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Old 08-28-2013, 03:43 PM   #2536
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I don't think people were arguing over whether of not CL can be a meal replacement. They are just giving their opinion. If someone asks a question that's what they are going to get is lots of different opinions.
I've seen people use the CL appetizers as meals at other hotels. It's pretty obvious when folks are doing that. Most people come into the lounge and have a drink and take a small appetizer plate and put one of each item on it and that's the extent of it. They eat to get a taste. That's really what the hotel is expecting people to do.

You see some folks that keep getting up and taking plate after plate of food. One whole little plate for the hot appetizer. Another whole little plate for the cheese and crackers. Maybe getting back up and going for seconds or thirds. I figure they just don't know any better.
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so what's respectable is for everyone to take one each of everything. What if I can't eat something due to my allergies or my tastes? Am I making a pig of myself or acting like "I just don't know any better" if I take two of what I can eat?

To be honest, I'll eat what I want and how much. I'm not going to take one of each, but if I really like something I may have two, three or even an entire plate of that item. Yes, I'm a very light eater so that will be a "meal replacement" for me. That's what club level is about. If the food runs out, the staff needs to fill it back up.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:10 PM   #2538
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so what's respectable is for everyone to take one each of everything. What if I can't eat something due to my allergies or my tastes? Am I making a pig of myself or acting like "I just don't know any better" if I take two of what I can eat?
I think you missed the point. It's not you have to have one of everything. It's the one small plate of food and stopping. Appetizers aren't meant to fill you up, though if you aren't hungry, that tiny plate might be enough for you.

I roll my eyes and figure people don't know any better when they take lots and lots of food and make multiple trips for more. There's a big difference between taking two pieces of chicken instead of one of chicken and one of shrimp, and taking 2 platefuls heaping with chicken.

I don't think people are trying to scam or anything, they just don't know that it's not an all you can eat buffet but some light appetizers to have before dinner.
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so what's respectable is for everyone to take one each of everything. What if I can't eat something due to my allergies or my tastes? Am I making a pig of myself or acting like "I just don't know any better" if I take two of what I can eat?

To be honest, I'll eat what I want and how much. I'm not going to take one of each, but if I really like something I may have two, three or even an entire plate of that item. Yes, I'm a very light eater so that will be a "meal replacement" for me. That's what club level is about. If the food runs out, the staff needs to fill it back up.
I just had an argument like this at work. Those complaining about people taking too much likely suffer from not getting enough themselves so the real complaint is they did not get enough. The blame is being placed on those they see as taking too much but really how many rules does Disney set for this?

I have never stayed club level so I don't honestly know what rules are stated, but if there are no stated rules about how much to take then you are relying on common courtesy and that varies from person to person. We are in a recession and during tough times a lot more people will look at club level as an alternative to the DDP because the cost is much cheaper for a family of 4 or so. This does deprive the other guests but if there are no rules, then there is nothing to stop these guests from taking everything.

If you push hard enough, Disney will set in place controls or rules to prevent greediness, however, that means you will also be held to these rules which means that if you hate fish and the offerings are pork, sushi, and some other fish dish then you would only be allowed to grab one of the pork and nothing else. Or, Disney could greatly reduce the offerings or eliminate them altogether. In other words, when complaining, make absolutely sure you are prepared to deal with the consequences.

I see a ton of posts in this thread that complain about over-indulgence and I get it but you could wind up losing something you love by complaining. If it's reached that point where it is ruining your vacation and you really need something done, then have at it, otherwise be thankful that you don't have to live off of hors d'oeuvre and move on with enjoying your vacation.
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Hi y'all

I'm having a lot of issues with the ore planning iPo's right now, which I've never had before. I was hoping someone new of who I would talk to about this as I am getting rather ticked off. 1/2 the reason we pay for CL is for the IPO so I don't have to babysit our vacation. Now I feel like I have to baby sit the IPOs.
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I think perhaps it's best to move on from this topic as people are not ever going to agree. Having spoken with CL CMs at different resorts on several occasions, I can assure y'all that CL appetizers are not meant to be a meal replacement, and I think we all can agree that scooping up an entire plate of chicken, shrimp, or whatever is in bad taste. If you're going in with the attitude that you're paying for it, and you're going to make a meal out of it, there's nothing the rest of us can do, and yes, it will eventually ruin it for those who use the food the way it's meant to be used/consumed and that's sad and unfortunate.

But could we please move on from this topic onto more pleasant things?

Any recent CL stays to report on? Perhaps with pictures?
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I have stayed @ BC (non club) & YC (club level) many times. I can say all club rooms @ both resorts are on the 5th floor, except the deluxe rooms & some suites. And you need to take the key- controlled main elevators to access the 5th floor, so your room request should be "near elevator". So no access to the "secret" Epcot entrance, except from the lobby.

Can't answer about the full balcony. If no one answers here, ask on the Y&B Club thread. Teena, who posts there, is a greeter @ BC & will have an answer for you. Plus lots of posters there have stayed club level & will probably know.

I kinda figured I couldn't get lucky enough to have a room near the secret entrance but it was worth asking. I thought I read somewhere that BC CL had SV rooms on the 3rd floor, so thank you for clearing that up! Do you know how Magic Bands will work with getting to CL? Would I also receive a card?
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Hi y'all

I'm having a lot of issues with the ore planning iPo's right now, which I've never had before. I was hoping someone new of who I would talk to about this as I am getting rather ticked off. 1/2 the reason we pay for CL is for the IPO so I don't have to babysit our vacation. Now I feel like I have to baby sit the IPOs.
Judging by your ticker, I'm guessing you're dealing (or not dealing) with the IPO at the Polynesian Resort? Is the problem that they're not fulfilling your requests? Or are you unable to get in touch with them?

I would think the only person to speak to/email would be the GM at the Polynesian, and I'm going to go poke around on the POLY thread for that person's name. If I can't find it, I'm going to poke around and post. Perhaps the famous "TikiMan" can help.
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I've changed our plans for October a number of times, mostly to get the biggest bang for our buck and take advantage of the great discounts Disney has been offering. I have now made my final change (fingers crossed) and we are staying BC SV CL. I've heard good and bad stories, but I'm more interested in knowing how I should put a room request in. We want to be on the 5th floor, and full balcony, but does anyone know if these rooms exist near the EPCOT entrance? Can anyone recommend anything else I should request? Thanks so much!
The way the BC is designed (architecturally), the CL rooms only extend about as far as the volleyball court...and not all the way to the end of the resort where you're looking to be, also, the elevators are central, so even if there wre CL rooms over by the secret Epcot entrance, you'd still have to walk a long way back to the elevator to get downstairs. If full balcony is important, then I'd make that my only request: "Full balcony please."
As far as Magic Bands, I'm a regular poster on the BC/YC thread, and people there recently have been discussing how they need both their band and their room key to get into SAB (annoying..I know), so I'd imagine at this point, you'll be given both a band and a card.
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I just want to say I started my reply then was distracted by time I hit send it was asked by scottmel we drop the subject


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So torn this year. In 2009 stayed BWI CL loved it! 2010, 2011 were YC CL and LOVED IT and 2012 was BC CL and didn't like it one bit.....However BC CL is getting expanded and redone etc. for 2014 June. We skipped CL in 2013 June and none of us missed it a bit. We were upgraded to a lagoon view and I loved that view!!!!

Here are my worries:

1. To book BC CL GV there are 5 rooms in this category. So if you have problem with one room or are given the handicapped room not so good for my family. No where else to be moved to.

2. DD15 is gluten intolerant now. Which was the main reason for not booking 2013 CL...however they have told me in 2014 food will be provided for her etc.

3. DD15 bringing friend for first time. So nice to have the extra space...

I just was so disappointed in BC CL in 2012 in terms of food, differences from YC etc. not sure if it is worth the risk to try again...Anyone have a threshbold has to what CL is worth a night to them? On a AAA discount the difference is 183 a night and I am not seeing the worth right now....
Scottmel I have looked at the price to upgrade to CL many times and since There are just 2 of us now and the fact we neither partake of alcoholic beverages I always came to the conclusion that the value just was not there fr us.

We were booked at the Poly and decided we might upgrade when Fall discounts were released, we switched to BW CL for around $40 a night more than what we were laying for the Poly room. I talked myself into it being worth it this trip, I do feel the connivence of the continental breakfast will be nice we usually do a TS but only made one ADR for Breakfast this time.

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It's not meant as a meal it's meant as a snack or appetizer.

The problem comes from guests taking so much of the offerings not thinking about the other ppl in the lounge or making their way to the lounge to eat as well. It's not fair to the other guests to take enough to make a meal if it was meant as a meal it would say Dinner but it doesn't. Breakfast is the only offering meant as a meal.

Maybe you were able to take just a little of each & could call that a meal but I know for my family & we are all small ppl, could not make that our dinner and be satisfied..
BlueJasmine I totally agree with you. That being said I did change the times of all but one of our Dinner ADRs so that we can partake of the evening offerings (Apps) before we go to dinner. And on 2 nights I plan to come back to BW in time to view IllumiNations from the lounge Balcony and try some desserts

I have read about people Decending upon the evening offerings like a plague of locusts taking helping platefuls without regards to the guests inline. I do think that is just poor manners, perhaps never being told you take one or two of something then go back later if you want more.


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I just had an argument like this at work. Those complaining about people taking too much likely suffer from not getting enough themselves so the real complaint is they did not get enough. The blame is being placed on those they see as taking too much but really how many rules does Disney set for this?

I have never stayed club level so I don't honestly know what rules are stated, but if there are no stated rules about how much to take then you are relying on common courtesy and that varies from person to person. We are in a recession and during tough times a lot more people will look at club level as an alternative to the DDP because the cost is much cheaper for a family of 4 or so. This does deprive the other guests but if there are no rules, then there is nothing to stop these guests from taking everything.

If you push hard enough, Disney will set in place controls or rules to prevent greediness, however, that means you will also be held to these rules which means that if you hate fish and the offerings are pork, sushi, and some other fish dish then you would only be allowed to grab one of the pork and nothing else. Or, Disney could greatly reduce the offerings or eliminate them altogether. In other words, when complaining, make absolutely sure you are prepared to deal with the consequences.

I see a ton of posts in this thread that complain about over-indulgence and I get it but you could wind up losing something you love by complaining. If it's reached that point where it is ruining your vacation and you really need something done, then have at it, otherwise be thankful that you don't have to live off of hors d'oeuvre and move on with enjoying your vacation.
wyurm Honestly I am worried about DH since he is very picky and may only like one of the items, I will be giving him a moderation is key lecture before we step not the doors.

Over the years I have harped on him at various family functions about taking extra before the platter as been passed around to everyone, he never grew up being served family style and would think nothing of taking 3 pork chops or 4 pieces of chicken before anyone else had taken even one piece.
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The way the BC is designed (architecturally), the CL rooms only extend about as far as the volleyball court...and not all the way to the end of the resort where you're looking to be, also, the elevators are central, so even if there wre CL rooms over by the secret Epcot entrance, you'd still have to walk a long way back to the elevator to get downstairs. If full balcony is important, then I'd make that my only request: "Full balcony please."
As far as Magic Bands, I'm a regular poster on the BC/YC thread, and people there recently have been discussing how they need both their band and their room key to get into SAB (annoying..I know), so I'd imagine at this point, you'll be given both a band and a card.
I try to keep up on the BC/YC thread but it moves so quickly I guess I missed that
Hopefully we do get cards with the bands, I know it sounds silly, but DH has always wanted a gold card, and this is a surprise for him

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Hi y'all

I'm having a lot of issues with the ore planning iPo's right now, which I've never had before. I was hoping someone new of who I would talk to about this as I am getting rather ticked off. 1/2 the reason we pay for CL is for the IPO so I don't have to babysit our vacation. Now I feel like I have to baby sit the IPOs.
On the POLY thread.....the suggestion was to call the IPO ((407) 824-2466) and ask to speak to Marcello......
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Judging by your ticker, I'm guessing you're dealing (or not dealing) with the IPO at the Polynesian Resort? Is the problem that they're not fulfilling your requests? Or are you unable to get in touch with them?

I would think the only person to speak to/email would be the GM at the Polynesian, and I'm going to go poke around on the POLY thread for that person's name. If I can't find it, I'm going to poke around and post. Perhaps the famous "TikiMan" can help.
Hi Scott thank you. We are staying at the poly. I can get in touch with them just fine it's their answers I'm having issues with. If I'm on the watch list for O'hannas for a res after 7pm I get one for 5:15. I asked them to book a breakfast for us between 8 and 9 for 6 ppl and get a dinner at 7:55 for 7. And a few other things. I've just started handling our own reservations as its easier to do it once then this stuff.
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To be honest, I'll eat what I want and how much. I'm not going to take one of each, but if I really like something I may have two, three or even an entire plate of that item. Yes, I'm a very light eater so that will be a "meal replacement" for me. That's what club level is about. If the food runs out, the staff needs to fill it back up.

Yup. And contrary to what a couple of other posters in this thread want people to believe, the staff DOES keep filling up the food. So nobody is being denied any food regardless of how much anybody eats. At YC earlier this week, there were 6 different families eating when we were there on one of the nights. All of them using the food as dinner. I'm not sure why there are a few posters here who are offended by this or copping such a smug attitude saying that Disney doesn't intend for CL to be used that way. They're making up their own rules. When we were there, the CM's encouraged people to eat as much as they wanted. When one tray ran out, they immediately brought out more. In fact, for dessert, one CM was trying to get people to take more back to their rooms since she said that they have to throw out any food leftover once it's been put out.
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Hopefully we do get cards with the bands, I know it sounds silly, but DH has always wanted a gold card, and this is a surprise for him
Last week at YC we got the gold cards to go along with the magic bands. We didn't actually need to use the cards at all, though. The bands worked the elevator and room door just fine. In addition, the bands by themselves were enough to get into SAB.
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