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Old 06-30-2012, 10:11 AM   #1276
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Now I'm not at all sports minded so I'm worried that I may find ESPN too noisy is that the case or are there any quiet corners there?
We ate there in May. We are not big sports people either, but we really liked ESPN! We went early, so we only had to wait about 10-15 minutes to be seated and it wasn't too awful crowded yet. We were seated in the restaurant section right along the windows that looked out onto the BW and we didn't find it too noisy at all! And the food was excellent.
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We ate there in May. We are not big sports people either, but we really liked ESPN! We went early, so we only had to wait about 10-15 minutes to be seated and it wasn't too awful crowded yet. We were seated in the restaurant section right along the windows that looked out onto the BW and we didn't find it too noisy at all! And the food was excellent.
I agree, I think for lunch or early dinner if you sat in the side area, it may not be too bad. But the bar area is loud. We were one of the first people there for lunch, and they had some tennis game blasting over the speakers in the bar room.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:15 PM   #1278
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Late check-in at BWV?

Hello, this is my first post! With all the knowledgeable folks on this board, I'm guessing someone knows the answer to my question!

First just a bit about our vacation: we're brand new DVC owners to be staying for the first time on points Sept 12 - 21 at Boardwalk in a 2 Bedroom Preferred. It was a lot of points but I'm sure it will be worth it! Myself and my husband, and my brother and his wife, my two younger siblings, and possibly my sister-in-law will be going with us. This will be our first time at the Boardwalk, we've typically stayed at OKW and loved it! But this time, since I figured it's just a bunch of late teens and 20-somethings that Boardwalk would be a wonderful choice

Anyway, I'm wondering whether late check-in on our first day will be a problem? We are arriving in Orlando at 5:15PM and then have dinner scheduled at the House of Blues at 7PM, followed by La Nouba at 9:00PM. Long day, I know ! Still, that all means we won't be back to check-in until 11:00PM! Does anyone know how that would work out? Or should we consider changing our plans?

Really appreciate anyone's input! Thanks, Jessica
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Hello, this is my first post! With all the knowledgeable folks on this board, I'm guessing someone knows the answer to my question!

First just a bit about our vacation: we're brand new DVC owners to be staying for the first time on points Sept 12 - 21 at Boardwalk in a 2 Bedroom Preferred. It was a lot of points but I'm sure it will be worth it! Myself and my husband, and my brother and his wife, my two younger siblings, and possibly my sister-in-law will be going with us. This will be our first time at the Boardwalk, we've typically stayed at OKW and loved it! But this time, since I figured it's just a bunch of late teens and 20-somethings that Boardwalk would be a wonderful choice

Anyway, I'm wondering whether late check-in on our first day will be a problem? We are arriving in Orlando at 5:15PM and then have dinner scheduled at the House of Blues at 7PM, followed by La Nouba at 9:00PM. Long day, I know ! Still, that all means we won't be back to check-in until 11:00PM! Does anyone know how that would work out? Or should we consider changing our plans?

Really appreciate anyone's input! Thanks, Jessica
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I don't see how that would be a problem at all. The parking lot might be a little full by then (if you're driving), but bell services and the check-in desk are open 24/7. If you're concerned, could you just go from MCO to BWV, check-in and maybe eat on the BW instead and then take the bus to DTD for La Nouba?
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Thank you WDWKOOK!

That is good to know, I thought it had to be 24/7 but wasn't certain. Yes, we will be driving - the parking lot is a bit of a scary prospect in its own right, maybe we'll use the valet parking in that case

I really love your idea of just eating somewhere on the Boardwalk instead! Thing is, my husband adores HoB (the jambalaya is is favorite) and we'd be breaking a 3 year tradition of going straight to that restaurant on our first night. He's a tradition kind of a guy and I think such a suggestion might cause him to short circuit Still, maybe I'll try to convince him


I thought of one other question, sorry if this has been asked already but - Does anyone have an opinion of the coffee you can get with the refillable mugs at BW? My older brother is a coffee snob and drinks it almost every morning. In terms of economy, getting the refillable mug for coffee just seems to be the best choice, rather than paying for a cup each morning.
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Thank you WDWKOOK!

That is good to know, I thought it had to be 24/7 but wasn't certain. Yes, we will be driving - the parking lot is a bit of a scary prospect in its own right, maybe we'll use the valet parking in that case

I really love your idea of just eating somewhere on the Boardwalk instead! Thing is, my husband adores HoB (the jambalaya is is favorite) and we'd be breaking a 3 year tradition of going straight to that restaurant on our first night. He's a tradition kind of a guy and I think such a suggestion might cause him to short circuit Still, maybe I'll try to convince him


I thought of one other question, sorry if this has been asked already but - Does anyone have an opinion of the coffee you can get with the refillable mugs at BW? My older brother is a coffee snob and drinks it almost every morning. In terms of economy, getting the refillable mug for coffee just seems to be the best choice, rather than paying for a cup each morning.
The coffee is really Nescafe. So if he is a coffee snob, he'll want to brew his own in the villa. They still have the 10-12 Mr Coffee style coffee pots. You'll need filters as well as the coffee.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:06 PM   #1282
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Thank you WDWKOOK!

That is good to know, I thought it had to be 24/7 but wasn't certain. Yes, we will be driving - the parking lot is a bit of a scary prospect in its own right, maybe we'll use the valet parking in that case

I really love your idea of just eating somewhere on the Boardwalk instead! Thing is, my husband adores HoB (the jambalaya is is favorite) and we'd be breaking a 3 year tradition of going straight to that restaurant on our first night. He's a tradition kind of a guy and I think such a suggestion might cause him to short circuit Still, maybe I'll try to convince him


I thought of one other question, sorry if this has been asked already but - Does anyone have an opinion of the coffee you can get with the refillable mugs at BW? My older brother is a coffee snob and drinks it almost every morning. In terms of economy, getting the refillable mug for coffee just seems to be the best choice, rather than paying for a cup each morning.
You're welcome and I can appreciate your DH not wanting to break tradition, but it might be more pragmatic, especially if your flight is somehow delayed. BTW, your arrival schedule wears me out!

The first page has many BW dinner choices (Epcot is an option, too) and menu links so maybe something would appeal to DH and you could do HoB as a new last night tradition? I've never had coffee at BWI other than CL, so I'm sorry I can't answer your coffee query.
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Old 07-01-2012, 07:37 PM   #1283
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Deb & Bill - Ok, thanks! I'm ignorant enough about coffee that I can't say I've tried that but I gather it's nothing special. I will let him know that he may want to think of other options for coffee. He could brew his own as you suggest - or I guess just get stuck with a 100$ coffee bill over 10 days for him and his wife!

WDWKOOK - You know I think you've convinced me to try something else for our first night! It would be nifty to actually get to explore the resort a bit and freshen up after the 5 hour flight from Seattle And if looking at our first day wears you out, I definitely shouldn't share the rest of our itinerary! This is the mistake we just keep on making though - cramming too much into our vacation
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:33 AM   #1284
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When we were at the BWI about 2 weeks ago I noticed something different at some of the restaurants. The coffee was not Nescafé! I asked the waitress at askershus why the coffee was so much better, drinkable even. She said they were using some whole beans from Jeffrey's or joffreys. Anyway the coffee was good and my mother said the bell vue lounge also had good coffee. I don't know about the places outside on the boardwalk, but for the first time ever I enjoyed my morning coffee.

And I agree ESPN is great. We always go here on our first day and it's so nice to escape the blazing heat. It's like a cave that sells food. Awesome. I've never been bugged by the noise but then we usually go at off times in early or late afternoon. I really like the hamburgers and that turkey thing with cranberry and Brie.
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Hello, this is my first post! With all the knowledgeable folks on this board, I'm guessing someone knows the answer to my question!

First just a bit about our vacation: we're brand new DVC owners to be staying for the first time on points Sept 12 - 21 at Boardwalk in a 2 Bedroom Preferred. It was a lot of points but I'm sure it will be worth it! Myself and my husband, and my brother and his wife, my two younger siblings, and possibly my sister-in-law will be going with us. This will be our first time at the Boardwalk, we've typically stayed at OKW and loved it! But this time, since I figured it's just a bunch of late teens and 20-somethings that Boardwalk would be a wonderful choice

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Really appreciate anyone's input! Thanks, Jessica
There's a big advantage to staying at the Boardwalk and late check-in if your don't have a car. We've arrived late to both OKW and Saratoga Springs and had to wait for bell services to drive us to our room. When it's really late, like after midnite, that can be a bit of a pain. At Boardwalk, you don't have that problem, since you can go right to your room.
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Just got my Mickey mail today! Got my DME vouchers and luggage tags, I CANNOT WAIT! Boardwalk here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:08 PM   #1289
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We're getting close as well ....checking in at BWV 8/17. Everyone is getting excited!
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:09 AM   #1290
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