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Old 06-16-2012, 10:22 PM   #1246
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We will be staying at the Boardwalk for the first time in about two weeks and are very excited. My husband and I are just wondering if anyone knew the height requirement for the waterslide in the pool area? Although the kids are a little weary of the clown, they are excited that there is a waterslide at the hotel and are anxious to go on it. They have a sense of bravery to try all things new this time around since they have reached the 40 inch milestone and are now able to go on some of the coasters. Wanted to prepare them as to whether or not they could do the waterslide prior to getting to the resort to avoid any issues once we arrive. Thanks in advance.
Hey! I can't say for absolute certainty, but I saw tons of little kids going down the slide. Like ages 2, 3, 4. I never saw anything posted about a height requirement for the slide, nor was there a lifeguard at the top directing the kids. I would say they should be able to do it, if they want to! Have fun!!
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Thanks to everyone on the prior page for posting their reviews! It's been a couple of years since we stayed BWI club (we bought DVC after that), but your story of Lorenzo going above and beyond doesn't surprise me. I think it was his friendliness that was partially responsible for us buying DVC with the boardwalk as our home! (Which, ironically, means no more club stays there.)
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #1248
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We are staying at the BWI for the first time in September, with a water view room. I am in an ECV & DH walks. Does anyone have any tips specific to BWI for those of us in ECVs? Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:47 PM   #1249
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The kids enjoyed the pool, but none of them (DD13, her 13 year old BFF, and DD9) liked the slide. They went down one after the other, and the first words out of each of their mouths were that the slide hurt. I think they were all lying on their backs, so it might have been better sitting up.
The slide is really an important part of our choice for a resort. At the Disney resorts I have stayed at with slides, all have felt just fine. I hope the slide is ok for our visit in July because we really are looking forward to it! As long as it is good for sitting up, it should be fine. But I have been to places where the slide is ridiculously hurtful (usually where it connects). It is one of the few bad things about Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (which has a really nice pool!)

Has anyone else used the slide at the big pool and have feedback on it?
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I loved the clown slide. It did not hurt me at all. I actually mainly went on it just to try it out and ended up liking it so much that I went on it several times every time we were at the pool. Even my sister who is not a huge fan of water slides thought it was great. It is not as short as other hotel pool slides. But then it does not compare to a water park.
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It is a really fast slide. Like flossbolna said, definitely longer than some slides. I must have hit that spot with my back once because it hurt, but there was no break in the skin and my dds didn't complain about it. I think these occur where the different sections of the slide of fitted together, depending on the angle and speed you take it. I did not feel it other times.
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I loved the clown slide. It did not hurt me at all. I actually mainly went on it just to try it out and ended up liking it so much that I went on it several times every time we were at the pool. Even my sister who is not a huge fan of water slides thought it was great. It is not as short as other hotel pool slides. But then it does not compare to a water park.
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It is a really fast slide. Like flossbolna said, definitely longer than some slides. I must have hit that spot with my back once because it hurt, but there was no break in the skin and my dds didn't complain about it. I think these occur where the different sections of the slide of fitted together, depending on the angle and speed you take it. I did not feel it other times.
Thanks! This is encouraging I admit I am one of those folks that shyed away from BW because of the clown slide. But when the kids and I were really looking at the pictures, it looked like one of the best slides at a Disney resort (well, if you count long and winding as the best!). So I pictured it without the clown and there was nothing else holding me back And the kids didn't care. So yeah! I love pool slides so I'm excited to try this one out. If it is really that bad, I will make sure to have a poolside libation to sooth the pain
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Thanks! This is encouraging I admit I am one of those folks that shyed away from BW because of the clown slide. But when the kids and I were really looking at the pictures, it looked like one of the best slides at a Disney resort (well, if you count long and winding as the best!). So I pictured it without the clown and there was nothing else holding me back And the kids didn't care. So yeah! I love pool slides so I'm excited to try this one out. If it is really that bad, I will make sure to have a poolside libation to sooth the pain
I'm not a slide person, so I can't speak first-hand, but I've seen MANY people say the evil clown pool does have the best slide of all the WDW resorts. I haven't seen any complaints about it hurting until these posts. Enjoy!
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The clown slide is awesome!! The best of all the WDW resorts we've stayed at!
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We are just back tonight from seven fabulous nights in a 2 BR villa at BWV. We all loved the resort, and DH (who is not a big Disney fan) gave it an A+. The location was great, as we knew it would be from previous stays at Beach Club. The room was clean and quiet, and not terribly far from the elevators. We all thought the elevators were very quick - even though there is only one bank of elevators on the villa side, we never had to wait more than a minute for an elevator.

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We had rooms 4105 and 4107. 4105 was the one bedroom, and it had a great view of the Illuminations fireworks. 4107 had a great view of a very large tree.

I had heard about the bad parking at BWV, but we thought it was fine. We parked in the lot located to the right as you are entering Boardwalk, and we always found a close spot. We used the stairs near our room to get to the parking lot. We thought it was just as close as parking at the other deluxes. I'm sure it is much busier during Food and Wine.

Both pullouts (queen in the living room and full in the studio) were rated very comfortable by the kids (13 and 9). DD13 was in the studio with her best friend and let her friend have the queen bed by herself. I tried out both and thought they were comfortable, but I didn't sleep on them.

We always walked to Epcot. We took the boat to DHS and got off at Swan/Dolphin on the way back.

I missed having a make-up mirror in the bathroom. I am used to having one at the Deluxe resorts, so I didn't pack one. No big deal, but it would be nice to have one. I thought the lighting was good in the bathrooms - so much better than at AKL or Poly.

Our dryer took forever to dry the clothes. Also no big deal, but if you are in room 4105, be prepared for a long dry cycle. We got caught in the rain a few times, so it was nice to be able to wash and dry clothes. I did not call maintenance about the dryer - probably should have for the next guest.

We drove to MK and AK - we had early breakfasts at MK and AK one day each, and DH had a tour at MK on a morning EMH day. We were early enough to park very close and took the resort monorail over to MK.

The kids enjoyed the pool, but none of them (DD13, her 13 year old BFF, and DD9) liked the slide. They went down one after the other, and the first words out of each of their mouths were that the slide hurt. I think they were all lying on their backs, so it might have been better sitting up. They each only went down one time. DD9 particularly enjoyed the activities at the pool in the afternoons.

We were definitely spoiled with the 2 BR and the location, and we would definitely stay here again. I'd like to try the Inn side if it is just our family, but the separate room and second bathroom was great with a friend along.

Thanks for all the info in this thread!
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We will be staying at the Boardwalk for the first time in about two weeks and are very excited. My husband and I are just wondering if anyone knew the height requirement for the waterslide in the pool area? Although the kids are a little weary of the clown, they are excited that there is a waterslide at the hotel and are anxious to go on it. They have a sense of bravery to try all things new this time around since they have reached the 40 inch milestone and are now able to go on some of the coasters. Wanted to prepare them as to whether or not they could do the waterslide prior to getting to the resort to avoid any issues once we arrive. Thanks in advance.
I don't recall seeing a height requirement, but children need to be able to slide down by themselves. So as long as your kids can do that and swim out from the slide when they land, then they should have no problem.

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Just back today from a split stay which included five nights at BWI club level. I wanted to take a few minutes to write up our thoughts of the resort for anyone who might be interested. I'm going to be doing a full trip report, but it's going to take a bit to get all that together (pics and all) so I thought I'd do this first.

We were in room 4252, with a garden view and view of the Eiffel tower in Epcot off to the left. It's just what I requested. Very quiet and peaceful. It was a few rooms in from the CL card access door and down the hall a bit from the lounge. The room was very clean, and mousekeeping did a wonderful job daily. No towel animals (except for check in day) but everything was truly impeccable. I ate most of the chocolates left on our check in day by myself. Turn down service was lovely. The saltwater taffy was tasty and several times we received these adorable cards with nostalgic pictures and quotes on them. Sweet.

The actual resort is AWESOME. I absolutely loved it. My husband thought the decor was a bit frilly for him, but I thought the theme was fantastic and so well done. It wasn't too confusing to get around in or anything. We both loved how throughout the resort there were cozy little sitting rooms--lots of places to relax. We really enjoyed being on the boardwalk and several times we ate at the BW pizza window and at BW bakery. Both were great. DH had a chicken salad at BW bakery that was really good, I had a tomato/mozz sandwich that was delicious, and a tiramisu that was divine.

We spent one morning at the pool and it was awesome. The kids loved it. My older son went down the waterslide several times and I joined him a lot. It was a blast! I'm really glad we were able to fit some pool time in this trip. A word of note--if you want life jackets, they are over in Community Hall by one of the quiet pools and you need to check them out. They're not just out by the pool like the are in other resorts.

Of course, you seriously, seriously cannot beat the location. It is perfect. I think the walk to Epcot was ten minutes, if that. DHS maybe 15. Watching Illuminations and then just walking back, not having to deal with the crowds--just priceless. I loved the feel of the boardwalk--so fun and festive. And the view across the lake of BC and YC was beautiful.

As for the club level experience--I honestly don't have any complaints. I think by now we've all heard the accolades sung about the BWI Innkeepers Club CMs and all I can say it--the praise is true. They are amazing people. So kind, friendly, genuine. Joe and Anita conversed with my younger son (who would talk for hours to a tree) and didn't mind at all--they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Pete, who checked us in, was so kind. Anita was a COMPLETE blast and so much fun to chat with. Lorenzo sang made up songs about my DS2's name that had me chuckling. Also, one morning my DH wanted to make egg salad with the hard boiled eggs they have, and he asked if they had any mayo. They didn't, but Lorenzo went all the way down to the first floor to get him some. Totally and completely over the top kind. Cecelia was so wonderful to me--one morning when I was taking breakfast back to the room for my family, they were out of trays and she gladly helped me carry everything down the hall. It really is true that these people are one of a kind.

The lounge is pretty big. We never had a problem finding somewhere to sit, no matter when we visited. They always had the tv on, usually to Disney XD or something that made my boys happy. The food was always replenished when it started to run low--they never ran out of anything. The schedule is:
6:30 - 7 am: coffee
7 - 10:30am: breakfast
11am - 4pm(I think): snacks
5 - 7pm: evening appetizers
8 - 10pm: dessert/cordials

Breakfast was oatmeal with brown sugar, raisins, cranberries, and slivered almonds, hard boiled eggs, mini muffins (blueberry, choc chip, or lemon poppy seed), breads (banana, apple, cinnamon), grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe, bagels, croissants, yogurt. In addition to coffee there was tea, OJ, whole milk and skim milk, and chocolate milk.

Snacks were goldfish, trail mix, choc covered almonds and raisins, the house made chips, swedish fish, cookies.

Evening appetizers--they always did a selection of cheeses and crackers, and rotated things like tabouleh and pita, vegetables and dip, lamb or pork skewers (I can't remember which meat), samosas, rice pilafs. All very good. They also put beer and wine out.

Desserts were things like little cannoli, baklava, small choc cakes. They had several cordials to accompany them.

All that said, we almost definitely won't stay CL again. While the convenience is great, for our family it doesn't justify the cost, as we still spend a ton of time in the parks. But I am so happy and grateful we were able to try it!!

Now, the downsides. Honestly, there aren't many. The lack of onsite counter service is kind of a bummer, but not too big of a deal. Heading out to the BW really doesn't take long at all.

We had one experience that was bizarre. We had a package shipped to the resort and I realized one morning that we hadn't heard if it had been delivered. I checked online and it had been, two days prior (it wasn't crucial that we had it immediately so neither DH nor I was thinking about it). I learned it was in the Business Center. They never called me or anything. Odd. I went down to pick it up and I had to pay a processing fee. That was annoying, but mostly i don't understand why they didn't at least call to let us know it had arrived. At CBR, where we had just been, we actually had two packages delivered and each time they just brought them up to the room. So I am not sure what happened over at the Boardwalk. Hardly the end of the world, but sort of odd.

But truly, the biggest downside was the buses. The BWI appears to be picked up first and dropped off last virtually everywhere, and while it generally guarantees you get a seat when going to a park, getting there takes a really long time. The buses stop at BWI, then Swan, Dolphin, and if there's still room, the BC and YC. And on the way back from a park, the BWI is usually the last stop, so we were on there a long time.

It felt to us like the buses were more crowded this year as opposed to last year, but that could just be our perception. Nevertheless, the bus situation kind of sucked. I realize you are sort of taking public transit but travel time was more than I'd expected.

All that said, the BWI is a beautiful resort and I really loved it. Truly a gorgeous hotel. If you are considering staying there, I would absolutely recommend it (as long as you are okay with buses to MK and AK taking a while).
Thank you for your very informative TR, mirage0306! I'm going to post your room view comments, too to the first page.

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I don't have any tips, but hopefully someone else might. Do you have it noted in your reservation that you use an ECV? Maybe the room assignor will know where best to put you so as to better accommodate your ECV usage.
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Question for those of you just back from BW. Our trip is less than a month away and was wondering how crowded the pool has been in the afternoons?
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We had one experience that was bizarre. We had a package shipped to the resort and I realized one morning that we hadn't heard if it had been delivered. I checked online and it had been, two days prior (it wasn't crucial that we had it immediately so neither DH nor I was thinking about it). I learned it was in the Business Center. They never called me or anything. Odd. I went down to pick it up and I had to pay a processing fee. That was annoying, but mostly i don't understand why they didn't at least call to let us know it had arrived. At CBR, where we had just been, we actually had two packages delivered and each time they just brought them up to the room. So I am not sure what happened over at the Boardwalk. Hardly the end of the world, but sort of odd.
I have heard that resorts with convention centers (BWI, CR, YC , GF etc) this is now standard if you ship packages
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We have a 7pm flight home and were planning on staying by the pool after check-out, will it be possible to use the shower facilities in the gym to freshen up before we leave? We did this at the BC a few years ago and it was great. We will be staying BWI CL if that makes any difference.
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We have a 7pm flight home and were planning on staying by the pool after check-out, will it be possible to use the shower facilities in the gym to freshen up before we leave? We did this at the BC a few years ago and it was great. We will be staying BWI CL if that makes any difference.
Last year we did this. We just asked the guy at the desk in the Health Club and he told us "no problem."
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Last year we did this. We just asked the guy at the desk in the Health Club and he told us "no problem."
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