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Old 03-05-2014, 09:03 PM   #1876
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The only one you don't have to pay is MK.
Technically you should pay at MK it's not officially waived but there is a way to bypass the payment booths when driving from Shades of Green to the MK parking lot by taking the exit/turnaround on the left just past the Hess gas station. However it's probably quicker to take the SOG bus as once parked in the MK parking lot you have to walk or take the trolley to the Tickets and Transportation Center (TTC) and this is the same place the SOG bus drops off.

Disney did change the policy a few years back and SOG guests no longer get the free parking benefit at the parks. Guests staying at Disney owned and operated resorts still get complimentary parking at the parks included with their room rate.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:37 AM   #1877
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We usually walk to the Poly and hop the monorail to MK.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:40 PM   #1878
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Three questions:

1. Anyone know if you have to be a guest at SOG to do the princess gig at the spa? (We are active duty, but are considering staying at CBR in May).

2. Feeling like we got a pretty good rate, but does $3545 for TWO rooms (4 adults and 4 children) May 26- June 1 with plus dining sound decent for Caribbean Beach Resort?

3. Just to make sure I'm right, we can't get a dining plan if we did elect to stay at SOG. Is there a post somewhere that discusses food options?

TIA for your time folks! :-)
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:32 AM   #1879
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Three questions:

1. Anyone know if you have to be a guest at SOG to do the princess gig at the spa? (We are active duty, but are considering staying at CBR in May).

2. Feeling like we got a pretty good rate, but does $3545 for TWO rooms (4 adults and 4 children) May 26- June 1 with plus dining sound decent for Caribbean Beach Resort?

3. Just to make sure I'm right, we can't get a dining plan if we did elect to stay at SOG. Is there a post somewhere that discusses food options?

TIA for your time folks! :-)
I don't know the answer to the spa question, but I'm sure someone knows.

Is that rate with the military discount? Just a suggestion, but you could rent DVC points and get a 2 bedroom for the same amount or less. Then you would have more space, a kitchen and laundry, etc.

And no dining plan or airport transportation for SOG.
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:35 AM   #1880
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I don't know the answer to the spa question, but I'm sure someone knows.

Is that rate with the military discount? Just a suggestion, but you could rent DVC points and get a 2 bedroom for the same amount or less. Then you would have more space, a kitchen and laundry, etc.

And no dining plan or airport transportation for SOG.
I looked at the David's site re DVC. Given, I didn't put in a request, but from what I gathered, when factoring in the plus meal plan, it was far more expensive. (This is a NO COOKING ALLOWED vaca. :-) ). Looks like I need to go back and double check that?

Tks for your time in responding!
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:34 PM   #1881
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Around this time last year, we booked a "Deck the Palms" December package at SOG. The package was a reduced room rate and included daily breakfast and dinner buffets. SOG was very busy during the time we were there and we heard many people saying that they were there with the special. While we didn't fully take advantage of the dinner buffets, it was still a great deal. We have stayed at SOG many times over the years but never took advantage of or watched for any seasonal specials before. I am just curious if anyone knows if that was the first time that SOG offered a December special package or even if they think it would/will be offered again. Thanks.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:01 PM   #1882
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I looked at the David's site re DVC. Given, I didn't put in a request, but from what I gathered, when factoring in the plus meal plan, it was far more expensive. (This is a NO COOKING ALLOWED vaca. :-) ). Looks like I need to go back and double check that?

Tks for your time in responding!
I may have misread your first post, if that price included your dining plan than it is cheaper than DVC! I thought that was room only, if it includes dining then yes, good price!

Also, my DH and I were talking about the spa, we both think as long as you have access, you can do it. It's technically a MWR facility, so I would think anyone with proper ID could go eat, shop and use the spa. But probably worth a phone call before making the trek over!
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Do we need to make reservations for the breakfast buffet?? If not, how long is the wait normally??
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Old 04-12-2014, 10:02 PM   #1885
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Do we need to make reservations for the breakfast buffet?? If not, how long is the wait normally??
No reservations. The wait varies. We try to get down before 8. By 8:30 there can be a wait for a table. Not because they're full, but because of the waitstaff. I have never seen it full, but I have seen a wait for a table. We have never waited more than about 5 minutes, but as we are leaving I have seen a lot of people waiting.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:34 AM   #1886
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hey all ! Anyone have any updated pictures of the shoppette at the shades?? How are the beer/wine prices? Do they have a good selection, or do you think its better if we bring our own ?
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:50 PM   #1887
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hey all ! Anyone have any updated pictures of the shoppette at the shades?? How are the beer/wine prices? Do they have a good selection, or do you think its better if we bring our own ?
It's always better if you bring your own.That said, we have driven the last 5 or so years, so we've always had almost unlimited room. If I were flying then I would buy at the shades store. If I were flying and hiring a car to take me to shades, I would have them stop at a store.
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:41 PM   #1888
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hey all ! Anyone have any updated pictures of the shoppette at the shades?? How are the beer/wine prices? Do they have a good selection, or do you think its better if we bring our own ?
We drive, so we always bring our own. In fact, we often hit our local Exchange for libations. On our last trip, Shades was cheaper than the Disney resort stores but still a bit more than prices here at home.
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Good to know! I've stayed at shades twice before, but this time made our reservation on the website. I requested the magnolia wing under the notes section. Think it's necessary to call and request the magnolia wing , or is the website good enough?
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Good to know! I've stayed at shades twice before, but this time made our reservation on the website. I requested the magnolia wing under the notes section. Think it's necessary to call and request the magnolia wing , or is the website good enough?
I always call and verify they have the requests in the record. 90% of the time they don't. FWIW, we also prefer to be in the Magnolia wing in the corridor with rooms 220-239 or 320-339. Those rooms have the double sinks and they are about as close to the hot tub with double sinks that you can get.
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