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Old 03-23-2013, 05:24 PM   #2956
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It's easy doing it at the IG since it's rarely busy, then you can get your TIW, too if it's expired. We like exchanging our military AP vouchers and getting TIW there.
Thanks for the tip! We plan to hit Epcot as soon as we arrive so this will work out perfectly coming from BWV.

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if we do online check in do we still get to check in with a person? so I can be sure I am happy with the location of the room?

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Absolutely, you just go in a different line at the front desk, marked "online check-in." They give you a packet, give you quick info & off you go!

Is there a place to refill mugs at the temporary Boardwalk Bakery tent?
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:30 PM   #2957
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Recently switched from staying at the Swan to staying at BWI (Standard View). Online check-in gives me the option of requesting what floor I would prefer to be on. Any floor better than any other? I presume for a standard view it probably does not make much of a difference. Thoughts?
I would be more concerned about requesting a garden/courtyard view, you may have to call for that. Standard view can also face the front driveway, which I would try to avoid.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:56 AM   #2958
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I would be more concerned about requesting a garden/courtyard view, you may have to call for that. Standard view can also face the front driveway, which I would try to avoid.
This is my worry, I was spoilt with the garden view last year and wouldn't want a driveway view, are there many of these driveway view rooms?
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if we do online check in do we still get to check in with a person? so I can be sure I am happy with the location of the room?

last time we did online checkin was 2009 I think....we still checked in with someone...it seems more automated now

just wanted to ask
Yes, you do. However, if you have a room request that will make or break your vacation, it may be better to wait and check in at the front desk.

Online check in gives first priority to getting you into an available room. They will fill any requests they can, but if the choice is between giving you your request or getting you into a room based on your arrival time, arrival time wins out. Although you can change rooms, based on my experience watching others go through this process, it appears to take longer than if you had just waited and done regular check in anyway.

I've done online check in for every trip but one since it's been offered (they wouldn't let us use it opening day at BLT) and I haven't been disapointed in a room location or view yet. But I tend to make very general requests like "upper floor" or "near transportation". For my last BWV trip earlier this month, my request was "near lobby", I did online check in, and I was placed on the lobby level, three rooms down from the elevators - just far enough that it wasn't noisy, and close enough for the convenience I wanted.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:32 AM   #2960
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So you will have a pool/garden view (that's standard for cash reservations through DRC).
Can you explain if this is based on experience, or something else? I have a cash villa reservation, but the confirmation is for "Standard View".
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:26 AM   #2961
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Where is the closest mug refill place from BWV? Bellevue Lounge? Or something on The Boardwalk itself?
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Where is the closest mug refill place from BWV? Bellevue Lounge? Or something on The Boardwalk itself?
Boardwalk Joe's Coffee Cart, Boardwalk Pizza Window, Seashore Sweets, and the Boardwalk Bakery (when it reopens).... I would think the pool bar would also refill these mugs? Someone else might need to confirm that last one, though!
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Boardwalk Joe's Coffee Cart, Boardwalk Pizza Window, Seashore Sweets, and the Boardwalk Bakery (when it reopens).... I would think the pool bar would also refill these mugs? Someone else might need to confirm that last one, though!
Depending on where you are in the villas, I would argue that the Bellvue Lounge is closest if you are nearer the elevators. If you're in the low numbers, ducking down the stairs to Leaping Horse Libations,
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:51 PM   #2964
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Is it embarrassing to ask if there is some sort of Crock-Pot Borrow/Pass Along List? Haha So excited to be staying in a studio villa this December, however, not much meal preparation equipment. Will be flying, assuming renting a car as usual. Obviously not planning on full meals, but a Crock-Pot would be very convenient. I've been a subscriber to this thread in anticipation of staying here, so, hey everyone!
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:02 PM   #2965
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Can you explain if this is based on experience, or something else? I have a cash villa reservation, but the confirmation is for "Standard View".
deb/bills answer was correct, as usual (except for any mention of how far the parking is - sorry, couldn't resist )
all DVC resort bookings thru DRC are called "standard view".
only when booking with DVC points or trade in from RCI are there any view options: standard (driveway, front of resort), preferred pool/garden, and preferred BW view.
btw, BWV BW view can only be booked on points (not even with DVC member cash discount - and yes, personal experience ). DVC standard and BW views account for only 20% (each) of the resort, and both are booked early by BWV owners.
the other 60% (preferred pool/garden) villas is what DRC refers to as standard.
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... I would think the pool bar would also refill these mugs? Someone else might need to confirm that last one, though!
Yes it does, but it has shorter hours then many of the other locations you mentioned. Great for swimming during the day, but as evening approaches it closes.
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Yes, you do. However, if you have a room request that will make or break your vacation, it may be better to wait and check in at the front desk.

Online check in gives first priority to getting you into an available room. They will fill any requests they can, but if the choice is between giving you your request or getting you into a room based on your arrival time, arrival time wins out. Although you can change rooms, based on my experience watching others go through this process, it appears to take longer than if you had just waited and done regular check in anyway.

I've done online check in for every trip but one since it's been offered (they wouldn't let us use it opening day at BLT) and I haven't been disapointed in a room location or view yet. But I tend to make very general requests like "upper floor" or "near transportation". For my last BWV trip earlier this month, my request was "near lobby", I did online check in, and I was placed on the lobby level, three rooms down from the elevators - just far enough that it wasn't noisy, and close enough for the convenience I wanted.
Fla4Fun, may I ask whether you'd booked a standard or preferred view? The view is not our top priority but would like to be close to lobby/elevators. We've stayed towards an end with stairs nearby in the past, but due to a knee injury I can't do the stairs anymore
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Online check in gives first priority to getting you into an available room. They will fill any requests they can, but if the choice is between giving you your request or getting you into a room based on your arrival time, arrival time wins out.
I did online checkin today and was given the option to select two out of four room requests. There was also a selection to say if checkin time or room requests was the priority so it looks like you now have an option of which is more important.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:36 AM   #2969
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We are staying at the BWI in a little more than a month. I'm so excited it is our first Deluxe stay.

One of my kids has a strange question. He is obsessed with Alligators. He wants to know if anyone has ever seen one in the water near the Boardwalk? I know I've seen video of some at other resorts. Honestly, they scare me to death. So I'd be happy to hear a no, even though I do know they live in the water in FL.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:52 AM   #2970
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We are staying at the BWI in a little more than a month. I'm so excited it is our first Deluxe stay.

One of my kids has a strange question. He is obsessed with Alligators. He wants to know if anyone has ever seen one in the water near the Boardwalk? I know I've seen video of some at other resorts. Honestly, they scare me to death. So I'd be happy to hear a no, even though I do know they live in the water in FL.
We've seen one across the water at the BCVillas.
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