2140
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I understand that there is free Wifi in the rooms at the CR. Is that correct? How reliable and fast is the connection? Will I be able to log in to the office and stay connected to do work? How about downloading a movie to my Ipad? Is there a hard wire connection still available in the room using a cable?
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I understand that there is free Wifi in the rooms at the CR. Is that correct? How reliable and fast is the connection? Will I be able to log in to the office and stay connected to do work? How about downloading a movie to my Ipad? Is there a hard wire connection still available in the room using a cable?
All WDW resorts now have free resort and park WiFi. The ethernet cables are no longer in the rooms. Connection speed and reliability are spotty. I've used the free WiFi at BWI, WL and BLT. I've uploaded photos to Photobucket, posted to the DIS, surfed, e-mailed... basic functions. My iPhone's 3G connection was more reliable. I found that when using our MacBook or iPad, I frequently had to disconnect and reconnect to get the connection moving again and then it was fine. I'm assuming that the more demand resort-wide on the connection, the spottier the service?

You'll be able to get work done, however, you will most likely experience times when the connection just is too slow to be useful, then you'll have to close out your connection and re-start. Experiment with connecting at different times of the day and in different areas of the resort. Sometimes public areas maintain the connection better than your room.
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Thanks for the information. If I bring my own cable can I connect that way or has the service been shut down to the rooms?
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Thanks for the information. If I bring my own cable can I connect that way or has the service been shut down to the rooms?
There's no other connection other than the wireless. The wired connection was through a different contract than the wireless and Disney ended that contract. So wireless is the only option. FWIW, I had pretty good connection at BCV and AKV-Jambo last month on my iPad.
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If you're thinking in terms of VPN, it ain't happening. As was said, the connections are very spotty. For downloading a movie, I found whenever I would try to do something data intensive, like update a big (>1GB) app on my iPhone, it would consistently drop the connection -- as if it intentionally would prevent high data activities. Also agreed the wifi in the public areas are a LOT better, especially in the CR tower building public areas (like the lounge next to the Contempo Cafe), maybe because of the conferences held there?
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