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Old 07-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #2056
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:59 PM   #2057
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First time staying at BC CL. Super excited!!!! Only 15 days to go!!!!
Question - we have 2 rooms and it's August. I have read you can ask for water bottles to take into the parks, but.....I am going to be out of place asking for a bunch of water for me and my 6 kids or is this normal? I have looked at pics online of club level offerings and feel like my hungry horde of kids will be wiping them out of food and drink every time they walk in the room. Can I plan on having enough drinks through club level to be hydrated or should I plan on ordering through Garden Grocer?
We are going to rely on CL for beverages supplemented by Bobble bottles for in the parks. Cheaper and more Eco friendly than ordering water...
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:50 AM   #2058
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First time staying at BC CL. Super excited!!!! Only 15 days to go!!!!
Question - we have 2 rooms and it's August. I have read you can ask for water bottles to take into the parks, but.....I am going to be out of place asking for a bunch of water for me and my 6 kids or is this normal? I have looked at pics online of club level offerings and feel like my hungry horde of kids will be wiping them out of food and drink every time they walk in the room. Can I plan on having enough drinks through club level to be hydrated or should I plan on ordering through Garden Grocer?
We stayed at BC CL last summer. I have not heard of this--requesting water bottles for the parks. I too recommend Garden Grocer. We are staying AKL CL in 2 weeks. I ordered a 32 pack of water and 24 pack of Gatorade to be delivered upon our arrival. We are a family of 4. CL is great for light breakfast, refreshments after coming back from the parks and appetizers before dinner. And great for coffee. I would not necessarily rely on it to provide your water for the parks.
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Hi, I'd you had to choose either CL in BC or Poly. Which would you choose and why?
OP? What kind of experience are you looking for? Are you Epcot fans? MK fans? What's your budget? All these things will come into play. I've not stayed at Poly CL, but I have at BC and the staff is great. From all accounts and pictures I've seen, the lounge at Poly is much bigger, and the selections seem to be more varied.

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First time staying at BC CL. Super excited!!!! Only 15 days to go!!!!
Question - we have 2 rooms and it's August. I have read you can ask for water bottles to take into the parks, but.....I am going to be out of place asking for a bunch of water for me and my 6 kids or is this normal? I have looked at pics online of club level offerings and feel like my hungry horde of kids will be wiping them out of food and drink every time they walk in the room. Can I plan on having enough drinks through club level to be hydrated or should I plan on ordering through Garden Grocer?
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As for food, the understanding is that CL offerings are not meant to be a meal replacement (possible exception is breakfast) so I would set the expectations with your kids, as I will be doing with one of mine who seems to be a bottomless pit
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I would rather have it than have them not have water to give to us or feel like I am "wiping them clean" everyday. Hope this helps!
I may not be the best person to comment on this. As you can see, my post before this was cleared by me, because I thought it came off as too snarky. On all my CL trips, I've seen people/families wipe out the lounge, and it drives me crazy. CL food is meant to be enjoyed as a snack or a supplement (with the exception of breakfast) throughout the day. The CL staff is not there to supply you with whatever you feel like eating in high volume, but sadly, they will go out of their way, because that's their job, but here's what happens. People keep expecting more and more of CL food offerings.....CL rations can't feed everyone....more food has to be purchased, and you know what happens then. Prices go up. This infuriates me, because for me, CL isn't a given. It's something we do sometimes, but not all the time, and we save up big-time to afford it. Last summer at BC-CL, I saw a man wait patiently for the staff to put out a whole tray of a hot appetizer (I think scallops wrapped in bacon), and when the CM put it down, he picked up the whole tray and walked off with it. A few people in line grumbled, and his reply, was "I paid for it, I waited for it." This is the attitude that will drive CL prices up, and price out people like me.
So, Stazmatic, I'm not calling you out individually, but to answer your question shortly, no. Do not depend on CL staff to supply bottled water for you. If you'd like to order some, the staff will delightedly hold it for you, deliver it to your room etc. Use and enjoy the lounge for light refreshments, and have a magical trip!

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It's normal.
That's the sad part though. It's becoming the norm to rely on CL to feed the family, when that's not what it's meant for.
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We're resort hopping and will not have a car this trip but would love to have bottled water with us. Any suggestions on where to order since that likely will be the only thing we need? I forgot GG has a min order.

Scott MC: Well put explanation of concierge level. Our 6 yr old definitely needs gentle reminders that enough is enough I think some folks have legitimate questions/concerns and they are pure, not looking to overindulge. What we've noticed is that club level in WDW is different than Club level elsewhere and I think that's where the confusion lies. For example, we stayed club level at a hotel in Montreal recently and what they offered at night was more variety and quantity than what I would expect for an entire meal. And there were very few people on club level at that particular time. So, we ended eating a "meal's worth."
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Thanks for the replies! I don't want to be "that family" so that is why I am here asking ahead of time.
Just for the sake of discussion - what are reasonable requests and limits with regards to drinks and appetizers? Especially with drinks, and with the reports I have read of no refrigerators, what is a reasonable number per person per day? I will definitely be ordering food and drinks to have delivered. I will need to have at length discussions with my 2 teenage boys as they are human vacuums. But to be honest, that was exactly what I was hoping to avoid by staying CL. Now I am curious if it will be worth it money wise or if I should switch to non-CL.
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Thanks for the replies! I don't want to be "that family" so that is why I am here asking ahead of time.
Just for the sake of discussion - what are reasonable requests and limits with regards to drinks and appetizers? Especially with drinks, and with the reports I have read of no refrigerators, what is a reasonable number per person per day? I will definitely be ordering food and drinks to have delivered. I will need to have at length discussions with my 2 teenage boys as they are human vacuums. But to be honest, that was exactly what I was hoping to avoid by staying CL. Now I am curious if it will be worth it money wise or if I should switch to non-CL.
There is a small fridge with bottled drinks in the CL lounge. You just have to use your judgement. RU on a meal plan? Those snack credits are good for drinks. With "human vacuums" a dining plan would probably be good for you. Good luck!
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We're resort hopping and will not have a car this trip but would love to have bottled water with us. Any suggestions on where to order since that likely will be the only thing we need? I forgot GG has a min order.
We walked to the Hess station in front of the boardwalk inn and bought a case of water. I don't remember how much it cost but I don't remember thinking it was expensive. We never have a car either.
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Thanks for the replies! I don't want to be "that family" so that is why I am here asking ahead of time.
Just for the sake of discussion - what are reasonable requests and limits with regards to drinks and appetizers? Especially with drinks, and with the reports I have read of no refrigerators, what is a reasonable number per person per day? I will definitely be ordering food and drinks to have delivered. I will need to have at length discussions with my 2 teenage boys as they are human vacuums. But to be honest, that was exactly what I was hoping to avoid by staying CL. Now I am curious if it will be worth it money wise or if I should switch to non-CL.
I have to keep an eye on my boys too, usually I just remind them as we go down there that we have dinner reservations later and not to fill up on too many snacks. They usually listen to me, and most times they are too picky to really eat much of the lounge food anyway. They don't eat salads or vegetables or fruits but if they have eggrolls one night they will eat those.
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If I ever saw someone pick up a whole tray of food and walk away with it....

Seriously though, what makes anyone think that is ok?
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If I ever saw someone pick up a whole tray of food and walk away with it....

Seriously though, what makes anyone think that is ok?
It is outrageous.
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That's the sad part though. It's becoming the norm to rely on CL to feed the family, when that's not what it's meant for.
Sorry, but I think you are wildly misreading my post.

My post was a response to a poster asking for water each day, not hogging the entire CL buffet! She specifically mentioned children - as in folks too young to drink the far more $ beer that's offered. Kids who prefer water over unhealthy canned soda.

If she is paying for six people to be on club level, her kids can refill their glasses with WATER from the cooler as much as they want.


Further, she should not feel at all guilty asking for under $2 worth of bottled water per day.* Period.
*(24bottles/$5 per case= $.20 per bottle retail, =$2 retail for 12bottles. WDW does not pay retail!)

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Though this is completely irrelevant....What do you think happens to all the left overs?

It gets thrown out.

Many times staff has BEGGED my family to take more food when we are in the lounge near the end of a serving period (mostly 4pm/10pm). The staff thanked us because we were willing to put a few leftover cookies in our room and eat them the next day.

So I'm sorry, but I think you are slightly misguided.

Again, not that it matters, but my family doesn't come close to eating what I'd consider to be our 'fair share' of CL lounge food. For starters, when we stay CL, the majority of my extended family is young kids and light eaters. They passed on, among others: raw sushi, duck dumplings, lobster salad, blue cheese, salmon puree, spicy foods, olive/artichoke heart salad, etc. They aren't interested in Bud Light, South African wine, or Coffee liquor. Even the chicken skewers and Italian meatballs were too spicy for the kids!


I don't think supplying us with WATER is hurting Disney's bottom line too much.

Finally, if you read my two posts, you actually see that I mention several ways to obtain bottled water, because I always buy some. Over many trips to WDW, I've tried: Costco delivery, Walmart, CVS, Walgreen's, Staples delivery, Publix, Whole Foods, Hess, other gas stations, buying from WDW, asking for ice water, (always) refilling our bottles, and more. I do this because my most recent stay was the only time- 40+ WDW trips that we were able to get bottled water by asking the CL staff.
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I agree for the cost of CL while its not meant to be three meals a day it is meant to cut your costs of soda, water, alcohol, snacks and breakfast! Otherwise your paying a ridiculous amount to have someone help you book dining ADRs put packages in your room and candy in your pillow!

At the Poly in 2010 and 2011 they only had big glass Evian water bottles but would give me one when I asked for the room to take medication.

They also would hand us several choc milks when we asked for 1 or encourage to eat more if the appetizers or grab more than one soda. Even had one bring me a glass if sangria before afternoon appys were ready b/c they knew how much I loved it!!

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We walked to the Hess station in front of the boardwalk inn and bought a case of water. I don't remember how much it cost but I don't remember thinking it was expensive. We never have a car either.
Awesome! Thank you! Now, I have to pray that we have a working refrigerator in the room during our stay!
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