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Old 09-10-2012, 12:30 PM   #76
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Thanks for the info. I would prefer to just get the bigger unit, but it will take some convincing maybe for them. Part of the complication is that they will also have a 3yo in bed at the same time as my kids, so one of them could come over to our unit to babysit, but then they couldn't hang out together so that is prob less appealing for them. My thought is if we stayed in a larger unit together, we could easily swap babysitting nights. We were originally looking at a place with lockoff rooms, so that would have worked well in that situation, but I don't think WBC has lockoff rooms, right?

So, if we do opt to go for the 4 br unit, how far in advance should we try to book it? My understanding is that it is not hard to get 2 br units because they are plentiful, and 3 br units are the least plentiful, but I don't know where 4 br units fit in the equation. We are planning for Sept 2013.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:36 PM   #77
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Thanks for the info. I would prefer to just get the bigger unit, but it will take some convincing maybe for them. Part of the complication is that they will also have a 3yo in bed at the same time as my kids, so one of them could come over to our unit to babysit, but then they couldn't hang out together so that is prob less appealing for them. My thought is if we stayed in a larger unit together, we could easily swap babysitting nights. We were originally looking at a place with lockoff rooms, so that would have worked well in that situation, but I don't think WBC has lockoff rooms, right?

So, if we do opt to go for the 4 br unit, how far in advance should we try to book it? My understanding is that it is not hard to get 2 br units because they are plentiful, and 3 br units are the least plentiful, but I don't know where 4 br units fit in the equation. We are planning for Sept 2013.
4bdrm presidentials would probably be the most rare at the resort....at least... prior to Tower 6. I don't know how much that changed the inventory ratio.

Sooo.. Generally... the earlier you can book, the better. For certain high-demand weeks or periods, I'd even say trying to book as soon as the window opens would be the smart thing to do.

(FYI... with a 4bdrm presidentials, The bedrooms are located on opposite sides of the unit. a Master Suite and a 2 bed 2nd bedroom on each side of the room, with the shared common areas (kitchen, living room, etc) in the center. As such, it might help with the "our own space" feeling since the bedrooms wouldn't be right next to each other.)
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:56 PM   #78
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4bdrm presidentials would probably be the most rare at the resort....at least... prior to Tower 6. I don't know how much that changed the inventory ratio.

Sooo.. Generally... the earlier you can book, the better. For certain high-demand weeks or periods, I'd even say trying to book as soon as the window opens would be the smart thing to do.

(FYI... with a 4bdrm presidentials, The bedrooms are located on opposite sides of the unit. a Master Suite and a 2 bed 2nd bedroom on each side of the room, with the shared common areas (kitchen, living room, etc) in the center. As such, it might help with the "our own space" feeling since the bedrooms wouldn't be right next to each other.)
Thanks so much. That's why I was thinking a 4 br over a 3 br, even though we would fit fine in a 3 br. I think I'm more likely to convince them with the layout of the 4 br.

I am the only one in the family doing any research so far. Everyone else thinks we have plenty of time and don't need to start planning yet. So I get to do the research and narrow down the options and then convince them why I chose this over that. I'm going to send off for some quotes on the 4 br so that I can tell them the price of it too when I show them.
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:03 PM   #79
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Thanks so much. That's why I was thinking a 4 br over a 3 br, even though we would fit fine in a 3 br. I think I'm more likely to convince them with the layout of the 4 br.

I am the only one in the family doing any research so far. Everyone else thinks we have plenty of time and don't need to start planning yet. So I get to do the research and narrow down the options and then convince them why I chose this over that. I'm going to send off for some quotes on the 4 br so that I can tell them the price of it too when I show them.
Something else you can use to help convince them of the 4bdrm....

With the shared kitchen, You guys can take turns cooking breakfast or meals for everyone in the room. So one morning Family 1 can get a pre-park breakfast ready for the kids/adults while everyone gets ready in the AM, and the next morning Family 2 can do it. Even if it's just a case of making some coffee and getting cereal ready for the kids, it might make things more attractive for them knowing that they don't need to worry about looking afte the little one in the morning every day so they can spend more time relaxing or getting ready themselves.
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Good luck Adventive with your planning and the trip. We went with another family last summer and are looking forward to going just ourselves next spring. We had such different interests that after the second day we just split up. It was more of a challenge. I'd definitely suggest coordinating by interests and let them know up front what you are planning to do by park, rides, restaurants, going back to the resort to relax, etc.

I posted accidently in Part 2. We just booked a 2 br at WBC through RCI. I'm super excited. I was so upset that I couldn't book on property at Disney because even though my timeshare is in CO, the HQ of Legacy Vacation is Orlando and that is what is listed on my RCI account. Disney won't let you book through RCI if your timeshare is within 30 miles. So messed up.

I'm hoping WBC will provide the same or close to, convenience as on-property. Traffic can be a nightmare getting to Disney. Hopefully late-April will be off-season enough to help as well.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:34 AM   #81
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Good luck Adventive with your planning and the trip. We went with another family last summer and are looking forward to going just ourselves next spring. We had such different interests that after the second day we just split up. It was more of a challenge. I'd definitely suggest coordinating by interests and let them know up front what you are planning to do by park, rides, restaurants, going back to the resort to relax, etc.
Yah, I know that we will be splitting up a bit. They don't want to go to Epcot with the 3yo, but they do want to take her out to Busch Gardens, which we are not interested in. They might want to do other Orlando stuff too, ie Sea World, and I think we want to stick to just Disney. They were just at Disney last year, but this will be our first time with the kids.
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Good luck Adventive with your planning and the trip. We went with another family last summer and are looking forward to going just ourselves next spring. We had such different interests that after the second day we just split up. It was more of a challenge. I'd definitely suggest coordinating by interests and let them know up front what you are planning to do by park, rides, restaurants, going back to the resort to relax, etc.

I posted accidently in Part 2. We just booked a 2 br at WBC through RCI. I'm super excited. I was so upset that I couldn't book on property at Disney because even though my timeshare is in CO, the HQ of Legacy Vacation is Orlando and that is what is listed on my RCI account. Disney won't let you book through RCI if your timeshare is within 30 miles. So messed up.

I'm hoping WBC will provide the same or close to, convenience as on-property. Traffic can be a nightmare getting to Disney. Hopefully late-April will be off-season enough to help as well.
You'll love the location of WBC. It's actually more centrally located in the Disney resort area than some of the outlying DVC properties, and drive times, even mid-day, are as good as getting back to any of the onsite hotels. (and possibly quicker if you factor in waiting for the Disney buses)
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does anyone know if BC sells Disney tickets, and if they are cheaper than say buying them from Undercover Tourist through the MouseSavers link? I was talking to a friend and she said her timeshare offered tickets at a price cheaper than disney! Just wondered if any of you have any information on this! thanks!
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You'll love the location of WBC. It's actually more centrally located in the Disney resort area than some of the outlying DVC properties, and drive times, even mid-day, are as good as getting back to any of the onsite hotels. (and possibly quicker if you factor in waiting for the Disney buses)
Totally agree! It was so easy driving to any park or to DTD with ease. I was amazed at how quickly we were able to get places.
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does anyone know if BC sells Disney tickets, and if they are cheaper than say buying them from Undercover Tourist through the MouseSavers link? I was talking to a friend and she said her timeshare offered tickets at a price cheaper than disney! Just wondered if any of you have any information on this! thanks!
I believe that the tickets sold at the Disney desk at Bonnet Creek are full price. They might offer you a discount at check-in, when they try to get you to go to the sales presentation. You can decide if the discount is worth 3 hours of being hit over the head.
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I believe that the tickets sold at the Disney desk at Bonnet Creek are full price. They might offer you a discount at check-in, when they try to get you to go to the sales presentation. You can decide if the discount is worth 3 hours of being hit over the head.
ahh,NOPE! I think I'll stick with Undercover Tourist than!
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ahh,NOPE! I think I'll stick with Undercover Tourist than!
Good choice. Why ruin a vacation at the Happiest Place in the World by being stuck in the Highest Pressure Sale Tactics in the World.
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My kids will be 4 and 7 when we go. Their cousin will be 3.
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Okay, well I convinced everyone to go for the 4 bedroom! I got 3 quotes, which were quite variant.

4 bedroom for 7 night check in Sept 21, 2013:
VacationStrategy: $1179 ($168 per night)
Farrells: $1463 ($209 per night)
VacationUpgrades: $1680 ($240 per night)

So it looks like we are going to go with VacationStrategy, which will make it only $84 per night per family. Not bad!

Question: With the presidential, can we choose our unit up front? It seems like most people are getting assigned rooms at check-in and can make requests up to 2 weeks prior, but I didn't know if there was any difference with the presidential vs deluxe. The reason I ask is that Ken's email specified that there were 3 of these units still available and that he would recommend the one with the inside view vs the conservation views. I just didn't know we had a choice at this point yet. Or does he just have a special something that lets him choose, but not everyone could?
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