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Old 09-13-2012, 11:02 AM   #1711
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KOOK thanks for posting the above link, excellent blog entries! Now I really can not wait to return to BWI
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Thank you so much for posting this - between that blog and this thread all my questions were answered for our upcoming visit!!!
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Isn't it thorough and interesting? Hey, what are you doing over here, Miss Candace?
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:58 PM   #1714
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Now after reading the blog my DH wants to change our reservation to a CL cottage!!! We are arriving in 21 days has anyone ever booked so late before?
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:05 AM   #1715
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Now after reading the blog my DH wants to change our reservation to a CL cottage!!! We are arriving in 21 days has anyone ever booked so late before?
I just came back from the BWI and they were doing construction around a lot of the cottages. You might want to check with the hotel as to the status, as you don't want to be disappointed to look out your window and see walls covered by a blue tarp.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:00 AM   #1716
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Now after reading the blog my DH wants to change our reservation to a CL cottage!!! We are arriving in 21 days has anyone ever booked so late before?

My DH had the same reaction, that is until I told him how much $ it would be to upgrade
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:44 AM   #1717
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Even less now! Happy travels to BWI and WDW!
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Now after reading the blog my DH wants to change our reservation to a CL cottage!!! We are arriving in 21 days has anyone ever booked so late before?
I've changed to a cottage (and back to a std. CL room) at probably the two week or less point back in March. As long as you have a room-only reservation, you can cancel up to 5 days prior to arrival w/o penalty and even make a resort change with less than 5 days (don't ask how I know this). Let us know what you end up doing!

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I just came back from the BWI and they were doing construction around a lot of the cottages. You might want to check with the hotel as to the status, as you don't want to be disappointed to look out your window and see walls covered by a blue tarp.
This is nice to know for those staying in a cottage soon.
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My DH had the same reaction, that is until I told him how much $ it would be to upgrade
Poor guy - I can see him now
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:46 PM   #1718
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Transportation changes on the way...

In an interview with Attractions Magazine, Walt Disney World Vice President for Transportation Samuel Lau revealed plans for the future of transportation at the resort.

The resort recently added 28 new buses to its fleet, bringing the total number to 319. After recent testing with a 60-foot articulated bus, there are also plans to purchase a few more of the longer buses to increase capacity. Of course, the larger buses require more space to pull up. A third bus loop will be added at the Magic Kingdom, which will probably take about a year to build.

In addition, more cameras will be added to the buses to supplement the existing camera facing the driver's compartment and front door. The new cameras will capture images outside the bus, allowing Disney to see what happens if a bus gets into an accident or if there's some other incident. The settlement last week of the lawsuit related to the death of a boy who rode his bicycle off of a sidewalk and into the side of a bus points up the possible use of information from these cameras.

Monorails will see a major change, as Disney is working on a new computer-controlled monorail system that will monitor and drive trains in real time, adjusting speeds, keeping safe distance, and enhance efficiency when transferring trains from one beam to another. Monorail drivers will continue to be on the trains, but would be responsible for enabling movement and making spiels to guests. They would no longer actively drive the trains. Despite this, guests would still not be allowed in the cockpit. The automated system would allow the central computer to handle trains to provide gaps during beam transfers that would not cause a complete stoppage of all trains on the beam.

Road work is also underway to increase capacity and improve traffic flow. A new lane has been added to Buena Vista Drive, along with a turn late onto Victory Way to allow traffic to flow more freely to the new Disney's Art of Animation Resort. The left turn lane from Osceola Parkway onto Sherberth Road near Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is being extended, and a new turn lane was extended at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom's bus loops.


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Old 09-14-2012, 07:44 PM   #1719
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How comfortable are the sleeper sofa's? I am contemplating bringing a blow up mattress to put on top of the sleeper sofa, but would rather not have to deal with packing it.
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How comfortable are the sleeper sofa's? I am contemplating bringing a blow up mattress to put on top of the sleeper sofa, but would rather not have to deal with packing it.
The sleeper sofas at BWV are more comfortable than some of the others. These are the type that flip from the back and the cushions stay attached to help support the foot of the bed.

My son has slept on several of them and I think this type is the one he prefers.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:55 AM   #1721
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$399 Premium Annual Passes for DVC Members!

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Sep 12, 2012 | Updated: Sep 12, 2012


Members of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) timeshare program will be the recipients of a great new perk beginning October 1. On a video posted on the DVC website this morning, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Claire Bilby, announced a new discount available from October 1 to December 31, 2012. For just $399, DVC members can purchase a Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass. The normal price of these passes is $699, so that's a savings of $300 (DVC members normally pay $559 for a Premium Annual Pass, so it's still a substantial savings). A Premium Annual Pass allows access to all four theme parks, plus both water parks, Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course and free parking.

Passes aren't activated until they have been used for the first time, so take advantage of this deal while it's being offered even if your current annual pass hasn't expired. For DVC members to renew a regular annual pass, it is $385, so for $14 more, you would get the extra benefits a premium annual pass offers over a regular annual pass. DVC members have until December 31, 2013 to activate these passes.

After October 1, DVC members will also get 10% off merchandise at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa, Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:04 AM   #1722
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Thanks for posting this and the pass info!
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:07 AM   #1723
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Thanks for posting this and the pass info!
You're welcome, psac. I think you'll see it on one of your other subscribed threads, too
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:04 PM   #1724
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I just came back from the BWI and they were doing construction around a lot of the cottages. You might want to check with the hotel as to the status, as you don't want to be disappointed to look out your window and see walls covered by a blue tarp.
Thank you so much for this tip - I am going to call again on Sunday because the wait time has been a bit crazy for the past 2 days YIKES!!

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My DH had the same reaction, that is until I told him how much $ it would be to upgrade
Both of our mothers decided to join us at the last minute and DH swears this would be cheaper than just getting another room - sigh*

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I've changed to a cottage (and back to a std. CL room) at probably the two week or less point back in March. As long as you have a room-only reservation, you can cancel up to 5 days prior to arrival w/o penalty and even make a resort change with less than 5 days (don't ask how I know this). Let us know what you end up doing!
We are on a AP discount room only pkg so thanks for the tip I will for sure let everyone know what the outcome will be. Thanks so much to all for being so wonderful!!
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The sleeper sofas at BWV are more comfortable than some of the others. These are the type that flip from the back and the cushions stay attached to help support the foot of the bed.

My son has slept on several of them and I think this type is the one he prefers.
Thanks for the info!
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