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Old 02-09-2013, 08:05 PM   #766
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There is not a buffet at the resort but there was one at the hotel when we went last March.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:32 PM   #767
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Will we have to pay parking?
Will we be subject to a hard sell for a time share?
Is $150 a good price for a 3 bedroom each night?

I've just started researching this thread and others as I find them. Thanks for the help.

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1. No parking fee. However, be aware that Wyndham has just added a mandatory $12 per day shuttle fee, whether or not you use the shuttles.
2. If you turn down going to the presentation, you will not be subject to a hard sell. Attendance is not mandatory. When they send you to the "parking pass" desk at check in, tell them there that you're not interested. Or just check off the lowest income on the questionaire.
3. I'm not an expert on that, but for a 3 BR it sounds good. I'm a Wyndham owner, and I know I sure can't get a 3 BR for that price.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:24 PM   #768
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How do you rent a cabana? How much is it? Anyone done it?
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:27 PM   #769
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How do you rent a cabana? How much is it? Anyone done it?
We rented one of the Cabana's by Tower 4, which is the quieter area, last July 2012. When we rented it I called about a month in advance and asked how to reserve it. I was transferred to the activities desk and they took my name and date I wished to reserve the cabana for. I did not have to give them a CC number, just my name. The day it was rented for we had to be at the activities desk by 10am and gave them my credit card at that time to pay for the cabana. It was $50.00 for the entire day until midnight, if we wanted to keep it that long.

I really enjoyed having the cabana by tower 4 as it is near the lazy river and was a quiet area. They had it all set up with the TV a newspaper and a sign inside that stated we had reserved the cabana! Pretty cool. Also has a refrigerator in it as well as a locking cabinet to keep your valuables. It was well worth it and would do it again if there during warm weather and planning to use the pool.

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1. No parking fee. However, be aware that Wyndham has just added a mandatory $12 per day shuttle fee, whether or not you use the shuttles.
2. If you turn down going to the presentation, you will not be subject to a hard sell. Attendance is not mandatory. When they send you to the "parking pass" desk at check in, tell them there that you're not interested. Or just check off the lowest income on the questionaire.
3. I'm not an expert on that, but for a 3 BR it sounds good. I'm a Wyndham owner, and I know I sure can't get a 3 BR for that price.
Thanks for the help. This whole Bonnet Creek thing is got me scrambling for information and wondering if I really will be happy staying off property. I love my disney breakfast especially at Riverside in the mill and not having the extra magic hours will be weird.

On the extra magic hours can we still stay in the park but just not be able to ride on the rides?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:54 PM   #771
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Thanks for the help. This whole Bonnet Creek thing is got me scrambling for information and wondering if I really will be happy staying off property. I love my disney breakfast especially at Riverside in the mill and not having the extra magic hours will be weird.

On the extra magic hours can we still stay in the park but just not be able to ride on the rides?
You will not be able to stay in the park for Extra Magic Hours.
I have stayed at Bonnet Creek twice (one time transferring to a Disney property-Animal Kingdom Lodge- after 3 days), other places off property a few times, and Disney resorts 3 times. I am a thrifty person, but I must say that staying at a Disney resort really added a lot to my enjoyment of my stay.
My last trip I stayed 3 days at Bonnet Creek, and 7 days at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Oddly, the 3 days felt longer than 3 days, and the 7 days went by in what seemed a few days. Just my 2 cents worth.
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You will not be able to stay in the park for Extra Magic Hours.
I have stayed at Bonnet Creek twice (one time transferring to a Disney property-Animal Kingdom Lodge- after 3 days), other places off property a few times, and Disney resorts 3 times. I am a thrifty person, but I must say that staying at a Disney resort really added a lot to my enjoyment of my stay.
My last trip I stayed 3 days at Bonnet Creek, and 7 days at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Oddly, the 3 days felt longer than 3 days, and the 7 days went by in what seemed a few days. Just my 2 cents worth.
Thanks this entry helps immensely.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:05 PM   #773
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Thanks this entry helps immensely.
I did some research on the evening Extra Magic Hours, and my answer was probably wrong.
Now that there are no wristbands to identify resort guests at evening MGH, apparently (I've never attended evening EMH) they ask to see your room key card at every attraction that is open. If you don't have a qualifying card, they "politely ask you to leave." There are reports that if you do not have the proper key, you will be able to stay. I haven't read anywhere that there are cast member randomly asking people to see their cards. So it seems that if you don't go on a ride, you can stay. You can also shop and buy food--spending money is definitely not something they will stop you from doing.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:36 AM   #774
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Thanks for the help. This whole Bonnet Creek thing is got me scrambling for information and wondering if I really will be happy staying off property. I love my disney breakfast especially at Riverside in the mill and not having the extra magic hours will be weird.

On the extra magic hours can we still stay in the park but just not be able to ride on the rides?
It depends on your perspective. Our family of 5 would rather eat breakfast in our room and save $50+ over a Disney breakfast. We would rather spend that money on a nice dinner or a longer vacation.

We avoid magic hours parks like the plague because those parks are always more crowded all day long.

While some folks cram their family in a tiny hotel room, we enjoy having a 2 bedroom villa for less than the price of a disney value.

A hotel stay for us is no rest at all because you just don't have the space to relax.

It would be great to have the best of both worlds, like staying in a 2-bedroom at the Beach Club, but that would costs thousands more than Bonnet Creek, and we could not go on vacation nearly as much.

Our experience is that once you get used to having all the space that you get when staying in a timeshare resort, it is very difficult to go back to a hotel room.
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Info on Restaurants inside Bonnet Creek Resort

I am trying to find menu's of the restaurants on property at Bonnet Creek but on the resort website they do not have anything but the names. Also, which building should I request? I have never been here before and am pretty much clueless. My kids want to be near the pirate ship pool and lazy river.
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we have stayed 60% on disney property and 40% off property. Of all the off property places, BC is the best.

At no point do we feal less magic. We cook most of out meals in the condo. take sandwiches for lunches in the park.

I have 3 adr's for the week at disney, thats about all we need. Would not think of eating at BC.

We avoid EMH like the plague. Make sthe crowds crazy. But you can still be in the park for EMH evening. just not on any attractions.

Finally, we never take the shuttle. There are plenty of places to park in disney that are free without breaking rules. they just require a little extra walking and about 10 minutes of time.
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we have stayed 60% on disney property and 40% off property. Of all the off property places, BC is the best.

At no point do we feal less magic. We cook most of out meals in the condo. take sandwiches for lunches in the park.

I have 3 adr's for the week at disney, thats about all we need. Would not think of eating at BC.

We avoid EMH like the plague. Make sthe crowds crazy. But you can still be in the park for EMH evening. just not on any attractions.

Finally, we never take the shuttle. There are plenty of places to park in disney that are free without breaking rules. they just require a little extra walking and about 10 minutes of time.
Where are the plenty of places to park besides DTD? Please share
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I asked this before but didn't get a response so i am trying again If we decide to take a red eye and arrive in Orlando @ 6:15 am and then get breakfast and hit a store before coming to WBC, will let let us us the pool until a room is available? Trying to decide if its worth it to take the red eye : )
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We are here now. We love it. We took a red eye and stoped at Costco. Arrived around noon (made a few wrong turns on the costco end).. Our room was ready around 2. We went to the pool and Bell Services in tower 1 took all of our cold items. It was very efficent and smooth. They have a commerical size freezer and Fridge. There are changing rooms in the restrooms by the pool in tower one.

We ending up in tower 1 and love it. Smaller no parking issues and very quiet. We have been around and used all the pools and mini golf. Everyone here has been super nice. We did skip the parking pass and have not had any issues. As others have said the room key opens the gate.
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