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Old 08-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #2491
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CR Atrium club?

Anyone have any recent info on the Contemporary Atrium Club, just me and DH.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #2492
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I posted this under its own thread, but wanted to make sure all of you interested in the BWI CL saw it:

We drove over to the BWI about 9am and were greeted by Claudia, who said she would assist us with check-in. She escorted us to the 4th floor Innkeeper's Club and said that she only needed one adult to do check-in and she would bring the rest of the family to the lounge. Initially, we were assigned a King room because of availability. Not ideal given that we have 2 kids, but they were super nice about it and said we would get a Queen room ASAP. I went to the Lounge and a CM came up to me saying they had a Queen room available on the 4th floor right outside the Lounge doors. We took it and it was incredible. Water view, nice view of the BW and we saw Wishes at night

We have not stayed CL since our honeymoon 9 yrs ago. Truthfully, we usually stay DVC but had APs this year and visited WDW a few times so we took advantage of the AP discounts.

Our CL experience was indescribable. Incredibly magical!! The CMs at the BWI CL are really outstanding. We felt like family by the time we were checking out and the kids cried because they were going to miss their new friends Our family is very outgoing and I think that helps in defining a CL experience. We engaged the staff and in return, we received very special, personal attention. Each time we entered the lounge, one of the CMs ran to get the kids chocolate milk because they knew they loved it. The food offerings were perfect for us. We spent a lot of time at the resort. With such a long trip and given the heat and humidity, we decided we wanted to relax the last 4 days of the trip, so we decided on CL. We still visited the parks but mostly in the morning and later at night.

During our stay, our son celebrated his 3rd birthday and the CL staff sent him cupcakes to the room and a card from Mickey. It was so thoughtful and much appreciated.

We met many amazing CMs, but in particular Tracy was super sweet to the kids and they really connected with her. She has an amazing way with people Jackie, Pete, Scott, JJ, Anita, Christina and Janice were awesome as well!
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:35 PM   #2493
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Thank you for posting such a positive review of BWI!! We haven't stayed there club in a while (we're DVC owners there now), but the time we did, we really loved the club there. Probably still our favorite.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:36 PM   #2494
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I don't think you'll need to purchase the mugs staying CL now they come free with dining plan so if you have that I'd grab them to take home
Not doing meal plan so thinking I might skip them.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:37 PM   #2495
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HBG dancermom, I think it is overkill to buy the mugs during a CL stay. The lounge will be much closer to your room than the mug refill stations. Plus, the lounge has cans of soda so you can easily take them to go. Dh has bought mugs during a CL stay but only because he wanted them as a souvenir.
These were where my thoughts were leading too. Thanks!
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:37 PM   #2496
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We don't get the mugs when we stay CL.
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We stay CL and we buy mugs for my husband and myself--we like the variety from both CS and CL. We like the Gold Peak Tea, Fountain Beverages as opposed to cans and other beverages not available in club. Our children like, milk, water, hot chocolate and juice so club is fine with them and they don't need mugs. It just depends on your beverage preferences. You can always check things out when you get to the resort.
I do have a fountain drink obsession so I might have to get one for a souvenir. But not 5. Lol
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We stayed for 6 nights Club level at WL the last week in June. I took several pics of the Club's food offerings, they are still on my phone and not sure really how to post on here (new to this) If anyone has any questions about the offerings, I'd be happy to answer. The only thing I was disappointed in was that there was not any hot oatmeal for breakfast. We've stayed club level several times at BC and there was always oatmeal over there so was just surprised it wasn't at WL. That is basically what I eat for breakfast every morning, so I just went downstairs and got it from the QS restaurant. I have to say the food at night was hands down AMAZING! Hearty, good food and wonderful fresh cobblers. Yummy!
That sounds fantastic! What a great experience. :-)
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Finally heard back from Poly Ipo and they have added the anniversary to all our ADRS.. That was SOOOO much easier than having to call in and sit on the phone!
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Finally heard back from Poly Ipo and they have added the anniversary to all our ADRS.. That was SOOOO much easier than having to call in and sit on the phone!
That's awesome!
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When should I contact the IPO? Our trip is in May, our 180 days is November 20. Thanks!
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When should I contact the IPO? Our trip is in May, our 180 days is November 20. Thanks!
Anytime is fine, but if you want help with ADR's, now is the perfect time since you are at the 180 day mark.
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I'd like to pick up a few trinkets for the CL CM's (elvis related since I'm from Memphis) About how many CM's work the lounge and desk? I'd like to make sure I have enough to go around.

Also is there a way to send a few small gifts to the IPO office? They've been so helpful, I'd like to show my appreciation.
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Anyone have any recent info on the Contemporary Atrium Club, just me and DH.
We stayed there in June 2011. We loved it

Convenience of lounge on same floor as room was great.

The lounge didn't get too crowded.

The food was tasty. We all found something at 5pm

The view is fantastic

The cm's were helpful and friendly.

We would definitely stay there again!
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:08 PM   #2505
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I had the IPO do our ADRs for our upcoming trip (Dec-Jan) to the Boardwalk. They were fine for the dining ADRs (I did a little bit of playing around with them myself). But we also wanted a fireworks cruise for NYE. They assured me that they could book that and that while they were not booking immediately at 180 days, they would check every day and book it for us. I started getting antsy and called the recreation line myself on the day that free dining opened up for the public (IIRC a Thursday; a little bit of a mistake, but I didn't realize till after...). I was told that the NYE reservations weren't ready yet but they'd open next week. I called again on the following Monday and was told that Illuminations (which we would have preferred because it's closer to our hotel than Wishes) was sold out already--reservations had opened the previous Wednesday!--but that I could book a Wishes cruise (which I did). I then called the club level (to make sure they hadn't booked an Illuminations cruise for us and not gotten around to telling us yet) and they told me 1) they were checking every day and 2) that reservations hadn't opened yet. The moral of the story is I should have been checking closer myself (although I suspect I got bad information from the recreation line the first time I called them too), but I was a little disappointed that the Club Level didn't seem to have been checking every day (if they had, how could they think that reservations hadn't opened yet, when theoretically they had opened 5 days earlier)--and that they told me they were. Honestly if they said, "if it's important to you, you're better off booking yourself," I would have been more than happy to do so, and I would have been a little more rigorous on checking the availability date.
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